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Tidbits® of Salina Americans’ Adventures (continued): • The footage that Richards took was used in a nature documentary called “Cold.” The film chronicles their journey, the first successful attempt to climb the Pakistani peak during winter by anyone. The film played at a number of film festivals in 2011 and is being distributed by Forge Motion Pictures. • Many runners have attempted to beat the time record for completing the entire Appalachian Trail. Observers were surprised to discover that the record had been broken by a female, Pharr Davis. • Davis bested a record held by men for more than 40 years. Davis isn’t, by her own description, even a runner. She has always trained as a longdistance hiker, and her training to beat the record was the same.

1. MUSIC: Who wrote and performed the song “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”? 2. THEATER: “My Fair Lady” is a modern musical adaptation of which play? 3. GEOGRAPHY: The Palace of Versailles is located near what city? 4. PHYSICS: What is the branch of physics that deals with light? 5. LITERATURE: Who wrote “Doctor Zhivago”? 6. LANGUAGE: What is the American term for the British perambulator? 7. ROYALS: From what house did Great Britain’s King Edward VIII descend? 8. PSYCHOLOGY: What does someone fear if he or she has chronomentrophobia? 9. SCIENCE: What is an ichnite? 10. PRESIDENTS: Which U.S. president said, “The chief business of the American people is business”?

• Davis completed the trail’s 2,181 miles more than 26 hours faster than the former record holder. The popular assumption before her attempt was that only a faster runner could beat the record, but Davis bucked the conventional wisdom. She began each day before 5 a.m., hiking for 16 hours a day and sleeping directly on the trail. • Davis was accompanied by her husband, Ben, who served as her support crew. She reached the trail’s southern end in Springer Mountain, Georgia, a little over 46 days after she began. • “We were exploring what people thought was possible, for what was possible on the Appalachian Trail, and what was possible for a woman and a hiker,” Davis told National Geographic magazine afterward. “Records are made to be broken…The method and the approach are what matters more at the end of the day.” • Nick Waggoner was an unknown film graduate from Colorado College when he began filming “Solitaire,” a documentary about his grueling ski

Traditions Bring Families Together

odyssey through South America. • Waggoner filmed over the course of two years

“I’ve just set the timer for 18 minutes,” said Karen Helfand to her 9-year-old

with his three co-producers. The four men explored

daughter, Rachel, and Rachel’s friend Claire. That was the cue for the girls

in far-flung locations such as the jungles along the

to dump and pour the measured flour and water on the counter and mix

Amazon River, the Cordillera Blanca, the Altiplano

the simple dough with their hands to make matzo for Passover earlier this

and windy Patagonia.

spring. They were learning that it’s all about “time” as they prepared and baked the dough in haste -- just as it was done by the Israelites thousands of years ago in the land of Egypt when they escaped slavery and fled for safety

PHOTO: Courteney Cox Q: When will my favorite show, “Rizzoli & Isles,” be back with new episodes? -- Fred D., via e-mail. A: Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander will return for their third season as Det. Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles, respectively, on Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The highly rated TNT series will air 15 all-new episodes. And if you need to catch up on seasons one and two -- or just refresh your memory -- both are now available on DVD for your viewing pleasure. *** Q: I signed that petition you mentioned in a previous column to help keep “A Gifted Man” on the air, and I was wondering if it helped? Will CBS renew it? --Bonnie A., Norfolk, Va. A: Sometimes online petitions work (“Friday Night Lights,” “Jericho” and “Chuck” were saved from early cancelation by rabid Internet campaigns), and sometimes they don’t. In the

