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by Patricia L. Cook This issue of Tidbits is not just about nosey neighbors or co-workers (but they will be mentioned…shhh! Don’t tell them!), but also about noses that are superior in sensing aromas. • There have been a number of television shows and movies that have featured nosey neighbors. Whether putting a glass against the wall to listen to voices in the next room or peeping through a keyhole, there are times when curiosity gets the best of a person and they just want to know what is going on! Examples of these “snoopy” tricks can be found in videos of I Love Lucy, Friends, Bewitched. • One of the main characters of the show, Bewitched, was Gladys Kravitz. She was constantly spying on her interesting neighbor, Samantha, who happened to be a witch. When the show was on television in the 1960s and had quite a following, many would refer to their nosey neighbors as having the “Gladys Kravitz syndrome!” • In case you are wondering, nosey can be spelled with or without the “e,” according to It is an adjective meaning: “offensively curious or inquisitive.” While people can be nosey in the inquisitive way, many animals have superior smelling abilities. • One such beast with an extraordinary sense of smell is the bear. A bear’s brain is only about a third of the size of a human brain but his nose is approximately five times larger; the nasal mucous membrane in a bear’s head is 100 times larger than the membrane in a human! Their nostrils have folds that house thousands of smell receptors making their sense of smell better than bloodhounds and possibly the

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Olinger_AmerMemLife.indd NOSEY (continued):1 best of any land animal. Bears use their sense of smell to find mates, identify their cubs, find food, and detect and avoid dangerous situations involving other bears or humans. • In California, a black bear was seen traveling upwind in a straight line for three miles to find a dead deer. Some studies have shown that a bear’s sense of smell is actually seven times better than a bloodhound’s. • Speaking of bloodhounds; they are possibly the best detectives known! Their sense of smell is so good that they beat the best man-made odor detecting machines. Even after several days of a person’s trail going through streets, shops and more, a bloodhound can still follow the scent. Some dogs have been trained to detect types of cancer with greater accuracy than very expensive screening equipment. • Detecting scents underwater is what a shark’s brain does well. Approximately two-thirds of a shark’s brain is focused on smell. They can detect a tiny drop of blood from more than a mile (1.6 km) away. They can even detect nervousness in other fish, which helps them find and destroy prey very easily.

3/5/13 10:32 PM registered in Belgium with headquarters in Tanzania. Their rats are called HeroRATs. • Three countries that have been helped with mine detection rats are Tanzania, Mozambique and Thailand. When the land is cleared of landmines, not only does it make an area safer for those living nearby but it also makes the land accessible for use and many times opens up water sources nearby as well. • HeroRATs are also trained for tubercolsis detection. Read about these super smellers at: • On to a prettier animal – moths can sniff out a future mate in flight 6-7 miles (9-11 km) away. The feathery antennae allow this fine searching ability. • Snakes use their tongues in a flicking action not just to scare humans and animals, but to smell with. Snakes do have nostrils and nasal cavities but don’t use them to smell. • Most birds have keen eyesight but their sense of smell is lacking. The albatross is an exception. This large bird hovers above the water, usually an ocean, looking for its next meal. An albatross has an extra-large nose on top of its beak. The oversized honker helps an albatross detect food even in the dark.

• In many instances humans have better recall of smells than visual recall. One study found a 65% accuracy for smell after a year, while visual recall of photos was below 50% after only three months. NOSEY (continued): • Rats can be trained, like dogs, to use their extraordinary sense of smell to help humans in life-saving ways, one of which is to detect land mines. Rats can smell in stereo, with each of their nostrils working independently! • The advantage to using rats instead of dogs for this type of defense work is not just because of dogs’ reputation as “man’s best friend” and the close relationships handlers form with dogs but also because they are cheaper to keep and train. • Giant African pouched rats are used for mine detection by APOPO, an acronym from the Dutch language which means Anti=Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling. In case you don’t speak Dutch, it is translated Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development. APOPO conducts research and “develops and disseminates detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes.” It is a company

