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October is the time to celebrate Auto Battery Safety Month, Cookbook Month, National Dental Hygiene Month and National Liver Awareness Month. Let’s see what else is on the calendar for this time of year. •Dictionary Day is October 16, the birthday of Noah Webster. Webster, a 1778 graduate of Yale, began writing America’s first dictionary at age 43, wrapping up the job of 70,000 entries at age 70. He was responsible for changing some of the old English spellings, such as “colour” to “color” and “musick” to “music.” •The National Mole Day Foundation urges you to celebrate National Mole Day on October 23. Does that mean it’s time to be kind to those furry little fellows that wreak havoc on your lawn? Not at all! It’s a day to get excited about the mole, a basic measuring unit in chemistry, and to memorize Avogadro’s number, 6.024 x 10 to the 23rd power. That’s the formula that defines the amount of atomic mass units in a gram. It’s the amount of a substance that equals the quantity containing as many units as there are atoms in 0.012 kg of Carbon-12. It might actually be easier to be kind to the furry animal! turn the page for more! •October is a big month for monuments. President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on an October day in 1886. The statue, officially called the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, had been received from France the previous June in 350 separate parts and was assembled over the next four months. In October 1941, South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore was completed after 14 years of work by sculptor Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers. Unfortunately, Borglum didn’t get to see his 60-foot (18-m) carvings completed, as he died just months before the

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OCTOBER OCCASIONS (continued): monument was done. Construction was completed on the St. Louis Arch in October 1965, following 32 months of work. Officially known as the Gateway Arch or Gateway to the West, it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States, towering 630 feet (192 m) over the city of St. Louis. When the structure was completed, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an order that any aviators who flew under the arch would receive a hefty fine and have their pilot’s license revoked. At least 10 pilots have disobeyed the edict. Only once have fliers been permitted — during the July 4th festivities of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976. • Germany’s Oktoberfest got its start in 1810, celebrating the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The royal couple invited the citizens of Munich to join in their wedding festivities, and the following year, all the merriment was repeated, beginning the tradition of a 16-day Oktoberfest each year. The Munich commemoration is the world’s largest fair, drawing more than five million people every autumn. • October 25 is set aside as St. Crispin’s Day as a tribute to Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers. According to legend, Crispin, who lived in Rome during the third century, preached during the day and produced shoes at night. Tradition states that he was beheaded for teaching the gospel. •On her 63rd birthday in October of 1901, retired schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor and her cat climbed into an oak pickle barrel padded with a mattress and plunged over Niagara Falls. She was the first person to

Vet Uncovers Huge Medical-Claims Scam We should all give big thumbs-up, as well as a mega thank you, to disabled Vietnam veteran Richard West for uncovering a massive medical-claims scam. It started with a trip to the dentist where West, of Tuckerton, N.J., was told he’d maxed out his Medicaid benefits. Didn’t make sense to West, so he checked his records. What followed was a sevenyear effort to expose the truth: The 40-state Maxim Healthcare Services toted up $61 million in scammed money for claims to Medicaid and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In some cases, the bills were falsified; in other cases, the bills were for care that wasn’t provided. No one in the federal government would listen. Eventually, West had to hire an attorney and file a federal lawsuit. That finally got their attention. With fines and reimbursements, Maxim has been nailed for $150 million. Of this, $20 million is criminal penalty, the VA is getting $8.4 million, the federal government is getting $70 million, and $60 million is going back to the 40-plus states that incurred losses. West himself is getting $15.4 million as his reward for his whistleblower efforts. Which is as it should be. Whether you’re getting a little care or a lot of care, check your records. Keep a calendar of medical appointments, the dates you get treatment or the times a health worker comes to your home. If you see something wrong on the bills, call the VA hotline as a start. Now they’re sure to listen. Then call your state’s Attorney General office. If you want to read the United State Attorney’s Office press release, go to html and put Maxim Healthcare Services in the search box.

