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By Tony Rizzo PHOTO: Prince Frederic Von Anhalt (Mandatory photo credit: John Blanchette) HOLLYWOOD -- I walked down the hill from my home to find a swarm of press. Prince Frederic Von Anhalt, husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor, the star of such classic films as John Huston’s “Moulin Rouge” (’52), “Lili” (’53) and the camp classic sci-fi film “The Queen of Outer Space” (’58), invited the press to see his anniversary gift for Zsa Zsa. Prince Frederic was best friends with Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt’s only son, who was killed in a car crash. She was so grief stricken that she asked Frederic if she could adopt him, and she gave him the name Prince Frederic von Anhalt, Duke of Saxony. Zsa Zsa married Prince Frederic 25 years ago. It was her ninth marriage (though one was annulled). “Silver is traditional for the 25th,” Prince explained, “but my wife already has everything she wants. I decided to give her the biggest greeting card in the world, right on the Sunset Strip, in Hol-

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filming in Vancouver next month, and he’ll not only star but direct as well. Redford plays a former militant, living under an assumed identity for 30 years, whose cover is blown by a young reporter, played by Shai LaBeouf. Nick Nolte has just signed on as well. Among Redford’s future films are “A Walk In the Woods,” originally intended to reteam him with the late Paul Newman, and an untitled biopic of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. *** First “Spider-Man” moved on without Tobey Maguire (now 36 years old), with the younger, newer, less-expensive Andrew Garfield (28 on Aug. 20) by making the film a prequel. Now we’ll have the next film in “The Bourne” saga without Matt Damon. In fact, Jason Bourne will be replaced by another assassin who trained in the same program, being played by Jeremy Renner. Trying to keep the “Bourne” flavor going, they’ve cast both Joan Allen and Albert Finney, who were in previous “Bourne” films. Maybe it’s just me, but doing a “Bourne” film without Matt Damon is like making an omelet without eggs!

lywood.” Diamonds are forever, but this billboard will appear for only one month. The Prince added, “I knew that Zsa Zsa [who had a leg amputated recently] would enjoy being in the spotlight again. When she saw the billboard on the evening news, it brought a huge smile to her face, and that’s why I did it!” The Prince will be seen in Ben Affleck’s new film “Argo,” which, coincidentally, is shooting in the Von Anhalt/Gabor house. He’s also planned a big star-studded gala on Aug. 14 to celebrate their anniversary. The Prince added, “The billboard cost only $68,000, my life with Zsa Zsa is priceless!” *** Robert Redford is not slowing down anytime soon. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. His next movie, “The Company You Keep,” starts


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Q: I am really digging the new TNT show, “Franklin and Bash.” Do you know if it’ll be back for a second season? -Hank F., Baltimore A: Well, Hank, if you’ve got a hankering for a second season of “Franklin and Bash,” then I’ve got ARIES (March 21 to April 19) good news for you: TNT has picked up the hit legal A troubling situation takes a positive turn and drama for another season. Mark-Paul Gosselaar moves toward a resolution that should please you and your supporters. Meanwhile, make time and Breckin Meyer will return as the titular charto deal with new domestic issues. acters to cause more waves at their button-down agency. No word yet on many episodes will be in TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s a good time to reassess your goals and con- the new season or when it will premiere, but we’ll assume it’s summer 2012. The show also stars sider shifting directions. Remember to keep an open mind, and be prepared to make changes as Malcolm McDowell, Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjinew opportunities arise. ani, Reed Diamond and Garcelle Beauvais. *** GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Rely on your strong Mercury aspect to help you Q: While I am excited to see that Maria Bello is close that communication gap before it becomes starring in the new, American version of “Prime too wide to cross. A sibling or other family memSuspect,” it got me to thinking about the original ber has news. British series. Can you tell me where I can see CANCER (June 21 to July 22) those episodes? -- Kathy D., via e-mail You’re about to get off that emotional roller A: You’re in luck! On Aug. 23, Acorn Media will coaster and start experiencing more stability than you’ve been used to. This is a good time to be releasing the first series of the police-procedural let someone new into your life. television drama (go to acornonline.com for more details). This series -- which aired in the 1990s and LEO (July 23 to August 22) 2000s on Britain’s ITV network, for a total of 14 Good news: A trusted friend comes through for you. But you still need to shed that last scrap episodes -- garnered rave reviews and numerous of self-doubt and once more become the cool, accolades. Aside from starring the fabulous Helen confident Cat we all know and love. Mirren, it also had big-name guest stars like Ralph VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Fiennes, Tom Wilkinson and David Thewlis. DiThings should be getting back to a less hectic rector Tom Hooper, who won the Academy Award pace. Enjoy the more peaceful atmosphere. You earned it. But don’t forget about those still-unre- last year for “The King’s Speech,” also directed sesolved issues. ries six. Those are some mighty big shoes to fill for NBC -- which will air the U.S. version beginning LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Sept. 22-- but I have my fingers crossed for Maria A more positive family relationship develops as misunderstandings are explained away. A job situation appears promising, but check it out before you act on it.

