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TIDBITS® TAKES A LOOK AT FOOTBALL STADIUMS by Patricia L. Cook This Tidbits tackles some football stadiums where history was made. Looking only at college stadiums, let’s kick back and learn! •

Three of the oldest college football stadiums in

the nation are in the northeast, where the oldest institutions of higher learning in this country exist. • The University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field is considered by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) to be the oldest football stadium. Built in 1895, it originally cost $100,000. Rebuilt in 1922, it became the nation’s first two-tiered stadium. Franklin Field was the location of the nation’s first


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The first bowl-shaped stadium was the Yale

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Tidbits® of Salina FOOTBALL STADIUMS(continued): •

Another historic stadium dating back to 1913

is Bobby Dodd Stadium at Georgia Tech’s Grant Field. It is the oldest continuously-used on-campus college football site in the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly Division I-A). The game has been played at the downtown Atlanta site since 1905. The stadium was the site of the most lopsided game in football history. Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland College 222-0 in 1916! • A west coast college football venue listed on the National Historic Landmark, but not as old as Yale or Harvard, is the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Home field for the University of Southern California (USC), this is the only stadium in the world that has hosted the Olympics twice. It has also hosted the Super Bowl and the World Series.

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• Another California field, Stanford Stadium, made a lot of history in its 84-year life span. In spite of this, it was decided that the best thing for the school, players and fans was to replace the stadium. A new structure opened in 2006. One of the biggest complaints about the old Stanford Stadium was inadequate restroom facilities. The restrooms were enlarged but overall the new stadium was made smaller. The old stadium, built in 1921, had a seating capacity of 86,000, and held as many as 94,000. The new stadium is built for a crowd of 50,000. • Of the big events held at the old Stanford stadium, two standouts were: when Herbert Hoover, a Stanford grad and former football manager, accepted the Republican nomination for president in 1928; and a track meet between the U.S. and the USSR (Soviet Union) in 1962, during the “Cold War,” when political tensions were high. The attendance over two days was 153,000 to watch the friendly competition. • American football has a history dating back to the late 1800s, emerging from the European game of rugby. Player and coach at Yale University, Walter Camp, is the “Father of American Football,” recognized for instituting the early rules of the game. •

“The Birthplace of Intercollegiate Football,”

Rutgers University in New Jersey, held the first

PHOTO: Kellie Martin Q: I am so happy to hear that “Army Wives” has been renewed for another season. Will all the stars be back for the new season? -Fiona W., via e-mail A: Lifetime has indeed ordered 13 more episodes of the hit military drama for a 2013 seventh season. However, not all the details of who will be returning have been worked out. Catherine Bell appears to be a yes, while Dana Delany is most likely a no. Kelli Wilson, who plays Jackie Clark, seems a likely candidate to slip into a more prominent role. And don’t count out newcomer Kellie Martin, who plays Capt. Nicole Galassini. She told me recently that she’d be up for another tour of duty with “Wives.”

“I was honored to play this woman,” Kellie said. “I thought she was so brave and so smart, yet in her personal life she had to hide, and it was really fun to play someone who comes out. I feel like Capt. Galassin is the girl next door. Everybody knows someone like her. I’m just very proud of “Army Wives” and Lifetime for following through with the storyline that they did. “Last we saw Nicole, she was on a plane to Afghanistan at the season end, and there was a lot of turbulence ... but I had a great time and I never ever know where my career’s going to head, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens.” In the meantime, you can catch Kellie in the Hallmark Channel original movie “I Married Who?” airing Saturday, Oct. 20, at 9/8c. *** Q: What has happened to “CSI: Miami”? Has it been canceled? -- Bill V., via e-mail A: CBS opted back in May not to renew the David Caruso-starring crime drama after 10 seasons and 232 episodes. However, you can still whet your “CSI” appetite with the original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on Wednesday nights with Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue, and “CSI: NY” with Gary Sinise and Sela Ward on Friday nights. *** Q: Will “Finding Bigfoot” be back? It’s one of my favorite shows. -- Eddie S. in Oregon A: As one of Animal Planet’s top-performing series ever, you can bet your sweet bippy that it’ll be back for a third season. Prepare yourself for 20 informative and somewhat-scary episodes beginning Sunday, Nov. 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This season the team of investigators will travel worldwide in search of the ever-elusive sasquatch, heading to Australia to investigate the phenomenon known as “yowies” and to Indonesia to scout out the “orang-pendek” creature. *** Q: I was wondering if two of my favorite reality shows will be back: “L.A. Ink” and “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.” -- N.P. in Kentucky A: I hate to have to deliver this double-whammy of bad news for you, but neither “L.A. Ink” nor “Family Jewels” has been renewed for a new season, and therefore won’t be returning to TLC and A&E, respectively. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Potato Skins Celebrate football season with our fully loaded skins. They weigh in at just 120 calories per serving versus the classic’s 350, and have one-fifth the saturated fat. Our secret: lighter ingredients (reduced-fat sour cream, Pecorino cheese) that pack a lot of flavor. Touchdown! 4 large (12 ounces each) baking (russet) potatoes, well scrubbed 4 slices center-cut bacon 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Salt Pepper 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream 1 ounce Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated 1 large (10- to 12-ounce) tomato, finely chopped 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives 1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 2. With fork, pierce each potato 3 times. Place potatoes on parchment paper. Microwave on High 8 minutes. Turn over; microwave on High 10 minutes longer or until tender. Cover with kitchen towel; let cool. 3. Meanwhile, in 18-by-12-inch jelly-roll pan, arrange bacon in single layer. Roast 10 to 12 minutes or until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels. When cool, crumble. Discard fat from pan but do not wipe clean; set pan aside. Reset oven to 475 F. 4. Cut each potato in quarters lengthwise. With spoon, scoop potato from skins, leaving about 1/4 inch of potato with skin and being careful not to break through skin. Reserve cooked potato for another use. 5. Arrange skins, skin side up, in single layer on reserved pan. Brush with oil; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper. 6. Roast 13 to 15 minutes or until browned and crisp. Transfer, skin sides down, to serving plate. 7. To assemble, spread 1 teaspoon sour cream on each skin. Top with cheese, tomato, bacon and chives. Makes 8 appetizer servings. Each serving: About 120 calories, 5g total fat (2g saturated), 13mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 16g total carbs, 3g dietary fiber, 4g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at