case of “A Gifted Man,” it didn’t; CBS decided not to renew the drama for a second season. Also on CBS’s chopping block: “CSI: Miami,” “Rob,” “Unforgettable” and “NYC 22.” *** Q: For the longest time, I couldn’t even find “Cougar Town” on the TV schedule, then it returned, and now I hear it’s been canceled. Is that true? -- Stacie R., St. Paul, Minn. A: While it’s true that ABC has opted not to renew “Cougar Town” for a fourth season, Courteney Cox and gang will indeed be back for a new season -- TBS has picked up the series and will begin airing new episodes in early 2013. As of now, it’s assumed that all cast members will be making the move with the show to TBS. However, Dan Byrd had already booked a role on the new untitled Louis CK sitcom pilot, and Josh Hopkins was set to star in NBC’s “Lady Friends.” Both shows will have to recast now that “Cougar Town” is going forward. “Cougar Town” is the latest project to join TBS’s growing slate of original series. In July, TBS will launch “Sullivan & Son,” a new sitcom starring comedian Steve Byrne and executive-produced by Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley and Rob Long. This year also will include the debut of “Wedding Band,” a new scripted comedy series starring Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, Peter Cambor, Derek Miller, Melora Hardin, Jenny Wade and Kathryn Fiore. *** Q: Can you tell me what Ving Rhames is doing now? I haven’t seen him in anything in a while. -- Derek L., via e-mail A: Ving is all set to star in the new David E. Kelley medical drama that is slated to premiere on TNT in summer 2013. The series, called “Monday Mornings,” is based on the book by neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanja Gupta, M.D. The show is set in the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Ore., and Ving plays the hospital’s trauma chief. It also stars Alfred Molina, Jennifer Finnegan and Bill Irwin. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at letters@ cindyelavsky.com.

in a hurry. “We want our daughters to have a Passover Seder to remember,” said Claire’s mom, Patty Diamond, program director of Mayim Rabim Congregation in Minneapolis. “When extended families gather around their tables and the plate with the horseradish (representing the bitterness of slavery) is served with matzo, the children will connect personally having measured, mixed and manipulated the unleavened dough themselves. Passover is our tradition, and we pass it on to our daughters, just as our mothers did for us.” Traditions, whether religious or otherwise, can bring a sense of special identity to family life. And the good news is that just about anything your family enjoys doing together can become a special ritual that keeps you close. And those rituals will no doubt have a few simple things in common: They are easy to do, you share them with your children, and they give you a “we.” “In our family ‘we’ always go fishing on Father’s Day, or ‘we’ always make sandcastles and a bonfire at the beach on the Fourth of July.” You might think of traditions as a mosaic of your family’s soul. They say who you are, where you are and where you come from. Encase special life events and start calling them your own this spring and summer. These traditions bear repetition not only because they are fun, but also because you rekindle the wonder of relationships and family by doing them again and again. As you fill your family calendar with kids’ camps, gardening, ballgames, outings and vacations, think about how you can make a trip or activity a special tradition, a “we” event that defines who you are. Remember, a family tradition doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or be elaborate. In fact, it’s the simple and silly ideas that are often treasured most. Pass them along from year to year and watch your family story become a living gift to your children. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 Americans' Adventures (continued): • Waggoner filmed on foot, on skis, on boats, on horseback and even while soaring through the sky on a paraglider. He faced tough weather conditions throughout without any of the comforts of normal travel. He and his group lived out of tents in driving rain and snow, occasionally for weeks at a time. •

The motley crew often hiked thousands of

miles in darkness before dawn to capture sunrise in these unspoiled vistas. They scaled broken glaciers in search of breathtaking vistas and climbed mountains in excess of 17,000 feet. •

When Waggoner arrived in South America to

start production on the film, he was greeted with terrible news. His close friend and intended star of the documentary, extreme skier Arne Backstrom, had fallen and died while attempting to scale the 18,897-foot Nevado Pisco. • “Solitaire” is Waggoner’s third project with his company, Sweetgrass Productions. He recently spent a season in Hokkaido, Japan, filming another upcoming nature documentary.

His acclaimed

work in just three years has already won him awards, most recently at the International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. •

For Willie and Damian Benegas, seeking

adventure is a family affair. This past year the two brothers collected samples of the highest living plant life on Earth. Samples were gathered from the flanks of Mt. Everest, over 22,000 feet in the air.

