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TIDBITS® BRINGS YOU A JANUARY JUMBLE by Kathy Wolfe Say “Welcome” to the new year by learning a little about some January commemorations you might not be familiar with. This week, Tidbits looks a few lesserknown celebrations. •January 7 is Harlem Globetrotters’ Day, remembering the first game the famous basketball team played on that day in 1927. They traveled 48 miles west from their Chicago home to play a game in Hinckley, Illinois. The team was the brainstorm of Chicago businessman Abe Saperstein during a time when only whites were permitted to play professional basketball. The team had nothing to do with the New York City borough of Harlem. Abe chose the name to emphasize the team’s ethnic heritage. The Globetrotters didn’t even play their first game in Harlem until the late 1960s! Since their creation, they have played in front of 120 million fans in more than 115 countries. •January 10 is Save the Eagles Day, reminding us of the importance of protecting the world’s 70 species of eagles from extinction. Eagles can be found on every continent except Antarctica. America’s national emblem, the bald eagle, inhabits every state except Hawaii. This enormous bird can have a wing span of up to 8 feet (2.5 m) and weigh 15 lbs. (6.8 kg). Surprisingly, it is monogamous and mates for its entire 15- to 20-year lifespan. •January 11 is officially Amelia Earhart Day, but not because that was the day she disappeared. It marks the date she became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland, California in 1935. It was two years later on June 1 that she and her navigator Fred Noonan departed Miami on a 29,000-mile (46,671 km) journey, attempting to fly around the world. They were just 7,000 miles (11,265 km) from completing the goal when radio transmission ceased and the two were never seen again. • The name Margaret Gorman is probably not familiar to most folks, but she is notable as the first Miss America, winner of the pageant in 1920. Originally initiated as a local Atlantic City festival in an attempt to extend the tourism season past Labor Day, the event became was not known as the Miss America Pageant until 1922. Miss America Day is now in January each year, with the next pageant scheduled for January 12, 2013. It was broadcast for the first time in 1954, with a recordbreaking 27 million viewers, and remains the fourth longest-running live event in television history. The state of California has had the most winners with six, while

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WWII Veterans Have Stories to Tell We’re losing World War II veterans at a rate of 900 per day -- one every minute and a half. The older they get, the higher that number will go. Often, when an elderly veteran dies, his stories go with him. This was the stoic generation, and men who came back from the war didn’t talk about it. Years have gone by, and families still don’t know the experiences their veteran had. But time has a way of breaking down that barrier of silence, and many of those veterans are ready to talk. That’s where you come in. The Veterans History Project, part of the Library of Congress, provides a means for others to record the stories of veterans before the information is lost forever. For WWII veterans, the eligible years of service are 1939 to 1946. If you want to help preserve the history of a World War II veteran, don’t delay. Start planning now to do an

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had 28 printings during his lifetime, and after his death, was carried on by his son and later by his grandson. •Sharpen your pencils! It’s time for National Handwriting Day on January 23, a day established by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association to promote the use of pens, pencils, and writing paper. This day was chosen because it is the birthday of John Hancock, whose stylish and flamboyant signature is easily recognizable on the Declaration of Independence. Even his name has become synonymous with the word “signature,” as we ask folks to “put their John Hancock” on important documents. This member of the Continental Congress and later governor of Massachusetts was the very first person to sign the Declaration. •Make yourself a peanut butter sandwich on January 24 in honor of National Peanut Butter Day. Every year Americans eat enough of this spread to make more than 10 billion sandwiches, spending about $800 million annually. First introduced in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair, peanut butter is now eaten in 90% of American households. Today’s laws state that in order to be labeled as “peanut butter,” the product must be at least 90% peanuts. • January 25 is observed as World Leprosy Day, intended to educate people on this disease that damages the nerves that control the muscles in the hands and feet. Left untreated, it can lead to the inability to use the hands, paralysis of the feet, loss of sensation in the extremities, and even blindness. Every day, 620 people are diagnosed with leprosy – that’s one every two minutes! Also called Hansen’s Disease, leprosy is contagious, spread by droplets from the nose and mouth by coughing and sneezing. India has more leprosy than any other country. The good news in this century is that it is curable, and deformities can frequently be remedied with reconstructive surgery. • Seeing Eye Dogs, who help their sight-impaired owners to safely navigate in their surroundings, are honored on January 29. The top three breeds used as guide dogs today are Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. A dog undergoes specialized training for four to six months to make sure they have the necessary qualifications to be a seeing eye dog.