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survive the ride. The barrel, held together with seven iron hoops, also contained an anvil for maintaining balance. With the goal of financial security, Taylor aimed to capitalize on her adventure. After collecting meager earnings promoting her feat, she died penniless at age 83. Although she only received a minor concussion and a small cut on her head, she said, “If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat. I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces, than make another trip over the Falls.” • In October of 1908, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. And that’s the last time they’ve won it to date; the team has gone 102 years without a championship, the longest of any major North American professional sports team. • That famous silent film “The Sheik,” starring Rudolph Valentino, premiered in October of 1921. Unfortunately, the Italian “Latin Lover,” born Rodolpho Alfonzo Rafaelo Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla, died just 10 years later at age 31 of peritonitis. And speaking of name changes, Rudolph’s wife Natacha Rambova changed hers slightly as well; she was born Winifred Hudnut! • In 1962, before London Bridge really could fall down, the city of London made plans to replace the 1831 structure, which could no longer support its heavy traffic load. As early as 1924, the east side of the bridge’s foundation was sinking under the weight. In 1968, London sold the bridge to a U.S. oil executive for $2.4 million and thus began the process of dismantling the edifice, carefully numbering each piece to help with reassembly. In October of 1971, the bridge reopened in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and is now the state’s second-biggest tourist attraction, with only the Grand Canyon drawing more visitors. • The “Crash of ‘29” came on October 29, 1929, when the New York Stock Exchange completely collapsed after several days of panic. On “Black Tuesday,” the Dow lost 23 percent of its value, wiping out billions of dollars of wealth in one day. It was the financial ruin of banks, businesses and individuals, which, with soaring unemployment rates, ushered in the 12 years of the Great Depression. • The famous gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, in October 1881 lasted only 30 seconds, with 30 shots fired and three men killed. The Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday were up against the Clanton-McLaury gang, a group of cattle rustlers, thieves and murderers. Two McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton were killed, while Holliday and two of the Earps were wounded. The shootout didn’t really take place in the Corral, but rather in a wide alley six doors east of the Corral’s rear entrance. • The Grand Ole Opry got its start in Nashville in October of 1925 as a one-hour radio broadcast. Featured artists in those early days included The Possum Hunters, The Gully Jumpers and The Fruit Jar Drinkers.

Weekly Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Mars, your ruling planet, begins a journey that will open up a growing number of possibilities. Put that surging Arian energy to good use and explore it to your heart’s content. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) This is the time to prepare for a career move coming up next month. Update your resume. Get those proposals in shape. And don’t forget to buff up that Bovine self-confidence. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your Gemini instincts will guide you to the right people who might be able to help you get over that career impasse that has been holding you back. Expect to make changes. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You’re getting closer, but you still have a ways to go before reaching your goals. Continue to stay focused, no matter how difficult it can be for the easily distracted Moon Child. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your Leonine pride might be keeping you from getting to the source of a disturbing situation. Don’t be shy about asking questions. Remember: Information is power. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) It’s a good time to shake up your tidy little world by doing something spontaneous, like taking an unplanned trip or going on a mad shopping spree. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) This is a good week to get advice on your plans. But don’t act on them until you feel sure that you’ve been told everything you need to know to support your move. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Be careful. You might be probing just a little too deeply into a situation that you find singularly suspicious. The facts you seek will begin to emerge at a later time. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) This is a good week to make new friends and to look for new career challenges. But first, get all those unfinished tasks wrapped up and out of the way. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Relationships need a fresh infusion of tender, loving care. Avoid potential problems down the line. Stay close to loved ones as the month draws to a close. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Aspects favor relationships, whether platonic, professional or personal. On another note: Be a mite more thrifty. You might need some extra money very soon. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) This is the absolute right time to let those often-hidden talents shine their brightest. You’ll impress some very important people with what you can do. BORN THIS WEEK: You are impelled by a need to find truth, no matter how elusive. You would make a wonderful research scientist or an intrepid detective.

