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His close friend and intended star of the documentary, extreme skier Arne Backstrom, had fallen and died while attempting to scale the 18,897-foot Nevado Pisco. • “Solitaire” is Waggoner’s third project with his company, Sweetgrass Productions. He recently spent a season in Hokkaido, Japan, filming another upcoming nature documentary. His acclaimed work in just three years has already won him awards, most recently at the International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. • For Willie and Damian Benegas, seeking adventure is a family affair. This past year the two brothers collected samples of the highest living plant life on Earth. Samples were gathered from the flanks of Mt. Everest, over 22,000 feet in the air. • Willie and Damian delivered the collected vegetation to the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as to researchers at Montana State University. These samples will be used to help scientists investigate how climate change might affect our food production in the future. The brothers also brought back samples of rock near the summit of Everest for microbial study. It is hoped that these samples may provide insight into the effects of high levels of UV radiation on life at the microscopic level. • 65-year-old writer and Arctic explorer John Turk joined 26-year-old pro kayaker Erik Boomer in a 1,485mile circumnavigation of Ellesmear Island in Canada. This was the last great adventure for Turk, but it was only one of many in a lifetime dedicated to rugged outdoor exploration. • Prior to his final trip with Boomer, Turk had completed a number of memorable climbs and has completed five separate Siberian expeditions in an effort to study Shamanic culture. • The trip required the two sportsmen to drag their kayaks across 800 miles of flat ice. Each kayak was over 13 feet long and weighed over 200 pounds. They began the trip in May, when ice had yet to melt completely, but were able to find pockets of open water after the spring thaw. • Of the many dangers Turk and Boomer faced, the most terrifying were frequent interactions with polar bears. They saw 11 on one day alone, nine of which were aggressive.

Fast-forward two years: Thompson, or whoever he really is, has been caught. In a bar. In Oregon. His pockets were stuffed with multiple false identification documents. The U.S. Marshals have him in hand. He’s accused of conning well-meaning folks out of $100 million over eight years. Let me repeat that amount: One Hundred. Million. Dollars. Think what that money could have bought, how many veterans could have been helped had the money been used for legitimate purposes. If there is that much money being donated to veterans causes, if there are that many people opening their wallets, that’s fantastic, but let’s get it right. Know where that money is really going, and how it’s going to be used. If you want to donate money, check out the organization first. Use these websites to do your research: Charity Navigator: Charity Watch: GuideStar:

Weekly Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might have to turn your Arian charm up a few degrees if you hope to persuade that persistent pessimist to see the possibilities in your project. Whatever you do, don’t give up. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A “tip” about a co-worker’s “betrayal” might well raise the Bovine’s rage levels. But before charging into a confrontation, let an unbiased colleague do some fact checking. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Although a relationship still seems to be moving too slowly to suit your expectations, it’s best not to push it. Let it develop at its own pace. You’ll soon get news about a workplace change. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A continually changing personal situation makes you feel as if you’re riding an emotional roller coaster. But hold on tight; stability starts to set in early next week. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Believe it or not, someone might dare to say “No!” to the Regal One’s suggestion. But instead of being miffed, use this rebuff to recheck the proposition and, perhaps, make some changes. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might find it difficult to make a decision about a family matter. But delay can only lead to more problems. Seek out trusted counsel and then make that important decision. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Concentrate your focus on what needs to be done, and avoid frittering away your energies on less-important pursuits. There’ll be time later for fun and games. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Although the conflicts seem to be letting up, you still need to be wary of being drawn into workplace intrigues. Plan a special weekend event for family and/or friends. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your quick wit helps you work through an already difficult situation without creating more problems. Creative aspects begin to dominate by the week’s end. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Be patient. You’ll soon receive news about a project that means so much to you. Meanwhile, you might want to reconsider a suggestion you previously turned down. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) There are still some aspects about that new job offer you need to resolve. In the meantime, another possibility seems promising. Be sure to check that out as well. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Opening up your emotional floodgates could leave you vulnerable to being hurt later on. Watch what you say, in order to avoid having your words come back to haunt you. BORN THIS WEEK: You’re usually the life of the party, which gets you on everyone’s invitation list. You also have a flair for politics.