• People with oversized noses tend to have many critics. Some celebrities have actually become famous in part because of their noses. Many refer to their noses as a proboscis, a facetious use of the word that is defined as a trunk of an elephant or a long flexible snout, usually referring to animals. • Jimmy Durante was a very popular entertainer known for his jokes about his nose and a silly song he called Inka Dinka Do he recorded in 1934. A great piano player, jazz musician, band leader and one of the early stars of television, his nickname was Schnozzola, a name he coined himself for his large nose. • Bing Crosby called his friend and fellow comedian, Bob Hope, “Old Ski Nose.” Hope’s nose wasn’t especially big but was long and thin and had a bit of a curve up. Many caricatures were drawn of the comic’s nose. Hope joked about his nose saying that “my nose came on screen 10 minutes before the rest of my face.” • Another large-nosed entertainer was Danny Thomas. He was the star of Make Room for Daddy, a popular television comedy from 195364. He left an honorable legacy by founding the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in 1962.

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: A while back you mentioned that Tyler Perry had a new movie coming out called “We the Peeples,” but I’ve seen neither hide nor hair of it. Is it still being released? -- Sherri W., via e-mail : May 10 is the day that “We the Peeples” will see the light of day. The movie stars Craig Robinson (“The Office”), Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) and Kali Hawk (“Bridesmaids” and “New Girl”) among many others in this large ensemble cast. Kali Hawk I spoke with Kali about the movie, and she told me a bit about it: “It’s about a family, and our last name is Peeples. It’s kind of like ‘Meet the Parents.’ Kerry Washington, who plays my sister, is dating Craig Robinson, and she brings him home to meet the family. Our family is very uppity, very wealthy and very strict. We have our certain way of doing things, with our dad at the helm -- played by David Alan Grier -- who rules with an iron fist. “It’s not really clear if Craig’s character can ever fit in with the Peeples family. But he definitely gets an A-plus for effort throughout the film. He shows us a few things about ourselves that we needed to take a look at. That’s where a lot of the comedy comes in: Whenever you try to pinpoint people with a little bit of truth, if they’re not prepared for it, look out.” *** : I heard that one of my favorite TV shows, “Veronica Mars,” is coming back to television. Is that true? ? Elaine Y., Mobile, Ala. : “Veronica Mars” has indeed been resurrected, but as a feature film. In an unprecedented Kickstarter campaign ( is a fundraising website where you can set up a “cause” for which you need money, and people can donate to help you raise the funds), “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas raised the $2 million needed for the film in approximately 11 hours! Because of the loyalty and passion of fans of the show, Kristen Bell and company will return to the big screen, as Veronica comes back to town for her 10-year high-school reunion. *** : When will “Awkward” be back on MTV? -- Janie G., via e-mail : Both of the previous seasons of the hit MTV teen comedy began in summer, but because of season three’s extended season, Jenna, Matty, Jake, Tamara and the rest of the crew will return a little earlier this year. “Awkward” premieres Tuesday, April 16, at 10 p.m. ET/PT with two back-to-back new episodes. *** READERS: In concert with the recent trend of uncanceling previously canceled television shows, Lifetime has decided to renew “Drop Dead Diva” for a fifth season after all. The show’s producers had to do some “creative financing” with the network to make this next season happen, but creator Josh Berman insists viewers will not be cheated on content, story or characters because of this.




