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TIDBITS® UNCOVERS LAST GOOD-BUY by Blue Sullivan There is something singularly satisfying about finding a really good price on something. Pawn stores and antique shops present opportunities to experience this joy. It’s surely why so many of us are drawn to them. • The old stereotype about pawn shops was that they were dirty places run by unscrupulous men and women looking for every chance they could find to cheat you out of a buck. Yet the massive success of reality shows such as “Pawn Stars” and “Hardcore Pawn” has done a lot to rebut that inaccurate image. •

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Tidbits® of Salina LAST GOOD-BUY (continued): • Bakke says that perhaps the safest buys at any pawn shop are tools. He notes that the prices are often far superior to those of new tools. This is doubly true if you’re just looking for one or two specific tools for home renovation or repair. “It’s simply not worth it to pay full price for seldom-used tools,” says Bakke. • According to Bakke, the other great value found at almost any pawn shop is jewelry. He explains that it’s typical to find prices that are half what they would be for new retail jewelry. Bakke chalks this up to people’s distrust of the idea of “used” jewelry. • “Some people may have an issue with buying ‘used’ jewelry, but isn’t almost all jewelry ‘used’ in some way, shape, or form?” Bakke argues. Since so much jewelry, even retail jewelry, is comprised

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of items made from melted down gold from other sources and re-set diamonds, why not buy it “used” for a much better price? • As for items that are best left on the pawn-shop shelf, Bakke is emphatic. He advises to never buy electronics or home appliances with a lot of moving parts. He singles out vacuum cleaners, computers, digital cameras and televisions as things to avoid. • Bakke thinks televisions are possibly the riskiest pawn-shop purchase. “There is an implied risk with purchasing anything from a pawn shop since it’s all used merchandise, but this risk goes up even farther with televisions, especially flat-screen LED TVs,” says Bakke. • Bakke warns that almost no pawn shops allow money back returns. The most they offer is in-store credit, so buyer beware. He advises, “Be sure to inquire specifically about all aspects of any return policy they may have.” • Though he mentions that he has experienced instances where something he bought at a pawn shop broke soon after, Bakke thinks that the positives easily outnumber the negatives. He says, “The overall money that I have saved over the years has far outweighed the replacement cost of the few things that did break down.” •

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 LAST GOOD-BUY (continued): but it’s just as rewarding. An advice column from the website entitled “Buying antiques — how, where, when and why to buy” gives 10 sure-fire tips on how to make a wise purchase. • Most antique dealers are happy to haggle over their prices. The column strongly advises antique shoppers to ask for a discount on any item they are interested in. It notes that dealers usually assign a private code to each item advising how much of a discount they’re prepared to give (for instance, 25 percent off the sticker). Asking for a discount prompts the salesperson to investigate this. Simply ask, “What’s your best price on this item?” • Another potential option for getting a discount is paying cash, but don’t offer to pay in hard currency up front. After negotiating a maximum discount under the auspices of paying by check or credit card, then (and only then) ask if there might any

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further cash discount. Not every seller will offer one, but some do. • Another essential tip when antique shopping is to thoroughly examine any item of interest before buying. Antique-marks advises you to, “Look at the bottom, the top, the sides. Look from odd angles and use a magnifier to look close.” •

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• One of the best ways to find a good deal is to look for items that don’t fit the focus of the individual antique shop. If you’re in a shop that focuses on Items that don’t fit in will often be discounted much higher to get rid of them. •

Check if the shop is a member of any trade

associations. As Antique-marks notes, this provides “a greater degree of security and protection” for your purchases. Fake antiques are not uncommon, and some are quite convincing. •

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‘Dry Basement’ Springs a Leak Q: Our basement was outfitted as a “dry basement” several years ago and then finished to become additional living space, which we use as a rec room and for storage. I’ve noticed a musty smell for some time, and after heavy rains last week I saw water pooling near a corner of the basement. However, I can’t find the source of the leak. What can I do? -- Tara in St. Louis A: It sounds like there is a leak somewhere in the foundation. You’re right to be looking at that one corner as the most likely source of the water leak, but determining where the water is entering may be difficult. Dry basements are made so through a number of techniques, including directing rainwater away from your home’s foundation. This is accomplished through surface drainage (such as your home’s gutter system) as well as subsurface drainage, which stops water which has percolated through the surface from entering the basement. Subsurface drainage is typically put in place at the time

“Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life” by Robyn Karney (Arcade Publishing, $24.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox Audrey Hepburn was born Eda van Heemstra in Brussels, Belgium, in 1929. Despite a rather complicated childhood in Nazi-occupied Holland, she trained as a ballet-dancer in Amsterdam and later at the Marie Rambert school in London, where she made both her film and stage debuts in 1948. But it wasn’t until three years later in the Broadway production of “Gigi” that she truly hit her stride. After winning acclaim on Broadway, she won an Oscar for her film performance in “Roman Holiday.” She quickly became an international celebrity, and throughout the 1950s and ‘60s was box-office gold. Three of her most popular film roles were in “Sabrina,” “The Nun’s Story” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” -- all Oscar nominations. Although Hepburn died of cancer at her home in Switzerland in 1993, during her lifetime she left an indelible mark on our modern culture. In a new biography, Robyn Karney, editor of “Who’s Who in Hollywood,” captures all of the delicate, intangible facets of this remarkable woman. The 177 photographs chosen by Karney are stunning. Photographer Richard Avedon summed up the elegance of Hepburn when he said, “I am, and forever will be, devastated by the gift of Audrey Hepburn before my camera. I cannot lift her to greater heights. She is already there. I can only record; I cannot interpret her. There is no going further than who she is. She has achieved the ultimate portrait.” Indeed. Hepburn was more than an actress and international beauty. She worked tirelessly as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and was directly involved in numerous charities, especially those that aided children. It was this devotion to helping the poorest children of the Third World that set her apart from many others in the entertainment industry. “Audrey Hepburn: A Charmed Life” shows why her style, poise, talent and inner warmth continue to fascinate, even two decades after her death.

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HOLLYWOOD -- A little more than a year ago, I attended the 25th anniversary party for former film star Zsa Zsa Gabor and Prince Fredric Von Anhalt. She was bed-ridden and never appeared, but friends and celebrities still came to toast the Hollywood royalty. I had a chance to chat there with the late Phyllis Diller, who left us on Aug. 20 at the age of 95. I recounted our meeting many years ago in New York just after she appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” As I took her picture, she asked me, “How do you like the boa I’m wearing?” It looked kind of ratty, but I said it was nice, to which she added, “I caught it under the sink this morning.” She was a very funny lady, on- or off-screen. This year, Prince Frederic again invited friends to celebrate their anniversary, but there was a marked difference. Their Bel Air

of a home’s construction. This includes sloping the ground beneath the planned basement floor to direct water away from the house, adding a gravel layer and a nonpermeable layer above that, and then pouring the basement’s concrete floor. Basement walls should be sealed on the outside at the time of construction. Over time, concrete basement walls can develop tiny cracks that let more moisture through. This may be happening in your basement. There may be a larger crack near your home’s foundation that is letting more water in, or perhaps something has changed in the way runoff moves away from your home’s foundation. Patch larger cracks in the driveway or in masonry or concrete surrounding your home. Check the exterior of your house. Is the gutter system in good repair? Where do the drainspouts end? They should extend out from the foundation. If rainwater is pouring directly onto the foundation, it could be seeping more rapidly into the basement. If none of these seem to be a problem or don’t clear up the leakage issue, contact a professional contractor who specializes in basement moisture problems to snoop out deeper issues. HOME TIP: Use a humidifier in the basement during the summer months to combat excess humidity and minor condensation. 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.

mansion has had a $300,000 face-lift, thanks to the Michael Douglas/Matt Damon HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” using the house and grounds as Liberace’s ornate mansion. To accomplish the makeover, they brought in two priceless chandeliers and Liberace’s grand piano from the Liberace museum in Las Vegas. They put in new ‘60s white shag carpets, repainted the garden room and put silver metallic wallpaper on the ceilings. The pool was redone with a large “L” on the bottom with tile piano keys all around the pool. All of Zsa Zsa’s portraits had to be replaced with paintings of Liberace. The film shot for a week, then shooting was suspended to allow all the paintings of Zsa Zsa to be put back for the party. Afterward, everything was switched again with portraits of Liberace for the final two weeks of shooting. On one shooting day, Michael Douglas visited with Zsa-Zsa in her bedroom, and they talked about the old Hollywood. Apparently, the footage shot by director Steven Soderbergh is so good that HBO is reconsidering showing it on HBO first and may release it to theaters instead. The film also has Dan Aykroyd as Liberace’s long-time manager, Rob Lowe as the plastic surgeon who made over Liberace’s boy toy to look like a young Liberace, and Debbie Reynolds as his mother, Frances. On the plus side, for Prince Frederic, he was given a small role and shot three days on the picture. Funny footnote: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas’ wife, said in an interview: “I caught Michael trying on some of my clothes and jewelry and told him to get his own!” That takes being a method actor a little too far! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Slowing Macular Degeneration DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am an 82-year-old woman. My body cannot tolerate antibiotics, vitamins or painkillers. I am told I have macular degeneration and was advised to take Ocuvite once a day. My sister suggested I write to you to see if you have an idea of how to take Ocuvite in some other manner or some other way to get the ingredients in it. Help. -- L.M. ANSWER: In 2001, the results of the first AREDS report (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) was published. It showed that the combination of beta carotene (a form of vitamin A), vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc and copper could slow the progression of moderate macular degeneration to severe macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a wasting away of the macula -- a small, round area of the retina necessary for clear central vision, the kind needed to read, sew and drive. Ocuvite is one capsule that incorporates all these nutrients. Currently a new study, AREDS 2, is being conducted. The vitamin-mineral combination has been altered a bit and new ingredients have been added: lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 fatty acids. Some Ocuvite pills also contain these materials. Since you’re unable to tolerate vitamins, you’ll need to get these nutrients from foods. You might not be able to reach the high levels found in pills, but you’d be getting all the ingredients in those pills. Beta carotene is found in colored vegetables like carrots and peppers, in

