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RMS Titanic departing Southampton, England on April 10, 1912.

April 14 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. In memoriam, Tidbits brings you the facts and figures of this monumental tragedy, as well as information about the famous 1997 film produced by James Cameron.

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F Constructed at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, the Titanic was the largest passenger steamship in the world at the time. Nearly 14,000 laborers contributed to her construction, at a cost of nearly $8 million. (Compare this to the cost of making Cameron’s 1997 movie “Titanic,� with a production price tag of over $200 million.) F The ship was four city blocks long and weighed 46,329 tons. Three million rivets held the hull together. On launch day, 44,000 pounds (19,958 kg) of soap, grease and oil were required to slide the massive craft into the water. Twenty-nine boilers fueled the 159 coal-burning furnaces. F The coolers were stocked with 75,000 pounds (34,019 kg) of fresh meat, 11,000 pounds (4,989 kg) of fresh fish, 36,000 oranges, 40,000 eggs, 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) of butter and 1,500 gallons (6,819 l) of milk. The cupboards were filled with 12,000 dinner plates, 3,000 teacups, 300 nutcrackers, 6,000 tablecloths and 45,000 napkins. F Although designed and licensed to carry 3,500 passengers, only 2,223 people were on board, including millionaire John Jacob Astor, mining magnate Benjamin Guggenheim and Macy’s department store owners Isidor and Ida Straus. The most elegant first-class suites were priced at $4,350, which translates to about $75,000 in today’s money. Second-class fares were $1,750 ($24,000 today), and third class steerage was available for $30, about (continued on page 4)

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Medicare is coming out with a new version of our annual report, the Medicare Summary Notice. Medicare spent 18 months asking questions of some of us who receive the reports, and then redesigned it with our suggestions in mind. It’s done a good job. The new report, part of the “Your Medicare Information: Clearer, Simpler, At Your Fingertips” initiative, will make it easier to understand all of our benefit and services information. It will be easier to determine if fraud has occurred, or if we need to file an appeal for a claim. New items on the reports will be: • Larger text fonts. • A notice about checking our information for potential fraud and details on how to do that, and a reminder to check the services listed and the amounts paid. • “Consumer-friendly descriptions” of medical procedures. • A list of doctors we’ve seen, clearly listed, along with the dates. • Deductible status, with the amount of the Part B

Deductible that has been met for the year. • Claims status, with information about whether all services were approved. If the answer is “no,” it tells what amount might be billed to us. • Preventive services that are available. For now, this new report is available only online, but starting in 2013 we’ll receive these reports quarterly by mail. To see a sample of the old versus new reports, go online to mymedicare.gov and click on “Making Medicare claims and benefits statement clearer, simpler.” In the article there is a link to a side-by-side comparison. (A hint: This shows up as a very small graphic in a .pdf file. Click the “plus” sign at the top of the screen to enlarge the picture.) 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.

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Paw’s Corner — By Sam Mazzotta DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Settle an argument my friend and I are having. I think that terrier dogs are the most popular pet (among dog owners). My friend says Labs are the most popular. What’s your take? — Beth C., Trenton, N.J. DEAR BETH: The American Kennel Club recently released its registration statistics for 2011, which revealed that among registered pets, the Labrador retriever was the most popular breed in the United States. In fact, the Labrador retriever has held that top spot for 21 years. The Yorkshire terrier placed fifth among AKC registrations. Here are the top 10 breeds for 2011-12:   1. Labrador retriever   6. Bulldog   2. German shepherd   7. Boxer   3. Beagle   8. Poodle   4. Golden retriever   9. Dachshund   5. Yorkshire terrier 10. Rottweiler Now, this may or may not settle the argument. Unregistered dogs, of course, aren’t on there, nor are many adopted

shelter pets. But it’s a pretty good barometer of the type of dogs, in terms of size, behavior traits and other elements, that currently are popular among owners. Farther down the list — more than 100 breeds were ranked — you’ll find the various terrier breeds, such as the Boston terrier (No. 22) and West Highland white terrier (No. 35) to name a couple. Breed popularity tends to jump around: Bulldogs ranked No. 19 a decade ago, but today sit at No. 6. At any rate, take the loss in stride. Make peace over a frosty beverage, and take comfort in knowing that the most popular dog for you is the one you choose (or that chooses you).

