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All across the country, Veterans Benefits Administration claims personnel are working to process the mountain of paperwork as a result of the Nehmer case. The upshot of Nehmer v. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is that the VA must re-adjudicate claims it denied in the past for the three newest presumptive illnesses for Agent Orange exposure. They are Ischemic Heart Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and certain leukemias. This covers claims filed or denied from Sept. 25, 1985 to Aug, 31, 2010, which is the date the service connection was established. Now that the VA is under a court-ordered gun, the process must be completed by Oct. 1, 2011. Here are some of the differences between a standard claim and one falling under this new ruling, taken

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LAWSUITS (continued): money gained through misleading labeling and a court order forcing Quaker to disclose to the public the true composition of Crunch Berries. The case was dismissed. ➧ In 1910, Olaf Olverson was desperate for cash, so he sold his body to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, for medical research after his death. A year later, he inherited a fortune. He tried to “buy himself back” from the institute, but they wouldn’t cooperate. When Olverson refused to donate his body, the institute sued him for breach of contract. Olverson lost the case. The judge ruled that he not only owed his body to the Institute, he owed them money for the two teeth he had removed without the Institute’s permission, saying Olverson had illegally tampered with their property. ➧ Bobby Mackey’s Music World in Wilder, Kentucky, was sued by J.R. Costigan in 1993. He claimed a ghost “punched and kicked him” while he was using the bar’s restroom one night. He sued the bar for $1,000 in damages and demanded that a warning sign of the ghost’s presence be put up in the restroom. The club’s lawyer filed a motion to dismiss the case, citing the difficulty of getting the ghost into court to testify for the defense. The case was dismissed. ➧ In 1976, at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, doctors removed John Moore’s spleen in a successful effort to cure his cancer. Doctors later found that the spleen possessed unique cancer-fighting cells. Experiments

Do-It-Yourself Credit Repair If you’ve been through a rough financial patch, it’s likely that your credit has suffered. Late payments, minimumonly payments, credit-card balances that are too high and maybe even auto repossession could have drastic impacts on your credit score. If you’re in a better position now, possibly with a new or better job, your credit can be repaired. It will take time, but it can be done. Here’s how: First, find out how bad the damage is. Send for your credit reports from all three of the major credit bureaus. Go over them carefully. Look for mistakes, such as accounts that aren’t yours, wrong credit limit listed and accounts that you have already paid off showing a current balance. Notify the credit bureaus in writing (certified mail, not online) about any errors, and ask for an investigation. They have 30 days to respond. If they can’t verify the accuracy of the item, they have to remove it. Once the repairs are made, get another batch of credit reports and do a line-by-line comparison. Next, make a plan to hone down your credit. Determine which of your credit cards has the biggest debt-toavailability ratio. A card with $1,000 availability and a $900 balance is worse than a card with $10,000 availability and only $2,000 owed. The reason is that nearly maxing out a card counts more heavily against you because a larger percentage of your available credit is used. Don’t cancel any cards, for the above reason. When you get a card down to a zero balance, that availability helps your overall percentages. (History helps: Keep old accounts open, if only for the longevity they show.) Pay more than the minimum on each card, on time, every month, with more money going to the ones with higher percentages of available credit used. Look at the credit report: You’ll see a column indicating whether you have been making minimum or better payments. Even $10 extra takes you out of the “minimum only” category. Don’t take on any new credit until the current problems are resolved. Full credit repair will take time, but it’s worth the aggravation. The biggest benefit to taking steps to repair your credit is that future credit will be cheaper. You won’t be in the “likely to default” category anymore, saddled with high interest rates. 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. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

with the cells led to a new discovery worth an estimated $3 billion. Moore tried to sue the University of California, claiming his spleen was pirated. The spleen had belonged to him so he should share in the commercial value. He sued for part of the profits, but in 1990, 14 years after the operation, Moore lost the case. ➧ Computer designers at Apple codenamed a new computer model Sagan in 1993. Traditionally, this is an honor. “You pick a name of someone you respect,” an employee explained, “and the code is only used while the computer is being developed. It never makes it out of the company.” This didn’t matter to Carl Sagan; his lawyers complained that the code was “an illegal usurpation of his name for commercial

