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SERVICE ANIMALS by Patricia L. Cook This Tidbits examines “man’s best friend” and other animals that go the extra mile serving humans. • Many service animals serve only one person in their service lives. A dog may be trained to help

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for about 10 years, usually until the dog dies or becomes incapable of serving because of health problems. • Service dogs trained for police work serve many people by protecting the public from criminals

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who may seek to harm others with bombs, drugs or other evil actions. • Dogs trained to serve in the military are


extremely well trained and reliable members who serve alongside their comrades. Much of the work done by animals for the military is classified. It is known that the U.S. military has used pigeons, horses and chickens as well as dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions and other marine mammals

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and, of course, dogs. These animals have all served honorably to reduce risk to humans. • According to the U.S. Department of Defense, there about 3,000 dogs have worked as sentries, detecting bombs and land mines and performing search, rescue and recovery. Many of those

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Tidbits® of Salina SERVICE ANIMALS (continued): • Military dogs are trained in San Antonio, Texas, at the Military Working Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base. German shepherds, Dutch shepherds

Mushroom and Snap Pea Salad The mushrooms in this spring salad can be marinated up to 4 hours ahead of assembly. The easy homemade dressing and marinade combines shallots, thyme, bay leaf and sherry vinegar. 2 boxes (10 ounces each) sliced mushrooms 2 shallots, thinly sliced 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 4 tablespoons sherry vinegar Salt Pepper 1 pound sugar snap peas 1 large (8 ounces) bunch frisee, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/4 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped 2 tablespoons (pignoli) pine nuts, toasted

and Belgian Malinois are the most common breeds used. The military purchases some of its dogs from breeders, but most are from its own breeding program. •

When the Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin

Laden’s Pakistan compound on May 2, 2011, four of the first feet on the ground were those of Cairo, a well-trained Belgian Malinois. When President Obama had a private meeting with the SEAL team, the only one of the super-secret team whose name was revealed was Cairo, the war dog. • The lighter, more compact Belgian Malinois breed is considered the best for operations undertaken by SEAL teams, such as tandem parachute jumping and rappelling. Dogs like Cairo are trained to detect and identify both hostile and/or hiding humans and explosives. The dogs are about twice as fast as

1. Place mushrooms in large bowl. In 2-quart saucepan, combine shallots, thyme, bay leaf and 1/3 cup oil. Heat on medium 2 to 3 minutes or until shallots are just tender. Pour over mushrooms and immediately stir until well-mixed. Stir in 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Cover and let stand at room temperature 1 hour, or refrigerate up to 4 hours. 2. Heat covered 4-quart saucepan of water to boiling on high. Meanwhile, remove and discard strings from snap peas. Add snap peas and 1/2 teaspoon salt to boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and immediately rinse with cold water until cool; drain again. 3. In large bowl, toss frisee, parsley and snap peas with remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 tablespoon oil. Divide among salad plates. Remove and discard thyme and bay leaf from mushrooms; divide mushrooms and sherry dressing among fris€e plates. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts to serve. Serves 8.

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Q: Could you give some information on the two actors who play Finch and Reese on “Person of Interest”? I don’t recall seeing either of them before, but I like them both and find the show exciting. -- Karen V., Roanoke, Va. A: Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel play Harold Finch and John Reese, respectively. Many will remember Michael, 57, from “Lost,” where he played Ben. He’s also made the rounds on the cops-andlawyers shows like “The Practice,” “The X-Files,” “Without a Trace,” “Law and Order: SVU,” etc. Prior to “Person of Interest,” Jim, 43, was best known for playing Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” You can see Jim on the big screen later this year in “Savannah” and “Bliss!” and next year in “The Tomb” with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. *** Q: I am so happy that USA Network’s “Fairly Legal” is finally back for another season. Can you give me any scoop for season two? -- Violet F., via e-mail A: I spoke with “Fairly Legal” co-star Virginia Williams, who plays Lauren Reed on the hit legal drama, and she gave me some spoilers. “We get to see more facets of Lauren this year, which is great,” Virginia said. “We get to see her at home, for example. Everything still revolves around

