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TIDBITS® SEASONS WITH A PINCH OF SALT by Kathy Wolfe Life is tasteless without salt! In addition to providing seasoning, it’s a component of your blood, sweat and tears and is essential to the proper function of the human body. What don’t you know about this important commodity? Read along and see! • The Bible contains the first written reference to salt, recorded in the Book of Job around 2250 B.C. Salt is mentioned in 31 other places, including the story of Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt when she disobeyed the words of angels. As she and her family were fleeing the

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Tidbits® of Salina PINCH OF SALT (continued): Michigan, Texas, Ohio, Kansas and New Mexico in the United States. There are such large beds near Salzburg, Austria, it was aptly named “The City of Salt.” The United Kingdom is also home to extensive salt beds. • Throughout history, salt has been a valuable item of trade. Governments have frequently controlled the price of salt, maintaining a monopoly by charging special taxes. Salt taxes have supported monarchs and funded wars. During the Middle Ages, salt was so expensive, it earned the nickname “white gold.” • Salt has been used as currency for centuries. Even up to the beginning of the 20th century, onepound bars of salt were used as money in what is now the country of Ethiopia. Early civilization advanced tremendously once salt’s ability to preserve food was discovered. No longer were

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people dependent on what was readily available to eat, and long-distance travel also increased as preserved provisions could be transported. Early Roman soldiers’ wages were paid in salt, or salarium argentum, a term from which we derive our English word “salary.” Romans even built roads specifically for transporting salt, such as the Via Salaria, which led from Rome to the Adriatic Sea, where a salt-producing area was located. In ancient Greece, salt was traded for slaves, leading to the expression, “He is not worth his salt.” In early American history, President Thomas Jefferson hoped that the Lewis and Clark expedition would be able to locate a mountain of salt rumored to stand near the Missouri River, which would have been a very valuable find. American soldiers also received salt as salary during the War of 1812 because the government lacked currency to pay them. • Many cultures use salt in their religious rituals because it symbolizes “incorruptible purity.” The Shinto religion uses salt to purify an area. A handful of salt is even thrown into the center of

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now slated for a summer 2013 release. Warner Bros. president of distribution, Dan Fellman, reasoned: “We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible” [by giving it a summer release]. *** Q: I just watched the season finale of “Rizzoli & Isles,” and already I can’t wait for the next season. Please tell me it has been renewed for a fourth season! -- Dottie R., Roanoke, Va. A: I am happy to report that there will indeed be a fourth season of TNT’s hit drama, which stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The summer’s No. 1 returning scripted drama will be back in summer 2013 for another 15 episodes of mystery-solving fun. TNT has proved to be a summer force to be reckoned with, with such original scripted hits as “R & I,” “Falling Skies,” “Perception,” “Dallas” and more shows that are smashing viewing records all over the place. *** Q: Can you tell me what one of my favorite actors, Gabriel Byrne, has been up to since “In Treatment”? What can I see him in? -- Roger T., via e-mail A: The talented Irishman stars in the new History channel scripted series called “Vikings,” which is based upon a real-life Viking king named Ragnar Lothbrok -played by Travis Fimmel -- who literally exploded out of Scandanavia and onto the world stage in the 8th century. A young Norwegian farmer with a wife and family, Lothbrok is deeply frustrated by the unadventurous policies of his local chieftan, Earl Haraldson (played by Gabriel), who continues to send his Viking raiders east every summer, to the Baltic states and Russia, whose populations are as materially poor as themselves. Haraldson and Lothbrok become adversaries as Lothbrok’s ambitions threaten Haraldson’s rule. The series -- now filming in Ireland -- also stars Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen and Katheryn Winnick. It is set for a 2013 release. *** Readers: A few months back, I held a contest for one reader to win the great summer read “Eat, Drink, and Be Married” by Rebecca Bloom. After sifting through the entries, I have randomly chosen a winner: Dorine T. of Terryville, Conn. Be on the lookout for your book, and I hope you enjoy it! All others who’d like to get in one last summer pleasure, head to and order a copy for yourself -- and maybe one for a friend. And go to www.celebrityextraonline. com to read my full interview with the talented author, and to see what she has coming up next.