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back samples of rock near the summit of Everest for microbial study. It is hoped that these samples may provide insight into the effects of high levels of UV radiation on life at the microscopic level. • 65-year-old writer and Arctic explorer John Turk joined 26-year-old pro kayaker Erik Boomer in a 1,485-mile circumnavigation of Ellesmear Island in Canada. This was the last great adventure for Turk, but it was only one of many in a lifetime dedicated

“If Only” by Carole Geithner (Scholastic, $16.99) Reviewed by Rose M. Croke We all face loss in our lives, some earlier than others. In “If Only,” 13-year-old Corinna Burdette loses her mother to cancer in the summer before she enters eighth grade. An only child, Corinna must grapple with this monumental loss at a time in her life when she needs her mother the most. The story begins in the autumn after her mother’s death and follows Corinna as she struggles with the different stages of grief for a year afterward. The title of this fictional, young-adult novel, written by debut novelist Carole Geithner, comes from the unending hypothetical scenarios that Corinna silently ponders: If only her mom had been diagnosed with cancer sooner, if only her medical treatment had been successful, if only it wasn’t her own mother, and if only she could see her mother again to tell her she loves her. Geithner has more than 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker, working with children, adolescents and adults, many of whom had childhoods shaped by significant loss. Her professional experiences and losing her own mother at a young age authentically informs the story. Readers will truly empathize with Corinna’s grief process and the gaping hole that her mother’s death has torn in the fabric of her young life. Corinna asks, “How can I continue to put one foot in front of the other when I can barely breathe? How can I smile and talk to everyone like I’m the old me, like nothing has changed?” The book isn’t dark. It offers brilliant glimpses of light and humor. For example, Corinna will never look at baked ziti the same way again, thanks to her goodnatured friends and neighbors. “If Only” is a sensitive and uplifting novel that offers readers a glimpse into the world of a grieving teen and rewards them with a beautiful and hopeful story about the enduring power of love. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Plan Now for Emergencies Q: I wanted to write and remind your readers to have a plan in place in case of natural disasters. I live in a hurricane-prone area, so I keep what I call a “hurricane kit” ready at all times. It’s stocked with first-aid supplies, food, water and other items that I can grab and throw into the car in case my family needs to evacuate. I also know the location of important papers so I can grab those, too. And I reserved a corner of my garage to store post-hurricane supplies like tarps, a generator and basic tools. I learned to do all this several years ago when a Category 3 hurricane passed through my town, but not until after the storm. Now I’m prepared before the storm. -- Curtis F., Orlando A: Thanks for reminding us all, Curtis! Organization is key to surviving during and after a natural disaster, fire or other calamity. Here are a few tips to keep in mind: --Prepare your family for the most likely scenario depending on your geographic location: hurricane,

PHOTO: Arnold Schwarzenegger HOLLYWOOD -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, “The Gubernator,” is returning to action movies now that he’s no longer governor of California. For his comeback, he’s chosen “The Expendables 2,” alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lungren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and “Thor,” Chris Hemsworth. Arnold kidded, “The Expendables 2’ has every action hero between 30 and 100!” It’s budgeted at $100 million and will be released Aug. 17, 2012. Come January 2013, we’ll see Arnold in “Last Stand” with Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville. He plays a small-town sheriff pitted against a notorious drug kingpin and his gang. Schwarzenegger is currently shooting “The Tomb” with Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio and 50 Cent. Stallone plays a prison designer who must escape from a prison he built and find the person who put him there. Arnold’s character name in this one is Swan. It will be released sometime in 2013.