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OCTOBER CELEBRITIES This week, let’s see what makes all these October-born celebrities unique. • As the Nazis were bombing Great Britain in October of 1940, Julia Lennon was giving birth to her son John in a Liverpool hospital. She gave him the middle name of Winston, in honor of Prime Minister Churchill. John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi gifted him with a guitar when he was 16, telling him, “The guitar’s all very well as a hobby, John, but you’ll never make a living out of it.” Before long, Lennon had formed his first band, The Quarrymen. Paul McCartney joined up in 1957, followed by George Harrison in 1958. By 1960, they were known as The Beatles. Lennon was returning home from a recording session for a new album when he was gunned down in December of 1980. The album was released after his death as “Milk and Honey.” •Although perhaps best known these days as the stepfather of the Kardashians, Bruce Jenner’s first notoriety came as a result of his Olympic gold medal decathlon feats. He set a world record in the event at the 1976 Montreal games, after a bronze medal in 1972. He has been involved in a variety of endeavors since that time. Even though Jenner hadn’t played basketball since high school, the year after the Olympics, the Kansas City Kings selected him in the 139th pick of the NBA draft. Jenner opted for a career in TV movies and series work, as well as game shows and “The American Sportsman.” He was a successful racecar driver during the 1980s; he plugged the Stair Climber Plus on an infomercial; and he began a career as a motivational speaker and TV sports commentator. In addition to his role on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” he owns Bruce Jenner Aviation, which sells aircraft supplies. Through it all, Jenner has lived with dyslexia and has appeared on the adult educational TV series “Learn to Read.” •The family of comedian, writer and actor Chevy Chase has been around New York a long time. Born Cornelius Crane Chase in October of 1943, Chase is a 14thgeneration New Yorker, tracing his Manhattan ancestors OCTOBER CELEBRITIES (continued): back to 1624; two former NYC mayors are among them. Although he was listed in the Social Register at a young age, that didn’t keep him from working odd jobs such as cab driver, busboy, supermarket produce manager, wine store manager and theater usher. Many members of Chase’s family have been involved in the arts, including his book editor/writer father, concert pianist mother, opera singer grandmother, artist grandfather and painter great-uncle. As valedictorian of his high school class, he had ambitions of becoming a doctor. But his comedic nature won out, even resulting in expulsion from Haverford College for bringing a cow into a campus building. Although famous as one of “Saturday Night Live’s” original cast members, he was actually hired on the show as a writer, and became a cast member during rehearsals.

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1. In 2010, Carlos Gonzalez became the 5th Colorado Rockies player to win an N.L. batting title. Name two of the first four to do it. 2. Name the last major-league team to hit .300 or better for a season. 3. Which college football team, entering 2011, had a longer streak of double- digit-win seasons: Boise State or Virginia Tech? 4. Who held the Boston Celtics record for assists in a season before Rajon Rondo set a new mark of 794 in 2009-10. 5. How many times have the Vancouver Canucks been in the Stanley Cup Finals? 6. By the time another driver (Cale Yarborough) had won the Daytona 500 a second time, how many times had Richard Petty won it? 7. Of the past 12 Wimbledon women’s tennis singles finals (2000-2011), three were not won by either of the Williams sisters (Venus and Serena). Who won them?

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My dad was a pretty successful guy. He’s since retired, but back in the day he was into Sinatra, Sun Recordsera Elvis and, of course, my mom. He didn’t have a problem ‘fessing up to that, either. He was the same man that intervened when I clearly had an affair with the Mets in 1986 and flirted with Ken O’Brien and the Jets in ‘85. No way he was raising a kid who didn’t root for the Yankees and Giants. The Nets didn’t exist, because only the Knicks really ever played the Garden with regularity. Rangers? Obviously ... but only because the Devils seemed a bit weird to a Catholic, and the Islanders ... they belonged to the Island. Nowadays when I visit the folks, I know the old man is still into Mom and Elvis is still the presumed “King,” but the only time I hear Sinatra played in their home is when the Yankees win a ballgame and their 55 million-inch flat screen with surround, seek-anddestroy sound blares the game’s best anthem (that’d be “New York, New York” for the uninitiated or the 135-year-olds among us who still cling to their peanuts and Crackerjack or “Casey at Bat.”) But I’m not a dinosaur yet. I’ve known for quite some time that Eminem was among the recognized leaders of the rap world, and the first time I saw Jay-Z on the charts and learned he was from Brooklyn, I got it ... it was a reference to the J and Z line on the subway. But it took me a few deadlines and the near constant rotation of the two off the hipster section’s iPod’s before I understood the intelligence that Jay-Z had and why