dark-green vegetables and in colored fruits. Vitamin E is widely available in many foods: meats, nuts, cereal grains, wheat-germ oil and sunflower oil. You find vitamin C in citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes and broccoli. Zinc is in meats, shellfish, nuts and legumes, like peas. Copper is in shellfish, nuts and organ meats. The new version of AREDS, not yet published, contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which you can obtain in kale, spinach, collard greens, corn, green beans, carrots, squash and tomatoes. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish like salmon and tuna. The booklet on macular degeneration explains this common malady and its treatment. To obtain a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 701, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My heart misses a beat every now and then. The doctor tells me this isn’t dangerous. He has said nothing about food or drink as being a cause of this. I drink two cups of coffee a day. I can’t tell any difference on the days I drink it or on the days I don’t. What’s the thinking on this? -- P.M. ANSWER: Moderate amounts of caffeine have little effect on the heart. Two to four cups of coffee a day shouldn’t affect your heartbeat. However, if a person is quite sensitive to caffeine, then that person should abstain from coffee. There appears not to be any relationship between coffee drinking and artery hardening, artery obstruction or heart pumping. Heart attacks and strokes are no more frequent in coffee drinkers than in those who never touch it. *** 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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Judy Bolton Books Q: I have a brass bed that I've been told is more than a Q: Although I have read several references column century old. Any information you can provide in meyour would be appreciated. Susan, Danville, about Nancy--Drew books, as a Va. young girl I was fascinated by A: I examined picture youearly sent,editions and your brass Judy Bolton. Ithe have several from thebed 1930s and appears be from the Victorian era. It was probably wonder iftothey are worth keeping. -- Constance, Metarie, La. manufactured between 1915.Shadow,” Most bedswas of A: The first Judy Bolton1890 title, and “Theabout Vanishing this type generally sell in the $350 to $650 range, depending published in 1932 by Grosset & Dunlap. The first 10 books on condition and demand. in the series featured light-green cloth covers and were ex*** tremely with young First published Q: I havepopular a Springfield Modelreaders. 1863 rifle thateditions was used by a between 1932 during and 1940, with War. dust covers and good condifamily member the Civil Can you tellinme more about this firearm? Ariz. tion, generally sell --in Steve, the $25Cottonwood, to $50 range. A: ***It was a percussion rifle musket made by the National Armory Springfield, Ill. By 1863,ofSpringfield was Ithe only Q: I aminenclosing some pictures antiques that acquired, government arsenal under Union control, since Harper's including a carved chest, a spool cabinet, a Norwegian trunk Ferry had been destroyed by a Confederate raid in 1861. and a set of and Civil chairs. AllWeapons are in good condition, According to tables Warman's War by Graham and I would like to1861 know how much these items are worth. Smith, the Model was such a success that both -- Michael,and Benson, Minn. Springfield private contractors rushed to produce as A: I suggest contact in your area to see many rifles asyou they could. antiques Since thedealers Union couldn't interrupt production to introduce a new design, slightly modified if there is any interest. You should be they aware that the economy it,is and it wasand soldvalues as a Springfield Model to 1863. ThisFor is aexamsluggish vary from region region. highly desirable Civil War determine its your value, ple, your Norwegian trunkweapon. might beToworth more in area you should consult a competent arms dealer. since it was settled by immigrants from Norway. A second *** thing youan might want to do isthat have antiques Q: I have umbrella stand wasyour made by the appraised Roseville by a certified professional. Even Itthough this will not be free, Pottery Company in about 1915. is in the Mostique pattern. willAlton, have Ill. an expert’s opinion. --you Ron, A: ***The Mostique pattern is one of the most common Roseville afterbulb Pinethat Cone. to Warman's Q: I havepatterns a black-out wasAccording issued during World War Roseville Potterywere by Mark F. Moran, mostapieces II. When sirens sounded to signal drill, allhad blinds had textured glazes of gray or tan, and many are not marked. I to be pulled down and only bulbs of this type could be used, could not find an umbrella stand in this guide, but typical since they illuminated only the center of a room. I think it is prices for this pattern are $350 to $450 for a wall pocket; a unique. -- $110 Shirley, Leola,and Pa.a matched pair of vases, $325 jardiniere, to $140; A:$350. Your black-out bulb is truly a example of wartime Amerito cana. I have seen only two or three black-out bulbs in recent *** Q: My late sister bought some rose-colored years, all priced in the $10 to $25 range. dishes. I would like *** to know how much they are worth. -- Bobby, Russellville, Ala. Q: I have two 78-rpm albums of Wayne King. What are they A: Your question is impossible to answer since you did not worth? -- Lorraine, Fredonia, N.Y. provide me with the name of the pattern and other pertinent A: Not much. Most of Wayne King’s 78-rpm discs are worth information.