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a beautiful stadium that seats 52,454 fans. • Today, many stadiums are named after corporate sponsors who provide funds for the rights to advertise themselves. One of those is the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University. Built in 1980, it is the only domed stadium in the Northeast. Even though named for Carrier, an air conditioning company, the dome isn’t air conditioned! •

The air is thinner (less oxygen) in higher

elevations and breathing can be difficult in high energy contests like football. War Memorial Stadium at the University of Wyoming has the highest elevation of any Division I university at 7,770 feet (M?). Western State College in Gunnison,

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nights afterward! • “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” a song recorded by John Denver in 1971 has been the theme song for West Virginia University since 1972. Denver sang the song at the opening of the “new” Mountaineer Field in 1980. The words and music were written by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and Denver, and at the time none of the trio had actually been to the state. •

A stadium that has received more attention in

recent years for its high level college playing is known for having the only blue turf in football. Boise State’s Bronco Field’s turf is also called the “smurf turf” for the cartoon Smurfs. •

Aloha Stadium, the home stadium for the

University of Hawaii, is owned by the state of Hawaii, and hosts many events other than football. “Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession” by Chuck Thompson (Simon & Schuster, $25) Reviewed by Larry Cox Author Chuck Thompson builds a convincing case that the American South is essentially a separate country that negatively affects the rest of the United States in his new book, “Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession.” Everyone jokes about secession, and some politicians -- like Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- have even threatened it. But what if it actually happened, Thompson wondered? What would the measurable impact be, and which side would be better off economically, politically and culturally? Thompson, who has written for publications such as The Atlantic Monthly and Esquire, uses wit to make his points as he explores the consequences of jettisoning 78 million people and a half-million square miles of land. He claims the American South generates “so much of the willful ignorance and Jim Crow-style hatred that it keeps the rest of the country from moving ahead.” Humor aside, some of Thompson’s statistics are, indeed, rather shocking. For example, with the exception of Florida, no southern state contributes more money in federal tax revenues than it gets back in government assistance and entitlements. According to 2010 U.S. Census estimates, 10 of the 15 states with the lowest high-school and college graduation rates are in the South (11 if you count Texas). Of the 10 states with the fewest adults holding high-school diplomas, eight are in the South. It also is home to the nation’s five poorest states, where nearly 40 percent of people are impoverished. With acid-tongued wit, Thompson dives head first into the land of blackeyed peas, mustard greens and red-eye gravy. As a longtime former resident of Alaska, Thompson claims he maintains a certified outsider’s perspective on American politics. “Better Off Without ‘Em” combines scathing humor, caustic opinion, colorful travel writing, jaw-dropping interviews and solid academic research in a entertaining and thought-provoking book that sticks to the ribs like cheese grits and pecan pie.

Q: I’m painting my apartment next week, the first time I’ve ever done this. Do you have any painting tips? -- Lana, Columbus, Ga. A: Tons of tips, but limited space to list them all, unfortunately! First-timers often are daunted by the amount of paint and paint products to choose from, conflicting instructions from various sources, and sometimes a lack of helpful information from home-improvement store paint sections. Others feel it’s simple enough to just buy a bunch of paint and brushes and just go for it. The reality falls somewhere in between. Preparation is the most important rule to follow, however. You’ll want to prepare the walls (and presumably trim) in the apartment for painting. You’ll need to figure out not just what color paint to use, but how much of it to buy, and if the colors even work the way you think they will. Here are a few tips to get you started: --Buy sample sizes of paint colors you’re interested in, and paint a stripe of each in an inconspicuous section of the wall. Paint looks different when wet and when dry.

PHOTO: Kristen Wiig HOLLYWOOD -- The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars each year, sent shock waves throughout Hollywood when it switched from announcing the Oscar nominations on Jan. 15 (last year) to Jan. 10 (this year). For years, the Golden Globes have capitalized on giving out their awards earlier, potentially influencing Academy voters. This year, the Golden Globes will air three days after the Oscar nominations, on Jan. 13. All the other award shows that beat out the Oscars are changing their dates to be relevant, if they can. There’s no telling how the new date will impact big films such as “The Hobbit” (Dec. 14) and “Les Miz” (Dec. 25) in impressing voters. Why did the Academy switch the dates? In a word: purity! It’s been trying for years to keep studios and producers from waging massive ad campaigns to influence voters.

