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TIDBITS® SUGGESTS YOU EAT YOUR GREENS! by Patricia L. Cook Just as “Popeye” from the cartoon of days gone by ate his spinach for strength, we should eat

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Tidbits® of Salina EAT YOUR GREENS! (continued): • Nussinow, in a webMD article, ranked the nutrition of the most widely eaten greens in the United States. The top 10 are: kale, collards, turnip greens, Swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli, red and green leaf and romaine lettuces (altogether), cabbage, and iceberg lettuce. • There are other nutritional greens not listed above that are widely available in North America. The information available for all greens is immense. We’ll look at some interesting Tidbits for both highly and less popular greens. • Even though it may sound incorrect, all greens are not green! Leafy green vegetables have much color variety, from the bluish-green of kale to the bright “Kelly” green of spinach, to the light, somewhat white of cabbage.

1. MYTHOLOGY: What creatures are combined to form the mythical creature called a centaur? 2. LANGUAGE: What kind of website is named for the Hawaiian word for “quick”? 3. ETIQUETTE: What is the traditional type of gift given on fifth wedding anniversaries? 4. PERSONALITIES: Who was the prince who married actress Rita Hayworth in 1949? 5. RELIGION: Who is the patron saint of sailors? 6. MUSIC: What does the musical direction “sostenuto” mean? 7. TELEVISION: What is the name of the mayor on “The Simpsons”? 8. INVENTIONS: Who invented the artificial heart? 9. LITERATURE: Who wrote “The Armies of the Night,” a nonfiction book about Vietnam protests? 10. ART: Who created the “Vitruvian Man” illustration?

• There is even a black cabbage (Cavalo Nero), which is actually a very dark green that is also called Tuscan kale. It originated from the Tuscany region of Italy where it is grown in most vegetable gardens. Cavalo Nero is an essential ingredient in the very healthy signature soup of the region, ribollita. • The Tuscan region of Italy is famous for many culinary things including the cooking term, “Florentine.” This term can be interpreted as the cooking style used in Florence, Italy, but has also come to describe the cuisine that includes spinach as an ingredient. Florentine cooking also uses fresh herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley and thyme. Since Tuscany is close to the coast, Florentine cooking features seafood dishes as well as local boar, rabbit and beef from the regions’ white Chianina cattle. According to folklore, the association of spinach with Florence may have been because of Catherine de Medici, the Italian wife of King Henry II, who reigned in France from 1560-1563. • Supposedly to honor her Italian roots, Queen Catherine introduced spinach to the Court of France and dubbed any dish containing spinach to be “Florentine.” Whether the story is true or not, Florentine is now synonymous with spinach in

on what you missed or refresh your memory.) I spoke with series co-star Nicole Forester, who plays Maggie, ambitious wife of Illinois State Senator Ben Zajac, and she gave me some teasers about what to expect this season. “What you saw at the end of season one with Ben and Maggie is a good indicator of where they’re going, as far as Maggie taking the reins and doing whatever she has to do to keep her husband in a direction that will result in them going all the way to the Governor’s Mansion,” Nichole said. “This season is totally intense. Even though I’ve read the scripts and I know what’s coming, when I’m at home watching the episodes, I’m going: ‘Holy crap! I canÔt believe it!’ And there’s only going to be more of that in season two. Every episode is just loaded with surprises, and it’s just intense all the way around.” For my entire interview with Nicole and to learn more about “Boss,” as well as what it was like shooting “Jack Reacher” with Tom Cruise, go to *** Q: Can you tell me if “Justified” will be back for another season, and if so, when? Also, when will season three be out on video? This is my favorite show. -- Peggy E., via e-mail

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A: The Timothy Olyphant-starring Western crime drama will return to FX for a 13-episode fourth season in the beginning of 2013, although an exact date has not been given yet. If the release of the season three DVD follows in the pattern of the previous two, then it should be released in the weeks leading up to the season four premiere. *** Q: I have not seen any information on Alex Trebek since the news of his heart attack in June. Is he out of the hospital? Is he back to taping “Jeopardy”? -- Lori Engel, via e-mail A: Alex’s heart attack, which he suffered June 23 after doing some work around the house, was a mild one. He was released from the hospital after a few days and is doing very well. He even returned to work last month to tape new episodes of “Jeopardy.” *** Q: My wife and I have enjoyed watching “Memphis Beat” on TNT for the past couple of years, but we haven’t heard anything about its return. Any news would be appreciated. -- David D., via e-mail A: The crime dramedy starring Jason Lee was canceled by TNT in October 2011 after the show’s second season. The series is not yet available on DVD. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at