1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 3 pounds (about 10 medium) ripe nectarines, each cut into 6 wedges 1 1/2 pounds dark, sweet cherries, pitted 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, cold, cut into small pieces Oatmeal Cookie-Crisp Topping (below) 1. Preheat oven to 375 F. In small bowl, with wire whisk or fork, mix sugar and cornstarch. 2. In large bowl, toss nectarines, cherries, lemon juice and sugar mixture until fruit is evenly coated. 3. Spoon fruit mixture into 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish; dot with margarine or butter. Cover with foil and bake 40 to 50 minutes until mixture is gently bubbling. 4. Meanwhile, prepare Oatmeal Cookie-Crisp Topping. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. 5. Drop topping by scant 1/4 cups over hot fruit. Bake, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes until topping is browned. Cool slightly on wire rack to serve warm. Or, cool completely to serve later. Reheat if desired. OATMEAL COOKIE-CRISP TOPPING: In large bowl, with mixer at medium-high speed, beat 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar and 6 tablespoons margarine or butter (3/4 stick), softened, until smooth. Add 1 large egg and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; beat until light and fluffy. With spoon, stir in 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Serves 12. Each serving: About 400 calories, 11g total fat (2g saturated), 18mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate, 6g protein.

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 PINCH OF SALT (continued): be clinging to the homeowner’s back. Several European countries follow the tradition of throwing a handful of salt into a dead person’s coffin before the burial in order to keep the devil away. In some cultures, a bride pours it into her shoes for luck, and parents rub it all over newborn babies. • Lots of folks believe that spilling salt will bring bad luck. This superstition may have its origins in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper. Close observation shows an upset salt container at the place of Judas Iscariot, Jesus’ betrayer. The remedy for spilled salt is to toss a pinch over your left shoulder, which supposedly blinds the devil waiting there. Those who really want to be safe also crawl under the table and come out the opposite side. The Norwegians’ superstition about spilled salt says that a person will shed as many tears as necessary to dissolve the amount spilled, while superstitious Germans believe that spilling

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• Salt has about 14,000 different uses, including helping in household tasks. When added to one tablespoon of lemon juice, it removes rust from scissors and other household tools. Just mix into a paste and rub on the rusty area. Salt also removes coffee stains from glass coffee pots. Mix 4 teaspoons of salt with a cup of crushed ice and a tablespoon of water and swirl it around in the pot. A handful of salt thrown into the flames in your fireplace helps loosen chimney soot. Are you troubled by weeds and grass growing up in your patio or sidewalk bricks and blocks? Spread salt in the cracks and sprinkle with water. You can remove the odor of fish from your hands by rubbing them with a lemon wedge dipped in salt. • Only about 6 percent of the world’s salt finds its way to the table. The de-icing of streets “Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History” by Deanne Stillman (Nation Books, $26) Reviewed by Larry Cox Few writers capture the rhythm and brutality of the American Southwest quite like Deanne Stillman. Her previous book, “Twentynine Palms,” has become a cult classic. “Desert Reckoning,” which began as an article in Rolling Stone magazine, focuses on a true event that unfolded in the Antelope Valley during the summer of 2003. The region sprawls across more than 2,200 square miles that includes the Mojave Desert. At the center of the story is Donald Charles Kueck, a man who loved animals but hated civilization. One hot August day, the desert hermit was confronted by California Deputy Sheriff Stephen Sorensen. The result was Sorensen’s murder, which triggered a week-long manhunt, the biggest in modern California history. How this lawman and outlaw collided in the wilds of 21st-century Los Angeles County unfolds like classic Western pulp fiction. Its irony is that both Sorensen and Kueck loved the desert, and the murder was senseless. When the deputy approached Kueck’s trailer, it brought into direct conflict a man trying to live free, and a solitary sheriff who patrolled one of the last frontiers in America. As Sorensen fell mortally wounded, Kueck fled into the desert, even though the odds of escape were clearly stacked against him. In pursuit were members of the DEA, FBI, Air Force and the LA County SWAT team, as well as thousands of cops on horseback, in vehicles and on foot. How Kueck managed to avoid this incredible team for even seven days was no small achievement. Stillman captures all of the grit and drama of this sweeping story set against the backdrop of the Mojave Desert, truly the main character in this book. When she describes the terrain, the heat and even cranky rattlesnakes, it has the ring of authenticity. Readers will feel the chap of the heat and inhospitality of the desert on every page.