--How much paint should you buy? A gallon of latex paint covers 350 square feet. Measure the length of each wall and add the figures together. Measure the height of the room from floor to ceiling. Multiply the first number by the height of the room and you’ll have your square footage. --Wash all surfaces to be painted with a damp sponge soaked in a soap and water solution and then squeezed to remove most of the water. Let the surfaces dry for about a half-day, longer if it’s rainy or humid. --Remove protruding nails and patch nail holes and small (less than 1/2 inch) dents and holes with spackling compound. Once it’s dry, sand the compound lightly and wipe with a damp sponge to remove dust. --Mask off areas you don’t want to paint using blue painter’s tape, which comes off more easily than masking tape. --Covering a dark wall with a lighter paint? Prime the wall first with a primer that is close to or matches the color of the new paint. --Ditto for covering one type of paint, such as an oil-based paint, with a different type, such as latex paint. A primer coat will keep your new paint from bubbling, cracking or peeling. --Make sure the area being painted is well ventilated; additionally, wear a filter mask (not a dust mask) to reduce inhalation of paint fumes. HOME TIP: Paint stores will pre-mix your paint after you purchase it, saving a lot of time, but you still should stir the paint for a few seconds immediately before beginning to paint with it. Send your questions or comments to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. *** Now we go from the biggest event in films to the littlest event in television -Honey Boo Boo. While many viewers thought Honey and her family were just a bunch of country bumpkins, they were quietly pulling in $4,000 an episode. Now that they’re an unqualified hit ... with higher ratings than the Republican Convention, they’re demanding a pay raise to $10,000 an episode to sign for season 2. More redneck conservatives were watching them than the convention? *** Kristen Wiig, who left “Saturday Night Live” on the heels of her “Bridesmaids” success, has taken The Toronto Film Festival by storm with her new movie “Imogene,” co-starring with Annette Bening, “Glee’s” Darren Criss and Matt Dillon. Wiig plays a screenwriter who fakes a suicide to get her boyfriend back, but ends up with her gambling-addicted mother instead. The film has been picked up by Lionsgate for distribution. *** Last year’s best picture winner, “The Artist,” was a black-and-white film that enabled a French filmmaker to bridge the language gap, effortlessly. You’d have thought there would’ve been a flood of silent B&W films -- but nothing until now! Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger screened his new B&W silent film, “Blancanieves,” at The Toronto Film Festival. Already this year we’ve had “Mirror, Mirror” and “Snow White and The Huntsman,” and now there’s Berger’s re-imagining of the famous Grimm fairy tale. The film, set in Spain, centers around a bullfighter’s daughter, seven bullfighting dwarves and her wicked stepmother, who is more Norma Desmond from “Sunset Boulevard” than a witch, and ends more like “Sleeping Beauty” than “Snow White.” Let’s face it, any film with seven bullfighting dwarfs and a Norma Desmond-ish villainess has got to be as much fun as 30 clowns popping out of a Volkswagen! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

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Spinal Stenosis Causes Back Pain DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 84 years old, and I have spinal stenosis, which is causing me pain. I would like to know more about it. Will you furnish more information? -- T.P. ANSWER: Spinal stenosis is a common back problem of older people. It’s said that 20 percent of those older than 60 have it. The spinal cord is an offshoot of the brain, and it travels from the brain to the lower back. It’s about the width of your little finger and is extremely delicate. That’s why nature encased it in backbones -- vertebrae. Running through the backbones is a tunnel, the spinal canal that serves to protect the cord. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the tunnel. It happens mostly in the neck and lower-back regions. Thickened ligaments surrounding the spinal cord or arthritic changes of the backbones impinge on the spinal cord or the nerves that spring from it. When the process occurs in the back, pain is felt there and often in the buttocks or thighs. The pain worsens if a person stands for too long. People can ease the pain by bending forward at the waist or by sitting down. Bending opens the tunnel to give the spinal cord some breathing room. The amount of bend that works is the amount of bend a person assumes when pushing a shopping cart. Have you tried Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain? It’s safe when used as

