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IRISH INFO by Kathy Wolfe
This week, Tidbits has lots of information about the Irish, everything from St. Patrick to Notre Dame. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day by learning some interesting facts about the Emerald Isle. • The man has a day named after him, but who exactly was St. Patrick? Strangely enough, his name wasn’t Patrick, and he wasn’t born in Ireland, but rather in Scotland! Maewyn Succat was born in the late fourth century to a wealthy family, but at the age of 16, he was kidnapped from the family estate by a group of Irish raiders and sold into slavery. During his six years of captivity, he was a shepherd, and experienced a conversion to Christianity. According to folklore, a voice came to him urging him to escape, which he did, aboard a pirate ship. Yet the voice further counseled him to return to Ireland as a missionary to convert the Irish to Christianity. • After 15 years of study for the priesthood, during which time Succat took on the name Patricius, he began his 29-year-long mission in Ireland. Ancient legend tells of Patrick standing on a hilltop holding up his wooden staff, banishing all the snakes from Ireland. Because there were no snakes in Ireland, it’s believed this was merely symbolic of Patrick driving out the evil and pagan philosophies. • Patrick wasn’t made a saint until the early 17th century, hundreds of years after his death in the year 461. March 17 is the anniversary of his death and is his religious feast day. • Although we think of the color green when St. Patrick is mentioned, blue was the first color turn the page for more!
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IRISH INFO (continued): to represent the hero. In 1783, The Order of St. Patrick was founded, the senior order of chivalry and fellowship of knights. The Order of the Thistle already used green for their uniforms and the Order of the Garter used dark blue, so the Order of St. Patrick used a shade of sky blue. Military uniforms were of “St. Patrick’s Blue” and during the time of King Henry VIII, and the flag of Ireland was a gold harp on a blue background. The harp remains as the country’s national emblem today. • Between 1846 and 1900, about 2,873,000 people emigrated from Ireland to America, making it the second largest nationality group of immigrants, second only to Germany. The most predominant occupation of those newcomers was that of skilled weaver. • In 2010, about 34.7 million U.S. residents claimed ancestors from Ireland. What were the most common Irish surnames of these folks? The last names of Murphy, Kelly, and O’Sullivan are considered the top three “most Irish.” Other common Irish surnames include Walsh, O’Brien, Byrne, Ryan, O’Connor, O’Neill, and O’Reilly.
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• The Irish word lobaircin means “s m a l l bodied fellow,” and has been modified a bit to the English word “leprechaun.” These little imps date back to the early Celtic beliefs in fairies, those tiny men and women with magical powers, who used those powers for either good or evil. Leprechauns were seen as grumpy little men, whose duties were to mend the shoes of the other fairies. We’ve all heard of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Folklore claims that the little men have great treasures stored in crocks, and use trickery to protect it from others. If a leprechaun is
captured by a human, he has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for his release. In 1959, Walt Disney Studios released the film Darby O’Gill and the Little People, which gave us the image of cheerful and friendly leprechauns, but in Irish folklore, they are cantankerous and mischievous. • Indiana’s University of Notre Dame is home to the Fighting Irish, a team that played its inaugural game in November of 1887. In 1918, Knute Rockne took over as head coach and his record of the highest winning percentage (.881) in football history, either college or professional, still stands. Notre Dame has produced the second largest number of players drafted into the NFL, the greatest number of Heisman Trophy winners, and ten former Irish have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Every home game has been sold out since 1966, with the exception of one Thanksgiving Day contest against the Air Force in 1973, when the students had gone home for the holiday.