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WRIGLEY FIELD Home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and is one of baseball’s most old-fashioned and famous ballparks. • Built in 1914, Wrigley Field will be going on its 99th season in 2012 and its 97th year with the Cubs. • Wrigley Field is the second oldest major league ballpark in the United States, following behind Boston’s Fenway Park built in 1912. • Wrigley Field seats 41,160 people. • Originally named Weeghman Park in honor of the original owner Charlie Weeghman, it was designed by architect Zachary Taylor Davis and cost $250,000 to construct. It originally sat 14,000. • On April 23, 1914, the first major league game took place at the ballpark, where the Federals defeated Kansas City 9-1. • In 1915, the Federal League folded for financial reasons, making way for the Cubs to leave Cincinnati for Chicago. • In 1920, the Wrigley family, owners of Wrigley chewing gum, purchased the ballpark from Weeghman and changed the name to Cubs Park. In 1926, the name was finally changed to Wrigley Field. •The bleachers and scoreboard were implemented in 1937; the original scoreboard remains intact today and is manually operating. It has never been struck with a batted ball. • A longtime tradition is the flying of a “W” or “L” flag atop the scoreboard at the conclusion of every game signifying either a win or loss. Wrigley Field (Continued): • Wrigley Field has seen many firsts: the first permanent concession stand and the beginning of the traditions of allowing fans to keep foul balls and throwing back home runs hit by the opposing team. • Wrigley Field has also seen many classic moments in baseball history, including the famous pitching duel in 1917 between Jim “Hippo” Vaughn and the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney. • The most famous incident to take place at Wrigley Field is Babe Ruth’s alleged “call shot” in the 1932 World Series, where Ruth pointed toward the outfield just before nailing a home run into the bleachers. • Wrigley Field is more affected by harsh wind conditions than any other Major League ballpark because of nearby Lake Michigan. • The park’s nickname is the Friendly Confines, and it is the last standing Federal League ballpark. • The Cubs, often referred to as “The Lovable Losers,” are famous for never winning a World Series at Wrigley Field, yet they are still one of the most successful franchises in baseball history. • The famous “Da Curse of the Bill Goat” dates back to 1945 at the fourth game of the World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. William “Billy Goat” Sianis and his goat Murphy were removed from the game because of the goat’s odor, and an angered Sianis placed a curse on the Cubs that said they would never win a championship. The Cubs lost game four, the World Series and have not won a World Series since.

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For Advertising Call: (228) 627-7284 Who are you the average of? You are consistently becoming the average of the five people you hang around the most. Now, this is a statement that I heard time and time again as a kid and never really understood what it meant until later in life. I always thought that no matter who my friends were or who I spent time with I would blaze my own trail and grow as much as I could put my mind to. And maybe there was a little truth to my beliefs; maybe I could grow no matter who I was around. I think the back side of the belief is how much could I grow with the people around me and would it be to my full potential. Subconsciously it is only human to emulate what we see and hear the most. I think a simple example of this is that if a child is born with parents and siblings that never speak or write beyond a 2nd grade level then the child will never develop beyond this level. If your group of five is mixed with drug addicts and drunks then there is a high probability that you will eventually pick up the same habits. And even if you do not pick up the habits you will be treated by society as if you did just because of your affiliation. As in sports, when you play against stronger competition your skills will improve, when you play against weaker competition your skills will fall. I am not saying that you should ditch everyone around you but you should take a look at your goals in life and take a hard look at the five people you spend the most time with. If these people are not going to help you get to your goals then maybe it is time for change. Jason C. Poole Your Employment Expert Express Employment Professional Franchisee and Certified Coach and Speaker of the John Maxwell Team. For more information on this topic please contact Jason Poole at

THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta

Mold Is Hazardous to Home and Health Q: For a few months now, I’ve noticed a mildewy odor in the downstairs bathroom. I keep the bathroom clean, and I even pour a cup of vinegar down the drains once a month, but the odor comes back. For now, I’m using an air freshener to mask the smell, but how can I locate and get rid of it? -- Gaia M., Baton Rouge, La. A: That mildew smell is most likely from mold growth. If you can’t visually locate a patch of mildew or mold in the bathroom, such as in lower corners of the wall or the shower, contact a plumber. It’s very likely that a water leak somewhere behind the wall is causing the mold problem. Even a small amount of mold in a home can trigger allergies or breathing problems in many people. It’s also a warning signal that water is damaging important parts of your home -- not just the drywall but the wood framing, sheathing, foundation and more.

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1. Who was the last San Francisco Giants player before Buster Posey in 2010 to have a hitting streak of more than 20 games? Name the last shortstop before Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera in 2011 to have five 2. hits and two home runs in the same game. 3. Who was the youngest player to become a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

4. How many consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances did North Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith have during his career? 5. Only one player has recorded two hat tricks in NHL All-Star Game history. Name him. 6. Who was the first American to score a hat trick in English Premiere League soccer?

7. In 2012, Lindsey Vonn set a women’s skiing World Cup points record for a season with 1,980. Who had held the mark?

A SPORTING VIEW By Mark Vasto Top 5 Sports Apps for iPhone, iPad With something like 10,000 apps out there, you can forgive us for missing one of your favorites, please. Our top five at A Sporting View headquarters: 5. Sports Illustrated It’s free to download, but they do charge you for full editions of the magazine. Still, when you’re tired of reading the blogs and their repetitive, snarky, Jim Romewannabe styling, you’ll see the difference in quality right away. 4. Madden 2012 I think it costs something like $49.99 to buy a copy of Madden football for your console, but I could be wrong. For one thing, nobody calls their consoles “consoles” anymore, and with inflation, I’m sure it costs more. But in iPad world, Madden costs something like $9.99 -- and yeah ... people still complain. For the older, non-gamer fan, it’s a nice challenge. No joystick is needed because you can just point and shoot with the iPad. Tap the screen ... touchdown! 3. ESPN Scorecenter XL It’s not that it’s great, but you have to have ESPN on here somewhere, don’t you? The app is free, it ties into their fantasy leagues, and it gives you the scores.

2. Watch ESPN The name kind of says it all. Watch ESPN on your iPad. (Carrier rates may apply ... better stick to the WiFi.) 1. MLB At Bat 2012 This is the best sports app in the world, and it keeps getting better. It’s one of the handfuls of really incredible things Major League Baseball has offered up to fans, and with every passing year MLB seems to get it more and more. This app has been on the market since 2010, I think, but it doesn’t matter because it’s grown by leaps and bounds ever since. For 14 semoleons -- about the price of one hot dog and a beer at a baseball game -- you get to hear every radio broadcast of every game from both team’s markets (your choice), and when there’s a highlight, it’s streamed to you in video. You also get a game highlight reel after every game and pretty good (not excellent, sorry) sports reporting after every game. There’s even a free MLB TV game of the day. But where the app really excels? The classic pitcher versus batter duel. The app is so strong it can tell you how fast the pitch was when it left the pitcher’s hand and how far it dipped from the mound to the plate in inches. All of the other statistical things you want or need are in the app, too. This is the gold standard. If you’re a baseball lover and you don’t buy this app, you’re not only a fool, but you’re not a baseball lover.

A leaky supply or drainpipe can mean water is dripping behind the walls. A plumber can inspect these pipes without causing damage to the rest of the bathroom. The plumber will then recommend the best action to take to stop the moisture damage and remove the mold. If mold is affecting carpet or wallpaper in the area, you’ll need to replace those items as well. If dampness is a constant problem in the bathroom, make sure the room is getting adequate airflow, even if the original problem is repaired. An exhaust fan is fairly inexpensive and quickly removes humidity from the bathroom -- for example, after a hot shower. In many states a fan is required by building codes, and the plumber likely will recommend you install one if there isn’t one already. HOME TIP: Clean up mold with a mild detergent rather than bleach, which can irritate your lungs. Send your questions, comments and tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

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THE KITCHEN DIVA By Angela Shelf Medearis There is some debate about whether cooked or raw vegetables are better for you. The short answer is -don’t choose, have both!