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While the 2012 Summer Olympics in London were in full swing on screens across the U.S. and the world, I loved how the cameras put viewers like us in the middle of the action, as if we were paddling our own kayaks through a white-water course or leaping with the women gymnasts for the gold. But amidst all the excitement, there was one thing we missed out on -- the smells and tastes of the local English food enjoyed by spectators attending the event. I decided to make the Olympics a cultural experience at home and created a taste of London by preparing an old English late-summer dessert called “Summer Pudding.” For the Brits, the word “pudding” (“pud” for short) actually means “dessert,” and this fun recipe from across the pond can become a memorable finale to an August dinner. It’s full of fresh berries, and the easy prep doesn’t require any baking, so the kitchen stays cool. It’s a great use for day-old bread, too! Kids love to take part in the easy prep, so gather the ingredients and enjoy this fresh, beautiful dessert while it’s still summer.

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residents live on the island seasonally, others, year round. • The island provides sandy beaches, clay cliffs, birdwatching excursions, elegant dining destinations, great shopping and attractions. •

Martha’s Vineyard actually prides itself on the

uniqueness of its dining experiences — There are no chain restaurants. •

The northern part of the island is covered in hills

and boulders, while the southern part is mostly sandy beaches. selling their hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces. • Vacationers or residents reach the island via ferry or airplane, as there are no tunnels or bridges linked to the island. There are more than 100 lodging destinations, ranging anywhere from cozy cottages to campgrounds to swanky luxury resorts. • Although the oceans around the island are freezing with large waves and dangerous undertows, the island offers many harbors with warmer water.

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Food Safety One of the best kitchen gadgets I’ve ever invested in is a digital thermometer. Within seconds, it tells me the temperature of the food I’m cooking and whether it’s done. Temperature is one of the most important safety steps in food preparation to avoid food poisoning. To help us stay safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a free booklet especially for us: Food Safety for Older Adults. It has information we need to know and keep handy: How we get a food-borne illness, and what can happen to us if we do. How to choose lower-risk food options. How long food stays safe in the refrigerator. And much more. For example, did you know that lunch and deli meats need to be heated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit? The bacteria Listeria can grow even at proper 40-degree refrigerator temperature. My favorite part of the booklet, especially since I now have a high-tech digital thermometer, is the picture chart of the recommended internal temperatures of cooked food. Fish, 145 degrees. Beef, 160 degrees. And so on. (I also invested in two refrigerator/freezer thermometers to make sure the old refrigerator and freezer are keeping food at the correct temperature: 40 degrees for the refrigerator and 0 degrees for the freezer.) There are a number of steps involved in finding the booklet online, but it’s worth the trouble. Go to www., click Fact Sheets, At-Risk Populations, More Like This at the bottom of that category, then scroll down to the PDF version of Food Safety for Older Adults. If you can’t find it, send email to fsis. to request the booklet. Or call the hotline and request it at 1-888-674-6854. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to

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1. The Otnorots, The Jordonaires and The Four Dukes finally settled on which new name for their group? 2. Name the group that had hits with “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate.” 3. Eric Carr got his big break in 1980 with which band? 4. Which well-known drummer published a book entitled “Ode to a High Flying Bird,” about jazz great Charlie Parker? 5. Name the R&B artist who had No. 1 hits with “Never Too Much,” “Stop to Love” and “There’s Nothing Better Than Love.” 6. Which female artist had a mega hit with “Torn Between Two Lovers”?