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“Thawing frozen water pipes can be very tricky. Some people use a hot pad wrapped around the pipe; others have been known to use a hair dryer. (Electricity and water don’t mix, though. Be careful.) Hopefully, you learned any lessons the easy way this winter, but if you had to patch any pipes, make sure you get them repaired ASAP. Sometimes people forget as soon as the weather turns nice.” -- A Plumber in Illinois ¥ When drilling holes in the wall, tape an


envelope, open side out, to the wall just under where you’ll be drilling. Open the envelope up a bit so that any dust will fall directly down into the opening. It will keep your working area nice and neat! ¥ To make a special quilted keepsake, sew together baby’s receiving blankets. ¥ Want a delicious coating for chicken? Try basting with mayonnaise, and then dip in crushed crackers. The crumbs stick well to the mayo, and it’s especially delicious with crushed butter crackers, like Ritz. ¥ When washing stockings by hand, add a tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water. It will keep the stretch better. Also, if you line-dry

them outdoors, slip a spoon or a few coins into the toe. This will keep them from twisting up in the wind. ¥ “If, like me, you are washing your winter sweaters to pack away, add a bit of hair conditioner to the rinse. Also, don’t try to pull them into shape when drying. Just lay them flat. If you have a screen, you can set it up so that the sweater dries from both sides. This is best.” -- D.Y. in Kentucky Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By Chris Richcreek 1. In 2012, Stephen Strasburg became the sixth majorleague pitcher since 1900 to notch 200 strikeouts in fewer than 30 career games. Who else has done it? 2. Entering 2013, who was the last major-league pitcher with consecutive seasons of at least 20 wins? 3. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball tied an NCAA record in 2011 for most touchdowns in a season (39). Who else holds the mark? 4. In 2012, Deron Williams set a Nets team record for most points in a game (57). Who had held the record? 5. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in 2013 became Pittsburgh’s all-time leader in victories (227). Who had held the mark? 6. How many times has a defender been named MVP of the Major League Soccer Cup final? 7. Who was the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic judo medal? Answers 1. Hideo Nomo (23 games), Kerry Wood (23), Dwight Gooden (25), Mark Prior (27) and Herb Score (29). 2. Houston’s Roy Oswalt won 20 games in both 2004 and 2005. 3. Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders, in 1988. 4. Mike Newlin scored 52 points in a game in 1979, and Ray Williams did the same in 1982. 5. Tom Barrasso, with 226. 6. Once -- the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez, in 2012. 7. Ronda Rousey won a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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LOCAL SPORTS with ERIC GOODMAN Nuggets are a Contender in the West By Eric Goodman

The Nuggets have put the Western Conference on notice. Thirteen straight wins will do that. But what makes the unluckiest number so impressive is how it’s constructed. Eight wins against playoff teams and six victories on the road, including a stunning capper over their NBA franchise record in Oklahoma City, is impossible to ignore. “We matured tonight,” said Andre Miller who scored nine consecutive points late in the fourth quarter to hold off the Thunder. The Nuggets could have folded when Oklahoma City scored 34 points in the first quarter, but they punched back with a 39-point explosion of their own in the second. Likely exhausted following an overtime win in

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Where Nice Teams Finish Last Kentucky was not merely “snubbed” by the NCAA selection committee; it was royally screwed. I’m not sure whom the admittedly volatile Wildcat coach John Calipari managed to anger, or what scandal lurks just below the surface at the program (mere speculation on both counts), but here’s a team that won the NCAA tournament last year, had a winning record in its conference and more than 20 wins -- the traditional bar most teams must meet in order to make the tournament -- and rather than getting a chance to defend its title, UK has been sent packing to the National Invitation Tournament. And I mean “sent packing” in the literal sense, too: Traditionally the first two rounds of the NIT are played at the higher seed’s home court. This year, an NCAA firstround bracket will be played on Kentucky’s home court, so the reigning champions -- college basketball royalty -- will be forced to mingle with the common folk outside the walls of Lexington’s 23,500 seat Rupp Arena castle on their way to the 3,000 seat Sewall Center in Coraopolis, Pa. This is not taking anything away from the fine Robert Chicago on Monday night, the Nuggets played one of their best defensive halves of the season – allowing only 38 points after intermission. This was a championship effort against a title contender. Many are starting to believe general manager Masai Ujiri spoke too soon when he said, “We’re not a contending team.” Many are starting to believe Miller spoke to soon when he said, “This is a superstar’s league, and you can’t win without a superstar.” Yet, it’s Miller who not only played like a star in the fourth quarter, but rallied his teammates before tipoff. “He gave us one amazing speech before this game saying there were no excuses coming off a back to back,” said Kenneth Faried, who scored 13 points to go with 15 rebounds. “Guys were just amped up and ready to play.” Just as impressive as the 13-game winning streak is what the Nuggets have done to the teams they’ve been chasing for most of the season in the conference standings. Denver beat the Thunder in the regular season series 3-1, won the regular season series against the Clippers 2-1, and won the regular season series against the Grizzlies 3-1. Only the Spurs are left for a clean sweep, with the series tied at 1-1 and two more games to go starting next Wednesday in San Antonio. You could make the case the Nuggets are not only serious contenders to win the West, but one of the legitimate favorites. This roster void of all-stars has done what few thought was possible – consistently beat the league’s top stars. But this is the regular season, and history suggests the stars will shine when