• Ireland has had its influence on geographical locations in the U.S. Seven communities are named Shamrock, including locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. Sixteen other towns are named Dublin, sharing the name with Ireland’s capital. North Carolina is home to the community of Emerald Isle, population 3,655. • St. Patrick’s Day often brings beer and taverns to mind, but that tradition didn’t start in Ireland. The Irish Parliament declared the day a religious holiday in 1903, meaning that all the pubs were closed. In 1970, that bill was overturned and the day became a national holiday rather than a religious observance. • The tradition of a St. Patrick’s Day parade began in America, not Ireland. New York City was home to the first parade, held on March 17, 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the British army organized the celebration to honor the Catholic feast day of Ireland’s patron saint. Today, New York’s parade is the largest in the world with more than 200,000 marchers along the Fifth Avenue route. Close to three million spectators observe the parade, which does not allow automobiles or floats. • Canada’s longest-running parade is in the city of Montreal, where it first took place in 1824.. • The three-color Irish flag – orange, green, and white – was created in 1848, and is symbolic of the country’s politics. The orange stands for the Irish Protestants, green for the Catholics, and white represents the hope that peace be reached between the two. • Have you ever heard of the trifolium dubium? That’s the name given to the shamrock by botanists. The early Celts referred to the shamrock as the seamroy, and considered this three-leafed clover a sacred plant with mystical properties. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to firstcentury Irish pagans. During the 17th century when the English began seizing Irish land and prohibiting the use of their native language and Catholic religion, many Irish started wearing the shamrock as a symbol of pride in their heritage.
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If you’re a “Gen-Xer,” born between 1965 and 1980, you’ve still got many years to go until you retire. At this stage of your life, what can you do to help build resources for the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned? Besides having time on your side, you’ve got another key advantage in saving for retirement — specifically, you probably haven’t reached your peak earning years. This helps you in at least two ways. First, of course, it means you should be able to increase your retirement savings in the future. And second, it might mean you’re still eligible to contribute to one of the most effective retirement accounts available — the Roth IRA. When you invest in a Roth IRA, your earnings are distributed tax free, provided you’ve had your account at least five years and you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re at least 59½. For the 2013 tax year, you can put in up to $5,500 to a Roth IRA; when you reach 50, you’ll also be able to make “catch-up” contributions. (Currently, the catch-up limit is $1,000.) However, the ability to make Roth IRA contributions is limited by income. For 2013, you can make the full contribution to a Roth IRA if you are single and your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is less than $112,000. Above this amount, your contribution limit will be gradually reduced, and if your MAGI reaches $127,000, you won’t be able to contribute at all. If you’re married filing jointly, the lower limit is $178,000 and the cutoff amount is $188,000. Of course, if you have to consider these income limits, you’re making a reasonably good living, and you may well be on a career path that will take you to even greater earnings — which is why you should think about putting in as much as possible to a Roth IRA while you’re eligible. If your earnings are already over the limit for the Roth IRA, you can still contribute to a traditional IRA. Your contributions can grow tax deferred, which means your money can accumulate faster than it would on an account on which you paid taxes every single year. Taxes are due upon withdrawal, and withdrawals prior to age 59½ may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty. But what if your income level is such that you could contribute to either a Roth IRA or a traditional IRA? Which one should you choose? There’s no “right” answer for everyone. On the one hand, the Roth’s tax-free distributions may be more attractive to you than the taxdeferred growth potential of a traditional IRA if you expect your tax rate to be higher in the future. However, depending on your income level and whether you have access to a 401(k) or other retirement plan at work, your traditional IRA contributions may be fully or partially taxdeductible. But these types of calculations are not easy, so before making the traditional-or-Roth choice, you’ll need to consult with your tax advisor. In any case, now is the time to capitalize on your Gen-X status and use the years ahead to invest consistently in an IRA and other taxadvantaged retirement accounts. As an investor, time is your greatest ally — so take advantage of it. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
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: My dad is pretty stubborn about doing home repairs himself. A couple days ago, however, I found out that his roof has some serious problems. He’s been patching up leaks in the roof by just slapping a couple of shingles over problem spots as they crop up. Yesterday he called and said when he tried to spot-shingle yet another leaky section, his hand went right through the roof. When I went into the attic to check it out, I found that the sheathing is mostly rotted. What are his options? He’s on a fixed income, and this repair looks expensive. -- Rick in Portsmouth, N.H.
