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TIDBITS® UNCOVERS A Favorite “Child” by Blue Sullivan America is a culture that loves good food. The proliferation of successful cooking shows on TV like “Master Chef” and “Chopped” has given rise to the “celebrity chef.” Yet perhaps the most beloved chef since the advent of television isn’t on TV anymore. That’s Julia Child. • She was born in 1912 in Pasadena, California. Her father John was a graduate of Princeton and a California real estate investor, and her mother, also named Julia, was a paper-company heiress. • In her youth, Child attended the elite Katherine Branson School for Girls in San Francisco. She

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A Favorite “Child” (continued): • "There were some famous women novelists in those days," Child said, "and I intended to be one." Alas, though she wrote often and submitted manuscripts regularly to the New Yorker, none were ever published. • After graduating, Child tried her hand at advertising while working for a successful home furnishings company. It didn’t last long, as Child was promptly fired for “gross insubordination.” • When World War II broke out, Child volunteered for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Washington, D.C. She performed assignments all over the world, including stays in China and Sri Lanka.

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• While in Sri Lanka in 1945, Child began seeing her future husband, Paul, a fellow employee of the OSS. Child and Paul married after the war in September of 1946. •

Paul and Child moved to France in 1948, when

Paul was assigned to work at the American Embassy in Paris. It was there that Child’s love for cooking came into full bloom. She was quoted as saying, “The whole experience was an opening up of the soul and spirit for me . . . I was hooked, and for life, as it turned out.” •

In Paris, Child enrolled in the world-renowned

“Le Cordon Bleu” cooking school. After six months of training, she chose to open her own school with two fellow classmates. • They named the school “L’Ecole de Trois Gourmandes,” which translates to “The School of the Three Gourmands.” • Child and the other two founders of the school set out to create a cookbook of French cuisine that might be understood and employed by regular folk. • The two-volume cookbook was released in 1961, entitled “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” The book was incredibly successful, remaining the bestselling cookbook for over five years. • The book has since become a favored teaching tool at cooking schools throughout the world. Yet

PHOTO: Beth Riesgraf Q: I haven’t heard much about the upcoming movie “The Lone Ranger,” starring my favorite actor, Johnny Depp. Please tell me that the movie is still being made and will be released! -- Pauli A., Colchester, Vt. A: The big-screen version of the small-screen classic -- starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger -- is on track for a July 3, 2013, release. The movie, which also stars Johnny’s “Sweeney Todd” co-star

Helena Bonham Carter, ran into some delays earlier on due to rewrites, and more recently because of budgetary concerns. *** Q: I am so happy that “Leverage” has started a new season. Can you tell me what to look for this season? -- Geoff F., via e-mail A: I recently spoke with Beth Riesgraf, who plays Parker, the Leverage team’s resident thief, cat burglar, pickpocket and safecracker extraordinaire. Like you, Beth is excited for the action/dramedy’s fifth season, telling me: “All I can say is that there is a reason that we are in Portland, and there will be a payoff to that toward the end of the season. “For Parker personally, she’s in a good place. Now she’s able to be a part of something bigger, and she’s able to socialize. No one’s going to (mess) with her because she’s still got her edge, and she’s smart as a whip. I think she’s opened up socially and emotionally. Some of those boundaries have been let down and she kind of understands how to get along in society.” *** Q: I really like the actor who plays Ben on TNT’s “Falling Skies.” Can you tell me more about him? -- Leanne W., Salem, Mass. A: Toronto native Connor Jessup -- who plays the middle son of Noah Wylie’s character, Tom Mason -- started acting at the age of 11 and counts among his loves directing, writing and producing along with acting. The 18-year-old stars in the big-screen drama “Blackbird,” which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where he will be presented with the Toronto Rising Star Award (along with three or four other recipients). Connor is thrilled to be chosen as a Rising Star, and he told me: “TIFF means a lot to me. It’s a big part of my life. It was probably a main factor in influencing my love of movies and my discovery of film. I’m very honored to be chosen, especially since it’s my hometown, home festival. I’m looking forward to it.” *** Q: I love the new “Dallas” -- it’s just what I’ve been missing from my regular TV lineup. Will it be back for another season? -- Gail W., via e-mail A: I wholeheartedly agree with you. I got chills as I watched the premiere episode and those familiar strains of the “Dallas” theme started up. TNT has indeed renewed the hit series. The network has ordered 15 episodes for its second season, which is scheduled to air in 2013. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Bulgur Bean Burgers Satisfy vegetarians and meat-eaters alike with these healthful, Middle Eastern-style Bulgur Bean Burgers. No one will miss the beef when black beans and spices are providing first-class flavor. 1 cup water Salt and ground black pepper 1/2 cup bulgur 1 can (15 to 19 ounces) reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained 1 container (6 ounces) plain low-fat yogurt 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 cup (packed) mint leaves, chopped Nonstick cooking spray 1 small shredded Kirby (pickling) cucumber 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns 4 lettuce leaves 1 medium tomato, sliced 1. In 1-quart saucepan, heat water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to boiling over high heat. Stir in bulgur. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until water is absorbed. 2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, with potato masher or fork, mash beans with 2 tablespoons yogurt until almost smooth. Stir in bulgur, allspice, cinnamon, cumin and half of mint until combined. With lightly floured hands, shape bean mixture into four 3-inch-round patties. Spray both sides of each patty lightly with nonstick cooking spray. 3. Heat nonstick 12-inch skillet over medium heat until hot. Add burgers and cook 8 minutes or until lightly browned and heated through, turning over once. 4. While burgers are cooking, prepare yogurt sauce: In small bowl, combine cucumber, remaining yogurt and mint, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Makes about 1 1/4 cups. 5. To serve, divide lettuce, tomato and burgers among buns; top with some yogurt sauce. Serve with remaining yogurt sauce. Serves 4. Each serving: About 295 calories, 3g total fat (1g saturated), 3mg cholesterol, 960mg sodium, 58g total carbs, 13g dietary fiber, 16g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc.

