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Week of March 7, 2011

Vol. 1, Issue 3

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by Kathy Wolfe You’ll recognize most of these folks, but what do they all have in common? They were all born during the month of March! • In his younger years, we knew him as Opie Taylor and Richie Cunningham, but today he’s a famous film director and producer, having brought us such memorable films as “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Da Vinci Code.” Ron Howard appeared in his first movie at the age of 18 months, the 1956 film “Frontier Woman.” He portrayed Opie Taylor living in Mayberry from 1960 to 1968, and starred in “Happy Days” from 1974 to 1980. Howard was actually a sixth cousin to his “Andy Griffith” co-star Don “Barney Fife” Knotts. Howard has been married to his high school sweetheart since 1975. • March 2 seems to be a popular day for the birth of musicians. In 1950, mellow crooner and drummer Karen Carpenter of the popular 1970s duo The Carpenters was born in Connecticut. On the same day five years later, Jay Osmond of Osmond Brothers fame was born, and the next year, John Cowsill of the 1960s pop group The Cowsills made his appearance. Jon Bon Jovi and English musician Chris Martin of Coldplay share that March 2 birth date as well. • The 7-foot, 1-inch (2.16-m) tall, 325-pound (147-kg) basketball star Shaquille O’Neal turns 39 this month. O’Neal traverses the court wearing a size 23 shoe. He was drafted out of Louisiana State University as the first overall pick in NBA’s 1992 draft by the Orlando Magic. His 18-year career has moved him from the Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers, on to the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and in 2010, to the Boston Celtics. He’s racked up three All-Star Game MVP awards, three Finals MVP’s, and was selected for the All-NBA team 14 times. During his hot 2000 season, he was the NBA MVP, All-Star Game MBP and Finals MVP, one of only three players to accomplish this feat in the same year. O’Neal is fifth in all-time points scored. Off the court, he has released four rap albums and starred in two of his own reality shows. • The first British royal baby to have a public christening was Princess Eugenie of York, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, former Duchess. Eugenie, born in March of 1990, is sixth in the line of succession to the throne. • The Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon has been Turn The Page For More!


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¥ On March 15, 45 B.C, Julius Caesar, the “dictator for life” of the Roman Empire, is murdered by his own senators at a meeting in a hall next to Pompey’s Theatre. The conspiracy against Caesar encompassed as many as 60 noblemen, including Caesar’s own protege, Marcus Brutus. ¥ On March 20, 1345, according to scholars at the University of Paris, the Black Death, also known as the Plague, is created from what they call “a triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th degree of Aquarius. It is now known that bubonic plague was carried by fleas. ¥ On March 14, 1879, Albert Einstein is born, the son of a Jewish electrical engineer, in Ulm, Germany. Einstein’s theories of relativity drastically altered man’s view of the universe, and his work helped make possible the atomic bomb. ¥ On March 17, 1905, future president Franklin Delano Roosevelt weds his fifth cousin once removed, Eleanor Roosevelt, in New York. In 1918, Eleanor was devastated to discover that Franklin was having an affair with her secretary, Lucy Mercer. When Eleanor threatened to leave him, his mother intervened and offered to support Eleanor financially if she would stay in the marriage.

1. SCIENCE: Which scientist was the first to use the word “cell” in describing the basic components of life forms? 2. TELEVISION: Which state was the setting for TV’s “Knots Landing”? 3. MYTHOLOGY: In the legend of King Arthur, what was the name of Merlin’s mistress, who also was called The Lady of the Lake? 4. POETRY: Who wrote, “Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come”? 5. GEOGRAPHY: Which body of water would one find east of Greece? 6. MUSIC: Where would one find a coda to a piece of music? 7. INVENTIONS: When was the zipper invented? 8. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is terra cotta often used to make? 9. ANATOMY: What’s another word or words for capillary? 10. U.S. STATES: Which state’s largest body of fresh water is called Moosehead Lake?

