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• On April 3, 1860, the first Pony Express mail simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Mo., heading west, and Sacramento, Calif., heading east on a 1,800-mile journey. On April 13, the westbound packet arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet by two days. • On April 7, 1891, American showman Phineas Taylor Barnum dies in Bridgeport, Conn. The 81-year-old showman’s sense of humor never deserted him. He requested that a New York newspaper run his obituary before he died so he could enjoy reading it, and the paper obliged.

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• On April 4, 1812, President James Madison fires an economic salvo at the British government and enacts a 90-day embargo on trade with England. The embargo did little to forestall war: The British refused to cease harassing American ships, prompting Madison to lead America into the War of 1812.

• On April 2, 1902, the first American theater devoted solely to movies opens in Los Angeles. Housed in a circus tent, the venue was dubbed “The Electric Theater.” Admission cost 10 cents for a one-hour show. • On April 5, 1931, Fox Film Corp. drops John Wayne from its roster of actors. Wayne had played bit parts but failed to impress the studio. In 1939, Wayne finally had his breakthrough in “Stagecoach.” He went on to play in dozens of movies, including “True Grit,” for which he won an Oscar in 1969. • On April 6, 1970, Sam Sheppard, a doctor convicted of murdering his pregnant wife in a trial that caused a media frenzy in the 1950s, dies of liver failure. After a decade in prison, Sheppard was found “not guilty” in a second trial in 1966. “The Fugitive” television series and movie were rumored to have been loosely inspired by the story. • On April 8, 1990, director David Lynch’s surreal series, “Twin Peaks,” premieres. The show, with its bizarre characters and baffling story line, became an instant cult hit. Kyle MacLachlan starred as Dale Cooper, an FBI agent assigned to visit a small town in the Pacific Northwest to try to unravel the mystery of the murder of resident Laura Palmer. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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If you are enrolled in the Veterans Affairs health care system, you’re due to receive a personalized Health Benefits Handbook with all of your information in it. The handbooks, which started rolling out in February, are being sent according to priority group, with Group 1 being the first to receive the handbooks. When you receive yours, read it and file it in a safe place (remember, it has your personal information in it). The handbooks are full of information you need about your benefits, including: --Co-pays --How to make an appointment --How to communicate with your clinical team --Medications you are taking at the time, as well as eyeglass prescriptions, nursing home information, dental benefits, specialized transportation, medical travel benefits and much more. You’ll also find information about coordinating your health care, your rights as a patient, getting care outside the VA, pharmacy services, telephone numbers for your preferred facility and more. By next year, all 8.5 million health-care veterans will have received the handbooks. Be sure to check yours carefully because the information is personalized for you and contains your private information. If it’s wrong, you need to speak up because it means something is incorrect somewhere in the system. If any information is wrong, contact the VA immediately. This could be the spelling of your name, your preferred VA facility, benefits you know you’re eligible for -- no matter what it is, call and have it corrected. To learn more about the coming handbook, go online to www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhbh or call the VA at 1-877-222-VETS (8387). Give it time to get the booklets out in order of priority, but if you’re in the first batch and months pass without receiving the booklet, give the VA a call. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Warm nutritious meals and friendly faces Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud seeks to nourish and enrich the lives of homebound individuals by providing nutritious meals and daily contact by a caring volunteer. Established in 1968, Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud, Inc. became the first home delivered meal service program west of the Mississippi River. Dorothy Morin and Helen Erion, program founders, sought cooperation from the United Fund and other individuals concerned with the need for good nutrition and socialization for the homebound. The first twelve meals were prepared at the Elk’s Club kitchen and delivered on January 26, 1968. 2012 marks our 44th year of service in the community! Meals on Wheels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are supported by many individuals, foundation grants, Larimer County Office on Aging, the City of Loveland Community Partnership Program and United Way of Larimer County. For more information on program services, please call (970) 667-0311 or e-mail meals4u@lovelandmealsonwheels.org

1. LANGUAGE: What is the meaning of the Latin phrase “novus ordo seclorum,” located on the Great Seal on a U.S. $1 bill? 2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the name for a seashell collector or expert? 3. ART: What Mexican muralist was married to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo? 4. COMICS: What was the name of Casper the Friendly Ghost’s horse? 5. SPORTS: Where did the sport of jai alai originate? 6. GEOGRAPHY: Where is Death Valley located? 7. TELEVISION: Which PBS documentary series featured the song “Ashokan Farewell” as its theme music? 8. MEDICINE: What is the brand name for the sedative diazepam? 9. LITERATURE: Who was the first to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (1901)? 10. ENTERTAINERS: What was the stage name of the actor who was born “Laszlo Lowenstein”?