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 A Favorite “Child” (continued): there was a time when it looked like it might never be published at all. •

The writing of the book was a grueling and

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frustrating 10-year process for Child and her collaborators. She would spend months trying to perfect recipes for just a single ingredient. She wrote to her principal collaborator, Simca Beck, during her frustration: “I’ve just poached two more eggs and thrown them down the toilet.” • The initial draft of the book was turned down by the first publisher, as were many subsequent drafts. Only after offering it to a different publisher, Alfred Knopf, was it picked up for publication. •

Child’s first television appearance was on a

humble Boston public television station in 1962. She cooked an omelet on air. After a surprisingly positive and vocal response, she was invited to do a series. Her initial pay was about $50 a show.

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• Child’s show, “The French Chef,” grew quickly beyond those humble beginnings.

Soon after

its initial airings, the show was syndicated to 96 stations. The show was both a commercial and a critical hit. In 1964, Child was presented with the George Foster Peabody Award for her work on the show. Two years later, she was given an Emmy Award as well. •

“The French Chef” was produced and directed

by Russ Morash. It ran for 199 episodes between 1963 and 1966.

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• “The French Chef” was just one of many shows Child appeared on during her long career. Other programs included “Julia Child and Company,” “Julia Child and More Company” and “Dinner at Julia’s.” She was also a regular guest on “Good Morning, America.” •

Child wrote many other cookbooks after her

initial success.

Among these were “In Julia’s

Kitchen with Master Chefs,” “Baking with Julia,” “Julia’s Delicious Little Dinners” and “Julia’s Casual Dinners.” Many of these were accompanied by their own TV specials. •

Julia Child died on August 13, 2004. She was

just two days shy of her 92nd birthday. She was remembered by her family and friends as a person of great generosity who loved to teach others. Though she once mourned her “lack of talent,” Child left an indelible legacy in the kitchens of people around the world.

