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PICKS OF THE WEEK “Frozen” (PG) -- In Disney’s latest animated musical adventure, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and her big sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) are inseparable as little girls. Anna is a joyous free spirit. Elsa can magically conjure snow and ice with her hands -- a power she can’t control during bouts of intense emotion. As an adult, Elsa isolates herself atop a mountain and shrouds the realm in eternal winter. Anna must go on a quest to speak with Elsa and get her to lift the snowy curse. “Frozen” reaches the same caliber as previous Disney princess flicks. The musical numbers aren’t as catchy, perhaps, but they are poignant and emotional. Comic relief comes from a snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad), who has big plans to frolic in the sun. “American Hustle” (R) -- Romance, scandals, feds and sprawling moral ambiguity come together perfectly in this inspired-by-a-true-story tale about con artists in love. It’s the late 1970s, and Irving Rosenfeld (a barely recognizable Christian Bale) is an endearing, pot-bellied grifter who runs a few schemes around town. Irving and his sly, silky lover/ partner in crime (Amy Adams) are caught redhanded by a try-hard FBI agent (Bradley Cooper with a perm), and their only way out is to help the feds pull an even bigger con. Director David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”) gives the whole moral mess an underhanded charm. The top-notch cast -- which includes Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner -- all seem to be on their A-game for the whole runtime. “Saving Mr. Banks” (PG) -- Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) promised his daughters that he would turn their favorite literary character, Mary Poppins, into the movie of their dreams. P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the author who created the magical nanny, vowed that she would never let her beloved character be gobbled up by Hollywood phonies. Leave it to Disney (and Hanks) to launch the greatest charm offensive the world has ever known. It’s just like any good theme-park attraction: We already know where it ends, but the ride is worth standing in line for. “A Touch of Sin” (NR)-- In four different parts of modern China, four different working-class people are pushed over the edge. Each story is pulled from the headlines of industrialized China. In separate turns, writer/director Zhang Ke Jia explores the ripples of rapid change, and how corruption precipitates violence. Critics have been uniformly enchanted by this film -- it’s beautiful, violent and thoughtful -- and it raises more questions than it attempts to answer. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.
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DEAR D.: You told them! Even though we’re turning a corner into spring, in much of the country -- especially after this diﬃcult winter -- snow will cover the ground well into March and even beyond. Birds that do not migrate but “winter over” have to put up with the snow and ice just as we humans do. But food is likely hard to find, particularly in this transition period when wintertime sources of food have been depleted. Keeping a backyard feeder filled with birdseed is helpful, while suet -- basically, beef fat -- gives birds extra energy and nutrients. Place suet about 5 feet off the ground and close to a tree trunk. Special feeders are available, but many homeowners just place it on an upright skewer, or even rub it onto the tree trunk. Raw suet can be set out throughout the winter and colder spring months, but experts advise against putting it out in warm weather. Suet not only turns rancid in the heat, but also melts, creating a risk of coating a bird’s feathers and making flight difficult. Warm-weather brands of suet are available, however. On a side note, avoid putting out bacon drippings for birds: the preservatives used in commercially prepared bacon can be bad for their long-term health. (And ours, too, but that’s another story.) Send your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Did you know mosquitoes can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas don’t? Find out more in my new book “Fighting Fleas,” available now on Amazon. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.
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BLOSSOM 1. In 2013, Michael Cuddyer set a Colorado Rockies record for most consecutive games reaching base in a season (46). Who had held the mark? 2. Who holds the record for most doubles in a season? 3. The Texans’ Andre Johnson, in 2012, became the second NFL player to have 100 catches and 1,500 receiving yards in at least three seasons. Who was the first? 4. In the 2012-13 college basketball season, Ben McLemore broke the Kansas freshman single-game scoring record with 36 points. Who had held the mark? 5. During the 1970s, “Original Six” NHL teams made up 15 of the 20 teams that played in the Stanley Cup Finals. Which two teams appeared the most times? 6. In 2013, Usain Bolt tied for the top spot in world championship career medals for men in track and field, with 10. Who also has 10? 7. Who has won golf’s U.S. Senior Open the most times?