Peach-Raspberry Crisp Peaches and raspberries harmonize perfectly in this summer crisp from chef Bobby Flay. 1 lemon 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 tablespoons Demerara or brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 6 ripe peaches, peeled and halved 1 pint raspberries 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/8 teaspoon salt Whipped cream or ice cream 1. From lemon, grate 1 tablespoon peel; squeeze 3 tablespoons juice. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, Demerara sugar, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and lemon peel; blend in butter until small and large clumps form. Refrigerate 15 minutes. 2. Preheat oven to 375 F. 3. Cut peaches into 1/4-inch-thick slices. In bowl, toss peaches, berries, cornstarch, salt, lemon juice and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Let stand 15 minutes. 4. In 2-quart ceramic baking dish, spread fruit. Top with crumbs. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until filling is bubbling. Cool 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Serves 8. Each serving: About 365 calories, 15g total fat (9g saturated), 38mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 56g total carbs, 4g dietary fiber, 4g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping. com/recipefinder/. (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 EAT YOUR GREENS! (continued): dishes such as Eggs Florentine, Oysters Florentine and more. •

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“Florentines” refer to a sweet, baked confection

that contains no spinach! These Florentines are a European sweet served as a cake, bar or cookie. Sweet Florentines are a mixture of candied fruit, toasted nuts, honey and/or sugar and topped with a layer of melted chocolate. • Moving away from sweets and back to greens, a green that has many names around the world is rapini or what is more commonly known as broccoli raab. This green is unrelated to broccoli even though broccoli is in its name. It is a close relative to turnips, and the greens look very similar to turnip greens. Other names linked to this green are rapa, rapine, raab, rappi, rappone, fall and spring

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raab, turnip broccoli, broccoli rape, broccoli de rabe, Italian turnip and turnip broccoli. • As more greens are available in North America, an old favorite has decreased in popularity. Iceberg lettuce was an overwhelming success for years because of its ability to remain crunchy even after days and sometimes weeks of shipping. Up until the 1930s, iceberg was known as “Crisphead” lettuce. •

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partners, he formed an ice company in the 1930s that shipped fresh heads of lettuce across the country in rail cars. “Crisphead” lettuce became more commonly known as “iceberg” when folks

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would meet the train cars of ice-packed lettuce with calls of “The icebergs are coming!” The name change stuck, and Americans’ love of fresh salads grew with the fresh availability. • Up until the mid-1970s, more than 95 percent of all lettuce grown in the United States was iceberg. Even though leaf lettuces have surged in popularity in the last 30-40 years, iceberg still remains a big seller. So, the next time you are eating out, check to see if a “wedge” salad is offered. It will be the familiar iceberg we grew up with. •

Another popular salad that some think started

with Julius Caesar is the Caesar Salad. It actually had its start in Tijuana, Mexico, with Cesare Cardini, who immigrated to the San Diego area

