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Tidbits of Tri-Cities 5. HISTORY: In which Pacific island group did the United States test atomic bombs? 6. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is the name for a group of geese?

1. MOVIES: What is the first word spoken in “Citizen Kane”? 2. GEOGRAPHY: What two countries surround the Dead Sea? 3. PERSONALITIES: In what branch of the military service did actor James Stewart serve in World War II? 4. MUSIC: Who composed the music for the film “An American in Paris”?

7. MEDICINE: What is scoliosis? 8. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful”? 9. CHEMISTRY: What metal is liquid at room temperature? 10. COMICS: In the comic strip “Peanuts,” Shroeder is a fan of whose music? (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

6. Gaggle 7. Abnormal curvature of the spine 8. Mae West 9. Mercury 10. Beethoven 1. “Rosebud” 2. Israel and Jordan 3. Air Force, as a pilot 4. George Gershwin 5. Marshall Islands (Bikini Atoll)

BREAKFAST (continued): • So, what does a “full English breakfast” include, and when did this custom start?

to include white pudding and soda bread on the table as well. White pudding is similar to black except it doesn’t contain blood. Both of these “puddings” are formed into sausages.

• In the 19th century, when men started to work regular hours in offices, two-course breakfasts • Large Scottish breakfasts also include dishes became popular. They would start with porridge similar to those of the English, but they may and then have bacon, eggs, tea and more add potato scones, haggis and oatcakes. Haggis later. This became known as the “full English is another odd sausage, made from chopped breakfast” during the time of World War I when lamb’s heart, lungs and liver mixed with suet, lighter, quicker breakfasts became popular. oats, onions and seasonings and usually boiled. (Hungry yet?) • A customary “full English breakfast” has bacon and eggs as the star of the plate. They might • If you are wondering when boxed cereals be accompanied by sausage, fish, toast and became popular for breakfast, this occurred in marmalade, grilled tomatoes and muffins or the late 1880s and was prompted by a backlash other breads. Typically, the British would start against large breakfasts. Many thought these with orange juice, cereals, stewed or fresh fruit large morning meals were leading to health and tea. problems. Cereal pioneers like W.K. Kellogg, Henry Perky and C.W. Post developed products • A full breakfast for the English may also have that became extremely popular. Cereals were included oddities such as baked beans and black very important when eggs and bacon were pudding. Black pudding is generally made by rationed during World War II. mixing pig’s blood with pork fat and oatmeal or barley. It is so popular in northern England • There are many places in the world where the that a festival is dedicated to it: the World Black morning meal is not much different from other Pudding Throwing Championships! meals. • The Irish also love a full breakfast like the • In Mexico, it is not unusual to have beans and British, including black pudding. They are likely cheese served with tortillas. Just as for other meals, spicy food is welcomed at breakfast. • In Thailand, you’ll find a spicy fish dish with mint and pork and served with rice offered by street vendors in the morning. Other dishes are available as well, dishes very similar to those served at mid-day and evening meals. • China is a very large country with a diverse population representing many cultures, so there are multiple variations in breakfast foods. Probably the most common breakfast

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Tidbits of Tri-Cities PHOTO: Tony Goldwyn

Q: I am so hooked on “Scandal,” the new midseason show on ABC, and I am especially glad to see Tony Goldwyn in a strong supporting role. How is he liking his new role as president of the United States? -- Tina W., Atlanta

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¥ It was 17th-century French author Francois de la Rochefoucauld who made the following sage observation: “It is more often from pride than from ignorance that we are so obstinately opposed to current opinions; we find the first places taken, and we do not want to be the last.” ¥ You probably know that Robert E. Lee was a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and that he ultimately surrendered the war to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the courthouse at Appomattox, Va. You might not know, though, that Lee had a pet hen that traveled with him everywhere. It’s said that the chicken laid an egg under Lee’s cot every morning. ¥ The National Restaurant Association, which tracks dining statistics, says that the most popular day for eating out is Mother’s Day. ¥ In 1954, Swanson pioneered the frozen dinner when, after Thanksgiving sales had been lower than expected, the company found itself stuck with 10 railroad cars of unsold turkey. ¥ It’s a timeless truth that many kids go through an awkward, gawky period during adolescence. In the 16th century, a boy experiencing this phase was known as a hobbledehoy. ¥ On the morning of a traditional Vietnamese wedding, the bride’s mother visits the groom’s family and presents them with a special plant, representing respect, and chalk that is pink, the color of happiness. ¥ The 1935 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Carl von Ossietsky, a German writer who spoke out about Nazism in general and Adolf Hitler in particular. Hitler was so offended by the actions of the Nobel Committee in honoring his critic that he issued a decree forbidding any Germans to accept a Nobel Prize in the future. *** Thought for the Day: “History is a vast early warning system.” -- Norman Cousins (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

