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TIDBITS® UNCOVERS LAST GOOD-BUY by Blue Sullivan There is something singularly satisfying about finding a really good price on something. Pawn stores and antique shops present opportunities to experience this joy. It’s surely why so many of us are drawn to them. • The old stereotype about pawn shops was that they were dirty places run by unscrupulous men and women looking for every chance they could find to cheat you out of a buck. Yet the massive success of reality shows such as “Pawn Stars” and “Hardcore Pawn” has done a lot to rebut that inaccurate image. • David Bakke of “Market Crashers” notes that while you, “probably look for ways to save money as often as you can… here’s one you may never have considered: shopping at a pawn shop. It’s actually a viable way to save money — and not just on guns.” • In his article, “7 Things You Should and Shouldn’t Buy from a Pawn Shop,” Bakke outlines the best things to buy. • Bakke says that perhaps the safest buys at any pawn shop are tools. He notes that the prices are often far superior to those of new tools. This is doubly true if you’re just looking for one or two specific tools for home renovation or repair. “It’s simply not worth it to pay full price for seldom-used tools,” says Bakke. • According to Bakke, the other great value found at almost any pawn shop is jewelry. He explains that it’s typical to find prices that are half what they would be for new retail jewelry. Bakke chalks this up to people’s distrust of the idea of “used” jewelry. • “Some people may have an issue with buying ‘used’ jewelry, but isn’t almost all jewelry ‘used’ in some way, shape, or form?” Bakke argues. Since so much jewelry, even retail jewelry, is comprised of items made from

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Camp Lejeune Claims Get Green Light Fifteen presumptive illnesses are now covered for those who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The problem at Camp Lejeune was the drinking water. From the 1950s to the 1980s, the water contained volatile organic solvents (trichloroethylene, or TCE; tetrachloroethylene, or PCE; vinyl chloride) and benzene (a component of fuel), which are carcinogens. For years the Department of Veterans Affairs denied claims for subsequent cancers and other illnesses. For a short time, claims were decided on a case-by-case basis, but getting benefits wasn’t easy because it required proving the link between drinking the water so long ago and illness. Now not only will veterans be covered, but their families will as well. The devil is in the details, however. Family members will only be eligible for reimbursement for previous care after they have “exhausted without success all

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when and why to buy” gives 10 sure-fire tips on how to make a wise purchase. • Most antique dealers are happy to haggle over their prices. The column strongly advises antique shoppers to ask for a discount on any item they are interested in. It notes that dealers usually assign a private code to each item advising how much of a discount they’re prepared to give (for instance, 25 percent off the sticker). Asking for a discount prompts the salesperson to investigate this. Simply ask, “What’s your best price on this item?” • Another potential option for getting a discount is paying cash, but don’t offer to pay in hard currency up front. After negotiating a maximum discount under the auspices of paying by check or credit card, then (and only then) ask if there might any further cash discount. Not every seller will offer one, but some do. • Another essential tip when antique shopping is to thoroughly examine any item of interest before buying. Antique-marks advises you to, “Look at the bottom, the top, the sides. Look from odd angles and use a magnifier to look close.” • Examining each item of interest extensively is vital, as is inquiring about any damage or restoration the item might’ve undergone. As Antique-marks notes, “If you don’t ask, they don’t need to tell you.” • One of the best ways to find a good deal is to look for items that don’t fit the focus of the individual antique shop. If you’re in a shop that focuses on furniture, look for the odd bit of ceramics or jewelry. Items that don’t fit in will often be discounted much higher to get rid of them. • Check if the shop is a member of any trade associations. As Antique-marks notes, this provides “a greater degree of security and protection” for your purchases. Fake antiques are not uncommon, and some are quite convincing. • When completing your antique purchase, make sure you a get a receipt. Make sure it lists specifics about the item, including age, damage or restoration, the material it’s made of and its value. • Finally, if you decide to purchase antiques at auction, do your homework! Know the rules of auction bidding and familiarize yourself with items shipped from outside the country. Valuable and antique items must be declared through customs.