“So Far Away” by Meg Mitchell Moore (Reagan Arthur Books, $25.99) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell “So Far Away” is a story of three very different women, separated by age and time but who still have something to teach one another. Kathleen is a middle-age archivist, widowed and lonely. Still aching from the disappearance of her troubled only child, she throws herself into helping others research their family histories while trying not too dwell too much on her own. Into her life walks Natalie, a sullen young teen needing help with a school project deciphering an old journal she found in her basement. Natalie is a complicated person, gleaming with intelligence but secretly cracking under terrible burdens: her parents’ divorce, her mother’s depression, her best friend’s betrayal. The third woman is Bridget, a young Irish immigrant struggling to make a new life in America. Bridget appears only within the pages of the old journal, but it is her nearly century-old tale that brings Kathleen and Natalie together. All of these women are haunted in some way. As a lowly servant in the 1920s, Bridget lives surrounded by what she longs for but is constantly reminded she cannot have. In the modern world, Natalie’s being tormented by bullies, and vicious texts and phone calls, cruel comments and malicious taunts shadow her every waking moment. As Kathleen finds out more about Natalie and her troubled home life, and the potential danger she’s in, she can’t resist getting involved in the fate of this girl she barely knows but who reminds her so much of the daughter she loved and and still blames herself for losing. Deftly interweaving vivid themes of parents and children, despair and hope, and the transforming power of second chances, “So Far Away” is an absorbing drama about both the things that change and the things that never do. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Get Free HDTV With Outdoor Antenna Q: I recently canceled my cable subscription in order to save money. While watching the news streamed on my computer is OK, I’d like to pick up local stations on my TV. How can I do that? -- Chuck F., New Hampshire A: Today’s over-the-air TV transmissions are entirely digital, a change mandated by the government a couple of years back. The old “analog” TV transmissions were switched off in 2010, something that owners of old tube televisions who try to pick up signals with their old antennae are painfully aware of. However, even with an older television, you can pick up line-of-sight transmissions and receive local television stations. Converter boxes are available at most large retailers that sell electronics and cost from $30 to $60. You can learn more at html. If you have a newer HD television, you might be able to pick up a few signals if the TV has a built-in digital antenna. If not, there are several HD antennas on the market. If you live in an area where TV signals

PHOTO: Jeremy Renner HOLLYWOOD -- While everyone on magazine shows is talking about the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes split, the pre-nup, how skillfully Katie pulled off the break, how Cruise is weathering it all ... the rumor mill already has moved on. Insiders are speculating that he’s being consoled by his “Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol” co-star and “special” friend Jeremy Renner. Renner, twice Oscar nominated for “The Hurt Locker” (2009) and “The Town” (2010), featured in “Thor” and “The Avengers,” and making it big with “The Bourne Legacy,” has developed a “special” bond with Cruise. For some time, the Internet has buzzed about Renner’s “special” friendship with actor Kristoffer Winters, his partner in a house-flipping business. Winters is best known for Renner’s film “The Hurt Locker,” “Dude, Where’s My Car” and “Contact.” You have to draw your own conclusions about

are traditionally faint, you’ll absolutely need one of these. They start at around $45 and go up in price, but the plus side is that you won’t pay any more money for TV signals once the antenna is up. At least one brand of HD antenna was designed to be set up inside your home, but there are other brands specifically made to be set up outside or on the roof. Outdoor antennas can pick up signals up to 50 miles away in most cases, as long as there aren’t too many obstructions like hills or other buildings between your home and the transmission source. To set up an outdoor HD antenna, follow the instructions included with the product. Those made for rooftops should include proper mounting bolts and, ideally, small sealing squares (basically roof-patching squares) that sit between the antenna mount base and the roof. If those sealing squares aren’t included, head to your home-improvement store for roof patches and cut them to fit. You’ll also need to feed the coaxial cable connecting the antenna back into the house to your television. If possible, try using the holes already drilled by the cable company to install its coax, rather than punch more holes in your home’s envelope. A number of videos on the web can provide more information on antenna installation. This video ( shows one homeowner’s installation option, at the top of the eave. Another ( provides details on properly positioning the antenna for an optimal signal, which is important in remote areas. HOME TIP: If you have an existing dish or antenna mount on the roof, take note of how the mount base is set up. It can be a big help in setting up your HD antenna without causing a roof leak.

