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¥ On Oct. 5, 1930, a British dirigible crashes in Beauvais, France, killing all 56 people aboard. The R-101, Great Britain’s biggest blimp, was flying only 250 feet above the ground, unbeknownst to the pilots because of the dark night. The blimp skimmed treetops before hitting a ridge, igniting the hydrogen supply. ¥ On Oct. 4, 1944, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower distributes to his combat units a report by the U.S. Surgeon General that reveals the hazards of prolonged exposure to combat. Based on this evaluation, American commanders judged that the average soldier could last about 200 days in combat before suffering serious psychiatric damage. ¥ On Oct. 7, 1975, a New York State Supreme Court judge reverses a deportation order for John Lennon, allowing him to remain legally in the U.S. The judge wrote that “The courts will not condone selective deportation based upon secret political grounds.” An FBI investigation of Lennon had turned up no evidence of involvement in illegal activities. ¥ On Oct. 3, 1995, Heisman Trophy winner O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, despite a DNA match, a wound on Simpson’s hand, the recent purchase of a “Stiletto” knife and matching shoeprints at the scene. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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March to a Million Money is tight everywhere, but there is one group that truly deserves any holiday donations you’ll make this year. I want to get first dibs on at least 15 of the dollars you have earmarked for charity. Operation Gratitude (www.operationgratitude. com) recently reached a milestone of 800,000 packages sent to service members stationed far away. Started by Carolyn Blashek at her diningroom table in 2003, OpGrat’s efforts have been constant, ever expanding and heartfelt. Here are the stats since 2003: --6.4 million pounds of donated product --$8 million in shipping expenses --40 million items --$80 million worth of product shipped The number and type of corporate donations are proof positive that OpGrat is an organization worth getting behind. That 800,000th package was a special one that contained a week’s vacation, a web cam, a DVD player, a digital camera -- and the keys to a custom-built American Chopper motorcycle. Of course not all of the 100,000 packages sent every year contain the keys to a vehicle, but each one, addressed individually to a service member by name, is packed with at least $125 worth of excellent products, as well as individually written letters and cards. That $15 I mentioned? It’s for postage. In spite of all the donations from corporations, OpGrat can’t get any kind of deal on mailing the packages. It costs $15 to send each box. If you want to donate, the address is: Operation Gratitude 16444 Refugio Road Encino, CA 91436 A bonus, too: Those who donate at least $15 before Oct. 31 will receive a special limited edition “March to a Million” dog tag that reads “I am a part of Operation Gratitude History.” If the $15 is out of the question, check the website. There are other ways you can help. 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.

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actually worked with the tobacco companies to help attract young smokers! Although the original candy cigs with their “lit” red tip are long gone, they are now reproduced but, we hope, with a different goal. Some folks who So how does this translate to the real world? have quit smoking pass out packs to friends on With the growing population, both in number the anniversary of their last cigarette. and in size, food shortage is that much more • Those little hollow tubes of black licorice prevalent. Since the 18th century, philosophers coated with pastel-colored candy were known such as Malthus have predicted that as Snaps. They appeared at candy counters population numbers would eventually for the first time around 1930 and can still be rise to the point that food supply would found at specialty candy shops. You’ll have a be compromised and we would fall into little more trouble finding wax lips, introduced worldwide famine. Combine that with in the early 1900s, which could be chewed into unforeseen growth in girth, the rise in a waxy, cherry-flavored gum. If you didn’t like the worldwide population, and natural the lips, vampire fangs and moustaches were disasters and we are in for a serious outcome for the next few generations to also available. • The Pittsburgh-based D.L. Clark Company follow. had a hit in 1917 with a chocolate-covered honeycomb of ground, roasted peanuts, simply called Clark Bar. This confection became so popular with U.S. troops stationed overseas in World War I, it became a giant sensation back at home as well. The same company produced the Zagnut candy bar beginning in 1930, a crunchy peanut butter bar covered in toasted coconut. The word “zigzag” became popular in the 1930s, and it’s believed that’s where the name originated.

• Many children spent their allowance on the caramel Slo Poke suckers, because according to the familiar jingle, “Get yourself a Slo Poke, it lasts all day!” If you were a chocolate fan, you could purchase the similar Black Cow.

• The chocolate-covered, crunchy peanut butter • Chicago’s Williamson Candy Store produced and sold chocolate back around 1920. One bar 5th Avenue was the 1938 brainstorm of of their young customers hung around the William Luden, who is more famous as the establishment so much, before long the creator of Luden’s cough drops. employees were asking him to do little odd • Back in the 1950s when James Dean and Marlon jobs, “Oh, Henry, could you do this?” and “Oh, Brando looked cool with their cigarettes rolled Henry, will you bring me that?” Soon after, up in their T-shirt sleeves, candy cigarettes were their newest confection was named the Oh all the rage with kids. It seems that candy makers Henry bar.