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Use Bolts to Anchor Pictures to Wall Q: I have to hang some heavier pictures, and I’m a little confused by all the choices in different kinds of bolts. What options do I have? -- Frank in Tuscon A: Depending on the weight of the item you’re hanging on the wall, a variety of bolts are available -- but the most common are expansion bolts or anchors (also known as Molly bolts, for some reason), and toggle bolts. Both kinds of bolts are helpful in anchoring somewhat heavy objects to drywall when a stud can’t be located or used. Expansion bolts have an exterior plastic sheath, which is straight when inserted into a hole drilled into the wall, but expand behind the wall once placed. They’re designed for heavy objects like large framed pictures, mirrors or shelves. Toggle bolts have metal wings that unfold once inserted on the other side of the drywall, providing a sturdy backing for much heavier objects like small cabinets.

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To use an expansion bolt, mark the spot on the wall where you plan to hang a picture or heavy item. Drill a hole at the width specified to fit the expansion bolt. With the metal screw inserted fully into the expansion sheath, push the bolt through the hole or gently tap in with a hammer. Turn the screw head clockwise until it’s tight -- this action expands the sheath so that it sits snug against the wall. Unscrew the metal screw from the expansion bolt sheath and mount the picture by inserting the screw through the picture’s hanger or screw hole and back into the expansion bolt. To use a toggle bolt, first drill a hole in the wall at the width specified. Unscrew the metal flange (the spring-loaded expansion unit) from the metal screw. Run the screw through the screw hole or the picture’s hanger, then screw the metal flange back onto the screw, on the opposite side of the hanger or screw hole. Pinch the flange closed with one hand and push it through the drilled hole while guiding the picture into position. Once the flange is all the way through, pull the metal screw until you can feel the flange pressing against the back side of the wall. Tighten the metal screw until it and the picture are secure. HOME TIP: Metal or wooden studs are located approximately 16 inches apart on average. 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. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. you’ll never see “A Streetcar Named Desire”! *** A fan wrote to ask: “What’s become of “Gossip Girl’s” Chace Crawford’s movie career? In May, he appeared in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” with Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid and Chris Rock. The film took in $74 million; unfortunately, it cost $40 million just to produce. In June, he appeared in “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding,” with Jane Fonda, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Rosanna Arquette. The film took in a paltry $105,960 in the U.S. because of unfavorable reviews. Two other projects, one with Katie Holmes, and the other, “The House Gun,” about a South African man accused of killing his housemate, with Pierce Brosnan as his father, seem to be lost in limbo. And he dodged a bullet when he dropped out of the “Footloose” ( ... maybe Chace should fire whoever is picking his movies! remake *** Due to the major studios running scared, playing revolving door for the best release dates, we can’t believe how many films have been pushed back to next year. “The Great Gatsby,” directed by “Moulin Rouge’s” Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan was scheduled for an August release, but now will not open until sometime next year. “The Man of Steel” with British actor Henry Cavill as Superman, along with Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne, won’t open until June 2013. The George Clooney/Sandra Bullock flick “Gravity” has been delayed until sometime in 2013. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone and Sean Penn won’t be seen in “Gangster Squad” until January. Sylvester Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head,” Brad Pitt’s “World War Z,” Jeremy Renner’s “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” and Channing Tatum’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” also have been pushed to next year. By the time these films come out, we may have read so much about them we’ll think we’ve already seen them! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