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1. Is the book of 3 Peter in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. When the seventh seal was opened there was silence in heaven for how long? 1 breath, Half an hour, Full day, 3 days 3. From Daniel 5, whose palace had a hand that wrote on the wall? Solomon, Herod, Belshazzar, Ahasuerus 4. What ancient percussion instrument was similar to a tambourine? Tabladrum, Tonse, Tetlum, Timbrel 5. Muppim, Huppim and Ard were all whose sons? Gabriel, Michael, Benjamin, Paul 6. Who was the first judge of Israel? David, Saul, Absalom, Othniel

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SERVICE ANIMALS (continued): • Military dogs are trained in San Antonio, Texas, at the Military Working Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base. German shepherds, Dutch shepherds and Belgian Malinois are the most common breeds used. The military purchases some of its dogs from breeders, but most are from its own breeding program. • When the Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound on May 2, 2011, four of the first feet on the ground were those of Cairo, a well-trained Belgian Malinois. When President Obama had a private meeting with the SEAL team, the only one of the supersecret team whose name was revealed was Cairo, the war dog. • The lighter, more compact Belgian Malinois breed is considered the best for operations undertaken by SEAL teams, such as tandem parachute jumping and rappelling. Dogs like Cairo are trained to detect and identify both hostile and/or hiding humans and explosives. The dogs are about twice as fast as their most physically fit SEAL companions. • Like other members of the SEALs, Cairo was

equipped with super-strong, flexible body armor and high-tech equipment that included “doggles.” Doggles are specially designed dog goggles equipped with night-vision and infrared capability that allow dogs to see body heat even through concrete walls.

Detector Dog Training Center (NDDTC) in Newnan, Georgia, trains dogs and officers as teams to prevent pests and agricultural diseases from coming into the United States through airports, postal facilities, cargo warehouses, international borders and seaports.

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• One of the wonderful things about this program is that the NDDCT actually gets its dogs through animal shelters and animal rescues as well as through owner donations. It is important for dogs in this program to be comfortable and non-threatening when working around people in crowded places like airports. The NDDCT currently trains beagles and beagle mixes for airports and Labrador retrievers and Lab mixes for border patrol work and for warehouses and postal facilities.

• Some amazing information released from the Pentagon in October 2010 revealed that after six years and $19 billion spent in developing the ultimate bomb-detector technology, dogs are still the most accurate! Detection using the most advanced equipment, like drones and aerial detectors, yielded a 50-percent success rate. When a dog was involved, that rate rose 30 percent. Now that’s some serious sniffing! • Some other highly trained dogs that help keep our nation safe are the detector dogs trained to safeguard American agriculture. The National

• Occasionally Jack Russell terriers are also used by the NDDCT, mainly to work in Guam finding brown tree snakes. (Ewww!) The snakes are “a dangerous threat to the ecology and economy of Guam.” Accidentally introduced to Guam in the 1940s or early 1950s, the snakes cause power outages and have eradicated most of Guam’s native forest birds.


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Dear Trainer by Huch MacEachran Dear Trainer: I’m trying to lose weight and it’s just not happening. I barely eat at all but I’m still not losing weight or getting leaner. Dear Calorie Deficient: Not eating is like asking your body to get fat. The body requires fuel in order to burn fat. We say that “fat burns in a carbohydrate flame.” When there’s no food in the system the body shuts off your ability to burn fat and, instead, resorts to tearing down muscle for fuel. Since it’s muscle that burns fat during exercise in the first place, losing muscle mass is counterproductive. Try to eat protein (lean meats, fish, chicken), good fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts) and some carbohydrate (fruits, vegetables, yam, sweet potato, bread) at every meal. While you can be perfectly well nourished in 2 or 3 meals a day if you eat enough, and eat the right stuff, I tell people to eat 4 to 5 small meals a day so they don’t get so hungry that they make unwise food choices at meal time. Call today to discuss more nutrition issues or to schedule a free orientation at Orchards Athletic Club.

1. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro set a record in 2010 for most RBIs in a major-league debut. How many did he have? 2. In 2011, Atlanta’s Brian McCann became the second person in major-league history to have a pinch-hit, game-tying homer in the ninth and followed with a game-winning home run. Who was the first? 3. Who was the last coach of the Houston Oilers before Jeff Fisher took over in 1994 and the team eventually moved to Tennessee? 4. Entering the 2011-12 season, Kentucky was the No. 1 team for total victories in Division I college basketball (2,052). Name three of the next five schools. 5. How many players reached the 100-point plateau in the NHL in the 2010-11 season? 6. Name the Russian superheavyweight Olympic weightlifter who won two gold medals and had a nine-year unbeaten streak (1970-78). 7. Who was the last LPGA golfer before Yani Tseng (2010-11) to capture two women’s majors in consecutive years.

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It isn’t often that our Western-medicine physicians will suggest we take an alternative route to health. Boston University scientists have done some research, however, that points to an Eastern form of exercise that will help with a big Western problem: Yoga is theorized to help reduce stress. Specifically, their research shows that yoga can help treat and prevent high blood pressure, cardiac disease and anxiety. Yoga, they believe, helps to restore balance to the nervous system. Imbalance can come from stress. In one study, participants were split into two groups: walking versus yoga. Only those in the yoga group had a rise in gamma amino-butyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of calm. Researchers took a big step (for Western medicine) when they suggested that specific yoga practices should be created as a way to help with stress-related conditions. The theories now will be tested in clinical studies. Yoga classes are easily found, but for seniors, a class that is specially geared to us is safer. Muscles get weak, and osteoporosis can result when we sit too much. Yoga itself isn’t a strenuous exercise, but it’s best to start with slow, gentle movements and a skilled instructor. With yoga we can learn deep breathing and mild stretching ... with quiet Eastern music playing in the background. Doesn’t that sound peaceful? Look for senior-friendly yoga classes at the senior center, churches, assisted living centers (even if you don’t live there) and fitness centers. Yes, those fitness gyms are starting to figure out that there are a lot of us, and we’ll use their services if they provide what we need. Sometimes that can include special classes, like yoga for seniors. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.

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Tidbits® of Ft. Collins & Loveland country. • The Statue was completed in France in July 1884 and arrived in New York Harbor in THE STATUE OF LIBERTY June 1885. The pedestal construction was One of the most enduring symbols of the United finished in April 1886. The Statue remained States and a treasured landmark in New York unassembled in crates for over a year waiting City is the Statue of Liberty. for the completion of the pedestal. The • “Lady Liberty,” as she is frequently called, centennial gift was actually 10 years late! was a gift from the people of France to the • The Statue was transported from France to the people of the United States in recognition of United States on the French frigate Isere. It the friendship formed during the American was disassembled into 350 individual pieces Revolution. and packed in 214 crates. Reportedly, rough FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF THE WORLD:

• The idea for a statue to be given to the United seas almost brought a disastrous end to the States was born at the home of Edouard de Isere and its cargo. Laboulaye, near Versailles, France, in the • It took four months to re-assemble the Statue summer of 1865. Laboulaye is considered on her pedestal. She was dedicated on October the “Father of the Statue of Liberty.” 28, 1886, in front of thousands of spectators. Unfortunately, he died before its completion. President Grover Cleveland proclaimed that • French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi “Liberty” would “magnify France beyond was commissioned to design the sculpture the seas.” Fireworks followed the dedication, with the plan for it to be presented in 1876 and then New York City’s first “Ticker Tape” to celebrate the centennial of the Declaration parade ensued. of Independence. Gustave Eiffel, France’s • The original torch was actually displayed at most respected engineer, who later designed the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in the Eiffel Tower, was commissioned to help 1876. Today, it is located in the museum at Bartholdi with the massive structure. Fort Wood on Bedloe’s Island with the Statue. • While the French were responsible for the In 1984, it was replaced by a new, copper Statue and for assembling it once it came to torch covered in 24k gold leaf that reflects America, the pedestal was the responsibility sunlight in the day and is lit by 16 floodlights of the Americans. Funding for both projects at night. was difficult. Both countries allowed auctions, • Much symbolism was built into the Statue. lotteries, entertainment events and more to be The crown has 25 windows symbolizing held to raise funds for the huge project. gemstones and heaven’s rays shining over the • When Joseph Pulitzer became the owner and world. The seven rays on the crown represent editor of the New York World in 1883, he the seven seas and continents. Chains and a appealed to people all across the country to broken shackle at the Statue’s feet represent contribute funds and to not bring shame upon freedom from oppression and servitude. Lady the nation by not providing for the generous Liberty is holding a book that has July 4, gift from the French. His plea was heard; 1776, inscribed on it, the date of American money poured in from people all across the Independence.