: Unfortunately, it sounds like an expensive repair. The rotted sheathing will need to be removed and replaced, and if the damage is extensive, a complete roof replacement may be needed. The first step is to contact a roof inspector or roofing contractor to view the damage and to look for additional problems in the roof structure. While you’re waiting for the inspection, protect the interior of the house from potential water damage while you and your dad figure this out. Working from the attic for safety, affix a lightweight sheet of plywood against the hole your dad accidentally punched in the roof, using screws rather than nails to try and hold the plywood against the weakened sheathing. Keep in mind that this is not a long-term fix, but a temporary solution to keep rainwater out for a few days until stronger protection measures can be put in place. Get a written report of the extent of damage from the inspector or contractor. If the contractor wants to repair the roof, ask for a written estimate. It’s a good idea to call in two or three contractors and get written estimates from each before deciding whom to hire. Paying for the repair is another hurdle. Check your dad’s home insurance -- does it cover roof replacement, and under what circumstances? Also check local and state assistance programs for the elderly to see what, if any, financial help or discounts are available. Some federal agencies offer assistance for home repairs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, for example, has a program that provides loans or grants to rural homeowners with very low incomes. The Department of Energy offers some funds under a program to help homeowners weatherize their houses. HOME TIP: Inspect your roof regularly for minor damage and tackle torn shingles and small leaks as soon as possible to prevent more extensive damage from occurring over time. Send your questions or home tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Pet Charities DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I gave some money to a pet charity a couple of years ago, and now I am contacted several times a month, by mail and by phone, by this charity asking for more money. Are all pet charities like this? Is there another organization I can donate to, or even just volunteer for? -- Jerry C., San Diego DEAR JERRY: If the calls and letters are annoying, you should be able to contact the charity and ask it to take you off its mailing list. Check one of the mailers for a phone number or email address specifically for this type of request. It’s likely that whatever charity you give to will begin sending you regular mail, at the very least, since that is an effective method of reminding supporters to donate again. It’s sort of an occupational hazard. There certainly are other ways to contribute to causes that help animals. Some people have more time than money, or feel that just throwing money at a charity isn’t enough. Helping out at pet shelters is one of the first options people think of, but each shelter has different rules about volunteers. Most will not allow new volunteers to work directly with shelter animals, for safety reasons. However, they do try to put volunteers into other supportive roles, and some offer periodic training sessions to initiate new volunteers into their programs. (Volunteers often are needed to help with fundraisers -- perhaps annoying to some, but direct funding is important.) Your first step is to look up local pet charities, shelters or clinics, and contact each to find out if it has volunteer programs. The local newspaper, your municipality’s website, or the yellow or white pages are among resources available to find these programs. Send your questions or comments to email@example.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Give Them What They Want Seeing as how sporting events are “games” first and money foremost, wouldn’t it be great if the fans actually got what they wanted out of the deal? In recent years, my favorite “nope, that’s not what I wanted” complaint has centered around stadia. Let me get this straight ... the taxpayers footed the bill for this stadium improvement, and I’m still expected to pee in a trough? Parking costs have doubled, and now we’re not allowed to tailgate? What exactly did we get out of this deal besides a few bas reliefs, a Tamagotchi scoreboard that freaks out if you’re not paying it attention every few seconds, and wider concourses? What sports team seriously makes decisions based on wider concourses anyway? And don’t tell me it’s so they can add more vending. There’s plenty of vending already. Add more vendors, and soon enough you’ll need wider concourses again. See how this works? And I particularly love the whole argument regarding “downtown revitalization” when it comes to stadium building. Folks ... I don’t care what Denver says about how its downtown sprung to hipster heaven after building downtown. The argument is flawed. What, exactly, has been revitalized? Some may argue that it removed an industrial eyesore by replacing it with a shiny new stadium. OK, fair enough. But in places like Philadelphia, was John Fitzgerald Kennedy Municipal Stadium really an eyesore? The whole “economic revitalization” argument is nonsense, too. When Atlanta Fulton County Stadium was torn down after the 1996 Olympics, the brand-new Olympic Stadium was converted into what is now Turner Field. Sure, tax receipts went up there due to vending, but it’s chickenwing economics. Figure it out for yourself: The game starts at 7 p.m. Most Americans work until 5 p.m. Then they fight traffic, find parking and maybe hit a bar for a few beers and some chicken wings for an hour or so. The game ends at 10 p.m. They’re tired and just spent an average of $197 during their visit, according to Team Marketing Report. Now what? Hang out in the empty downtown a bit longer? The parking lots won’t even let you stay. Yankee Stadium didn’t revitalize the Bronx. I was once asked by a promotions manager of a ball club for any ideas regarding future promotions. I suggested “baseball night.” I was about to explain to her how great it would be to go to a game and just, you know, see the game. Can the explosions after every pitch ... but she was long gone, dancing the Macarena, pointing to the scoreboard out in centerfield. “Don’t you love ‘kiss cam?’ We should do this every inning!” So, to rephrase, give them what they want ... but please let “they” be actual fans of the game. The money will always be there, foremost.
