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W For many sports fans in the United States, the biggest day of the year is Super Bowl Sunday. In 2010, the New Orleans Saints, with their exciting play during the regular season and playoffs, seemed destined to defeat the Indianapolis Colts; they did, winning 31–17. After being “underdogs” since their inception, the Saints made it to the top! Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Super Bowl win was a big boost for morale and tourism for the entire state of Louisiana. W Another “underdog,” actually an underwater creature, that made some headlines was the sardine. The sardine canning industry was at its peak in the 1950s but has declined in recent years. The last remaining large sardine cannery in the United States in Prospect Harbor, Maine, closed on April 15, 2010, after operating for 135 years. Fortunately for the local economy, the plant reopened as a lobster processing plant. W The first Olympic Winter Games were in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The Canadian hockey team outscored their opponents 110 to 3, winning five matches and the gold medal. Canada won the gold in the following three winter Olympics, and settled for the silver in 1936. Since then, Canada’s hockey dominance has waned even though the popularity of hockey remains strong among the Canadian people. Prior to 2010, Canada’s most recent hockey gold was in 2002 in Salt Lake City, and that win followed a 50-year gold medal drought. In 2010, however, at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada had a chance to win hockey gold on Canadian soil. (continued on page 4)


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by Matilda Charles Remember dance class when we were kids? Not the social dances or square dance, but the free movement to music? Swiss researchers used those same types of movements with seniors. Specifically, they wanted to know whether frail elderly people who already had balance problems would benefit from Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes. They assembled 134 seniors age 65 and older to participate for six months in clinical trials, while a control group kept on with their usual activities. Classes included just walking to music, then progressing to footwork and upper-body movements. Sometimes they included an object such as a ball. Researchers called this multi-tasking, and believed it would serve to improve balance functions. At the end of the six months, the Dalcroze participants had better balance and walking functions, and only half the risk of a fall. Length of walking gait was more even. When the control group began classes six months later, they also developed the same balance skills as the first group by the time the classes were

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Three People Who Made a Difference Over the years I’ve written about various people who have stepped forward and done something for veterans, active service members and those who’ve been left behind when a veteran dies. They’re all still doing what they started. The nonprofit Maine Troop Greeters in Bangor started meeting flights of returning and outwardbound service members in 2003. When I first wrote about them, they’d met 400,000 men and women as they stepped off planes or prepared to board. As of now, they’ve met 5,500 planes and greeted 1,140,000 service members — plus 281 military dogs. They provide snacks, cell phones for calls home and hugs and cheers of appreciation. For more information, read the FAQ at Founder Bill Knight is now 87 years old and is fighting cancer. He still hasn’t missed a plane.

Worcester Wreath Company has been donating wreaths to be placed on graves at National Cemeteries to honor veterans since 1992. What began as a 5,000 wreath donation at Arlington National Cemetery has grown to more than 100,000 wreaths at 400 cemeteries, and has expanded into a nonprofit called Wreaths Across America. The annual tractor-trailer caravan is led by the Patriot Guard Riders, who provide an escort across the states from Maine to Arlington. Logistics are handled by the Civil Air Patrol. See for more information. Operation Gratitude started at Carolyn Blashek’s dining-room table in 2003 with her desire to send a few individual care packages to service members in hostile areas. This November and December, nonprofit OpGrat sent out another 50,000 packages, bringing its total to more than 600,000 sent since 2003. To learn more, see These three people — Bill Knight, Morrill Worcester and Carolyn Blashek — started with only a germ of an idea. What are you doing this year?

