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• In 1977 in Austin, Texas, Vincent Johnson and Frazier Black broke into the home of Mr. & Mrs. David Conner. They stole two TVs and a checkbook. A few hours later, the two men showed up at a local bank with a check made out to themselves for $200. They asked the teller to cash it for them. She asked them to wait a minute, and called security. The check they had tried to cash was her own. • Ricky Shipman went swimming off a beach in North Carolina in 1972, and lost the wallet out of the pocket of his swimming suit. Eleven years later a man named Gause gutted a mackerel which had been caught by a friend of his off the coast of North Carolina. Inside the fish was Shipman’s drivers license, still intact. Gause returned Shipman’s license. • In 1914, just before the start of WWI, a German mother took a photo of her baby son. Film plates at that time were sold individually. She dropped the plate off in Strasbourg to be developed, but because the war started, she was never able to retrieve it. Two years later in Frankfurt, she bought another film plate to photograph her new baby daughter. When it was developed, she found it was a double exposure. The picture underneath was that of her small son. Somehow the plate had become mixed in with a pile of undeveloped film. • In 1971, Mrs. Willard Lovell of Berkeley, California, accidentally locked herself out of the house. She spent 10 minutes trying to find a way in, when the postman arrived with a letter from her brother. He had been staying with her a few weeks earlier, and the letter contained a spare key to the house, which he had borrowed and forgotten to return. turn the page for more!

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• It was a hot evening in June in El Paso, Texas when patrolman Allen Falby accidentally crashed his motorcycle into a speeding truck. Businessman Alfred Smith witnessed the accident and was the first person on the scene. Falby lay bleeding to death from a severed artery in his leg. Quickly, Smith removed his tie and fashioned an effective tourniquet from it. When the ambulance crew arrived, they credited Smith with saving Falby’s life. Falby eventually recovered, and returned to police work. Five years later, he reported to an accident scene along Highway 80. A car had smashed into a tree, and the driver was bleeding to death from a severed artery in his leg. Falby pulled the man from the car and applied a tourniquet. While trying to make the man more comfortable, he suddenly recognized the victim. It was Alfred Smith, the same man who had saved his own life five years earlier. “One good tourniquet deserves another,” quipped Falby.

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also a lobsterman returned them to him. He the second verse. had found them in a lobster trap. • E.G. Steele of Weybridge, England, served in • Beatrice Lillie, famed British actress, was WWI. He was tried and punished for striking appearing in a stage play called “This Year of an officer. His punishment was to be tied to Grace” in Ontario. During a matinee, the entire a gunwheel for one hour at sundown. Next cast was on stage for the finale, in which Lillie to his camp was an Australian brigade who sang, “Britannia Rules the Waves.” The cast lined passed through their camp each evening to up behind her, waiting for her to sing the final get to a nearby town. Several Australian men verse so they could move into their positions discovered Steele tied up, and decided it was across the stage for the final curtain. However, ridiculous to tie a man up. One of them stepped they were shocked to hear Lillie repeating the forward to cut Steele loose. Steele noticed the second verse over again instead of going into man had two missing fingers on his left hand. the final moves. There was nothing to do but A decade later, Steele was riding the New York go along with her, and they marked time in the subway when a man sat down next to him and line across the back of the stage as she sang. they began to chat. Hearing his Australian Suddenly, a huge arc light fell from the ceiling, accent, Steele began to tell him of his rescue in landing in the middle of the stage with a huge the war. The Australian interrupted, finished crash. Glass splattered across the stage where the story for him, and held up his left handthe cast would have been standing had Lillie which was missing two fingers. It was the same not decided for an unknown reason to repeat man.