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We’re experiencing a seasonal epidemic for West Nile virus, brought on by infected mosquitoes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. West Nile virus can cause serious illness for some people, even leading to death in a small percentage, especially those who have other medical conditions and those who above the age of 50. In 2011, the total number of cases of West Nile virus for the whole year was 712. So far in 2012 the CDC has logged 1,590 cases and 65 deaths. In other words, it’s getting worse, and we need to know how to protect ourselves. A fact sheet from the CDC gives some good advice. Outside your house: Empty any containers that can hold standing water. This can include saucers under flower containers and any pots or buckets. Empty water in birdbaths weekly. It recommends emptying a pet’s outdoor water bowl weekly as well, but I would suggest doing it daily. You don’t want your pet to drink water that might have mosquito larva in it. Inside your house: Make sure all your screens are tight to the window and do not have holes. When you go out: Taking care that you don’t get bit by mosquitoes is probably the most crucial of all the preventions. Wear long sleeves and pants if you’re out when the mosquitoes are most active, which is dawn and dusk. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent. If your community decides to spray for mosquitoes as a way of controlling West Nile virus, take care not to be outdoors when they spray. Keep windows closed. For more information, especially the symptoms, go to the CDC site (www.cdc.gov) and search for West Nile virus, or call it at 1-800-232-4636. 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. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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to the exterior as well as to the lightning rods concealed in the arms and head. In 2010, a $3.8 million restoration was completed. One hundred workers labored to renovate both the internal structure and outer appearance. Layers of fungi were removed and small cracks were repaired. More than 60,000 pieces of soapstone were replaced with stone taken from the same Swedish quarry as the original. This restoration also corrected the shocking vandalism that occurred when individuals spray-painted the statue, an act the mayor of Rio called a “crime against the nation.” • During the 2010 renovation, a dynamic lighting system was installed at the base of the monument to produce special effects. At the unveiling, green and yellow lights illumined the statue to cheer on the Brazilian national football team competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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1. When Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel set a rookie record in 2011 for saves in a season (46), whose mark did he break? 2. Name the last majorleague team to have an ERA below 3.00 for a season. 3. Carolina’s Cam Newton had 14 rushing TDs in the 2011 season to set an NFL record. Who was the former record holder? 4. Who recorded the highest points per game average as a freshman for Duke men’s basketball team? 5. In 2011-12, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos set the record for most overtime goals in a season (five). How many other players had been tied with Stamkos? 6. What school has won the past two championships in NCAA women’s bowling? 7. In how many weight classes did boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley win world titles?

Proper Leash Training Can Prevent Tragedy DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Last week a really tragic accident happened just down the street. Our neighbor was walking his 1-year-old German Shepherd, ?Champ,? on a sturdy leash. The dog tended to tug on his leash or jump away from his owner when something grabbed his attention. Sadly, when the owner paused to let his dog sniff at a tree on the curb while he waved to a neighbor, Champ suddenly darted into the busy street. Before his owner could tug him back on the curb, Champ was struck by a car and killed almost instantly. Please warn your readers to

PAW’S CORNER By Sam Mazzotta keep their dogs under control and on the sidewalk, even while on a leash, and to pay attention to their dogs during their walks. My neighbor is suffering terrible grief, and I hate to think of anyone else, or their pets, suffering from preventable accidents. -- Sharon in Utica, N.Y. DEAR SHARON: You’re right: While accidents do happen, many can be prevented by knowing how to correctly walk your dog on a leash. Reinforcing your dog’s basic obedience training, including sit, stay and heel commands, is an important daily task. If you’re having trouble

controlling your dog on the leash despite following common leashtraining techniques, contact a professional dog trainer for group or private sessions so you and your dog will learn to walk together safely. 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 carerelated advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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¥ If you’re like the average American, at least one-tenth of the garbage you produce is made of plastic.

¥ It was American actress, screenwriter and notorious sex symbol Mae West who made the following sage observation: “You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.” ¥ At the 2012 USA Memory Championship, Nelson Dellis set a new record for the memorization of random digits. At the annual event in New York City, Dellis accurately recalled a whopping 303 numbers in sequence. ¥ The Rose Parade, popularly known as America’s New Year Celebration, was originally started in 1890. These days, hundreds of thousands of people crowd the parade route each year, and millions more view the television broadcast worldwide. The amount of work that goes into the display is astonishing: Each float has anywhere from 30,000 to 150,000 flowers on it, which are applied during the 700 to 900 hours spent on preparing each float.

¥ The first sound recording ever made was created in 1877 by Thomas Edison. It was a musical selection: “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” ¥ Those who study such things say that American English has roughly 20 swear words (depending, of course, on how one defines swearing). In contrast, residents of ancient Rome had a lexicon of about 800 “dirty” words to draw upon. ¥ If you’re planning a trip by air anytime soon, you might want to keep in mind that the busiest day in airports is Thursday. *** Thought for the Day: “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” -- Terry Pratchett (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

¥ Beloved film icon James Dean was missing his front teeth; he had to wear a bridge to fill the gap in his smile.

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Answers 1. Neftali Feliz had 40 saves for Texas in 2010. 2. The Los Angeles Dodgers had a team ERA of 2.95 in 1989. 3. Steve Grogan had 12 rushing TDs for New England in 1976. 4. Johnny Dawkins averaged 18.1 points per game in the 1982-83 season. 5. Nine others. 6. Maryland Eastern Shore. 7. Three -- lightweight, welterweight and light middleweight.

BIBLE TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) Pharaoh; 3) Gideon; 4) Saul; 5) Sarah; 6) Lies Comments? More Trivia? Visit www.TriviaGuy.com

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