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“An Angel Among Men” — A Story of a Local Hero This is an inspirational story of a true local hero who has helped many young men in the Bluffton area who were in desperate need of a role model and a positive male figure in their life. I was a nine-year old fatherless boy when I first met Bob “Brother” Kitty. Brother Kitty owns Low Country Garage Doors and coaches the Bluffton Bulldog football team. I signed up for the football team when I was only nine years old. I didn’t have money for the equipment required to play and was going to have to quit before I even got started. Brother stepped in and out of his own pocket paid for everything I needed to play. I also couldn’t get a ride to the practices and games. Again, Brother stepped in and saved the day! He would work his day job and come straight from work and pick me up and then take me home after our practices and games. Brother did this for almost all of the young men on our team. And, he always made sure we kept up our grades and made sure we didn’t get into trouble at school or at home. Brother made sure we always had a few dollars in our pockets for lunch money or hot dogs and Gatorade

at our weekly games. I’ve always been able to turn to him in my time of need as a grown man. He has been an “angel on our shoulders” — guiding us young men and teaching us about love, faith, honor, respect and never giving up no matter what life throws at you. Brother Kitty has helped the “Bulldogs” grow up and become strong men and positive members in our society. As men, we carry on all that he has taught us in our daily lives. Brother will always be our Angel. He truly helped save many young men’s lives in our community and to this day he continues to do so. When I hear the word “hero,” Brother Kitty is who I instantly think of. We need more men like him in our world. He truly makes the world a better place! As Brother would say “Never Surrender!” Go Bulldogs! By Jeremy Wiggins

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THE TITANIC (continued): $350 today. First-class passengers ate their meals from fine china edged in 22k gold. F The final evening meal served on the Titanic consisted of 11 different courses, including raw oysters as an hors d’oeuvre, cream of barley soup, cold asparagus vinaigrette and roast duckling. F Four days into the Atlantic crossing, the ship struck an iceberg, one estimated at 500,000 tons, with 50 feet (15.2 m) above the water and seven-eighths of its bulk below. Icebergs are typically at their worst during April, because warmer spring temperatures melt the thick ice of the sea that has held the icebergs in place, releasing them to float free. The ship’s wireless operators received seven telegraphed ice warnings that fateful night. The final message, placed under a paperweight, was never delivered to those on the ship’s bridge. The ice field the Titanic encountered was close to 80 miles (128 km) long. F The ship was equipped with lifeboats for 1,178 of the more than 2,200 people on board. The death toll was 1,517, of which only 306 bodies were recovered. Although a lifeboat could hold 65 people, the first one was launched with only 28 on board. Had the crew loaded the existing lifeboats to capacity, 500 more lives could have been saved. F The original plans called for an additional 12 lifeboats on the deck, but the White Star Line’s management ditched the idea, claiming the deck would “look too cluttered.” F It was not a large gash in the hull of the Titanic that caused her to sink; rather the force of the impact caused the steel rivets to pop, buckling the steel plates of

Fatter Paychecks? Many Are Clueless The payroll tax reduction has been extended under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Two percent of your deduction for Social Security (4.2 percent, down from 6.2 percent) has been picked up by the government again, and that amount will stay in your paycheck. If you’re self-employed, your portion of self-employment tax drops from 12.4 percent to 10.4 percent, to account for that 2 percent. Workers who earn $50,000 would have seen $1,000 in their paychecks over the year the reduction has been in place. Divided by 24 (assuming twice-monthly pay periods) and that would have come to around $40 per paycheck. If your annual pay is $30,000, your savings from the reduction is $50 per month. Oddly enough, a poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling showed that 66 percent of workers didn’t know their paychecks were larger, even though the extra amount had been in paychecks for a year. The poll shows what the rest of polled workers did with that money: • Saved most of it: 3 percent • Caught up on past-due bills: 8 percent • Increased retirement contributions: 4 percent • Bought something special: 1 percent • Paid off debt: 18 percent NFCC believes that the extension gives companies a chance to educate employees about using that money. For example, they believe that workers who aren’t distracted by financial concerns perform better and don’t receive collection calls at work. It’s believed that the government would like us to spend the “windfall” as a means of boosting the economy. However, you are the one who needs to decide how best to use that money. First, be aware of the additional amount in your paycheck. If the reduction isn’t further extended next year, that amount could vanish from your income. Use a calculator online to learn just what extra amount is included in your check. Second, determine what gets you the most return for that money. For example, if you put the money in savings, you’ll likely earn less than 1 percent interest. If you use the money to pay off a credit card (adding the additional money to every month’s payment), you’ll save the interest you would have paid on the balance. 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. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