Morris squad or the suburban Pittsburgh university, but even the student body (about 5,000 strong) has to see the awkwardness of the situation. Interestingly enough, though I have lived in or have family ties in many major “barbecue towns,” whenever I’m asked, I always say the best BBQ I’ve ever had was Moonlight in Kentucky, and the girl who operates the sandwich stand in front of a classic dive bar somewhere in Pittsburgh that I wish I could remember the name of. The sandwich was the size of my head (which can get pretty big at times), and if I could have eaten half of it at one sitting, I’d have gotten another for the road. Back to the tournament scene ... it is nothing short of carnage and dismay --March lunacy, if you will. Virginia, Maryland, Alabama -- all similiarly screwed by the selection committee -round out the top seeds in the land of misfit teams. I’m not going to knock other programs and the at-large bids from other programs, but seriously ... only three teams from the SEC? You’d rather watch a mid-major instead of the team that lit up the NCAA’s little darling Duke twice (that’d be Maryland). Arizona State, Stanford, Baylor, Tennessee ... heck, names like St. John’s and Providence, these are nice programs. And this year, the nicest of them all will win it all at Madison Square Garden, the most famous arena in the world, for the chance to celebrate the fact that they finished last. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. it matters most – the playoffs. For right now, though, this has been one of the most enjoyable regular seasons in franchise history, led by an historic winning streak. Despite a baker’s dozen, the Nuggets remarkably sit where they’ve been during the majority of the streak, fifth place in the conference. Yet, this team is in prime position to sling shot past the Grizzlies and Clippers for the No. 3 seed. Thirteen wins in a row. Thirteen games to go, with only five against current playoff teams, and that includes the Spurs twice. The franchise record of 54 wins (set twice) is more than a realistic goal and a legitimate possibility. And these guys are on pace to eclipse the best regular season teams led by Alex English and Carmelo Anthony. The word “team” has become a dirty word in the NBA – replaced by stars. This little team that could is doing what many thought it couldn’t. Whether these Nuggets win 55-plus regular season games or not, they’ll forever be judged on winning an opening-round playoff series. They’ll be hailed for advancing to the Western Conference Finals and immortalized for making it to the NBA Finals. This season has been a smashing success highlighted by an historic streak, but the Nuggets have been down this regular-season road before only to dead end in the opening round. The legacy of this current roster will forever be defined as to what happens in the postseason. And despite last night’s win, that’s the way it should be. Eric Goodman hosts Afternoon Drive with Mac and Goodman from 3p-6p Monday through Friday on Mile High Sports Radio (AM1510 | FM 93.7).

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with a rose garden among them. The rose garden was first planted in 1922. • Hatley Park, with landscaping design dating back to 1912, is home to Royal Roads University. The 565 acre (228 ha) estate has three showcase areas with a beautiful rose garden as one of the three. In the early days of the estate 100 gardeners were employed to tend the grounds.