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When a contract can be guaranteed by adopting a particular method of play, it stands to reason that it would be wrong to choose another line of play that jeopardizes the contract. This principle is self-evident, but it is sometimes not so easy to apply in actual practice. Consider this deal where West leads a heart against three notrump. How should declarer proceed? If South does not give the matter much thought, he wins East’s king with the ace and leads a diamond to the queen, losing to the ace. Back comes a heart, and West’s suit becomes established. When the diamonds turn out to be divided 4-1, South goes down one because West has the ace of clubs as an entry to his hearts. The outcome could easily be attributed to bad luck, since it takes a very unlikely combination of events to sink the contract. However, this view dodges the real issue. This is one of those hands where declarer can completely control his fate by playing his cards correctly. Luck is not a factor. To ensure the contract, all South need do is to take East’s king of hearts with the ace, lead a spade to dummy and return a low diamond. If East has the ace and goes up with it, South has at least nine tricks. If East has the ace and does not go up, South wins with the jack and attacks clubs to assure nine tricks. If West has the ace of diamonds, he can win South’s jack but cannot effectively return a heart. Anything else West does gives declarer time to establish two club tricks before West’s hearts can be established. Superficially, it seems unimportant whether the first diamond lead comes from the South hand or from dummy, but in the actual deal, the contract stands or falls on this decision. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Get Rid of the Bums In an uncharacteristic departure from my usual columns, I pointed out a few of the underachievers in sports last week. “Bums” was how I referred to them. And, of course, one of the players I put into the crosshairs, Luke Hochevar of the Kansas City Royals, went out there the next game and nearly tossed a no-hitter. He then followed it up with a complete

game loss, but still a great performance. So maybe Hochevar isn’t a bum after all ... maybe he’s just a bust. (Andruw Jones, though? Still a bum.) Roger Clemens came out of retirement. He’s pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters, and he absolutely dominated the Bridgeport Bluefish over 3 1/3 innings. The Royals and Astros were scouting him. He holds the record for most Cy Youngs. The Royals later said they were not going to sign him. That sounds silly to me ... he was pumping 88-mph fastballs. Sounds like a pretty solid deal, at least from a marketing standpoint. But Clemens cheated everyone over his "roid-raging" career, turning the baseball record books into a meaningless mess of statistics. So letting him stay under some mosquito-laden port bridge like a bum is fine by me, too. Speaking of people I wouldn’t mind seeing skulking around on the benches of the world, there is wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens holds a zillion NFL records. Great for him. He’s also one of the more annoying characters in the history of sports. You can’t blame the guy for keeping his career going ... a man has a right to earn a living. But he won’t be making it in Allen, Texas, where he was cut from the

Indoor Football League’s Wrangler franchise, and he won’t be making it in Seattle either, as he was released just before this writing. So that means we’ll be subjected to more “TO” everywhere else. On our TVs, the Internet, in the gossip rags and in retweets around the world. He has a right to make a living, sure, and we can always turn the station or page, but you can basically spend half your life trying to avoid the guy. Finishing off the trend of just bummin’ around is Chad Johnson, the wide receiver formerly known as “Ochocinco.” He’s another guy who let his flamboyance get in the way of his actual fame. He owns a trillion NFL records too, but in recent years he’s been bouncing around, even going so far as to try to play professional soccer. He’s another guy who will do just about anything to get his mug in your face. And that’s exactly what he did a few weeks ago when he headbutted his wife in the face. That led to his release from the Miami Dolphins on-camera during HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” That’s really using your head, Chad. You’re a bum; now get out. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City.

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PHOTO: Taylor Swift Top 10 Pop Singles This Week /Last Week 1. Taylor Swift No. 72 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 2. Flo Rida No. 1 “Whistle” 3. Ellie Goulding No. 2 “Lights” 4. Carly Rae Jepsen No. 3 “Call Me Maybe” 5. Katy Perry No. 4 “Wide Awake” 6. fun. No. 8 “Some Nights” 7. Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa No. 5 “Payphone” 8. Justin Bieber feat. Big Sean No. 12 “As Long As You Love Me” 9. Maroon 5 No. 15 “One More Night” 10. David Guetta feat. Sia No. 7 “Titanium” Top 10 Albums 1. 2 Chainz new entry “Based On A T.R.U. Story” 2. Various Artists No. 1 “NOW 43” 3. Rick Ross No. 2 “God Forgives, I Don’t” 4. Insane Clown Posse new entry “Mighty Death Pop” 5. Maroon 5 No. 11 “Overexposed” 6. Justin Bieber No. 7 “Believe” 7. One Direction No. 8 “Up All Night” 8. Adele No. 9 “21” 9. Zac Brown Band No. 6 “Uncaged” 10. Yellowcard new entry “Southern Air” Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Blake Shelton No. 4 “Over” 2. Love and Theft No. 1 “Angel Eyes” 3. Little Big Town No. 5 “Pontoon” 4. Josh Turner No. 6 “Time Is Love” 5. Gloriana No. 2 “(Kissed You) Good Night” 6. Kenny Chesney No. 3 “Come Over” 7. The Band Perry No. 7 “Postcard From Paris” 8. Hunter Hayes No. 10 “Wanted” 9. Jana Kramer No. 8 “Why Ya Wanna” 10. Keith Urban No. 9 “For You”

EDITOR’S NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of Sept. 17, 2012.