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A quaint, beautiful island in the northern Atlantic off the coat of Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard is one of the United States’ most relaxing vacation getaways. Listed below are the aspects that make the island unlike any other. • The world-famous island regularly hosts a variety of occasions, including weddings, honeymoons, corporate events, executive retreats, etc. Some residents live on the island seasonally, others, year round. • The island provides sandy beaches, clay cliffs, bird-watching excursions, elegant dining destinations, great shopping and attractions. • Martha’s Vineyard actually prides itself on the uniqueness of its dining experiences — There are no chain restaurants. • The northern part of the island is covered in hills and boulders, while the southern part is mostly sandy beaches. • Many artists live on the island, creating and then selling their hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces. • Vacationers or residents reach the island via ferry or airplane, as there are no tunnels or bridges linked to the island. There are more than 100 lodging destinations, ranging anywhere from cozy cottages to campgrounds to swanky luxury resorts. • Although the oceans around the island are freezing with large waves and dangerous undertows, the island offers many harbors with warmer water. • Martha’s Vineyard is referred to as “Noepe” by the American Indians, which means “Land amid the streams.” • It is believed that Martha’s Vineyard was discovered in the year 1000 by explorers called the Northmen, who named the island Vineland. When Verranazo stumbled upon the island in 1524, he named it Claudia, honoring the mother of France’s Francis II. • The first explorer to give the island its current name was Bartholomew Gosnold, who also discovered and named Cape Cod. While lost in the Atlantic, he stumbled upon a smaller island outside of Martha’s Vineyard and gave this island the name. The next day, he discovered the larger island and after exploring, switched the names and titled the smaller island No Man’s Land. Martha’s Vineyard came from his mother, Martha. • The first school on Martha’s Vineyard was established in 1651 to teach native Indians who were willing to learn. • Martha’s Vineyard was considered part of New York until 1692. • At one point in its history during the mid 1800s, after generations and generations, Martha’s Vineyard had such a high deaf population that the residents developed their own sing language, Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language (MVSL). • In 1911, the Colonial Inn opening, thus sparking its transformation into a vacationer’s paradise. • Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster hit “Jaws” was filmed on the island in 1974. • When famous actor John Belushi died in 1982, he was buried on Martha’s Vineyard in the town of Chilmark. Many residents and vacationers visit his grave to pay their respects. •Long-term island residents tend to be affluent, as the cost of living on the island is about 60 percent higher than that of the United States mainland, and the cost of real estate is a striking 95 percent higher. In 2010, the island’s population was 16,535. • In 2011, Martha’s Vineyard celebrated its 100th year of being a supreme vacation destination spot in the United States.

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1. Who was the last A.L. pitcher before Detroit’s Justin Verlander in 2011 to have at least 24 wins and 240 strikeouts in the same season?

The New Look of Temporary Work There’s been a fundamental shift in the way companies do business today as staffing services have become a more vital part of business and hiring strategies. Since the great recession, U.S. staffing firms have created more jobs than any other industry and are expected to grow faster and add more new jobs in the next decade, according to American Staffing Association (ASA). Business owners are increasingly using temporary and contract staffing as a means to help them quickly react to changing market conditions. Staffing agencies are allowing businesses the flexibility to expand and decrease their workforces to meet demand. Like employers, workers are also seeing the benefits of flexible employment. According to a recent story by National Public Radio, temporary employment is a good way to get a foot in the door with a company in a down economy. Contingent workers also have the freedom to travel and work in different fields. Working on a temporary basis for different employers allows individuals an opportunity to increase their skill sets, widen networking circles, and have flexibility in their work life. Because of this freedom, more workers are using temporary work to stay effective in their specific fields. Another trend in this industry is that staffing employees are working for firms longer than ever before. While employers cautiously wait to see if the economic growth will be sustained, they are keeping contract workers for extended periods. Workers are seeing this as a great way to potentially be hired on full time with companies later. This is why temporary work is becoming so attractive to top talent. It provides them more opportunities while giving employers a first-hand look at their potential to thrive in a company. In the next 10 years, the U.S. staffing industry is expected to grow faster and add more new jobs than nearly any other industry, according to ASA. The staffing industry is growing and becoming a more vital aspect of the business environment, and temporary workers are on the front end leading the 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 Rodent Woes Q: Late one night last week, my husband jumped up and said he’d seen a mouse scurry under one of the kitchen cabinets. I put a sticky trap down near the cabinet he mentioned, but haven’t caught a mouse yet. Any ideas? -- Sherry in Salem, N.H. A: Mice can be pretty good at avoiding certain traps, which, as you’ve found, is pretty frustrating. And if your husband has seen one, there’s bound to be more -- especially at this time of year, as wild creatures begin to look for places to hunker down for the winter.