SMELL THE ROSES When you stop to “smell the roses,” you are taking the time to enjoy life. This term, an idiom, is one which many of us should stop to consider in this age where information is available instantly with the push of a few computer keys or a smartphone application and we stay too busy and too connected! • Roses have been popular for their beauty and scents for thousands of years. Historical evidence has shown that cultivation of roses most likely started in China. • According to “The Ultimate Rose Bush.” There are three groups of roses: wild roses, old garden roses recognized and established before 1867, and hybrid or modern roses. Hybrids are created when two roses are cultivated to create a new variety or breed. Most new hybrids are bred to create great scents or for blooms that are longer lasting. • With the popularity of rose scents, it is no wonder that an idiom for slowing down in life was spoken many years ago. Rose gardens are great places to relax and reflect. • The White House Rose Garden is quite possibly the most photographed rose garden in the world. President John F. Kennedy started the tradition of holding ceremonies and media events in the garden close to the Oval Office in Washington, D.C. Roses were first planted there in 1913. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation naming the rose as the official National Floral Emblem of America. • Victoria, British Columbia, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, on the western coast of Canada, is known as the City of Gardens. Not only does Victoria boast the presence of the beautiful Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site, but it is also home to Hatley Park. Both have exquisite rose gardens. • Butchart Gardens has 55 acres (22 ha) of flowers

• The largest rose garden in Asia is in the “garden city” of Chandigarh, India. An annual rose festival is held at Dr. Zakir Hussain Rose Garden where more than 2,000 varieties of roses and 50,000 rose trees bloom annually. It covers 30 acres (12 ha). • Empress Josephine of France created the rose garden of her dreams in 18th century France. She was the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte and her real name was actually “Rose.” Josephine purchased the Château de Malmaison in 1799. The home and grounds changed hands many times but were donated to the state in 1906. It is now one of the many historical museums in Paris. • The oldest municipal rose garden in the United States is Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, Connecticut. Only two and a half acres (1 ha), there are about 15,000 roses of approximately 800 varieties. • Portland, Oregon is the home of the “oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States.” The International Rose Test Garden was founded in 1917. Portland is also the “City of Roses” and has been hosting the Portland Rose Festival for 105 years! • Whether you live near or far from roses and rose gardens, take some time to appreciate the sights and smells of beauty around you!


Sweet Fruit Focaccia Wow! You mean THIS started with a can of biscuits!? It sure did -- but it doesn’t look or taste like it.

2 tablespoons fat-free milk 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 cup apricot spreadable fruit 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Sugar substitute to equal 2 tablespoons sugar 1 (7.5-ounce) package refrigerated buttermilk biscuits 1/4 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with butter-flavored cooking spray. 2. In a small bowl, combine milk, sugar substitute and cinnamon. Separate biscuits. Dip each biscuit into milk mixture, then arrange in prepared pie plate. Drizzle any remaining milk mixture evenly over top of biscuits. 3. Gently stir spreadable fruit to soften, then evenly spread over biscuit tops. Sprinkle raisins and pecans evenly over all. 4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Place pie plate on a wire rack and let set for at least 15 minutes. Cut into 6 wedges. Serves 6. ¥ Each serving equals: 199 calories, 7g fat, 3g protein, 31g carb., 360mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Fruit, 1 Fat. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


Bacon and Eggs Over Asparagus 8 slices bacon 1 pound asparagus spears, trimmed 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped Salt & Pepper 8 large eggs 3 tablespoons packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped 1. Preheat oven to 475 F. In 18- by 12-inch jelly-roll pan, arrange bacon slices in single layer, spacing 1/4 inch apart. Roast 8 to 9 minutes or until browned and crisp. Transfer to paper-towel-lined plate; set aside. Drain and discard excess bacon fat in pan, leaving thin film of fat. 2. Add asparagus to pan in single layer. Roll in fat until evenly coated. Arrange in tight single layer, with bottoms of spears touching one long side of pan. Sprinkle thyme and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper on asparagus. Roast 8 to 10 minutes or until asparagus spears are tender and browned. 3. Carefully crack eggs, without breaking yolks, directly onto asparagus spears, staggering if necessary and spacing 1/4 inch apart. Carefully return pan to oven. Roast 5 to 6 minutes or until whites are just set and yolks are still runny. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper on eggs. 4. Return bacon to pan; sprinkle eggs and asparagus with parsley and dill. To serve, use wide spatula to transfer to serving plates. Serves 4. Each serving: About 235 calories, 16g total fat (5g saturated), 435mg cholesterol, 405mg sodium, 4g total carbs, 1g dietary fiber, 18g protein. (c) 2013 Hearst Communications, Inc.All rights reserved