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said manager Mike Scioscia. he has been incapacitated for the last week and a half. Mike Madano’s number 9 was retired by the Dallas Stars this week, in advance of tomorrows game against the Minnesota Wild. He remains the team’s all-time leading scorer with 557 goals and 802 assists in 1,459 games. In other NHL news the Anaheim Ducks have dropped to second place in the Western Conference behind the St. Louis Blues. The Ducks have 93 points to the Blues 94. With 64 games played so far, the Ducks have acquired a 43-14-7 record, and still lead the Pacific Division by four points over the San Jose Sharks. The Los Angeles Kings are in Third place followed by Phoenix, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton on the bottom.
Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly has revealed who will open the MLB season March 22nd in Australia. Clayton Kershaw gets the nod for opening day. Last season Kershaw pitched a career-high 236 1/3 innings, and 259 1/3 innings overall by the end of the postseason. He has pitched more than 200 innings in four consecutive seasons. 29 year old outfielder Matt Kemp who’s still recovering from ankle surgery, will not take part in his club’s season-opening series in Austraila. Limited to just 73 games last season Kemp underwent surgery That will conclude this week readers, till next in October to remove bone spurs and loose bodies in time: his left ankle. The two time all star has yet to appear in “It took me seventeen years to get three thoua Spring Training game. sand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on 32 year old Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, is ex- the golf course.”--Hank Aaron pected to return from his injury “within a week or so”
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St. Patrick’s Day Feast St. Patrick’s Day celebrates all things Irish, including the color green. Why not enjoy the holiday by going green and healthier with your traditional St. Patrick’s Day feast? Corned beef and cabbage is a favorite meal on St. Patrick’s Day, but some folks may want to cut back on the fat and calories. Brisket is naturally high in fat, but there are ways to reduce it. One way is to trim away any excess fat from the meat before it is cooked. Another is to cook the meat a day ahead of time and refrigerate it. Once the meat cools, the fat will harden and can be skimmed off. The type of brisket you buy also makes a difference. A flat half brisket would have 191 calories and 6 grams of fat per 3.5 ounce serving. The same amount of point half brisket has 244 calories and nearly 14 grams of fat. Whole brisket has 218 calories and 10 grams of fat. Leaving a 1/4-inch trim of fat almost doubles the calories in all of the brisket cuts. One of the lowest-calorie briskets is the one in which all the fat is trimmed. Potatoes are another favorite Irish food. Potatoes are not very high in calories and have no fat, but making them with lots of butter and high-fat milk adds fat. Keep the holiday tradition alive but reduce the calories by serving a side of Low-Fat Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes. The secret is the buttermilk, which adds a creamy texture and buttery flavor.
Save calories by baking two large potatoes in the oven or microwave, then quartering and peeling them (or leave the skins on if you’d like). Place the potatoes in a deep bowl and add 2 tablespoons of butter and 2/3 cup of 1/2 percent- or 1 percent-fat buttermilk. Use a potato masher or mixer to blend the potatoes. Season to taste.
1. Place celery, carrots and onion in the bottom of a large slow-cooker or crock pot. Rinse the corned beef brisket. Season brisket and vegetables with the steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Place the brisket on top of the vegetables. Pour in the beef broth until it barely covers the brisket. Cover and cook on low for eight to nine hours. 2. Remove the meat and vegetables from the pot and cover with foil to keep warm. Increase heat to high and add the cabbage to the slow cooker. Cook cabbage until softened but still crispy, about 20 to 30 minutes.
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with this tasty, but reduced-fat meal! CORNED BEEF BRISKET WITH CABBAGE 2 stalks celery, halved 4 carrots 1 medium onion, cut in 4 wedges 1 4-pound corned beef brisket 2 tablespoons steak sauce 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 4 to 6 cups low-sodium beef broth 1 tablespoon corned beef spices or pickling spices (or spices that come with the brisket)
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