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The Grinch, who lives atop Mt. Crumpet, is likely depressed, says University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D. “Everybody’s always so down on the Grinch,” says Bulik. “But one of the things I’ve always asked myself is whether the Grinch himself might be feeling kind of down. “When people think about depression they often think about people being sad,” says Bulik, who has not officially treated the Grinch, but is very familiar with his story. Being irritable, grumpy and seeking social isolation are also hallmarks of depression, and could explain the Grinch’s disdain for the Who — the tall and the small — his mistreatment of his dog Max and, ultimately, why he tried to stop Christmas from coming. “Especially around the holidays you look around and everyone seems to be feeling the joy, but inside you’re just feeling dark and miserable,” Bulik says. “It’s that contrast between how you’re feeling inside and how all those happy people are feeling out there that can really be torture for someone who has depression.” “One of the things that happens with people who are depressed, and we see this especially with the Grinch, is that people don’t really want to be around him, and he doesn’t want to be around people,” Bulik says. “So, he’s not getting a lot of love.” And, she points out, depression can have physical manifestations. The Grinch is overweight, is badly in need of dental work and, Bulik says, “I think what we might be seeing is that his heart might be shriveling from a lack of love.” The Grinch also might be suffering from seasonal affective disorder, which is associated with fewer hours of daylight, Bulik says. “There are a lot of people who get depressed as the days get shorter, and fall and winter arrive.” So, Bulik says, besides learning that Christmas doesn’t come from a store, we can learn from the Grinch that depression doesn’t always manifest as sadness. “If there’s someone in your life who is just really irritable and miserable, and just not getting any joy out of life, you have to wonder whether they might be being challenged by depression,” Bulik says. “Reach out and see if some of your friends who are not doing well could use some help.” © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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WHERE DID 2010 GO? (continued): In one of the most exciting games in hockey history, Canada defeated the USA 3-2 in overtime to win the gold medal. There were many other great Olympic moments, but considering how much Canadians love hockey, this was a colossal victory for them. W Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, is famous for its golf courses and “island paradise” beauty. The island is also notable for the number of alligators in its lagoons and waterways. In July 2010, three ‘gator wrestlers and a truck pulled an 11-foot-long (3.4 meters), 500-pound (226.8-kilograms) behemoth from a lagoon. So, you may want to keep your eyes open while riding or walking around the island’s many lagoons. W We’ve all heard that “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” The huge 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond has been part of the British Crown Jewels for about 150 years. When Prime Minister David Cameron was asked this year by Indian officials to return the diamond to India where it originated, he refused. He said it will “stay put.” (This question has been asked many times before and answered the same way!) W Do you remember listening to news reporters trying to pronounce “Eyjafjallajökull” last spring? (It is pronounced AY-uh-full-ay-ho-kul, just so you know!) This was the volcano in Iceland that spewed ash and grounded flights going into and out of Europe. (The last eruption of the volcano on the Eyjafjallajökull glacier was 189 years ago.) Flight disruptions in Europe cascaded around the globe and eventually affected approximately five million passengers. The volcano caused the biggest flight disruption since World War II. The bad news was that many people had problems getting where they wanted or needed to be…The good news? No airplanes went down because of the natural disaster.

Track Your Spending If you have a computer and really don’t know where all your money goes, your life can be easier if you invest in personal-finance budget software. Nearly all of the finance programs have reports that you can customize and generate. Want to know how much you’re spending for groceries? Or how much miscellaneous cash went to coffee in the morning? The program will tell you. Your bank statement will include the debit-card amounts, which you’ll need to add in, but not the cash you spend. You’ll need to enter that as well. Be cautious about the features of any software you buy. There is one brand-name software that will accumulate all of your information in one place. The ads say it can combine your bank accounts with your credit cards and investment accounts — by going into those accounts and extracting the information for you. Another software will make your payments for you automatically. Beware. While it’s a given that they’ve gone all-out to provide security for their servers, not all servers are equal. Do you really want to have every single transaction you make available to potential thieves? Equally important, do you really want to give up that much control of your money? If you come across a deal that you shouldn’t pass up, knowing that you still have two more weeks to pay the utility bill, what are you going to do when the computer automatically spends your money on that utility bill? Caveat: If you plan to use an Internet-connected computer for your finances, don’t download any personal-finance software from the Internet. You don’t know what’s in it. Instead, pick a name brand that comes in a box at the store. And when you enter your information into the program, don’t put your account number or even the real name of your bank. Best bet: Use an old computer for all your financial information — and don’t hook it up to the Internet. Test some of the free basic-software programs to see which you like best. What you want is a simple program that will categorize your spending, reconcile your accounts (including retirement or investment) and possibly allow you to print out checks. 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 © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