1. GEOGRAPHY: What is the capital of Kentucky? 2. GAMES: What was the name of the victim in the board game “Clue”? 3. BUSINESS: Which fast-food restaurant chain once had a motto “Hot Eats, Cool Treats”? 4. LITERATURE: Who wrote the novel “Cousin Bette”? 5. MATH: What is another name for integers? 6. LANGUAGE: What does the latin phrase “ecce homo” mean? 7. MOVIES: Ingrid Bergman won her first Oscar for her role in which movie? 8. MYTHOLOGY: In Greek myth, what kind of creature was the Echidna? 9. ART: Which Renaissance artist was often called “Il Divino,” the divine one, during his lifetime? 10. HISTORY: Who introduced the “Reign of Terror” during the French Revolution? Answers 1. Frankfort 2. Mr. Boddy 3. Dairy Queen 4. Honore de Balzac 5. Whole numbers 6. Behold the man 7. “Gaslight” 8. Half woman, half 9. Michelangelo snake 10. Maximilien Robespierre (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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HARRIET BEECHER STOWE Harriet Beecher Stowe was an author and an • When he first met Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist. She wrote travel essays, articles, Abraham Lincoln reportedly said, “So you’re memoirs and books. Her most famous work the little woman who wrote the book that was a novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. started this Great War!” (the Civil War) • Harriet Beecher was born into a prominent • Stowe reflected in one of her many journals religious family in America that was involved on her purposes for writing her famous novel: in many reform movements in the 19th “I wrote what I did because as a woman, as a century. mother I was oppressed and brokenhearted • Stowe became a student and then a teacher with the sorrows and injustice I saw, because at Hartford Female Seminary, as a Christian I felt the dishonor a school founded by her sister, to Christianity, because as a lover In 1850 when Catherine. Harriet married of my country I trembled at the Calvin Stowe in 1836 after her coming day of wrath.” threats of short teaching career. Calvin, • Even though Stowe meant her seceding from a teacher and Biblical scholar, novel to be an encouragement and the United welcomed Harriet’s supplemental help to free African Americans, States started many, even today, feel that income writing short stories about domestic life. The royalties being called an “Uncle Tom” is to rise from the she earned allowed her to hire southern states, a terrible slur. Many considered household help to assist with the the title character an epitome of Harriet Beecher seven children born to the couple. submissiveness. Stowe started • In 1850 when threats of • Stowe was ahead of her time seceding from the United States in thoughts and actions for writing started to rise from the southern equality of the races. She created states, Harriet Beecher Stowe an integrated school for children started writing about the evils and adults in Mandarin, Florida of slavery. While she expected to write three in 1870. The realization of integration would or four installments on the subject, she kept not come about for Americans for fifty or more writing and the public interest kept growing. years Her writing grew and was published as a novel • Harriet Beecher Stow wrote many more with forty chapters. novels but none of them had as much social or • In 1852, Stowe’s novel, titled Uncle Tom’s literary impact as Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Her broad Cabin, was released. It depicted the lives of interests lead to many publications, ranging slaves with Uncle Tom being the first black from her famous novel to children’s text books, hero in an American novel. books on homemaking and childrearing • The book helped to energize anti-slavery advice, biographies and religious studies. forces in the north and incensed the pro• Stowe believed that her writing could make a slavery people from the south. She wrote of the difference in peoples’ lives. Many of her words evils of slavery and tried to help her readers did make changes in the world. She will be long understand that slaves suffered and usually remembered as a woman with convictions who lived under cruel ownership. tried to make the lives of others better.