“The Eighteen-Day Running Mate: McGovern, Eagleton, and a Campaign in Crisis” by Joshua M. Glasser (Yale University Press, $26) Reviewed by Larry Cox Joshua M. Glasser, a researcher for Bloomberg Television in New York, first became intrigued with Thomas Eagleton when he read his obituary in The New York Times in 2007. Even though Eagleton’s brief stint as a vice-presidential candidate is now mostly a footnote in our national history, during the summer of 1972, he changed the direction of a national campaign and helped re-elect Richard Nixon to the presidency. That July, Jane Fonda toured North Vietnam, the U.S. began selling grain to Russia, and brutal attacks continued in Northern Ireland. Our musical tastes included the latest albums of Chicago, Rod Stewart and Three Dog Night. On July 10, the National Democratic Convention began in Miami, where delegates nominated Sen. George McGovern to head the national ticket. McGovern, a U.S. senator from South Dakota, backed a complete withdrawal from South Vietnam and picked Sen. Thomas Eagleton of Missouri as his running mate. Within days of Eagleton’s nomination, a pair of anonymous phone calls brought to light his history of hospitalizations for “nervous exhaustion” and past treatments that included electroshock sessions. The caller who triggered the crisis has never been identified. With the wives of the two candidates at their sides, McGovern and Eagleton met in South Dakota to plan a strategy to cope with Eagleton’s medical history. Despite McGovern assurance that he was “1,000 percent” behind his running mate and would continue to support him, blood was in the water, and the ticket was derailed. Within 18 days of his nomination, Eagleton withdrew. Drawing on personal interviews with McGovern, campaign manager Gary Hart, political director Frank Mankiewicz and dozens of other participants, both inside and out of the McGovern and Eagleton camps, Glasser captures the political and human drama that surrounded Eagleton’s brief candidacy 40 summers ago. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Shower Head a Leaky Mess Q: I have one of those flexible sprayer shower heads that you can lift from its holder and use. Whenever I turn on the shower, water squirts from the part where the holder attaches to the water pipe, and also runs from the end of the hose where it attaches to the shower head. Do I need to replace it or can I fix this? -- Lorelei D., Atlanta A: Check the shower head attachment points for any visible damage first. A visibly cracked hose or plastic attachment piece often means the entire unit needs to be replaced. However, if you can’t see any damage, you may be able to fix this with just the twist of an adjustable wrench. To avoid damaging or scratching the connector nut -- which attaches the shower unit to the inlet pipe (sometimes called a goose-neck pipe) -- wrap a soft rag around the nut. Use an adjustable wrench that can fit comfortably around the connector nut, and gently turn the nut clockwise just slightly -- one-quarter turn at most. Unwrap the rag from around the connector nut and turn on the shower to see if the leak has diminished or stopped. If it needs more adjustment, replace the rag and gently turn the connector nut another quarter-turn. Keep in mind that turning the connector too tight may make the leak

PHOTO: Mark Wahlberg HOLLYWOOD -- Mark Wahlberg has left “Marky Mark” in the dust, and nobody remembers that he started as a “New Kids on the Block” dropout and a rap singer. He first hit the big screen in l994 in “Renaissance Man” with Danny DeVito, followed by “The Basketball Diaries” with Leonardo DiCaprio. Ten years and 12 films later, he executive-produced the hit HBO series “Entourage,” which ran for seven years. Then he produced and starred in “We Own the Night” (2007) with Robert Duvall, Eva Mendes and Joaquin Phoenix. In 2008, he exec-produced the HBO drama series “In Treatment” with Gabriel Byrne, and then “Boardwalk Empire,” which received 18 Emmy nominations in 2010, winning eight awards (it received 12 nods this year). Wahlberg also exec-produced the HBO series “How to Make It in Ameri-