directed on the label. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) also are helpful. They can cause stomach upset and stomach bleeding, so follow directions given for their use. Hot packs or cold packs might work. Try both, and see if either gets the job done. At night, lying on your side in bed with a pillow between your knees lessens pain. A program of physical therapy might help you turn the corner. Ask your doctor for a referral. And finally, the opinion of a back surgeon will let you know if any surgical technique can bring you relief. The booklet on back pain offers other advice for the many conditions causing back pain. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 303W, 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 just received my grandmother’s death certificate. It says: “Cause of death: uterine hemorrhage. Contributing cause: surgical shock.” She died in 1931 at the young age of 33. What does all this mean? -- J.F. ANSWER: Hemorrhage is massive bleeding. She bled from her uterus either during an operation or from a tumor, a twisted fibroid or an infection. Surgical shock isn’t a term used these days. Shock means that the bleeding was so great, her blood pressure dropped. Not enough blood could circulate to her organs, including her brain and heart. In those days, such a catastrophe almost always resulted in death. I’m guessing at the meaning of surgical shock. I take it to mean that the bleeding occurred during surgery. *** 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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Q: Earlier this year, I went to a farm auction in West Texas, where I purchased Daizybed brand butter of various Q: I have a abrass that I've churn been and toldsix is crocks more than a sizes. I would like to know what you theycan are worth. -- Bill, century old. Any information provide me Clarksville, would be Tenn. appreciated. -- Susan, Danville, Va. A: The I examined the might picture sent, and bed condiDaizy churn beyou worth about $75your if it isbrass in decent appears to be of from Victorian era. It was probably tion. The value the the crocks would depend on size, manufacturer manufactured and condition. between 1890 and about 1915. Most beds of this type generally sell in the $350 to $650 range, depending *** on condition and demand. Q: I have a tumbler that was made with Pittsburgh Glass. I have been *** toldI that it isa quite early. I Model love the1863 tumbler want to used learn more Q: have Springfield rifleand that was by a about this type ofduring glass. --the Susan, Ill. tell me more family member Civil Naperville, War. Can you A: According to the 20th edition Cottonwood, of Schroeder’sAriz. Antiques Price Guide, about this firearm? -- Steve, A: It wasglass a percussion made by the inNational window and hollow rifle waremusket were being produced the Pittsburgh Armory in Springfield, Ill. By wastothe area as early as 1797. Coal was1863, used Springfield instead of wood fireonly the government arsenalAtunder Union control, since Harper's large glass furnaces. one time, more than 150 glass companies Ferry had been destroyed by a Confederate raid in 1861. flourished in the region. During the Victorian era, dozens of freeAccording to Warman's Civil War Weapons by Graham blown, pattern-molded andwas flintsuch glassawere produced. I suspect your Smith, the Model 1861 success that both tumbler was and probably made sometime rushed during the 19th toasearly Springfield private contractors to late produce 20th centuries. many rifles as they could. Since the Union couldn't interrupt production to introduce a new design, they slightly modified *** it, it was sold as a Springfield 1863. is a Q: and I have six copies of Life magazine, Model including thoseThis depicting highly desirable Civil War weapon. determine its value, Martin Luther King’s assassination andTo funeral, the Marvels of Egypt, you should consult a competent arms dealer. and the 1969 Year in Review issue. I also have an Esquire magazine *** and Harper’s Bazaar, both from 1937. -- Pat, Conyngham, Pa. Q: I have an umbrella stand that was made by the Roseville A: A quick check of several magazine confirmed thatpattern. most isPottery Company in about 1915. Itdealers is in the Mostique sues of Life magazine from the 1960s are worth an average of about -Ron, Alton, Ill. a dollar per issue. Like all collectibles, there are common always exceptions. A: The Mostique pattern is one of the most Roseville patterns after Pine Cone. According to Warman's *** Roseville Pottery byaMark Moran, most pieces hadin the Tea Q: I recently inherited teapotF.and several serving pieces textured glazes or tan,ofand many are marked. Leaf pattern. I likeofthegray simplicity the design, andnot I would like toI find could not find an umbrella stand in this guide, but typical more about it. -- Betty, Naperville, Ill. prices for this pattern are $350 to $450 for a wall pocket; a A: Tea Leaf $110 china to was one of theamost popular patterns to be$325 carried jardiniere, $140; and matched pair of vases, west during the American expansion of the post-Civil War period. to $350. This durable stoneware was perfect for the rough and tumble West *** Q: sister bought some rose-colored dishes. I would andMy haslate remained popular with collectors for more than 150 years. like how muchisthey areLeaf worth. -- International, Bobby, Russellville, Oneto of know the best sources the Tea Club 960 Ala. Bruden Road, Columbus, OH 43205. A: Your question is impossible to answer since you did not provide me with the name of the pattern and other pertinent Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box information. 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to large of mail heWeekly receives, Mr. Cox Write to Larry Due Coxtointhe care of volume King Features Service, is unable personally answerFL all reader questions. Do note-mail send any P.O. Box to536475, Orlando, 32853-6475, or send to materials requiring return mail.Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader Do Synd., not send (c) 2012questions. King Features Inc.any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Wednesday, October 10 RSVP Sewing Ladies: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Salina Senior Center. Open Computer Lab: 9 a.m.-4p.m., Salina Senior Center. Senior Fitness Class with instructor Marian Frank: 10 a.m., Salina Senior Center fitness room. $8/month for three class sessions per week. Free blood pressure check provided by Pinnacle Park Nursing and Rehabilitation: 11-11:30 a.m., Salina Senior Center. Computer “Guided Learning Session” provided by Maurice Kerr of The Computer Helper: 11a.m.–1p.m., Salina Senior Center Computer Lab. Texas Hold ’em: 1 p.m., Salina Senior Center dining room. Thursday, October 11 Open Computer Lab: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Salina Senior Center. Foot care clinic provided by Progressive Home Health & Hospice: 8 a.m.-noon, Salina Senior Center. Please call 827-9818 for an appointment. Bingo: 9:30 a.m., Salina Senior Center. Writing class: 10 a.m., Salina Senior Center. Strong People Exercise Class with instructor Leah Robinson, 10:30–11:15 a.m., Salina Senior Center. This class will meet from October 2 through December 13, and is for beginners as well as seasoned exercisers. Sign up through Central Kansas Extension District Office at 309-5850, $10 per person, weights are provided. Computer “Guided Learning Session” provided by Maurice Kerr of The Computer Helper: 11a.m. –1p.m., Salina Senior Center Computer Lab. Card Game: “Hand and Foot,” 1 p.m., Senior Center dining room. Bunko: 1 p.m., Salina Senior Center. Salina Twirlers Square Dance Club, dance lessons, 7-10 p.m., $4 a person each time, contact Jim or Sue Dellere, phone number 825-0702 for more information. Friday, October 12 Open Computer Lab: 9 a.m.-4p.m., Salina Senior Center. Free Fun Bingo: 9:30 a.m. in the Salina Senior Center, sponsored by Sterling Houses of Salina. Senior Fitness Class with instructor Marian Frank: 10 a.m., Salina Senior Center fitness room. $8/month for three class sessions per week. Computer “Guided Learning Session” provided by Maurice Kerr of The Computer Helper: 11a.m.–1p.m., Salina Senior Center Computer Lab. Cards: Pitch, Pinochle and Joker Board (marbles), 1 p.m., Salina Senior Center dining room. Monday, October 15 Painting classes with Barb Culley: 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6:45 p.m., Salina Senior Center. $10 fee. Open Computer Lab: 9 a.m.-4p.m., Salina Senior Center. Senior Fitness Class with instructor Marian Frank: 10 a.m., Salina Senior Center fitness room. $8/month for three class sessions per week. Singing: Sing with the RSVP Mixed Chorus, 10:30 a.m. in the Senior Center. Computer “Guided Learning Session” provided by Maurice Kerr of The Computer Helper: 11 a.m.–1p.m., Salina Senior Center Computer Lab. Beginners Pinochle: 1 p.m., Salina Senior Center. Come learn and play. Tuesday, October 16 Painting classes with Barb Culley: 9 a.m., 1 p.m., Salina Senior Center. $10 fee. Open Computer Lab: 9 a.m.-4p.m., Salina Senior Center. Free Fun Bingo: 9:30 a.m. in the Salina Senior Center, sponsored by Midwest Medical Services. Strong People Exercise Class with instructor Leah Robinson, 10:30–11:15 a.m., Salina Senior Center. This class will meet from October 2 through December 13, and is for beginners as well as seasoned exercisers. Sign up through Central Kansas Extension District Office at 309-5850, $10 per person, weights are provided. Blood Sugar Testing provided by Angels Care Home Health: 11 a.m., Salina Senior Center. A finger prick is required, so a written consent form will be required. This will only take a few seconds to get your results. Computer “Guided Learning Session” provided by Maurice Kerr of The Computer Helper: 11 a.m.–1p.m., Salina Senior Center Computer Lab. Saline County Chapter of the Native Daughters of Kansas luncheon: noon, monthly meeting immediately following, Salina Senior Center Cards: Dominoes, Pinochle and Joker Board (marbles), 1 p.m., Salina Senior Center dining room.