the hull. Based on the ship’s speed of about 22 knots, if the iceberg had been sighted only 30 seconds sooner, the collision could have been avoided. With one knot equal to 1.516 mph (2.44 km/h), 22 knots was close to the highest speed the ship had ever reached. F It took only two hours and 40 minutes for the Titanic to sink after striking the iceberg. The ship that responded immediately to the distress calls was the Carpathia, 58 miles (93 km) away. Unfortunately, it took four hours for the ship to reach the Titanic. The Carpathia carried the 700-plus survivors into New York harbor, where the ship was met by over 40,000 people. F Most of the victims froze to death rather than

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drowned in the 28º F (-2º C) water, where death occurred in as little as 15 minutes. When James Cameron produced his 1997 movie blockbuster, he instructed cast members on the stages of hypothermia in order to make their scenes more realistic Cameron advised his cast, “It’s supposedly a very peaceful feeling.” The actors’ icy frozen hair was created by coating hair with colored wax. F Of the 306 bodies recovered, 150 were never claimed. Those unclaimed were buried in Halifax, Nova Scotia. F Captain Edward Smith had plans of retiring after safely navigating the Titanic to New York City, (continued on page 7)


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BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey

Challenging The Way We Think and Live in the Coming Week

Doubters Welcome! By Pastor Len Stubbs

Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in the greatest miracle of all — the resurrection of Jesus Christ? In case you think you have to answer “yes” just because you happen to occassionally or regularly go to church, put your mind at ease. If you answer “No” or “I’m not sure,” you are in good company. There are lots of people that attend church who aren’t sure whether they believe it or not. And there were lots of people on the first Easter Sunday, 2000 years ago, who weren’t sure either. Folks like Peter, James, John, Matthew, Bartholomew, Simon the Zealot, and a man whose name has become synonymous with doubt — Thomas. Doubting Thomas. Let me ask you today who do you think really expected a resurrection on that Sunday morning? Not the disciples. It was of course the Jewish leaders not the disciples who persuaded the Romans to seal Jesus’ tomb. It was of course the enemies of Jesus that feared something might happen. His friends weren’t expecting anything unusual to happen. In fact, in Mark 16 the scripture confirms that the women who came to his tomb on Sunday morning came to anoint His body. That was part of the embalming process. In the confusion of trying to get His body in the tomb before sundown on Friday, spices had been placed on Jesus’ body, but not the ointment. The women came to finish embalming Jesus’ body. What did they find when they got there? They found the stone rolled away and an empty tomb. All four gospels agree on this fact. The women did not have the slightest idea what had happened. You see while they loved Jesus they weren’t looking for a resurrection they were looking for a dead Christ. Mark 16:8 says that even after the angel explained what had happened that they fled from the tomb trembling and afraid. John 20:2 the scripture affirms that even Mary thought someone had stolen the body. Luke 24:11 adds that when the women came and told the apostles what the angel had said, “They did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.” Of course those words sounded like nonsense. No one rises

