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• On Sept. 14, 1927, dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcaps of her open car. The scarf wound around the axle, tightening around Duncan’s neck and dragging her from the car. • On Sept. 16, 1940, the first peacetime draft in the history of the United States is imposed. Registration of men between the ages of 21 and 36 began exactly one month later. There were some 20 million eligible young men -50 percent were rejected in the first year for health reasons or illiteracy. • On Sept. 12, 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy, the future 35th president of the United States, marries Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, R.I. Seven years later, the couple would become the youngest president and first lady in American history. • On Sept. 15, 1978, boxer Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Ali left the sport permanently in 1981. • On Sept. 11, 1985, Cincinnati Reds playermanager Pete Rose gets the 4,192nd hit of his career, breaking Ty Cobb’s major league record for career hits. Rose was a folk hero in Cincinnati, a homegrown talent known as “Charlie Hustle” for his relentless work ethic. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Camp Lejeune Claims Get Green Light Fifteen presumptive illnesses are now covered for those who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The problem at Camp Lejeune was the drinking water. From the 1950s to the 1980s, the water contained volatile organic solvents (trichloroethylene, or TCE; tetrachloroethylene, or PCE; vinyl chloride) and benzene (a component of fuel), which are carcinogens. For years the Department of Veterans Affairs denied claims for subsequent cancers and other illnesses. For a short time, claims were decided on a case-by-case basis, but getting benefits wasn’t easy because it required proving the link between drinking the water so long ago and illness. Now not only will veterans be covered, but their families will as well. The devil is in the details, however. Family members will only be eligible for reimbursement for previous care after they have “exhausted without success all claims ... against a third party.” Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for not less than 30 days are covered for the following illnesses: esophageal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma, myleodysplasic syndromes, renal toxicity, hepatic steatosis, female infertility, miscarriage, scleroderma, neurobehavioral effects and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Sen. Leahy of Vermont, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has released 8,000 documents related to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. The link to those documents is: htm. Your best bet is to read them side by side with an excellent explanatory page done by Mike Partain for The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten website:, then click MCBLC Timeline of Events, then scroll to Partain’s link. You’ll be dismayed by what you read. However, the good news is that we now have benefits for presumptive illnesses caused by service at Camp Lejeune. The shame of it all is that the government has known for many years that those wells were contaminated. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.



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1. Is the book of Job in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What did the crowds repeat during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem? Hallelujah, Hosanna, Amen, Messiah 3. From Mark 7, what did Jesus put into the deaf man’s ear, healing him? Mud, Straw, Finger, Light 4. Upon what mountain did Abraham offer to sacrifice his son Isaac? Moriah, Aravat, Hor, Seir 5. In Acts 13:8, who/what was Elymas? River, Fisherman, Sorcerer, Well 6. From Ruth 4:13 who was her mate? Samuel, Boaz, Xerxes, Jacob

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• Throughout history, salt has been a valuable item of trade. Governments have frequently controlled the price of salt, maintaining a monopoly by charging special taxes. Salt taxes have supported monarchs and funded wars. During the Middle Ages, salt was so expensive, • Lots of folks believe that spilling salt will it earned the nickname “white gold.” bring bad luck. This superstition may have its • Salt has been used as currency for centuries. origins in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Even up to the beginning of the 20th century, Last Supper. Close observation shows an upset one-pound bars of salt were used as money salt container at the place of Judas Iscariot, in what is now the country of Ethiopia. Early Jesus’ betrayer. The remedy for spilled salt is civilization advanced tremendously once salt’s to toss a pinch over your left shoulder, which ability to preserve food was discovered. No supposedly blinds the devil waiting there. longer were people dependent on what was Those who really want to be safe also crawl readily available to eat, and long-distance under the table and come out the opposite side. travel also increased as preserved provisions The Norwegians’ superstition about spilled salt could be transported. Early Roman soldiers’ says that a person will shed as many tears as wages were paid in salt, or salarium argentum, necessary to dissolve the amount spilled, while a term from which we derive our English word superstitious Germans believe that spilling salt “salary.” Romans even built roads specifically brings about hostility, the result of the devil for transporting salt, such as the Via Salaria, disturbing peace. which led from Rome to the Adriatic Sea, • Because fruits and vegetables are nearly saltwhere a salt-producing area was located. In free, vegetarians are often at risk for dietary ancient Greece, salt was traded for slaves, problems. The human body needs electrolytes leading to the expression, “He is not worth to function, and without salt, it runs out of his salt.” In early American history, President electrolytes. Thomas Jefferson hoped that the Lewis and Clark expedition would be able to locate a • The familiar cylindrical salt container with the metal spout was introduced by Morton mountain of salt rumored to stand near the in 1911. Prior to that, salt was packaged in Missouri River, which would have been a very large cumbersome bags, which, during wet valuable find. American soldiers also received weather, wouldn’t allow the pouring of salt. salt as salary during the War of 1812 because Morton’s slogan “When it rains, it pours” the government lacked currency to pay them. touted its moisture-proof container. In 1914, • Many cultures use salt in their religious rituals the company introduced its famous “umbrella because it symbolizes “incorruptible purity.” girl” on packaging. Her appearance has been The Shinto religion uses salt to purify an updated five times since, in 1921, 1933, 1941, area. A handful of salt is even thrown into 1956 and 1968. the center of the wrestling ring by Shintos to

