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By Tony Rizzo HOLLYWOOD -- Jerry Lewis, who created the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon 60 years ago and has raised $2.5 billion for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, announced he’d retire as goodwill ambassador for MDA next year. MDA, however, made a point to cut him loose BEFORE this year’s fundraiser. While Lewis can be difficult and was being paid a bundle to represent MDA, there’s no denying he got the job done. Who can forget when Frank Sinatra got Lewis and Dean Martin back together on the telethon after they hadn’t spoken for decades, or Liza Minnelli doing “New York, New York” with Sinatra, a song they both made a solo hit. MDA is gambling on a new demographic with hosts Nancy O’Dell, Jann Carl, Alison Sweeney and “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe. Now called the MDA Labor Day Telethon, the sixhour fundraiser (cut down from 21 hours) airs Sunday, Sept. 4, starting at 6 p.m. Darius Rucker, Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum also are set to

appear. Hope MDA didn’t spit into the wind and that Jerry’s Kids don’t suffer because of someone’s poor judgment! *** Where are the teen stars of the 1960s now? Fabian (Forte), now 70, had “Tiger,” “Turn Me Loose” and “Hound Dog Man” mega hits, made the ’60s films “High Time” with Bing Crosby and Richard Beymer and “North to Alaska” with John Wayne, as well as “Ride the Wild Surf” with Tab Hunter and “The Longest Day,” to name just a few of his 30 films. Fabian and Frankie Avalon inspired the 1980 film “The Idolmaker.” His last film was “Up Close and Personal” (1996), with Robert Redford and Michele Pfeiffer. Fabian now lives in Pennsyl-

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vania with his wife, Andrea Patrick, and has toured clubs and Vegas since 1985 with Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell. “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” which he co-wrote, is due out in 2013. Frankie Avalon, now 70, had the hit single “Venus,” did the “Beach Party” movies with Annette Funicello and played Teen Angel in “Grease” (1978). He sang on “American Idol” in 2009. He’s still married to Kathryn Diebel, and they have eight children and 10 grandkids. Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, now 68, starred in “Babes in Toyland” (1961) and the “Beach Party” movies, among others. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in ’92, but still managed to play herself in the final scene of “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story”(1995). She and current husband Glen Holt made headlines last March when their Encino, Calif., home caught fire. Next week we’ll catch up with Tab Hunter, Chad Everett, Connie Stevens, Ann-Margret, Bobby Rydell, Shelley Faberes and Richard Beymer. Think Justin Bieber can last as long as they did?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19)

As tensions ease on the home front, you can once more focus on changes in the workplace. Early difficulties are soon worked out. Stability returns as adjustments are made.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)

A new romance tests the unattached Bovine’s patience to the limit. But Venus still rules the Taurean heart, so expect to find yourself trying hard to make this relationship work.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20)

It’s a good time to consider home-related purchases. But shop around carefully for the best price -- whether it’s a new house for the family or a new hose for the garden.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22)

A contentious family member seems intent on creating problems. Best advice: Avoid stepping in until you know more about the origins of this domestic disagreement.

LEO (July 23 to August 22)

A recent job-related move proves far more successful than you could have imagined. Look for continued beneficial fallout. Even your critics have something nice to say.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)

Ease up and stop driving yourself to finish that project on a deadline that is no longer realistic. Your superiors will be open to requests for an extension. Ask for it.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)

You should soon be hearing some positive feedback on that recent business move. An old family problem recurs, but this time you’ll know how to handle it better.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21)

Some surprising statements shed light on the problem that caused that once-warm relationship to cool off. Use this newly won knowledge to help turn things around.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your spiritual side is especially strong at this time. Let it guide you into deeper contemplation of aspects about yourself that you’d like to understand better.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19)

Your merrier aspect continues to dominate and to attract folks who rarely see this side of you. Some serious new romancing could develop out of all this cheeriness.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18)

You’re always concerned about the well-being of others. It’s time you put some of that concern into your own health situation, especially where it involves nutrition.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20)

Just when you thought your life had finally stabilized, along comes another change that needs to be addressed. Someone you trust can help you deal with it successfully.