should be on every visitor’s itinerary. • Many people refer to the “big house” as prison or jail. However, in football “The Big House” is the largest stadium in the country, home of University of Michigan football, with a capacity of 109,901. One of the “big” stories about this stadium is that when it was under construction in 1926, an underground spring and moist, quicksand-like soil swallowed a crane! It is still there, under the stadium! FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF THE WORLD: CARLSBAD CAVERNS A cool place to go on a hot day is underground. One of the “coolest,” (as in really amazing!) is Carlsbad

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Flu Shots and More

Every year, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their counterparts around the globe get together to decide which combinations of vaccine should be put in flu shots. This year, of the three types that will be used (H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B virus), two of them are new. IOR CENTER It’s the H3N2 virus that appears to be taking off like a H MENU ekdays from 11:15rocket am already. In all of 2011, there were only 12 total cases. Already this year, that number is up to 306 and ry-Out Meals, call the rising, with most of it happening since summer. Augratin Potatoes, CheesyMany pharmacies have been making flu shots available Bread for years, and some of them have now expanded to include a whole array of vaccinations: , Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, --Flu (influenza) --Pneumonia (pneumococcal) s or Grilled Patty Melt w/Chips e Bread --Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis) (Tdap) Roasted Red Potatoes, Mixed --HPV (human papillomavirus) --Meningitis (meningococcal) nions or Salisbury Steak, Sprouts, Pears, Wheat Bread--Hepatitis B --MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) --Shingles (herpes zoster) --Chickenpox (varicella) --Hepatitis A That’s quite a long list. And that’s where a potential problem lies: Should you have all those shots? No. Except for flu, most of these shots are not annual vaccines, per the CDC. For example, the Tdap is generally a booster every 10 years. A number of the others are only for those whose doctor recommends them. Some are taken in a series. And that’s where your doctor comes in. Before you line up for any shot, ask your doctor what you should get. Or have it done at the doctor’s office so it’s noted in your records. And remember that it takes two weeks for a flu shot to start working.

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1. What name did McKinley Morganfield go by for most of his life? 2. Which group had a disco hit with “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart”? 3. Aruba, Bermuda and Key Largo are all mentioned in which song? 4. Chad & Jeremy had a hit in 1964 with which 1930s Billie Holiday tune? 5. Which hard rock band’s 1975 album was titled “Hair of the Dog”? 6. Complete this song lyric: “In the jungle, the mighty jungle ...”

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A World Without Bacon I’m not sure what I’m more alarmed about -- the NFL replacement referees or the forecasted 2013 worldwide bacon shortage. For those who may be unaware, due to the prolonged drought experienced in the American Midwest this year, an industry trade association from the U.K. has issued a dire warning about those sizzling strips of goodness, namely there’ll be a lot less of them gracing our sandwiches and breakfast plates. Pigs, whose backs provide the necessary lettuce, tomato and/or eggs over-easy accompaniment, will be in shorter supply at slaughterhouses next year because they themselves

have not been given enough to eat. “A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable,” was the tersely worded announcement from Britain’s National Pig Association. Led by bacon, pork accounts for nearly 70 percent of the British diet, so it’s easy to understand their alarm. Have you ever seen the traditional British diet? If those Cryovac packages of porcine delight fail to make it to their shores, we could be looking at a real problem ... when the Brits go into Beefeater mode, it usually means their boys are on the march. In America, it’s probably safe to say we won’t suffer too much from the bacon shortage. We always seem to find a way through these sorts of things, and if we have to, we’re not above artificial flavorings and Bac-O Bits. Our fields will once again spill forth with the grains necessary for our hogs. What we’re most concerned about right now is taking place on the other fields of green -- namely the referee situation in football that is throwing our steady diet of quality football out of whack. The NFL locked out the regular officials before the season, and it was