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Congratulations. That on-the-job situation is working out as you’d hoped. Now’s a good time to relax and to enjoy the company of family and close friends.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You might feel as if you’re caught in an emotional tug-of-war. But don’t be rushed into a decision on either side. Wait for more facts before you act.

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The Goat’s usually high level of self-confidence is brimming over these days. This should help you deal with a situation that you’ve avoided for far too long. Go for it.

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Relationships become more intense. But be careful not to be pushed into decisions you’re not comfortable with. Remember: You’re the one in charge of your life.

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Bello and crew to make “Prime Suspect” their own. *** Q: I am a huge fan of “White Collar” and have season one on DVD. When will seasons two and three be out? -Rita S., Port Charlotte, Fla.

A: The USA network show about a con man working with an FBI agent to catch criminals (as part of his work-release program from prison) recently returned for its third season in June, so you’ll have to wait a bit for those DVDs. However, you can now find season two at your favorite local and online retailers. The four-disc set includes all 16 episodes, deleted scenes, a gag reel, featurettes and commentaries for episodes nine, 12 and 16. *** Q: I am so glad that “The Glades” has returned, and I was wondering what else has series star Matt Passmore been in? He is my favorite actor on television right now. -- L.S., Granbury, Texas A: Prior to landing the lead role of Jim Longworth on A&E’s “The Glades,” Matt Passmore -- who was born in Brisbane, Australia, on Christmas Eve 1972 -- worked on several TV shows and movies. You might have seen him in: “McLeod’s Daughter,” “Son of the Mask,” “Last Man Standing” or “The Cut.” (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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SILVERCITY COQUITLAM 170 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam 604-523-6001 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (PG) (VIOLENCE) FRI-THURS 1:10, 4:30, 7:55, 10:45 THE SMURFS (G) (VIOLENCE) FRI-THURS 1:30, 4:05, 6:35, 9:05 HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (PG) (VIOLENCE,FRIGHTENING SCENES) FRI-THURS 1:05, 4:15, 7:30, 10:40 COWBOYS & ALIENS (14A) (VIOL) FRI-THURS 12:55, 3:45, 6:50, 10:00 SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD 3D (PG) (VIOLENCE) DIGITAL 3D FRI-THURS 12:45, 3:00, 5:30, 7:45, 10:10 THE CHANGE-UP (18A) (FREQUENT COARSE LANGUAGE, SUGGESTIVE SCENES) FRI-TUE,THURS 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15; WED 4:45, 7:30 THE CHANGE-UP (18A) (FREQUENT COARSE LANGUAGE,SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE SCENES) STAR & STROLLERS SCREENING WED 1:00 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG) (VIOLENCE) FRI-THURS 1:30, 4:25, 7:00, 9:40 30 MINUTES OR LESS (18A) (FREQUENT COARSE LANGUAGE) FRITHURS 2:00, 5:00, 8:15, 10:45 HORRIBLE BOSSES (14A) (COARSE AND SEXUAL LANGUAGE) FRI-WED 2:10, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20; THURS 2:10, 4:40, 10:20