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2. The Seattle Mariners began play in the major leagues in 1977. Who was the manager when they recorded their first winning season? 3. Three players from Louisiana Tech eventually became members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Name them. 4. Who was the last Indiana Pacer before Danny Granger in 2008-09 and 2009-10 to average at least 24 points per game for two consecutive seasons? 5. Five NHL players have had four-goal games in the NHL All-Star Game. Name four of the five. 6. Which college did coach Bruce Arena lead to four consecutive NCAA Division I men’s soccer championships? 7. Who was the longest-reigning middleweight boxing champion?

A SPORTING VIEW By Mark Vasto Deez Are Da Bums

I’m not going to do the dictionary thing. We all know what a “bum” is. They’re people who are shiftless, lazy, have a few screws loose and contribute little to the common good. In the world of sports, this moniker usually is trotted out in baseball and boxing. It’s a word that stings, but in an old-fashioned way, so it’s kind of quaint. And you know, a bum might be able to clean himself up a bit, acquire some clean clothes from the local Goodwill, score a couple bucks and hold himself together for a cup of coffee and a Danish every once in a while ... but he’s still a bum. In today’s coffee shop, these are my head-scratchers: Luke Hochevar, P, Kansas City Royals -- Luke Hochevar is an imposing sight on the mound, and not because of his 6-foot-5, 220 pound, first-round pick overall stature ... those numbers have utterly underwhelmed baseball’s batters. His 37-54 lifetime record and 5.28 career ERA coupled with his $3.5 million salary? Now that’s an imposing sight for the Royals’ front office. He throws a 93-mph fastball, and he’s not just prone to the “big inning” -- he basically wallows in them. The guy gets shelled in the early innings, and the

If you have a professional pest-control service that visits routinely (twice per year, at least), be sure to mention the possible infestation. The serviceperson likely will put down more traps and ask you to call them if a mouse is caught. Meantime, look for signs of mouse infestation. You likely will find their droppings in areas of the kitchen where humans don’t spend a lot of time, such as the corners of lower kitchen cabinets. You may see gnawed-on areas of the lower walls, baseboards or cabinets, or the sawdust remainders of such gnawing. House mice also have a musky odor; if you notice this in a particular area of the house, a nest may be nearby. Sticky traps, or glue traps, are cost effective and quick to set up -- you simply peel back the plastic covering and set the trap face up against a wall in an area where mouse activity is indicated or has been noticed. You also can try the more traditional “snap trap,” which can stay in place longer and be reused. Set more traps than you think you’ll need, but make sure that they’re out of reach of pets and children. Bait traps with favorite mice items like a tiny bit of cheese or a dot of peanut butter. Another method is poisoned bait. This is sold in several