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If you’ve hoped to buy a home on a low budget, chances are that everything you’ve looked at needs work. If you’re lucky, it might be as simple as paint in every room. On the other hand, perhaps the house you want was a foreclosure that was trashed by vandals when it sat empty, and the cost of the repair work will take more cash than you’ll have available after closing. There are a number of reasons to take on a home that needs work: location (you want to stay in the kids’ school district or be closer to work), you can’t afford a perfect house, or you see the potential in the house and know if would serve your family well for many years to come. That’s where a Federal Housing Administration 203(k) rehab loan can come in. This type of loan covers the mortgage as well as repairs that need to be made to single-family homes, with the total cost wrapped up in one neat loan package. There are two levels to the loan program: 1) if the work that needs to be done is fairly simple (doesn’t involve structural repairs) and will cost under $35,000, or 2) extensive renovation at a cost of at least $5,000 with no maximum limit. During the rehab process, FHA inspectors will visit the site multiple times to ensure that the work is up to standards and is following the plan. You’ll have six months to get the work completed by

a contractor. Funds, held in escrow, will be released in stages as the work is done. If you’re interested in a multi-unit building and plan to live in one of the units, the 203(k) can be used for up to four family units. You can build a new house on an old foundation, or move a house to a new location. The work must include improving “thermal efficiency,” such as weather stripping and insulation. The process for securing a 203(k) loan is complicated, with numerous steps to follow, but the stress can be worth it if it gets you the house you want, with repairs made, at a price you can afford. For more information on FHA rehab loans, go to http://portal.hud.gov and put 203(k) in the search box. You’ll need to speak to an FHA-approved lender in your area. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c)

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For Advertising Call Dan at (970) 658-6347 and we had data on the cars. We’d go home and look at the data, and look at what we learned and what the driver said about it, and we would go to the next place. “That’s how this sport used to be, and it’s not like that anymore.”

Biffle’s Destiny If Greg Biffle keeps doing what he’s doing, he will win the Sprint Cup championship. Don’t get carried away. Biffle isn’t going to finish third in 36 consecutive races. It’s pretty amazing that he’s done so in the three races held so far. Biffle, 42, failed to make the Chase last year after finishing seventh or better in each of the three previous years. His best showing to date was a runner-up finish in 2005. He’s actually a little sheepish about failing to win yet. “We’re super-excited about it (three straight thirds), but there again, we want to win like (Tony Stewart, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), so we’re going to keep our heads down and keep working hard,” Biffle said. Biffle, from Vancouver, Wash., has been successful in each of NASCAR’s three national touring series. He was the top rookie in Trucks in 1998 and champion in

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Greg Biffle (right) has constantly been a force in all three touring series. The Roush Fenway driver is evolving in a brand-new NASCAR world. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)

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The Spay/Neuter Debate Continues

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’m writing in response to “Tom C.,” who doesn’t want to neuter his purebred German Shepherd. Good for you for sticking to your and many people’s beliefs! I have met many breeders of purebred animals. They refuse to alter their “pet” -or for many, their bankroll -- for any reason. For those of you who truly love your pet and your breed and try to find “perfect” homes for them (at the right price), you should know that many of them end up in shelters just like the mongrels (as Tom put it). I prefer the term “mix breed.” All Tom has to do if he truly cares is to look at any dog rescue site on the Internet and he will see many purebreds that are without a home. There are thousands of purebreds being put to sleep because there are no homes for them. The other thing about having animals altered is that they are not only calmer, they are healthier. And it has been proven that an altered pet lives longer if cared for properly. By the way, I own two mix breeds and one purebred.