Caribbean Wrap This light, healthy wrap is a deliciously exotic way to help you meet your weight-loss or maintenance goals. Each serving contains just 485 calories. 2 cups chopped or shredded skinless, boneless white breast meat from a rotisserie chicken, or 1/3 cup dark meat per each cup 2 cups cubed mango 1 cup low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 cup chopped red onion 8 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro 8 cloves garlic, chopped 1 pinch (generous) crushed red pepper 4 (8-inch) 100-calorie whole-wheat tortillas 8 cups mixed greens, tossed with 10 to 15 pumps spray dressing 1/2 cup roasted macadamia nuts

The case for cooking vegetables: Lycopene content in tomatoes is actually increased when tomatoes are cooked. Lycopene is a phytochemical that is responsible for the red color of the tomato. Studies have linked high lycopene intake with lower risk of cancer and heart attacks. It is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help prevent or repair damage to body cells, which is important for decreasing the risk of cancer. They also are thought to improve immune function. Cooking carrots increases the beta carotene content. Beta carotene is an antioxidant that the body converts to vitamin A, another antioxidant. It also helps promote normal vision, protect from infection and regulate the immune system. There also might be additional antioxidant activity in cooked spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, cabbage and peppers. The cooking method found to be the best for preserving antioxidants was boiling or steaming. Frying is not recommended because the antioxidants get used up in the frying process. The case for eating raw vegtables: Sometimes raw vegetables are better. For example, polyphenols, which also are antioxidants, are lost when carrots are cooked. In broccoli, heat damages the enzyme myrosinase. Myrosinase breaks down compounds in broccoli to form another compound called sulforaphane, which may kill precancerous cells. Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant found in many of the vegetables mentioned, can be destroyed by heat. To get the best of both worlds and to put an end to the debate, it’s recommended that we alternate consumption of raw and cooked vegetables to get a variety of nutrients. This recipe for Rainbow Salad With Spicy Tomato Dressing contains both raw and cooked vegetables. There’s no debate -- this dish is great!

1. In a bowl, combine the chicken, mango, black beans, onions, cilantro, garlic and crushed red pepper. Spoon evenly into the tortillas and roll up. Serve each wrap with 2 cups of the mixed greens garnished with the nuts. Serves 4.

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What’s Happening Around Mississippi’s Gulf Coast 11th Catfish Festival- May 24-27 Thursday & Friday 5pm-11pm; Saturday 9am-11pm; Sunday 9am-6pm- St Ann’s Church, 23529 Highway 53, Gulfport, 82-2560, Spectators Free! Soap Box Derby- May 26 9am Location downtown Moss Point, 990-7389, Spectators Free! 34th AAECM “MAY SHOW!”- May 26 9am-3pm D’Iberville City Hall, Automall Pkwy., D’Iberville, 832-7710 or 596-3730, Spectators Free! Sounds By The Sea- May 26-27 6:30pm Nightly May 28- Jones Park, Highway 90, Gulfport May 29- Beach Park, Pascagoula, 896-4276, Spectators Free! 2012 Senior Health and Wellness Expo- May 30, 9am- 1pm, Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Rd, Biloxi- Health screening & wellness information will be available for seniors 50 and up. 388-7170 35th St. Paul’s Seafood Festival- May 31- June 3 Thursday 5pm-10pm; Friday 5pm-Midnight; Saturday Noon- Midnight; Sunday Noon-6pm- St. Paul Church Grounds, 140 East Beach, Pass Christian, 452-4686, Spectators Free! Raw vegetables: 1 crown broccoli, leaves removed, cut into florets 1 cup baby carrots 6 radishes, trimmed, thinly sliced 1 cup, whole red or yellow cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Toss raw vegetables, vinegar and pepper. Combine with cooked vegetables. Sprinkle with fresh mint, parsley, basil and chervil, if desired. Serve with a drizzle of Spicy Tomato Dressing (recipe follows), if desired.