Answers 1. Robert Hooke 2. California 3. Vivian 4. Carl Sandburg 5. Aegean Sea 6. At the end 7. 1891 8. Pottery 9. Blood vessel 10. Maine

hosted every year since 1966 by comedian Jerry Lewis. Born Jerome Levitch, Lewis got his start in 1946 when he paired up with Dean Martin, and the two began a series of comedy films. In the late 1960s, Lewis taught a film directing class at the University of Southern California, teaching students that included a young Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The first MD fundraiser brought in $1,002,114, while 2010’s reached $58,919,838. Since its inception, it has raised over $2.5 billion. • It was a wonderful day in the neighborhood from 1968 to 2001 when March baby Fred Rogers hosted the children’s program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” A typical episode might include a field trip to a local business, a visit with the television audience, a live guest, and a time to feed his fish Fennel and Frieda. The gentle, soft-spoken Fred had a music composition degree, and in fact, composed most of the music used on the Emmy-winning program. Rogers was also an ordained Presbyterian minister. Many of his trademark cardigan sweaters were made by his mother. You can view a red cardigan worn by Rogers at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. Interestingly, Rogers never saw his sweater as red, since he was red-green color blind. • Born in March of 1956, Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark has won more races than any other skier in history. The gold medal winner in slalom and giant slalom at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics began skiing at age five, winning his first national competition at age eight. • The winner of “American Idol’s” fourth season, Carrie Underwood, is an “Okie from Muskogee.” Born there in March of 1983 to a sawmill worker and elementary school teacher, Underwood graduated as salutatorian of her high school class. She went on to graduate magna cum laude from Oklahoma’s Northeastern State University with a degree in mass communications. Prior to her 2004 audition for “Idol,” Underwood had never been on an airplane. She has been on People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People” list four years in a row. • Two of the actors who have portrayed James Bond were March babies. Welsh actor Timothy Dalton was the secret agent in 1987’s “The Living Daylights” and 1989’s “License to Kill.” When Dalton was just 22 years old, he was approached by Albert Broccoli to replace Sean Connery for the role. Dalton turned him down, feeling he was too young to play Bond. He was actually considered four separate times before finally taking it at age 46. British actor and March baby Daniel Craig is the current Bond, the sixth actor have the part. We’ve seen him in 2006’s “Casino Royale” and 2008’s “Quantum of Solace.” • In the midst of the JFK assassination controversy was the figure Jack Ruby, the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald. As deputies prepared to transfer Oswald from police headquarters to the county jail, Ruby stepped from the crowd and shot the 24 year old in the abdomen during a live television broadcast. A Dallas nightclub owner, Ruby had connections with gangsters, leading to the theory that Ruby was part of a large-scale conspiracy. He denied it, stating that his only motive was to spare Jackie Kennedy the trauma of having to appear at Oswald’s trial. Less than four months after the murder, Ruby was convicted and received the death penalty. His lawyers appealed, arguing that he could not have received a fair trial in the city of Dallas. The appellate court agreed and granted a new trial in a different venue, overturning his conviction and sentence. Two months before the new trial was to begin, Ruby entered Dallas’ Parkland Hospital (the same hospital where both Kennedy and Oswald had been declared dead), suffering from pneumonia. One day later, he was diagnosed with liver, lung and brain cancer, and three weeks later, Ruby was dead. To the very end he maintained that he alone was responsible for Oswald’s death, saying, “There is nothing to hide. There was no one else.”