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Weekly Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might be hurt by a colleague’s harsh criticism. But don’t let it shake your confidence in what you’re trying to do. A more positive aspect starts to appear by week’s end. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’re torn between your sensible self and the part of you that enjoys acquiring lovely things. Best advice: Wait for an end-of-month sale, and then buy something wonderful. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your artistic side has practical applications this week, such as redecorating your home or redesigning your personal stationery. Whatever you do, someone special will like it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You could be drawn into a problem ‘twixt friends or family members. Best bet: Ask the questions that go to the heart of the matter, then get them all together for a group hug. LEO (July 23 to August 22) As much as you love being the center of attention, your big Lion’s heart impels you to share the spotlight with a colleague who helped you with that well-praised project. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your eagerness to act on a challenge is wisely tempered early in the week by a lack of necessary information. Things begin to clear up during the weekend. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A relationship you’d hoped would keep going seems to be going nowhere. Close it out and move on to a brighter romantic aspect just beginning to manifest itself. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Things don’t go completely as planned this week. But enjoy the surprises, even if you have to adjust your schedule. Some of them could be quite delightful. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Making choices is usually easy for straight-shooting Archers. But a new development could deflect your aim. Try to put off decisions until you know more. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While part of you might prefer taking a more familiar path, let your more daring and -- admit it -- super-curious self see what the unexplored has to offer.

interview. The Project has a Field Kit with instructions. Stories can be captured via audio or video recordings, or in writing. Best bet: Use a video camera. Pictures add so much to the story. The Project website has instruction on what steps to take, if you’re unsure of how to get started and how to proceed. After the interview with your veteran, the whole package is shipped off to the Project, where it will be archived forever. Future generations will be able to read and hear their stories. If you don’t personally know a World War II veteran, your local veterans service organization will. Once you get started, don’t be surprised if other veterans approach you to do their stories as well. Go here for the Project Field Kit: www.loc.gov/vets. Make a copy of the interview for the family before you send the package. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Those nasty types have slithered back under the rocks and present no more problems. Now’s the time to move ahead on that promising new relationship. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A new offer could clear up that lingering money problem. Also, a more confident attitude on your part might well help get that personal situation back on track. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of turning chaos into order. You’re also generous with your help for those who seek it.

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With the footbal season beginning to wind down, you might be interest in what spectators have been paying for tickets at some of the stadiums. Tidbits presents the most expensive, the least expensive, and a glance at Super Bowl ticket prices. • The price tag for game attendance is based on the Fan Cost Index, a figure derived by the Team Marketing Report. This figure represents the price for a family of four to attend an NFL game, including four tickets at the average price, two small beers, four small sodas, four hot dogs, parking, two game programs, and two adult caps. The average league-wide figure is $427.42. •The fifth most-expensive stadium, Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field, carries a Fan Cost Index of $557.18. Home of the Bears since 1971, it holds 61,500 fans, and has an average single ticket price of $101.55. Fans can have a beer for $8 and a hot dog for $5. The team has a season ticket renewal rate of 98%, and every game has sold out for the last 27 years. • The third most expensive stadium belongs to the New England Patriots, with an index of $597.66, and a single ticket average of $117.84. Gillette Stadium also offers “premium tickets,” which include oversize plush seats, fancier food and beverages, flat screen TV’s, and access to the field post-game. Want a season ticket? Get in line, there’s a waiting list. •The Dallas Cowboys play in the second most expensive stadium, with a cost index of $613.80. The $6 price tag on sodas is the highest in the league, and fans fork over $75 for parking at the three-year-old arena. If money is a little tight, spectators can purchase a $29 “party pass” that allows a standing-room view of the game from platforms on the end zone and corners. • MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is the only NFL stadium shared by two teams. The most expensive stadium ever built and the largest in the NFL in terms of permanent seating capacity (82,500), it is home to both the New York Jets and the New York Giants. The cost index differs between the two teams, with the Giants the fourth-highest in the league at $592.26 and a whopping $464.75 for a premium seating ticket. The most expensive tickets in the league belong to the Jets with the index at $628.90. If you’d like to reserve two tickets for the Jets in the premium club area, you can do so for a five-year period for $24,340. • How about the cheapest prices in the league? That honor belongs to EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although it’s the fifth-largest stadium in the NFL, its Fan Cost Index is just $316.50, and an average ticket price of $58.90. It’s close to the bottom in terms of attendance. • The average ticket price for last year’s Super Bowl was $2,900. Tickets for the 2013 game are slated to be much higher, with the cheapest in the $2,500 range and the most expensive over $9,500. This will be the 7th year for the contest at New Orleans’ Superdome, the largest fixed-dome structure in the world, which has a seating capacity exceeding 76,000. New York’s MetLife Stadium is scheduled for the 2014 matchup.