from the dead. Not after three days. Not after being scourged. Not after hanging on a cross for six hours. Not after having a sword thrust in their side. Not after being covered with 100 pounds of spices and wrapped in a burial cloth. Not after being sealed in a tomb. No, the odds against it were…well impossible. Mark 16:11 says, “When they heard Jesus was alive…they did not believe it.” Who could blame them? If you had been there, would you have believed it? With Jesus doubters are always welcome. All that God asks is that men be consistent with themselves. He asks that you give His story the same treatment you give to any other story. Sift the evidence, judge the record and come to a conclusion. It’s all right to doubt, but don’t let your doubts keep you away from getting to know Him. Come to the empty tomb and see for yourself. When Thomas saw Jesus, he fell at his feet and exclaimed, “My Lord and my God.” That stands as the greatest testimony given by any of the apostles. It is the climax of John’s gospel. And it comes from the man who had the strongest doubts, Thomas. It is a wonderful truth that the greatest doubters often become the strongest believers. And the honest doubts — once resolved — become the bedrock of an unshakeable faith. It has been said that no truth is so strongly believed as that which you once doubted. In the history of the Christian church, the greatest doubters have often become the strongest believers. That’s why the story of Thomas is in the Bible — so that honest doubters might be encouraged to bring their honest doubts to the empty tomb. Thomas did, and his doubts were washed away by the person of Jesus Christ — alive from the dead. Oh yeah one other thing, No one can remain neutral forever. You can bring your doubts to the empty tomb, but you have to make a choice! You cannot stay on the fence forever. Either you believe or you don’t. Just maybe we should allow the real life example of Jesus to challenge the way we think and live in the coming weeks.

1. Is the book of Iscariot in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. For how long did Jesus remain after His resurrection before He ascended into heaven? Instantaneously, 1 hour, 3 Days, 40 days 3. What color was the cloak that Jesus wore when He went to the cross? White, Purple, Black, Green 4. Where was Jesus crucified? Samaria, Colossae, Golgotha, Horeb 5. Which disciple doubted Jesus had risen? Peter, Andrew, Thomas, Thaddeus 6. For how many pieces of silver did Judas betray Jesus? 10, 20, 30, 40 Contact Wilson Casey at trivia@writeme.com © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Understanding Breast Calcifications DEAR DR. DONOHUE: The receptionist at my doctor’s office called to give me the report on a mammogram I had taken. She said that it showed calcifications and that the doctor wanted it repeated in six months. Why? Are calcifications indications of cancer? If they are, I’d like to get this taken care of immediately. I am becoming a nervous wreck thinking about this. — H.M. ANSWER: When tests don’t provide a definite answer, everyone suffers — the patient, the doctor of the patient and the doctor who interpreted the test. Calcifications are the perfect example. They’re calcium

specks. When the doctor interpreting the mammogram sees them, he or she bases their importance on their number, their shape, their size and the pattern they make. With those criteria, the doctor usually can say whether they indicate cancer. Noncancerous calcifications might result from a bump to the breast to which you paid little attention. Or a minor breast infection could have caused them. If the doctor feels that evidence points more in the direction of cancer, then he or she will ask for an immediate biopsy. If the doctor feels more certain that they are not cancer signs but is not completely certain about that call, a repeat examination at a later date is a reasonable position to take. Neither the interpreting doctor nor your personal doctor would ask for a delay if there was any chance that the inaction would harm your health. The pamphlet on breast cancer gives the approach to diagnosing and treating it. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 1101W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow

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four weeks for delivery. i i i DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For the past several days, my left eyelid has been twitching. There’s no pain. It does not affect my vision. Does it mean anything? — T.P. ANSWER: Not usually. Eyelid twitches result from spasms of muscles controlling eyelid movement. It’s intermittent and lasts for a few days, at most. Fatigue, stress and caffeine have been implicated as causes. I have had such twitching, at times when I was neither tired nor stressed nor drinking caffeine. If the twitching is bothersome, soak a washcloth in warm water and apply it to the closed eyelid. If twitching lasts longer than a week or two, see the family doctor. i i i Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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THE TITANIC (continued): wrapping up 38 years with the White Star Line. F The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in September 1985, on an expedition led by Robert Ballard. She lay approximately 400 miles (644 km) off the coast of Newfoundland, 1,191 miles (1,917 km) from New York City, 12,460 feet (3,798 m) below the ocean’s surface. The bow and the stern were 1,970 feet (600 m) apart. During Ballard’s expedition, more than 20,000 photos were shot in four days. F Producer James Cameron made 12 trips to the actual wreckage site to conduct research for his 1997 film. His movie contains actual footage from these trips, shot on location. A replica of the ship was constructed for the film, and it was sunk in an immense tank filled with 17 million gallons of water. A hydraulic lift was used to tilt the tank and