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1. Luke Bryan new entry “Spring Break ... Here to Party” 2. Jimi Hendrix new entry “People, Hell and Angels” 3. Bruno Mars No. 1 “Unorthodox Jukebox” 4. Mumford & Sons No. 3 “Babel” 5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis No. 4 “The Heist” 6. Rihanna No. 9 “Unapologetic” 7. Florida Georgia Line No. 18 “Here’s to the Good Times” 8. Imagine Dragons No. 15 “Night Visions” 9. Various Artists No. 6 “NOW 45” 10. The Lumineers No. 7 “The Lumineers”

Top 10 Hot Country Singles

1. Blake Shelton No. 1 “Sure Be Cool If You Did” 2. Miranda Lambert No. 7 “Mama’s Broken Heart” 3. Lady Antebellum No. 6 “Downtown” 4. Carrie Underwood No. 5 “Two Black Cadillacs” 5. Hunter Hayes No. 2 “Wanted” 6. Tim McGraw No. 4 “One of Those Nights” 7. The Band Perry No. 3 “Better Dig Two” 8. Florida Georgia Line No. 10 “Get Your Shine On” 9. Lee Brice No. 8 “I Drive Your Truck” 10. Hunter Hayes No. 12 “Somebody’s Heartbreak” (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Get Ready for Some (Financial) Spring Cleaning by Samantha Weaver ¥ It was world champion race-car driver Mario Andretti who made the following sage observation: “Everything comes to those who wait ... except a cat.” ¥ Those who study such things say it takes three apples to make one glass of apple cider.


veryone thinks of changing the world ho thinks of changing themselves

¥ You might be surprised to learn that John Denver -- best known for singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” an ode to West Virginia -- was not actually from the Mountain State. He didn’t write the song, either. Interestingly, the two people who did write the song, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, had never been there at the time that they wrote it. They were on their way to Maryland when Danoff started writing a tune about the lovely countryside they were driving through. West Virginia was put in because Danoff had been sent several postcards from the state and was impressed. ¥ Politics has always been a dirty business, with candidates through the years saying whatever was necessary to get elected. Take the 1950 senatorial campaign in Florida, for example. In the Democratic primary, incumbent Claude Pepper was being challenged by George Smathers, a sitting congressman. Taking unfair advantage of the lack of education in some parts of the state, Smathers sent campaign materials to rural areas accusing Pepper of, among other things, having a brother who was a “practicing Homosapien” and a sister who was a “thespian.” The charge against Pepper himself was that he had “matriculated” with young women. In a victory for sleazy politics, Smathers did, in fact, win the primary.

1. Is the book of Psalms in the Old or New Testament, or neither? 2. From Genesis 4, whom did God ask, “Why is thy countenance fallen?” Eve, Ahaz, Cain, Esau 3. According to early Christian theologians, there are how many hierarchy of angels? 3, 5, 7, 9 4. From 2 Chronicles 26, at what age did Uzziah become king of Jerusalem? 16, 36, 66, 96 5. Who was the first person to build an altar unto the Lord? Abraham, Noah, Artaxerxes, Levi 6. Which prophet saw the Lord’s angel riding on a red horse? Hosea, Nathan, Zechariah, Isaiah ANSWERS: 1) Old; 2) Cain; 3) 9; 4) 16; 5) Noah; 6) Zechariah. Wilson Casey’s new book, “Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World,” is available from Alpha/Penguin publishing. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