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Changes Businesses Should Watch Out for in 2013 In September, Federal officials upgraded the economic growth outlook for 2013 believing the economy will improve faster than first expected. Experts, though, still expect slow growth overall in the coming year. In light of these projections, as businesses begin setting goals and planning for 2013, there are a few things every leader should watch for. Changes in Federal and State Regulations Every year, new rules and regulations that impact businesses are instituted at federal and state levels. With changes in workers’ compensation, tax codes and rates, health care coverage and more, it’s so important to be aware of what issues could affect your company. As you prepare for 2013, don’t forget to assess the changes coming to your state to plan accordingly.

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1. Pitcher Dwight Gooden set a record for most consecutive games with at least one strikeout to start his major-league career. How many was it? 2. Who pitched the most innings in one major-league All-Star Game?

3. How many national championships has the University of Nebraska achieved in football?

4. Name the first No. 8 playoff seed to reach the NBA Finals. 5. Who are the top three players on NHL’s career points per game list? 6. When was the last time before 2012 that the U.S. men’s soccer team lost to Jamaica? 7. Name the last boxer who beat heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Changes in Consumer Demands Every business naturally has seasonal ups and downs. It’s important to evaluate your company’s growth from past years to estimate and prepare for your upcoming business needs, like adequate staffing. Having a flexible workforce through the help of staffing agencies can help you get ready for peak seasons. Changes in Employee Engagement A company’s most valued asset isn’t its capital or stock worth, but its employees. Just as businesses have had a rough time with the economy so have their employees, and it has affected everything from their productivity to their engagement, all of which can influence profitability. Businesses are still struggling to retain their most talented workers, and lack of engagement is the No. 1 reason. To keep your employees from getting burned-out, don’t forget to make improving employee retention a top priority. Communication plans, recognition programs and scheduling fun activities, including outings and team-building events, can go a long way to developing a strong environment conducive to engagement and increased productivity. This is also a good time to start a schedule of people’s planned vacations and employee recognition days. Uncertainty is still a factor in the economy, and chances are, it’s weighing heavily on the minds of business leaders and their employees. Begin setting company and individual goals that will move you forward. By developing a comprehensive plan for the new year, you will be able to anticipate problems before they arise, exercise innovation by staying ahead of your competitors and maintain a strong, team-oriented office by retaining your top talent. Stay in control of your business, expect anything and be surprised by nothing – including success. 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 Jason.Poole@expresspros.com

A SPORTING VIEW By Mark Vasto Agree to Disagree I make the same mistake every year around this time: I paint myself into a corner with these annual “best of” or “biggest stories” lists from the year previous. I got the ball rolling last week by mentioning the Marquez-Pacquio fight and the Giants’ improbable Super Bowl run. This week, after much reflecting, soul searching and too much port and lively conversation after holiday dinners, I decided to speed up the process and free myself from the constraints of a top 10 list and throw a bunch of stuff at you, dear reader. The athlete of the year for most sports publications is Michael Phelps, U.S. Olympic swimmer. True, his career body of work is likely to be unmatched anytime soon, and he’s certainly worthy of mention. Usain Bolt would be another fine choice. But for me, Serena Williams is the better choice. Frankly, she might be the greatest female athlete of all time ... no doubt that she is the best women’s tennis player of all time. She lost one match last year, won three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic Gold medals. Frankly, that may just be the best year any athlete put together ... ever. This year, should she win the Australian Open, she will become the oldest woman to ever hold the world’s No. 1 ranking, and really, she easily