All are rescues! The purebred was half her weight when we got her and has the saddest story out of all our critter kids. I don’t even tell her story, it’s that terrible! So please, spay or neuter your beloved pet (dogs or cats), no matter what breed it is. -- Dee O., Palmyra, N.Y. DEAR DEE: Thanks for your support! I do stand behind the belief that spaying or neutering your dog or cat -- whether purebred or not -- is important and beneficial. Send your questions or tips to ask@pawscorner.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) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• Researchers in the United Kingdom have invented a robot that eats slugs and is powered by the gas from the decaying creatures. They have dubbed their creation the SlugBot. • It was Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw who made the following sage observation: “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” • We’re all familiar with the act of CPR -- we often see a film or television character come to the rescue and save a life using the technique. And on TV, according to a recent study, CPR is shown as being successful 75 percent of the time. The reality is not quite so rosy, though. A study conducted in 2010 found that when CPR is used in real life, only about 8 percent of the patients were still alive after one month. Of those who did survive that long, 97 percent couldn’t live a normal life. • Do you suffer from astraphobia? If so, I hope you don’t live in Florida. Those who are afraid of lightning would be terrified in the Sunshine State, especially in Tampa, known as the lightning capital of the world.

• For six generations, many members of the Fugate family of the Appalachian region of Kentucky have suffered from a rare blood disorder called methemoglobinemia. The disorder seems to have no adverse health effects, but it’s not at all difficult to diagnose it at a glance: Sufferers have blue skin. Not just a slight tinge, either; various family members have been described as “blue as Lake Louise,” “the bluest woman I ever saw” and “almost purple.” *** Thought for the Day: “A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, ‘At my age, I don’t even buy green bananas.”’ -- Claude Pepper (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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The Lombardi trophy hadn’t even made it into the Giants’ trophy case before the 2012 NFL season was foisted upon the nation. Bounty hunters, salary caps, free agency and last-minute draft moves dominated the sports section during February and March. Oh ... and that guy Peyton Manning made a few headlines, too. Yes, even teams like the Indianapolis Colts can say goodbye to a legend, as they did when they released the MVP quarterback last month. With that move, the Colts made it clear that the first-round draft pick will be former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck is a known commodity. The two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up certainly appears to be a viable NFL starter, but there is always room for doubt (see: Ryan Leaf). However, the real question mark resides in a grainy YouTube video taken through a hole in a fence at Duke Uni-

So the question then becomes, well, why isn’t Manning working out for teams? The answer — as any one of us signed to multi-year, million-dollar contracts can attest — is because he literally doesn’t want to show his hand. If Manning were to perform poorly at a workout for, say, the Denver Broncos, and the Broncos decide to take a flyer on him, the word would quickly spread around the league that Manning was damaged goods. Manning is, by all accounts, one of the “good guys” in the NFL (he certainly was the funniest “Saturday Night Live” guest host in sports history). It would appear Yearunlikely of thethat he would simply take some Workout unwitting team’s money and ride out the contract from trophy the The Lombardi cozy confines of the bench. hadn’t even made it into the ButGiants’ Manning wouldn’t be the the trophy case before first athlete to let his ego get 2012 NFL season was foisted in the way, simplyBounty ignore or upon thetonation. huntchoose to believe thatagency his ers, not salary caps, free best days were behind him, and last-minute draft moves his dominated skills deteriorated to section the the sports point of no February return. and March. during Meanwhile, Andrew Luck Oh ... and that guy Peyton seems to have his ahead Manning made few on head-

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So the question then becomes, well, why isn’t Manning working out for teams? The answer — as any one of us signed to multi-year, million-dollar contracts can attest — is because he literally doesn’t want to show his hand. If Manning were to perform poorly at a workout for, say, the Denver Broncos, and the Broncos decide to take a flyer on him, the word would quickly spread around

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