W Nebraska and Kansas have held the records for large hailstones for years. The heaviest on record was 1.67 pounds (0.76 kg) for a stone that fell in Coffeyville, Kansas, in 1970. The largest stone diameter on record was 7 inches (17.8 cm) for a 2003 hailstone in Aurora, Nebraska. Both records were shattered by a giant hailstone found in Vivian, South Dakota, on July 23, 2010. It was 8 inches (20.3 cm) in diameter and weighed 1.94 pounds (0.88 kg). The ranch hand who found it said it was larger but had melted some by the time it was checked by authorities. W A natural occurrence of a totally different kind was when a “cute” purple octopus was found by a team of Canadian and Spanish researchers off the coast of Newfoundland in July 2010. It is one of 11 possible new species found in the deep-sea expedition. They

December 18–31, 2010 used a remotely operated vehicle that journeyed to a maximum depth of 9,800 feet (3000 m). Doesn’t it make you wonder what else is undiscovered? W For the superstitious, 2010 should have been a good year, with only one Friday the 13th, which occurred in August. Friggatriskaidekaphobia and paraskavedekatriaphobia both mean “fear of Friday the 13th.” Hopefully you don’t suffer from this malady — mainly because the long words are extremely hard to pronounce! W The world’s largest oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The BP (British Petroleum) well released almost five million barrels of oil. Compared to the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in 1989, this spill released 10 times more oil. The Exxon Valdez (continued on page 7)

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Can I trim the hair around my dog’s ears? Should I? — Donny J., Oshkosh, Wis. DEAR DONNY: It depends. You should inspect your dog’s ears regularly (daily if time permits; weekly for sure) to see if hair is blocking the ear canal, and that the ear is clean, free of really bad odor and without excess wax. (If you’re not sure how to inspect your dog’s ears, your veterinarian can walk you through the process.) Some pet experts recommend that the hair growing close to or in the ear canal be trimmed or plucked, but if your dog is healthy and has no ear problems, I see no reason to do this. Quite a few breeds do have frequent problems with their ears, and long hair can worsen the issue. If your dog has excessive hair at the entrance to the ear canal that’s worsening wax buildup, you can remove this on an asneeded basis. Holding your dog securely (small dogs on your lap, big dogs on a stable surface with your arm around their neck), gently fold back your dog’s ear. Inspect and clean the ear

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Clogged Heart Arteries Cause Pain of Angina DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 56, a woman and have angina. I don’t understand it too well. I have never smoked, and I am not overweight. I’d get chest pains if I hurried to catch a bus or to get on an open elevator. When it first started, my doctor gave me a medicine to put under my tongue when the pain happened. It worked well. I don’t have to use it much anymore. Is that a good sign? Am I destined to have a heart attack? — J.A. ANSWER: Angina (pronounced ANN-juh-nuh or annJEYE-nuh) is squeezing chest pain that comes on when a person is active and leaves when that person rests. Being active can mean walking, jogging, cleaning, doing the washing, weeding or digging. It comes about because one or more of the heart arteries is plugged with plaque — a mound of cholesterol and fat on the inside artery wall. At rest, enough blood makes its way to the heart. With activity, the heart can’t get enough blood because of the plaque. The heart makes its lack of blood known by chest pain that also might be felt in the neck, the jaw or the arms, or only in those places. Angina, one of the signs of coronary (heart) artery disease, affects 17 million Americans. Smoking,

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“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

z It was prolific British author G.K. Chesterton who gave the following sage bit of advice: “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.” z When Richard Nixon first ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives (which he won in 1946), he funded his campaign largely with money he won playing poker while serving as a lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II. z From 1863 until 1945, the city of Vicksburg, Miss., didn’t celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. This is because during the Civil War, the Confederate city was surrendered to Union forces on that day, an event that was considered to be one of the turning points of the war. z It was once thought that when snakes went through their version of hibernation they rejuvenated themselves, and therefore that serpents lived forever.