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New Door Locks Add Security, Style Q: We’re buying a new house in a couple of months, and one of my friends mentioned that once the purchase is final and before we move in, I should replace all the doorknobs and locks on the exterior doors for security purposes. Is this really something we should do? What’s the best way to replace them? -- Clark in Syracuse, N.Y. A: While I haven’t heard a lot about changing doorknobs and deadbolts on new homes for security purposes (you could just have the locks rekeyed), it certainly wouldn’t hurt to do so. In addition to having new locks that no one else has the key to, you get the added benefit of choosing new styles of hardware for your exterior doors. Once you’ve picked out the new doorknobs and deadbolts, remove and replace the old hardware one at a time. If there are any problems with installing the locks, you’ll at least have one working lock on the door while you solve the problem. Remove the doorknob by first taking off the cover plates. There may be screws holding the plates in place; unscrew and remove those. If there are no visible screws, check the doorknob on the interior side. A small slot should be visible on one side of the handle, usually behind the knob. You should be able to push in the small metal piece inside the slot, using a paper clip or even the

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could dominate the sport for another three or more years. Then there were the scandals. The fall of Penn State was one of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen. A child molestation coverup by Jerry Sandusky led to the firing of one-time legend Joe Paterno, who died suddenly a few months later. It was surreal. Then, after Tiger Woods won his first PGA tournament since his public disgrace, he handed over his honorary title to Lance Armstrong. Armstrong was accused of drugging and doping his way to all of those Tour de France victories and was stripped of all his titles, dropped by all of his sponsors and forced to resign from his cancer foundation. My thinking has evolved on this matter, and the credit goes to the doctors and pharmacists in my family (and the aforementioned port). The fact is, Armstrong didn’t fail a drug test. What we believe might have happened -- that he gamed the system and intimidated his teammates -- really shouldn’t trump that fact, either. The rules say he must pass a drug test, and he did. If I’m an employer, and I make somebody submit to random drug tests and they pass, that doesn’t mean I could fire him or her because someone said they smoked a joint. They passed the test. After that, it’s about honesty and morals. It’s not as if Armstrong was flying passenger jets on LSD. He rode bikes up steep terrain for the Postal Service. Either way, these things are always worth the debate. More next week ...

tip of a key, until the knob pops loose. Now take off the cover plate. An underlying plate will be visible. This can be popped off by locating a small notch on the edge of the plate where it presses against the door. Insert a flat head screwdriver into the notch and gently twist it to loosen the plate. Now you’re free to unscrew the attaching screws that hold the doorknob assembly. You also will need to remove the screws from the latch plate on the side of the door. Remove the assembly carefully so you don’t damage the door. If you intend to replace the strike plate as well, remove that from the door frame. To install a new doorknob, reverse the above procedure. You may find that the new doorknob doesn’t line up quite the same as the old. You can adjust the backset (the distance between the center of the doorknob and the edge of the door) to correct this. If you replace the strike plate, make sure the latch hits it correctly. Tighten up all the screws, being sure not to overtighten, and test to make sure the door latches and locks properly. Replacing a deadbolt lock is very similar to replacing the doorknob. The biggest difference (and difficulty) is if a door does not already have a deadbolt installed. In that case you’ll have to drill holes for the deadbolt and the latch before installing the new hardware. HOME TIP: Maintain exterior door locks by cleaning and lubricating with a professional-quality product like Lockease or Tri-Flow, rather than squirting in graphite