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Tidbits of Tri-Cities Q: Do you know what the status is on a new “Bridget Jones” movie? Every so often I hear rumors that one is in the works, but then nothing ever happens. Would Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth even be interested in returning to the franchise? -- Pauline F., Akron, Ohio A: Since 2009, Working Title Films (which produced the first two movies) has been thinking about a sequel, and hints of that have been reaching our ears. Renee Zellweger had always said there couldn’t be another movie without another book. Well, the series’ author, Helen Fielding, announced earlier this year that she is hard at work on the third “Bridget Jones” book. Helen has confirmed: “I will be working on both the book and the film, but I don’t know if they are the same thing yet. It’s not been decided.” And Academy Award-winner Colin Firth, who plays Mark Darcy in the series, told the BBC this summer, “I think the idea of Mark and Daniel (played by Hugh Grant) and Bridget in advanced stages of deterioration could be quite fun. We’re making a comedy, after all.” The wheels are indeed in motion for a third “Bridget” movie.

and Beyonce. I’d like to see Emma Stone give Austin a run for his money. Yeah, baby! Q: I have a question about a show that featured a married couple with eight children, but they split up. Did the mom get her own show? -- Ken J., The Villages, Fla. A: The mom in question, Kate Gosselin, did get her own show: What was “Jon & Kate Plus 8” became “Kate Plus 8.” However, TLC announced the final show will air on Sept. 12, with this statement: “TLC has decided not to renew another season of ’Kate Plus 8.’ By the end of this season, ’Kate Plus 8’ will have hit the 150-episode mark (including ’Jon & Kate Plus 8’), an exceptional milestone. TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future.”

Q: I heard that the actor John Dye, who played Andrew on “Touched By An Angel,” passed away. Is that true? He was so young! - Ruth S., Chillicothe, Q: Mike Myers is one of my favorite comedic ac- Ohio tors. What’s next for him? -- Faith D., via e-mail A: John Dye passed away on Jan. 10, just shy of his A: Aside from having a baby on the way, the big- 48th birthday, of a heart attack. He was survived by gest professional news to come from the Mike My- two brothers, both of his parents, and a grandparent. ers camp is that Mike is set to break out his Austin Powers character for a fourth film. There’s no word about what the plot will center on, but you can bet he’ll have a sexy and smart new sidekick to follow (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. in the wake of Elizabeth Hurley, Heather Graham

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SILVERCITY COQUITLAM 170 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam 604-523-6001 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (PG) (VIOLENCE) FRI-THURS 1:10, 4:10, 7:55, 10:45 THE SMURFS (G) (VIOLENCE) FRI-THURS 1:20, 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, 10:35 DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (14A) (FRIGHTENING SCENES) FRITHURS 1:15, 4:00, 6:55, 9:50 COWBOYS & ALIENS (14A) (VIOL) FRI-THURS 12:55, 3:45, 6:50, 9:40 SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D (3D) (PG) (VIOLENCE) DIGITAL 3D FRI-THURS 12:45, 3:00, 5:30, 7:45, 9:55 THE CHANGE-UP (18A) (FREQUENT COARSE LANGUAGE,SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE SCENES) FRI-THURS 10:10 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG) (VIOLENCE) FRI-THURS 1:30, 4:25, 6:55, 9:35 30 MINUTES OR LESS (18A) (C/L) FRI-THURS 2:05, 5:00, 8:15, 10:45 HORRIBLE BOSSES (14A) (COARSE AND SEXUAL LANGUAGE) FRIMON,WED-THURS 2:10, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20; TUE 2:10, 4:40, 10:20 FINAL DESTINATION 5 3D () DIGITAL 3D FRI-SAT,MON-TUE 1:45, 4:35, 8:00, 10:40; SUN 4:35, 8:00, 10:40