worse; that’s one reason to make such small incremental adjustments. Another reason is to avoid damaging the connector nut or the seal. If you notice cracks or other damage to the shower unit, in most cases you’ll need to replace the entire unit (except for some more expensive shower heads, which often offer replacement parts from the manufacturer). To replace the unit, head to the home-improvement store and pick out a shower head of your choice, along with some Teflon tape. Back home, turn off the water feed to the shower. If you can’t find the nearest shutoff valve, turn off water to the house. Unscrew the old shower sprayer unit from the inlet pipe, using your pliers and turning counterclockwise to loosen and remove it. Clean away any old sealant, tape or gunky buildup from the threads of the inlet pipe. Unwrap the new shower unit and take a look at the connection and accompanying hardware. Connectors that come with a rubber washer generally need to be tightly screwed on using your pliers; connectors that don’t generally just need to be hand-tightened. Now, take your new Teflon tape. Wrap it carefully around the threads of the inlet pipe, creating a single layer around the threads from the end of the pipe to just below the end of the threads. (The tape will push upward when you screw on the new shower head, so leave a bit of space.) Press the tape into the threads with your fingers. Carefully line up the connector of the new shower unit with the pipe and screw on, turning clockwise. Use your hand to tighten the connection; if you need to tighten more, protect the finish of the connector by wrapping a rag around it and tighten in small increments using pliers. Turn on water to the shower to test the connection, adjusting slightly if needed until the connection no longer leaks. HOME TIP: Don’t have a set of pliers that fit your pipes? Look for channel locking pliers, which can open to a range of widths to fit varying widths of pipe. 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. ca,” and was one of the producers and stars of “The Fighter,” which received seven Academy Award nods, winning two: Best Supporting Actress and Actor, for Melissa Leo and Christian Bale. He also produced and starred in “Contraband,” which cost $25 million to $40 million to make and earned $95 million. He only acted in “Ted,” which cost less than $65 million to produce, but his star power has driven it close to $250 million already. Wahlberg is one of the producers and stars of “Broken City,” with Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as Kyle Chandler, set for January release. He is currently an actor-only in the $20 million black-and( white film “Pain & Gain” with Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris and Tony Shalhoub. For director Michael Bay of “The Transformer” franchise, this is his first lowbudget, non-epic IMAX/3D film in some time. Who could imagine that the same Marky Mark who stood 50 feet high on a billboard in Times Square, in his underwear, could accomplish all this? *** Another boy-band alumnus making it big in movies is Justin Timberlake from ‘N Sync. Hollywood took notice of him in “The Social Network,” and now he’s starring in three upcoming films. First is “Trouble with the Curve,” starring and produced by Clint Eastwood, with his partner Robert Lorenze (who is directing), along with Amy Adams, Matthew Lillard and John Goodman, set for Sept. 28 release. Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, John Goodman and F. Murray Abraham co-star with Timberlake in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” No release date yet. Timberlake currently is shooting “Runner, Runner” with Ben Affleck and Gemma Atherton (“Quantum of Solace,” “Prince of Persia,” “The Clash of the Titans” remake and the upcoming “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” with Jeremy Renner). Affleck plays a businessman caught up in offshore online gaming. So if you’re looking to break into the movies ... try joining a boy band! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

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How to Prevent Heat Injuries DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This will be my first year as an assistant football coach at the high-school level. The head coach has given me the task of preparing for heat-related injuries. It stays hot here way into October. I’d appreciate any tips you can give me. -- G.O. ANSWER: The best prevention for heat injuries is calling off practice on hot, humid days. What exactly is a hot, humid day? If your school has a wet-bulb globe thermometer, on days when it registers 82 or higher, either call off practice or limit the work done. This reading incorporates heat and humidity. It takes two weeks for the body to acclimatize to heat. In the first few days, drills should not be demanding. Once acclimatized, the body sweats earlier and the sodium content of sweat lessens. Encourage players to stay hydrated. They should drink 16 to 20 ounces of water or a sports drink two hours before and again half an hour before practice. Players should continue to drink 8 ounces every 20 minutes. Sports drinks provide sodium. Heat cramps are the first sign of trouble. Muscles of the arms, legs or abdomen cramp. Cramping players should be taken out of practice, sit in a cool, shaded place and drink sodium-containing fluids. Heat fainting is a more serious sign of heat trouble. Such a player should be taken to an airconditioned room, hydrated and carefully watched. This player ought not to practice the following day.

Heat exhaustion is the next and is a quite serious sign of heat injury. The player sweats heavily, might be nauseated, breathes rapidly and has a fast pulse and low blood pressure. He’s apt to be confused. The player is dehydrated and sodium-depleted. He must be quickly taken to an airconditioned room, have his clothes removed and his legs elevated. Cold fluids containing sodium are essential. If he’s not responding to this treatment shortly, he ought to be taken to a hospital emergency department. Heatstroke is the most serious heat injury. All the signs mentioned above are present, but the skin can be dry. The player is groggy or unresponsive. He needs to be taken to an emergency room by ambulance. Clothes are removed. During transport, ice-water-soaked towels are placed under his arms, in his groin and around his neck. Immersion in an ice-water bath will be accomplished at the hospital. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What can you tell me about hypothyroidism? Does taking iodine help? I hear that taking thyroid hormone is a lifetime commitment. -- C.N. ANSWER: Hypothyroidism is a thyroid gland that’s putting out way too little thyroid hormone. All body processes slow. People become weak and are exhausted. They’re cold when others are pleasantly warm. They gain weight without overeating. Their skin dries. The face becomes puffy. The heart beats slowly. Worldwide, iodine deficiency is the main cause of a sluggish thyroid gland. It is not in North America. Here, the main cause is an attack on the gland by the immune system. The appropriate treatment is supplying the hormone in pill form. It usually is a lifelong treatment, but it’s not an onerous one. It’s taking only one pill a day. *** 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.

