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SEPTEMBER BABIES (continued): of Alabama’s Crimson Tide, led his charges to six national championships during his 25 years at the post. Tom Landry guided his Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl victories and five NFC titles during his 29 seasons with the team. He holds the NFL record for the most consecutive winning seasons with 20, from 1966 to 1985. • Tommy Lee Jones, of “The Fugitive” and “Men in Black” fame, is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in English. While at Harvard, he was the football team’s offensive tackle during their undefeated 1968 season and was named to the first-team All-Ivy League roster. His college roommate also went on to great things. That person was Al Gore, later to become vice president under President Bill Clinton. In his free time, Jones is a San Antonio Spurs fan. Of Cherokee ancestry, he also is fluent in Spanish. •Country singer Patsy Cline accomplished much in her short five-and-a-half year career. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley, she was a Grand Ole Opry star at age 26 and the No. 1 female artist at 29. Her recording of “I Fall to Pieces” was Song of the Year for 1962. She initially disliked what has become her signature song, “Crazy,” written by fellow country artist Willie Nelson. Cline was nearly killed in a head-on collision in 1961 and cheated

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their attempt to shield consumers from injury, they list some rather bizarre safety precautions. This week, we bring you some actual warnings found on a variety of products. • Boxes of Christmas lights were distributed with the counsel, “For indoor or outdoor use only.” The question is, what other kind of use is there? • Even though it seems to be the purpose of pepper spray, the warning on one brand of this selfdefense item reads, “May irritate eyes.” The same goes for the advisory on a popular nighttime sleep aid: “Warning, may cause drowsiness.” • Fishermen, try to avoid the temptation to ingest your three-prong hooked fishing lure, because, after all, it’s “harmful if swallowed.” • You probably won’t be tempted to disobey the warning found on one electronic thermometer: “Do not use orally after using rectally.” Similarly, one well-known brand of toilet brush directs, “Do not use for personal hygiene.” Don’t worry! Most folks won’t even think of it! • Do-it-yourselfers, beware! You are advised not to use a 12-inch compact disk storage rack as a ladder. Likewise, your electric drill might carry the warning found on one manufacturer’s brand, “This product not intended for use as a dental drill.” And if you haven’t read the owner’s manual for your chainsaw, you may have missed the admonition, “Do not attempt to stop the blade with your hand.” • The wrapper of a popular fruit roll-up states, “Remove plastic before eating.” You’d think it would just taste better that way! • In case you’re trying to take care of all your pets at the same time, one brand of dog shampoo has a label informing users, “The contents of this bottle should not be fed to fish.” • We’ve all been in a hurry in the morning, and perhaps that’s what prompted the warning on a popular household iron, “Never iron clothes while they are being worn.” And by all means, follow the precautions on your hair dryer, “Do not use in shower. Never use while sleeping.” • The next time you take your little one out for a ride in the stroller, you might want to read the label on the contraption that states, “Caution, remove baby before folding stroller.” • If you recall the winter days of your childhood, perhaps the words of warning on a snow sled ring true: “Beware, sled may develop high speed under certain snow conditions.” • Bicyclists and roller-bladers should be aware of the hazards associated with shin guards —“Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not cover.” That seems to make sense! • Not that you planned to, but the next time you’re changing the cartridge in your laser printer, “Do not eat toner.” • The warning label on a certain children’s cold medicine is designed to ensure that its 6- to 12-year-old users don’t operate any heavy machinery because this product can cause drowsiness. These youngsters should also consult a health professional before use if they’re pregnant. • Be advised when choosing your child’s superhero costume for Halloween as, “This cape does not give the wearer the ability to fly.”

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EDITORS: Please ensure that all pamphlet offers include price and all other information. Laxatives Have Gotten an Unfair Reputation DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For the past two years, my husband has been trying to deal with constipation. We have tried everything -- lots of fruits and vegetables, prunes and fiber. He takes a spoonful of mineral oil daily. He is active and plays golf twice a week and walks 2 miles on the other mornings. A lifelong fear of becoming dependent on laxatives prevents him from taking any. We are at a loss about what to do. Any suggestions you make are appreciated. -- J.H. ANSWER: A lack of fluids, too little fiber and inactivity are the major causes of constipation. Laxatives used to be thought of as dangerous remedies, to be used sparingly if at all. People do not develop a “laxative habit,” and their colons are not harmed by them. Your husband has done all he can without any results. It is much unhealthier for him to strain to eliminate than it is to take a laxative. He can use whichever one he wants. MiraLAX is a reliable one. Mineral oil is not great idea. If the oil goes down the wrong way and enters the lungs, it can cause big trouble. Once the laxative has restored normal movements, your husband ought to stay on his high-fiber diet. Fiber doesn’t always end constipation, but it does keep one regular. Establishing a morning routine often works. Feeding a baby calls for a diaper change shortly thereafter. The brain sends a signal to the infant’s colon to empty. The same reflex works in adults, but we have dulled it deliberately. It can be restored by drinking a caffeinated