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Royals, a team not associated with depth in the pitching department, more often than not has to trot him out the next inning anyway. And he’s never pitched 200 innings, so it’s not like he’s a workhorse. Nope, he’s a bum. Andruw Jones, OF/DH, New York Yankees -- I’ve been writing about Mr. Jones ever since he was a wee lad, fresh out of Curacao and thereby the freshest face in the National League. At 19 years of age, he became the youngest player ever to go yard in a World Series game, and for several years after that he roamed Turner Field with fleet feet and a glove that seemed to be a natural extension of his arm. He had speed, he could hit for power and average, and then ... he just went the way of the beach bum, I guess. He is one of the players tied to steroid usage, another sign of laziness. Joe Girardi persists with trotting Jones out onto the field every other game or so, and it’s a sad thing. The guy may pop a few out of the park, but it isn’t worth it -- the guy’s hitting .212. There are about 70 ex-Yankees who could step right into the lineup and do just as well, including the guy Jones now resembles most: Steve Balboni. Yeah, it’s that bad. I’m not trying to hate here, but I bet I could hit off Hochevar in a Wiffle Ball game and strike out Jones in the bottom of the same frame. We’ll rap on a few others next week.

forms, but one less accessible method is to purchase sealed pellets. These are poison pellets inside a sealed container that you place inside the wall or in a location pets can’t reach but mice can. The mice chew through the container to eat the pellet. To further reduce a mouse infestation, clean out cabinets that contain food items as well as your pantry. Inspect containers for evidence of gnawing or other access by mice, and discard affected containers. Place grains and flour in glass or food-grade plastic containers. Store boxed items off the floor and away from known mice access points. Locate and seal holes in your home’s walls, exterior and interior, that are larger than 1/4 inch. For holes that can’t or should not be sealed (like soffit air vents), make sure that screens and similar barriers are in place and in good repair. HOME TIP: Have a large gap around a pipe or a hole that you don’t have time to seal up? Tuck a piece of steel wool into the gap and tack in place with a bit of caulk.

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Edamame has made its way across the ocean to the United States and is rapidly becoming a popular item in American kitchens. Edamame, which are soybeans, are widely eaten by the Japanese. In Japanese, edamame actually means “beans on a branch.” The term “edamame” is defined as an immature green soybean. I define it as delicious! You can find edamame in the freezer with the frozen vegetables. They come still in the pod. The pod has been boiled and salted. You simply thaw the package in the refrigerator overnight, break and squeeze the pod, and pop the beans out into your mouth. You can also buy shelled edamame that has been dry roasted to add to soups and casseroles and salads. Wasabi flavored, dry-roasted edamame is a delicious addition to air-popped popcorn. According to the nutrition facts on a package produced by Seapoint Farms, 1/2 cup of the shelled beans has just 100 calories, 3 grams of healthy fat, 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber. Edamame contains calcium and is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and iron. No matter how you define it, edamame is a great addition to your family’s healthy eating repertoire. Edamame has a great blend of nutrients, which will help anyone fill up, stay full longer and reap the benefits of the other nutrients in the process. This recipe for my Quick Snack Mix contains a variety of ingredients that are available from Best of all, it’s simple enough for children to make, and it’s the perfect grab-and-go snack for the whole family.