RAINBOW SALAD This salad keeps well in the refrigerator and makes a delicious vegetarian lunch or a side dish for dinner. Use leftover cooked and re-heated vegetables, if desired, or select the vegetables of your choice for the raw ingredients. Cooked vegetables: 1/2 tablespoon salt for boiling water, plus 1/2 tablespoon for cold ice bath 1/2 pound green or white asparagus 1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in half 1 cup fresh or frozen corn 1/2 medium purple onion, thinly sliced 1 cup sweet peas, fresh or frozen 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Spicy Tomato Dressing: 3 large, ripe tomatoes Juice of half a freshly squeezed lemon or lime 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 to 3 teaspoons hot sauce 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil 1. Peel, seed and cut tomatoes into quarters. Using a food processer or blender, mix together tomatoes, juice, salt, pepper and hot sauce. With blender or processor on low, slowly add olive oil down the feeding tube until mixture thickens slightly and is well-combined. 2. Drizzle over salad. Serves 6 to 8.

Add salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Wash, remove tough stalks on the asparagus and cut in half. Add all of the vegetables to the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. To keep vegetables crunchy and colors bright, place vegetables in bowl filled with cold water and the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of the salt for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove vegetables from the water and drain. Place in large salad bowl, toss with with pepper and vinegar, and set aside.


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Lack of Fiber Blamed for Diverticulosis DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 55-year-old man who finally bit the bullet and had a colonoscopy. My doctor had badgered me to have one for the past five years. I don’t have cancer. I don’t have polyps. I do have diverticulosis. I didn’t know I had it before the scope exam. I’ve never had even a twinge of pain. What is this, and what do I need to do about it? -H.L. ANSWER: A diverticulum is a small, balloonlike protrusion of the colon lining through the muscle wall of the colon and onto its outer surface. By “small,” I mean that diverticula range from 0.2 inches to 0.4 inches (0.5 cm to 1 cm) in largest diameter, around the size of a pea. Their cause appears to be a lack of fiber in the diet. In places where the diet has lots of fiber, diverticulosis is rare. In North America, it’s rampant. Fiber keeps undigested food from drying out. Dried food residue requires powerful contractions of the colon muscle to push it along. Those contractions also push the colon lining through the colon wall, creating a diverticulum. Diverticulosis is frequently a silent affair, not causing any troubles. Diverticulitis, on the other hand, is an inflammation and infection of diverticula. That is quite painful. It produces abdominal pain on the left, lower side of the abdomen, often with nausea and vomiting. The diverticula also can burst and release bacteria into the abdominal cavity, a serious situation. Severe diverticulitis must be treated in the hospital with IV fluids and IV antibiotics. To prevent diverticulosis from becoming diverticulitis, increase your fiber intake. Fiber is the indigestible coverings of many fruits, vegetables and grains. White flour is refined wheat -- wheat without its outer coat, the bran. Bran and other sources of fiber draw water into undigested food and make it easily pushed along the entire length of the colon. We’re supposed to get 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day. Beans, whole-grain cereals, whole-grain breads, dates, prunes, unskinned apples and pears are examples of fiber-rich foods. If you cannot get enough fiber from foods, then commercial products such as Fiberall, Metamucil, Citrucel and FiberCon can provide it for you. The booklet on diverticulosis provides more details on this common condition and its complication -diverticulitis. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 502W, 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 four weeks for delivery.

• On May 31, 1859, the massive clock-tower bell known as Big Ben, located at the top of the 320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, for the first time. Just two months later, however, the heavy striker cracked the bell.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My doctor’s nurse studied my ears with great interest the last time I was there. I asked what she was looking at. She said I had a crease in my earlobes, and it’s a sign of heart disease. I looked in a mirror. I do have a crease. Does it mean I have heart disease? -- J.K.