FINAL DESTINATION 5 3D () DIGITAL 3D FRI-THURS 1:45, 4:35, 8:00, 10:40 FRIGHT NIGHT 3D (14A) (FRIGHTENING SCENES,COARSE LANGUAGE) ULTRAAVX, NO PASSES FRI-THURS 1:35, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15 CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (PG) (COARSE AND SEXUAL LANGUAGE) FRITHURS 1:00, 4:20, 7:20, 10:35 FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (14A) (SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE SCENES,COARSE AND SEXUAL LANGUAGE) FRI-TUE,THURS 1:20, 3:55, 6:55, 9:40; WED 1:20, 3:55, 10:00 THE HELP (PG) (COARSE LANG) FRI-THURS 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30 CONAN THE BARBARIAN 3D (18A) (EXPLICIT VIOLENCE) DIGITAL 3D FRI-THURS 1:00, 4:05, 7:25, 10:25 ONE DAY (PG) ( LANGUAGE,NUDITY) FRI-THURS 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45 GLEE THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE (G) DIGITAL 3D FRI-THURS 1:05, 3:15, 5:25, 7:35, 9:50 QUICK () FRI-THURS 1:10, 4:00, 7:05, 9:55 THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: DON CARLO ENCORE () WED 6:30 THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS (PG) (COARSE LANG) THURS 7:00

CINEPLEX ODEON MEADOWTOWN CENTRE CINEMAS 410-19800 Lougheed Hwy, Pitt Meadows 604-460-6455 THE SMURFS (G) (VIOLENCE) FRI-THURS 1:20, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (PG) (VIOLENCE,FRIGHTENING SCENES) FRI-THURS 1:05, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45 COWBOYS & ALIENS (14A) (VIOLENCE) FRI-THURS 1:30, 7:30 SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD 3D (PG) (VIOLENCE) DIGITAL 3D FRI-THURS 12:50, 3:00, 5:15, 7:25, 9:30 THE CHANGE-UP (18A) (COARSE LANGUAGE) FRI-THURS 4:30, 10:10 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES FRI-THURS 1:25, 4:25, 7:35, 10:15 30 MINUTES OR LESS (18A) (FREQUENT COARSE LANGUAGE) FRI-WED 1:00, 3:10, 5:25, 7:50, 10:00; THURS 3:10, 5:25, 7:50, 10:00

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HOLLYWOOD 3 CINEMAS PITT MEADOWS 19190 Lougheed Hwy. Pitt Meadows 604-459-6004: All Tickets $3.75 before 6 pm $4.75 after 6pm /www.hollywood3.ca BAD TEACHER 92 Min 14A coarse language 9:30 TRANSFORMERS DARK OF THE MOON 155 Min PG 8:45 KUNG FU PANDA 2 91 Min G viol No Passes 12:30 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER 124 Min PG Viol 2:25, 6:45

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DOLPHIN THEATRES BURNABY 4555 Hastings St. Burnaby 604-569-3369: $6.95 Adults; $5.95 Child/Seniors/Matinee/Tues $2 www.dolphintheatre.ca COWBOYS AND ALIENS 118 Min 14A violence No Passes 4:15, 9:00 CRAZY STUPID LOVE 118 Min PG coarse & sexual language 1:30, 6:45

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TIDBIT TESTIMONIAL TOP OF THE CHARTS as of August 15, 2011 Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Zac Brown Band feat. Jimmy Buffett “Knee Deep” 2. Lady Antebellum “Just a Kiss” 3. Jason Aldean “Dirt Road Anthem” 4. Dierks Bentley “Am I the Only One” 5. Chris Young “Tomorrow” 6. Blake Shelton “Honey Bee” 7. Luke Bryan “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” 8. Brad Paisley Duet with Carrie Underwood “Remind Me” 9. Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter “You and Tequila” 10. Jake Owen “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”

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1. Between 2006 and 2009, Philadelphia’s Chase Utley tallied at least 100 runs scored each season. What was his highest total? 2. Name the last major league pitcher to reach the All-Star break with at least 16 wins. 3. Who are the four NFL players who have won more than one Super Bowl MVP award? 4. How many times has the Dayton men’s basketball team won the NIT postseason tournament? 5. Starting with the 1992-93 season, how many times have the Detroit Red Wings hit the 100-point mark in the regular-season standings, and how many times did they do it before then? 6. In 2010, John Force became the oldest season champion in NHRA racing history. How old was he? 7. When was the last time before Wimbledon in 2011 that the top two men’s seeds met in a grand slam final? (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