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1. Who holds the major-league record for most Gold Gloves awarded to a catcher? 2. The 1933 New York Yankees had nine future Hall of Famers on the roster. Name six of them. 3. Who threw the longest pass in Notre Dame football history? 4. Name the last Milwaukee Bucks player before Ersan Ilyasova in 2012 to have at least 25 points and 25 rebounds in a game. 5. When was the last time the Toronto Maples Leafs won a series in the NHL playoffs? 6. In 2012, Gabby Douglas became the third consecutive U.S. athlete to win the women’s Olympic all-around gymnastics title. Who were the previous two? 7. Which golfer has made the most appearances in the Ryder Cup?
1. Ivan Rodriguez, with 13. 2. Earle Combs, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Gomez, Tony Lazzeri, Herb Pennock, Red Ruffing, Babe Ruth and Joe Sewell. 3. Blair Kiel completed a pass for 96 yards in 1981. 4. Swen Nater had 30 points and 33 rebounds against Atlanta in 1976. 5. It was 2004. 6. Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008). 7. Nick Faldo, with 11. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
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The Avalanche against the Detroit Red Wings last night was just another game on the calendar. And it’s fallen so far out of the NHL’s consciousness that NBC Network didn’t carry it as their national cable broadcast. When I asked on my radio show – Afternoon Drive with Mac and Goodman (3p-6p | AM 1510 and FM 93.7) – yesterday who is the Avs rival, one listener said the San Jose Sharks. When fans aren’t unanimous on a rival, chances are there isn’t one. Long gone are the playoff battles in the Western Conference finals, Kris Draper’s bloody face, Claude Lemieux’s turtle, Patrick Roy vs. Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood, nine fights in one game, and a legitimate hatred between the two franchises which ran so deep that Red Wings winger Dino Ciccarelli said of Lemieux, “I can’t believe I shook the guy’s frigging hand. That just pisses me right off.” That was a rivalry and that rivalry is long gone.Avalanche fans pining for the good old days is akin to longing for a girlfriend who’s bought a one-way ticket halfway around the world. Avs fans have no team to hate, no team to circle on the calendar and no team to get excited about. Yet, the Avalanche aren’t the lone Colorado team desperately seeking a rival. There’s nothing in Denver to rival the Yankees vs. Red Sox, Packers vs. Bears, Lakers vs. Celtics, North Carolina vs. Duke or Michigan vs. Ohio State. A rivalry needs certain criteria and none of our Colorado teams have a worthy adversary. To be a true sports rivalry, geographical proximity is helpful, but hardly the determining factor. A rivalry is built through the playoffs with both franchises sustaining excellence over a certain period of time. And a mutual distain between the players is a must, with either trash talking or physical altercations. Yet, what really puts a rivalry over the top is when fans of neither team watch the games to see what will or could happen. The closest thing Denver has to a rivalry is the Broncos versus the Patriots, and even that’s been built like a manmade lake. There’s nothing natural about it except for the long history between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. One of the more amusing scenes during the Broncos season is Raiders week, when the media marches into the locker room and starts asking the players about the rivalry. The answers are always the same. Players will say, “Every division game is a
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Springtime Pork and Pasta Skillet Have you checked the calendar lately? Spring is just around the corner! The cold, dreary days of winter soon will be behind us, with nothing but sunshine and flowers ahead. Let’s celebrate with some of the flavors of the season. 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh asparagus 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1 cup iced lean cooked roast pork or ham 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of 1 (2-ounce) jar chopped pimento, undrained mushroom soup 1/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic 2 cup hotcooked rotini pasta, rinsed & drained
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1. In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, saute asparagus and onion for 6 to 8 minutes or just until tender. Stir in roast pork. Add mushroom soup, undrained pimento and garlic. Mix well to combine. 2. Fold in rotini pasta. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until mixture is heated through, stirring often. Makes 4 (1 cup) servings. „ Each serving equals: 241 calories, 5g fat, 18g protein, 31g carb., 331mg sodium, 3g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 1/2 Meat, 1 Vegetable. Visit JoAnna’s Web site at www. healthyexchanges.com or call 1-800-766-8961 for more information about her “common folk” healthy recipes. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