1. LANGUAGE: What is the meaning of the Latin phrase “novus ordo seclorum,” located on the Great Seal on a U.S. $1 bill? 2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the name for a seashell collector or expert? 3. ART: What Mexican muralist was married to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo? 4. COMICS: What was the name of Casper the Friendly Ghost’s horse? 5. SPORTS: Where did the sport of jai alai originate? 6. GEOGRAPHY: Where is Death Valley located? 7. TELEVISION: Which PBS documentary series featured the song “Ashokan Farewell” as its theme music? 8. MEDICINE: What is the brand name for the sedative diazepam? 9. LITERATURE: Who was the first to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (1901)? 10. ENTERTAINERS: What was the stage name of the actor who was born “Laszlo Lowenstein”?

Like other members of the SEALs, Cairo was

equipped with super-strong, flexible body armor and high-tech equipment that included “doggles.” Doggles are specially designed dog goggles equipped with night-vision and infrared capability that allow dogs to see body heat even through concrete walls. • The hi-tech dog gear comes from a mom-andpop business in Winnipeg, Manitoba. K9 Storm, Inc., has a worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing what is probably the best body armor available for military and police dogs. Working dogs in 15 countries use their K9 Storm body armor. Pentagon in October 2010 revealed that after

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Q: For years I have been collecting cardboard casino coin containers and have accumulated at least 50 of them from casinos in Canada, Illinois, Arizona and Las Vegas. Because of the new ticket machines in the casinos, I believe my cardboard containers are now collectible. -- Tony, Sun City West, Ariz. A: I contacted several collectors who buy, sell and trade casino gambling items such as tokens, chips and even ashtrays. There was no interested in your cardboard coin containers. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have no value. Have you considered listing them on eBay? *** Q: My wife has been an avid book collector all of her life. Now that we are retired, we are thinking of selling some of her collections but have no idea if they are worth anything. Two of the series we are especially interested in are early and first editions of the Nancy Drew series and early copies of the Motor Boys books published during the early 20th century. -- William, Port Orange, Fla. A: There were 22 volumes in the Motor Boys series, all published between 1906 and 1924. Most titles sell for about $5. Typical are “The Motor Boys in Mexico” (1906), “The Motor Boys Across the Plains” (1907), and “The Motor Boys on the Wing” (1912), all available at www.abe. com for less than $10. The first Nancy Drew book was “The Secret of the Old Clock,” published in 1930 that featured 16-year-old Nancy searching for a missing will to prevent the Topham family from inheriting an estate they do not deserve. That first edition in excellent condition and with cover often retails for about $300. To get a better idea of the value of your books, I recommend you purchase two excellent guides: “All About Collecting Girls’ Series Books” and “All About Collecting Boys’ Series Books,” both by John Axe and published by Hobby House Books. They can be ordered through www. *** Q: Recently you answered a question about old records from a man named Steve in Binghamton, N.Y. Could you send me his address? -- Robert, New Port Richey, Fla. A: As soon as I answer a letter, it goes into the shredder beside my desk. This is done for security purposes and to protect the readers who contact me through this column.

ultimate bomb-detector technology, dogs are still the most accurate! Detection using the most advanced equipment, like drones and aerial detectors, yielded a 50-percent success rate. When a dog was involved, that rate rose 30 percent. Now

Reed & Reed, but we do see glimpses of Lauren at home: coming back from a jog, going on a date, having some sort of a life outside work. We get to see her with her hair down, literally and figuratively. She’s still quite guarded and protective and exacting and stylish and brilliant, but she’s a lot more comfortable with her position now. “Last season was all about Lauren proving to everyone else that she was capable and that she wasn’t just a trophy wife,” she said. “She could get the job done and could lead the firm. This season we see that she not only is extremely capable, but the firm ends up being better off than it was even before Teddy died.” *** Q: I heard that there is going to be another singingcompetition show airing this summer, I think on ABC? Can you tell me about it? -- Clark F., via e-mail A: “Duets” is the latest vocal-competition show to hit the small screen, and it is indeed airing on ABC. Currently looking for contestants (, this show stars Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke, who will travel the country looking for undiscovered talent to be their proteges, as well as duet partners. *** Q: I still miss seeing Leah Remini on “The Talk.” Any chance she’ll return? -- Hazel D., Akron, Ohio A: Not if Sharon Osbourne has any say, and it appears she does. Leah told fans on Twitter that “Sharon thought me and Holly [Robinson Peete] were ‘ghetto’ (her words), we were not funny, awkward and didn’t know ourselves ... She had us fired.” 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.