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Swollen Ankles Have Many Causes DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a diabetic male, age 96, with many aches and pains but no high blood pressure. I have low cholesterol and am in control of my diabetes. In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed swelling of my ankles and feet. I have been taking two water pills a day for it. I never use salt or eat salty foods. What can you suggest for me? -- S.S. ANSWER: That swelling is edema, and it has many causes. One is sitting for long periods with the legs dangling down. With the legs in that position, gravity pulls fluid from the legs’ blood vessels. Treatment for this kind of edema consists in elevating the legs. Every hour, lie down for 10 minutes with pillows under your legs and feet so that they are above heart level. When sitting, squeeze the leg muscles over and over. Muscle contractions stop the oozing of fluids from the blood vessels. And take a morning and afternoon walk. Elastic hose can keep fluid in blood vessels and out of the surrounding tissues. Dilated leg veins -- varicose veins -- promote edema. A clot in a leg vein is another cause. That’s usually quite painful, and you’d be aware that something is going on if you had a clot. Liver ailments can lead to edema. The liver makes a blood protein, albumin, that keeps fluid in circulation. With a low production of this protein, fluid leaks out of vessels. Kidney failure is another reason why edema occurs. Medicines can lead to it. The popular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines such as Advil and

Aleve are two examples. So are medicines called calcium channel blockers, such as nifedipine and verapamil. If you increased the dose of your water pill on your own, you shouldn’t. You can develop a potassium deficiency from overuse of water pills. Try the things I mentioned. See if they bring down the swelling. If they don’t, you’ll have to consult your doctor. A much more important cause of ankle-foot edema is heart failure, something that your doctor must check you for. The booklet on edema and lymphedema explains this kind of swelling in detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 106W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I’d been on Ambien for three years. I’m off it now. I take melatonin. It works better. What are the good things and bad things about it? -- R.M. ANSWER: The pineal gland in the brain makes melatonin, a hormone-like substance that contributes in regulating our internal clock. Melatonin is secreted at night and signals the body to go to sleep. The benefits ascribed to melatonin are amazing: quelling inflammation, acting as an antioxidant, bolstering the immune system, preventing cancer. The evidence for these benefits is not overwhelming. It does, however, prevent jet lag and foster sleep. Long-term side effects and safety are not known Chronic insomnia is best treated by consulting a sleep specialist. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc.

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Crushing on England The United States of America “won” the XXX Olympics -- which is fitting in oh-so-many ways. For if there’s any country that can turn an XXX trick, it’s the United States. No, I’m not a self-loathing liberal or a drum-beating right winger --- there’s a reason why I write sports. I typically care not about the political arena, and I consider myself to be one of those “moderate” types in that I don’t stockpile shotgun shells, but still, on occasion, brush with fluoride toothpaste. My point is this: England -- sorry, Great Britain and (more to the point) the great city of London -- showed why they’re our favorite crush. Try as we might, for all of our preening and American braggadocio, England al-

ways socks us right in the kisser, and we love her all the more for it, don’t we? That little island once dominated and colonized most of the world. Sure, their food always sucked (still does, save for the chocolate and genuine Indian food), and for a time they just kind of hung out in the soot and smog of their industrial age, but at least they have been around long enough to have “ages.” And they had character --- characters, I should say. When they weren’t burning down the White House (Wikipedia that, kids), they were still careful to avoid the Plague, Nazis and the Artful Dodger. Ever since the Fab Four caught that flight into Idlewild Airport, we’ve been smitten with our one-time oppressors. Sure, every so often they pull our pigtails and say silly things like “we invented baseball, divorce and tank warfare,” but we are able to look past that because we’re in love. The television coverage of the 2012 Olympics reminded us of that fact in so many ways. We certainly looked -- NBC pulled in its biggest ratings ever. And what a show it was. The Queen jumping out of planes with James Bond.