FRIGHT NIGHT 3D (14A) (FRIGHTENING SCENES,COARSE LANGUAGE,VIOLENCE) DIGITAL 3D FRI-THURS 1:35, 4:30, 7:35, 10:15 CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (PG) (COARSE AND SEXUAL LANGUAGE) FRITHURS 1:00, 4:20, 7:20, 10:35 COLOMBIANA ULTRAAVX, NO PASS FRI-THURS 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 10:00 THE HELP (PG) (COARSE LANGUAGE) FRI-TUE,THURS 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30; WED 4:00, 7:15, 10:30 THE HELP (PG) (COARSE LANGUAGE) STAR & STROLLERS SCREENING WED 1:00 CONAN THE BARBARIAN 3D (18A) (EXPLICIT VIOLENCE) DIGITAL 3D FRI-THURS 1:00, 4:05, 7:25, 10:25 ONE DAY (PG) (SEXUAL LANGUAGE,NUDITY)FRI-THURS 1:10, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30 OUR IDIOT BROTHER (PG) (COARSE AND SEXUAL LANGUAGE,NUDITY) FRI-THURS 2:00, 4:40, 7:25, 9:45 QUICK FRI-THURS 1:55, 4:45, 7:30 M*A*S*H SUN 1:00 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS LIVE: I'M WITH YOU TUE 7:00 THE DEBT (14A) (V) DIGITAL CIN WED-THURS 1:45, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05

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 HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (PG) (VIOLENCE,FRIGHTENING SCENES) FRI-THURS 1:05, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45 DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (14A) (FRIGHTENING SCENES) FRITHURS 1:40, 4:15, 7:30, 9:55 SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D (3D) (PG) (VIOLENCE) DIGITAL 3D FRI-THURS 1:00, 3:05, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG) (V) 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:05 30 MINUTES OR LESS (18A) (COARSE LANGUAGE) FRI-THURS 9:20

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (PG) (COARSE AND SEXUAL LANGUAGE) FRITHURS 1:15, 4:05, 7:00, 9:40 COLOMBIANA NO PASSES FRI-THURS 1:10, 4:00, 7:20, 9:50 CONAN THE BARBARIAN 3D (18A) (EXPLICIT VIOLENCE) DIGITAL 3D FRI-THURS 1:35, 4:20, 7:15, 10:00 OUR IDIOT BROTHER (PG) (COARSE LANGUAGE,NUDITY) DIGITAL CINEMA FRI-WED 1:30, 4:30, 7:10, 9:25; THURS 4:30, 7:10, 9:25 OUR IDIOT BROTHER (PG) (COARSE LANGUAGE) THURS 1:00 FRIGHT NIGHT (14A) (COARSE LANG) FRI-THURS 1:45, 4:35, 7:05, 9:30

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 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER 124 Min PG Viol 6:45 CHANGE UP 113 Min 18A sexually suggestive scenes 7:00 FINAL DESTINATION 5 92 Min 18A explicit violence 9:10 WINNIE THE POOH 70 Min G Disney 12:30, 1:55, 3:20 COWBOYS AND ALIENS 118 Min 14A violence 7:15, 9:30

ZOOKEEPER 102 Min G 12:55 MR POPPERS PENGUINS 95 Min G 3:00 FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS 110 Min 14A suggestive scenes; 4:45 HORRIBLE BOSSES 98 Min 14A coarse language 4:45, 9:05 CARS 2 G 12:45, 2:55, 5:05

DOLPHIN THEATRES BURNABY 4555 Hastings St. Burnaby 604-569-3369: $6.95 Adults; $5.95 Child/Seniors/Matinee/Tues $2 www.dolphintheatre.ca CHANGE UP 113 Min 18A 8:30 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES 105 Min PG violence Fox 100, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00