• Brenda Rawson became engaged to Christopher Firth in 1961, and he gave her a nice diamond ring. She was heartbroken when she lost the ring while on vacation in Lancashire, England. In 1979 she was talking with her husbands’ cousin, John. They were discussing metal detectors when John mentioned that 18 years earlier, one of his kids had discovered a diamond ring near Lancashire. It was her ring. • A farmer’s wife in West Germany lost her wedding ring in a potato field. Forty years later, she found it again- inside a potato grown in that field. • Actor Anthony Hopkins was looking for a book called The Girl from Petrovka by George Feifer because he was playing a part in a movie being made from the book. He looked all over London for a copy but couldn’t find one. Later he was waiting in a subway station when he noticed someone had left a book behind on a bench. Picking it up, Hopkins found it was The Girl from Petrovka. Two years later Hopkins was filming another movie when he was visited on the set by author George Feifer. Feifer complained that he no long had even a single copy of his own book because he loaned his final copy to a friend who lost it in London, adding it was particularly annoying because he had written notes in the margins. Hopkins, incredulous, handed Feifer the copy he had found. It was the self same book. • Christina Cort lived in Salvador, Brazil in 1966 when an out-of-control truck crashed into her house. In 1989, she was still living in the same house when once again, an out-ofcontrol truck crashed into it. It was the same truck driver who had barreled into her home 23 years earlier. • Gosselin Delius of Brussels, Belgium was caught in a storm while sailing a yacht off the coast of England in 1988. His glasses fell overboard. Several weeks later he was reading a newspaper when he saw an article stating that Yan Gazelle of Belgium had caught a 13-pound monkfish, and found a pair of glasses inside it when he gutted it. The glasses, identified by their serial number, belonged to Delius. They were bent but usable. • Otto Lewis, a lobsterman in Maine, lost his glasses when they fell overboard in the Atlantic. A few days later, a friend who was

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: The antique door to our bathroom is solid oak. Unfortunately, it’s no longer closing straight -- the door latch is lower than the hardware on the frame. It’s also scraping the floor when it’s opened and closed. How can we repair this? -- Cliff, West Hartford, Conn.


Get Ready for Some (Financial) Spring Cleaning

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.