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RollingBed Pin Brass Q: II have inherited an oldbed wooden pin from mom.than Any idea Q: a brass that rolling I've been told my is more a of its value? --old. Sue,Any Saltinformation Lake City, Utah century you can provide me would be A: Most wooden rolling pins are selling appreciated. -- Susan, Danville, Va. for about $10 in shops. A A: I examined thestopper picturethat youwas sent, and your glass pin with end filled with ice brass water tobed make appears to be fromeasier the Victorian was probably working with dough is scarcerera. andItgenerally costs more than manufactured between and about 1915. Most bedsmall of the wooden ones. A glass1890 pin I spotted recently at an antique this type generally sell in the $350 to $650 range, depending was $35. on condition and demand. *** *** Q: II have have aa Singer sewingModel machine from thethat 1920s that belonged Q: Springfield 1863 rifle was used by a to my mother. The serial is G0,717,009. It is tell a treadle model family member duringnumber the Civil War. Can you me more about firearm? Steve, and in this an oak case. I--have beenCottonwood, offered $500 Ariz. for it. -- Bob, Rio A: It was N.M. a percussion rifle musket made by the National Rancho, Armory Ill. By 1863, Springfield was selling the only A: Take in theSpringfield, money and run. Most Singers are currently in the government arsenal under Union control, since Harper's $75 to $200 range. As with most collectibles, there are always excepFerry had been destroyed by a Confederate raid in 1861. tions to the rule. According to my reference book, your machine was According to Warman's Civil War Weapons by Graham made inthe 1924 and should retailsuch for about $150. that both Smith, Model 1861 was a success *** Springfield and private contractors rushed to produce as Q: I have several dozen BingSince Crosby DECCA from the many rifles as they could. the Unionrecordings couldn't interrupt production to introduce a new--design, they slightly modified 1940s. Are they worth keeping? Ken, Pueblo West, Colo. it,A:and sold asDecca a Springfield Model a Mostit ofwas CrosbyÕs recordings sell in1863. the $1This to $3isrange, highly desirable Civil War weapon. To determine its value, depending on condition. Serious collectors prefer Crosby’s earlier you should consult a competent arms dealer. work for such labels as Columbia, Victor and Brunswick. Many of his *** recordings with Paul WhitemanÕs Boysby arethe considered jazz Q: I have an umbrella stand thatRhythm was made Roseville classicsCompany and are in high demand withIt jazz Pottery in about 1915. is inhounds. the Mostique pattern. --***Ron, Alton, Ill. Q:The I have a Pyrenepattern Fire Extinguisher including own rack for hangA: Mostique is one of the mostits common Roseville patterns Pine Cone. According to Warman's ing. It is brass and isafter labeled “automobile type.” -- Grace, Sandia Roseville Park, N.M.Pottery by Mark F. Moran, most pieces had textured of gray or fire tan,extinguishers and many are not marked. I A: Some glazes of the larger brass have become collectcould not find an umbrella stand in this guide, but typical ible, with some even being made into lamps. Most of the smaller prices for this pattern are $350 to $450 for a wall pocket; a units, such $110 as thetoone you have, selling in theof$25 to $45$325 range. jardiniere, $140; and aare matched pair vases, ***$350. to Q: I have a $2 gold piece and wonder if it is worth anything. -- Agnes, *** Q: My late sisterFla. bought some rose-colored dishes. I would Ormond Beach, like to know how are worth. -- Bobby, Russellville, A: Yes it is, but howmuch muchthey depends on condition, condition, condition. Ala. To find out the value, contact an established coin dealer in your area. A: Your question is impossible to answer since you did not provide me with the name of the pattern and other pertinent Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box information. 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox Write to Larry Due Cox to in the care of King Features Weekly Service, is unable personally answerFL all 32853-6475, reader questions. Do note-mail send any P.O. Box to 536475, Orlando, or send to materials requiring return mail.Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader Do not send (c) 2012questions. King Features Synd., Inc.any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