• On May 30, 1911, the inaugural Indianapolis 500 is run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. With the exception of a break in 1917 and 1918 for World War I and from 1942 to 1945 for World War II, the 200-lap, 2 1/2-mile race has been run every year. • On June 1, 1926, Norma Jeane Mortenson -- who will become known as the glamorous actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe -- is born in Los Angeles. During World War II, a photographer “discovered” the naturally photogenic Norma Jeane while she was working in a California munitions factory. • On May 29, 1932, the so-called Bonus Expeditionary Force, a group of 1,000 World War I veterans seeking cash payments for their veterans’ bonus certificates, arrive in Washington, D.C. One month later, that number had swelled to nearly 20,000 strong.

ANSWER: Right in the area where an earring is worn, some people have a transverse crease. At one time a fuss was made about it being a sign of heart disease. If it is, it’s not a reliable sign. I have those creases too.

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NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson • Want to pump up a dying charcoal fire? Never use lighter fluid. Even if the coals look really gray, they could be hot on the inside. The stream of fluid CAN catch fire. It’s too dangerous. Put new briquettes in with the old, and start those using a long stick match. • “When grilling with charcoal, keep a clean spray bottle filled with plain water handy, and use it to keep flare-ups from blackening your food. When the coals have died and you’re ready to clean up the ashes, mist the ashes first. It will keep them from making a dust cloud.” -- U.L. in Georgia • From charcoal grilling expert Kingsford, here’s a great tip to use when grilling chicken: “When applying a dry rub to chicken pieces, it’s often hard to keep the rub affixed, and it’s even more difficult to keep the chicken’s original, golden color. Try ‘painting’

chicken pieces with yellow mustard prior to applying the rub. Not only will the rub stay in place, your final product will be visually appealing -- without any trace of mustard flavor.” • When wrapping vegetables in foil packets to grill, make the seams on the sides. This way, the veggie packets can be turned over for even cooking and to avoid burning on one side. You can even label the outside of the foil in permanent marker. It won’t affect the taste of the food. • To cover a picnic table in windy conditions, choose a fitted bed sheet. A kid-friendly alternative is to cover a table entirely with white butcher paper, taped at the seams and secured underneath with strong tape, such as duct tape. The kids can busy themselves drawing placemats and decorations for everyone in crayon while the adults do the grilling. 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 heresatip@yahoo. com.

in Detroit, one boy pulled out his father’s loaded .45 Army Colt and aimed it at Reeves’ chest. By telling the boy that the bullets would bounce off his own chest and ricochet into the crowd, harming others, Reeves managed to get the boy to put the gun down. • It was our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, who made the following sage observation: “No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” • If you are a stay-at-home mom, you probably won’t be surprised by a recent study that found lower levels of stress in mothers who work outside the home than in those who stay with their kids all day. • George Reeves is best known for playing the title role in the 1950s TV show “Adventures of Superman.” The role was a risky one, though -not in front of the camera, but during his numerous public appearances. It seems that fans wanted to test the strength of the Man of Steel, so they often kicked and punched him. At a 1953 appearance

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• Though unenforced (and likely unenforceable), there is a law on the books in Tennessee that bars atheists, preachers and duelists from holding elected office. 1. Robby Thompson hit in 21 consecutive games in 1993. 2. Barry Larkin of the Reds in 2000. 3. Chicago’s Gayle Sayers, at age 34, was elected in 1977. 4.Twenty-three consecutive seasons. 5. Mario Lemieux in 1988 (three goals) and 1990 (four). 6. Clint Dempsey, with Fulham in 2012. 7. Janica Kostelic set the previous record in 2006 (1,970).

• Are you lissotrichous? If you don’t have curls in your hair, you are. Of course, you may not be able to tell if you are atrichous (bald), a condition that may be caused by trichotillomania, the compulsion to pull out your own hair. • If you’ve been married for 40 years or more, you can be pretty confident that the union will last. Only 1 in every 1,000 marriages of such duration end in divorce. Thought for the Day: “I have only one superstition. I make sure I touch all the bases when I hit a home run.” -- Babe Ruth

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