Going Organic Organic food often comes with a hefty price. It is possible, however, to find food that’s good for us at a cost that isn’t going to break the bank. The first step is to learn the differences between “100 percent organic,” “organic” and “70 percent organic.” Go online to www.usda.gov and put “National Organic Program” in the search box. Look for “Understanding Organic.” Decide how to spend your food money to give your family the best health benefit for the dollar. If you can bake your own breads, then you might want to limit your organic shopping to fruits and vegetables that you can’t grow. Or if you can grow those, but can’t have chickens, spend your money there. There’s an online list, sometimes called The Dirty Dozen, of 12 foods that have high rates of pesticide contamination, even after being washed: Nectarines, Celery, Pears, Peaches, Apples, Cherries, Strawberries, Imported Grapes, Spinach, Potatoes, Bell Peppers and Red Raspberries. Consider spending your money on organic versions of those, instead of the thickerskinned fruits and vegetables that have a lower rate of pesticides: Asparagus, Avocados, Bananas, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Corn, Kiwi, Mangoes, Onions, Papaya, Pineapples and Sweet Peas. Buy in-season. See what’s at the store or market, and

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Old-Fashioned Ice Cream With a Modern Twist Making ice cream at home is an old-fashioned way to have a cool summer treat. You can make ice cream at home without a machine by using a few simple techniques. Freezing the custard-based ice-cream recipe below (or anything that goes from a liquid to a solid form) means the formation of hard ice crystals. A machine churns the ice-cream mixture constantly, breaking up the crystals. If you’re not using a machine, you can break up the ice crystals by using a spatula, whisk or hand-held mixer to create a smooth, creamy dessert. The trick to avoiding ice crystals is to use a large amount of sugar. Sugar lowers the freezing point of the ice-cream mixture so that large crystals are unable to form. Always use cooked or pasteurized eggs or an egg substitute in your ice cream to avoid any foodborne illness (food poisoning). If using a recipe with eggs, the base should be heated to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit and then cooled. This temperature will kill any salmonella, if present. Another tip to making smooth, creamy ice cream is to make sure everything you use is cold. After you make the ice-cream mixture, cover it and allow to chill overnight in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to freeze the mixture, place it into a metal container that has been wrapped tightly in a plastic bag and placed in the freezer for several hours. This will cut down on freezing time. Pouring the ice-cream mixture into a shallow container with lots of surface area (which has been wrapped tightly in a plastic bag and placed in the freezer for hours) is another way to get it to freeze rapidly. The only downside of this homemade mixture (if you want to call it that) is that this ice cream needs to be eaten within a week after it’s made for best quality. HOMEMADE VANILLA ICE CREAM 4 cups heavy cream 2 (14 ounce) cans Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 6 tablespoons butter, melted

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You don’t have to sleep in a tent in the woods to enjoy a campfire cookout. Just gather everyone in the back yard with plenty of blankets to sit on, a telescope to watch the falling stars and a table filled with tasty “outdoor” foods. This main dish just might be the “star” of the menu! 16 ounces skinned and boned chicken breast, cut into 4 pieces 1 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 cup chopped red bell pepper 1 cup chopped onion 2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed 1/2 cup fat-free Catalina dressing 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 tea-

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1. Using a large bowl, whip heavy cream to stiff peaks and set aside. Using another bowl, whisk sweetened condensed milk, butter and vanilla together until well-combined. Gently fold in the whipped cream. 2. Place the bowl of ice-cream mixture into another large bowl filled with ice water. Let it set in the cold water until the mixture is cold, or cover the ice-cream mixture with Saran or plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to chill overnight. 3. Proceed with the recipe below to freeze the ice cream, or use the variations to create other flavors. Makes 1/2 gallon of ice cream. Variations: Cinnamon Bun Ice Cream Add in 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon to the recipe above and decrease the vanilla extract from 1 1/2 tablespoons to 1/2 teaspoon and proceed with the ice-cream preparation recipe below. Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Mix 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips into the vanilla icecream recipe above and decrease the vanilla extract from 1 1/2 tablespoons to 1/2 teaspoon and proceed with the ice-cream preparation recipe below. Choco-Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream Add in the 1/2 cup Nutella Hazelnut Spread and 1 cup peanut butter chips to the vanilla ice-cream recipe above. Decrease the vanilla extract from 1 1/2 tablespoons to 1/2 teaspoon and proceed with the ice-cream preparation recipe below. To Prepare the Ice Cream: 1. Stir the chilled ice-cream mixture and then pour it into a 4-quart container (preferably a chilled metal or a shallow plastic container) or two 2-quart containers. Cover with plastic or Saran wrap. 2. After 45 minutes, check the mixture to see if it is freezing near the edges. Remove it from the freezer and stir vigorously with a hand-held mixer, stick blender, spatula or whisk to break up any frozen sections and to make the mixture smooth. Cover and return ice cream to freezer. 3. Keep checking every 30 minutes to see if the ice cream is freezing near the edges. Stir vigorously (by hand with a spatula or whisk, or with the electric mixer or stick blender). It will likely take 3 to 4 hours to be frozen and ready to serve. The ice cream will be good for one week.

spoon dried parsley flakes 1 1/2 teaspoons chili seasoning 1. Cut 4 (24-inch) pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Lightly spray each piece with butter-flavored cooking spray. Arrange 1 chicken piece in center of each. In a medium bowl, combine green pepper, red pepper and onion. Spoon 3/4 cup vegetable mixture over each chicken piece. Sprinkle 1/2 cup corn over top of each. 2. In small bowl, combine dressing, parsley and chili seasoning. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons dressing mixture over top of each bundle. Wrap and double seal each. Place packets over grill at medium heat. Grill for 18 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Makes 4 servings. • Each serving equals: 270 calories, 3g fat, 26g protein, 35g carb., 431mg sodium, 5g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 3 Meat, 1 1/2 Starch, 1 1/2 Vegetable.

