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It was American columnist Franklin Pierce Adams who made the following sage observation: "Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them." If you're like the average human, your heart will beat 100,000 times today. Before Humphrey Bogart became a famed star of the silver screen, he was famous for another reason. Bogart's mother painted a portrait of little Humphrey as a baby, and that portrait was used as a trademark for Mellin's baby-food company. John Quincy Adams was the first U.S. president to be photographed. If you're a stargazer -- or a night owl -- you might already be aware of the fact that you can see about five times as many shooting stars after midnight as you can see before. Lexicographers claim that "queue" is the only word in the English language whose pronunciation does not change when the last four letters are removed. Only about 5 percent of the salt produced every year winds up on the dinner table to be used as a seasoning. And you might be surprised to learn the diverse purposes for which the other 95 percent is used: packing meat and feeding livestock, of course, but also building roads, tanning leather and manufacturing such items as soap, ash, detergents and glass. Here's a fun experiment: Pour a glass of champagne, then drop in a raisin. The carbonation in the drink will cause the raisin to bounce up and down continuously until the wine goes flat. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.


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HOME TIP: Before an emergency happens, take time to locate and note the location of main shutoff locations for your home's water, gas and electric feeds.

Couples' Quick Action Checks Condo Flooding DEAR HAMMER: I wanted to relate to you the recent "fun" my husband and I had with our water heater in the hopes your readers could use the information. We were hosting a dinner party last week when, near the end of the party, my husband noticed a hissing sound coming from the utility closet. We both ignored it as we said goodbye to our guests. As I began to wash the dishes, I noted that the water was very hot; then it quickly went lukewarm and cold as I rinsed the dishes. About then, my husband asked, "Who spilled wine in the hallway?" He wiped it up, only to return five minutes later to more liquid. That's when we paid attention to the hissing from the utility closet. Opening it up, we noticed water pooling under the water heater and beginning to spill out into the laundry room and hallway. The hissing sound was water rushing through the cold-water feed pipe into the water heater. Water dripped from the overflow valve and from the bottom of the tank. My husband quickly shut off the gas at the water heater (using the on/off/pilot control knob at the bottom of the unit). He explained that even though the pilot light had been doused and a valve would keep gas from continuing to flow, turning the controls to "off" was an important safety step. He also turned the temperature control to its lowest setting. Then he tried to close the shutoff valve for the cold water feed pipe. Problem! The water would not shut off, and it was continuing to leak out into the utility room. While I contacted the maintenance man for our condominium, my husband located and shut off the main water valve for our unit. This meant we would have no water, but it also would stop the condo from being flooded. The maintenance man came right over, despite the late hour, and drained the tank for us to stop additional flooding. He noted that the cold-water shutoff valve had been improperly installed, which is why it didn't work, and that he would need to replace that as well as the water heater. In short, by acting quickly to address the water heater breakdown, we were able to minimize damage from the flood. We had only a little discomfort at spending the night without running water, but the heater was replaced and the shutoff valve repaired. I hope your readers can use this information if they ever hear a strange hiss from the utility closet. -- Tress V., Atlanta

Block Drafts to Cut Home Heating Costs Heating fuel prices are down, but now that there's a nip in the air, you could be discovering all the air leaks in your home. Here are some things you can do yourself to block the cold. --If outdoor temperatures are less than 50 F, you shouldn't caulk outside; however, plastic sheeting on the inside of windows can go a long way toward keeping the heat in. There are two methods you can do yourself: 1) Plastic sheeting that comes in a kit with double-sided tape. Leave as much space as you can between the glass and the plastic because it's the space that blocks the cold air before it gets into the room. Use a hair dryer to shrink the plastic, and it becomes nearly as clear as glass. At the end of the heating season when you remove the plastic, you may need vinegar to remove the last remnants of glue from the tape. 2) Removable interior panels that can be reused year after year. You'll need basic supplies such as one-by-two boards, foam strips and plastic sheeting. These panels are sturdy and hold back drafts even better than plastic sheeting in kits and are cheaper over the long term. For detailed plans to build your own, go to and scroll most the way down the page to "Thermal Windows." You'll find a materials list with estimated pricing and lots of photos and instructions. --Caulk around pipes under sinks. Use expandable foam, and wear disposable rubber gloves. Let dry around the pipes and trim with a sharp blade. --Put another layer of insulation in the attic, if you have one. --Replace your furnace filter if you didn't do this in the fall. Buy an extra and keep it on hand to change in the middle of winter. --Install storm doors on exit doors. --Hang insulating drapes on windows. Open them up during the day to let the sun warm the rooms, and close them when the sun goes down. The more cold air you block from getting into your home, the more comfortable you'll be -and the lower your heating costs.