August 13–19, 2011 purposes” and demanded that it be changed. The designers changed it to BHA, which stood for “ButtHead Astronomer.” Sagan sued again, contending “Butt-Head” is “defamatory on its face.” Apple won. ➧ Chicago lawyer Frank Zaffere sued his ex-fiancé Maria Dillon when she broke off their engagement in 1992. Zaffere filed a suit for $40,310.48 to cover his “lost courting expenses.” He did send a letter along with court papers to his ex stating: “I am still willing to marry you on the conditions herein below set forth: 1) We proceed with our marriage within 45 days of the date of this letter; 2) You confirm [that you]…will forever be faithful to me; 3) You promise…that you will never lie to me again about (continued on page 8)


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To Crate or Not to Crate? By Sam Mazzotta

QUESTION: What’s your view of kennel cages? My wife hates the idea of using one to train our dog Sandy, but I disagree. What do you say? — Jerry in Las Cruces, N.M. ANSWER: I’m personally OK with the concept of crating (or “kennel cages”). It’s an effective way to housetrain a puppy (who won’t soil a sleeping or living area) and teaches it to stay comfortable and relaxed in a similar container, the travel crate, which is essential to traveling with your dog. However, I do see frequent instances where the crate is misused, with negative consequences for dog and owner alike. The crate also serves as a home or den for your dog. So it always has to be seen by Sandy as a safe place to be, perhaps the safest place in the house for her. If you use the crate to punish Sandy, such as shutting her up in it when she’s being hyperactive

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August 13–19, 2011 have known that the heifer had a personality problem.â€? Verdict unknown. ➧ Cynthia Economou was sued by Karl Lambert in Florida court; he claimed that Economou stole his foot. Lambert’s foot was severed in a car accident, and Economu, the paramedic on site, took his mangled limb to help in the training of her body recovery dog. In her defense, Economu said, “It was an unrecognizable mass of flesh‌It wasn’t a clean cut. You couldn’t even recognize it as a foot‌If I had thought it was somehow reattachable and usable, I would have gone to my commander.â€? She was charged with second-degree petty theft and received six months of probation.

Menard Dismisses His Critics He has those jaunty sideburns to see. No one doubts it takes considerable ability to that make him look a bit, you win here. know, colorful. Menard has Richard Childress didn’t put Menard in his No. 27 been criticized because his Chevy just because of sponsorship from the father is wealthy and has supported his son’s racing Menard’s chain of home-improvement warehouses. efforts. It didn’t hurt, though. Just who out there would pass that up? “I caught a lot of flak back early last year when we In truth, Menard is quite decided to go with four teams,â€? modest, as reflected in the fact said Childress. “I’ve been that he is quite terse. His watching Paul ever since he answers to questions are won the Nationwide race seldom expansive, and he often (Milwaukee, 2006). He speaks in sentences that aren’t doesn’t wear equipment out. complete. Examples from his He’s consistent. He’s really press conference after winning good. Got a cool head on him Sunday’s Brickyard 400: in all situations. “Can’t change people’s “I knew if the right situation opinions. ‌Can’t control it. came along, we’d win. To get ‌Definitely for him (his dad). ‘Slugger’ (Labbe, Menard’s Thirty-year-old Paul Menard (left) ‌Sitting up in a suite for the got his first victory of his Cup career at crew chief) to come over, John the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on inaugural one (Brickyard 400 Menard support us‌that was July 30. (John Clark/NASCAR in 1994). ‌Saw Rick Mast win a big jump going in on a fourth This Week photo) the pole. ‌Passed a couple team.â€? cars. ‌Just started trying to maintain some kind of Menard bounced around, from Dale Earnhardt Inc. lap time being easy on the throttle, easy off, earlier in 2007-08 and to Richard Petty Motorsports in than normal, easy on.â€? 2009-10. It took Childress to provide him with what You get the point. proved to be a winning combination in one of But anyone who thinks Paul Menard is some NASCAR’s premier races. international playboy, jetting around on his daddy’s * * * Monte Dutton covers motorsports for money, has got it wrong. John Menard was able to The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at make sure his son got the best equipment, but it was nascarthisweek@yahoo.com. Paul who proved he could do the job. Some find Indy boring. Others complain about how hard it is Š 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