A: Like you, I love “Scandal,” so I jumped at the opportunity to speak with Tony about his new role. He told me: “First of all, turning down the role of the president of the United States is difficult. That’s going to be an interesting character, but particularly I knew that with Shonda Rhimes writing a president that he’d be a pretty interesting president. The script was really well written and just a great recipe for really good storytelling. “As an actor, I felt like these gifts kept being dropped in my lap. I’m really grateful to Shonda for involving me; each episode, I couldn’t believe the stuff that I was getting to do. By the end of the season, it gets really interesting.” Go to celebrityextraonline. com to read my entire interview with Tony, where he gives inside info about what to expect by season’s end. *** Q: One of my favorite screen actors of all time is Anthony Hopkins. What can I see him in next? -- Jared G., via e-mail A: Presently, Anthony is filming “Hitchcock,” a movie about “Psycho,” “Rear Window” and “Birds” director Alfred Hitchcock. Unless you want to wait until 2013 for the movie, Google “Anthony Hopkins Hitchcock” to see the eerily true-to-life transformation of the enigmatic actor to the horror auteur through the magic of makeup and prosthetics. The film also stars Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Beal, and definitely on my must-see list for 2013. *** Q: Can you tell me what Brandon Routh has coming up? -- Theresa G., Brighton Beach, N.Y. A: Brandon has a new movie coming out May 18, which is quite a departure from portraying the Man of Steel. Brandon stars in “Crooked Arrows,” about a reluctant coach who takes on a Native American lacrosse team. I spoke with Crystal Allen, who plays Brandon’s love interest in the film, and she told me: “Brandon’s character, Joe, and I were high-school sweethearts. I give him a hard time. I challenge him throughout the movie. Brandon is such a nice guy, and he’s got such a presence on film. He just really shines and he’s really moving. He was great to work with.” *** Q: How is Guiliana Rancic doing after beating breast cancer last year? -- Audrey T., via e-mail A: Guiliana, who beat breast cancer after undergoing a successful double mastectomy last year, is expecting a baby -- via surrogate -- with husband Bill. The baby, who is due later this year, is genetically Guiliana and Bill’s; however, due to Guiliana’s health issues, they decided to go with a surrogate to make sure the baby has a greater chance to be carried to full term.

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away from colorful tights and silly catchphrases. After three boys explore a mysterious hole in the ground, they come out with new psychokinetic powers that they use for tomfoolery. As their abilities grow, dark sides come out and bonds are put to the test. The whole thing is shown from the perspective of a handheld camera that the teens always seem to have with them. The found-footage approach has been used quite a lot lately, and it’s hard to say if it brings anything to this film. What is here is an original movie with an original take on something we’ve otherwise seen before. “Rampart” (R) -- Woody Harrelson plays Dave Brown, a Los Angeles cop with a corrupt sense of duty. Brown’s life spirals out of control after he gets caught on film viciously beating a suspect. The film is tightly focused on Harrelson and his portrayal of a irredeemable, delusional man. Harrelson makes this dirty cop captivating. DOG OF THE WEEK “One for the Money” (PG-13) -- Based the first book in a long series of quirky mysteries, this film misses all the good parts about detective stories and just gives us the cliches and one-note characters. Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) is a sassy Jersey girl who gets down on her luck and takes a job as a bounty hunter. Her first assignment is to track down Morelli (Jason O’Mara), a former cop who had a high-school fling with Stephanie. It’s a detective-themed romantic comedy romp with the lady from “Grey’s Anatomy,” so what could go wrong? The banter is excruciating, the mystery plot is dull and the Jersey accents are so bad they must be crossing some line. Even those who like Heigl will find her as irritating as the rest of us. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You Ewes and Rams will find your ideas cheered by a mostly receptive flock. Those few dissenters could well be turned around by your charm and powers of persuasion. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s time for the bold and beautiful Bovine to shake off the dust of the past and shape up with new ideas for the future. This could surprise some folks, but they’ll soon adjust. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Those nagging new doubts about an upcoming decision should alert you to step back (at least temporarily) so you can reassess its potential impact from a new perspective. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) That unpleasant situation you hoped would go away by itself needs immediate attention before it affects an upcoming decision. Expect your supporters to rally around your cause. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You’re moving up and away from that recent setback. But remain cautious about finances. An exercise in thrift today helps cushion a possible end-of-the-month money squeeze. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You’re still dealing with overtones of pessimism that cause you to doubt your ability to make some needed changes. But the negative pressures will ease up by week’s end. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) There could be some fallout from the way you handled a recent family problem. But those who know that you were in the right won’t hesitate to step in on your behalf. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Financial strains ease by week’s end. Meanwhile, focus on cultivating that new relationship if you hope to have it blossom into something more meaningful.

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Tidbits of Tri-Cities 1. In the 2009 and 2010 majorleague seasons, only two players compiled at least a .300 batting average, 20 stolen bases and 20 home runs. Name them.