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Tidbits® Of Lane County On Nov. 4, 1842, after a stormy three-year courtship, Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill. Mary came from a distinguished Kentucky family, and some of her relatives frowned upon her association with Lincoln, who was a country lawyer and a minor figure in the state legislature. On Nov. 6, 1899, James Ward Packard, an electrical-wire manufacturer, test-drives the first Packard automobile through the streets of Warren, Ohio. The Model A featured a one-cylinder engine producing 12 horsepower. On Nov. 8, 1900, Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone with the Wind," is born in Atlanta. Mitchell worked as a journalist for the Atlanta Journal for six years. She quit after an ankle injury limited her mobility, and she devoted herself to her novel about the South during and after the Civil War. The book, published in 1936, sold 1 million copies in its first six months in print. On Nov. 5, 1911, Leonard Slye, later known as Roy Rogers, is born in Cincinnati. The singer and cowboy actor launched "The Roy Rogers Show," a mix of music and drama, in 1944. The show always closed with the song "Happy Trails," which became known as Rogers' theme song. On Nov. 7, 1944, Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected president of the United States for a record third time, becoming the first and only president in history to win a fourth term in office. Three months after his inauguration, Roosevelt died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. On Nov. 3, 1956, the "Wizard of Oz" is broadcast on television for the first time. Some 45 million people tuned in to CBS to see the 1939 movie classic. Star Judy Garland's 10-year-old daughter, Liza Minnelli, introduced the program. On Nov. 2, 1989, Carmen Fasanella, a taxicab driver from Princeton, N.J., retires after 68 years and 243 days of service. Fasanella, who was continuously licensed as a taxicab owner and driver in the Borough of Princeton, N.J., since Feb. 1, 1921, is the most enduring taxi driver on record.