z There’s talk everywhere these days about the growing problem posed by the fact that people in the U.S. are becoming more and more overweight. Interestingly, when the International Journal of Obesity was first published, in 1993, it was 509 pages long; the 2006 edition totaled 2,322 pages. Coincidence? z It was one Dr. Spencer Silver, a chemist, who invented the adhesive used today in Post-it notes, but he had no luck promoting his invention. Six years later, one of his colleagues, Art Fry, came up with a use for it that stuck (so to speak). While sitting in church one day, Fry’s attention wandered from the sermon to the scraps of paper he used to mark his place in the hymnal, which kept falling out. Connecting his annoying problem and his friend’s invention, the Post-it was born. * * * © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although taking advice isn’t always easy for the headstrong Sheep, you might want to consider what someone you respect says about an upcoming decision. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A new offer is tempting, but don’t be bullied into a quick decision. Rely on your keen Bovine business sense to alert you to anything that might be questionable. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your Gemini Twin nature rallies to help you deal with this week’s hectic schedules, both in your personal and professional lives. One caution: Watch your diet. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Avoid rushing to make up for time lost on a stalled workplace operation. Best to set up a schedule and pace yourself. Welcome the help of colleagues. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Despite those glittering holiday distractions you love so well, be sure to keep your feline senses set on high to alert you to anything that might require fast action. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Making an effort to restore fraying relationships proves to be more successful than you dared hope. The holidays also bring new friends into your life. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Private and professional matters compete for your attention. Be honest

in your assessment of which should get more of it, and for how long. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A seemingly endless list of must-do tasks is best handled by tackling them one by one, and taking energy-restoring timeouts between each job. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A vexing relationship seems destined to deteriorate no matter what each side tries to do. A third party’s advice just might prove helpful. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Reach out to ease any tensions caused by home or workplace pressures before they threaten the relationship-building progress you’ve made. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You often go out of your way to show kindness to others. So, don’t be surprised if other people want to do something nice for you this week. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) People in your life respect your Piscean wisdom, so don’t hesitate to speak up about a matter that you feel isn’t being handled quite the way it should be. BORN THIS WEEK: Your personal warmth helps you make friendships, and your sense of fair play helps you keep them. * * * © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