PICKS OF THE WEEK “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (PG-13) -- A handful of English retirees elect to outsource their golden years to a little place in India. Lured by brochures and sales pitches, the group discovers upon arrival that their retirement resort is really a run-down mess in a crowded, unsanitized part of a country they know nothing about. Each thinks they’re old enough to know everything, but now they all have to learn how to appreciate what’s around them. Yes, it is that predictable, but in a sweet way. I neglected to say that the cast playing the old fogeys comprises some of the most seasoned and respected British actors: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Billy Nighy and Tom Wilkinson deliver top-notch performances that make the cliches acceptable and save the overall experience. “Cabin in the Woods” (R) -- This is the movie that slashes the horror genre to ribbons. A bunch of hyper teenagers head out to a cabin in the woods. Anybody could predict that psycho slashers and malevolent spirits will certainly ruin the weekend. Just when you think you know what’s about to happen, when you are just so sure you know how things play out, everything changes. Is it still scary? Yes. How scary? As scary as the thought of being already terrified when your brain actually explodes. It’s also very funny. Writer Joss Whedon proves his mastery of parody by making a horror movie about horror movies that is scarier and funnier than most horror movies.

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“The Magic of Belle Isle” (PG-13) -- Short on ideas and enthusiasm, a curmudgeonly old

writer with a soothing voice (Morgan Freeman) heads for a quaint island town in upstate New York. Once a married man and a celebrated author of Western novels, he’s since been widowed and spends his time drinking and making barbed comments toward his nephew (Kenan Thompson). But when he meets the pretty single mom next door (Virginia Madsen), his heart grows more tender with each scene they share. Conflicts are resolved slow and easy, with cheesy, trite one-liners. Tension? Surprises? There’s no room for those on this island. Morgan Freeman is a pro and gives a good performance, but the magic just isn’t there. “Detachment” -- Depending on your point of view, this movie is either high-powered and artistic, or just an unrelenting bummer. Adrien Brody plays a talented teacher who is so sad on the inside that he chooses to remain a substitute to avoid making emotional connections with students or colleagues. Bryan Cranston, James Caan, Lucy Liu and other fine actors play similar struggling professionals pouring themselves into education. The movie is so sulky that it loses the profound emotional impact that it’s going for. TV RELEASES “Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Sea-

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 Martha’s Vineyard (continued from pg. 4 ): • Martha’s Vineyard is referred to as “Noepe” by the American Indians, which means “Land amid the streams.” • It is believed that Martha’s Vineyard was discovered in the year 1000 by explorers called the Northmen, who named the island Vineland. When Verranazo stumbled upon the island in 1524, he named it Claudia, honoring the mother of France’s Francis II. • The first explorer to give the island its current name was Bartholomew Gosnold, who also discovered and named Cape Cod. While lost in the Atlantic, he stumbled upon a smaller island outside of Martha’s Vineyard and gave this island the name. The next day, he discovered the larger island and after exploring, switched the names and titled the smaller island No Man’s Land. Martha’s Vineyard came from his

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Cleaning Out the Garage (Continued): • Most of us think of garage (or yard) sales as a series of decentralized, unconnected, weekend family “stores” set up in the front yard, and for the most part, they are. However, every year, right before Labor Day weekend, there is a garage sale that stretches from Maryland to California. • This past May celebrated the 13th annual “Great US 50 Yard Sale.” This celebration was held May 18-20 this year. • The event includes a loose collection of businesses and towns along US Highway 50. Highway 50 is one of the longest highways in the United States. It stretches from Ocean City,

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Organized garage sales like the Great US 50

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Calling itself the “World’s Longest Yardsale,”

The 127 Corridor Sale stretches from Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, Alabama, over 690 miles. Yet that’s not even half the distance of the Great US 50 Yard Sale. • While the descriptor “World’s Longest” may not be wholly accurate, this sale is highly organized, with headquarters in Jamestown, Tennessee. The 2012 event took place August 2-5. •

One popular celebration in Bondi, Australia,

organized 126 different yard sales for its “Garage Sale Trail.”

