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Hot Spots are Pesky Skin Condition By Sam Mazzotta

DEAR PAWS CORNER: Have you ever covered the topic of hot spots on dogs before? -- Barb, via e-mail

DEAR BARB: I have, although most of the time this pesky condition comes up as part of another topic. Hot spots are surface skin infections that generally look like circular bare patches in a dog’s fur and can be painfully itchy. They sometimes smell bad and ooze pus, but the most common sign of a hot spot is your dog being agitated and constantly scratching, licking or biting the affected area.

vinegar-water solution on the spot a few times daily -- your veterinarian can recommend the most effective treatment. Certainly, if home treatment doesn’t work or your dog’s condition worsens, you should consult a vet. Prevention -- or management after a bout with hot spots -- is important. After your dog goes swimming, shower it off well, dry as much as possible and wipe the outer part of the ears with a dry cotton ball. Treat regularly for fleas to minimize their impact. Groom your dog regularly -- especially if it has a thick coat -- to prevent his undercoat from getting matted and trapping moisture and bacteria against the skin.

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struction either from tutors or in schools. • Although Thomas Jefferson had supported the concept of free public education, elementary schooling was only available to America’s wealthy until the 1840s. That’s when reformers like Horace Mann of Massachusetts and Henry Barnard of Connecticut began to push for tax-funded schools with the belief that universal education would produce good citizens, unite society, prevent crime and end poverty. • Until the 1930s, most Americans only completed eight years of school. High School only became popular during the Great Depression, when job-strapped communities saw benefits to keeping teenagers in class and out of the workforce where they’d only serve as low-cost competition to adults. • Founded in 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth and the Anglican Diocese of Huron, the University of Western Ontario is one of Canada’s oldest and best universities. The first students graduated in arts and medicine in 1883. • Remember James Meredith? The University of Mississippi gained national attention when it denied admission to James Meredith, an African American, who applied in 1961. He took the case to court, won, and started classes at Ole Miss in 1963. What many people don’t know is that he successfully graduated in 1964 and has been a supporter of Ole Miss ever since. • 74.9 million: That’s the number of people enrolled in school throughout the United States — from nursery school to college. To put this in perspective, this amounts to more than one-fourth of the U.S. population age 3 and older. • Of the approximately 7.2 million teachers in the United States, 2.9 million work at elementary and middle school levels. On average, median annual wages of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranged from $47,100 to $51,180 in May 2008; the lowest 10 percent earned $30,970 to $34,280; the top 10 percent earned $75,190 to $80,970. The average hourly wage for other school workers? Bus drivers earn $16.56 an hour, custodians earn $14.19 an hour, and cafeteria workers earn about $11.60 an hour. • The average number of children participating each month in the United States’ national school lunch program in 2009 was 31.3 million. That’s a lot of milk. • America’s total apple production estimate in 2009 was 20.11 billion pounds, up four percent from 2007. The chances are good that the apples your children present to their teachers or enjoy for lunch were grown in Washington State, which accounts for more than half of the nation’s total production.

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It’s Hard to Let Go of Mother’s House By Samantha Mazzotta

Q: About a year ago, I sold my mother’s home to a friend of my daughter’s. It is a well-built old farmhouse with a couple of acres and lots of history. My parents added all sorts of personal touches in and around the house, as my father loved woodworking. I’ve visited a few times since then, and I don’t like what my friend is doing to the house. The woodworking shop is filled with junk, some custom shelves were painted over, and he and his three kids don’t keep things very clean. I’m not happy about this. What can I do to get him to take better care of the house? -Jim H., Gardner, N.H. A: In a word -- nothing. You sold the house lock, stock and barrel, and the new owner can do pretty much whatever he wants with it.

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If your small appliance has a long cord, try looping it and stuffing the excess through a cardboard paper-towel or toilet-paper roll. Protect the teeth on handsaws by covering them up in storage. Cut a length of garden hose to fit the length of the saw, then split it down the side. Push the teeth of the saw into the split, and your saw -- and you -- are protected. “Here’s an excellent way to save money: Foster a relationship with your immediate neighbors to form a natural cooperative. You can borrow tools and resources, perform group tasks and share experience. These all build a better community, but they save money too.” -- A.A. in Florida

“You can buy fancy hide-a-keys for your home that look like rocks, etc., and have a hidden compartment. But you don’t have to go to the expense if all you want is to have a spare emergency key. Put a copy of your house key in Ladies, pick up a bottle of inexpensive a watertight container, such as a small, plastic Tupperware container, and bury it in a conditioner to use as shaving cream. It softens memorable spot. Stick a rock on top to remind and moisturizes while helping you to get a nice you of where it is buried.” -- V.E. in Washington shave. -- E.S. in Georgia

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Fungus, Not Sun, Causes Sunspots

DR. DONOHUE: What causes sunspots? They appear even when we have not been exposed to the sun. -- Anon.