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On May 19, 1715, the colony of New York passes a law making it illegal to “gather, rake, take up, or bring to the market, any oysters whatsoever” during May, June, July and August. This regulation was only one of many that were passed in the early days of America to help preserve certain species. On May 17, 1792, a group of 24 traders gather under a buttonwood tree at 68 Wall Street in lower Manhattan to work out the regulations of the speculative market. The result was the Buttonwood Agreement, a two-sentence contract that gave birth to the New York Stock Exchange. On May 20, 1873, Levi Strauss secures the necessary patents for canvas pants with copper rivets to reinforce the stress points. Unable to sell a large supply of canvas in the California mining camps, Strauss had hit on the idea of using the durable material to make work pants for miners. On May 18, 1917, six weeks after the United States formally enters the First World War, the U.S. Congress passes the Selective Service Act, giving the president the power to draft soldiers. By the end of World War I in November 1918, some 24 million men had registered. On May 16, 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards. The Academy officially began using the nickname Oscar for its awards in 1939. The name possibly arose when Academy executive director Margaret Herrick remarked that the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar. On May 14, 1944, “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas was born in Modesto, Calif. Lucas was the first director to hold out for ancillary rights, and in the 20 years following the release of “Star Wars,” he sold more than $3 billion in movie-based merchandise. On May 15, 1982, “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, takes the top spot in the Billboard Hot 100. This continued the pop music trend of pairing successful duos, such as Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, and Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

ANSWERS Sports Quiz Answers 1. Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) and Shin-Soo Choo (Indians). 2. Four (2002, ’03, ’05 and ’06). 3. Sammy Baugh (1940, ’47) and Steve Young (1992, ’94). 4. James Worthy (No. 1, 1982), Michael Jordan (No. 3, 1984) and Sam Perkins (No. 4, 1984). 5. Don Maloney (1984), Mike Gartner (’93), Mike Richter (’94), Wayne Gretzky (’99) and Marian Gaborik (2011). 6. Jiri Raska won a gold medal in ski jumping in 1968. 7. Paula Creamer was 18 years, 9 months old when she won an event in 2005.

Dog Isn’t Welcome At Wedding Venues DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My fiance and I are getting married at the end of June, and we want “Suzee,” our bichon frise, to be an important part of the ceremony. We agreed that she would be present as we exchange our vows, and will be in our wedding pictures. The trouble is that we cannot find a venue that allows dogs, other than service dogs, inside. And we even had to drop one pastor who said that he would not allow Suzee to be present when he led the ceremony! Can you help? -Kurt W. in upstate New York DEAR KURT: First of all, congratulations! Second, it’s not unusual for owners to include their pets in important life events like weddings. But it can be difficult finding a venue that accepts pets. You should hit the Internet to search for venues that welcome dogs. Dogfriendly.com is a comprehensive guide to hotels and other facilities where dogs are allowed. Another site, vowwowwow.wordpress.com, is specifically for owners looking to include their pets in their wedding ceremony. Other sources are business review sites like Yelp.com, or word of mouth from friends and neighbors. Even before you settle on a venue, start planning how Suzee will be incorporated into not just the ceremony, but the entire day. You and your fiancee will be incredibly busy and distracted. Heidi Ganahl, CEO of Camp Bow Wow, advises couples to choose a trusted friend, or hire a professional pet sitter, to be Suzee’s caretaker throughout the event. Her attendant won’t just walk Suzee down the aisle to you, but also make sure she is fed, exercised, monitored and has enough “quiet time” so she doesn’t get stressed out. Best wishes on this important day! (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Mount St. Helens is a volcanic mountain found in the Cascade Range of western Washington. Mount St. Helens and the Cascade Range are a part of the ring of fire that encircles the Pacific Ocean. • The ring of fire was created and is continually changed by the collision of the North American and the Juan de Fuca tectonic plates. Mount St. Helens is the most active volcano in the Cascade Mountains. It erupts about once each century. • The primary, newsworthy eruptions of Mt. St. Helens in recent times occurred on March 27 and May 18 in 1980. Smaller eruptions and earthquakes occurred prior to and between these dates but were insignificant compared to the two primary eruptions. The first eruption on March 27 was initiated with either one large or two closely timed explosions and lasted for nine hours. • Periodic eruptions continued at Mt. St. Helens until 1986. Early eruptions were the strongest and latter eruptions consisted primarily of lava flows that served to build a lava dome now measured at 920 feet (280.4 m) in height. However, even with construction of this lava dome, the mountain’s total height was reduced from 9,677 feet (2,949.5 m) to 8,357 feet (2,547.2 m) due to rock and soil being blown away during the volcano’s initial eruptive blast. • The magnitude of the May 18 eruption was such that plants and animals to north of the mountain within five miles (8 km) were destroyed. Replacing the forested landscape teeming with wildlife was a lifeless, rocky stretch of land.

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volcanoes are not restricted to Alaska and Hawaii. • Mt. St. Helens was named in 1792 by Captain George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy. He named the mountain in honor of his fellow countryman Alleyne Fitzherbert who held the title of Baron St. Helens. Fitzherbert was the British Ambassador to Spain at the time. In addition to Mt. St. Helens, Captain Vancouver also named three

other area volcanoes in honor of British naval officers — Mounts Baker, Hood and Rainer. • Mt. St. Helens reminds us of the power in nature and of its cycle of destruction and rebirth.

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