¥ Some species of penguin can jump as high as 6 feet in the air. *** Thought for the Day: “If you want to give up the admiration of thousands of men for the disdain of one, go ahead, get married.” -- Katharine Hepburn nnn\ (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Spring is in the air — or, at the very least, it’s on the calendar this week. And if you’re like many people, you may be looking forward to doing some spring cleaning around your house and yard. But this year, why not go beyond your physical environment and do some “sprucing up” of your financial

situation? Here are a few possibilities to consider: • Clean your portfolio of “clutter.” When you go through your house, you may find some clutter in closets, storage areas, on top of desks, under beds or just about any other place. Your investment portfolio also may contain clutter, in the form of investments that no longer meet your needs. Consequently, it’s a good idea to “de-clutter” your portfolio periodically by selling those extraneous investments and using the proceeds to help purchase others that may be more effective in helping you make progress toward your financial goals. • Consolidate your investments in one place. As you clean your house, you may find that you have many common items, such as brooms, hammers, duct tape and so on, scattered among various rooms. It might be more efficient to keep all such objects in one central location; this can help prevent you from needlessly replacing or duplicating them. As an investor, you may have an IRA with one financial services provider, an old 401(k) with a different one, and some other investments with yet another institution. If you consolidated all these investment vehicles with one provider, you might be able to save some fees and expenses. Perhaps even more importantly, by uniting all your investments in one place, you may find it easier to follow a central, unified investment strategy. • Check for “gaps” in your financial strategy. Every spring, it’s a good idea to check your gutters for leaks, your sidewalks for cracks and your paint for chips. By doing so, you’ll help protect your home and surroundings. To help protect your family’s future, it’s important to have adequate life and disability insurance. • Plant seeds for growth. When spring arrives, it’s time to plant the seeds for your flowers and vegetables. As an investor, you also have to be concerned about growth. Specifically, you’ll want to consider investments that have the potential to grow enough to help provide the financial resources to meet your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement. Consequently, you should review your portfolio to determine if it contains an appropriate amount of growth-oriented vehicles for your individual objectives, time horizon and risk tolerance. • Seek professional assistance. When you’re tidying up for spring, you may find some jobs that you can’t do alone, such as cleaning a heavily stained carpet, unclogging a blocked drain or trimming the highest branches on a tree. For these tasks, you might need to call in trained professionals. It’s the same with investing: You can do some things on your own, but for complex tasks such as creating and maintaining an appropriate investment strategy, you may need to work with a financial professional. Consider putting these spring-cleaning tips to work soon. They may just help put some sparkle and shine into your financial “house.” This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Keep a level head in an up-and-down market Dustin Friend

Financial Advisor 10184 W Belleview Ave, Ste 120 Littleton, CO 80127 720.922.3433

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By Samantha Mazzotta

Don’t Allow Dog to ‘Fertilize’ Lawn


: My neighbor walks his dog every day, and routinely allows his beloved pet to eliminate on my front lawn. He almost never picks up the dog’s droppings -- it’s something I’m left to do when I get home from work. When I confronted him about it, he said that he was doing me a favor because the droppings will fertilize my lawn. How can I get him to stop? -- Carlos G., Phoenix


: It sounds like you’ve talked to him already about it, and gotten a pretty unapologetic answer. For the record -- and you probably know this already -- dog droppings and urine are not good lawn fertilizer; they can cause dead spots or yellowed grass. Many cities have ordinances about picking up after dogs; some will issue tickets to pet owners who are caught in the act of not cleaning up. In other municipalities, enforcement varies.


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At any rate, don’t get confrontational or pick a fight. Ask him politely one more time to stop leaving dog droppings in your yard. If he doesn’t stop, check your options. If you belong to a homeowners association, check its rules or bylaws regarding pets. Check with your city’s animal control office or visit its webpage to learn what recourse you have in stopping the daily visits. Causing a nuisance like letting one’s dog soil a neighbor’s yard is generally frowned upon. I have a feeling the law will be on your side with this. Stay calm, do your homework, and you should be able to resolve this little dispute. HOME TIP: Review your homeowners association rules at least once a year to stay on top of any changes and to be familiar with rules that can help solve potential problems between you and your neighbors. Send your questions or home tips to ask@, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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