ANSWER: The sun has nothing to do with sunspots. A fungus is their cause. The fungus depigments patches of skin so they are lighter than the surrounding skin. The sun comes into play only because it darkens the surrounding skin and the spots stand out like a sore thumb. Selenium sulfide and fungal medicines like Lotrimin, Naftin and Tinactin can usually dislodge the fungus. The depigmented skin stays light for quite some time, and people believe the medicines have not worked. In time, pigmentation returns. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 76. I am the fifth of eight boys. Three had the shingles. Our parents are gone. I want to get the shingles vaccine, but was told by friends that you cannot get the shot if you did not have chickenpox. I don’t remember whether I had chickenpox. -- P. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I recovered from shingles a few years ago. After hearing many horror stories about shingles, I wonder if I should consider getting the vaccine to prevent another outbreak. -- J.V.

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ANSWER: Almost every older American has been infected with the chickenpox virus, whether or not they can remember having had the illness. That indicates that almost all older Americans still harbor the chickenpox virus in their nerve cells. In later years, the virus escapes from nerve cells and travels down the nerve to the skin, where it brings about an outbreak of shingles. Therefore, all older people qualify for the shingles vaccine, regardless of their ability to remember having had chickenpox. Authorities recommend that those who have had a shingles outbreak get the vaccine. It is true that a shingles outbreak affords some protection against a second outbreak, but return visits from the shingles virus do occur, so, J.V., you qualify for the vaccine. Shingles is a painful experience, and the pain can last long after the rash has gone. The shingles booklet explains this common problem and how it’s treated. To obtain a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1201W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am sick and tired about all this exercise talk. What proof exists that it is such a health boon? I am not into exercise, have never been into it and probably will never be into it. Can you say with a straight face that proof really exists that exercise extends life? -- R.R. ANSWER: Yes, I can. And I can do so with a straight face. The studies that show exercise improves health are too numerous to cite. A recent study showed that men (although no women were included in the study, I am sure it applies equally to them) who increased the intensity and frequency of physical exercise had their mortality cut in half from a control group that did not exercise. Consistent exercise bestows the same health benefits that come from not smoking.

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Support Community Sustainability-Shop & Hire Locally-Tell Them Tidbits® Sent You! SCHOOL (continued): • In the fall of 2009, a record of nearly 49.8 million students attended public elementary and secondary schools in America. Of these, almost 35.0 million were in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade and 14.8 million in grades 9 through 12. An additional 5.8 million students attended private schools in 2009. • The per-pupil expenditure on public elementary and secondary education for the United States in 2007 was almost $10,000. New York spent the most among states or state equivalents ($15,981), followed by New Jersey ($15,691) and the District of Columbia ($14,324). Utah ($5,683) spent the least per student, on average. • Education pays off. According to a recent study reported in U.S. News & World Report, college graduates earn an average $20,000 a year more than people who only have a high school diploma. So get a degree. • In the fall of 2009, a record 18.4 million students were expected to attend America’s 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, an increase of about 3.1 million since fall 2000. • Females were expected to comprise the majority of those college students, numbering about 10.5 million compared to 7.9 million males in fall 2009. Although the majority of students will attend full time (an estimated 11.4 million for fall 2009), about 7.0 million are expected to attend part time. • Go Buckeyes. The largest college campus in the United States by enrollment is Ohio State University, in Columbus, which in the fall of 2009 enrolled 55,014 students. No wonder their football games are sellouts; think of all the students on campus. • The most expensive college in America by tuition is Middlebury College in Vermont, with an annual tuition of $43,690. The most expensive college, when figuring tuition along with housing, books, clothing, etc., is Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, N.Y., with yearly costs computed to be $54,410. • In addition to graduates, all kinds of interesting things come out of colleges. At Rutgers University in New Jersey, scientists developed Cheez Wiz, a college delight and student staple if there ever was one. • Royal Roads University is the only Canadian university to offer its MBA program in Mandarin. Considering China’s massive economy, that’s a wise choice.

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It was American drama critic and author John Mason Brown who made the following sage observation: “Reasoning with a child is fine if you can reach the child’s reason without destroying your own.” The first Wal-Mart was located in the town of Rogers, Ark. When it opened in 1962, it had a total of 16,000 square feet of space. Today, there are Wal-Mart Supercenters all over the United States, and they measure at least 100,000 square feet and can range up to 220,000 square feet. The original Maytag company was known for making horse-drawn buggies rather than appliances. The word “pretzel” comes from the Latin word for “little reward.” Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania conducted a joint study on Americans’ weight. They concluded that if current trends continue, 86 percent of adults in this country will be obese by 2030.