Make Own Instruments for Family Band The rhythm of family life has many beats, and when they’re in sync there’s a nice flow. Enjoy and appreciate those smooth times with instruments you make and play together with your kids. It’s a great way to express all that simple happiness. Just dip into your recycle bin for some plastic bottles, snatch some mismatched mittens leftover from winter wear, and with some basic art supplies, you’ll be set to craft your own percussion instruments. For extras, haul out anything that clangs in your kitchen cabinet. Bang pots and pans together like a cymbal. Even the cabinet door itself, when swinging back and forth, adds a “squeak!” and a “whoompf!” like the “oom-pa-phaa!” of a tuba. It’s the best of fun. And it’s as easy as 1-2-3! BUTTON TAPPERS Choose jazzy, colorful big buttons. Turn a stretch glove right-side-out, sew buttons on the underside of the tip of each finger and the thumb. Help novice sewers learn to direct the needle in and out of the buttonholes safely. Tip: Insert a capped marker in each finger of the glove until it reaches the end for extra support while sewing. When complete, make a tapping sound by clicking the thumb button with the finger buttons, or by tapping on a counter. Alternate idea: Instead of sewing buttons, glue metal bottle caps onto the tips of the glove and let dry. WRIST BELLS Slide several jingle bells one by one on a long pipe cleaner, twisting the pipe cleaner to hold each one in place. Finally, twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together to fit the wrist of your child like a bracelet. BOTTLE CAP CLACKERS On a 2-inch-by-8-inch length of sanded wood, set two metal bottle caps on top of each other, and drive a nail through the bottle caps and part way into the wood. Be sure to leave room for the bottle caps to rattle. Make a row of two or more sets. Paint the wood, if you wish. PLASTIC BOTTLE SHAKERS Pour beans in a plastic bottle and glue the cap shut. Paint and decorate with colorful tape and stickers. It’s concert time! Bring your musicians together. Tap, shake and groove to your favorite songs. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2013 Donna Erickson
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Oven-Braised Beef Brisket This beef brisket is a tasty centerpiece to a spring party or Passover table. Braised with white wine and garlic, it yields a very flavorful sauce. 1 teaspoon dried oregano Salt & Pepper 1 (4 1/2 to 5 pounds) beef brisket 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 large (10 to 12 ounces each) onions, finely chopped 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 1 pinch crushed red pepper 1 head garlic 1 cup dry white wine 1 can (14 to 14.5 ounce) lower-sodium chicken broth 2 cups water Orange wedges, for garnish Fresh herbs, for garnish 1. Preheat oven to 300 F. In small bowl, combine oregano, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Rub all over meat. 2. Place wide-bottom 7- to 8-quart Dutch oven on top of range. Add 1 tablespoon oil; heat on mediumhigh until hot. Add meat and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until browned on all sides. Transfer meat to large platter. Do not remove pan from heat. 3. Remove and discard all but 2 tablespoons fat from roasting pan. Stir in onion, celery, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 6 to 7 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in crushed red pepper. 4. Meanwhile, separate cloves from head of garlic. With side of large knife, gently crush each clove to remove skin. Discard garlic skin. Roughly slice garlic. 5. Return meat, and any juices from platter, to pan with vegetables. Scatter garlic around meat. With wooden spoon, scoop some vegetable mixture over meat and pat gently to form coating. Add wine and cook 1 minute, then add broth and water. Heat to boiling; cover and transfer to oven. Roast 3 1/2 hours or until brisket is very tender. 6. Carefully transfer meat to serving platter. With slotted spoon, transfer half of vegetables to small serving bowl. Transfer remaining vegetables to bowl of blender. Pour pan sauce into fat separator. Pour sauce into blender; discard fat. Blend sauce until smooth; makes 3 1/2 cups. Recipe serves 10. ¥ Each serving: About 335 calories, 17g total fat (6g saturated), 128mg cholesterol, 550mg sodium, 7g total carbs, 1g dietary fiber, 42g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/. (c) 2013 Hearst Comunications, Inc. All rights reserved