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On February 15th, Taco Rico opened their doors bringing a new wave of authentic Mexican and Puerto Rican cuisine to the gulf coast of Mississippi. Located on 1711 Pass Road, Biloxi, just 1/5 mile from Keesler AFB, Taco Rico aims to provide an alternative that moves away from national chains and bring their customers fresher, healthier choices, many of them made from scratch; the tamales, the empanadas and even the sauces are made from scratch. Taco Rico offers dine-in and it even has a drive-thru where you can even call in the order and pick it up without even getting off you car. If you do dine in, the atmosphere inside takes you closer to Mexico with their wooden tables and lively decor; regardless of where you decide to eat, one thing is for sure, you food is sensational. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, but the interesting option of Breakfast all-Day is one of the many features that sets Taco Rico from the competition. From Huevos Rancheros, breakfast tacos and breakfast burritos to full breakfast platters and breakfast torta. Of course having so many great choices throughout the day is great, but the real show-stopper at Taco Rico is the California-Style burrito, stuffed with your choice of meat, rice, re-fried bean, sour cream, pico de gallo and shredded cheese, is really a must try, along with some curros of flan for dessert. Aidaliz Rodriguez, the owner from Puerto Rico, added one more hint that will lure into this hidden treasure. On Fridays, Aidaliz brings a little bit of home to us; pork roast, being the specialty and famously known in Puerto Rico as pernil asado, a favorite, especially around Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, Aidaliz and her husband understand that this is a time of giving, joy and spending time with your loved ones, that why, on December 24th, Taco Rico hosted a free lunch for all the Airmen of the 81st Training Group that were not able to go home for the Holiday. On this event, not only did Aidaliz and Rico personally served over 150 servicemembers, but they also gave away a few dozen books bringing a little joy and a full belly to all the attendants showing that is not always about the Benjamins, supporting the community is a big part too. Taco Rico was featured on the "eat. drink. Mississippi" magazine for the October/November issue referred to as "nothing in the menu rates less than grand"; go and see why for you self, the warmth of their service and the skill of their cooks, Maria, Benita and Aidaliz will win over both your hearts and stomachs with their homemade deliciousness.

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Help for the Common Cold Like many people, I try different methods to avoid catching a cold or flu during the winter. Despite my best efforts, I often get a little “under the weather” during the month of January. This year I’ve decided to work on ways to boost my immune system before the worst part of the cold and flu season hits. “One thing to remember is that simple diet choices can boost our immune system,” said Susan Mills-Gray, Nutrition and Health Education specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Here are a variety of ways to help your immune system to work at peak performance. --Get plenty of liquids to help prevent viruses and bacteria from taking up residence in your body. According to Dr. Riva Rahl of the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, “the mucus in your nose is actually one of the key physical barriers that keep germs out of your body. When you’re not well hydrated, it dries up and doesn’t provide that protection.” --Protein is a building block for a healthy immune system. Choose lean red meats, poultry and fish, dried beans and soy. You also can choose protein-rich plant sources with heart-healthy fat, like peanut butter and nuts. --Choose foods rich in vitamins C and E. These two antioxidant-rich vitamins protect cells -- including those of your immune system -- from damage by toxins in the environment. Choose citrus fruits/juices, melons, mangoes, kiwi, peppers, tomatoes, berries, broccoli, cabbage, sweet/white potatoes, winter squash, leafy greens, almonds, hazelnuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, safflower oil, whole grains and fortified cereals several times a day. --Eat probiotic foods to help build up the good bacteria in the intestines. These bacteria play a role in help-

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ing fend off illnesses. Any fermented food is rich in this type of good bacteria, so choose yogurt, sauerkraut, tofu, brine-treated pickles and aged cheese at least daily. --Add a zinc-rich food to your daily diet to increase the production of white blood cells in your body. Research shows that this effect can reduce the number of days you’ll suffer from a cold. Some foods rich in zinc are yogurt, lean red meat, poultry and fish, almonds, pumpkin seeds and fortified cereals.