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 SERVICE ANIMALS (continued): that’s some serious sniffing! • Some other highly trained dogs that help keep our nation safe are the detector dogs trained to safeguard American agriculture. The National Detector Dog Training Center (NDDTC) in Newnan, Georgia, trains dogs and officers as teams to prevent pests and agricultural diseases from coming into the United States through airports, postal facilities, cargo warehouses, international borders and seaports. • One of the wonderful things about this program is that the NDDCT actually gets its dogs through animal shelters and animal rescues as well as through owner donations. It is important for dogs in this program to be comfortable and nonthreatening when working around people in crowded places like airports. The NDDCT currently trains beagles and beagle mixes for airports and Labrador retrievers and Lab mixes for border patrol work and for warehouses and postal facilities. • Occasionally Jack Russell terriers are also used by the NDDCT, mainly to work in Guam finding brown tree snakes. (Ewww!) The snakes are “a dangerous threat to the ecology and economy of Guam.” Accidentally introduced to Guam in the 1940s or early 1950s, the snakes cause power outages and have eradicated most of Guam’s native forest birds. • The characteristics the NDDCT looks for in dogs that will serve in the “Agriculture Beagle

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related to vision or hearing. Guide dogs for the blind have been around and formally trained for over 70 years, while the other programs are newer. •

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“Pure” by Julianna Baggott (Grand Central Publishing, $25.99) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell Nine years ago, the Detonations turned civilization to ash. It’s the rare creature that wasn’t touched by the searing lights, burned, deformed or fused with something -- metal, plastic, the earth at their feet, even other living beings. In this new landscape, man-eating Dusts and Beasts lie in wait for unwary prey, the corrupt military relentlessly prowls the streets for recruits and targets, and fading memories of Before have become treasured currency. Suffering and desperate, the survivors gaze hungrily at the Dome -- the haven of those lucky few who managed to escape the devastation -- and recite like a prayer the long-ago promise, “Help is coming.” But Pressia has no more time to wait. She has turned 16, and now the soldiers are coming for her. In contrast, Partridge’s life under the Dome is highly civilized: lessons, school dances, mandatory gene-altering sessions -- the usual routine. But when a chance remark from his father gives reason for Partridge to hope his longlost mother might still be alive outside, he resolves to break out and find her. Of course, he is dreadfully misinformed and underprepared for what he will find out there ... but life in the Dome may not have left him so soft as one would believe. Of course Partridge and Pressia are destined to meet, and when they do, the astonishing secrets they uncover together may just change the future of their world. The first installment in an intriguing new sci-fi series, “Pure” doesn’t stint on the horror of its premise. The pages are filled with uncomfortable, nightmarish imagery as well as flashes of macabre beauty: a boy with birds fluttering in his back, a girl joined forever to the doll she can never outgrow. “Pure” is a powerful vision of a future that is like its denizens, a Frankenstein jumble of the familiar and the unimaginable. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Q: I’m pretty regular about cleaning my home’s windows on the inside, but as a new homeowner I’ve never cleaned the outside of the windows, and they’re getting pretty grungy. The first floor shouldn’t be a problem, but what about the upstairs windows? Also, is there a faster way to clean than with paper towels and spray cleaner? -- Brad in Knoxville, Tenn. A: “Fast” depends on just how grungy the outside of the windows are, but I can get you to “effective and efficient” which will make the task of cleaning windows easier. On a side note, spring and fall are great times to clean the outside windows, if you don’t do them more frequently. These are typically the seasons when screens are replaced with storm windows and vice versa, and while dual screen-storm windows are more common, it’s still a good guideline to follow. First, inspect all your home’s windows to make sure they’re undamaged, including storm windows and screens. Next, remove screens or storm windows and place them on a clean, sunny spot of the driveway or walkway to be cleaned. Take a look at the home’s windows from the inside. Newer double-