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• On Sept. 16, 1620, the Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was headed for Virginia, but stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower off course. On Nov. 21, the “Pilgrims” arrived in Massachusetts. • On Sept. 15, 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, the British launch a major offensive against the Germans, employing tanks for the first time. Although slow, the tanks showed promise and hundreds more were ordered. • On Sept. 17, 1923, a fire threatens the University of California at Berkeley, kills two people and causes $10 million in damages. Homeowners fought the flames with garden hoses and buckets, and students from the University of California pitched in, as the fire came right to the campus gates. • On Sept. 13, 1936, 17-year-old Cleveland Indians pitching ace “Rapid” Robert Feller strikes out 17 batters in a game, setting a new American League record. Feller allowed just two hits to help his team to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia A’s. • On Sept. 12, 1940, a collection of 600 prehistoric cave paintings and 1,500 engravings are discovered in a grotto near Montignac, France. The 5,000- to 17,000-year-old paintings consisted mostly of animal representations. The Lascaux grotto’s main cavern is 66 feet wide and 16 feet high.

1. Between 2004 and 2009, the Angels won the A.L. West Division every year except one. Who else won it, and when? 2. How many times did Boston’s Ted Williams lead the American League in RBIs for a season?

• On Sept. 14, 1964, writer John Steinbeck is presented the U.S. Medal of Freedom. Steinbeck had already received numerous honors and awards for his writing, including the 1962 Nobel Prize, and the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for “The Grapes of Wrath.” He also wrote “Tortilla Flat,” “East of Eden” and the novella “Of Mice and Men.” • On Sept. 18, 1987, cesium-137 is removed from an abandoned cancer-therapy machine in Brazil. Junkyard workers, fascinated by the glowing blue stone inside and completely unaware of its dangers, distributed pieces to friends, relatives and neighbors. Hundreds of people were eventually poisoned by radiation from the substance, and 40 contaminated homes had to be demolished.

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I read a recent column of yours where an owner said her cat tended to scratch and nip at her without warning. You said that the cat might have some socialization problems due to being a shelter pet, or might be experiencing some stress. Could I add that cats that are perfectly “normal” and loving also will scratch or nip if they are surprised or feel otherwise threatened. It’s natural. -- Cat Fan in Chicago DEAR CAT FAN: You’re right; many cats will turn and scratch or nip when surprised. Others will bat or scratch at strangers or even family members who reach out to them. Why? Well, like humans, cats have varying levels of “personal space,” so to speak. And because they’re fiercely independent, many have specific likes and dislikes -- opinions that can vary from family member to family member. It’s important to approach a cat, or any animal, with respect. Never sneak up behind or grab at a cat, and don’t yell or make loud noises. Approach from an angle where it can see you clearly, and speak in a calm, reassuring voice. Hold out your hand for inspection, and let the cat come to you. It’s possible to figure out the most important signals just from this move. If it sniffs at your hand, rubs its whiskers against it and backs away, the cat’s not interested in being picked up or petted at the moment. If it approaches you after rubbing its whiskers against your hand, you’re welcome to pet it. If it allows you to gently pick it up and doesn’t struggle, great. If it jumps into your lap, you belong to it (just kidding -- sort of!). Send your question or comment to ask@pawscorner. com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www. pawscorner.com.

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• When Great Britain’s current Queen Elizabeth -- then Princess Elizabeth -- wed Prince Philip, their wedding cake weighed a whopping 500 pounds. • As legend has it, in 1288, when Dusseldorf, Germany, was granted its city charter, children all over the city began turning cartwheels for joy. The cartwheel has been an enduring part of the culture there ever since, and in 1937 the city even inaugurated an annual international cartwheel championship. • Those who study such things claim that when you’re playing Monopoly, you’re likely to land on Illinois Avenue and the B&O Railroad more than on any other squares. *** Thought for the Day: “I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don’t.” -- W. Somerset Maugham

1. Oakland won the A.L. West by four games over the Angels in 2006. 2. Four -- 1939, 1942, 1947 and 1949 (tied for the lead). 3. Warren Sapp, in 1994. 4. Dale Ellis in 1989 and Glen Rice in 1995. 5. In 2005-06, four rookies did it (Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Marek Svatos and Petr Prucha). 6. The Allisons had 94 victories, and the Waltrips had 88. 7. Two -- 1971 and 1980.

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