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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Burning Throat Pain Could Signal Angina DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read your column all the time, and I was wondering if anyone has ever written to ask a question about burning in the throat. I was a smoker for years. It’s been five months since I have had a cigarette. This throat burning occurs when I walk or try to exercise or even carry laundry. I would like to know what it means. It feels like hot ice in my throat. -- F.R. ANSWER: I don’t want to alarm you, but I will breathe more easily if you see a doctor very soon. What you describe could be a sign of angina, pain caused by the narrowing of a heart artery or arteries. More often, people describe angina as chest tightness or discomfort that occurs when they’re active, as in walking, exercising or carrying laundry, and then lets up when they stop. The variations on angina pain are many. It can be felt as jaw pain, shoulder and arm pain (on the left more often than the right) or neck pain. People use words like “squeezing,” “crushing” or “suffocating.” Some say it feels like throat tightness. Burning throat pain could be another variant of angina. Do see a doctor quickly. Stop doing things that bring on this pain until you do. The booklet on angina and coronary artery disease explains this common malady and how it’s treated. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 101W, 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: My daughter is on Effexor for depression. She’s been on it for six months, and actually is doing quite well. She’s able to handle her job and take care of her family. Does she take this medicine for life? I worry about addiction and what it might be doing to her brain. -- N.M. ANSWER: Antidepressants are not addicting. They don’t damage the brain. What they do is restore normal brain chemistry. An imbalance in brain messenger chemicals is believed to lead to depression. Your daughter’s doctor will tell her when she can stop taking the medicine. If a person relapses into another depression after stopping medicine, then she should take antidepressants for a more prolonged period, possibly for life. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I think my husband is an alcoholic. He’s not abusive, but his consumption of alcohol is more than a six-pack of beer a day, and sometimes whiskey. He usually falls asleep in a chair. My sister tells me the cage test can diagnose alcoholism. What is it, and where can he get it done? He won’t talk about these things to me. -- C.L.

• On Jan. 18, 1803, in a secret message to Congress, President Thomas Jefferson requests funding for the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the mysterious Far West and perhaps find a Northwest Passage to the Pacific. Jefferson officially asked Congress for $2,500, though some sources indicate the expedition ultimately cost closer to $50,000.

ANSWER: It’s not a lab test. It’s four questions. They are: 1) Have you ever felt the need to Cut down on your drinking? 2) Are you Annoyed when people criticize your drinking? 3) Do you ever feel Guilty about your drinking? 4) Have you ever taken a drink first thing in the morning as an Eye-opener? Two “yes” answers indicate alcoholism. It’s a simple but reliable test.

• On Jan. 14, 1875, theologian, musician, philosopher and Nobel Prize-winning physician Albert Schweitzer is born in Upper-Alsace, Germany. Schweitzer’s philosophy revolved around what he called “reverence for life,” the idea that all life must be respected and loved. • On Jan. 19, 1883, two steamers, the Cimbria and the Sultan, collide in heavy fog in the North Sea, resulting in the deaths of 357 people. For those who did not make it into a lifeboat, the cold water was deadly. Hypothermia and drowning claimed hundreds of lives within minutes. • On Jan. 16, 1942, actress Carole Lombard, famous for her roles in screwball comedies such as “My Man Godfrey” and for her marriage to actor Clark Gable, is killed when the TWA DC-3 plane she is traveling in crashes en route from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.

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• On Jan. 20, 1980, President Jimmy Carter proposes that the 1980 Summer Olympics be moved from the planned host city, Moscow, if the Soviet Union failed to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan within a month. The United States was one of some 60 countries that eventually boycotted the Moscow Olympics.

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1. MOVIES: What was the name of the angel in the movie “It’s a Wonder ful Life”?

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• On Jan. 15, 1951, Ilse Koch, wife of the commandant of the Buchenwald concentration camp, is sentenced to life imprisonment in a court in West Germany for her extraordinary sadism. The “Witch of Buchenwald” collected lampshades, book covers and gloves made from the skin of tattooed camp prisoners. • On Jan. 17, 1966, an American B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 jet tanker over Spain’s Mediterranean coast, dropping three 70-kiloton hydrogen bombs near the town of Palomares and another into the sea. The U.S. eventually settled some 500 claims by residents whose health was adversely affected.

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SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles Where Will You Live?