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Events Calendar Fri Oct 23rd Springfields Farmers Market from 9am to 2pm. Fri Oct 23rd Pre-School Story Time at Eugene Public Libray Downtown from 10:15 - noon. 682.8316 Fri Oct 23rd - 25th The Miracle Worker at The Cottage Grove Theatre. Fri & Sat 8pm. Sun 2:30. $12-14. 942.8001 Fri Oct 23rd Halloween Organ Music at Eugene Public Library Downtown. From 4pm - 5pm. 682.5450 Fri Oct 23rd il gato: Donald 5 Pennies @ Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove. 8:30pm FREE. 942.5942 Fri Oct 23rd Rodney Carrington @ The Hult Center, Eugene. 7pm 682.5000 Fri Oct 23rd Umphrey’s McGee @ McDonald Theatre, Eugene. Doors Open 7:30pm. Show 8:30pm. 345.4442 Fri Oct 23rd Ghostface Killah (of Wu-Tang), Fashawn, Person People, Animal Far; @ WOW Hall, Eugene. Doors open 8pm. 687.2746 Sat Oct 24th Harp Guitarist John Doan @ Springfield Public Library. 1pm. 726.2237 Sat Oct 24th Eugene Weekly’s “Annual Best Of Eugene Awards Show” @ McDonald Theatre, Eugene. Doors open 7pm, Show 7:30. 345.4442 Sat Oct 24th Springfiled Community Blood Drive @ Willamalane Recreation Center. 9am - 2pm. 484- 9111 Sat Oct 24th Family Music Time with Anahid Bertrand at Eugene Public Library Downtown. 10:15 - 10:45. 682.8316 Sat Oct 24th Springfield Youth Farm Stand from 10am to 2pm. 343.2822 Sat Oct 24th Eugene Saturday Market from 10am to 5pm. Rain or Shine. Sat Oct 24th Eugene Symphony: Tots to Ten Family Concert- Magical Mozart @ The Hult Center, Eugene. 10am & 11:15am. 682-5000 Sat Oct 24th MCChris, Whole Wheat Bread, I Fight Dragons @ WOW Hall, Eugene. Doors open 8pm. 687.2746 Sat Oct 24th Travis Ward, Matt Hopper & the Roman Candles @ Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove. 8:30 pm. $5. 942.5942 Sat Oct 24th 4-H Fall Round-Up @ Lane Events Center. 10am - noon. FREE 682.7305 Sun Oct 25th Coalessence: Community Ecstatic Dance @ WOW Hall, Eugene. 10:30am. 687.2746 Sun Oct 25th Poker Dealer Tournament @ Pocket Pair Card Club, Eugene. 2pm, Call to register 225.2275 Sun Oct 25th Hult Presents Straight No Chaser @ The Hult Center, Eugene @ 7pm. 682.5000 Sun Oct 25th Yogoman Burning Band@ Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove. All ages show. 6pm. $5 under 21 $3. 942.5942 Tue Oct 27th Tiny Tots Story Time at Eugene Public Library Downtown. 10:15. 682.8316 Tue Oct 27th Open Mic @ Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove. 7pm FREE 942.5942 Thu Oct 22nd Wine Tasting @ Territorial Winery 5-11pm $5. Thu Oct 29th Reptet @ Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove. 8pm. $3. 942.5942 TidBits Restuarant Pick Of The Week King’s Restaurant 1435 N. Pacific Highway Cottage Grove, OR 541.942.5777

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PHOTO: Lauren Graham Q: There is an actor in the movie "Desperate Hours," with Mickey Rourke and Anthony Hopkins, who looks just like "Law & Order: SVU" star Christopher Meloni. Was that him, and if not, are they related? -- Teresa P., Fort Worth, Texas A: The actor you are thinking of is Elias Koteas, who is often mistaken for Christopher, and vice versa. In fact, I sometimes confuse the two myself -- the resemblance is uncanny! Elias is mostly a film actor, co-starring in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Haunting in Connecticut," "Crash," "Shooter," "Two Lovers" and the upcoming "Shutter Island," among many others. Christopher is best known for "SVU," but also was featured in "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Nights in Rodanthe," in addition to his extensive television work. *** Q: Three generations of my family love NBC's "Merlin." Will it be back for another season? -- Beth G., Roanoke, Va. A: As of this writing, NBC has not yet announced if it will pick up the original BBC show "Merlin" for its second season. However, if it does, it will most likely air sometime in spring or summer 2010. If you have satellite or cable TV, you can catch original episodes on BBC-1 (depending on what channels your provider offers), which began airing Season 2 on Sept. 19. It also was recently announced that the BBC has picked up the show for a third season. So, whether or not NBC renews "Merlin," fans of the show can still find it. It just might take a little looking! *** Continued On Page 4...