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Hang Up on Robocalls If you get an automated recorded-message call (called a robocall), it’s likely a scam. And it’s illegal. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re on the Do Not Call registry -- automated sales calls are illegal. In one month alone earlier this year, 212,000 complaints were lodged with the Federal Trade Commission, with billions of robocalls being targeted by the FTC in the past two years. If you get a robocall, your best bet is to hang up. Don’t press any numbers, don’t speak -- just hang up. If you press any button at all, it means there’s a human at your end, and it surely will result in even more robocalls to your number. The FTC has put two new videos on its website ( to let consumers know how to handle these calls: “Robocalls Gone Wrong” and “What to Do If You Get a Robocall.” It takes time, but report the call at www.donotcall. gov or by phone at 1-888-382-1222. If your phoneservice package includes call blocking, then block any robocall numbers you get. Beware of paying extra for the service, however. The source of robocalls changes so often that it’s not worth the

expense to keep blocking numbers. The problem with robocalls has gotten so bad that the FTC is going to hold a summit in October to explore how to trace and stop these illegal calls, as well as Caller ID spoofing. Illegal spoofing services provide the means to make calls that appear to originate from another number or an “unknown” number. The danger is that calls can appear to come from people or businesses you know. The key is to assess each call that appears to come from a person or business you’re familiar with. For example, if you get a call supposedly from your bank and it asks for your account information, be suspicious and hang up. The bank already has your information, and the call is likely a scam. Be leery of giving out any information to anyone who calls. Unfortunately, it’s still legal for political candidates and charities to call you, even with robocalls, and even if you’re on the Do Not Call list. One additional warning: The robocall software is available on the Internet and has been used to perpetuate pranks. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

hands. It was the equivalent of 15 metal shipping containers (each housing about 1,600 cubic feet) full of stuff that would’ve otherwise ended up in a landfill.

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TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of Sept. 3, 2012 Top 10 Video Rentals 1. The Hunger Games (PG-13) Jennifer Lawrence 2. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) (animated) 3. Lockout (PG-13) Guy Pearce 4. American Reunion (R) Jason Biggs 5. Silent House (R) Elizabeth Olsen 6. The Three Stooges (PG) Sean Hayes 7. 21 Jump Street (R) Jonah Hill 8. Get the Gringo (R) Mel Gibson 9. Friends With Kids (R) Jennifer Westfeldt 10. Dexter: The Sixth Season (TV-MA) Michael A. Hall Top 10 DVD Sales 1. The Hunger Games (PG-13) (Lionsgate) 2. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) (Universal) 3. Dexter: The Sixth Season (TV-MA) (Paramount) 4. Glee: The Complete Third Season (NR) (Fox) 5. Jaws (PG) (Universal) 6. The Raid: Redemption (R) (Sony) 7. Hatfields & McCoys (NR) (Sony) 8. Community: The Complete Third Season (NR) (Sony) 9. Grimm: Season One (NR) (Universal) 10. Wrath of the Titans 3D (PG-13) (Warner) Source: Rentrak Corp. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. How old was Pete Rose when he had his last 200-hit season? 2. Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs was the first shortstop to hit three home runs in a game. Who was the second? 3. In 2011, Patrick Peterson tied an NFL record with his fourth punt return for a TD in a season. Whose mark did he tie? 4. Name the only conference to have three No. 1 seeds in one year in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. 5. When was the last time before 2012 that the St. Louis Blues won an NHL playoff game? 6. Name the last country other than South Korea in the modern Olympic era to win a gold medal in the women’s archery team competition. 7. How many times in his career did golfer Jack Nicklaus finish as the runner-up in a major?

On Sept. 22, 1776, in New York City, 21-yearold Nathan Hale, a captain in the Continental Army, is executed by the British for spying. Before being hanged, legend holds that Hale said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” There is no historical record to prove that Hale actually made this statement. On Sept. 18, 1793, George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building. The building would take nearly a century to complete, as architects came and went, the British set fire to it, and it was called into use during the Civil War. On Sept. 23, 1846, German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet Neptune. The blue gas giant, which has a diameter four times that of Earth, has eight known moons and a ring system containing three bright and two dim rings.

It was American singer Josh Groban who made the following sage observation: “There’s no half-singing in the shower, you’re either a rock star or an opera diva.” If you’re considering having a child sometime in the near future, you might want to consider this: It’s said that the cost of caring for a newborn during its first year of life is more than $6,000. In 1986, actor and director Clint Eastwood took on a new and unfamiliar role: political candidate. He ran for mayor of Carmel, Calif. He defeated the incumbent mayor in a landslide, and he kept the position for two years. His salary? A whopping $200 per week. Often these days you’ll see someone carrying a tiny dog around with them, but you might be surprised to learn that this is not an entirely new fashion. In ancient Rome and Greece it was not uncommon for a noble lady to carry her tiny Maltese dog around in the sleeve of her robe.