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: Fixing this problem can be as simple as adjusting the hinge pins of the door, or as complex as resetting them (which isn’t too complex, it’s just a two-person job). Sticking, dragging doors -- or doors that won’t close completely -- can have a number of causes. In newer houses, a door’s hinges might have been placed incorrectly, or the mortise of the door might not be deep enough (or too deep). Checking the depth of the mortise is simple: run a finger along the hinge leaf that’s set into the door. If the leaf isn’t flush with the wood, the trouble may lie there. The new wood might have swollen slightly, as well. Because you’re in an older home, the door probably opened and shut for years with no problem, meaning the hinges are (or were) set just fine. However, the door frames of aging homes typically settle as time passes, and the frame could be slightly warped. The hinges also might have worked loose. The first (and easiest) fix is to check all the hinges -- tap them down into place if necessary -- and tighten the screws holding the hinges to the door. If a screw won’t tighten down, remove it, insert a wooden toothpick (or several) into the hole, and reinsert the screw. If the door still sags, try putting a shim between the bottom hinge and the door. Remove the door completely from its hinges (this is where that second person comes in handy). Then, unscrew the bottom hinge leaf from the door. Using the leaf (the flat part) as a template, cut a piece of noncompressible cardboard, particle board or sheet brass (available in various precut sizes at the hardware store) to match. Punch out screw holes in the same area as on the leaf. Lay the shim against the door first, then fasten the hinge leaf to it. Rehang the door and check the fit. Conversely, if the door latch were higher than it should be, you would place a shim in the top hinge. Now, what if the latch lines up but the door still scrapes or sticks? Try covering the sticking edge with chalk, and open and close the door. Mark spots on the door edge where the chalk has rubbed away. Lightly sticking doors can be repaired by sanding the contact points. Don’t sand too much, or the door won’t fit tightly. HOME TIP: To easily sand away sticky spots from the bottom of the door, tape a piece of sandpaper to the floor and briskly move the door back and forth across it. Elevate the sandpaper with thin pieces of cardboard as the sanding process continues. Send your questions or home tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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DEAR JAMES: The green water is caused by an explosive growth of aquarium algae. A small amount of algae is normal in aquariums, but too much can cause all sorts of problems. One of three things -- or possibly all three -- may have occurred to turn your aquarium water green. You may be overfeeding the fish; the aquarium may not be getting regular maintenance (changing the water, etc.); or the unit is sitting in direct sunlight. The solution to this type of algae, then, is to monitor and adjust the fish’s food supply; stick to a maintenance schedule; and move the aquarium out of direct sunlight if needed. Other types of algae can plague aquarium life and make the tank look just plain ugly. For example, if colonies of brown algae form in a tank, then the light levels are too low and the water has too many nutrients. Smelly, slimy blue-green algae (actually a bacteria) is caused by insufficient maintenance and is extremely difficult to clear up, but turning off the tank light for up to a week can slow its growth. Change the water at least every week (two weeks at most), making sure the new water has had its chlorine content neutralized and that its temperature matches the water in the tank. Scrape away excess algae while the water level is low, and wipe the inside of the glass with a clean cloth. Don’t use algaecides to clear up the problem; you’ll clear out the fish population as well. Check all filters and intake tubes to ensure they’re not clogged. Send your questions or comments to, 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 (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Catholics Are on the Move It is a process shrouded in secrecy. From around the world (well ... in this case, just America), a small group anointed members will come together in a secret conclave. They will blow smoke, select a chosen few and cast their final ballots. Outside, in baited anticipation, the press will wait. For many, it is a supreme sacred moment, and it will occur on a Sunday this March. Selection Sunday. The day the 10 appointed athletic directors fill out a 68 team ballot in what is essentially a conclave, only in this case within the walls of the holy city of Indianapolis. The headlines of late have been dominated by the news of Pope Benedict’s resignation. It’s a pretty good story when you consider more than 30 percent of the world’s people are Roman Catholics -- the largest single denomination in the world. This hasn’t happened in six centuries, a pope resigning. And now the world waits to see who is selected by a bunch of guys in uniform at the Vatican City. Because of the timing, it’s hard not to draw parallels. It’s “March Madness,” as we like to say in the sports and marketing world. But for the first time in 600 years, we probably have apparel outfitters wondering if they can get a logo on a Cardinal who’s not from St. Louis or Arizona. I bet more than a few cardinals could use a little “heat gear” ... sometimes it gets stuffy in those chapels ... particularly the one that Michelangelo laid on his back to paint. The Catholics are on the move, and not just when it comes to the papacy ... they are reshaping college basketball as we know it. The Big East division is currently reforming into an all-Catholic division, and on the West Coast, shockingly, a Roman Catholic school in Spokane, Wash., is leading the charge: Gonzaga. They are, as of this writing, the No. 1 basketball program in the NCAA. For the past 13 years, Mark Few has been the rock upon which the Gonzaga basketball program has been founded. Under Few’s leadership, Gonzaga went from a perennially overlooked mid-major with a small 6,000-seat arena to a program that cannot be denied by the NCAA conclave. Now they are a mid-major with a private jet, and those 6,000 followers just witnessed the team make it to 30 wins for the first time. Since the end of the past century (19992000), the NCAA has had visions of Gonzaga in their tournament ... briefly. Unfortunately for their devout followers, they’ve never made it past the Sweet Sixteen, and typically flame out in the second round. Now, as all eyes are on Rome, the faithful of Spokane also watch to see if their beloved “Zags” -- truly a class organization, school and community regardless of creed -- can overcome the Blue Devils and excise enough demons to take them to the promised land. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City.(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Nuggets fans have circled this day on the calendar like a kid anticipating a birthday. Only tonight, there won’t be well wishes for Carmelo Anthony. A house packed with jilted girlfriends will rain down their pent up disdain in a way not seen since Todd Bertuzzi returned to Denver. Anthony will likely respond with his trademark smile and regular season average of 28 points per game – likely more, though. No matter how you feel about Anthony today, one of the top five players in Nuggets history should have his number retired.

SPORTS QUIZ By Chris Richcreek 1. In 2012, Jim Thome became the fourth player in major-league history to have hit 100 homers with three different teams. Who else did it? 2. Arizona’s Aaron Hill hit for the cycle twice in a season in 2012. Who was the last player to do it twice in a season? 3. Who was the first Pittsburgh Steeler to rush for 1,000 yards in a season? 4. Name the first 10th seed vs. 15th seed men’s basketball matchup in NCAA Tournament history. 5. Who was the first draft pick in the history of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning? 6. Name the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Cup season championship. 7. In 2013, Bob and Mike Bryan became the most successful tennis team in Grand Slam history, winning a 13th doubles title. Who were they tied with? Answers 1. Alex Rodriguez, Reggie Jackson and Darrell Evans. 2. Brooklyn’s Babe Herman, in 1931. 3. John Henry Johnson rushed for 1,141 yards in 1962. 4. In 1991, Richmond faced Temple. 5. Defenseman Roman Hamrlik, in 1992. 6. Bill Rexford was 23 when he won the title in 1950. 7. Australians John Newcombe and Tony Roche. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