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: I just saw Natasha Henstridge in the TV movie you recommended, “The Devil’s Teardrop,” and I really liked it. : Christopher Walken has always been What are some other things I can see her a favorite of mine, and I wonder what is in? -- Lindsay D., via e-mail coming up in his future, project-wise? -- Elva : Natasha told me that, while P., Fort Worth, Texas she is mulling over different : The versatile 67-year-old actor projects at the moment, the next has many big-screen movie projects thing you can see her in is the Aug. in the works, including “The Irishman,” 29 episode of Lifetime Television’s “Life’s a Beach,” “A Girl and a Gun” hit “Drop Dead Diva.” As Natasha and “Wild Oats,” the latter of which just explained: “I get to stir up some started filming and is a comedy co-starring trouble. I play Claire Harrison, Christina Ricci, Shirley MacLaine and who is the partner of the law firm Bill Pullman. While Christopher is an with J Parker -- Parker & Harrison. excellent dramatic actor, I love to see him So J Parker and Claire Harrison cut-up in a comedy, so “Wild Oats” is have some history, and I go over one I’m especially looking forward to. Christopher Walken there and make some trouble, both businesswise and personally.” *** : I finally rented “The Cove” and was disgusted and heartbroken to witness the : I recently watched a movie called “The slaughter of those beautiful dolphins. Since the Last of the Dogmen,” starring Tom movie came out, have things gotten better over Berenger, and it got me to wondering what there in Japan? -- Julia S., West Palm Beach, he’s been up to lately. -- Mary W., Southbury, Fla. Conn. : Tom can be seen on the big screen -: I spoke with Ric O’Barry, longtime dolphin and in 3-D -- in the summer blockbuster activist and subject of the award-winning “Inception.” (FYI: So far, this is my favorite documentary “The Cove.” He is sad to report that movie of the summer.) His movie “Sinners and the slaughter and capture of wild dolphins still ts” also is touring the festival circuit. Sain occurs, albeit on a “lesser” scale.








“The dolphin slaughter begins Sept. 1 and goes through March,” he said. “During that period last year in that the town of Taiji, the mayor and the city council implemented a no-kill policy. They were bringing dolphins in and capturing them for the dolphin swim program -- the dolphin-captivity industry. But they let about 300 of them go. They still kill pilot whales, but they stopped killing bottle-nosed dolphins, probably thinking, ‘That will appease them.’ But we don’t know what’s

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Bob Dylan

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, Bob Dylan is perhaps the best known and best loved of all American singer-songwriters. • Robert Allen Zimmerman’s birth date is thought to be May 24, 1941. But a passport issued to Robert Dylan in 1974 says his birth date is May 11, 1941. So which is it Bob? • Dylan was scheduled to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on May 12, 1963. He was going to sing “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues.” But during the dress rehearsal, he was told that “John Birch” was deemed too controversial by network censors, and program producer Bob Precht, whose idea it was to invite Dylan on the show, asked him to sing another song. Dylan declined and did not appear. • In August 1969, Dylan made his first paid public performance since July 26, 1966, when he broke his neck in the crash of his Triumph 500 motorcycle. Backed by the Band, he performed in front of 200,000 people at England’s Isle of Wight festival. He was paid $75,000 for a 70-minute performance. • In 1967, while recuperating from his motorcycle accident, Dylan signed with MGM Records, home of the Righteous Brothers, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Connie Francis and the late Hank Williams. MGM withdrew the contract, and Dylan signed with Columbia. • Dylan won his first Grammy in 1980 for best rock vocal performance for the religiousoriented “Gotta Serve Somebody.” • Dylan’s reputation as a songwriter is larger than his record sales. His best-selling album is “Greatest Hits” (1967), which sold between 2 million and 3 million copies. The runner-up is “Greatest Hits - Vol. II” (1971), selling one million copies. Columbia Records doesn’t release sales figures, but a press release said Vol. II is nearing double-platinum status. The next bestsellers are “Desire” (‘76) and “Blood on the Tracks” (‘75).

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Bob Dylan (continued): • Dylan was not a big hit-maker either. None of his singles ever reached No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart. “Like a Rolling Stone” (‘65) peaked at No. 2, as did “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” (‘66). • Three Dylan songs begin with nearly the same line, “Early in the morning.” The songs are “Obviously Five Believers,” “Pledging My Time” and “Tangled Up in Blue” (which actually starts “early one morning”). • Dylan’s harmonica is heard on records by Harry Belafonte, George Harrison, Steve Goodman, Roger McGuinn, Booker T. and Priscilla Jones, Doug Sahm, Carolyn Hester, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Sly & Robbie. • Dylan had a rule that he only recorded music at night. He would show up to the studio around 9 p.m. and work until the early hours of morning Occasionally his band would record music pieces during the day and try to get Dylan to listen to them.