the dimensions of Child’s kitchen in Massachusetts. Though the walls and floor were created for the Fun With Summer Strawberries Local strawberries are so sweet, juicy and luscious right now that I have to remind myself that summer’s strawberry fields don’t last forever. I savor the plump, red berries and love showing them off in new ways with my family. While they taste great au naturel for a graband-go snack, there are endless ways to incorporate them with other healthy ingredients day in and day out. Here are sweet ideas we are enjoying this year:

exhibit, everything else found there is from Child’s own former kitchen. The arrangement of everything found inside was assembled exactly to replicate Child’s original workspace. • There are over 1,200 individual pieces from Child in the exhibit, including equipment housed in the cabinets and drawers. These objects are not visible

Spinach and Strawberry Salad Kids won’t eat their spinach? Make a tasty salad with a light vinaigrette your kids make. Get started by letting them grate the rind of a clean lemon into a small bowl, then cut the lemon in half and squeeze out all of the juice. Add 1 tablespoon rice vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar. As one child drizzles 1/4 cup olive oil into the mixture, another child may whisk briskly. Drizzle over a bowl of spinach, cubed fresh mango and strawberry slices. Add toasted almond slices, if you wish.

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Strawberry Faux Fondue Summertime is party time. For a simple do-it-yourself dessert at a large gathering, set a big bowl of strawberries in the center of a table, along with bamboo skewers and fondue-style sweets in small bowls for dipping. Before the party, let your kids fill the bowls with caramel, strawberry and fudge sauces, powdered sugar and brown sugar. To serve, tell guests to poke a berry onto a skewer and dip into a treat.

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A Bowl of Berries Chop fresh mint and add to a bowl of blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries as a fruit side dish at lunchtime. The combo also makes a nice dessert served with a favorite cookie.


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are. FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF THE WORLD: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Rising 186 feet above the water, the beautiful Chesapeake Bay Bridge of Maryland is one of the longest above-water structures in the world. Listed most spectacular bridges. • The 4.3-mile-long Chesapeake Bay Bridge takes route US 50/US 301 across the Chesapeake Bay between Kent Island and Annapolis. It provides Maryland with a direct link to the Washington D.C., Baltimore and Annapolis areas.

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Maryland residents were forced to cross the Chesapeake by boat to get to and from the Eastern Shore. • The idea for a Chesapeake bridge was first introduced in 1927 but was quickly disregarded when the Great Depression struck. It was re-introduced in 1938, but with the outbreak of WWII, it was put on hold again. •





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During the summer months, the bridge

offers a beautiful view of surrounding areas and sailboats flooding the bay below. •

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between 40,000 to 60,000 people. It usually takes participants about four hours to complete. Due to construction problems and the Bay Bridge Preservation Project, the walk will not be held in 2012. •

Construction of both spans used 126,100 tons

of steel and 286,000 cubic yards of concrete. Over 3.3. cubic yards of earth were moved. • During the winters of 1986-1988, the eastbound span was closed and renovated and completely redecked; it is estimated to need further renovations

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in 2018. • The bridge’s traffic capacity is 1,500 vehicles per lane, per hour. Fascinating Food With all the talk about a famous chef, it seems only natural to spend a little time on food as well. Here

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culinary delights, rare and not-so-rare, found in the • The most expensive coffee in the world comes from beans called the Kopi Luwak. These beans sell for $120 to $600 a pound and are sold mainly in Japan and the United States. The beans are found in areas with high numbers of Civets, a catsized mammal whose diet of ripe berries creates a unique environment for the growth of these rare beans. • The popsicle was invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson, though its creation was entirely by accident. After leaving a mixture of soda and water with a stir stick on his porch on a night of freezing temperatures in San Francisco, Epperson awoke to discover the solution frozen to the stir stick. He called the resultant fruity, icy treat the “epsicle.” When he patented it 18 years later, Epperson renamed it the “popsicle.” •