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WHAT A CATCH! (continued): • How would you like to see a school bus swimming in the waters near your boat? If you painted a whale shark yellow and put in some windows, that is about what you would see. Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world. They can grow to more than 40 feet (12 m) in length and can weigh up to 30 tons (27 metric tons)! • Whale sharks swim in warm ocean waters mostly near the equator. However, they have been occasionally spotted as far north as the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada. Whale sharks swims with their mouths open. Those mouths can be up to 5 feet (1.5 m) wide — large enough to fit a small car inside! (Hmmm. Remember the Bible story of Jonah being swallowed by the big fish?) The world’s biggest fish actually prefers small food, mostly plankton, sardines and other small fish. Whale sharks have more than 3,000 teeth, smaller than fingernails. • Not as big as a whale shark, but to be feared more, is the bull shark. Bull sharks are very aggressive and can be found in freshwater as well as saltwater. They have been found in the Amazon and the Mississippi Rivers. They get their name from the fact that they head-butt their prey and have tough attitudes.

ALWAYS FUN ALWAYS FREE Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the Yellow Ribbon Welcome Home the Troops Day, such a success. Meat Draws Continue on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday with a super meat draw after the FREE BINGO on Saturday 1pm Plan your next party with us!! Membership comes easy at the Legion. No Military background needed. Enjoy all that membership can offer. Darts, card games, new entertainment planned each month. 2675 Shaughnessy St. Port Coquitlam 604-942-8911 • legion133@yahoo.com

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• A fish that appears to have a grouchy attitude is the grouper. With its lower jar protruding in a nasty under-bite, this fish is not good looking but is very tasty. This relative of the sea bass is a healthy favorite with restaurants and home cooks. • The largest grouper on record caught with a rod and reel was pulled out of the water in Destin, Florida, on December 22, 1985. It weighed a whopping 436 pounds (198 kg)! • There are 162 species of grouper, with Red, Nassau and Black, being the most common in America. They have some really odd little “friends” that help them. Cleaner fish are tiny fish that swim inside a grouper’s mouth and eat the food that is trapped between the big fish’s teeth. Who needs a dentist?! • Grouper are bottom feeders, which means they typically swim and eat at the bottom of the water. Catfish are also bottom feeders. Some are even called “mudcats.”

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TIDBIT TESTIMONIAL TOP OF THE CHARTS as of August 22, 2011 Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Lady Antebellum “Just a Kiss” 2. Zac Brown Band ft. Jimmy Buffett “Knee Deep” 3. Dierks Bentley “Am I the Only One” 4. Luke Bryan “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” 5. Brad Paisley ft. Carrie Underwood “Remind Me” 6. Jason Aldean “Dirt Road Anthem” 7. Kenny Chesney ft. Grace Potter “You and Tequila” 8. Jake Owen “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” 9. Blake Shelton “Honey Bee” 10. Chris Young “Tomorrow”

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1. Entering 2011, how many times had Jim Thome tallied at least 20 home runs in a season? 2. Name the last international team before Japan in 2010 to win the Little League World Series. 3. In 1976-77 and 1986-87, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the No. 1 overall draft pick each year. Name three of the four players selected. 4. Tom Izzo is the longest-serving Big Ten men’s basketball head coach, having led Michigan State since 1995. Who is second in Big Ten tenure? 5. Who was the oldest NHL player to get his first hat trick before 40-year-old Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit did it in 2010? 6. When swimmer Michael Phelps won his 16th career Olympic medal during the 2008 Summer Games, whose record did he break for men’s total medals? 7. In 2011, Rory McIlroy became the youngest golfer (21) to hold at least a share of the lead after the first day of the Masters. Who had held the mark? (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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It was way back in the 17th century when noted Scottish scholar Patrick Young made the following sage observation: “The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.” About once a week, a frog will shed its skin. Then eat it. If you’ve watched many old Westerns, you’ve doubtless seen Native Americans scalping their enemies. You probably don’t realize, though, that the brutal practice didn’t originate with the Indians. When the Dutch and English settlers were trying to clear out the natives, they were paid a bounty for each scalp they brought back. The Native Americans adopted the practice only after the Europeans’ arrival on the continent.

catfish farming industry that started in the area in the 1960s. Since that time, U.S. catfish farming has grown tremendously. There are 466 million pounds (211,374 metric tons) processed annually. Of the 95,200 acres (38,526 ha) in the United States devoted to catfish farming, 64,000 acres (25,900 ha) are in Mississippi. About 95 percent of the farm-raised catfish in the United States is raised in the Southern states of Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana.