OVERCOMING THE ODDS: Falling from the Sky What would you do if you were in an airplane miles above the earth and the unthinkable happened — the plane breaks apart, and you suddenly find yourself in a free fall? If you were above 10,000 feet, you would quickly loose consciousness due to thin air. When you reached 10,000 feet, you may wake up. A free fall from 35,000 feet would take about three minutes with a landing speed of around 125 miles per hour! (Of course, the time and rate of speed depend on your weight and the amount of air drag created by the position of your body.) The following stories are about two amazing survivors of free-falling experiences. D In April 1944, Pilot Joe Herman of the Royal Australian Air Force and his crew were on a mission to bomb munitions factories at Bochum. After dropping its bombs, the plane was struck by enemy fire. Herman ordered his crew to bail out, but before he could secure his parachute, the plane exploded, and he was thrown into the night air. D As he was falling, he bumped into what he thought was debris. In a panic, Herman grabbed on, but then realized it was the leg of mid-upper gunner, John Vivashand, who at that moment was opening his parachute. The parachute inflated slowly, which helped Herman maintain his firm grasp. The two men came down safely with Herman hitting the ground first. His only injury was two broken ribs. D On Christmas Eve, 1971, LANSA Flight 508 from Lima, Peru, to Pucallpa, Peru, was struck by lightning at 21,000 feet. A fire started, and systems began failing, causing the pilots to loose control of the aircraft. The plane soon went into a dive. D The turbulent forces on the wings caused them to tear away from the aircraft as it came crashing

down into a mountainous region of the Amazon. Amongst the debris, 17-year-old Juliane Margaret Koepcke regained consciousness after an unknown amount of time, still strapped in her seat. D All the other 91 people aboard — six crew members and 85 passengers, including Koepcke’s mother, were dead. Koepcke miraculously sustained only a broken collarbone. She spent the next 10 days alone and lost in the jungle with only a bag of candy for food. D Her father once told her to survive in the jungle, follow water. Koepcke waded from tiny streams to larger ones until on the tenth day, she made it to the bank of the Shebonya River where she saw a canoe tethered to the shoreline. D After climbing up an embankment, she found a hut. As it turned out, it belonged to a group of lumberjacks. They found her the next day. D The incident was seen as a miracle of divine intervention in Peru, and free-fall statistics seem to support this thought. Her story has been the subject of two films, the most recent being a Werner Herzog documentary called “Wings of Hope.�


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The Todd Father I’m trying to relax before they get here, looking over the menu, looking for a quick sip before they do, but can’t. Why? Tommy the bartender is over in the corner talking to server Jessica. Why? Because Jessica is, like, soooooooo mad that Todd just took another one of her tables! And the other server, Tim? He has worked here for soooooooo long and totally could have told you that Todd was going to do that. Oh, and yes…he’s told the owners many times before, but they don’t care! Re-enter Tommy — who at one time had a very noble charge to fill as a bartender — seconds after my in-laws and wife arrive. The only thing I’ve gotten so far is a packet of stale oyster crackers and a real chip on my shoulder for this guy Todd. Sometimes, all I want is an ice-cold martini and a story off the hot stove. It means more when you’re on deadline and sitting at a table nursing a soda with your in-laws. These are the ones who actually planned for their retirement, take time out from their golf game to watch

your kid, and will probably pick up this tab…all in the hopes you won’t end up living in their basement. But tonight, I’m sitting on a scoop, so I’m edgy. And so, to my detriment, decide to hash out my misgivings on breaking the story via text after dinner with a former sportswriter who now works as a “sellout.” Is this lame, or is it my “straw stirs the drink” moment? “You’ve been [that team’s] [pliant submissive] since I met you,” she says, with warmth and encouragement. “Do some original investigation at least.” A furious text stream follows. I am compared to terrible people and hypocrites…disgraced sitcom sidekicks like Boner, Chachi Arcola and the Great Gizzoo. Real belowthe-belt stuff. I respond with a few go-to Godfather references. She swats them down by telling me that obscure Godfather quotes are, by far, the lamest thing a guy can introduce into a conversation with a girl. Yeah, whatever “Kay”…let me know when I’m conversing with a “girl.” The moment I hit “send” I was toast. I texted back: “The next send button I see is going to get wacked.” Never let anybody know what you’re thinking. Moments later, as I was inspecting fruit at a street-side stand, two send buttons pulled up and shot me in the back five times while that guy from Deer Hunter cried on the curb. So my original story went untold. I was scooped, but don’t think vengeance isn’t far from mind: Todd, you will be paying for stealing Jessica’s table.