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There aren’t any major movie releases this week, but “Boy, Howdy” are there some awesome TV series boxed sets coming out. Lost: The Complete Sixth & Final Season/Lost: The Complete Collection (Unrated) -- Two huuuuge releases for Losties this week: The final season’s boxed set and a massive, goody-laden collection of the complete series. The Season 6 set is just about what you’d expect: All the episodes, audio commentaries, bloopers, deleted scenes, a couple of supplemental featurettes, plus the much-hyped coda featuring the adventures Terry O’Quinn as of Hugo and Ben Linus the events of the John Locke in “Lost” after finale as they take on the job of being caretakers of the island. “The Complete Collection” is more than just a boxed set of all six seasons. It’s 38 discs (one of which contains all-new never-before-seen content); more than 30 hours of bonus material; plus, a replica of the island, episode guide, an ankh, black light and a playable Senet game with black and white stones. The packaging of “The Complete Collection” is simply awesome. Of course, Awesome comes at a

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Although there are only eight living species of bear, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe and Asia. • Since prehistoric times, bears have been hunted for their meat and fur. To this day, they play a prominent role in the arts, mythology and other cultural aspects of various human societies. • The eight species of bears are: Malayan Sun Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacled Bear, American Black Bear, Brown Bear or Grizzly Bear, Polar Bear, Asiatic Black Bear and Panda Bears. • The collective name for a group of bears is a sleuth or sloth, but with the exceptions of courting individuals and mothers with their young, bears are typically solitary animals. They are generally active during the day (diurnal), but may be active during the night (nocturnal) or twilight (crepuscular), particularly around humans. • Bears have an excellent sense of smell, and despite their heavy build and awkward gait, they can run quickly and are adept climbers and swimmers. • Black bears are particularly good tree climbers as well as swimmers. And they are pretty good runners, at up to 30 miles per hour. • Bears use shelters such as caves and burrows

as their dens, which are occupied by most species during the winter for a long period of sleep, some up to three to five months. This period is often called hibernation but is not true hibernation. Today, scientists prefer to call bears’ winter nap “denning.” • Panda bears weigh about 250 pounds. The average lifespan of a panda bear is 20 to 30 years. Curiously, they do not sleep during the winter as other bear species do. The panda was actually

Pawn Stars: Season Two (Unrated) -- Just about everyone has their reality-show guilty pleasure. Some folks get their kicks with the guidos on the “Jersey Shore,” but for my money, I’ll take Las Vegas and the Harrison clan. The History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” is the perfect storm of kitsch, white-trash drama and High Weirdness. It’s like “Antiques Roadshow” made a baby with the gang from “American Chopper.” Every Monday night, a parade of desperate individuals enter the Harrisons’ pawn shop. Some have odd or interesting stuff to sell, like an antique barber chair or a rare coin or pinball machine, or vintage Army flamethrower. Others bring in things -- like the legendary Taj Mahal Treasure -- that make you ask, “Why are these idiots trying to sell this at a pawn shop instead of auctioning it off at Christies?” It’s this bizarre mix of the mundane, odd and outright mind-blowingly ridiculous that makes “Pawn Stars” one of the most entertaining reality shows on TV. The Season Two set contains all 32 episodes and some bonus footage. MORE TV SERIES “The Simpsons” The Complete Thirteenth Season “Flight of the Conchords” The Complete Collection “90210” The Complete Second Season “Gossip Girl” The Complete Third Season “NCIS: Season Seven” “Ghost Hunters International” Season 1, Part 2 “Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg” “The Patty Duke Show” Season Three “Ax Men” The Complete Season 3 “Ancient Aliens” The Complete Season 1 “Gangland” Complete Season 5 (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

threatened species. The grizzly bear, on average, weighs between 300 to 800 pounds. Some, of course, are larger than that. • The polar bear is the largest land carnivore in the world. The average adult male weighs between 850 to 900 pounds (380 to 400 kilograms). • The sloth bear has long shaggy hair and weighs an average of 120 to 310 pounds (54 to 141 kilograms). • The diet of bears varies according to their habitat and can consist of meat and plants. • Male bears are referred to as boars or he-bears. A female is called a sow or she-bear. Their offspring, or a baby bear, is called a cub. • The average size of a litter of cubs is four. • Bears tend to mark their territory by clawing, biting and rubbing trees.

not officially considered a bear until 1995. • The giant panda is universally loved, but this peaceful animal faces many dangers. Its population is small and isolated, as its traditional forest habitat in southwest China’s mountainous areas becomes more fragmented. The government has set up more than 30 reserves, but habitat destruction and poaching continue to pose a threat. • The size of bears varies, according to species. They can reach a height of 6-and-a-half-feet tall; they can weigh 600 pounds or more. • The grizzly bear is not endangered, but it is a

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