“It’s almost time for Scouts to start up again. I have been washing uniforms and sashes, and find this trick to be helpful when it comes time to stitch on badges. Put a bit of plain school glue on the back of your badge, place it where you want it on the sash, then let it dry. It will stay in place long enough to stitch the edges. When you launder it, the glue will wash right out.” -- R.D.

Solve the case of the tricky screw: Coat problem screws with clear fingernail polish right before you insert them. They will hold tightly • Farm-raised catfish are not bottom feeders like after that. wild catfish. They are raised in ponds of fresh water that are only 4 to 6 feet deep. The catfish are To keep hair shiny and soft, rinse weekly fed high protein feed pellets, made from soybean with a 50-50 mix of vinegar (apple cider or white) and water. The smell goes away meal, corn and rice that float on top of the water. quickly, but the softness and shine stick No. 1 in the South for many years, the popularity around. of catfish has spread across the country. With its consistent white meat and mild flavor, it is now the fifth most popular fish in America.

• Some really strange nicknames are given to another fish that is a favorite on dinner tables. “Whales,” Soakers” and “Barn Doors” are monikers for large halibut.

“To keep plywood or thin materials from splitting, I tape my cut line with low-tack masking tape. It keeps my cut sharp, reduces • Halibut the size of one caught in 2003 in the Bering the fraying and it’s easy to remove when I’m Sea, west of Anchorage, Alaska, definitely deserve done.” -- G.S. any of those nicknames. The giant was 8 feet, 2 inches (2.4 m) long and weighed an estimated 533 pounds (242 kg). Five people struggled to pull it in!

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When Andrew Jackson was running for president in 1828, his opponents called him a stubborn jackass. Jackson was proud that he was known for obstinately sticking to his guns, so he started using the image of a donkey on his campaign materials. The Democrats have been using that symbol ever since. The country’s first pizzeria opened in 1895 in, *** Thought for the Day: “Everyone, in some unsurprisingly, New York City. small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.” -Leo Rosten Those who study such things say that 70 percent of Americans have visited either Disneyland, in California, or Disney World, in (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. Florida.

A trio of sewing tips from S.R. in Idaho: 1. “Store patterns in plastic baggies. It’s hard to WHAT A CATCH! get them back into their envelopes, and I find that the baggies store just as well. 2. I keep (continued): my pattern from tearing by spraying them with spray starch. 3. I also sharpen needles • The 36th Annual World Catfish Festival was held by stitching through very fine sandpaper. in Belzoni, Humphreys County, Mississippi, on These tips have worked for me for many April 2 this year. This family event celebrates the years.”

If you have a cracked or otherwise leaking vase that is opaque (not glass), try heating a bit of paraffin wax and coating the inside of the vase with it. Let it harden, and it should be watertight again.

If you want to have an especially memorable -- and chilly -- vacation, consider heading to Finnish Lapland. There, more than 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle, you can stay at the Kakslauttanen Hotel. The quarters aren’t luxurious, but the sights are amazing. All the accommodations are geodesic glass igloos, offering amazing views of the aurora borealis.