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audiophiles considered Em’s work touchstones of his era. I’m a Beatles fan. They were the first “stadium” band, and their concerts at Shea and Candlestick are the stuff of legend. And just like Ali shocked the world with the rope-a-dope, John Lennon played a joke on everybody at those concerts, singing “Help!” and “I’m a Loser (and I’m not what I appear to be)” in front of fans who weren’t listening. Well, pay attention, folks. Jay-Z says he’s the new Sinatra, that he sells more Yankee caps than a Yankee can. I can’t say I disagree. But Sinatra didn’t buy the Nets and move them to Brooklyn. Add Rhianna to the bridge, and suddenly Brooklyn is New York, New York. And say what you will ... but that Eminem commercial aired during the Super Bowl, you know, the one where he drives down 8-mile in a Chrysler? Ever since then, Detroit has been lights out. The Tigers won their division and have the best pitcher in the game wearing their chain. The Lions look like Super Bowl contenders. Both hooked up for stadium shows in each other’s city last year. As I write this, the Yankees and Tigers are heading into a fifth game, deciding playoff showdown. The “Big Three” are in the black, a new skyscraper is steadily rising from Ground Zero. The synergy between both cities is suddenly clear. Boston and Chicago may be the preferred rivals of each town, but as my dad and ol’ Blue Eyes would surely agree, and as emphasized by the two biggest pop stars in a generation for Brooklyn and Detroit, surprisingly, it’s very clear ... the best is yet to come. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City.

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Octoberfest Meatballs Octoberfest or Oktoberfest? Which way do you spell it? We may have Americanized a traditional German celebration, but we certainly have embraced the best of their traditions -- from polka music to hardy fare. 16 ounces extra-lean ground sirloin or turkey breast 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon purchased graham cracker crumbs 1 teaspoon apple pie spice 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat tomato soup 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter-flavored cooking spray. 2. In a large bowl, combine meat, applesauce, graham cracker crumbs and apple pie spice. Form into 12 (2-inch) meatballs. Place meatballs in prepared baking dish. 3. In a small bowl, combine tomato soup, onion flakes and parsley flakes. Spoon soup mixture evenly over meatballs. Cover and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. 4. For each serving, place 2 meatballs on a plate and evenly spoon sauce mixture over top. Serves six. • Each serving equals: About 208 calories, 8g fat, 14g protein, 20g carb., 328mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Meat, 1 Starch/Carb.

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• On Oct. 29, 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, English adventurer and favorite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, is beheaded in London, under a sentence brought against him 15 years earlier. He had been released to establish a gold mine in South America. • On Oct. 27, 1873, an Illinois farmer named Joseph Glidden submits an application to the U.S. Patent Office for his design for a fencing wire with sharp barbs. Glidden’s two-strand barb wire design changed the face of the American West. • On Oct. 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicates The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, in New York Harbor. Originally known as “Liberty Enlightening the World,â€? the statue was to commemorate the Franco-American alliance during the American Revolution. • On Oct. 24, 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Taylor reached the shore alive, if a bit battered, 20 minutes after her journey began. • On Oct. 30, 1938, Orson Welles causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worldsâ€? -- a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth. The radio hoax included an announcement of a large meteor crash in New Jersey and the annihilation of 7,000 National Guardsmen. • On Oct. 25, 1944, during the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze suicide bombers against U.S. warships for the first time. More than 1,321 Japanese pilots crash-dived their planes into Allied warships during World War II.

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• On Oct. 26, 1986, Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner lets an easy ground ball dribble between his legs and roll down the right-field line during the 10th inning of the sixth game of the World Series. The game was tied and, thanks to Buckner’s error, the runner on third had time to score, winning the game for the Mets and forcing a tiebreaking seventh game -which, in the final innings, the Mets also won.





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Reader: Are Strays a Threat to Housecats? By Samantha Mazzotta

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We have several apparently stray cats that can be seen wandering the neighborhood in the early morning and at night. I’m not sure where they came from, but there is a large stand of pine trees and scrub behind our subdivision. I’m afraid to let my cats out even during the day, as I worry they could come in contact with or be attacked by one of these strays. What can I do? -- Gary in Tampa DEAR GARY: Contact your local animal-control office about the stray cats. They may be a colony of feral cats -cats that have lived their entire lives apart from humans. If so, they most likely can’t be socialized. This is an ongoing problem in Florida, particularly, as feral cat colonies grow in suburban areas. And yes, it makes going outside somewhat dangerous for your housecats. If possible, keep them indoors at all times. If you have a screened enclosure, they can hang out there, as long as the screen has no holes that would allow them to escape.