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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Easing Arthritis Pain Without Medicines DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My 88-year-old relative has high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation, both of which are well-controlled by medication. She is mentally sharp but has developed arthritis in various joints. She’s been told that she can’t take any medicine for pain because it would interfere with her medicines for blood pressure and atrial fib. I know she could have a better quality of life with less pain. Is there something she can take? -- A.H. ANSWER: I have to presume your relative has osteoarthritis, the kind of arthritis almost all older people develop. Cushioning cartilage in joints crumbles and eventually becomes functionless. Bone rubs against bone, and that is painful and stiffens joints. Your relative ought to try heat in the form of hot baths, hot packs or heating pads. Heat lessens joint pain. If heat doesn’t do the trick for her, she should try ice packs. Heat can be left on a joint for 15 minutes; ice for 10. If she has hip, knee or foot arthritis, padded shoes or padded shoe inserts lessen the force generated in leg joints when the foot hits the ground. An exercise program supervised by a physical therapist will strengthen muscles around the affected joints, provide them protection and give the joints a greater range of motion. Occupational therapists devise splints or braces that protect joints and mitigate pain. They also can suggest devices that make the tasks of daily living much less troublesome. Has she tried anti-inflammatory medicines applied to the skin directly over an affected joint? Pennsaid lotion is one example. Some of the medicine does get into the blood, so she’ll need to have her doctor’s approval for it. It is a prescription medicine. The amount of medicine that gets into the blood is less than the amount she’d get from an oral medicine, yet a sufficient amount reaches the joint. The arthritis booklet presents the details of the different kinds of arthritis and their treatment. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 301W, 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. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I just learned that my niece has basal cell cancer on her scalp. The doctor told her not to worry. Her mother is concerned. I’d never heard of it. Is this something to worry about? -- A.P.

• On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem, which is later set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called “To Anacreon in Heaven.” In 1931 the song becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” • On Sept. 10, 1897, a 25-year-old London taxi driver named George Smith becomes the first person ever arrested for drunk driving. A true breath test didn’t come along until 1931 with a device called the Drunkometer. It involved a blow-up balloon and a tube filled with a purple fluid (potassium permanganate and sulfuric acid). Alcohol on a person’s breath changed the color of the fluid from purple to yellow; the quicker the change, the drunker the person. • On Sept. 14, 1927, dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcaps of her open car. The scarf wound around the axle, tightening around Duncan’s neck and dragging her from the car. • On Sept. 16, 1940, the first peacetime draft in the history of the United States is imposed. Registration of men between the ages of 21 and 36 began exactly one month later. There were some 20 million eligible young men -- 50 percent were rejected in the first year for health reasons or illiteracy. • On Sept. 12, 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy, the future 35th president of the United States, marries Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, R.I. Seven years later, the couple would become the youngest president and first lady in American history. • On Sept. 15, 1978, boxer Muhammad Ali defeats Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the world heavyweight boxing title for the third time in his career, the first fighter ever to do so. Ali left the sport permanently in 1981. • On Sept. 11, 1985, Cincinnati Reds player-manager Pete Rose gets the 4,192nd hit of his career, breaking Ty Cobb’s major league record for career hits. Rose was a folk hero in Cincinnati, a homegrown talent known as “Charlie Hustle” for his relentless work ethic.

ANSWER: Basal cell cancer is the most common kind of skin cancer. It’s quite treatable and most often completely curable. Up to 2 million new cases of it occur yearly in the United States. Sunlight and a tendency for the person to sunburn easily have a hand in its occurrence. Basal cell cancers almost never spread to other body locations. They can be dried with an electric current and then scraped off. They can be treated with a laser, frozen or removed with 5-fluorouracil cream applied by the patient. And this is only a small sample of the ways to treat them. Your niece, her mother and you can all relax.

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6. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the nickname for Georgetown University’s sports teams? 7. LITERATURE: Who wrote the novel “Brideshead Revisited”? 8. MEDICAL TERMS: What is a common name for bruxism? 9. GEOGRAPHY: What modern country encompasses most of the area once known as Asia Minor? 10. MEASUREMENTS: What is a quintal equivalent to?