Is this the year you’ll choose to stop driving? Are you prepared for that? Here are some thoughts, after reading a recent report by the Urban Land Institute, about what we might tend to want as a group. They have us broken down into age groups: Leading-Edge Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1955, and the Silent Generation, ages 67 to 80 years old. We Leading-Edge Boomers don’t especially want to move to a seniors-only residence where we’re surrounded by other seniors. We’ve been active, and we want to stay active. We’ll tend to do more ordering online or having items delivered by UPS and FedEx. Boomers tend to live in the suburbs and want to stay in our own homes. If we do move, it will probably be to a place where cars aren’t as necessary but goods and services will be nearby. The Silent Generation will consider warmer climates and co-housing “village” areas where services are brought to us. There will be those who prefer the hubbub of downtowns with a mix of young and old, but with culture, libraries, walk-friendly streets and stores in easy reach. Both groups might choose from college towns (to live near children and take advantage of on-campus activities), manufactured housing, co-housing and group living (multi-generational), and “affinity” retirement communities (bringing people together based on shared interests). At some point, however, driving will become an issue. Where do you want to be when that happens? Before driving becomes a question in anyone’s mind, consider taking a seniors’ driving class, and maybe a refresher every year. Get a head start on knowing the physical changes that happen to all of us that can impact driver safety.

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: This Christmas, we thought we bought the perfect puppy for our son. “Chipper” looked adorable and healthy at the pet store when we picked him out. However, a couple of days after we brought him home, Chipper got very ill; he was lethargic and vomiting. We took him to the vet right away, where he remains, recovering from several issues the vet said are typical of puppy-mill dogs. He also said that puppy-mill dogs can have behavioral problems as well. Now I’m not sure we should keep him. What should we do? -- Taken for a Ride in Pennsylvania DEAR TAKEN: OK, first off, please keep Chipper. Even though he is not the perfectly healthy puppy you expected, it’s not his fault. Furthermore, you made a commitment to bring a pet into your home, and you should stick with that promise. Second, you can complain about what happened. Complain to store management, write the corporate headquarters, if there is one, and complain to the Better Business Bureau. Pet stores and breeders must be licensed by the USDA to sell pets, and are supposed to be inspected regularly. You can contact the local SPCA, the Humane Society of the United States (hsus.org) or the ASPCA (aspca.org) if you think Chipper came from a puppy mill. Again, please keep him if at all possible. Too many puppy-mill dogs wind up in shelters, or are euthanized, due to health and behavioral problems that their owners didn’t want to deal with. If his health issues become overwhelming, talk to your vet about treatment and payment options. To head off potential behavioral problems, contact a dog trainer who has experience dealing with difficult dogs. Send your questions or comments 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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required for the decapitations, so it was deemed acceptable for a helper to actually perform the executions. Only the official office-holder could put the official seal on the act, however, so the poor boy had to witness every one. It wasn’t until the ripe old age of 12 that he began to take over the full duties of the office. • It was American humorist and columnist Josh Billings who made the following sage observation: “Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.” • You think there are a lot of lawsuits being heard in the courts these days? Statistics show that half of the suits filed never even make it to court. • In France in the 1700s, capital punishment was not uncommon, and criminals thus condemned were decapitated by the country’s Chief Executioner. This position was hereditary, which posed a problem when, in 1726, the holder of that title, Charles-Jean-Baptiste Sanson, suffered an early death, leaving his 7-year-old son, Charles, to take up the grisly duties. It was obvious to all that a child could never wield the heavy axe

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• When famed inventor Alexander Graham Bell died in 1922, he was dictating a memo. His final words were, “So little done, so much to do!” • If you’re a fan of big brass, you might want to head to Millersville, Pa., in May. Every year during that month, the town celebrates International Tuba Day, with some 50 tuba players on hand to serenade the crowd. • There’s been much public conversation about the growing girth of Americans in recent decades. It’s not just people who are gaining weight, though; between 1996 and 2006, the average motor vehicle made in the U.S. gained 500 pounds. *** Thought for the Day: “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” -- Katharine Hepburn

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1. He did it in 349 consecutive games. 2. Lefty Gomez pitched six innings in the 1935 game. 3. Five (1970, ‘71, ‘94, ‘95 and ‘97). 4. The New York Knicks, in 1999. 5. Wayne Gretzky (1.921 points per game), Mario Lemieux (1.883) and Mike Bossy (1.497). 6. The U.S. had never lost to Jamaica. 7. Lamon Brewster, in 2004.

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