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Continued From Page 3... Q: I read that Maura Tierney had to drop out of NBC's "Parenthood" to seek treatment for breast cancer. Who will be replacing her? And how is Maura doing? - Hallie, via e-mail A: NBC has confirmed that Lauren Graham will be joining the cast of "Parenthood" as single mother Sarah Braverman. Production is scheduled to begin in November, with "Parenthood" joining NBC's lineup in early 2010. The series is based on the 1989 movie of the same name, which starred Steve Martin, Jason Robards, Dianne Wiest and Mary Steenburgen. Lauren's most recent TV gig was as the coolest mom on the block, Lorelai Gilmore of "Gilmore Girls." Maura is said to be responding well to treatment, and I wish her all the best for a full recovery. *** READERS: Many of you have written in throughout the years to find out when "Ally McBeal" will be released on DVD. Well, after a long wait, fans can finally get all five seasons of the show on DVD. "Ally McBeal: The Complete Series," a 32-disc box set with tons of extras and special features, is finally available. You can find the DVDs at any retail store (Target, Wal-Mart, Borders, etc.) or check online ( and, to name a few) for special deals. You also can purchase each season individually; however, only Season One is available separately as of now. Have a question for Cindy? E-mail her at letters@, or write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more news, gossip and interviews, visit her Web site at Celebrity_Extra (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. 1. ANATOMY: What is the largest bone in the foot? 2. MUSIC: What did the title of the song "Pennsylvania 6-5000" refer to? 3. GEOGRAPHY: What is the westernmost point in the contiguous United States? 4. LITERATURE: How many daughters did the king have in Shakespeare's play "King Lear"? 5. HISTORY: Who founded the abolitionist newspaper "The North Star"? 6. LANGUAGE: What does the Latin phrase "non compos mentis" mean? 7. PSYCHOLOGY: Someone who suffers from didaskaleinophobia would have an abnormal fear of what? 8. COMICS: What is the name of the family dog in the "Dennis the Menace" comic panel? 9. SCIENCE: How fast can a bolt of lightning travel? 10. TELEVISION: In what fictional city does the soap opera "All My Children" take place? Answers on Page 7...

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1. When was the last time before 2007-08 that the Chicago Cubs won back-toback division titles? 2. Who was the first player chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1997 expansion draft? 3. When was the last time before 2008 (Arizona State) that a Division I college football team tallied four defensive touchdowns in a game? 4. In 2008, the Denver Nuggets tallied 168 points in a game. When was the last time an NBA team had that many points in a regulation game? 5. How many 40-goal seasons had Marian Hossa tallied entering the 2009-10 NHL campaign? 6. In 2008, Chris Barnes became the third bowler to win both the PBA Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year awards in his career. Name either of the other two to do it. 7. Name the only filly in the Kentucky Derby between 1945 and 1980. Answers on Page 7...

Thought for the Day: “There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” -- Logan Pearsall Smith

"Save some Halloween candy for making cookies or decorating pies throughout the holidays. Put it in the freezer. Small candy bars are great for adding to brownies. Caramels and chocolate chews can be melted to add to cookies as well. It's better than the kids eating it all in one go, and they can anticipate the holidays to come." -- I.S. in Illinois Cabbage leaves go limp in the freezer, making them easier to roll. This tip is especially good to know if you are making cabbage rolls or stuffed cabbage. "Defog your bathroom mirror with shaving cream. If you are constantly wiping the steam away from the mirror to shave, try this old trick. Rub a healthy amount of shaving cream on the mirror surface, then wipe away with a towel. You can rub it with newspaper to get the cream off, but don't clean it with glass cleaner. The next time you shower or shave at the sink, the fog just won't accumulate!" -- B.G. in Idaho "Mayonnaise can stand in for cooking oil in a recipe. Use in an equal amount. It works especially well in brownies." -- F.A. in Massachusetts Send your tips to Now Here's a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at

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1. Name the two artists who did "The Boy Is Mine." Bonus point for knowing the year. 2. Put these Michael Jackson hits in chronological order: "Thriller," "Black or White," "Billie Jean" and "Bad." 3. Which hard-rock Foreigner song from 1977 was used in the movie "Superbad" in 2007 and was then picked up by former "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry on his debut album? 4. Which two artists cut "Ebony and Ivory"? 5. Name the two No. 1 hits by the group Mr. Mister. Answers on Page 7...