tornado, blizzard, wildfire, flood or other event. --Learn about and prepare for household emergencies, including fire, a gas leak, carbon monoxide leak, etc. --Create an escape plan and rehearse it with your family. --Create an evacuation kit that includes important papers, food, water, first aid, blankets and other essential items. --Include pets in your plans! Add pet food and medicines to your evacuation kit, along with a copy of their vaccination record and license. And keep their carry crate accessible. --If you must shelter in place during a disaster, designate your home’s safe spot (basement, central room, closet or bathtub, for example), and make sure everyone knows to get there quickly. --Create a post-disaster supply stash that includes several tarps (to cover damaged roof areas or create temporary shelter), a generator, canned foods, water and first aid, and store in a reinforced area if possible. Store gasoline away from the house at all times. HOME TIP: The University of Missouri offers a free disaster plan template. Download it here: http://extension. missouri.edu/p/EMW1011 Send your questions or tips to ask@thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Next month he shoots “The Unknown Soldier” for an April 2013 release. Then he goes into “Ten” and maybe a “Terminator” sequel. So much for those who said he couldn’t get elected dog catcher after his governorship and family scandal. Unlike politics, scandal fuels the box office, and he’ll “be back” with a vengeance! *** And now a tribute to real soldiers. The sixth-annual GI Film Festival was just held in our nation’s capital, and celebrities such as Lou Diamond Phillips, William Devane, Pat Sajak, Joe Montegna, James Cromwell and Peter Berg mingled with politicos such as Ross Perot and Reps. Jeff Davis (RKy.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.). The centerpiece of the Festival was the film “Doughboy,” which stars Terry Kiser (“Weekend at Bernie’s”). The term “Doughboys” originated after the Mexican-American War, and they too are veterans who should never be overlooked as heroes who sacrificed for our country. *** Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (“Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Rain Man”) hopes to change his luck after the sudden cancellation of his HBO series “Luck” by directing the comedy film “Quartet,” due out next year. He’s cast great actors: Tom Courtenay (Oscar nominated for “The Dresser”); Oscar winner Maggie Smith (“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”) and all the “Harry Potter” films, as well as “Downton Abbey”; Michael Gambon (“The King’s Speech”); and Billy Connolly from TV’s “Head of the Class,” “The Last Samurai” (with Tom Cruise) and the “Hobbit” films. The “Quartet” live happily in a home for retired opera singers until diva Maggie Smith arrives to complicate matters. If Maggie channels opera-diva Maria Callas, we’ll get to see just how “callous” a diva can be! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.


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Tiny Dust Mites Are Fact of Life DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 9 years old. I read what you said about dust mites. I am wondering if they can hurt me. Will they affect me in any way? Am I safe around them? One night I was snuggling my pillow pet, and my mom said, “Remember, it has dust mites.” She gave me your article. I couldn’t sleep that night, knowing that loads of dust mites were crawling around me. So tell me. Should I be afraid? What makes them go away? What will happen? -- T.M.C. ANSWER: Have no fear, T.M.C. Dust mites have not done, are not doing and will not do anything harmful to you. I have them too. So does just about everyone. They’re all over the world. They’re less than onehundredth of an inch, barely visible. They don’t bite you. They feed on dead skin that has fallen off the body. They don’t crawl in and out of your mouth, as the letter writer suggested. Dust mites don’t give you any illness, although some people are allergic to them and itch when exposed to them. In a very few people, they might trigger an asthma attack. None of this has happened to you or me. I don’t think it ever will. Dust mites need high humidity to survive, around 70 percent. You can cut down on their number if you keep your room humidity lower than that.

Don’t try to get rid of them. They’re part of the biological diversity that exists in our world. I don’t know if they do us any good, but they don’t do us any harm, aside from the allergy thing. Sleep in peace. I apologize for ruining a night’s sleep for you. Please don’t ask me about bedbugs. They don’t make people ill either, but they give me the creeps. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband and I have started walking every evening. It’s our way of staying in shape. I like it. My husband actually listens to what I have to say when we walk. There is one thorn in my side, however. My husband insists that I don’t walk correctly, and he is constantly giving me ways to change my walking style. It’s extremely irritating. I have been walking the way I walk since I was an infant. Is there really a special way to do so? -- R.C. ANSWER: Most people develop a walk natural for them, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Some general pointers about the proper walking style are worth incorporating into your walking pattern. Keep your head erect with eyes focused about 20 feet in front of you. Your arms should be bent at the elbow. When the right foot hits the ground, the left arm should be in front of your body, and vice versa when your left foot hits the ground. The heel of the foot should strike the ground first, and the liftoff should come from the toes. Older people tend to shorten their walking stride in an attempt to keep both feet always on the ground. This gives them more balance and stability. They should try to take a little longer stride and use their arms for balance and stability as I described above. *** 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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Disney Cookie Jar Q: I have a “Lady and the Tramp” Siamese cat cookie jar that was made in 2004. I understand it has increased in value and wonder if you can give me an idea of how much. I seem to remember paying about $25 for it originally. -- Sue, Camden, Ohio A: Remember the names of the cats? Si and Am. Your cookie jar was in a limited issue of 250 and is worth $200, according to “The Official Price Guide to Disney Collections” by Ted Hake (House of Collectibles, $29.95). *** Q: Is there someone near me who can help me appraise my mother’s dishes. They are approximately 80 years old, clear glass with an etched pattern. Can you help me? -- Nora, Albuquerque, N.M. A: I think your dishes are probably pieces of a Depression glass pattern. There are several excellent guides you can use to see if you can find your particular pattern. One of my favorite references is “Warman’s Depression Glass: Identification and Price Guide” by Ellen T. Schroy and published by Krause (www.krause.com). This guide has most of the patterns issued, is fully illustrated and easy to navigate. I think the prices listed accurately reflect the marketplace. Keep in mind that values change from region to region. For example, Coors pottery brings a much higher price in Colorado than it does in Vermont. If you would rather hire the services of an appraiser, there are several in the Albuquerque area, including Phyllis Thunborg (502-898-0863) and Suzanne Staley (888-758-1118). Check out Staley’s Website at www.suzannestaley.com. If you use an appraiser, you should expect to pay for this service. *** Q: I bought a corner cast-iron table a number of years ago for $75. It has dragon feet, and I bought it because I thought it was unique. I am enclosing a picture of it and would like to know the age of this table. -- Lela, Godfrey, Ill. A: Without actually being able to examine this table, I can only venture a guess. It appears to reflect the styles of the 1920s and ‘30s. To find out for certain, you need to contact a dealer or appraiser in your area. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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4 teaspoons Dijon mustard 8 slices firm whole-wheat sandwich bread one of baseball’s mostshredded old-fashioned andcheese famous 1/2 cup (2 ounces) sharp cheddar 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped ballparks. spinach, thawed and squeezed dry • Built 2incups 1914, Wrigley Field low-fat (1 percent) milk will be going on its 99th season in eggs 2012 and its 97th year with the Cubs. 4 large 4 large eggiswhites • Wrigley Field the second oldest major league 1/2 teaspoon salt ballpark 1/4 in teaspoon the United following behind coarselyStates, ground black pepper