HOLLYWOOD -- Be careful what you wish for! Jean Dujardin came off the Oscar campaign trail with the gold and returned to his native France, where he is already a huge star and was greeted by mobs of French fans. But beware the dangers of the public eye. The first attack came when his new film, “Les Infideles” (“The Unfaithful Ones”), a comedy in which he plays five cheating Frenchmen, opened in France. Completed prior to his Oscar nomination, it had a scene in New York, where he’s seducing a lover in a hotel room as the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers happens outside the window behind him. Dujardin, also the producer, was advised to cut the scene, and did. If word of the 9/11 attack being used as a backdrop for a philandering comedy scene leaked out, it could have hurt his chances with Academy voters. The French press criticized him for that and called the film “shockingly sexist.” And we non-French speaking Americans didn’t know that Dujardin apparently dropped what amounts to an “F-bomb” in French at the end of his Oscar acceptance speech. His defense? “It was a bit spontaneous; it just came out like that!” Hopefully, his next film, a remake of the French classic “One Wild Moment,” with French actor Vincent Cassell

hung windows can be unhooked and either lifted out of the frame or swung inward to access the outside of the glass. Older windows are sometimes held in the frame by a thin strip of wood, which should be carefully removed. Then the bottom sash can be lifted out of the frame. Being able to swing out or remove the bottom sash makes cleaning the outside of upstairs windows easier and much safer than climbing a ladder to reach them. To clean windows, brush away loose dust and debris first. Then fill a bucket with warm water and mild detergent. Place a waterproof liner (like a tarp or sheet of plastic) underneath the window to protect the floor and walls. Wear rubber gloves to keep your hands clean and less pruney. Dunk a clean sponge in the soapy water and wash the windowpanes, repeating as necessary to remove built-up dirt. Once the window is clean, grab a lint-free cloth, a chamois or for a really old-school way to dry a window, some newspaper. Dry the glass completely; for your final pass, wipe back and forth, then straight up and down, to minimize streaks. I usually start cleaning the outside of windows first. Yes, it grunges up your water and sponge faster, but it also gets the hard work out of the way first. I can clean the sponge and refill the bucket for the inside of the windows. Finally, clean the screens and storm windows that were set aside, brushing away cobwebs and loose dirt before using soap and water. Close up all of the windows and reset either the screens or storm windows, ready for the next season. HOME TIP: Avoid drying windows in direct sunlight, as the glass is more likely to streak. 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.

(remade in l984 with Michael Caine as “Blame It on Rio”), will be the kind of follow-up to “The Artist” that American audiences expect. *** Meryl Streep’s “Great Hope Springs” film, with Tommy Lee Jones, Jean Smart and Steve Carell, was to have opened Dec. 14, but because of her Oscar win, it now will open Aug. 10. Next up for Streep is the film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play “August: Osage County,” with Julia Roberts playing her daughter. Christopher Plummer is shooting the HBO film “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” with Frank Langella. It’s not about Ali’s fighting in the ring, but in the public arena when he refused to fight in Vietnam. Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to the five-time Oscarwinning “Hugo” is “Silence,” with Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis as a Jesuit spreading Christianity in Japan. The sweeping epic also stars “No Country for Old Men” Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro. Scorsese will then make the long-anticipated Frank Sinatra bio-pic. Al Pacino had been mentioned to play Sinatra, but insiders say Scorsese now is leaning toward Leonardo DiCaprio. May we suggest Michael Buble? Not only is he the heirapparent to the Sinatra audience, but he’s as good-looking and charming as “Old Blue Eyes” ever was! Sorry Leo, we hate to burst your Buble ... uhh, that’s bubble! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