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Hurricane Isaac After returning to our Youth for Christ office, after Hurricane Isaac, I noticed almost no damage.  It was weird how silent the office was.  With further inspection, however, I found the power lines had been ripped from the building.  We immediately went to work to contact the phone company.  With no lines of communication, the ministry of Youth for Christ would surely suffer, in the same way if the lines of communication are closed with our families. Parents must have the same goal, to successfully parent their teen into happy and healthy adults. The most important parenting skill you will need is to have effective communication. If you can effectively communicate with your teen, you can move mountains- or at least get them to clean their room on a regular basis. Once you incorpate these lessons into your talks with your teen, you will see an improvement in getting them to come to you when they need help, follow your rules and limits, and be less stressed. Rule # 1 Effective communication creates a positive atmosphere. Rule # 2 Realize that opening the lines of communication is not easy, but it if worth it. Rule # 3 Effective communication, in the long run, is not possible without discipline. Rule # 4 Open lines of communication is not just for relaying rules and instruction.  It also exist so your teen can ask you tough questions about life Remember todays teens face issues that you or I may not have to deal with.  They are in a different world and they need parents who will effectively communicate with them, from the small issues to the large ones.  Talk to your teens, keep them informed, and help direct them to the right path. Brad Holt Youth for Christ For more information on this topic please contact Brad Holt at or 228-864-0788

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Being a retiree trying to make ends meet, it’s been hard to pay for health care for my two Corgis. Are there free clinics in my area where I can get my dogs’ shots more cheaply? -- Francis H., Oklahoma City, Okla. DEAR FRANCIS: Low-cost and sometimes free vaccination clinics for pets are available at different times of the year across the country. These are held by public service agencies (such as county or city shelters), though some are privately sponsored. The clinics typically offer the immunizations required of dogs and cats (and sometimes other animals like ferrets) and license tags. Some also offer services like health checks and microchipping. Prices range from $5 to $25, on average. The problem, of course, is finding one of these near you. These days, the Internet is a great resource for locating announcements for low-cost clinics. However, not everyone has access to the Internet. And sometimes, the agencies or institutions sponsoring those clinics can’t advertise widely, or are hard to locate in an Internet search. In these cases, your best bet is to regularly check locally published newspapers and magazines that focus on your community for announcements about upcoming clinics. Another way is to call the local shelters, or the city or county government, to find out if any such clinics will be held in the near future. I’ll do my best to list upcoming clinics in as many locations as possible at In the meantime, keep checking with your local government or animal shelter for the next dates, times and locations of their low-cost clinics. Send your questions or comments to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. If your question or comment is used in the column, you’ll receive a free copy of “Fighting Fleas,” the newest booklet from Paws Corner!

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• It was William E. Vaughan who made the following sage observation: “To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.” • Those who study such things say that your brain can store 100 times as much information as a typical desktop computer. • In 1930, United Airlines began using the aviation industry’s first stewardesses. To qualify for the position, applicants had to be registered nurses. • George Washington, Dolley Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton helped to found this country, but that wasn’t all they had in common; they were also all big fans of eating ice cream. • If you ever hear an orangutan belch, you’d better watch out. That’s a warning sign that you’re encroaching on his territory.

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• When Andrew Jackson was running for president in 1828, an opponent called him a jackass. Instead of being offended, Jackson embraced the epithet, using the image of a donkey in campaign materials to represent his stubborn refusal to knuckle under to big business. Later, Thomas Nash, a political cartoonist in New York, started using the donkey to represent the Democratic Party as a whole. • If you’re a well-traveled person, you might have noticed that the average woman in Scandinavia is taller than the average man in Asia. • Only 12 people have walked on the surface of the moon. • The framework for the Statue of Liberty was built by Gustave Eiffel, who later became famous for building Paris’ iconic tower. • If you’re stopping at a fast-food restaurant for lunch today, you might want to consider the following: It takes a whopping 1,500 gallons of water to produce an average fast-food meal. Thought for the Day: “The more information you get, the less fantasy you have.” -- Andy Warhol

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1. Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees, in 1978. 2. Jim Lefebvre led the Mariners to an 83-79 mark in 1991. 3. Terry Bradshaw (inducted in 1989), Fred Dean (2008) and Willie Roaf (2012). 4. Billy Knight in the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons. 5. Wayne Gretzky (1983), Mario Lemieux (1990), Vincent Damphousse (1991), Mike Gartner (1993) and Dany Heatley (2003). 6. The University of Virginia, 1991-94. 7. Bernard Hopkins held the IBF title for 11 years (19952005).

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