To clean out the drawers of my husband’s tool cabinet without disturbing the tools, I tucked a knee-high panty hose leg over my vacuum cleaner wand. Most things stayed put, but the one or two small pieces of hardware that got sucked up were easily retrieved. I did this on his workbench too. I picked up all the dust and shavings along with the stray pieces of hardware. I pulled the hardware out of the hose leg, and they were in a tidy pile for him to put away. -U.L. in Kansas Ripen a green tomato by wrapping it in a sheet of newspaper or placing it in a small, plain paper bag. Leave it on the counter, and check it daily until ripe. To keep ice cream from dripping out of the bottom of a cone, just place a small marshmallow or a piece of marshmallow in the bottom of the cone before you fill it. Our family loves to make our own pizza, and we purchase dough from a pizzeria. On pizza nights, I pick up the dough first thing on the way home from work. I get it close to where I work and let it sit in a bowl in the car while I pick up the kids and drive home. It takes about 45 minutes, so it’s risen nicely while we’ve been on the go. -- E.F. in New York If you’ve just purchased an expensive electronic item, take the packaging to a recycling center rather than advertise your purchase by putting the box at the curb. If you aren’t able to take it somewhere, cut the box into uniform pieces and bind them together, nonprinted side facing out. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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It was American ventriloquist and comedian Willie Tyler who made the following sage observation: “The reason lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn’t there the second time.”

is another party, again with numerous changes of clothing by the bride. The day before the wedding there is a henna party, during which the bride and others are painted with elaborate designs that are thought to ward off evil spirits. The reception takes place after the wedding, and guests are often Even flight attendants have their own patron saint, given five almond pieces, each piece symbolizing as declared by Pope Paul XXIII in 1962: Saint one of the sacred wedding wishes: health, happiBona of Pisa. ness, wealth, longevity and fertility. Seven days after the wedding is the final celebratory event, Many people believe that the Gutenberg Bible, known as sabaa, which is for women only and is which came from the presses of Johannes Guten- analogous to the wedding shower we have in the berg in the 1450s, is the first example of a printed West. book, but that’s not true; it’s the first book printed using movable type. The oldest known printed The town of North Pole, Alaska, is actually 1,700 book is actually the “Diamond Sutra,” which was miles south of the planet’s geographical North printed in China more than 550 years before the Pole. Gutenberg Bible. *** Thought for the Day: “The nice thing about egoIn many Middle Eastern cultures, it is traditional tists is that they don’t talk about other people.” to celebrate a wedding with five events. The first -- Lucille S. Harper is the engagement party, during which the bride(c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. to-be changes clothes several times. When the bride and groom sign the marriage contract there

AUGUST EVENTS (continued): • In August of 1914, the 48-mile (77-km) Panama Canal opened to ship traffic, with its first cargo liner, the SS Ancon. It had been under construction since 1904, and opening day was two years ahead of schedule. Nearly 27,500 people lost their lives during the construction. By passing through the canal, a ship sailing from New York to San Francisco saves about 8,000 miles (12,875 km) over a trip around the tip of South America’s Cape Horn. During the canal’s early days, about 1,000 ships passed through each year. That figure today is close to 15,000 ships making the nine-hour pass between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. • August is a month for stray baseballs! In 1979, Seattle Mariner Ruppert Jones hit a foul ball in the Kingdome that stuck in the stadium’s loudspeaker above the first base line. The following August, Yankee Bob Watson had a hit off the Kingdome’s center-field speaker. The very next day, Watson did exactly the same thing! Shortly after that feat, the speakers were raised from 102 feet (31 m) above the field to 132 feet (40.2 m). In August of 1983, Yankee pitcher Dave Winfield threw a warm-up ball and accidentally struck and killed a seagull at the Toronto Blue Jays’ stadium. But pitcher Nolan Ryan was in complete control during August of 1989 when he became the first Major League pitcher to achieve 5,000 strikeouts. By the time he retired four years later, he had struck out 5,714 batters.