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Some of us have to wait until our grandchildren show up to teach us how to use a new high-tech device or navigate a social-media site online. But we could learn it for ourselves with a bit of instruction. With that in mind, AARP has created a series of how-to books to lead us step by step through some of the things that interest us. Here is a sample of what they offer for seniors: iPad: Tech to Connect, Pinterest for Dummies, Genealogy Online, Facebook, Tablets, Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, Laptops for Dummies, Word 2010, e-Readers and more. If you want to look at all the books, go online to Click on a topic of interest, but look at Technology to learn more about the books above. Other categories include food and cooking, money, health, travel, self-help and some excellent home and family selections. You’ll find e-books, if you prefer, if you have a Kindle or Nook, print books and even free downloads. You don’t order the books through AARP -- instead they come from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million or Indie Bound. Another site with technology books for seniors is Visual Steps []. Here is a small sample of what it offers: iPad for Seniors, Social Media for Seniors, Google for Seniors, Internet and Email with Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Microsoft office 2010 and 2007, Photo and Video Editing and so much more. Senior Sleuth Guides [www.sleuthguides. com] has a free book that’s worth reading, “The Senior Sleuth’s Guide to Technology.” It covers topics such as home computers, the Internet, health and medication, independent living, communication and travel. It provides a good overview if you want a place to start learning more. 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@

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Being a retiree trying to make ends meet, it’s been hard to pay for health care for my two Corgis. Are there free clinics in my area where I can get my dogs’ shots more cheaply? -- Francis H., Oklahoma City, Okla. DEAR FRANCIS: Low-cost and sometimes free vaccination clinics for pets are available at different times of the year across the country. These are held by public service agencies (such as county or city shelters), though some are privately sponsored. The clinics typically offer the immunizations required of dogs and cats (and sometimes other animals like ferrets) and license tags. Some

also offer services like health checks and microchipping. Prices range from $5 to $25, on average. The problem, of course, is finding one of these near you. These days, the Internet is a great resource for locating announcements for low-cost clinics. However, not everyone has access to the Internet. And sometimes, the agencies or institutions sponsoring those clinics can’t advertise widely, or are hard to locate in an Internet search. In these cases, your best bet is to regularly check locally published newspapers and magazines that focus on your community for announcements about upcoming clinics. Another way is to call the local shelters, or the city or county government, to find out if any

such clinics will be held in the near future. I’ll do my best to list upcoming clinics in as many locations as possible at www.pawscorner. com. In the meantime, keep checking with your local government or animal shelter for the next dates, times and locations of their low-cost clinics. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner. com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. If your question or comment is used in the column, you’ll receive a free copy of “Fighting Fleas,” the newest booklet from Paws Corner! (c) 2012 King Features Synd.,

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• It was William E. Vaughan who made the following sage observation: “To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.” • Those who study such things say that your brain can store 100 times as much information as a typical desktop computer.

• When Andrew Jackson was running for president in 1828, an opponent called him a jackass. Instead of being offended, Jackson embraced the epithet, using the image of a donkey in campaign materials to represent his stubborn refusal to knuckle under to big business. Later, Thomas Nash, a political cartoonist in New York, started using the donkey to represent the Democratic Party as a whole. • If you’re a well-traveled person, you might have noticed that the average woman in Scandinavia is taller than the average man in Asia. • Only 12 people have walked on the surface of the moon.

• In 1930, United Airlines began using the aviation industry’s first stewardesses. To qualify for the position, applicants had to be registered nurses.

• The framework for the Statue of Liberty was built by Gustave Eiffel, who later became famous for building Paris’ iconic tower.

• George Washington, Dolley Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton helped to found this country, but that wasn’t all they had in common; they were also all big fans of eating ice cream.

• If you’re stopping at a fast-food restaurant for lunch today, you might want to consider the following: It takes a whopping 1,500 gallons of water to produce an average fast-food meal. *** Thought for the Day: “The more information you get, the less fantasy you have.” -- Andy Warhol

• If you ever hear an orangutan belch, you’d better watch out. That’s a warning sign that you’re encroaching on his territory.

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Magic Maze

Answers 1. Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees, in 1978. 2. Jim Lefebvre led the Mariners to an 83-79 mark in 1991. 3. Terry Bradshaw (inducted in 1989), Fred Dean (2008) and Willie Roaf (2012). 4. Billy Knight in the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons. 5. Wayne Gretzky (1983), Mario Lemieux (1990), Vincent Damphousse (1991), Mike Gartner (1993) and Dany Heatley (2003). 6. The University of Virginia, 1991-94. 7. Bernard Hopkins held the IBF title for 11 years (1995-2005).

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