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Gain Control Over Dandruff DEAR DR. DONOHUE: How does one eliminate dandruff? I have had it for months and have tried many, many shampoos without making any progress. I can’t wear a dark suit coat. I look like I’ve just come in from a snow blizzard. Please give me some sort of program that I can follow. -- H.H. ANSWER: Dandruff’s official name is seborrheic (SEB-uh-REE-ik) dermatitis. “Dermatitis” indicates skin inflammation. Seborrhea is an overproduction of oil, sebum. Many with dandruff deny they have an oily scalp. They say their scalp is dry. That can be the case, but seborrheic dermatitis flourishes on skin with an abundance of oil glands. The scalp is one of those places, but not the only place. The flakes that land on your shoulders are sloughed-off skin cells. Dandruff usually is quite itchy. Scratching dislodges the dead skin cells. A yeast with the name Malassezia contributes to the problem. It’s probably not the actual cause, but it aids and abets the dandruff process. I’m sure you have tried many shampoos. Let me suggest ones that contain salicylic acid, zinc or selenium. Scalpicin, Head and Shoulders and Selsun Blue are three brand names. There are others. The way you use the shampoo is as important as your choice of shampoo. Wash your hair daily with one of these products. Massage it into your scalp, and let the shampoo remain on your scalp for five minutes. Do this for a minimum

of three weeks. If you have an improvement, you can cut back on your shampooing to every other day. If there has been no improvement, then get a shampoo that attacks the Malassezia yeast. Nizoral A-D (1 percent ketoconazole) is a brand name you can find easily. Do the daily shampoo drill with one of these for three weeks. If after all this you still have dandruff, you need a doctor’s intervention. The doctor can prescribe more powerful agents, ones that have cortisone that can calm the inflamed skin. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband has just been told he has spasmodic dystonia. He has had two Botox injections. They made it worse at first but then better. Friends and family have never heard of it. Would you give us an explanation of it in layman’s terms? -- T.W. ANSWER: Spasmodic dysphonia messes up the voice. People often believe they have laryngitis from a virus. They don’t; they have a cramping of the muscles that control their vocal cords. Their voices crack while saying a word, or become weak and breathy, or sound as though they are being choked. Sometimes it seems like the affected person has developed a stutter. The condition usually arises between the ages of 30 and 50. Its cause is unknown. An ear, nose and throat doctor can make a diagnosis by viewing the affected person’s vocal cords and seeing how they are misbehaving. Botox can put an end to the vocal muscles’ spasms. Treatment lasts for about three months, and then another injection is given. Contact the National Spasmodic Dystonia Association ( or 800-795-6732) for detailed information and for notifications of any new treatments. *** 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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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (continued): •

The Spay/Neuter Debate Continues

The idea for a statue to be given to the United

States was born at the home of Edouard de Laboulaye, near Versailles, France, in the summer of 1865. Laboulaye is considered the “Father of the Statue of Liberty.” Unfortunately, he died before its completion. • French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was commissioned to design the sculpture with the plan for it to be presented in 1876 to celebrate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence. Gustave Eiffel, France’s most respected engineer, who







commissioned to help Bartholdi with the massive structure. •

DEAR PAW'S CORNER: I'm writing in response to "Tom C.," who doesn't want to neuter his purebred German Shepherd. Good for you for sticking to your and many people's beliefs! I have met many breeders of purebred animals. They refuse to alter their "pet" -- or for many, their bankroll -- for any reason. For those of you who truly love your pet and your breed and try to find "perfect" homes for them (at the right price), you should know that many of them end up in shelters just like the mongrels (as Tom put it). I prefer the term "mix breed." All Tom has to do if he truly cares is to look at any dog rescue site on the

Internet and he will see many purebreds that are without a home. There are thousands of purebreds being put to sleep because there are no homes for them. The other thing about having animals altered is that they are not only calmer, they are healthier. And it has been proven that an altered pet lives longer if cared for properly. By the way, I own two mix breeds and one purebred. All are rescues! The purebred was half her weight when we got her and has the saddest story out of all our critter kids. I don't even tell her story, it's that terrible! So please, spay or neuter your beloved pet (dogs or cats), no matter what breed it is. -- Dee O., Palmyra, N.Y.