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1. Grease 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Spread 1/2 teaspoon mustard on 1 side of each bread slice. Place 4 slices bread in Originally Weeghman inofhonor bakingnamed dish, mustard side up. TopPark with half cheese, of all of spinach, then remaining cheese. Place remaining bread slices in dish, mustard side up. 2. In medium bowl, with wire whisk or fork, beat milk and remaining ingredients until blended. Slowly pour egg mixture over bread slices. Prick bread with fork at 1-inch intervals and press slices down so egg mixture can be absorbed more easily. 3. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight to allow egg mixture to be absorbed thoroughly. 4. To bake, preheat oven to 350 F. Uncover baking dish and bake strata 55 minutes to 1 hour, until knife inserted 1 inch from center comes out clean. Remove strata from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving. Each serving: About 400 calories, 11g total fat (4g saturated), 155mg cholesterol, 640mg sodium, 39g total carbs, 5g dietary fiber, 18g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/.

• Wrigley Field seats 41,160 people. •


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Wrigley Field (Continued) the original owner Charlie Weeghman, it was designed by architect Zachary Taylor Davis and cost $250,000 to construct. It originally sat 14,000. •

On April 23, 1914, the first major league game

took place at the ballpark, where the Federals

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defeated Kansas City 9-1. •

In 1915, the Federal League folded for financial

reasons, making way for the Cubs to leave Cincinnati for Chicago. •

In 1920, the Wrigley family, owners of Wrigley

chewing gum, purchased the ballpark from Weeghman and changed the name to Cubs Park. In 1926, the name was finally changed to Wrigley Field. • The bleachers and scoreboard were implemented in 1937; the original scoreboard remains intact today and is manually operating. It has never been struck with a batted ball. • A longtime tradition is the flying of a “W” or “L” flag atop the scoreboard at the conclusion of every game signifying either a win or loss. •

Wrigley Field has seen many firsts: the first

permanent concession stand and the beginning of the traditions of allowing fans to keep foul balls and throwing back home runs hit by the opposing team. •

Wrigley Field has also seen many classic

moments in baseball history, including the famous pitching duel in 1917 between Jim “Hippo” Vaughn and the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney. •

The most famous incident to take place at

Wrigley Field is Babe Ruth’s alleged “call shot” in the 1932 World Series, where Ruth pointed toward the outfield just before nailing a home run into the bleachers. • Wrigley Field is more affected by harsh wind conditions than any other Major League ballpark because of nearby Lake Michigan. • The park’s nickname is the Friendly Confines, and it is the last standing Federal League ballpark. •