mostly treated like an afterthought. After the Seattle Seahawks stole a game from the hands (literally) of the Green Bay Packers on Monday night in week 3, fans saw the problem a little clearer. The league’s head coaches had already smelled blood in the water. Every mistake they made had been magnified to gargantuan portions, best exemplified by a bellicose Bill Belichek trying to rip off the arm of a linesperson after a loss. It’s been a disaster. Troy Aikman is even tweeting about the referees in between concussions. Unlike pork production, this shortcoming was avoidable. If anything, the poor officiating has led to two things: a reminder that in order for the games to be played right, you need the right officials in place. In this land of plenty, a poor game of pigskin is like a world without bacon ... and that just isn’t any way to live. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PHOTO: Bob Dylan Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week 1. Maroon 5 No. 2 “One More Night” 2. Taylor Swift No. 1 “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 3. fun. No. 4 “Some Nights” 4. Flo Rida No. 3 “Whistle” 5. Pink No. 6 “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” 6. Justin Bieber feat. Big Sean No. 7 “As Long As You Love Me” 7. Ellie Goulding No. 5 “Lights” 8. Alex Clare No. 10 “Too Close” 9. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen No. 9 “Good Time” 10. Neon Trees No. 8 “Everybody Talks” Top 10 Albums 1. Dave Matthews Band new entry “Away From the World” 2. Little Big Town new entry “Tornado” 3. Bob Dylan new entry “Tempest” 4. The Avett Brothers new entry “The Carpenter” 5. The xx new entry “Coexist” 6. ZZ Top new entry “La Future” 7. Imagine Dragons No. 2 “Night Visions” 8. matchbox twenty No. 1 “North” 9. Various Artists No. 4 “NOW 43” 10. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra new entry “Theatre Is Evil” Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Hunter Hayes No. 2 “Wanted” 2. Josh Turner No. 3 “Time Is Love” 3. Jason Aldean No. 4 “Take a Little Ride” 4. Little Big Town No. 1 “Pontoon” 5. Jana Kramer No. 5 “Why Ya Wanna” 6. Dustin Lynch No. 7 “Cowboys and Angels” 7. Carrie Underwood No. 9 “Blown Away” 8. Keith Urban No. 6 “For You” 9. Easton Corbin No. 10 “Lovin’ You Is Fun” 10. Hard 2 Love new entry “Hard to Love” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Julien the lemur (Sacha Baron Cohen) and all the rest are still on for this third installment. This time, the animals find themselves lost in Europe and decide to join a traveling circus as a means of transportation. It’s the third movie in a series that wasn’t the most original or exciting, and the creators know it. “Madagascar 3” dials up the pace to keep things interesting. Overall, it’s a good sequel, even if it might be too fast and frenetic for some. EDITOR’S NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of Oct. 15, 2012.

PHOTO: Jared Gilman in “Moonrise Kingdom” PICKS OF THE WEEK “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (PG) -- The talking animals of the Madagascar series are back on a quest to get to their home at the zoo. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), King

“Moonrise Kingdom” (PG-13) -- An oddly earnest 12-year-old boy (Jared Gilman) and an equally stiff young girl hatch a scheme to run away together and live off the land for a while. The boy is in a Boy Scouts kind of group, and his scoutmaster (Ed Norton) and a local policeman (Bruce Willis) are on the case to bring in the missing kids. The movie is a love story between two adolescents, but it’s not a movie most adolescents would enjoy. Director Wes Anderson’s trademark whimsical, awkward-but-plausible fingerprints are everywhere. The story is set on a quirky, remote-island town in New England in 1965. Anderson’s attention to detail is evident in every shot, and all of those details can actually pull you into this oddly appealing universe. “Chernobyl Diaries” (R) -- A gang of carefree young people decide to steer their vacation into the extreme. They hire a tour guide to take them into Pripyat, the

Ukrainian city next to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown of 1986. At first they love the spooky abandoned apartment buildings and old nuclear facilities. Of course, when things get dark, their van won’t start and it’s clear they’re not alone, their joy turns to terror. Director Oren Peli (creator of “Paranormal Activity) just doesn’t deliver the suspense, and the horror falls flat. DOG OF THE WEEK “That’s My Boy” (R) -- It appears that somebody in the movie-going population has gravely offended Adam Sandler. This latest R-rated gross-out comedy on the heels of “Jack and Jill” (the one where Sandler plays his female twin) is so lame that it seems like Sandler has a grudge against people who like comedy and haven’t liked him for the past decade or so. What’s worse, “That’s My Boy” is a disgustingly unfunny comedy that co-stars Andy Samberg, a rising star who has at least 10 years of being funny left before he morphs into the next Sandler. TV RELEASES “Mad Men: Season Five” “Psych: Season Six” “Gunsmoke: The Sixth Season, Vol. 2” “Touch: Season One” “Check It Out: Season 1 & 2” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 CAVERNS(continued from pg. 4): Caverns National Park in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The temperature underground at Carlsbad Caverns is 56°F (13° C) all the time. • Jim White is given credit for being the first “explorer” of the caverns in 1898. He was a cowboy who began to explore the caves as a teenager. He descended 60 feet (18.3 m) into the caverns using a handmade wire ladder. He tried to convince locals that the area was special for more than a decade. •

Jim was the guide for numerous people to see the

caverns, including Robert Holley from the General Land Office, who surveyed and mapped the area and Ray V. Davis, who photographed the Scenic Rooms and Big Room. Davis’ photos appeared in the New York Times in 1923 and stimulated much interest in the underground wonders. On October 25, 1923, Carlsbad Cave National Monument was established. Congress designated it as a national park in 1930. •

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Carlsbad Caverns” for his exploration, guide services and promotion of the caverns for the public to enjoy. • Beneath the canyons, rocky slopes, and land of many cacti, grasses, shrubs and occasional trees, of the southern New Mexico landscape, there are more than 117 known caves that are part of Carlsbad Caverns. The caves were formed by the work of sulfuric acid, not water, dissolving much of the limestone rock of the area. •

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them “speleothems.” The carrot-like formations hanging down from the ceiling are called stalactites. Stalagmites are the forms that come from the bottom, reaching up. There are also wondrous formations called columns, popcorn, soda straws, draperies and helictites. • From mid-April to mid-October there are thousands of bats that call Carlsbad Caverns home and rangers give “bat flight” talks each evening. It is estimated that approximately 400,000 Brazilian, more commonly called Mexican, bats “hang” around the caves and fly out each evening to eat tons of bugs. In spite all you have heard and seen in movies and books, bats do not attack people. When the bats re-enter in the mornings, they can be seen diving from all directions at speeds that reach 25 miles per hour (40 km/h) or more!