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entertainment events and more to be held to raise funds for the huge project. •

When Joseph Pulitzer became the owner and

editor of the New York World in 1883, he appealed to people all across the country to contribute funds and to not bring shame upon the nation by not providing for the generous gift from the French. His plea was heard; money poured in from people all across the country. • The Statue was completed in France in July 1884 and arrived in New York Harbor in June 1885. The pedestal construction was finished in April 1886. The Statue remained unassembled in crates for over a year waiting for the completion of the pedestal. The centennial gift was actually 10 years late! •

The Statue was transported from France to

the United States on the French frigate Isere. It was disassembled into 350 individual pieces and packed in 214 crates. Reportedly, rough seas almost brought a disastrous end to the Isere and its cargo. • It took four months to re-assemble the Statue on her pedestal. She was dedicated on October 28, 1886, in front of thousands of spectators. President





“Liberty” would “magnify France beyond the seas.” Fireworks followed the dedication, and then New York City’s first “Ticker Tape” parade ensued. • The original torch was actually displayed at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. Today, it is located in the museum at Fort Wood

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Tidbits® of Salina THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (continued): :on Bedloe’s Island with the Statue. In 1984, it was replaced by a new, copper torch covered in 24k gold leaf that reflects sunlight in the day and is lit by 16 floodlights at night. • Much symbolism was built into the Statue. The crown has 25 windows symbolizing gemstones and heaven’s rays shining over the world. The seven rays on the crown represent the seven seas and continents. Chains and a broken shackle at the Statue’s feet represent freedom from oppression and servitude. Lady Liberty is holding a book that has July 4, 1776, inscribed on it, the date of American Independence. ARRONDISSEMENTS Webster’s






arrondissements as “an administrative district of certain large French cities, in particular Paris.” • Traveling from place to place in Paris can be difficult due to its large size. Learning about the arrondissements helps. Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements, with the first one in the center of the city and the remaining ones spiraling outwards, like a snail shell, in a clock-wise direction. •

Looking at a map of Paris, it is important to

understand the arrondissements. Most of the historical tourist attractions are found in the first eight. •

Originally, in 1795, Paris was divided into 12

arrondissements with 1-9 on the right bank of the Seine River and 10-12 on the left bank. The Seine flows from east to west, so the right bank is northern Paris, and the left bank is southern Paris. The Seine runs through the historical heart of the city and actually has two islands in the central part. • In 1860, as the city expanded, the 12 original arrondissements were changed to the current 20 that are arranged in the spiral design.

Buying a Home With an FHA Rehab Loan If you’ve hoped to buy a home on a low budget, chances are that everything you’ve looked at needs work. If you’re lucky, it might be as simple as paint in every room. On the other hand, perhaps the house you want was a foreclosure that was trashed by vandals when it sat empty, and the cost of the repair work will take more cash than you’ll have available after closing. There are a number of reasons to take on a home that needs work: location (you want to stay in the kids’ school district or be closer to work), you can’t afford a perfect house, or you see the potential in the house and know if would serve your family well for many years to come. That’s where a Federal Housing Administration 203(k) rehab loan can come in. This type of loan covers the mortgage as well as repairs that need to be made to single-family homes, with the total cost wrapped up in one neat loan package. There are two levels to the loan program: 1) if the work that needs to be done is fairly simple (doesn’t involve structural repairs) and will cost under $35,000, or 2) extensive renovation at a cost of at least $5,000 with no maximum limit.