The Cubs, often referred to as “The Lovable

Losers,” are famous for never winning a World Series at Wrigley Field, yet they are still one of the most successful franchises in baseball history. • The famous “Da Curse of the Bill Goat” dates back to 1945 at the fourth game of the World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. William “Billy Goat” Sianis and his goat Murphy were removed from the game because of the goat’s odor,

Premeasuring Helps Overweight Dogs DEAR PAW’S CORNER: A have a suggestion to help owners solve their dogs’ weight problems. People tend to overfeed their dogs because their “cup” tends to just be grabbed out of a dog food bag. So their 1/2 cup, etc. tends to be more like 3/4 cup or so. I took a soft-drink carton holding 24 cups. I sit down every two weeks and premeasure the amount I want to feed my dogs. This way I can just grab a cup at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. and know it’s the right amount. And it is so easy this

way! My dogs used to be overweight until I started this system. -- Dwayne O., via email DEAR DAN: Great idea! While some breeds are a bit stocky and others are prone to obesity, owners can exert control over the amount of calories their dogs consume and the amount of exercise they get. Keep in mind that the size of your dog -- small, medium, or large frame, for example -- is a consideration in exactly how much it should eat and how often. Talk to your veterinarian about the amount of food it should get, and stick to that diet. Be careful how often treats are given out, and of course, don’t feed your dog under the table or give it

leftovers. Exercise is another important component of weight loss -- one that benefits both you and your dog. This can take the form of twice-daily walks, as well as play time and training time. Schedule at least an hour each day to turn off the TV and turn your attention 100 percent to your dog. You’ll both love it! Send your questions or tips to ask@ pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www. pawscorner.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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A WORLD OF ADVENTURE America obviously doesn’t corner the market on men and woman of courage and adventurous spirit. Here are a few of the more interesting recent examples of our fellow explorers across the globe. • Alastair Humphreys of the United Kingdom has ridden his bicycle over 46,000 miles in various locales around the world.

Humphreys did this

before he was 35 years old. He has also crossed Iceland’s glacial highlands entirely on foot and is planning what will be the longest journey to the South Pole ever attempted without support. • After travelling nearly everywhere on the globe, Humphreys decided to see more of the country of his birth. He spent all of 2011 in Great Britain. He completed an ambitious group of “microadventures,” beginning and ending these trips at the front door of his home outside London. • Among his explorations in 2011 was a hike up the M25, the well-known roadway that is notorious for having the worst traffic in the country. He also swam the Thames River, familiarized himself with the UK’s public transportation and spent several days living entirely off the land. • Humphreys used social media to encourage his fellow adventurers to record video diaries of their own “microadventures.” Through Twitter, he received a surprising number of responses, some from as far away as Japan. • Austrian mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner recently became the only woman to summit all 14 of the peaks worldwide that measure over 26,000 feet (8,000 m). She completed the staggering feat in 2011, besting the K2 near the border of China and Pakistan.

Start Online Before Buying, Selling Home Spring and summer are historically the biggest times of the year for buying and selling homes. At the same time, because of the economy, if you’re in the market to buy or sell, you need a little help. The first step to a successful purchase or sale is to learn as much as you can. Two online real-estate sites, Zillow and Trulia, are good places to get not only baseline information, but to learn tricks of the trade. Some features of Zillow [www.zillow.com]: “Zestimate” -- a property’s valuation based on comparables and database information, which you need to know whether you’re buying or selling. The value can come in handy when comparing to an appraisal or a market analysis by a real-estate agent. Inventory -- Whether there are more or less properties in your area available for sale impacts you as a buyer or a seller. More properties on the market make it easier for buyers to negotiate a price, but forces sellers to price more competitively. Make Me Move -- Potential buyers can make an offer via email. Listing -- Promote your property for free for 60 days either by yourself or through an agent.