If you’re looking for something to eat that is

about as expensive as a mid-priced luxury car, your search is over. The most expensive food in the world is a type of caviar called “Almas.” This caviar from the Iranian Beluga fish will run you about $34,500 per kilogram (2 lb., 3oz.), a price that gives it the nickname “black gold.” Only albino sturgeons

College Education With No Loans If your high-school junior is top-notch college material but you fear having him or her apply to the more wellknown universities because of the likelihood of being buried in student loans at the end of four years, consider this: Students at Princeton University graduate without a single cent in loans, and have since 2001. The reason is the financial assistance that’s available. For more than 30 years, Princeton’s main goal has been education, and it will cover up to 100 percent of a student’s needs for tuition, room, board and mandatory fees. Not covered are books and personal expenses. Each family’s financial situation is considered and an amount is determined that the parents will pay toward the student’s education. Financial aid from the university will fill in the rest and will include a campus job. For more information, go online to and make your way to the Aid Estimator. How about Harvard? If your student has the grades, money shouldn’t be a consideration. In one year alone, Harvard will give $166 million in need-based grants. Parents with incomes less than $65,000 aren’t expected to contribute, although in coming years that will change to

a small percentage of income being expected as tuition. To calculate the cost of a Harvard education, go online to and look for the Net Price Calculator. Dartmouth has raised its family income level to $100,000. Below that amount, loans are not included in financial-aid packages. Read the fine print, however. Student health insurance and room and board are not necessarily included. The University of Pennsylvania has gone all-grant, noloan, as have Swathmore, MIT (for parents making less than $75,000) and Vanderbilt. Is Yale in your student’s future? Beware, if you want to avoid student loans. While Yale has need-based financial aid, student loans are considered part of that “self-help” extra-fees money that the student is responsible for. Go online to and look for the Net Price Calculator to determine your contribution to your child’s fees. To find more colleges that don’t include loans as part of tuition payments, go online and search for “no loan financial aid” for more colleges with in-house financial aid. Hunt for message boards or blogs that might give a fuller picture of the financial aid that’s offered at a given school. 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.

between 60 and 100 years old can produce it, and only those found in the relatively pollution-free southern Caspian Sea.

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1. Who was the last Detroit Tigers pitcher before Justin Verlander (24 in 2011) to win at least 20 games in a season? 2. In 2011, Johnny Damon became the ninth player in baseball history to have 200 homers and 400 stolen bases for a career. Name four of the first eight. 3. In 2011, Carolina rookie Cam Newton passed for 854 yards in his first two NFL games, setting a record. Who had held the passing-yardage mark? 4. Who is the only men’s college basketball player to start in four Final Fours? 5. Only two NHL defensemen since 2000 have averaged a point per game for a season. Name them. 6. Name three of the top five bowlers in career victories on the PBA Tour. 7. How many horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown since the last Triple Crown winner in 1978?

On Aug. 24, 79, after centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. In the 18th century, the cities were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization. On Aug. 25, 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper. The hoax articles offered vivid description: enormous amethyst crystals and lush vegetation, as well as animals such as unicorns, two-legged beavers and furry, winged humanoids resembling bats. On Aug. 23, 1902, pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer, who changed the way Americans prepare food by advocating the use of standardized measurements in recipes, opens Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston.

with it. It’s not known who made the following sage observation: “Arguing about whether the glass is half-full or half-empty misses the point, which is this: The bartender cheated you.” The longest war in history lasted 335 years and resulted in exactly zero casualties. In 1651, the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly off Great Britain declared war upon each other, but nothing ever came of the conflict and it was soon forgotten. Finally, in 1986, the two combatants agreed to a peace treaty. Do you suffer from cacodemonomania? If you believe that you are possessed by an evil spirit, you do. The world’s smallest mammal can be found only in Thailand and Myanmar. Weighing about as much as a dime, Kitti’s hog-nosed bat is sometimes called the bumblebee bat due to its diminutive size. You might be surprised to learn that an eagle can kill a young deer and fly away

