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December 22– January 19

Romance heats up with the tiniest of gifts. Travel over the weekend satisfies the thirst for adventure and uncovers some great finds. Enjoy, Capricorn.

January 20– February 18 Ooh-la-la, Aquarius. Who knew you had it in you. An offer deserves a second look. It is not too good to be true. A trip down memory lane gets the creative juices flowing.

February 19– March 20 Love is in the air, and this is your chance to let that special someone know how much they mean to you, Pisces. The ordinary will not do. Think outside of the box.

June 22– July 22 Romantic gestures pay off and passion burns bright. Make it a week to remember, Cancer. Mum is the word from a young friend. Don’t you dare do otherwise.

July 23– August 22 You have too much on your plate to take on something else, but an old friend sure could use your help. See what you can do, Leo. A deadline is extended.

August 23– September 22 Feeling like you’re at the end of your rope, Virgo? So is everyone else. Do what you can to rally the troops and muster up the motivation to see it through.

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“NATIONAL” WORDS (continued): • French: Chefs know what it means to “french” a food item. It’s a verb that means to cut into thin strips, like, well, french fries. (And yes, that’s how the finger-friendly potato dish took its name.) Green beans are another item commonly prepared in this manner. • Maltese: These tiny spaniels are easy to identify thanks to their long, silky coats. The American Kennel Club groups them with other “Toy Dogs” like Pugs and Yorkshire Terriers. Feline aficionados also use the term A lady to wasdescribe pulled over for speeding. When the Maltese policeman checked her driver’s license, he said, cats that have a si“You are wearing glasses on you license and milarly grayyou’re silky, not now. I’m going to have to give you a blue coat. ticket.” The lady responded, officer, I have contacts.” • Colombian: This term“But means different things The policeman said, “Look, lady, don’tyou care to different people, depending on I how who you know, I’m giving you a ticket!” get your “jones.” Narcotics dealers may refer to their products as Colombian, although the actual source is often unknown. Luckily, the majority of us prefer a bit of legal Colombian, as in the coffee grown in the South American nation. The prevalence of coffee shops throughout America is proof enough that many of us just can’t get along in the morning without a hot cup of Colombian.

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• On Feb. 26, 1919, more than 800,000 acres of the Grand Canyon is established as a national park. The Grand Canyon is the product of millions of years of excavation by the mighty Colorado River. The chasm is exceptionally deep -- dropping more than a mile into the earth -and is 15 miles across at its widest point. • On Feb. 21, 1927, humorist Erma Bombeck is born in Dayton, Ohio. Her first book, “At Wit’s End” (1967), comprised a collection of her columns. Among her many other popular books were “The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank” (1976) and “If Life Is a Bowl Of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?” (1978).

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