The divorce angered many, and rightfully so, but Anthony should still be mentioned with David Thompson, Alex English, Byron Beck and Dan Issel. After all, if the knock on Anthony is he didn’t lead the franchise to a championship or the title game, neither did the other guys honored in the rafters at Pepsi Center. You may not like the way Anthony handled the breakup, but he was certainly more professional than LeBron James, whose number will eventually be retired in Cleveland, yet played fewer years in his hometown. You can argue Anthony led his team out of the opening round of the playoffs only once, but Alex English’s résumé wasn’t much more impressive in the postseason. Both led their teams to the Western Conference Finals only once. Both were equally great scorers; English had a better jump shot, but Melo is the far superior all-around offensive threat. And neither was a great defensive player. So if English has his number retired, why not Anthony? Anthony has been called a ball stopper, selfish, a below average defensive player and a guy who doesn’t make his teammates better. Any reasonable person would agree. However, you can’t argue Anthony’s lasting impact on this organization by singlehandedly rescuing a floundering franchise from the abyss. The Nuggets had the fewest wins of any NBA team the previous two years before they drafted him. And once he got here, he made them relevant again with a trip to the playoffs. James didn’t even do that during his first year in Cleveland. The Nuggets never missed the postseason during his time in Denver and went from playing in the witness relocation program to consistent appearances on national television. Anthony’s impact was greater than any player in franchise history. And it continues today. Masai Ujiri’s shrewd trade, maximizing Anthony’s value to the Knicks, set up the current team while giving the franchise flexibility moving forward. Only Ty Lawson played with Anthony while the guts of the roster came directly or indirectly from the Knicks deal. The Nuggets got Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Kosta Koufos, Timofey Mozgov and Raymond Felton the day the season-long saga ended in 2011. That offseason, the Nuggets traded Felton to Portland for Andre Miller and a pair of draft picks. One of those picks became Jordan Hamilton. A trade exception from Continued on Page 6

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Easter is upon us, and along with it, an abundance of eggs. Eggs often go on sale at Easter time, so stock up on the typically higher-priced, locally farm-raised eggs or organic, omega-3 fatty acidÐenriched eggs. Local farm-raised eggs come from chickens that were raised on fresh pastures with organic grain. These eggs can have twice as much vitamin E and 2.5 times the omega-3s compared with eggs from caged hens. Organic eggs come from chickens whose feed is not irradiated, treated with synthetic fertilizer or pesticides, genetically engineered or made with animal by-products In general, eggs are packed with protein and are very good sources of riboflavin, iron, folate, phosphorus, zinc, vitamins B-6, B-12, E and vitamin D. The choline in eggs has been linked with lower levels of breast cancer, and eggs contain vision-saving lutein and zeaxanthin. Contrary to previously published reports, eating an egg or two daily doesn’t raise cholesterol levels. If you have leftover hard-cooked eggs after Easter, make sure you keep them refrigerated. Hardcooked eggs make a wonderful snack, are delicious when turned into egg-salad sandwiches, and are a great addition to green salads. They’re also delicious when pickled. Pickled Eggs are a great way to use up leftover Easter eggs. To make a quick version of pickled eggs, all you need is the juice, jar, lid and spices from a jar of dill pickles. Just peel the hard-cooked eggs and drop them into the jar of pickle juice, making sure the eggs are covered with the juice. The hard-cooked eggs will absorb the pickle juices and flavors within three days. Keep the pickled eggs refrigerated. My recipe for Easter Eggs Pickled in Beet Juice turn the eggs a beautiful color. The pickled eggs also are a great addition to an appetizer plate for your Easter holiday dinner or as a protein-rich, low-calorie grab-and-go snack. Have a wonderful holiday! EASTER EGGS PICKLED IN BEET JUICE Peeled, hard-cooked eggs turn a ruby color when pickled in beet juice. The colorful eggs also add a punch of flavor to an appetizer tray or a salad. 2 jars (16 to 24 ounces) pickled beets 1 3/4 cups white vinegar or apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup white or brown sugar 1/2 tablespoon whole allspice or cloves 1 stick cinnamon, broken in half 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 purple onion, peeled and sliced thinly 8 hard-cooked eggs, peeled 1. Drain beet juice into a large pot, reserving the beets, the jars and the lids. Set the beets aside to use in an appetizer platter (see below) or store in a covered container and refrigerate for another use. Combine the beet juice, vinegar, sugar, allspice or cloves, cinnamon, salt and onion in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and stir until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. 2. Arrange 4 peeled, hard-cooked eggs in each beet jar. Pour an equal amount of the hot vinegar and spice mixture over the eggs. Cover tightly. Allow to cool one hour to room temperature. Pickled eggs should not remain out of the refrigerator for more than two hours. Refrigerate to blend flavors, at least several hours or up to one week. Refrigerated pickled eggs are best when eaten within 4 to 6 weeks. TO CREATE AN EGG-CELLENT APPETIZER TRAY: Dip the small end of the pickled eggs in a little olive oil or mustard and coat the end of the eggs with some chopped dill weed, basil or parsley, or finely minced broccoli and carrot slaw or cabbage slaw. Or, for spicy eggs, crust the small end with coarse black pepper and sea salt, or crushed red pepper flakes or chili powder. To serve, place chopped slaw, confetti or decorative stones in the bottom of a tall drinking glass or a small vase. Place the large end of the eggs on salad forks and put them in a tall drinking glass or a small vase in the center of a serving tray. Or, you can slice the eggs or leave the egg whole to serve as finger food and place them on the appetizer tray. Arrange a bowl of sea salt, horseradish mayonnaise (or just stir a tablespoon of grated horseradish into a cup of mayonnaise), sliced beets, radishes, pepperoni slices or thin slices of ham. Cover and refrigerate until serving time. Add slices of melba toast, crackers or toasted slices of baguette bread to complete your appetizer platter. WARNING: Pickled eggs that are stored at room temperature can develop botulism. Since the botulism bacteria can be deadly, it’s imperative that homemade pickled eggs as well as storebought pickled eggs are stored in the refrigerator. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Facebook and go to Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis


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Lazy Daisy Cake After a thorough drenching in pecan-coconut butter sauce, this moist vanilla cake spends a couple of minutes under the broiler to achieve a brown, bubbly glaze. 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons milk 6 tablespoons butter or margarine 3 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-by-9-inch metal baking pan. On waxed paper, mix flour, baking powder and salt. 2. In small saucepan, heat 3/4 cup milk and 2 tablespoons butter on low until butter melts and milk is hot. 3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, with mixer on medium-high speed, beat eggs and granulated sugar until pale yellow, about 5 minutes, scraping bowl often. Beat in vanilla. 4. Transfer egg mixture to large bowl. With mixer on low, alternately beat flour mixture and hot milk mixture into egg mixture until smooth, scraping bowl often. Pour batter into pan. 5. Bake cake 35-40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Place pan with cake on wire rack while making topping. Preheat broiler. 6. In 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, cinnamon and remaining 4 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons milk on medium until mixture boils, stirring often. Remove from heat; stir in pecans and coconut. Spread over hot cake. 7. Place pan with cake in broiler 5-7 inches from source of heat and broil 1-2 minutes, until topping is bubbly and browned, rotating pan for even browning. Cool on wire rack, about 1 hour. Serves 12. ¥ Each serving: About 280 calories, 12g total fat (6g saturated), 72mg cholesterol, 235mg sodium, 39g total carbohydrate, 1g dietary fiber, 4g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at (c) 2013 Hearst Communications, Inc. reserved

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For advertising, call Aimee (303.842.8250) Local Sports (continued) the deal allowed the team to get Corey Brewer. And another trade exception from the Felton deal was used to get JaVale McGee from Washington for Nene. If that wasn’t enough, a future first rounder from the Melo deal allowed the Nuggets to trade for Andre Iguodala. Anthony will likely end up like Hall of Fame forward Dominique Wilkins – a great offensive talent who never wins a title. Yet, his stamp on the NBA will always be an incredible offensive talent and clutch performer. If anything, he’s misunderstood. He’s a pleaser by nature and is quick to listen to those around him rather than trust himself. Don’t get me wrong, Melo wanted to play in New York; but his wife and his agents planted enough seeds for him to grow out of this small market. When future generations go to Pepsi Center, grandfathers should be able to look up at the rafters and say to their grandchildren, “I saw one of the greatest offensive players in Nuggets history and he put them on the national stage during his seven-and-a-half years here.” No one wants to say it now because even after two years the cut runs deep. But a decade from now, after healing and reflection, even the most hardened fan might realize the invaluable contributions and excitement he gave to this organization. Carmelo Anthony is here for one night only, but his legacy should last forever with his name and number hanging in the rafters. Eric Goodman hosts Afternoon Drive with Mac and Goodman from 3p-6p Monday through Friday on Mile High Sports Radio (AM1510 | FM 93.7). @ericgoodman