¥ On March 18, 1911, Irving Berlin copyrights the biggest pop song of the early 20th century, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band.” In the first two decades of the 20th century, musical popularity was based not on the sale of recorded performances, but on the sale of sheet music. Future Berlin hits would include “White Christmas” and “God Bless America.” ¥ On March 16, 1926, American Robert H. Goddard launches the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket at Auburn, Mass. The rocket, fueled by liquid oxygen and gasoline, traveled for 2.5 seconds at a speed of about 60 mph, reaching an altitude of 41 feet and landing 184 feet away. ¥ On March 19, 1957, Elvis Presley puts down a $1,000 deposit on a $102,500 house in Memphis, Tenn. The Southern mansion on a 13.8-acre wooded estate was later named Graceland. Today, Graceland is the second-most-visited house in America, after the White House.


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SautŽed Cabbage with Peas Onion, sautŽed until golden, adds a wonderfully nutty flavor to this simple side dish. 2 tablespoons margarine or butter 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 1 small (about 2 pounds) head savoy cabbage, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices, with tough ribs discarded 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 package (10-ounce) frozen baby peas 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill 1. In 12-inch skillet, melt margarine or butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. 2. Add cabbage, salt, sugar and pepper, and cook until cabbage is tender-crisp, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in broth, and cook 10 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Spoon mixture into bowl; cover and refrigerate up to 1 day. 3. To complete, return cabbage mixture to skillet; add frozen peas and dill. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, 12 to 15 minutes, until heated through. Serves 8. ¥ Each serving: About 90 calories, 3g total fat (1g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 345mg sodium, 13g total carbs, 4g protein.

Glazed Corned Beef This recipe appears in “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” an award-winning cookbook created in 1979 to benefit the Baddour Center of Senatobia, Miss. To order, visit the online store at baddour.org. 5 pounds corned beef brisket or rump Apple jelly 1 lemon, peel and juice 1 orange, peel and juice soup 1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise 1 teaspoon prepared mustard 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 can (16 ounce) apricot halves, drained 1 can (20 ounce) pineapple chunks, drained Parsley for garnish 1. Place corned beef in large kettle. Cover with water and

County Mayo Casserole Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this simple but grand main dish named after the county in Ireland. Erin go Bragh! 2 cups chopped cabbage 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 cup shredded carrots 2 (2.5-ounce) packages 90 percent lean corned beef, shredded 2 cups cooked noodles, rinsed and drained 3 (3/4-ounce) slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese, shredded 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter-flavored cooking spray. 2. In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, saute cabbage, celery, onion and carrots for 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in corned beef, noodles and Swiss cheese. Add mushroom soup, mayonnaise, mustard and black pepper. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish. 3. Bake for 30 minutes. Place baking dish on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Divide into 4 servings.

simmer 3 to 4 hours or until tender.

¥ Each serving equals: 289 calories, 8g fat, 16g protein, 36g carb., 983mg sodium, 3g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Meat, 1 1/2 Starch/Carb., 1 Vegetable.

Serves 8.

2. Combine jelly, lemon and orange peel and juice in saucepan; heat until jelly melts. Remove corned beef from water to shallow baking pan. 3. Arrange apricot halves and pineapple chunks around meat. Baste meat and fruit with half the jelly glaze. Bake at 375 F. for 25 minutes. 4. Baste again with remaining glaze. Bake 30 minutes longer. Remove all to heated platter and garnish with parsley.

¥ Each serving: About 510 calories, 26g total fat, 133mg cholesterol, 1,555mg sodium.