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Tidbits® of Salina CAVERNS (continued): • While the Big Room is a “must see” for anyone visiting Carlsbad, and has elevator access, there are many guided tours that are accessible to healthy individuals. The Natural Entrance is great for people who can handle the 750 feet deep (228.6 m) descent on a steep, narrow switchback tail. • The discoveries in Carlsbad Caverns National Park continue as cave scientists, called speleologists, study, expand and share their knowledge with curious non-scientists who enjoy learning more about what lies beneath the earth. FOOTBALL HELMETS From the leather head harnesses of the late 19th century to today’s modern football helmets, safety has been the key to the design and improvements that have occurred. • The earliest football helmets had almost no padding. They were made of leather and did little to soften blows to the head. • An Annapolis, Maryland shoemaker was credited with the creation of the first helmet, made for Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves. Admiral Reeves had been advised by a Navy doctor that it would be “instant insanity” and he would be risking death if he endured another kick to his head. • Reeves wore that first helmet in 1893 in an Army versus Navy football game. Helmets did not actually become mandatory until 1939 for college games and in 1943 for the National Football League (NFL). • The man who received the most credit, in the 1890s, for the invention of the football helmet was George Barclay, a halfback for Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Barclay was very concerned about developing “cauliflower ears.” “An acquired deformity of the outer ear,” cauliflower ear, also known as boxer’s ear or wrestler’s ear, is caused by blunt trauma to the ear. The blood supply to the outer ear is disrupted and the skin shrivels and folds, causing a cauliflower-like appearance. Nicknamed “The Rose” for his concern about his looks, Barclay didn’t want to harm his appearance. •

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designed a leather helmet. Known as a “head harness,” these helmets were fitted specifically for an individual player, with three thick leather straps. • By 1915 big changes were happening with

Bank Can Close Your Checking Account If you find yourself frequently overdrawn at the bank, with checks being returned for Not Sufficient Funds, you could find yourself without a checking account. And you might not be able to get an account another bank -- at least not easily. According to FDIC Consumer News, banks closed 30 million consumer checking accounts in the past five years. If you lose your checking account, you’ll only have a few options when it comes to paying your bills. You can deliver the payment in cash if it’s local, or you can buy money orders to mail. You also won’t have access to an ATM machine for cash withdrawals. The inconvenience of not having a checking account goes even further -- to your credit record. If your bank reported your bounced checks to a credit-reporting agency (probably ChexSystems, as it handles the reporting for bad checks), it could stay on your record for five years. ChexSystems is a debt collector and reporting agency governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act laws. Per Consumer News, there are ways to try to fix

the problem so you can have a checking account. Ask your bank to have the report removed from your ChexSystems information. They might, if you’ve been a customer for a long time and the overdrafts were mistakes that you cleared up immediately. Your bank is under no obligation to remove any accurate information, but it does have to report if the account is paid. Call ChexSystems yourself to see what is in your file. You can get instructions by calling them at 1-800-428-9623. ChexSystems is under no obligation to remove any accurate information from your file. But it is obligated to add a statement from you, if you submit it in writing to ChexSystems, Attn: Consumer Relations, 7805 Hudson Road, Suite 100, Woodbury, MN 55125. If you need a checking account after being turned down, keep trying. You might find a bank or credit union that will let you open an account, with restrictions. The key to maintaining a checking account is to carefully track your balance. Fees, automatic withdrawals, debit-card transactions and checks all get deducted. If two of you are on a joint account, be sure to communicate on a daily basis about what deposits and withdrawals you’ve made. 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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TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of Oct. 1, 2012 Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) Kristen Stewart 2. Battleship (PG-13) Taylor Kitsch 3. What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) Cameron Diaz 4. Safe (R) Denzel Washington 5. The Hunger Games (PG-13) Jennifer Lawrence 6. The Five-Year Engagement (R) Jason Segel 7. The Lucky One (PG-13) Zac Efron 8. The Dictator (R) Sacha Baron Cohen 9. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) animated 10. Think Like a Man (PG-13) Michael Ealy Top 10 DVD Sales 1. Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) (Universal) 2. Titanic (PG-13) (Paramount) 3. The Hunger Games (PG-13) (Lionsgate) 4. Spartacus: Vengeance -- The Complete Second Season (NR) (Anchor Bay) 5. Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar (NR) (Universal) 6. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fifth Season (NR) (Warner Bros.) 7. What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) (Lionsgate) 8. Sons of Anarchy: Season Four (TV-MA) (Fox) 9. The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Third Season (NR) (Warner Bros.) 10. Battleship (PG-13) (Universal) Source: Rentrak Corp.

1. Name the only French-born pitcher to toss a no-hitter in the major leagues. 2. In the 12 World Series from 2000 through 2011, how many have included at least one team from Texas, California or New York? 3. How many times have the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers met in the playoffs? 4. What school has been to the most NCAA Tournaments in men’s basketball without winning a championship? 5. When was the last time the NHL regular-season conference champions met in the Stanley Cup Finals? 6. Jimmie Johnson tied a record in 2012 for most NASCAR Cup wins at Dover (seven). Who else has seven? 7. Who was the last British men’s tennis player before Andy Murray in 2012 to reach the final of the Wimbledon men’s singles?