MOTHER BICKERDYKE Born in Ohio in 1817 and widowed at 42, Mary Ann Bickerdyke had to earn her own way in life. Because she had studied some medicine, she hung out a shingle advertising herself as a Botanic Physician. Her neighbors found that she was handy with the sick and they gladly paid her for caring for their ills, which led to a lifetime of helping others. • After the start of the Civil War, Mary heard a sermon preached by the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. She was horrified, not by the facts of slavery, but by the preacher’s description of the Union troops. They had not even seen battle yet, but they were dying of dysentery, pneumonia, and typhoid. The congregation raised $500 for the support of the soldiers, and they elected Mary Bickerdyke to deliver the money to troops in Cairo, Illinois. • When she arrived at the army stockade, she was shocked at the conditions. The make-shift hospital grounds were filthy and crowded. Instead of simply delivering her gifts and returning home, Mary Ann Bickerdyke commenced cleaning up the camp. She provided hot meals, hot baths, clean clothing, new sheets, and fresh mattresses. The men began calling her Mother, and Mother Bickerdyke she remained for the rest of her days.

found them just as bad. It did not take her long to figure out that the best stuff was being confiscated by the doctors, officers, and cooks. When she discovered a healthy lieutenant wearing clothing intended for the sick, she threw him to the floor and ripped the shirt off him, snatching his stolen socks and slippers as well. The patients cheered. The following day the lieutenant applied for a transfer. She was sure the kitchen help was eating food intended for patients, so one day she carefully cooked up a batch of peaches, saying they were strictly for the sick boys. When she returned a few hours later, the peaches were gone and the kitchen workers were sprawled on the floor, writhing in agony. She had mixed tartar emetic in with the peaches as a little extra surprise. • Mother Bickerdyke took to the road, following General Grant and his troops around. General Grant told her that he had plenty of supplies and that she need not worry about bringing anything with her. Still, she loaded wagons full of supplies just in case. After the battle of Shiloh, Grant’s supplies ran out. She delivered to amazed surgeons chloroform, surgical instruments, bandages, and food. One surgeon, seeing her at work in a field of wounded men, asked her by whose authority she was there. “I have received my authority from the Lord God Almighty,” she bellowed. “Have you anything that ranks higher than that?” He decided to leave her alone.

• Writing home, she asked her friends to send supplies. She was most concerned about feeding sick soldiers. The Army allotted the • When the war ended, Mother Bickerdyke sick identical rations as the healthy. This did not continued her campaign of humanity. She seem fair to her. So when packages of goodies opened boarding houses, cleaned up slums, arrived for individual men, she confiscated aided destitute farmers, fought for vet’s rights, them and passed out the goodies to the people organized a home for neglected youth, rescued who needed them most. fallen women, and taught Sunday school. She died in 1901. Mother Bickerdyke was truly a • She toured other camps in the area and heroic nurse.