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Tom H. of Fairlawn, N.J., wrote to ask, “What is Tom Cruise up to lately? ... Is he making anything but ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies?” Cruise and a partner own United Artists and have been looking for projects. However, it looks as if he will star in the Warner Brothers/New Line film version of the Broadway smash hit “Rock of Ages.” Adam Shankman, who brought “Hairspray” to the screen, will direct and choreograph the film, built around rock hits of the ‘80s by Journey, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi and Pat Benatar. It follows a couple who meet at a Sunset Strip club called Rock of Ages, fall in love and try to stay together while living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. Could Tom’s recent appearance on an awards show as an older/fictitious character who danced with Jennifer Lopez been an audition for this role? Will we be able to accept him as a rock star, and will he sing well enough to pull it off? We’ll just have to wait and see! Oh, the power of a hit television series. Last year no one had ever heard of Chord Overstreet, who plays Sam Evans on the Fox show “Glee.” The Nashville native is the son of country-music singer-songwriter Paul Overstreet and the brother of Nash Overstreet of the Hot Chelle Rae band. A small role on “iCarly” and in the film “The Hole” (‘09) brought him to “Glee’s” door. For his 22nd birthday, Chord received an offer he couldn’t refuse: a reported $10,000 for a personal appearance at the Las Vegas nightclub Tao in The Venetian Hotel, plus $2,500 in gambling money (they love people seeing celebs gambling at their tables), as well as airline tickets and hotel rooms for his 15 closest friends. Talk about celebrating your birthday Hollywood style! Another birthday present was being signed to star with Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz in the upcoming film “Warrior,” due out later this year. PHOTO: Tom Cruise

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Who Can Dethrone Jimmie Johnson? As the 2011 season gets under way, one NASCAR driver after another remarked that the sport had never been so competitive. Say what? The same guy has won the past five championships! By definition, the level of competition is lower, not higher, when one guy wins all the time. The guy’s name, of course, is Jimmie Johnson. He has the best crew chief (Chad Knaus), and the two of them work for the best team (Hendrick Motorsports). Since Johnson debuted in NASCAR’s premier series, now Sprint Cup, in 2002, it hasn’t been competitive at all. He’s won 53 races, almost twice as many as any other driver. During that span, Tony Stewart is second with 27. Jeff Gordon has 24. No signs of weakness darken the perennial champion’s outlook. “Well, it’s obviously a new year and new set of challenges,” said Johnson. “It’s awfully early to even understand what the challenges are going to be. We hope that we’re smarter through all the hard work that we’ve been going through in the offseason. We’re working hard on all fronts to be a better race team. “Last year we learned a lot more about ourselves and kind of validated our core beliefs and stuck to what the (No.) 48 team is known for and what we believe in, and were still able to overcome a lot of adversity and win a championship. I feel like we’ll be stronger and better, but we just don’t know until we get into the meat of the season, and the first goal is obviously to make the Chase and from there figure out how to win again.” What could make NASCAR more competitive? Why, beating Johnson would be a good start. Seldom has excellence been less appreciated. The easygoing Johnson is an unlikely villain. He is good-natured, reasonably frank and cooperative. He cheerfully upholds his obligations. Few of his detractors in the grandstand would dislike him if they knew him personally. What Johnson, in his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy, has done in nine seasons, not just the past five, is incredible. He has never finished worse than fifth in the standings. Over the span of his career, Johnson has also dominated the sport in laps led (10,996), winning percentage (.164), earnings ($88,893,977) and points (55,592). As Johnson said after the fourth of his five straight titles, “I’ve always set my marks high -- but I had no clue this stuff would happen.” Johnson locked up his fifth championship by finishing second to Carl Edwards in the final race. He came to Homestead-Miami Speedway trailing Denny Hamlin by 15 points, but Hamlin struggled all day and