On Oct. 18, 1767, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon complete their survey of the boundary between the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as areas that would become Delaware and West Virginia. The Mason-Dixon line created the boundary at a northern latitude of 39 degrees and 43 minutes. On Oct. 21, 1797, the USS Constitution, a 44-gun U.S. Navy frigate built to fight Barbary pirates off the coast of Tripoli, is launched in Boston Harbor. During the War of 1812, the Constitution won its enduring nickname “Old Ironsides” after witnesses claimed that the British shots merely bounced off the Constitution’s sides. On Oct. 19, 1931, David Cornwell, later known as spy novelist John le Carre, is born in Poole, England. He published his first spy novel, “Call for the Dead,” in 1961. The novel, like his second, “A Murder of Quality” (1962), featured spy George Smiley.

It was beloved American actress Katharine Hepburn who made the following sage observation: “If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.” Half of the Earth’s surface is covered by the Pacific Ocean. Need more evidence that portion sizes in America are getting larger? In the 1964 edition of the iconic “Joy of Cooking,” a recipe for chocolate chip cookies was said to yield 45 servings. When the cookbook’s 1997 edition was published, the same recipe was said to yield 36 servings. The original name of the city of Melbourne, Australia, was Batmania. In the original calculations made by NASA experts, a landing on the moon was thought to have only a 5 percent chance of success. In rural Wisconsin in 1921, two third-grade students in a one-room schoolhouse became sweethearts. At the end of the school year, Lor-

raine Beatty and Mac McKitrick lost touch with each other. This story would be unremarkable, except for what happened 87 years later. In 2009, their brothers, who had become friends, brought the couple back together again. Shortly thereafter, the couple married and moved in with each other in a retirement home. The 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, let his horse graze on the White House lawn. The oldest government building in the country actually predates the nation: The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, N.M., was built in 1610. *** Thought for the Day: “Youth is like having a big plate of candy. Sentimentalists think they want to be in the pure, simple state they were in before they ate the candy. They don’t. They just want the fun of eating it all over again.” -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

On Oct. 15, 1946, Herman Goering, commander in chief of the Luftwaffe and head of the Gestapo, dies by his own hand. He was found guilty at Nuremberg and committed suicide by swallowing a cyanide tablet he had hidden from his guards. On Oct. 20, 1968, 21-year-old Oregonian Dick Fosbury wins gold medal and sets an Olympic record when he high-jumps 7 feet, 4 1/4 inches at the Mexico City Games. It was the international debut of Fosbury’s unique jumping style, known as the “Fosbury Flop,” which, according to one journalist, “looked like a guy falling off the back of a truck.” On Oct. 17, 1973, the Arab-dominated Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announces a decision to cut oil exports to the United States. In December, a full oil embargo was imposed, prompting a serious energy crisis and gasoline rationing in the United States. On Oct. 16, 1987, 18-month-old Jessica McClure is rescued after being trapped for 58 hours in an abandoned water well in Midland, Texas. McClure had fallen through the 8-inch-wide opening of an abandoned well in the backyard of her aunt’s home day-care center. After dropping about 22 feet into the well, the little girl became stuck.

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Tidbits® of Salina

Kevin Harvick Sure Could Use a Win

PHOTO CUTLINE: Although he’s made the Chase, Kevin Harvick hasn’t won a race this year and has a lot of fast driving to do to catch up with the leaders. (Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

The good news is that Kevin Harvick managed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. The bad news is that, so far, Harvick hasn’t managed to win a race. He finished 11th in the second installment of NASCAR’s raceoffs and is already 31 points off Jimmie Johnson’s pace. Richard Childress Racing, where Harvick competes alongside Jeff Burton and Paul Menard, is winless, though the organization has prospered in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series. RCR last went winless at the Cup level in 2009. The team has been stuck on 100 Sprint Cup victories all year. Harvick won four times in 2011. Twice this season Harvick has finished second, the most recent runner-up showing occurring at Dover International Speedway, the next stop on the Cup schedule. “I think for us we need to make our cars better,” Harvick said. “We need to get faster.” Duh. “We have been fortunate to be in the position that we are in, points-wise. You’ve got to kind of balance that with trying to get better and also trying to protect what you’ve got.”

Flash Back Answers 1. Muddy Waters. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the bluesman at No. 17 on the alltime list of 100 greatest artists. 2. The Trammps in 1972. They created a hit from the 1938 Judy Garland song used in the film “Listen, Darling.” 3. “Kokomo,” by the Beach Boys. While the song references tropical Caribbean locations, this Kokomo is in the Florida Keys. 4. “Willow Weep for Me.” Other notable covers have been done by Wynton Kelly and saxophonist David Sanborn. 5. Nazareth, from Scotland. The group’s best-known song was “Love Hurts.” 6. “... the lion sleeps tonight.” Although known as “Wimoweh,” the misheard chorus is actually “Uyimbube,” which is Zulu for “You are a lion.”

1. Charlie Lea of the Montreal Expos did it in 1981. 2. Eight of the 12. 3. Twice -- 1941 and 2010. 4. Notre Dame, with 32 appearances. 5. It was 2001 (New Jersey and Colorado). 6. Richard Petty and Bobby Allison. 7. Bunny Austin, in 1938.

Harvick, 36, has a knack for consistency. In the past three weeks, the Bakersfield, Calif., native has finished 10th, 12th and 11th. In fact, he’s finished in a range of 10th to 16th in eight of the past nine races. The exception was a fifth at Atlanta on Labor Day weekend. It’s not the kind of consistency Harvick has in mind. The RCR operation finds itself playing catchup in the Chase, which isn’t a good place to be. “I don’t think there is really one specific thing that you can put your finger on to say this is what we are doing,” Harvick said. “I think it’s a lot of things that need to get better. Everybody is working on them. We didn’t capitalize on the situations that we were in to win races at the beginning of the year. Performance hasn’t been exactly where we needed to be. Everybody is working hard to try to get it to that point. Hopefully, we can do that.” At this late point, it’s a hard feat to accomplish. *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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