Send your questions or tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. rumors, but there’s usually some truth underlying them. Funny how time has a way of making the truth come out into the open! *** What if you were having dinner with a friend at a celebrity hangout like the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood, and Lindsey Lohan, who knows your friend, asks to sit at your table until hers is ready? Then she’s joined by a friend -- Lady Gaga. That actually happened to a friend of mine, who became completely dumbfounded, later explaining, “I didn’t know what to say to either of them! Everyone in the room was staring at us. I couldn’t wait for their table ( to be ready!” Apparently, Lady Gaga has taken Lindsey under her wing to help her get back on track, now that “Liz & Dick,” about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton,” is in the can. My advice to my friend was, “Don’t worry; with two ladies like Lindsey Lohan and Lady Gaga, you’d never get a word in edgewise anyway!” *** While most of us are trying to stretch our paycheck to cover our bills, some of our favorite television stars are living high on the hog. Simon Cowell pulls in $40 million, David Letterman makes $31 million, Matt Lauer is getting $25 million and Bill O’Reilly gets $16 million. Ryan Seacrest sees $15 million from “American Idol” alone, without what he gets from The E Network and his radio shows. Jon Stewart gets $14 million from “The Daily Show,” while Stephen Colbert makes only $4.5 million, Jimmy Kimmel earns $6 million and Ellen DeGeneres makes a mere $5 million. But the biggest paycheck of all goes to “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, who is making a whopping $45 million a year. Apparently talk is cheap, but sitting in judgment is where it’s at if you want to make the big bucks! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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DASH to Lower Blood Pressure DEAR DR. DONOHUE: You’ve written about the DASH diet in the past. The directions for it are quite general. Can you provide an itemized list of what is good and what is bad to eat? It makes things simpler for me. -- F.L. ANSWER: The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) doesn’t involve a detailed listing of good and bad foods. It’s a general approach that identifies the food groups that are best for lowering blood pressure. You get to pick foods from those groups that appeal to you. That’s one of the beauties of the diet: It permits many choices. Grains are one of the major groups in the diet. Grains include products made from wheat, barley, rye, oats and other such cereal grains, even grains that aren’t familiar to our diet. Every day, people should eat seven to eight servings of grain foods. A serving is a slice of bread, 1 ounce of cereal, or half a cup of cooked rice (brown), pasta or cereal. The next group is three to four servings of fruit, with a serving being equal to a medium-size fruit, a quarter-cup of dried fruit or 6 ounces of fruit juice. People also should eat four or five servings of vegetables a day, with a serving being 1 cup leafy vegetables, half a cup cooked vegetables or 6 ounces of vegetable juice. Two to three low-fat dairy products are allowed, with 8 ounces of skim milk, 1 cup low-fat yogurt or 1 1/2 ounces of low-fat cheese constituting

a serving. Two meat servings a day are permitted, with 3 ounces being a serving of cooked meat, poultry or fish. Fats and oils are the final group. Two or three servings meet the requirement, with 1 teaspoon of margarine, 2 tablespoons of low-fat mayonnaise or 2 tablespoons of light salad dressing each being a serving. In addition, 1 1/2 ounces of nuts are allowed four times a week. In addition, you must keep sodium down to 1,500 mg a day. Sodium is listed on all nutrition labels. The booklet on high blood pressure speaks of the many other issues involved in controlling this widespread disorder. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 104W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Six months ago my husband, 78, had an artificial hip installed -- if that’s the right word. The operation was a complete success, and he was up and walking shortly after the surgery. However, since he’s been home, he does nothing but sit. He says he’s afraid he’ll wear out the new hip. I thought that the operation was done to make people more active. Isn’t that so? -- O.P. ANSWER: It is so. Mobility and freedom from pain are the reasons why artificial hips have gained such high regard. Your husband isn’t going to wear out the hip. The new joint lasts up to 25 or more years. He can do anything that his doctor has not specifically said not to do. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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for years, with romaine lettuce being the green. The

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and the romaine crop grew from a few California acres (ha) to 16,000 acres (6,475 ha) in the 1990s

Summer is in full bloom, with plenty of time left to get out and play between now and Labor Day. Enjoy your favorite family activities, or try something new on your sand-bucket list. The key is to jump on an idea when the inspiration strikes! As you experience the magic of together time, watch the special memories grow with your children. Here are “creativity on the go” ideas:

and more than 80,000 acres (32,370 ha) today.