• It’s been 34 years this month since the death of Elvis Presley at age 42 at his Graceland home. The official cause of death was listed as coronary arrhythmia. The King’s funeral was held at his home, with a processional to Forest Hill Cemetery following the service. More than 80,000 people lined the route. • Henry Leland founded the Cadillac Automobile Company in August of 1902, naming it after his ancestor, French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who founded the city of Detroit in 1701.

FLASHBACK TRIVIA 1. What group released “Dottie,” “A Thief” and “Sassy Fran,” all in 1958? 2. Which artist had a big hit with “I Just Want to Be Your Everything”? 3. What was James Taylor’s first No. 1 hit? What was the year? 4. How many No. 1 singles has Blood, Sweat and Tears had? 5. Name the group that released “There Goes My Baby.” 6. Which artist hires a new band wherever he goes? (Think: Wave Goodbye Tour) (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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200 full-time businesses and 190 craftspeople, as well as 100 farmers who rent space by the day. The Market is also home to 300 apartments. It’s now one of Washington state’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing 10 million visitors annually.

AUGUST EVENTS (continued): • When William Gray’s wife became very ill in 1888, he was in desperate need of a telephone to call a doctor. There were very few phones in Hartford, Connecticut, and Gray ran to a neighboring factory, begging to use theirs, but was told it was not for public use. When the owners finally gave in to his pleading, the doctor was reached, and Mrs. Gray recovered. This incident spurred Gray, a machinist, to invent a coin-operated telephone. He received his patent in August of 1889, and the first payphone was installed at a local bank. By 1902, the United States was home to 81,000 payphones. • The first and last atomic bombings in history took place in August of 1945. The United States dropped the first nuclear weapon, known as “Little Boy,” on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6 and the second, called “Fat Man,” on Nagasaki three days later. Fatality estimates for Hiroshima were 90,000 to 160,000 people and 60,000 to 80,000 for Nagasaki.

• Visit Twinsburg, Ohio, during the first weekend of August, and you can get in on the Twins Day Festival. When it began in 1976, the community hosted 37 sets of twins. Attendance reached a peak of 2,680 sets in 1994 and settled in at 1,700 last year. The Festival doesn’t limit itself just to twins — They happily welcome all multiples to a weekend with featuring s parade, talent shows and musical entertainment. • We’ve all heard of the Cy Young Award, but how much do we really know about Cy Young? Denton T. (Cy) Young pitched his first major league baseball game in August of 1890 for the Cleveland Spiders. He was the first to pitch a perfect game and was responsible for many other records, some of which still stand. Young has the most career wins (511) and the most innings pitched (7,355) during his 22year pro ball career. The Cy Young Award, which honors the season’s best pitcher, was established in 1956, the year after his death. • The United States’ first official census commenced on the first Monday in August of 1790. • During the first week of August every year, the community of Sturgis, South Dakota, population 6,400, hosts the Black Hills Classic Motorcycle Rally. Begun in 1938 with nine bikers in a half-mile race, the event now draws hundreds of thousands of participants. Record-setting attendance was at the rally’s 60th anniversary in 2000, when more than 600,000 bikers cruised into Sturgis. In 1976, the average amount spent per person was $50. Today that figure tops $1,000. The community’s businesses earn 95 percent of their annual revenue during this one week, and the state’s coffers are filled with about $1 million in sales tax alone.