During the rehab process, FHA inspectors will visit the site multiple times to ensure that the work is up to standards and is following the plan. You’ll have six months to get the work completed by a contractor. Funds, held in escrow, will be released in stages as the work is done. If you’re interested in a multi-unit building and plan to live in one of the units, the 203(k) can be used for up to four family units. You can build a new house on an old foundation, or move a house to a new location. The work must include improving “thermal efficiency,” such as weather stripping and insulation. The process for securing a 203(k) loan is complicated, with numerous steps to follow, but the stress can be worth it if it gets you the house you want, with repairs made, at a price you can afford. For more information on FHA rehab loans, go to and put 203(k) in the search box. You’ll need to speak to an FHA-approved lender in your area. 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 e-mail to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD March 19, 2012 Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Tower Heist (PG-13) Ben Stiller 2. Puss in Boots (PG) animated 3. Hugo (PG) Asa Butterfield 4. In Time (PG-13) Amanda Seyfried 5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 (PG-13) Kristen Stewart 6. J. Edgar (R) Leonardo DiCaprio 7. The Rum Diary (R) Johnny Depp 8. Real Steel (PG-13) Hugh Jackman 9. Drive (R) Ryan Gosling 10. The Help (PG-13) Viola Davis Top 10 DVD Sales 1. Puss in Boots (PG) (Paramount) 2. Hugo (PG) (Paramount) 3. Twilight Saga: The Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 (NR) (Summit Entertainment) 4. Tower Heist (PG-13) (Universal) 5. The Help (PG-13) (Buena Vista) 6. Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (PG-13) (Warner) 7. Lady and the Tramp (G) (Buena Vista) 8. J. Edgar (R) (Warner) 9. Justice League: Doom (PG-13) (Warner) 10. Real Steel (PG-13) (Buena Vista) Source: Rentrak Corp.

1. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro set a record in 2010 for most RBIs in a major-league debut. How many did he have? 2. In 2011, Atlanta’s Brian McCann became the second person in majorleague history to have a pinch-hit, game-tying homer in the ninth and followed with a game-winning home run. Who was the first? 3. Who was the last coach of the Houston Oilers before Jeff Fisher took over in 1994 and the team eventually moved to Tennessee? 4. Entering the 2011-12 season, Kentucky was the No. 1 team for total victories in Division I college basketball (2,052). Name three of the next five schools. 5. How many players reached the 100-point plateau in the NHL in the 2010-11 season? 6. Name the Russian superheavyweight Olympic weightlifter who won two gold medals and had a nineyear unbeaten streak (1970-78). 7. Who was the last LPGA golfer before Yani Tseng (2010-11) to capture two women’s majors in consecutive years?

On April 4, 1812, President James Madison fires an economic salvo at the British government and enacts a 90-day embargo on trade with England. The embargo did little to forestall war: The British refused to cease harassing American ships, prompting Madison to lead America into the War of 1812. On April 3, 1860, the first Pony Express mail simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Mo., heading west, and Sacramento, Calif., heading east on a 1,800-mile journey. On April 13, the westbound packet arrived in Sacramento, beating the eastbound packet by two days. On April 7, 1891, American showman Phineas Taylor Barnum dies in Bridgeport, Conn. The 81-year-old showman’s sense of humor never deserted him. He requested that a New York newspaper run his obituary before he died so he could enjoy reading it, and the paper obliged.

by Samantha Weaver It was Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw who made the following sage observation: "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." We're all familiar with the act of CPR -- we often see a film or television character come to the rescue and save a life using the technique. And on TV, according to a recent study, CPR is shown as being successful 75 percent of the time. The reality is not quite so rosy, though. A study conducted in 2010 found that when CPR is used in real life, only about 8 percent of the patients were still alive after one month. Of those who did survive that long, 97 percent couldn't live a normal life. Do you suffer from astraphobia? If so, I hope you don't live in Florida. Those who are afraid of lightning would be terrified in

the Sunshine State, especially in Tampa, known as the lightning capital of the world. Researchers in the United Kingdom have invented a robot that eats slugs and is powered by the gas from the decaying creatures. They have dubbed their creation the SlugBot. For six generations, many members of the Fugate family of the Appalachian region of Kentucky have suffered from a rare blood disorder called methemoglobinemia. The disorder seems to have no adverse health effects, but it's not at all difficult to diagnose it at a glance: Sufferers have blue skin. Not just a slight tinge, either; various family members have been described as "blue as Lake Louise," "the bluest woman I ever saw" and "almost purple." *** Thought for the Day: "A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, 'At my age, I don't even buy green bananas."' -- Claude Pepper (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