Hike and Hunt On your next hike to a familiar destination, such as a waterfall, fishing hole or scenic lookout, see the trek with new eyes and ears by challenging the kids to a surprise nature scavenger hunt. Before you leave, make a list of sights, sounds and smells you recall from previous outings on the trail. Copy the list for each hiker, hand it out at the trail base and let the explorers check off the finds as they discover them.

of land in New Orleans is the French Quarter. The

Enjoy Picnics at Public Parks When you add an “s” to “park,” a whole new world of adventure opens for your family and friends. Check out venues in your area online, set dates on your calendar and meet up weekly with your friends and their kids until school starts. Bring a dish to share, or plan a group barbecue around picnic tables and a charcoal grill. Go to free outdoor art and music fairs and listen to live entertainment as you wander booths and exhibits. At some art shows, observe how artists create new works “live ... in the open air,” known in French as “en plein air.” Your own pint-size poster-paint artists will be thrilled watching the swish of a brush at an easel.

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KUDZU Kudzu is oftened referred to as “the plant that ate the South.” Introduced to the United States at the first World’s Fair held in this country in 1876, its status has changed through the years from a prized plant for erosion control to an obnoxious weed. •

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For many years, Southern farmers were

encouraged to plant kudzu to prevent erosion. President Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps planted it during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Hundreds of men were put to work planting kudzu. In the 1940s, farmers were paid to plant kudzu. •

By the early 1950s, kudzu was growing out of

control in many areas. The plant, without the natural insect enemies it has in Asia, can grow up to a foot (30.5 cm) per day and about 60 feet (18.3 m) per growing season. In 1953, kudzu was declared a pest weed and removed from the list of permissible cover crops. •

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New Scam Focuses on Utility Bills

The latest scam is hitting consumers in the middle of a heat wave. The scam itself, while creative, is not realistic: President Barack Obama is not giving away $1,000 credits that can be applied to utility bills. There is no energy fund. There is no credit. This is not another stimulus check-type program from the government. It’s a scam. The rumor started in one state, and it’s spreading from coast to coast. The scammers are going all out this time, calling on the phone purporting to be from the utility company, using auto-dialers, putting up notices and even texting. What makes this scam even more dangerous is that they’re also going door to door. Sometimes the scammers claim to be from the government, and they say that your water, electric or gas bill will be paid -- if you’ll just give them your personal information. In one utility alone, 1,000 customers have fallen for the scam. In another, more than 2,000 customers were affected. The biggest take nailed 10,000 people in one state. Here are some things you can do: --If you know you’re not behind on your utility bill, but are being pressured on the phone to pay, call the

police. --Don’t give out your bank routing information or Social Security number. Do not give out your credit-card number as a way of making a payment to a suspicious caller. --If someone calls, supposedly from the utility company, and demands payment, hang up. Then call the number of the utility’s customer service line (usually found on your bill) and ask whether they are the ones who called you. Hang up on anyone you think is trying to get your personal information. --If you suspect something is wrong, call the local Better Business Bureau. You likely won’t be the only one who calls. --If you realize after the fact that you’ve been scammed, call your bank immediately and tell them what happened. Then, if it’s the utility company scam, call it as well. --If someone comes to your door supposedly to collect on a utility bill, have that person wait outside (while you lock the door) and call the utility to see if they sent anyone to your door. --Read the leaflets that come in your utility bills. They might include warnings of scams or other information you need. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Who was the last Yankees pitcher to record back-to-back 20-win seasons? 2. True or false: Nolan Ryan spent more seasons in the National League, but won more games in the American League. 3. When was the last time the University of Minnesota won a Big Ten football championship? 4. Steve Nash holds the record for most NBA seasons shooting 50 percent from the field, 90 percent on free throws and 40 percent on 3-pointers. How many seasons? 5. In 2012, Brayden Schenn became the second player in Flyers history to tally three points in his first NHL postseason game. Who was the first? 6. When was the last time before Brad Keselowski’s victory in 2012 that a Dodge won at NASCAR’s Talladega Speedway? 7. Who holds the record among men’s tennis players for most victories at the ATP World Tour Finals?

On Aug. 16, 1896, George Carmack spots nuggets of gold in a creek bed near the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. His lucky discovery sparks the last great gold rush in the American West. Over the next two years, as many as 50,000 would-be miners arrived in the region. On Aug. 17, 1915, Charles F. Kettering is issued a patent for his “engine-starting device” -- the first electric ignition for automobiles. In the early years, drivers used hand cranks to start the internal combustion process that powered car engines. On Aug. 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the Social Security Act. Although it was initially created to combat unemployment during the Great Depression, Social Security now functions primarily as a safety net for retirees and the disabled.