• On an August morning in 1907, Seattle residents shopped at the Pike Place Market for the first time. This famous street market came into being because citizens were tired of being overcharged for their produce. Avoiding the middleman, farmers brought their wares to the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street, and were met by more than 10,000 shoppers. Today the Market’s nine acres house more than

On Aug. 23, 1814, during the war of 1812, first lady Dolley Madison abandoned the couple’s personal belongings to save the full-length portrait of former president George Washington from desecration by vengeful British soldiers. The next night, British troops burned the White House. On Aug. 24, 1875, Captain Matthew Webb of Great Britain becomes the first man to successfully swim the English Channel without assistance. Webb reached shore in 21 hours and 45 minutes. In 1883, Webb attempted to swim the Niagara River, and drowned in 10 minutes. His body was found four days later. On Aug. 28, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson is picketed by woman suffragists in front of the White House, who demand that he support an amendment to the Constitution that would guarantee women the right to vote. Wilson had a history of lukewarm support for women’s suffrage even, though he was a former teacher at a women’s college and the father of two daughters. On Aug. 26, 1939, television station W2XBS in New York City broadcasts a doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. It was the first Major League Baseball game ever aired on television. On Aug. 25, 1944, after more than four years of Nazi occupation, Paris is liberated by the French 2nd Armored Division and the U.S. 4th Infantry Division. German General Dietrich von Choltitz defied an order by Adolf Hitler to blow up Paris’ landmarks and burn the city to the ground before its liberation. On Aug. 27, 1967, Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, is found dead of an accidental drug overdose in his Sussex, England, home. The world might never have heard of the Beatles were it not for Epstein. Just a few months after being hired he got them their first recording contract with Parlophone Records. On Aug. 29, 1982, Swedish-born actress and three-time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman dies of cancer in London on her 67th birthday. Bergman was best known for her role as Ilsa Lund in “Casablanca.” (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

ANSWERS Flashback Answers 1. Danny and the Juniors. None were big hits compared to “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay,” also released in 1958. 2. Andy Gibb, in 1977. The song zipped to the top of the chart and stayed there for weeks. A few months later it went to the top again for a week. 3. “You’ve Got a Friend,” in 1971. The song won Grammys for Taylor and for writer Carole King. 4. Amazingly, none. Three songs in 1969, including “Spinning Wheel,” rose to No. 2. 5. The Drifters, in 1959. Ben E. King co-wrote and sang lead on the song, a precursor to the coming era of soul music. 6. Trent Reznor, aka Nine Inch Nails. Being the only actual member gives Reznor complete control. It must be working, as he’s got multiple millions in sales. Most recently he co-wrote the score for the film “The Social Network.”

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Sports Quiz Answers 1. He had 131 runs scored in 2006. 2. Randy Jones of the San Diego Padres, in 1976. 3. Joe Montana (three), Bart Starr (two), Terry Bradshaw (two) and Tom Brady (two). 4. Three times -- 1962, 1968 and 2010. 5. Fifteen times starting with the 199293 season, and only twice before then. 6. He was 61. 7. The 2009 Australian Open (top seed Rafael Nadal vs. No. 2 Roger Federer).


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Tidbits Loves Drag Racing On the weekend of Aug 5-7 the biggest drag race in the Northwest came to Pacific Raceways in Kent Washington. Tidbits Tri-Cities was allowed exclusive entrance to the media and tower location during the Northwest Nationals race. A big thank you to Marketing Director John Ramsey and President Jason Fiorito for making this happen. Pacific Raceways is about as beautiful of a race track there is in North America. Lots of trees surround the track which makes for an incredible visual experience. The two days that I (publisher Daryl Aikin) was there, the weather was absolutely spectacular. A nice breeze blowing through the media tables at the starting line was just perfect for some great NHRA nitro drag racing. You could feel the power of these cars write through your body, which can only be experienced in person. During the days of racing one drag racer stood out among all the rest. The one the only John Force, was virtually everywhere at Pacific Raceways. In the pits signing autographs to endless fans, at the starting line talking to just about everybody. At one point he hopped over the fence at the starting line near the tower where media and staff are located to sign autographs for some children who were sitting at a sponsor table. You cannot help but think this guy is one of the great promoters of drag racing. If you need to be in a quiet spot in the tower, there is a media room with sound proofing, air conditioning and Televisions. Everybody connected to the event, the staff at Pacific Raceways, the drag racers and their crews were all very professional. Pacific Raceways is looking to gain approval for future development such as a new racing surface and safety measures. They want to educate people in the government of the economic spinoffs that the racing community has on local business. To show your support I highly recommend that you go to the Pacific Raceways website for further information. www.pacificraceways.com

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