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• Even though it may sound incorrect, all greens are not green! Leafy green vegetables have much color variety, from the bluish-green of kale to the bright “Kelly” green of spinach, to the light, somewhat white of cabbage. • There is even a black cabbage (Cavalo Nero), which is actually a very dark green that is also called Tuscan kale. It originated from the Tuscany region of Italy where it is grown in most vegetable gardens. Cavalo Nero is an essential ingredient in the very healthy signature soup of the region, ribollita.
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• On Aug. 16, 1896, George Carmack spots nuggets of gold in a creek bed near the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. His lucky discovery sparks the last great gold rush in the American West. Over the next two years, as many as 50,000 would-be miners arrived in the region. • On Aug. 17, 1915, Charles F. Kettering is issued a patent for his “engine-starting device” -- the first electric ignition for automobiles. In the early years, drivers used hand cranks to start the internal combustion process that powered car engines. • On Aug. 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act. Although it was initially created to combat unemployment during the Great Depression, Social Security now functions primarily as a safety net for retirees and the disabled. • On Aug. 18, 1940, Walter Percy Chrysler, the founder of the American automotive corporation that bears his name, dies in New York. Aside from automobiles, Chrysler was known for financing the 77-story Art Deco Chrysler Building skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. When completed in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world and the first manmade structure to top 1,000 feet. • On Aug. 19, 1953, the Iranian military, with the assistance of the United States government, overthrows the government of Premier Mohammed Mosaddeq and reinstates the Shah of Iran. As thanks for the help, the Shah signed over 40 percent of Iran’s oil fields to U.S. companies. However, the Shah was toppled from power in 1979. • On Aug. 13, 1961, East German soldiers begin building a wall between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. Berlin residents found themselves cut off from friends or family until the wall was dismantled in 1989. • On Aug. 15, 1983, Hurricane Alicia forms south of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Three days later, the Texas Gulf Coast is slammed by the storm, causing 21 deaths. The $2 billion in damages recorded was a record for hurricane damage in Texas at the time.
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DASH to Lower Blood Pressure DEAR DR. DONOHUE: You’ve written about the DASH diet in the past. The directions for it are quite general. Can you provide an itemized list of what is good and what is bad to eat? It makes things simpler for me. -- F.L. ANSWER: The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) doesn’t involve a detailed listing of good and bad foods. It’s a general approach that identifies the food groups that are best for lowering blood pressure. You get to pick foods from those groups that appeal to you. That’s one of the beauties of the diet: It permits many choices. Grains are one of the major groups in the diet. Grains include products made from wheat, barley, rye, oats and other such cereal grains, even grains that aren’t familiar to our diet. Every day, people should eat seven to eight servings of grain foods. A serving is a slice of bread, 1 ounce of cereal, or half a cup of cooked rice (brown), pasta or cereal. The next group is three to four servings of fruit, with a serving being equal to a mediumsize fruit, a quarter-cup of dried fruit or 6 ounces of fruit juice. People also should eat four or five
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• Bruce Church, from Salinas, California, the founder of Fresh Express, is given credit for popularizing iceberg lettuce. Along with three partners, he formed an ice company in the 1930s that shipped fresh heads of lettuce across the country in rail cars. “Crisphead” lettuce became more commonly known as “iceberg” when folks would meet the train cars of ice-packed lettuce with calls of “The icebergs are coming!” The name change stuck, and Americans’ love of fresh salads grew with the fresh availability. • Up until the mid-1970s, more than 95 percent of all lettuce grown in the United States was iceberg. Even though leaf lettuces have surged in popularity in the last 30-40 years, iceberg still remains a big seller. So, the next time you are eating out, check to see if a “wedge” salad is offered. It will be the familiar iceberg we grew up with. • Another popular salad that some think started with Julius Caesar is the Caesar Salad. It actually had its start in Tijuana, Mexico, with Cesare Cardini, who immigrated to the San Diego area with his brother, Alex, from Italy after World War I. The brothers opened Caesar’s Restaurant in Tijuana instead of San Diego because of alcohol prohibition in the United States. Invented in the 1920s,
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Three Simple Steps to Weight Loss Far too many of us, women especially, can develop weight problems as we age. We’re less active. Menopause doesn’t help. We might have different eating patterns. Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have done a study that looked at selfmonitoring as a way to reduce weight. The study results show how we can lose weight safely in three steps: 1) Keep a journal that reports everything that’s eaten; 2) Don’t skip meals; and 3) Don’t go out to lunch. Sounds so simple, doesn’t it. They divided 123 overweight and obese senior women into two groups for the yearlong study: one group used diet and exercise, and the other
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New Scam Focuses on Utility Bills The latest scam is hitting consumers in the middle of a heat wave. The scam itself, while creative, is not realistic: President Barack Obama is not giving away $1,000 credits that can be applied to utility bills. There is no energy fund. There is no credit. This is not another stimulus check-type program from the government. It’s a scam. The rumor started in one state, and it’s spreading from coast to coast. The scammers are going all out this time, calling on the phone purporting to be from the utility company, using auto-dialers, putting up notices and even texting. What makes this scam even more dangerous is
that they’re also going door to door. Sometimes the scammers claim to be from the government, and they say that your water, electric or gas bill will be paid -- if you’ll just give them your personal information. In one utility alone, 1,000 customers have fallen for the scam. In another, more than 2,000 customers were affected. The biggest take nailed 10,000 people in one state. Here are some things you can do: --If you know you’re not behind on your utility bill, but are being pressured on the phone to pay, call the police. --Don’t give out your bank routing information or Social Security number. Do not give out your credit-card number as a way of making a payment to a suspicious caller. --If someone calls, supposedly from the utility company, and demands payment, hang up. Then call the number of the utility’s customer service line (usually found on your bill) and ask whether they are the ones who called you. Hang up on anyone you think is trying to get your personal information.
--If you suspect something is wrong, call the local Better Business Bureau. You likely won’t be the only one who calls. --If you realize after the fact that you’ve been scammed, call your bank immediately and tell them what happened. Then, if it’s the utility company scam, call it as well. --If someone comes to your door supposedly to collect on a utility bill, have that person wait outside (while you lock the door) and call the utility to see if they sent anyone to your door. --Read the leaflets that come in your utility bills. They might include warnings of scams or other information you need. 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 email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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