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1. I n Michigan, it is illegal to chain what to a fire hydrant? 2. I t is against the law to hunt what in Oklahoma? 3. I n France, they have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not have human faces. What popular doll cannot be sold? 4. O  n the island of Jersey, it’s against the law for a man to do what during the fishing season? 5. I n Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while doing what?

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THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta Does Your Septic Tank Need Pumping Out? QUESTION: How often do I need to have my septic tank pumped out? I keep getting calls and postcards from a local company saying I have to do it every year. — Jim S., via email ANSWER: How often your septic tank actually needs to be pumped out varies depending on the size of the tank, the number of people in your home, and local or state regulations regarding septic tank maintenance. First things first, however. How long has it been since your tank was last pumped out? If it’s been more than six years, or you honestly can’t remember, it’s probably time. If you know how long it’s been since the last cleaning, the size of the tank will help you figure out when next to have it pumped out. For example, if you have a 500gallon tank, and your home has four residents, the tank should be cleaned once per year. If there are only two residents in a home with a 500-gallon tank, a cleaning is only needed about every two and a half years. The purpose of pumping out the tank is to remove solid waste, or sludge, which builds up over time. Too much sludge reduces the efficiency of the septic system and can block or damage drain pipes, causing a backup into your house (ugh!) or damage to the drain field through which liquid waste is safely disbursed. Even with a cleaning schedule in place, once a year you should have a technician come out and check the sludge level of the tank. If the sludge level is too high — past the halfway mark — a cleaning is needed, along with an evaluation of the system to make sure everything is working correctly. Finally, a check of local and state regulations concerning septic tanks can save you some grief in the long run. Some municipalities mandate more frequent tank cleaning due to groundwater quality issues, and at least one county in Florida is requiring residents to completely replace tanks that are more than 40 years old. HOME TIP: Avoid flushing chemical products into a septic system. These will kill bacteria that are essential to breaking down waste. Send your questions or comments to ask@thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. When in doubt as to whether you can safely or effectively complete a project, consult a professional contractor.

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Train Set

A Between 2006 and 2009, Philadelphia’s Chase Utley tallied at least 100 runs scored each season. What was his highest total? B Name the last major league pitcher to reach the All-Star break with at least 16 wins. C Who are the four NFL players who have won more than one Super Bowl MVP award? D How many times has the Dayton men’s basketball team won the NIT postseason tournament? E Starting with the 1992-93 season, how many times have the Detroit Red Wings hit the 100-point mark in the regular-season standings, and how many times did they do it before then? F In 2010, John Force became the oldest season champion in NHRA racing history. How old was he? G When was the last time before Wimbledon in 2011 that the top two men’s seeds met in a grand slam final? © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

Q: I have an American Flyer train set manufactured during the 1945-1969 period. I bought this set new and only used it a few times. I would like to find a collector so I can sell it. — John, Springfield, Pa. A: There are several excellent price guides that document the values of prewar and postwar Lionel, American Flyer, Buddy “L,” Marx, Ives, Kusan and AMT model trains. One of the better references is “O’Brien’s Collecting Toy Trains: Identification and Price Guide” edited by David Doyle and published by Krause. This book features more than 1,200 photos in full color and more than 6,000 listings and up-to-date prices. This should help you determine the values of your train set. The American Flyer Collectors Club also might be helpful. The address is P.O. Box 13269, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. * * * Q: I have a broadsheet of “Abraham Lincoln’s Saloon License,” which has been in my family for a number of years. I am enclosing a picture of it and wonder what it might be worth. — Linda, Flagler Beach, Fla. A: Your poster was a premium, published and distributed

August 13–19, 2011 by the Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association, probably during the 1930s or ‘40s. Although it is interesting, it is, of course, a reprint and not an original, but nevertheless a beer collectible. I suggest you contact Ritchie Dubreuil at the Florida chapter of the Beer Collectors Club of America, 5550 Vanderipe Road, Sarasota, FL 34241. * * * Q: My husband was a cartoonist assistant for many years. I have some original Sunday pages and quite a collection of comic art, and need some advice. For example, I have a “Flash Gordon” original Sunday page by Mac Raboy and an original Sunday page of “Mark Trail” by Ed Dodd. Can you help me find the right outlet for these items? — Ann, Orlando, Fla. A: You might begin by contacting the National Cartoonist Society, Columbus Circle Station, P.O. Box 20267, New York, NY 10023. * * * Q: I have a paperback booklet titled “Republican Text Book for the Campaign of 1902,” published by authority of the Republican Congressional Committee, Dunlap Printing Company, Philadelphia. Is it worth anything? — Dolores, Platteville, Wisc. A: Your booklet is worth about $25. * * * Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey

Challenging The Way We Think and Live in the Coming Week

Denying Myself in a Me-First Generation By Pastor Len Stubbs

Then He said to them all, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and daily follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. — Luke 9:23, 24 NIV This weeks Bible Bits is dealing with the Jesus requires. The only reason anyone most difficult command that Jesus gave ever picked up a cross and carried it in to us. For most of us, denying self at the Jesus’ time on earth was to die on it. It was level that Jesus was talking about and not a symbol we simply wear to church. demonstrating seems impossible for us Christian history is not over. We are to ever consider. I cannot remember ever witnessing it so rapidly as to cause us talking with a person who looks forward dizziness. If the end is near and the days of to denying themselves to the fullest extent openly living as a Believer ends, are you — Christian or not. ready to stand firm, deny yourself for His To deny yourself is what Jesus did in the sake even to death? Go back and reread garden of Gethsemane…”Father if you the verse for today — “to save your life are willing, take this cup from me; yet not (here on earth for a while) is to lose your my will, but your will be done.” life for eternity.” I am not willing to risk Denying yourself at this level is what that. Paul did when he appealed his case to “What good is it for a man to gain the Rome and his eventual death there in Acts whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his 25:11. very self?” Luke 9:25 Also read Isaiah It is what all of the martyrs did as they 14:24-27 chose to die rather than deny Jesus as Lord. Just maybe we should allow the real life Christian history is full of stories of Believers example of Jesus to challenge the way we who gave their lives as this command of think and live in the coming week.

1. Is the Book of Damascus in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From 2 Samuel 14, who was the best-looking man in Israel during King David’s reign? Joel, Samuel, David, Absalom 3. To whom did Naaman the Syrian ask forgiveness after worshipping the god Rimmon? Saul, Christ, Elisha, Darius 4. From John 3, who was a Pharisee and ruler among the Jews? Zacchaeus, Nicodemus, Judas, Peter 5. Who was known as the “Supplanter”? Aaron, Moses, Jacob, Hosea 6. What was the name of David’s first wife? Rachel, Priscilla, Michal, Ruth Wilson Casey’s trivia book “Know It? ... or Not?” is available from BearManorMedia.com. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

Thought of the Week

By Samantha Weaver z It was American ventriloquist and comedian Willie Tyler who made the following sage observation: “The reason lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn’t there the second time.” z Even flight attendants have their own patron saint, as declared by Pope Paul XXIII in 1962: Saint Bona of Pisa. z Many people believe that the Gutenberg Bible, which came from the presses of Johannes Gutenberg in the 1450s, is the first example of a printed book, but that’s not true; it’s the first book printed using movable type. The oldest known printed book is actually the “Diamond Sutra,” which was printed in China more than 550 years before the Gutenberg Bible. z In many Middle Eastern cultures, it is traditional to celebrate a wedding with five events. The first is the engagement party, during which the bride-to-be

u To clean out the drawers of my husband’s tool cabinet without disturbing the tools, I tucked a kneehigh panty hose leg over my vacuum cleaner wand. Most things stayed put, but the one or two small pieces of hardware that got sucked up were easily retrieved. I did this on his workbench too. I picked up all the dust and shavings along with the stray pieces of hardware. I pulled the hardware out of the hose leg, and they were in a tidy pile for him to put away. — U.L. in Kansas u Ripen a green tomato by wrapping it in a sheet of newspaper or placing it in a small, plain paper bag. Leave it on the counter, and check it daily until ripe. u To keep ice cream from dripping out of the bottom

“The nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk about other people.” — Lucille S. Harper changes clothes several times. When the bride and groom sign the marriage contract there is another party, again with numerous changes of clothing by the bride. The day before the wedding there is a henna party, during which the bride and others are painted with elaborate designs that are thought to ward off evil spirits. The reception takes place after the wedding, and guests are often given five almond pieces, each piece symbolizing one of the sacred wedding wishes: health, happiness, wealth, longevity and fertility. Seven days after the wedding is the final celebratory event, known as sabaa, which is for women only and is analogous to the wedding shower we have in the West. z The town of North Pole, Alaska, is actually 1,700 miles south of the planet’s geographical North Pole.

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