The Spice Girls, pleasant weather, Mitt Romney’s dancing horse and no terrorism. Simply smashing! So we “won” the games, hauling in 104 medals in total -- 46 of which were of the golden variety. China came in second, scoring 88 medals, but they can take solace in the fact that our athletes have to pay taxes on those medals (partly true, according to Snopes. com), so a chunk of our medals will be going to them anyway. In the end, our National Broadcasting Company made sure to sell out. When it wasn’t holding back the goods by delaying coverage (but telling us the outcomes beforehand), NBC was cutting off the closing ceremonies. Britain was giving us The Who, and we were off screwing around with some stupid sitcom. Maybe, like most long relationships, we can just laugh off our faults (and Bob Costas) and hope our lovers see them as charming quirks. At least we’re consistent. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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The VRAP Scam If you’re signed up for Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) and are expecting to hear about approval and payments, beware ... especially if you get a call from a 202 area code. There’s word of a scam going around to steal money from VRAP recipients. As posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs page, it works like this: The scammers will call you and congratulate you on being approved for the program. You’ll be told you can have your money within minutes ... if you give your bank deposit information and agree to a $205 service fee. Whomever it is, that person isn’t affiliated with the VA. The scammer takes your money. Nobody at the VA will ever call you like that and ask for your banking information. If you get a similar scam call, phone the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357. (As a side note, I hunted down some information on the scam and found a phone number. If the powers-that-be want to look for the scammer, it shouldn’t be too hard: The phone is a landline in Washington, D.C.) VRAP is a training program for high demand occupations. If you haven’t signed up for VRAP and want to start school in September, there’s still time. The early group (until September) is limited to 45,000 veterans. They’ve reached that number of applications, but only half have been accepted. If you want to apply now, it’s worth a shot. Otherwise you’ll be in the next group, which starts in October and runs until March 2014. The qualifications are: Ages 35 to 60 Unemployed Don’t have a dishonorable discharge Aren’t eligible for other education benefits through the VA Don’t get compensation for not being employable Aren’t in a federal or state job training program For more information go online to or call the VA at 1-800-827-1000. Write to Freddy Groves 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.