finished 14th. Kevin Harvick, who finished third in the Ford 400, was 41 points off the pace. Hamlin and Harvick made Johnson work and figure to do so again, but this is neither horseshoes nor hand grenades, and close doesn’t count. Johnson’s mastery is centered in the format known as the Chase. After 26 races, the standings are redrawn and the 12 drivers then deemed worthy to compete for the championship begin what basically are races within races for the final 10 events. Beginning in 2006, the first of Johnson’s five consecutive championship years, not once has he led the standings at the end of the regular season. But Johnson has won 19 of the 70 Chase races since the format was devised in 2004. In second place is Carl Edwards with eight. “Jimmie has had an unbelievable ability to perform in the Chase and win championships,” said Edwards. What is a Chase without “hot pursuit”? Hamlin and Harvick are obviously the most likely to give Johnson a run for even more money. Hamlin had more victories than anyone, led the standings entering the final race and staked his claim to the ever-changing, seldom-true role of heir apparent. Harvick’s consistency over the course of the season was by far the best. Edwards, who finished fourth in the 2010 standings and won the season’s final two races, also figures to challenge the perennial nature of Johnson titles. It is a daunting task, however, and they all know it. Editor’s note: Carl Edwards had the best showing in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, finishing second behind winner Trevor Bayne. Hamlin finished 21st, Jimmie Johnson 27th and Kevin Harvick at 42d with an engine-failure DNF.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Consider moving beyond the usual methods to find a more creative means of handling a difficult on-the-job situation. Avoid confrontation and, instead, aim for cooperation. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Seasonal change creates a new look for the outdoors. It also inspires Taureans to redo their own environments, and this is a good week to start redoing both your home and workplace. Enjoy. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A misunderstanding needs to be straightened out so the wrong impression isn’t allowed to stand. If necessary, offer to support the use of a third party to act as an impartial arbitrator. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A career change offering what you want in money and responsibilities could involve moving to a new location. Discuss this with family members before making a decision. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Feeling miffed over how you believe you were treated is understandable. But before you decide to “set things straight,” make sure the whole thing wasn’t just a misinterpretation of the facts. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Showing you care makes it easier to build trust and gain an advantage in handling a delicate situation. What you learn from this experience also will help you understand yourself better. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Planning for the future is fine, especially if you include the roles that family members may be asked to play. Don’t be surprised if some hidden emotions are revealed in the process. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Making choices highlights much of the week, and you have a head start here, thanks to your ability to grasp the facts of a situation and interpret them in a clear-cut manner. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Carrying a torch can be a two-way situation: It can either keep you tied to the past or help light your way to the future. The choice, as always, has to be yours. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your watchwords this week are: “Focus.” “Focus.” “Focus.” Don’t let yourself be distracted from what you set out to do. There’ll be time later to look over other possibilities. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A workplace opportunity might require changes you’re not keen on making. Discuss the plusses and minuses with someone familiar with the situation before you make a decision. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Love and romance are strong in your aspect this week. If you’ve already met the right person, expect your relationship to grow. And if you’re still looking, odds are you’ll soon be finding it. BORN THIS WEEK: You approach life in a wise and measured manner, which gives you an edge in many areas.


For Advertising Call 251-680-7052 OVERCOMING THE ODDS: ALBERT EINSTEIN The name of Albert Einstein is synonymous with the word “genius,” but it nearly didn’t turn out that way. Follow along as Tidbits examines the life of this famous physicist, philosopher and author, born in March of 1879. • Experiencing difficulties with language, Albert Einstein didn’t begin to speak until he was nearly four years old. He didn’t read until age nine and was considered slow and even borderline mentally retarded by some of his teachers. The headmaster of his school advised Einstein’s parents to send him to a trade school. There was nothing wrong with his intelligence — the real problem was dyslexia, and when he transferred to a school that stressed “creative thinking and hands-on learning,” Einstein’s academic performance took a giant leap forward. • In 1896, at the age of 17, he renounced his citizenship in the German Kingdom of Wurttemberg to avoid conscription in the military. He enrolled in Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology, where he received his diploma in 1901 and acquired Swiss citizenship the same year. When Einstein couldn’t find a teaching position after months of searching, he took a job as an examiner in the Swiss Patent Office evaluating patent applications for electromagnetic devices, a position he held for seven years. • During his employ at the Patent Office, Einstein earned his doctorate from the University of Zurich and began publishing papers on the photoelectric effect, relativity, and matter and energy. His earlier papers attempted to prove that atoms exist and were written at a time when physicists did not accept this view. • The 20th century’s best-known equation was Einstein’s E = mc2, which suggests that small amounts of mass could be converted into large amounts of energy. He was finally being recognized by the academic world and by 1908, at age 29, was considered a leading scientist. A teaching position was finally his at the University of Zurich. • By 1914, Einstein was once again a German citizen and director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics. In 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. • In 1933, as the Nazis rose to power in Germany under Adolf Hitler, Jews were barred from teaching at universities. The Nazis began book burnings, and Einstein’s works were some of the first to go. His name was on a list of assassination targets. He renounced his German citizenship, emigrated to the United States and became the Professor of Theoretical Physics at Princeton University. • In 1939, as World War II was brewing, Einstein wrote a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt warning him of the possibility that the Nazis might be working on an atomic bomb. It was Einstein’s recommendation that the United States should begin research into the use of uranium, and the top secret “Manhattan Project” was put in place to develop the first nuclear weapons. Although Einstein himself did not work on the bomb project, he later expressed sadness that the bomb was used against civilian populations, saying, “I made one great mistake in my life — when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt, but there was some justification — the danger that the Germans would make them.” • Einstein made one last citizenship change in his life in 1940, becoming an American citizen. Four months after his death in 1955, chemical element 99 was named Einsteinium. In 1999, he was named “Person of the Century” by Time magazine.