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For advertising, call Aimee (303.842.8250) Eric Goodman Continued big one” while rarely if ever mentioning their personal hatred towards the Raiders. This rivalry is more for the middle-aged guy who fondly remembers Tom Jackson telling John Madden, “It’s all over fat man!” Sure, its fun to hate the Lakers, but every NBA city hates the Lakers. Kobe Bryant is vilified in nearly every town and for Nuggets fans to boo him at Pepsi Center is fabricated nonsense, despite his personal history in Colorado. The Rockies don’t check any boxes for a rival. They rarely make the playoffs and their closest geographical rival in Phoenix is more than 900 miles away. The Rockies organization doesn’t like the San Francisco Giants, but that’s not enough to make them a rival considering the Giants have won the World Series twice in the last three years and the Rox have been one of the most inept franchises in baseball during that stretch. CU completely lost its rival, Nebraska, when it moved to the Pac-12, and Colorado State’s annual games with Air Force or Wyoming aren’t big enough to be taken seriously. The Avs versus the Red Wings might have been the best rivalry in Denver sports history, depending on who you ask. Yet, ask anyone after last night’s Detroit win about the rivalry and all they would have to do is point to the box score. There were three total penalties for interference, holding and boarding. The hate is long gone and so is the rivalry. It’s time to move on. Eric Goodman hosts Afternoon
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The most popular child star of all time, Shirley Temple, brought a ray of sunshine to the troubled folks of the Great Depression era. How much do you know about this bright and talented individual who was a success not only on the screen but in public service as well? Follow along as see! • Born in 1928, Shirley was the daughter of a bank employee father and a homemaker mother, who enrolled her in dance school at age three. When a talent search was conducted at the school, Shirley was signed by Educational Pictures and appeared in a number of movie shorts, as well as modeling for cereal ads. The 1932 movie Red-Haired Alibi brought Shirley her first feature film role. • The first feature film created specifically for Shirley was 1934’s Bright Eyes, which featured her famous number “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” Over 500,000 copies of the sheet music were sold following the movie’s release. At the age of six, she received a miniature Juvenile Oscar for her 1934 accomplishments, and her feet and hand prints were added to the concrete forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. • By the time she was six, Shirley had already starred in 20 movies. The Shirley Temple doll was introduced, wearing a polka-dot dress modeled after the one she wore in 1934’s Stand Up and Cheer! By 1941, sales on the doll had topped $45 million. The sizable list of her other products included a line of clothing, soap, dishes, and books. Shirley also endorsed Quaker Puffed Wheat, General Electric, and Packard, among others. At age seven, her merchandise
royalties were double the income from her movies. • Shirley was the top box-office draw for a fouryear period, 1935 through 1938, saved 20th Century-Fox from bankruptcy, and had her own personal bodyguard. • Following the huge success of Heidi, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and The Little Princess, Shirley performed in her last film as a child actress in 1940 at age 12. The film was The Blue Bird and was her 44th movie. Her popularity declined as she entered adolescence, and she made just a few films as a teen and young adult. When she was 15, Shirley met an Army Air Corps sergeant named John Agar, and at age 17, she married him. Their daughter was born when Shirley was 19, but the marriage was over after four years. • December, 1950 was the time of two momentous occasions in Shirley’s life – she announced her retirement from the film industry at age 22, and she married wealthy California businessman Charles Black. This union would endure 54 years until his death. She entered the political arena in 1969, when Richard Nixon appointed her as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations. Under Gerald Ford, Shirley served as Ambassador to Ghana and White House Chief of Protocol. Her assignment under Ronald Reagan was that of a foreign affairs officer with the State Department. During the George H.W. Bush administration, she was the Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. She became a best-selling author in 1988 with the release of her autobiography Child Star.
