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● On Feb. 28, 1940, Mario Andretti, whose name will become synonymous with American auto racing, is born in Montona, Italy. He officially retired from racing in 1994 as the only driver to ever win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 and a Formula One championship. ● On Feb. 29, 1980, the iconic glasses worn by rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Buddy Holly, lost since his death in a plane crash in 1959, are found in Mason City, Iowa. The plane wreckage was strewn across snowcovered cornfields, and the glasses weren’t found until the snow melted in the spring. They were given to the Cerro Gordo County SheriffÕs office, where they sat filed away for the next 21 years in a sealed envelope. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• A rapidly expanding population in New York during the mid-1800s created a desperate need for a connection between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and expert bridge engineer John Roebling was appointed to design a suspension bridge. Roebling had achieved fame as the inventor of the twisted wire rope cable in 1841 and had already designed several renowned bridges, many still in use today. Roebling’s design called for steel cable for the first time, replacing the iron wire previously used. His truss system was six times stronger than it needed to be, able to withstand 18,700 tons. • Just weeks before construction began in 1869, Roebling was doing some final site surveys when a ferryboat crushed his foot while pulling into a pier. Three weeks later, he was dead from tetanus. The project was handed over to his son, Washington Roebling, who had assisted his father in the designs. • Excavation was accomplished through the use of 3,000-ton, airtight cylinders called caissons. Workers rode down to the caissons in small iron containers, which were filled with compressed air. They used shovels and dynamite to clear away silt and boulders from the river bottom, working their way to the bedrock. The trip to and from the bottom proved deadly for some. Many laborers suffered from decompression sickness, commonly known as “the bends,” when dangerous amounts of nitrogen gas entered their bloodstreams. • Washington Roebling himself became paralyzed and was forced to monitor the bridge’s progress from his bed, using a telescope. He trained his wife Emily in mathematics and engineering and dictated instructions to her, and she made daily trips to the bridge to oversee the project under her husband’s direction. • Fourteen years after construction began, the bridge was officially dedicated in May of 1883. Emily Roebling was given the first ride over the bridge, followed by 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people. Vehicles paid five cents to cross and pedestrians, one cent.

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• The total construction cost was $15.1 million, including $3.8 million for the land for the approaches. Twenty-seven workers died in the process from fires, explosions, falls or the bends. At its completion, it became the world’s longest suspension bridge at 3,460 feet, a record it held until 1903. The granite Gothic towers rise 276 feet in the air. • Just one week after opening, a woman tripped on the steps, and her companion screamed, sparking a panic that the bridge was about to collapse. A stampede followed, and 12 people were killed in the crush. A year later, P.T. Barnum touted the stability of the bridge by leading his famous circus attraction Jumbo and 21 other elephants across the bridge. • These days, about 145,000 vehicles and 4,000 pedestrians cross the bridge on a daily basis, making it the second busiest bridge in New York City. There are six lanes of automobile traffic, two of which carried elevated trains until 1944. Today, commercial vehicles and buses are not allowed to use the bridge due to the road’s height and weight restrictions. Although nearly 130 years old, it still ranks as the 44th longest suspension bridge in the world.

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December 22– January 19

June 22– July 22 Green never looked so good, Cancer. Find more ways to implement the three R’s—reduce, reuse, recycle—and keep more green in your pocket.

January 20– February 18 Think pink, Aquarius, and that stink you raised will dissipate before it does more harm than good. Shades of rose and coral pique your curiosity and get you snooping.

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The color gray will play a significant role in your life this week, Capricorn, and it won’t be all bad. A treasured heirloom holds the key to a precarious situation.

It is not black and white, as you were led to believe, Leo. Get the facts before you make your decision. A friend requires some counseling.

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February 19– March 20 Sunny days are here again, Pisces, and yellow is the key to making quick work of every project you’re given. A blast from the past makes a joyous announcement.

You’ve never been one to brown nose, but the superior you’re about to encounter will require it. Submit, Virgo, or prepare to receive more grief than you deserve.

March 21– April 19 Red spells passion, and it will be all around you this week, Aries. Make the most of it by getting things done and showing that special someone how much they mean to you.

September 23– October 22 Lucky Libra. You get back in the black and you learn how to stay there. Mealtimes around the table foster connections and provide insight into a recurring dilemma.

April 20– May 20 You’ve got the blues, but they won’t last long with the arrival of a long-lost friend. Take time out to catch up and reminisce, Taurus. It will be just the boost you need.

October 23– November 21 Shades of purple indicate a period of extravagance is about to beset your home. Don’t worry, Scorpio. It won’t last long enough to alter anything permanently.

May 21– June 21 Knock-knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad your finances are starting to look up, Gemini? Keep saving, keep investing and financial freedom will be yours.

November 22– December 21 White beckons to you from every turn and can only mean one thing, Sagittarius. You need to learn to relax, starting now. Arrange for some TV time or a long bubble bath.


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Rising mysteriously from a vast plain in the middle of the English countryside sits Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument of stones. How did the stones get to such an unusual spot, and who put them there? Follow along and learn more about one of the most famous sites in the world. • Archaeologists use the term “henge” to refer to a prehistoric circular monument surrounded by a ditch. It’s believed that England’s Stonehenge was built in at least four stages from 2800 to 1800 B.C. The inner circle is made up of smaller “bluestones,” which weigh up to about four tons each. They probably came from the southwestern tip of Wales, 240 miles from the site. Theories suggest that the stones were dragged by roller and sledge from the mountains to a Welsh harbor, where they were loaded onto barges and sailed along the coast and then up England’s River Avon. • The stones in the outer circle weigh up to 50 tons each, and probably came from the Marlborough area of England. It’s estimated that at least 600 men would have been required to get each stone past the steepest part of the route, 20 miles north of the site. Once the stones were at the site, ropes would have been attached to the top and teams of men would have pulled each to an upright position and packed its base with small stones. The horizontal stones were fitted in place with sophisticated tongue and groove joints. One of these large stones has images of a dagger and 14 axeheads carved into its exterior. • Near the center of Stonehenge lies an altar stone, thought to have stood upright at one time facing the rising of the sun. • Why was this formation built in the first place? It was primarily a burial place and ceremonial site, perhaps even a place of healing or for sun worship. Its main axis is aligned on the Earth’s solstice axis. At midsummer, the sunrise is in alignment with the stones, as is the midwinter sunset, implying a considerable knowledge of astronomy, along with ceremonial observances of the changing of the seasons. A large stone known as the Heel Stone, measuring 16 feet above ground, lies outside the henge’s main entrance. Standing within Stonehenge on the summer solstice, a viewer can watch the sun rise precisely above the stone. • There are many burial mounds located throughout the site, and at least 64 cremated remains have been found. More than 1,800 shards of Roman pottery have been found, along with Roman coins and jewels that may have accompanied burials.

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2. In a covered jar, combine evaporated milk and flour. Shake well to blend. Pour milk mixture into cabbage mixture. Mix well to combine. We now have more winter behind us than before us, but 3. Stir in parsley flakes, black pepper, bacon bits and it sure seems like a long, long time before we see spring. Parmesan cheese. Lower heat and continue cooking Here in the Midwest, our days are still short and cold and until mixture thickens and is heated through, stirring will be for several more weeks. We need some comforting occasionally. Makes 4 (1 1/4-cup) servings. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. soup NOW to see us through.

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