“Mystery shopper opportunities” are making a resurgence in email boxes. Yes, there are legitimate companies. If you’ve been working for one for a long time and are happy with them, feel free to continue. But if you want to get started now, don’t. Wading through the myriad offers and trying to decide which are on the level is asking for trouble. When you sign up, you’re likely to be asked for your name, address, email address and bank account information for “instant” receipt of your pay via wire transfer. That’s too much information for a company you don’t know. You also may be asked to pay a fee to sign up, or for “certification.” Barring that, chances are that the only “shopping” you’ll be asked to do will involve receiving checks in the mail with instructions to take out your fee and send them the balance of the money by MoneyGram. The check will end up being no good, and you’ll be out the money you wired to them. If someone offers to pay a ridiculous amount of money to a stranger for a minimal amount of work, think “scam.” One inventive scam involves offers to pay people to put advertising signs on their cars and drive around. Amounts offered are up to $1,000 in advance and then $500 per week to drive around with a vinyl sign stuck to your car. You don’t have to answer any questions, such as about the number of miles you drive or where you drive. A legitimate advertiser

Keep your cats’ immunizations up to date, as diseases like FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and rabies are common among feral cat populations. If one of your cats is attacked or you see it in contact with a feral cat, take your cat straight to the vet. Now, it is possible that animal control will not trap the cats wandering your neighborhood. Or, they may catch them, yet you’ll see more cats turn up. What some animal welfare groups are doing -- since shelters are full already -- is trapping the cats, having them spayed or neutered and given immunizations, and then releasing them back to their colony. The hope is that fewer breeding cats will reduce the feral population.

would want to know where his ads would be seen. Your payment will be in the form of a check, which you are instructed to cash, take out your fee, and send the balance by Western Union back to the company. Do you see a pattern here? Another scam can reach us right where we live: our homes. Home security systems are designed to make us feel safer. The Federal Trade Commission has investigated numerous complaints involving high-pressure sales tactics, shoddy merchandise and more. The warning signs: Someone (likely part of a roving team) comes to your door, impersonating a representative of the monitoring company you already use. You’re told your old system is deficient in some way, and that the new equipment itself is free if you’ll just sign a contract. For more details on how to protect yourself, check the FTC site at

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got general liability protection in case driving his car resulted in someone’s death or injury, or in case property was damaged. • High-quality opals can be more valuable than diamonds. • It was 19th-century American humorist Josh Billings who made the following sage observation: “Don’t mistake pleasure for happiness. They’re a different breed of dog.” • Those who study such things say that the immortal bard, William Shakespeare, used a grand total of 17,677 words in his works. (That must have been a tedious calculation.) They also say that fully one-tenth of those words had never been used in writing before. • If you’re like the average American, you eat approximately 10 pounds of chocolate every year. • You might be surprised to learn that the first automobile insurance policy was sold way back in 1897. One Gilbert J. Loomis of Dayton, Ohio, was evidently concerned about the potential damage that could be done by his newly acquired car, so he

• If you are of a certain age, you might remember that in the mid-1960s, root beer-flavored milk was available for purchase. Then again, you might not; the marketing experiment was a flop and the product was pulled in short order. • When people who are blind from birth dream, they don’t see images; instead, they hear and feel the dream. For this reason, it’s said that their dreams can seem much more real. Those who become blind later in life do see images in their dreams, but the images fade the longer they live without sight. • In the early 1900s, the average American got about nine hours of sleep every night. (I presume that statistic excludes the parents of new babies, who have been sleep-deprived since time immemorial.) *** Thought for the Day: “Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.” -- George Sewell

1. Andres Galarraga (1993), Todd Helton (2000), Matt Holliday (2007) and Larry Walker (1998, ‘99, 2001). 2. The Boston Red Sox hit .302 in 1950. 3. Virginia Tech had seven seasons (200410), while Boise State had five (2006-10). 4. Bob Cousy had 715 assists in the 195960 season. 5. Three times -- 1982, 1994 and 2011. 6. Five times -- 1964, ‘66, ‘71, ‘73 and ‘74. 7. Maria Sharapova (2004), Amelie Mauresmo (‘06) and Petra Kvitova (‘11).

1. “Who’s That Girl” 2. Names of winds that affect different regions of the world: (sirocco/ Mediterranean; mistral/France; Chinook/western North America) 3. Every three years 4. Jonathan Demme 5. Cell 6. Flash Gordon 7. 1898 8. Concord, Mass. 9. Freyja 10. Ireland

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Tidbits of Mississippi Gulf Coast Issue 8

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