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ALL MY CHILDREN Bianca advised Erica to be certain of her feelings for Jack before marrying him. Ricky suggested to Kendall that she had just imagined that there was more to Zach’s letter. Jack refused Erica’s demand that he fire Krystal. Colby accidentally broadcast her video about Liza and Damon on the Internet. Bianca asked Marissa to represent her. Amanda watched from afar as an emotional Cara tried to give her wedding ring back to Jake. Wait to See: Ryan overhears Madison talking about her pregnancy. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Bill fantasized about how much better life would be without Amber. Steffy told her mom the real reason she came home from Paris. Thomas tried to impress Dayzee with a flight to San Francisco. Marcus questioned Amber about the paternity of her baby. Liam and Hope ended their relationship. Brooke suspected that Steffy still held a torch for Bill. Wait to See: Stephanie struggles with her past demons. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Daniel revealed to Sami that Rafe was never in an accident. Melanie admitted to Philip that she still loved him. Meanwhile, Nathan hurried to the pub to make his own declaration of love to Melanie. Abigail found herself smitten with Chad until she wrongly assumed that Johnny was his son. Stefano gave the real Rafe a drug that would erase his memories. Philip reunited Chloe with their son. Wait to See: Victor kisses Maggie. GENERAL HOSPITAL Jason received a phone call from Franco admitting that he helped set up the car bomb. Sam suffered temporary hearing loss after the explosion. Tracy saw a softer side of Luke around Edward. Terrell and Lisa came up with a new plan to keep Robin away from Patrick. Nikolas felt that he had to try again with Elizabeth despite his growing feelings for Brook Lynn. It was revealed that Brenda’s baby might still be alive. Carly told Jax that she hoped her sons would follow in his footsteps and not Sonny’s. Wait to See: Elizabeth runs a new DNA test on Aiden. ONE LIFE TO LIVE Tess was able to avoid being institutionalized by her parents after revealing that Ford was her husband. Todd bullied Inez into telling him where Dani and Nate were staying. Dorian admitted to Cutter that she was still in love with David. Todd got overly aggressive when he found his daughter with Nate. Tess was able to get her hands on Ryder by pretending to be Jessica. Wait to See: John and Todd are targeted by gunfire. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Adam caved under pressure from Victor and said that he forged the documents. Tucker fired Jack but agreed to rehire him later. Ashley wondered if she could ever trust Jack again. Adam hit Nick after walking in on him comforting Sharon. Victor realized that he must tell the truth about Hawaii for Sharon’s sake. Meggie began blackmailing Deacon from the jail. Wait to See: Adam buys a ticket out of Genoa City. PHOTO: Christina Bennett stars as “Bianca” on All My Children”


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