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PAW'S CORNER By Sam Mazzotta Can You Afford a New Pet? DEAR PAW'S CORNER: I'm interested in adopting a puppy from our local shelter. However, my friends are giving me conflicting advice. Some say shelter pets are popular because they're cheaper than purebreds -- whatever that means. Another friend said that pets can be costly and that her puppy has already racked up thousands of dollars in vet bills. What's your advice? -- Tabitha in Little Rock DEAR TABITHA: I'd say continue going with your gut on this decision. You're wisely weighing the advice your friends have given, now add a bit of research to the process. The financial aspect of pet ownership is well worth considering. Your friend encountered unplanned medical bills. While certainly no one wants her pet to get sick, it's important to acknowledge that it can happen. Pets have plenty of regular medical expenses as well, including annual checkups, vaccinations and tags. A recent column by Kristen Sullivan at ( discusses some of the costs pet owners should plan for before adopting a pet. How much will the initial adoption cost? (Most shelters charge a fee at adoption that generally includes payment for spaying/neutering, among other things.) How much will you pay for food, equipment, training and toys? Figuring these expenses into the household budget is important. A "reality check" that goes beyond the dollars-and-cents reckoning also is important: Can you meet all of a pet's needs? The ASPCA has a list of 10 questions to ask yourself before adopting ( adoption-tips/questions-to-ask-before-adopting.html). If, after taking the above steps and doing your homework as well as possible, you decide not to adopt a pet, don't beat yourself up. You're concerned about providing a great home for a dog -- and you have to be financially and emotionally prepared to do so. I wish you the best, no matter what your decision. Send your tips, questions and comments to Paw's Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail them to pawscorner@ (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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"The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President" by Taylor Branch (Simon & Schuster, $35) Reviewed by Larry Cox

Answers To Sports Quiz 1. It was 1907-08. 2. Pitcher Brian Anderson. 3. The University of Houston did it in 1987. 4. Phoenix had 173 points in a game in 1990. 5. Three, with a high of 45 goals for Ottawa in 2002-03. 6. Mike Aulby and Tommy Jones. 7. Silver Spoon finished fifth in 1959. Answers To Flashback 1. Brandy and Monica, two single-name R&B artists, cut the song in 1998. It spent weeks at the top of the charts. 2. "Billie Jean" (1983), "Thriller" (1984), "Bad" (1987) and "Black or White" (1991). 3. "Feels Like the First Time." 4. Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder in 1982. The song stayed at the No. 1 position on the Billboard charts for seven weeks. 5. "Broken Wings" in 1985 and "Kyrie" in 1986. The sound at the start of "Broken Wings" is said to be the crash of a cymbal played in reverse. Answers To Trivia Test 1. The heel bone, or calcaneus 2. A telephone number 3. Cape Alava, Wash. 4. Three 5. Frederick Douglass 6. Not of sound mind 7. Going to school 8. Ruff 9. Up to 130,000 mph. 10. Pine Valley, Pa.


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If you're a political junkie, this fascinating new book should be at the top of your reading list. Be forewarned, however, that it has more twists, turns and surprises than a wellwritten novel. Clinton approached journalist Taylor Branch shortly after his election to the presidency in 1992 and asked if he would to be his in-house historian. Branch agreed, instead, to help Clinton create an unfiltered, verbatim, contemporaneous record with the primary goal to preserve uncensored raw material for future historians and Clinton's post-presidential memoir. With that in mind, Branch began slipping in and out of the White House armed with a tape recorder. Branch and President Clinton met 79 times, mostly in the informal setting of the White House family quarters. As might be imagined, Clinton spoke candidly and shared many of the private thoughts he had that could not be revealed publicly. The topics included everything from war and peace to his personal interactions with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. The actual tapes of the conversations were given to Clinton, who kept them in his sock drawer. After each meeting, Branch dictated a second tape that included his impressions of the topics covered and his personal take on Clinton's moods and manner. The result is a book that contains many surprises. For example, there is a startling account of the night a drunken President Boris Yeltsin tripped security alarms by sneaking out in his underwear to hail a taxi for late-night pizza. Equally fascinating are Clinton's observations in 2000 concerning George W. Bush and John McCain. He saw Bush as a gifted campaigner but unqualified to be president, and McCain as qualified but with no idea of how to run. "The Clinton Tapes" offers an incredibly revealing view of one of this country's most brilliant, beleaguered and perplexing presidents. Political reporting does not get much better than this. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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