The best way to cook leafy, green veggies such as spinach and kale is to stir fry them in just the water left over from rinsing. It works very well to steam them, and adds no fat! Keep track of the capacity and dimensions of your cookware by using a permanent marker to notate the specifications on the bottom of each of your baking containers. This way, when a recipe calls for a 13-by-9 baking dish or a two-quart casserole dish, you can easily tell which one you need. This is especially important if you don’t spend a lot of time cooking. “When you need to crush nuts or a cracker for crumbs and don’t have a rolling pin, put them in a plastic bag and use a small can of soup to crush them.” -- J.R. in Virginia To avoid a dirty-smelling hamper, place a single sheet of fabric softener in the bottom of your laundry closet or in the hamper itself. “To keep sauces from splattering and dirtying the inside of your microwave, cover the food with a damp paper towel or a coffee filter.” -- E.C. in Utah “Unload the bottom rack of the dishwasher first. This way, you won’t wet the dishes on the bottom if any pooled water on the top shelf spills. I thought everyone did it this way, but then my boyfriend thought I was such a genius that I figured I would share this hint with others!” -- A Reader, via email Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@ (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might not like the sudden setback in your plans. But keep that headstrong Arian temperament in check and wait for explanations. Things will begin to clear up by week’s end. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Enjoy the respite from your recent hectic schedule, but be ready to plunge into a new round of social activities. A new contact holds much potential for the future. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A trusted colleague has news that could change your perception of a current workplace situation. What had seemed unfair might prove to be highly favorable after all. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You still need to watch what you say and how you say it. What you assert as honesty, others might perceive as Crabbiness. Be patient. This difficult period clears up by the weekend. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your Royalness needs time away from the limelight to catch up on things, from tidying your desk to making those calls you’ve put off. You’re back in the center of things by the weekend. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Honesty is the best policy, of course. But you’ll do better at achieving your goals if you can be less aggressive and more circumspect in how you phrase your comments. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your ability to maintain your balance in confusing situations continues to work for you. Stay on the steady course, one step at a time. The weekend shows improvement. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your indecisiveness could simply be your keen Scorpian sense warning you to be wary of making a commitment. Take this time to do a more thorough investigation. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Good news: New information comes your way to help you make a more informed decision on how to deal with the opportunity that has opened up for you. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) This is a good time to reinforce your self-confidence by acknowledging your good qualities to yourself. A lull in your social life ends by the weekend. Have fun. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) It’s a good time to let those recently pent-up emotions flow more freely. Why not start by letting the people you care for know how you really feel about them? PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Resist offers, no matter how well-intentioned, to help with a personal decision. Only you know what must be done, and you have the emotional strength to follow through. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a talent for getting things done. You also have a gift for bringing people together in both personal and professional relationships. (c) 2012 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week 1. Carly Rae Jepsen No. 1 “Call Me Maybe” 2. Ellie Goulding No. 5 “Lights” 3. Flo Rida No. 4 “Whistle” 4. Katy Perry No. 2 “Wide Awake” 5. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa No. 3 “Payphone” 6. Gotye feat. Kimbra No. 6 “Somebody That I Used To Know” 7. Rihanna No. 7 “Where Have You Been” 8. David Guetta feat. Sia No. 8 “Titanium” 9. Phillip Phillips No. 84 “Home” 10. Pink No. 10 “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” Top 10 Albums 1. Rick Ross new entry “God Forgives, I Don’t” 2. Zac Brown Band No. 1 “Uncaged” 3. Justin Bieber No. 6 “Believe” 4. One Direction No. 7 “Up All Night” 5. Bee Gees new entry “Number Ones” 6. Nas No. 2 “Life Is Good” 7. Kidz Bop Kids No. 5 “Kidz Bop 22” 8. Adele No. 9 “21” 9. Maroon 5 No. 10 “Overexposed” 10. Joss Stone new entry “The Soul Sessions: Vol. 2” Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Kenny Chesney No. 1 “Come Over” 2. Love and Theft No. 3 “Angel Eyes” 3. Gloriana No. 2 “(Kissed You) Good Night” 4. Blake Shelton No. 5 “Over” 5. Little Big Town No. 9 “Pontoon” 6. The Band Perry No. 7 “Postcard From Paris” 7. Josh Turner No. 8 “Time Is Love” 8. Dierks Bentley No. 4 “5-1-5-0” 9. Jana Kramer No. 11 “Why Ya Wanna” 10. Keith Urban No. 10 “For You”

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PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Five-Year Engagement” (R) -- Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star in this charming romantic comedy about modern couplehood. It starts when Segel proposes to Blunt by the San Francisco bay, and everything is great. Then she gets accepted into a prestigious academic program in Michigan, so the wedding is put on hold and moved to the Midwest. And from there, the delays and little surprises keep on coming, and the length of the movie extends to over two hours. Segel is proving himself a formidable writer/star. He plays the loveable goof like he was born for it. Blunt is adorable and has no trouble with on-screen chemistry. Chemistry seems to come to her so easily she might as well be hydrogen. If you can handle the run time and get past the sagging middle section, “The Five-Year Engagement” just might pay off. “Safe” (R) -- Jason Statham is right where he needs to be on this one -- a get-what-you-paid-for straightforward action flick that delivers. This time he’s a beaten-down cage fighter who ran afoul of the Russian mafia and lost his family. When he notices the gangsters who ruined his life are attacking a little girl, Statham springs into action without knowing the whole story. This is the pasta with meat sauce of action flicks -nearly impossible to mess up. The recipe is simple: A washed-up tough guy protecting an innocent from the pointless cruelty of an evil organization must shoot, punch, drive and grimace his way to redemp-