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SHORT STUFF This week there’s no shortage of short things! make short work of something by finishing Take a look at a number of items containing the it quickly. You might run short (not have word “short.” enough), fall short (fail to measure up to a • Randy Newman’s 1977 Billboard top hit “Short certain standard), or cut short (interrupt People” described his subject, “They got little someone). If you’ve submitted your resume baby legs that stand so low, you got to pick for a job, you might be on the short list, one ‘em up just to say hello.” Who is classified that contains those narrowed down from the as a short person? The term “short stature” full pool of applicants. Hopefully, on that refers to any person substantially under the resume, you didn’t sell yourself short, that is, average height for a person of the same age didn’t give yourself full credit where it was and gender. Pediatricians use a measurement deserved. You certainly wouldn’t want to get called standard deviation that compares the the short end of the stick, which might mean height of different children. A child’s height unfair treatment or not getting what you are must be more than two SD’s below average worthy of. height in order to have short stature, and 95% • If you want to retain information in your percent of comparable children are taller. short-term memory, it will be necessary for
• Do you know the difference between IRS forms you to repeat it out loud or mentally rehash 1040A and 1040EZ? Form 1040A is the “short it from time to time. By doing so, the data reform” while 1040EZ is the “easy” form, the enters the memory’s storage, enabling it to be simplest way to file taxes. Both are limited to preserved for a longer period. taxpayers with less than $100,000 in taxable • What in the world is hydrogenated vegetable income who take the standard deduction. oil? Just a fancy name for shortening! However, the easy form is only for those with Hydrogenation involves adding extra no dependents. hydrogen atoms to vegetable fats, which • A short sale on the stock exchange means that turns them into solids. Shortening is 100% the seller does not actually own the shares he/ fat, compared to the 80% fat content of butter she is selling and has to borrow them before and margarine. Procter & Gamble introduced being able to deliver. When the share price Crisco, an abbreviation of “crystallized falls, the short seller buys them and returns cottonseed oil” in June of 1911. them to the lender, resulting in a gain on the • It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Making shortbread, that deal. is. The traditional recipe calls for one part • If someone calls you short, he/she might sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour. be referring to your height, but could be This little treat originated in Scotland during telling you that your demeanor is abrupt, medieval times, when the word “short” was discourteous, or unfriendly. A short used to describe all things crisp and crumbly. presentation doesn’t always refer to its Shortcake is not the same as shortbread. It duration. It might mean it was succinct and uses vegetable fat rather than butter and adds concise. some leavening agent such as baking powder, • Look at all the idioms in the English language resulting in a different texture. that contain the word “short.” You can
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¥ When putting in new plants, tear tinfoil into strips, then use toothpicks or small stakes to pin them to the ground in your new garden. It will keep the cats out, and can even discourage birds. ¥ To remove the fat from your pot roast or other slow-cooked meat dish, refrigerate after cooking. The fat will float to the top of the juices and coagulate. Remove this layer of fat and then reheat. ¥ “My kids are long past wagon size, but their wagon isn’t done hauling yet. I put it to good use in the garden. I can park it in the shed, stocked with all the things I might need. It’s very handy.” -- A.A. in Florida ¥ “When starting a new exercise class, be sure to give it a full month before you decide whether you like it. Especially classes that are harder, since you might be very sore and think that means you don’t care for the class.” -- L.M. in
¥ “Dedicate a photo album to class photos. It will be easy to see the changes your little ones have gone through over the years. It’s especially nice when you include the individual portraits for each year and make the album for just one child. It makes a special gift, too.” -- J.K. in Pennsylvania ¥ To sharpen a pair of worn scissors, try cutting through a piece of aluminum foil that is doubled or tripled over. Be sure to clean and dry scissors you use in the kitchen. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.
1. GEOGRAPHY: In which country is Mount Ararat located? 2. LITERATURE: Who wrote the novel “The Color Purple”? 3. DANCE: Who wrote the score for the American ballet “Rodeo”? 4. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which president served as a congressman in the House of Representatives after finishing his presidential term? 5. HISTORY: What was the year of the first Thanksgiving feast in the New World? 6. MEASUREMENTS: How many inches are in a hand? 7. MEDICAL: What is a common name for the medical condition alopecia? 8. TELEVISION: What was the theme song to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”? 9. ART: In what U.S. city is the National Gallery of Art located? 10. MOVIES: What was the name of the 2004 movie with the tagline, “A True Underdog Story”? Answers 1. Turkey 2. Alice Walker 3. Aaron Copland 4. John Quincy Adams 5. 1621 6. Four inches 7. Baldness 8. “Love Is All Around” 9. Washington, D.C. 10. “Dodgeball” (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.