raise and lower the ship. F Several items recovered from the wreckage now reside in a Philadelphia museum, including Mrs. John Jacob Astor’s lifebelt, a menu from the dining room, a deck chair and a piece of wood from a lifeboat. F The youngest passenger on the ship was Millvina Dean, just nine weeks old. Her parents were emigrating to Wichita, Kansas, where they had family and friends. Millvina, along with her mother and brother, were some of the first steerage passengers to be loaded into lifeboats. Her 25-yearold father did not survive. Millvina was also the last living survivor, passing away in May 2009, at the age of 97. Her ashes were scattered off the Southampton dock, where the Titanic had been launched. Strangely enough, her brother died on the 80th anniversary of the sinking.

Truex Off to Fast Start With Waltrip Team BRISTOL, Tenn. — At last, their jobs the best they can is why things have been Martin Truex Jr.’s fortunes are working out for us.� rising at Michael Waltrip Racing. Twice, in 2004 and 2005, Truex won the championship His third-place finish in the Food of what is now the NASCAR Nationwide Series. City 500 was his second top 10 of the season to date. Bowyer is Truex’s lone full-time teammate. The team’s Four races in, Truex ranks fourth in the Sprint Cup point third Toyota, No. 55, is most often driven by veteran standings. Mark Martin. Vickers made his first start in the car at Truex, who is from Mayetta, N.J., won in June 2007 at Bristol. Waltrip, the team owner, will drive occasionally. Dover, Del., while driving a Martin has historically been Chevy for Richard Childress praised for his teamwork in Racing. In 2010, he moved to previous stops at Roush Fenway Waltrip’s Toyota team. Since that Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, one Dover victory, 171 races among others. have passed. After finishes of “Obviously, Mark is a great 22nd and 18th in points at MWR, driver,� Truex said. “He’s got a it appears as if the 31-year-old lot of experience. I think one of has regained his form. the things he’s brought is Though the Bristol race was won confidence in the team. When he After three seasons at Waltrip on March 18 by a Dodge (Brad comes in there and says, ‘Man, I Racing, Martin Truex Jr. is off to a great Keselowski), and a Ford (Matt really like these race cars; I like start this season. (John Clark/ Kenseth) finished second, the NASCAR This Week photo) what you guys are doing,’ it MWR Camrys of Truex, Clint makes a pretty big impact. Bowyer and Brian Vickers finished third, fourth and fifth, “He (Martin) can get in anything and go fast. When he respectively. says you’ve got good race cars, he gives your team a “We’ve just got a good organization right now, a good good direction to head in when they’re not great. He’s bunch of people,� Truex said. “We’ve got three race cars definitely brought a lot to the team.� that seem to go to the race track and run really well each week. We’re able to feed off each other. All season our * * * Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) cars have been strong. Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@yahoo.com. “Across the board, it’s been a lot of hard work and Š 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. dedication by the team. In the end, all the people doing

‘Surprise Inside’ Easter Eggs Ready, set, think Easter! Put aside chores and to-do lists for an afternoon and make these colorfully decorated “surprise inside� Easter eggs with your family. You’ll need the simplest of supplies: real eggshell halves or plastic eggs that twist open in half, bright gift-wrap tissue paper, household white glue and your children’s creativity. Come Easter morning, friends and family will anticipate cracking open these dazzling eggs because there’s a special surprise inside each one! To get started, save your eggshells. When a recipe calls for eggs, carefully crack the eggs in half, empty the contents for the recipe and rinse out the matching eggshells with soap and water. Set them aside to dry thoroughly, making sure you keep the pairs together. Or, simply use inexpensive empty plastic eggs in a variety of sizes from discount and dollar stores. Place a small charm, toy, coins or a strip of paper with a saying, poem or kind thought inside one of the halves of each eggshell pair. For example, “For an egg-stra special friend whose sense of humor cracks me up!� Now it’s time to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Find the matching eggshell half and tape or glue the two pieces together. Don’t worry if there are gaps where small pieces of the shell may have broken. Brush white household glue one section at a time on the eggshell and place small squares of cut gift-wrap

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