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Get Ready Now for Cold Weather Your home is your biggest investment. Taking a few steps every fall to keep your home in good shape will keep up its value and let you be more comfortable during cold months. Here is your September to-do list, while temperatures are cooler but cold weather hasn’t arrived: --Call for an inspection on your furnace. Stock up on furnace filters and plan to change them every month during the winter. --Caulk exterior window frames, and scrape and paint sills if they need it while the weather is still warm enough. Invest in insulation pads for electrical outlets and switch plates to block drafts on exterior walls. Consider buying plastic sheeting now to install on windows instead of waiting until the stores run out when temperatures drop. --Check your foundation for low areas that can collect rain or snow against the house. Caulk where necessary. Be sure downspouts are aimed away from the house. --Insulate the access hatch to your attic. Do a depth check of attic insulation to make sure

it’s appropriate for your climate. (A fast call to a hardware store or some online research will tell you how much you need and what kind.) Check for evidence of roof leaks on the interior plywood. --Use binoculars from across the street to check the condition of your shingles. If any are curled, they might be sun-baked and ready to crack when it gets cold. --If you’re in the market for interior repairs or remodeling, such as new kitchen cabinets, get your bids now. Companies will want to get their winter work lined up. If you can be flexible and schedule the work for after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, you might get an even better deal on pricing. --Host a yard sale to get rid of clutter. --Clear the yard of anything that could blow away in storms or hurricanes or get buried by snowfall. Drain hoses and put them away. If you have front steps, check them for sturdiness. Do they need a coat of paint? --Your vehicle also might need attention. Check your tires. If you live in a snow area, will they make it through the winter? Schedule a tune-up and general check to include brakes. 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

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1. In 2010, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez set a record for most consecutive seasons of at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. How many seasons? 2. Name the four major-league players to play in at least 140 games for 16 consecutive seasons. 3. When was the last time before 2011 that the Detroit Lions started a season 5-0? 4. Harvard made the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2012, the first time for the Crimson since when? 5. Who is the leading goal scorer in Buffalo Sabres history? 6. Which NASCAR Cup driver has the most victories at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway? 7. In 2012, Maria Sharapova became the sixth woman in the Open Era of tennis to have a career Grand Slam. Name four of the first five to do it.

On Sept. 9, 1776, the Continental Congress formally declares the name of the new nation to be the “United States” of America. It replaced the term “United Colonies,” which had been in general use. On Sept. 3, 1783, the American Revolution officially comes to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France sign the Treaty of Paris. The signing signified America’s status as a free nation, as Britain formally recognized the independence of its 13 former American colonies. On Sept. 7, 1936, Charles Harden Holley is born in Lubbock, Texas. Writing and performing under the name Buddy Holly, he would have an influence on rock ‘n’ roll that would far outlast his tragically shortened career. He left behind a legacy that includes “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” It’s So Easy,” “Everyday,” “Oh Boy!” and “Maybe Baby.”

It’s still not known who made the following sage observation: “To succeed in politics, it is sometimes necessary to rise above your principles.” It was beloved American poet Robert Frost who made the following sage observation: “A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.” In 1938, Time magazine featured Adolph Hitler on the cover as its Man of the Year. You might be surprised at some of the amazing feats that can be accomplished with the aid of modern medicine. In 2008, two women in India gave birth at the age of 70. With the aid of egg donation and postmenopausal in vitro fertilization, Rajo Devi Lohan gave birth to her only child, a girl. Charan Singh Panwar and his wife, Omkari Panwar, already had two daughters and five grandchildren, but they wanted a son. Using the same procedure, Omkari had twins, a boy and a girl.