In the early days of motion pictures, Will H. Hays became known as the “Czar of Hollywood.” He presided over the earliest incarnation of the MPAA, charged with ensuring the morality of movies. Some of the changes the so-called “Hays Office” insisted upon were removing the image of a cow’s udder from a Walt Disney cartoon; and removing any direct reference to adultery in the 1935 adaptation of the Tolstoy novel “Anna Karenina” -- despite the fact that Anna’s affair is at the heart of the novel. Those who study such things say that a woman’s sense of smell tends to be better than that of a man. *** Thought for the Day: “I think that I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.” -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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On Sept. 21, 1938, a powerful Category 3 hurricane slams into Long Island and southern New England. Charlie Pierce, a junior forecaster in the U.S. Weather Bureau, was sure that the hurricane was heading for the Northeast, but the chief forecaster overruled him. All told, 700 people were killed by the hurricane. On Sept. 19, 1959, in one of the more surreal moments in the history of the Cold War, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev explodes with anger when he learns he cannot visit Disneyland. Government authorities feared that the crowds would pose a safety hazard. On Sept. 17, 1965, four adventurous Englishmen arrive at a motor show in Germany after crossing the English Channel by Amphicar, the world’s only mass-produced amphibious passenger car. On land, the cars used a fourspeed-plus-reverse manual transmission. In the water, they used a transfer case that had two speeds: forward and backward. On Sept. 20, 1973, in a highly publicized “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, top women’s player Billie Jean King, 29, plays Bobby Riggs, 55, a former No. 1-ranked men’s player. Riggs, a self-proclaimed male chauvinist, had boasted that women were inferior. King beat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PHOTO CUTLINE: A spot of rain put Casey Mears on the pole before the Bristol race. The Ford driver led the first 26 laps before finishing 21st on the night. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)

Casey Mears got quite a boost from the circumstances surrounding the Irwin Tools Night Race. He started on the pole. He didn’t win the pole, but he started there. It wasn’t just luck, though. When rain canceled qualifying, Mears advanced to the top of the lineup because his Ford had been fastest in practice. The Bristol Motor Speedway surface had been reworked since the Sprint Cup Series last visited in March 18. “Where they actually worked on the track (it had been ground near the tops of the turns), we actually haven’t been all the way up there yet,” Mears said before the race. “I’ve seen some guys flirting with the edge of it, so it’s really going to be hard to say. If it keeps guys from running up against the wall, I think it could make it a little bit more competitive just because, when guys are running right up against the fence, it’s really hard to pass guys down underneath.” Many didn’t expect Mears, 34, to remain at the front for long. Some didn’t expect him to lead the first lap, but he did. In fact, Mears’ No. 13 Geico Ford, owned by Steve Germain, led the first 26 laps. He wound up finishing 21st after spinning on the 414th of 500 laps. Mears had an impact on the race. He was running 12th as late as lap 375.

Flash Back Answers 1. The Four Lads. Their biggest hit was “Moments to Remember” in 1955. (Note: “Otnorot” is “Toronto” spelled backward.) 2. Rare Earth, in 1970 and 1971. “Celebrate” was the last time the group hit the Top Ten. 3. Kiss. Carr, born Paul Charles Caravello, took the stage personae of The Fox. He died in 1991 at the age of 41. 4. Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, in 1965. The hand-drawn book, if you can find one, sells for thousands of dollars. 5. Luther Vandross, in 1981, 1986 and 1987 respectively. 6. Mary MacGregor, in 1977. The song has been translated into multiple languages and was originally written to be sung by a man.

Answers: 1. He was 38 in 1979, when he tallied 208 hits for Philadelphia. 2. Freddie Patek did it for the Angels in 1980. 3. Detroit’s Jack Christiansen (1951), Denver’s Rick Upchurch (1976) and Chicago’s Devin Hester (2007) all returned four punts for touchdowns. 4. The Big East, with Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh as No. 1 seeds in 2009. 5. It was 2004. 6. South Korea has won every gold medal since team competition began in 1988. 7. Nineteen times.

The Bakersfield, Calif., native was right about it being difficult to pass high. What he and others didn’t fully grasp was that it would also be difficult to pass low. While competing at Hendrick Motorsports, Mears won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May 2007. He began his career with Chip Ganassi’s team, finishing a career-best 14th in the Sprint Cup point standings in 2006. He then spent two years at Hendrick and moved to Richard Childress Racing for the 2009 season. Since then, Mears has driven for Germain, Team Red Bull, Tommy Baldwin Jr. and Raymond Key. Mears comes from one of America’s great racing families. His uncle, Rick, is one of three men to win the Indianapolis 500 four times. His father, Roger, is a legend in off-road racing, which is where Casey began his career. Casey has won in NASCAR, ARCA, Grand American and Indy Lights. *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@ (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Answers 1. Peter Tchaikovsky 2. Art for art's sake 3. France 4. The Furies 5. Mark Twain 6. "Baretta" 7. Br 8. Barnum & Bailey Circus 9. Elbert Hubbard 10. "Aladdin"

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