The Beatles was not the first band in which John Lennon played. Those previous groups obviously didn’t work out, though; in fact, at one point Lennon broke a washboard over a bandmate’s head during a dispute. After the Beatles’ success, though, Lennon apologized in style: He bought the poor guy a supermarket. Those who study such things say that armadillos can be housebroken. At sea level, water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. At the top of Mount Everest, though, the lower air pressure reduces the boiling point to 156 degrees. If you recycle one glass jar, you’ll save enough energy to power a TV for three hours. *** Thought for the Day: “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.” -- G.K. Chesterton

On Aug. 20, 1920, the owners of four Ohio League teams -- the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians and Dayton Triangles -- meet to form a new professional football league. Football star Jim Thorpe was nominated as president of the new league. On Aug. 21, 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows. On Aug. 22, 1962, President Charles De Gaulle of France survives one of several assassination attempts against him thanks to the superior handling performance of the presidential automobile, the Citroen DS 19. During the attack, a hail of 140 bullets shattered the car’s rear window and punctured all four of its tires. On Aug. 26, 1974, Charles Lindbergh, the first man to accomplish a solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, dies in Maui, Hawaii, at the age of 72. To reduce weight on the plane during his famous flight, everything that was not essential was left out: radio, gas gauge, night-flying lights, navigation equipment and parachute. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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the Nationwide title with the hope he can return to the Cup series full-time. (John Clark/ NASCAR This Week photo) Hornish’s Fortune


PHOTO CUTLINE: Nationwide driver Sam Hornish Jr. took over for suspended Penske driver A.J. Allmendinger a few races ago in the Sprint Cup series. Hornish is running for

In one sense, it was a great weekend for Sam Hornish Jr. Returning to the scene of his greatest triumph, the 2006 Indianapolis 500, Hornish bookended a Dodge sweep by finishing second to teammate Brad Keselowski in the Indiana 250 on July 28, the Nationwide Series’ first-ever visit to famed Indianapolis 500. The Sprint Cup race on the next day, however, brought frustration. Hornish has, for now, replaced the suspended A.J. Allmendinger as driver of Roger Penske’s No. 22 Dodge in the Sprint Cup Series. Penske hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Allmendinger’s eventual return, though it seems unlikely. He would like to see Hornish establish himself as a Cup driver worthy of support. The Crown Royal Curtiss Shaver 400 (formerly known as the Brickyard and Allstate 400s) was frustrating for the 33-year-old Hornish, whose NASCAR career has been a disappointment. Though he won a Nationwide Series race in 2011 at Phoenix, he has never finished better than fourth (Pocono, 2009) in 113 Cup races. Hornish’s best Cup finish was at a flat track. His lone Nationwide victory was at a flat

track. Indy is a flat track. “It’s a little bit of the mentality of what I grew up racing,” Hornish, from Defiance, Ohio, said. “I did mostly road courses, so, I mean, that’s generally pretty flat. I like tracks like Phoenix, that are different from end to end, because they’re what I call compromise race tracks. “You’re never going to get your car perfect at both ends, so you try to work on one end where you think it’s going to be more beneficial for you to get passes done, and then you kind of try to maintain on the other end. Pocono is another place that’s like that.” Hornish finished 16th in Indy’s Sprint Cup race on July 29. He’ll continue in Cup, where possible, though his first priority is winning the Nationwide championship. He currently ranks fourth in the standings, 28 points off Elliott Sadler’s pace. The Nationwide Series has no Chase, so Hornish has 14 races to catch and pass the three drivers -- Sadler, Austin Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -ahead of him. A Nationwide championship might provide Hornish with the spark he needs to return to NASCAR’s top series full-time. *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Trivia Quiz

Answers: 1. Bill Gullickson won 20 games in 1991. 2. Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Roberto Alomar, Marquis Grissom, Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, Paul Molitor and Craig Biggio. 3. Todd Marinovich had 638 yards passing in his first two regular-season games for the Raiders in 1991-92. 4. Christian Laettner of Duke (1989-92). 5. Mike Green (2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons) and Nicklas Lidstrom (2005-06 season). 6. Walter Ray Williams (47 victories), Earl Anthony (43), Norm Duke (37), Pete Weber (36) and Mark Roth (34). 7. Twelve.

Answers 1. Hidden 2. 50 degrees F 3. Julius Caesar 4. Point in orbit where an object is closest to the Sun 5. Mg 6. Indicates how a person’s personal property should be distributed 7. Portugal 8. Night blindness