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ARCTIC EXPLORERS When European explorers informed the native Dene Indians of the Northwest Territories that explorer Alexander Mackenzie had “found” the river that now bears his name, the Indians replied that they didn’t know the river had ever been lost. SHIP OF FOOLS • Martin Frobisher sailed from England past Greenland in the year 1576 in search of the Northwest Passage. He ran into trouble with the native Eskimo and turned for home, taking samples of orebearing rocks he found on the shore. In England, a chemist announced it was gold ore. Frobisher mounted a second expedition, feeling that gold was more important than the Northwest Passage. He spent the summer of 1577 on Baffin Island, loading three ships with 200 tons of rock. Back in England, scientists exclaimed over how much gold the rocks bore— so Frobisher headed back again, this time with 15 ships. He brought home 1,350 tons of ore this time, and smelters in England spent five years trying without success trying to extract gold from it. Only then did they discover the “gold” was actually iron pyrite— fool’s gold. It was worthless. GHOST SHIP • On August 11, 1775, a Greenland whaling ship called the Herald found itself in a sea full of icebergs in gale force winds. By morning, the weather cleared. Suddenly another ship came into view. As they neared it, the whalers saw that the unknown ship was covered with ice and no humans were on deck. They received no answers to their hails. The captain lowered a longboat and went to investigate, accompanied by eight men. As they approached the derelict ship, they saw that her name was the Octavius. Boarding, they found no sign of life. • Kicking open the ice-coated door to go below, they were greeted by a musty odor. The men found a corpse in every bunk. Each was bundled in blankets and perfectly preserved by the cold. In the captain’s cabin, they found the captain’s body slumped forward on a desk, pen in hand. The body of a woman lay in the bunk. In the corner of the cabin was the corpse of a sailor, with a flint in one hand and a piece of steel in the other. A mound of wood shavings was in front of him. Nearby, under a heavy coat, was the body of a small boy. They found no provisions on board. Taking the log book, they returned to their own ship. Unfortunately, the log book was dropped and many pages lost into the ocean. The Octavious drifted off, never to be seen again. The logbook revealed that the doomed ship left England bound for China on September 10, 1761. Good winds and fair weather prevailed, and nothing was amiss. The final page said, “We have now been enclosed in the ice 17 days, and our approximate position is Longitude 160 W, Latitude 75 N. The fire went out yesterday, and our master has been trying to rekindle it again but without success. He has handed the steel and flint to the mate. The master’s son died this morning and his wife says she no longer feels the terrible cold. The rest of us seem to have no relief from the agony.” The location given in the logbook in the final entry was north of Point Barrow, Alaska. The captain of the Octavius had decided to look for the yet undiscovered Northwest Passage through the Arctic instead of sailing home all the way around South America. The ship, locked in the ice, sailed on even after the demise of the crew— and became the first ship ever to negotiate the elusive Northwest Passage. Her crew for the journey was a captain and crew who had been dead for 13 years. Today the logbook of the Octavius is in the archives of the Registrar of Shipping in London.


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1. GEOGRAPHY: The Gulf of Sidra lies off what African nation? 2. TECHNOLOGY: What kind of computer file is indicated by a .htm extension? 3. MEASUREMENTS: What is a nanosecond? 4. MUSIC: What kind of instrument is an Appalachian dulcimer? 5. LANGUAGE: What is an interrobang? 6. FAIRY TALES: What kind of poisoned fruit does the evil Queen give Snow White? 7. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which four U.S. presidents were assassinated in office? 8. INVENTORS: What is Robert Fulton famous for inventing? 9. HISTORY: When was the Magna Carta imposed to prohibit arbitrary royal acts? 10. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the early Roman term for the month of July? Answers 1. Libya 2. A hypertext file 3. One billionth of a second 4. Stringed 5. A punctuation mark that combines a question mark and an exclamation point 6. An apple 7. Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John Kennedy 8. The steamboat 9. 1215 10. Quintilis (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

mixing up your lunch options, especially in cold weather. Before you fill the Thermos with your hot food, fill it with boiling water and let it sit for a good five minutes. Then empty out the water just before filling. The food will stay hot longer.” -- E.D. in Wisconsin ¥ Soak your metal tools in Coca-Cola when they get gummed up. It does a great job of loosening the gunk, and after a few hours in a Coke bath, you can practically just brush stuff right off. Makes you wonder about drinking it ... but whatever works! ¥ If you get the Sunday newspaper, you likely get coupons. Perhaps there are others who would enjoy any coupons you don’t use rather than your recycling them. Ask your neighbors and friends. ¥ To make a cottage-cheese dip, blend it in your food processor until smooth and add your dip flavoring packet or season with flavors as you would sour cream. ¥ “You can use a Thermos to keep soup warm as a lunch option. Just get a clean funnel for the kitchen and use it to add soup to the Thermos. It makes a good alternative for


¥ If you have a smartphone (or just a cellphone that takes pictures), there’s a new, novel way of keeping track of printed information: Snap a quick pic. This works for store hours (get the store name in the picture with the hours), receipts, sales advertisements for reference when shopping and much, much more. You can delete the photo when you are done. ¥ If you have a tablecloth that is stained, you might be able to salvage it by turning it into napkins or a table runner. Edge it with a pretty and complimentary fabric to spice things up a little. 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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