The first time a toilet was ever seen on television was in the pilot episode of “Leave It to Beaver,” in 1957. The most common name in the world is Muhammed. If you live in the South, home of huge roaches, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that a cockroach can live for a week without a head. When the headless insect does finally die, it’s from starvation, not from the loss of its head. Those who study such things say that there are 45,000 chickens for every person on the planet. *** Thought for the Day: “The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.” -- Lord Byron (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

On Sept. 6, 1943, a new high-speed train traveling between New York City and Washington, D.C., derails, killing 79 people and seriously injuring 100 more. The Congressional Limited traveled at an unprecedented speed of 65 mph. On Sept. 4, 1957, Ford Motor Company unveils the Edsel, the first new automobile brand produced by one of the Big Three car companies since 1938. One reporter called it “an Oldsmobile sucking a lemon.” In addition, at highway speeds the famous hood ornament had a tendency to fly off and into the windshield. On Sept. 5, 1972, during the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich, Germany, a group of Palestinian terrorists storms the Olympic Village apartment of the Israeli athletes, killing two and taking nine others hostage. The terrorists were part of a group known as Black September. On Sept. 8, 1986, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is broadcast nationally for the first time. It went on to become the highest-rated talk show in TV history. By 2008, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” had an estimated weekly audience of some 46 million viewers in the United States and was broadcast around the world in 134 countries. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Ambrose Charges Into Chase Mix

PHOTO CUTLINE: After his win at Watkins Glen, Marcos Ambrose remains in the hunt for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. (John ClaNASCAR This Week photo)

When the final lap at Watkins Glen International commenced, Marcos Ambrose was running third. He knew he had Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski in front of him. What he didn’t know was that he also had an oily track in front of him. Keselowski took the lead by nudging Busch out of the way. He got the same medicine from Ambrose, enabling the Ford driver from Australia (Launceston, Tasmania) to win at the Glen for the second year in a row. “I was the first one to slip in the oil, and it was just getting worse and worse,” Ambrose said later. “You could tell the car was staying out there because the oil was moving around the race track and you just take your chances. You’ve got to commit at that point in the race, and it was great racing with Kyle and Brad. They’re the two best guys to race. It’s just awesome fun, and that’s the way racing should be, and we got the No. 9 Stanley Ford in Victory Lane.” It was one of the more exciting final laps in NASCAR history. Both of the 35-year-old’s wins are at Watkins Glen. He has a chance to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, thanks to the victory, but it will require at least another Flash Back Answers 1. Manfred Mann. The song was written by Bob Dylan in 1967. 2. British pop singer Cliff Richard, in 1979. Richard was awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to music. 3. ZZ Top, both in 1985 on their “Afterburner” album. The group started as a blues band but moved toward rock. VH-1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list ranks them as No. 44. 4. Captain Beefheart. He released 13 albums during his career and was said to have a vocal range of five octaves. 5. Eric Carmen, in 1976. He reached the top of the charts again in 1988 with “Make Me Lose Control.” 6. The Supremes. All were No. 1 hits in 1964.

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win in the final four races of the regular season. But Ambrose holds the qualifying record at Michigan International Speedway, the next stop on the schedule. “We got the pole at Michigan. We were running top five all day there. There’s no reason why we can’t go there and surprise them again,” he said. Ambrose had to settle for ninth in the Quicken Loans 400 on June 17. For the second time, Ambrose managed to win at one of few tracks where his owner, Richard Petty, never took a checkered flag. “You go and you run, and you do the best you can, and then you try to take advantage of the circumstances that are there,” Petty said. “That’s what Marcos did. He didn’t create any of those circumstances. He took advantage of those circumstances.” For the second week in a row, the Sprint Cup winner was neither first nor second when the final lap began. *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Trivia Quiz

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