It was pioneering British film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock who made the following sage observation: “Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it -- as well as contributing to the need for it.”

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The grapefruit is so named not because of any relation to or resemblance to a grape (obviously), but because it hangs from the tree in grapelike clusters.

Before he became the celebrated author of such novels as “Pale Fire” and “Lolita,” Vladimir Nabokov was a tennis instructor.

Those who study such things say that the three most recognized words in the world are God, Coca-Cola and Titanic. Although darts is a traditionally English pub game, there are now more than three times as many darts players in the United States than there are in the United Kingdom. Jazz musician Glenn Miller was the recipient of the first gold record ever awarded, for the big-band hit “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.” The amount of fuel in a jumbo jet single

If you had visited Peru in the mid-1980s, you could have bought toothpaste with cocaine in it.

The longest game in the history of professional baseball was played between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in April of 1981. It lasted just shy of 8 1/2 hours, and ran for an unbelievable 33 innings. It’s traditional in Italy for a prospective groom to spend a full year’s earnings on an engagement ring. *** Thought for the Day: “If a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does, then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit, followed by the animal most willing to obey the commands of a rabbit.” -- Robert Brault

On Aug. 18, 1940, Walter Percy Chrysler, the founder of the American automotive corporation that bears his name, dies in New York. Aside from automobiles, Chrysler was known for financing the 77-story Art Deco Chrysler Building skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. When completed in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world and the first manmade structure to top 1,000 feet. On Aug. 19, 1953, the Iranian military, with the assistance of the United States government, overthrows the government of Premier Mohammed Mosaddeq and reinstates the Shah of Iran. As thanks for the help, the Shah signed over 40 percent of Iran’s oil fields to U.S. companies. However, the Shah was toppled from power in 1979. On Aug. 13, 1961, East German soldiers begin building a wall between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city. Berlin residents found themselves cut off from friends or family until the wall was dismantled in 1989. On Aug. 15, 1983, Hurricane Alicia forms south of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Three days later, the Texas Gulf Coast is slammed by the storm, causing 21 deaths. The $2 billion in damages recorded was a record for hurricane damage in Texas at the time. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Time for Menard to Get It In Gear

PHOTO CUTLINE: Paul Menard, at right with teammate Jeff Burton, surprised many at Indy last year with his Brickyard victory. Menard is riding close to the Chase this year (15th in the standing), but needs to make some big moves. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)

Say this for Paul Menard. He can pick them. The Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 -- named after a firefighter from Alabama -- was the 203rd Sprint Cup race of Menard’s career. The last time NASCAR visited Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Menard was the driver who won. It was quite a story. Menard’s family has a long history at the Brickyard. He is from Eau Claire, Wisc. Even now, Menard, 31, has only six top-five finishes at the Sprint Cup level. So far this year, his best finish was a sixth in the Daytona 500. He is 15th in the point standings. Repeating at Indy would seem to require a great deal of magic being re-created. “I’ve got the trophy in a spot right between my bedroom and the kitchen,” Menard said, “so I walk by it a dozen teams a day, at least.” If it’s been a humdrum season so far for Menard, it mirrors the performance of his team, Richard Childress Racing, which hasn’t won a race yet, either. One of Menard’s teammates, Kevin Harvick, ranks sixth in the point standings, but the other,

Jeff Burton, is 19th. “RCR, as a whole, has run competitively this year, but we need to get better to make the next step up, everywhere from Kevin and myself and Jeff, across the board, and we have been doing some testing, trying to develop some new ideas and theories to get better,” Menard said. “Really, this week is no different.” No different? Maybe not for his team or his teammates. For Menard, though, it’s a return to a scene he will remember always. Menard is a long shot to make the Chase. He has to win. Only seven races remain in the NASCAR regular season. “We have to take more risks,” he said. “If it comes to fuel mileage at the end, maybe gamble a little bit to stretch the mileage out. We are working hard on improving the race cars every week. “That’s a big part of it, too, just putting yourself in contention of winning. If you run top 10, and especially top five, you can put yourself in position to win.” Even, at least once, at the Brickyard. *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at

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