On April 2, 1902, the first American theater devoted solely to movies opens in Los Angeles. Housed in a circus tent, the venue was dubbed “The Electric Theater.” Admission cost 10 cents for a one-hour show. On April 5, 1931, Fox Film Corp. drops John Wayne from its roster of actors. Wayne had played bit parts but failed to impress the studio. In 1939, Wayne finally had his breakthrough in “Stagecoach.” He went on to play in dozens of movies, including “True Grit,” for which he won an Oscar in 1969. On April 6, 1970, Sam Sheppard, a doctor convicted of murdering his pregnant wife in a trial that caused a media frenzy in the 1950s, dies of liver failure. After a decade in prison, Sheppard was found Ònot guiltyÓ in a second trial in 1966. “The Fugitive” television series and movie were rumored to have been loosely inspired by the story. On April 8, 1990, director David Lynch’s surreal series, “Twin Peaks,” premieres. The show, with its bizarre characters and baffling story line, became an instant cult hit. Kyle MacLachlan starred as Dale Cooper, an FBI agent assigned to visit a small town in the Pacific Northwest to try to unravel the mystery of the murder of resident Laura Palmer. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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sheen to it. While we're supposed to feel for the horse, it seems like the mountains of human suffering are being glossed over.

EDITOR'S NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of April 2, 2012. PICKS OF THE WEEK "War Horse" (PG-13) -- This latest offering from Steven Spielberg has all of the visual splendor and classic-style sentimentality expected from the veteran film maker. It starts with an English farm boy named Albert (Jeremy Irvine) being tasked with raising and training a colt racing stallion called Joey. When the two are separated by World War I, the horse braves an odyssey through ravaged Europe, making an impact in the lives of humans wherever he goes. The bulk of the story stays with the horse. While the majestic creature makes its way through the horrors of war, everything has that classic-movie

"We Bought a Zoo" (PG) -Sometimes, you just have to take a big, crazy leap and give it your all. That seems to be the syrupy message at the heart of this based-on-a-true story. Benjamin (Matt Damon) is a let-go newspaper reporter who recently lost his wife. While looking for a new home where he can take his young daughter and teen son, he finds a run-down country estate that also happens to be a run-down zoo in need of new, dedicated owners. Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson and Colin Ford (who plays Damon's son) all portray characters more grounded than their script. This story of a wild risk that paid off for one troubled family can be a joyful experience, just make sure any children watching don't get their hopes up.

"Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" (PG) -- This isn't a typical Elmo DVD-adventure, but it is about a young person with dreams that come true. This documentary follows Kevin Clash, Elmo's puppeteer and voice. The film tells the story of Clash's childhood aspirations to work with Jim Henson, and shows behind-the-scenes footage of Clash and the rest of the Muppets crew. Looking behind the curtain might seem like it could drain the magic from the Muppets, but it's actually a peek into another dimension of their world. Colorful felt, buggy eyes and clever shots abound. It's a magic trick that's impressive even when you know how it's done. Clash has been making puppets since he was a boy in the suburbs of Baltimore. Learning how Clash worked his way to where he wanted to be makes scrappy little Elmo even more endearing.

"London River" -- In the aftermath of the London Underground bombings in 2005, two people cross paths while sorting through the terror and the tragedy. Elisabeth is a white Christian woman searching for her daughter. After putting up posters, she comes in contact with Ousmane, a black Muslim man from France who found a photograph of his son with her daughter. The two try to use each other to get to the bottom of what happened. The story and the performances make the film worthwhile, even if the message can seem a bit blunt. TV RELEASES "3rd Rock From the Sun -- Season 3 and Season 4" "Designing Women: The Complete Sixth Season" "Roseanne -- Season 3 and Season 4" "That '70s Show: Season 3 and Season 4

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Answers 1. Six. 2. Jeff Heath of the Boston Braves in 1949. 3. Jack Pardee (1990-94). 4. Kansas (2,038 wins), North Carolina (2,033), Duke (1,944), Syracuse (1,800) and Temple (1,766). 5. Just one, Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin, with 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists). 6. Vasily Alekseyev. 7. Karrie Webb, in 2000-01.

Answers 1. A new order of the ages 2. Conchologist 3. Diego Rivera 4. Nightmare 5. Spain’s Basque region 6. Southern California 7. “The Civil War” by Ken Burns 8. Valium 9. French poet Sully Prudhomme 10. Peter Lorre


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