u Here’s another great clothespin tip: “Clothespin plus dish towel equals baby bib (or Uncle Frank bib, in some cases).” — T.R. in Missouri u “To hand-wash clothes, fill a washer with water and add detergent. Add clothes that you need to handwash, and let run in machine 1 minute or less (longer if soiled). Then take the clothes out and place in a clean bucket or hip pan to rinse out. Hang or lay flat to dry. You can use the wash water to do the next load of normal wash.” — E.B. in Mississippi u “Put on and dampen a pair of rubber gloves, then run your hands over your upholstery to pick up excess pet hair. This works really well on the backs of our couches, which is where our cats love to sleep.” — W.L. in New Mexico u If you need to make large ice cubes, try using an egg carton as an ice-cube tray. You can make a whole dozen and put them in a gallon-size plastic baggie. They’re great for punch in large bowls, adding to iced tea in the pitcher and for packing coolers, since they melt slower than regular ice cubes. u Hang a suncatcher with dental floss. You probably have some around the house, and it’s pretty strong. u “If the soles of your shoes are too new, they can be slippery. I find that I can rough up the soles of my shoes with an emery board or a small piece of fine-grit sandpaper. I don’t want to slip, and the rougher surface helps on some of my nicer dress shoes that don’t get a lot of wear.” — C.L. in Pennsylvania Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475 or e-mail JoAnn at © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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two drivers, Hamlin and Ryan Newman, in secrecy. Naturally, word leaked out, leading some to wonder what else the ruling body was hiding. HIGH: The season’s two races at Talladega Superspeedway produced a total of 175 lead changes. The individual numbers than three. were 88 and 87, the two highest such totals in the sport’s history. LOW: The exhortation of NASCAR vice president Robin LOW: Two of the sport’s more dignified drivers, Jeff Gordon Pemberton — “Have at it, boys” — proved to be emblematic of and Jeff Burton, exchanged blows after Burton inexplicably the season that followed. An on-track wrecked Gordon’s Chevy under a caution feud between drivers Carl Edwards and flag at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 7. Brad Keselowski boiled over in both the It’s difficult to buy Burton’s explanation Cup and Nationwide Series. No one was that he didn’t do it on purpose. hurt, but the crashes were scary and HIGH: The Raybestos Rookie of the obviously intentional. Year in the Camping World Truck Series, HIGH: Denny Hamlin’s run for the Austin Dillon, actually won two races. championship was inspirational and LOW: The rookie of the year in Cup, heartbreaking. Hamlin persevered in Kevin Conway, never finished higher spite of a knee injury that required Denny Hamlin’s (left) inspirational than 14th and was 35th in the point surgery…while he continued to race. He run was one of the season’s standings. highlights; Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s led Johnson by 33 points with two races (right) disappointing finish in the HIGH: The most improved performance remaining but wound up losing the points standings was a low, both came from Kevin Harvick, who bettered championship by 39. personally and for the sport. (John his average finish from 19.9 in 2009 to Clark/NASCAR This Week photo) LOW: Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued to 8.7 in 2010. Under the point system in struggle. Ninety-three races have passed place prior to 2004, Harvick would have finished the season since his last victory. He will begin his fourth season at with 295 points more than any other driver. Hendrick Motorsports with his third crew chief, Steve Letarte. (A fourth, Brian Whitesell, took the reins just for one race.) He LOW: Even though three of its drivers made the Chase, and finished 21st in the standings and collected only three top-five Edwards won the season’s final two races, Ford’s NASCAR program still had a disappointing year. Chevys won 18 Cup finishes. races, and Toyotas won 12. Fords won four, and Dodge’s oneHIGH: Another driver who didn’t qualify for the Chase won the team, three-car effort claimed two. season’s two most prestigious races. Jamie McMurray captured both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. LOW: Upset at being criticized, NASCAR officials tried to fine

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to keep the father from strangling his “do-nothing sonin-law” and/or “know-it-all father-in-law” as the toy project progresses through the build cycle.) While the father somehow manages to get the project finished and under the tree before Santa arrives, very few of the nice children across the world fully understand the sacrifices made. On Christmas Day, many of us go to church. To the priests or ministers — adorned in their finest jerseys (robes, in the religious parlance) — it is the Super Bowl. Their passing percentage is always 100 percent as they remind us that these holidays are about something more than stuffed birds on a table and wrapped toys under a tree. The father looks on as his child opens the present near the fireplace, and then goes on to play with the box it came in instead of the actual toy. It was the toy the father always wanted as a kid. It also was a toy that took six hours off his life and liver to construct, a toy that had instructions that only a United Nations translator could understand, and the same toy that almost led to a Tate-Labianca-type scene in the basement the night previous (which would have surely ruined Christmas). But on Christmas and New Year’s Day, it’s a big dinner and football and basketball games on TV. You sleep through most of them (or just plain don’t care), but you welcome the time out just as much as any world-class athlete would. It’s been a long year, and you’ve worked for everything you’ve got and given to others this week. Call that a win. Happy holidays and happy new year from “A Sporting View.” © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Q: My South Florida house has a white stucco exterior that’s in good condition, with no cracks or holes. But the base of the walls has greenish-brown streaks that I’m not sure is mold or just left by dirt and leaves (the sand splashes up during heavy rainstorms). How can I remove this? — Diego S., Deerfield Beach, Fla. A: Some do-it-yourself instructions will tell you to use a pressure washer to clean a home’s exterior, but avoid doing this with stucco or similar masonry unless you’re sure the material won’t crumble under a high pressure stream. Instead, test wash a section of the wall. Rinse with a garden hose (you can use a sprayer attachment to assist) and then scrub with a nylon brush dipped in a mixture of 2 gallons warm water and 1/2 cup liquid dish soap. You can add a 1/2 cup of Borax to this if you like, but wear rubber gloves if you touch the solution at this point. Rinse the section to see if this simple wash helps. If this doesn’t work, trisodium phosphate (available at homeimprovement stores near the paint section) can be tried. TSP is stronger than common household cleaners. Once you’ve found a cleaning solution that works well to remove the streaks, scrub the walls starting at the top and working your way down. Rinse frequently so the cleaning solution doesn’t dry on the wall. When complete, leave the stucco alone to dry thoroughly. This can take a few days, so avoid doing any painting or stucco repairs until then. HOME TIP: Small cracks or chips in exterior stucco can be patched using flexible concrete caulk; just overfill the crack and smooth away excess — feathering the edges out — let dry and paint to match. 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 32853-6475. Remember, when in doubt as to whether you can safely or effectively complete a project, consult a professional contractor.