Rental -- Zillow can help determine the correct rental price for your property if you decide not to sell. Some features of Trulia [www.trulia.com]: --Search for homes by price, features and open houses -- Get smartphone alerts when there is activity on properties you’re interested in. --Review school ratings, crime and business comments from those who live locally or participate in the Q&A forum. --Read articles by real-estate experts on topics ranging from avoiding surprises in the buying process, to how to making springtime changes to attract buyers. Whether you’re buying or selling this year, schedule an information-only talk with a local real-estate agent. Seek professional advice in advance of taking any steps toward buying or selling. If you’re a buyer: Check your credit scores. Send for your credit reports and review them for any errors. Get pre-qualified so you know your price range. If you’re a seller: Make all small repairs, and do a bit of landscaping. Get multiple opinions about whether the cost of a more major project (updated kitchen or baths) will likely be recouped in your sales price. In short, gather all the information you can before you move forward. 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 columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of May 21, 2012 Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Contraband (R) Mark Wahlberg 2. Haywire (R) Gina Carano 3. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Tom Cruise 4. We Bought a Zoo (PG) Matt Damon 5. New Year’s Eve (PG-13) Lea Michele 6. The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Emile Hirsch 7. Joyful Noise (PG-13) Queen Latifah 8. War Horse (PG-13) Peter Mullan 9. The Sitter (R) Jonah Hill 10. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Daniel Craig Top 10 DVD Sales 1. Joyful Noise (PG-13) (Warner) 2. New Year’s Eve (PG-13) (Warner) 3. Haywire (R) (Lions Gate) 4. Contraband (R) (Universal) 5. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) (Paramount) 6. Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) (Paramount) 7. Thor (NR) (Paramount) 8. Game of the Thrones: The Complete First Season (TVMA) (Warner) 9. War Horse (PG-13) (Buena Vista) 10. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G)(Fox) Source: Rentrak Corp.

1. In 2009, Robinson Cano became the third New York Yankees 2nd baseman to get 100 runs and 200 hits in the same season. Name the first two to do it. 2. Reliever John Franco pitched in 1,199 games during his 21year major-league career. In how many different seasons did he lead the N.L. in games pitched? 3. Who was the first football coach in Pac-10 history to win an outright conference title in his first season as head coach? 4. Name the last NBA player to have a game of at least 30 points and 30 rebounds before Minnesota’s Kevin Love did it in (2010)? 5. Who was the Buffalo Sabres’ first 50-goal scorer? 6. When was the last time the U.S. won a gold medal in men’s individual archery at the Olympics? 7. In 2011, Rory McIlroy became the third men’s golfer to break 70 for all four rounds of the U.S. Open. Who were the other two to do it?

On June 8, 632, in Saudi Arabia, Muhammad, founder of Islam, dies in the arms of Aishah, his third wife. In 610, in a cave north of Mecca, Muhammad had a vision in which he heard God command him to become the Arab prophet of the “true religion.” He began having religious revelations, which he collected as the Qur’an. On June 5, 1933, the United States goes off the gold standard, a monetary system in which currency is backed by gold. The Great Depression of the 1930s had frightened the public into hoarding gold. Roosevelt ordered all gold coins and gold certificates in denominations of more than $100 turned in for other money. On June 4, 1942, the Battle of Midway -- one of the most decisive U.S. victories against Japan during World War II -- begins. During the four-day sea-and-air battle, the U.S. Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own.

It was, unsurprisingly, comedian and writer W.C. Fields who said, “I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.”

The next time you’re in the jungle observing gorillas, be sure to notice if one sticks out its tongue. That means it’s angry.

Even if you haven’t heard the They Might Be Giants song “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” you are probably aware that the Turkish metropolis has undergone name changes throughout its long history. It seems that when the name was Constantinople, it was common for residents of the area to refer to things “in the city,” which in the Aegean dialect of Greek is pronounced “is tan polin.” Eventually the name stuck, and in 1930 Turkish authorities formally adopted the name Istanbul.

In the filming of the original “Star Trek” television series, the ship’s transporter was used simply to cut costs. With it, characters could move from one set to another without having to shoot costly landing scenes. As a side note, the sparkling effect that could be seen when characters were transported was created by aluminum dust.

The giant squid has the distinction of possessing the largest eyes of any animal -- they’re as big as pie plates.