• Halibut has firm, flaky snow-white meat. The fillets are called “fletches.” One halibut has four fletches. The real delicacies coming from halibut though are the “cheeks.” They, obviously, come from the head. •

Halibut are from a group of mostly saltwater, bottom-dwelling fish called flatfish. When these fish hatch, their eyes are normally on each side of

FLASHBACK TRIVIA 1. How was Usher discovered? How old was he? 2. Name the oldest artist to ever have a No. 1 hit on the charts. What was the song? 3. What do the following songs have in common? “Grazing in the Grass,” “Telstar” and “A Fifth of Beethoven.” 4. Name the first artist to release “A Million to One.” 5. The Beatles’ “Come Together” was released as a double A-side single. What was on the back of the 1969 record? 6. The Thompson Twins had two No. 1 hits in 1982. What were the songs? (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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WHAT A CATCH! (continued): the head. After they grow a bit, one eye moves closer to the other, and the mouth twists until the eyes and mouth are on top. The underside of a flatfish is white, but the top may be brightly colored. Many flatfish can change colors to match their surroundings, making for good camouflage. Some other flatfish are sole, turbot and the odd-looking flounder.

On Sept. 1, 1836, Narcissa Whitman, a missionary, arrives in Walla Walla, Wash., becoming one of the first Anglo women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains. In 1847, a measles epidemic killed many of the Cayuse Indians. In retaliation, a band of Cayuse killed 14 people, including Narcissa and her husband.

• We’ve saved what has become one of the best-selling catches for last in this Tidbits. Salmon has been growing in popularity, with many health reports sending it to the top of the charts for human consumption. It is considered one of the healthiest fish to eat: high in omega-3 essential fatty acids and protein and low in calories and saturated fat.

On Sept. 4, 1886, Geronimo, the wiliest and most dangerous Apache warrior of his time, finally surrenders in Skeleton Canyon, Ariz. Geronimo never learned to use a gun, yet he armed his men with the best modern rifles he could obtain and even used field glasses to aid reconnaissance during his campaigns.

On Sept. 2, 1923, aftershocks and out-of-control • Salmon is not only good for your heart and overall health, studies have also shown that it is great fires rock Tokyo, Japan, and the surrounding area for your skin. Dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone has written several books explaining how a diet following an 8.3-magnitude earthquake. In total, 143,000 people died in the disaster. The Imperial consisting of high amounts of salmon can lead to wrinkle-free skin. Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, sank 2 • Hopefully you have “caught” the message in this Tidbits: Fish are fun to catch and great for eating! feet into the ground but still managed to stand.

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On Sept. 3, 1939, Britain and France declare war on Germany. The first casualty of that declaration was the British ocean liner Athenia, which was sunk that evening by a German submarine. On Aug. 31, 1955, William G. Cobb of the General Motors Corp. demonstrates his 15-inch-long “Sunmobile,” the world’s first solar-powered automobile. When sunlight hit 12 photoelectric cells made of selenium (a nonmetal substance with conducting properties) built into the Sunmobile, an electric current was produced that in turn powered a tiny motor. On Aug. 30, 1963, a “hot line” between Moscow and Washington goes into effect to speed communication between the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union and help prevent the possibility of an accidental war. The hot line was never really necessary to prevent war, but it did provide a useful prop for movies about nuclear disaster, such as “Fail Safe” and “Dr. Strangelove.” On Aug. 29, 1982, the 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. Usher competed on “Star Search” in 1993, when he was 13 years old. He was immediately put under contract and within a year had an album out. 2. Louis Armstrong, in 1964, when he was 62. The song was “Hello, Dolly!” from the musical of the same name. The song won a Grammy, as did Armstrong. 3. All are instrumentals that hit the top of the charts. 4. Jimmy Charles, in 1960. The song was written by Phil Medley, who also penned “Twist & Shout.” 5. “Something.” 6. “In the Name of Love” and “Lies.” They scored another No. 1 hit the next year with “Hold Me Now.”

Sports Quiz Answers 1. Sixteen of 20 seasons entering 2011. 2. Curacao, in 2004. 3. Lee Roy Selmon (1976), Ricky Bell (’77), Bo Jackson (’86) and Vinny Testaverde (’87). 4. Bill Carmody has been the head coach at Northwestern since 2000. 5. St. Louis’ Scott Mellanby was 36 when he got his first hat trick in 2003. 6. Russian gymnast Nikolai Andrianov. 7. Seve Ballesteros was 23 when he did it in 1980.


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