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A When was the last time before 2009 that the World Series went at least six games? B Who is the all-time leader in career home runs for the New York Mets? C When was the last time before 2009 that three road teams won in the same weekend in the NFL playoffs? D Name the last time before 2010 that Baylor’s men’s basketball team won an NCAA Tournament game. E The New York Rangers made a trade with the New York Islanders in 2010. When was the last time before then that the two teams traded with each other? F Who won the first Olympic gold medal in men’s snowboarding half pipe? G In 2010, Stuart Appleby became the fifth PGA Tour player to shoot a round of 59. Name two of the other four to do it. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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by cindy elavsky Q: I was so happy when I heard that Nancy O’Dell should be back by late spring to early summer. would be replacing Mary Hart as co-anchor on i i i “Entertainment Tonight” when Mary retires in 2011. Q: I caught the tail end of what looked like a really It will be nice to see Nancy’s lovely face on TV again! good documentary on Animal Planet about men What is she up to in the meantime? — Jillian F., Fort diving with Nile crocodiles. Can you tell me what it Worth, Texas was called and when/if I can see it again? — Sam M., A: Nancy is thrilled by her latest career move. She told me: via e-mail “It is such an honor (to be chosen to replace Mary Hart). A: The show is called “Into the Dragon’s Lair,” which Mary is such a TV icon. I remember watching it when it documents wildlife photographer Roger first debuted and thinking, ‘Oh my God, that Horrocks and world-renowned underwater would be such a cool show to work for.’ And cameraman Didier Noiret as they travel to here I am, working for it! It is very exciting.” Botswana’s Okavango Delta to capture Nancy also has teamed up with Florida never-before-seen behaviors to help broaden Orange Juice on a promotion to help make the world’s scientific understanding of these mornings special for families. She explained: fearsome creatures. It is definitely a don’t“It’s so difficult for people to make their miss show, and you can see it again Thursday mornings meaningful with their families, as night, Jan. 20. they are being pulled in so many directions. i i i But all you need is 15 minutes, whether it’s Q: How much do reality-television stars, over a glass of orange juice or over breakfast, people like Kim Kardashian, make? — to just sit down and talk with your family.” Frankie F., Washington, D.C. Nancy O’Dell So Nancy is helping launch the Florida A: It depends on the star’s popularity, as well Orange Juice Morning Squeeze contest, with as extracurricular activities, like perfume and clothing lines, the grand prize being a family trip to Florida. To enter, go books, etc. Kim, for instance, is the highest-paid reality to star, raking in $6 million in 2010. Lauren Conrad is close i i i behind, banking $5 million in 2010. Q: Will “Army Wives” be back anytime soon for a i i i new season? — William S., via e-mail Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly A: Rest assured, Lifetime Television’s perennial hit Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; drama “Army Wives” will be back for a fifth season with or e-mail her at For 13 all-new episodes. “Army Wives” is Lifetime’s most more news and extended interviews, visit successful series in the 26-year-history of the network, so and I’d say the show has quite a bit of life left in it. It will be back in 2011, however the exact date has not been © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. announced. If previous seasons are any indication, it


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