Those who study such things say you’re more likely to be bitten by a mosquito if you’ve just eaten a banana. *** Thought for the Day: “Eminent posts make great men greater, and little men less.” -- Jean de la Bruyere

For a queen bee, laying 3,000 eggs is all in a day’s work. Evidencing a drastic change in the nature of the United States since its agrarian beginnings, today only a quarter of Americans live in rural areas.

If you’re like the average American, you’ll eat nine pounds of peanuts this year.

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On June 9, 1956, one of the world’s top-selling crime novelists, Patricia Cornwell, best known for her forensic pathologist character Dr. Kay Scarpetta, is born in Miami. Cornwell’s first novel, “Postmortem,” was released in 1990. On June 7, 1962, the banking institution Credit Suisse opens the first drive-through bank in Zurich, Switzerland. The drive-through featured eight glass pavilions and a sensor on the ground that activated a light trail that directed drivers to the next available bay. On June 6, 1981, more than 500 passengers are killed when their train plunges into the Baghmati River in India. The rail accident was caused by an engineer who braked too hard to keep from hitting a cow that was crossing the tracks over a bridge. Seven cars derailed into the river. On June 10, 1979, actor Paul Newman roars into second place in the 47th 24 Hours of Le Mans, the famous sports-car endurance race held annually in Le Mans, France. In 1969, Newman starred as a race-car driver in the movie “Winning,” performing many of the high-speed scenes himself without a stunt double. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of June 4, 2012.

PHOTO: Denzel Washington PICKS OF THE WEEK “John Carter” (PG-13) -- Disney’s box-office flop with a budget the size of Mars comes to home video, and it’s not as bad as you might think.

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Though this space epic didn’t redefine cinema and become the next “Avatar,” it is a bit of fun. John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is a grizzled man of the West who is somehow transported to Mars, where he gets swept up in a bona fide adventure replete with princesses and alien uprisings. The special effects can be dazzling -- as well they should. Weak Martian gravity makes our hero from Earth super strong for the duration of the film, but it might get a bit tedious watching Carter fling himself through the air over and over again. When the dust settles and the characters have to talk, you may wish they would go back to all that jumping. “Safe House” (R) -- Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington have a competition for who can give off the most gritty handsomeness in this spy thriller. Reynolds plays a rookie CIA agent who gets charged with watching over Washington, a rogue agent with a talent for manipulation. The

two are forced to rely on each other for survival when a mysterious force attacks the safe house. Shot on location in South Africa, the fight for survival has dizzying visuals and vibrant colors. The action delivers, the fight scenes have lots of crunch, and the performances shine. If only the agency had issued the two lead operatives a better script, then this mission might have been a real success. “Act of Valor” (R) -- Real Navy SEALs star in this bone-breaking action flick. It’s not a deep-thought, up-close look at the complexities of modern combat and the war on terror, but it shows SEALs doing what they do best. The focus is on the gunplay, tactics and bravery. Each action sequence is sharp and shocking, leaving you to wonder how much the real-life action heroes were holding back. DOG OF THE WEEK “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

(PG) -- The most mysterious thing about this movie is its title. Is it a sequel, or just that text-talk where numbers are allowed to replace words? If it’s a sequel, then what’s the first one? And is there a lazier subtitle than “The Mysterious Island”? The disappointing answers: It’s a sequel to 2008’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” and the subtitle comes from another Jules Verne adventure. “Journey 2” is a big, colorful mess full of cheesy special effects, flat oneliners and recycled material. Apparently, there was no room on the island for things other movies haven’t done better already. TV RELEASES “Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Second Season” “Workaholics: Seasons 1 and 2” “In Plain Sight: Season Four” “Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Eighth Season” “Falling Skies: The Complete First Season”

Trivia Quiz

Answers 1. Snuffy Stirnweiss (1944) and Alfonso Soriano (2002). 2. None. 3. Oregon’s Chip Kelly, in 2009. 4. Moses Malone had 32 points and 38 rebounds in a game in 1982. 5. Rick Martin had 52 goals in the 1973-74 season. 6. It was 1996, when Justin Huish won gold. 7. Lee Trevino (1968) and Lee Janzen (1993).

Answers 1. Paul Simon 2. “Pygmalion” 3. Paris 4. Optics 5. Boris Pasternak 6. Baby carriage 7. The House of Windsor 8. Clocks 9. Fossil footprint 10. Calvin Coolidge


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