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• In Willie’s younger days he was a door-to-door salesman. He eventually got a job at a radio station. By the time Willie graduated from school, he had his own radio show. • Nelson began playing professionally at age 10 and joined a Western swing band as a teenager. In the 1960s he moved to Nashville, where he became a successful songwriter. • Although he didn’t become a major star until the mid-1970s, Willie Nelson spent much of his early years in the 1960s penning songs that became hits for established performers like Patsy Cine (“Crazy”) and Faron Young (“Hello Walls”). He also released a series of records on Liberty and RCA that earned him a small, but devoted, cult following.

Attorney Boston has been the victim for over six years of a horrific new type of real estate identity theft orchestrated in the United States and Mexico by a “fatal attraction” evil thief who when discovered does not flee but turns on his victim with egre• Willie’s first album for Columbia Records, “The gious, life-threatening conduct. Part one of Red Headed Stranger,” was a concept album the book describes her nightmarish experiTUES., about a preacher, featuring onlyMAR. his 30 guitar ence as a victim; the second part builds on and hisDouble sister’s piano. The label was reluctant  Hours Prices  Spelling the Number(s)  Phone check: Please review carefully. in her story that could have elements to release it, but they relented, and it became gone differently if she had used preventive a huge hit, thanks to Nelson’s cover of Roy tactics, and details the legal skills and tools (including legal forms) to adopt in protectAcuff’s Classic tune, “Blue Eyes Crying in the ing property in the U.S. and Mexico. ReadRain.” ers of this ad can purchase the book, with • Willie Nelson has been a successful actor, with the author paying the shipping charges, for Village Financial Services memorable performances in “Honeysuckle introductory price of $19.95. the 1/12th pg. 4C 6x

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Salute to the Army (from page one) 1, 1968, was the result of the unification and merging of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian AirForce. • An unordered “shot heard around the world” that occurred on April 19, 1775, at Lexington Green near Boston quickly started the War for Independence. At this battle, the first in the Revolutionary War, eight Americans were killed and 10 wounded. • On June 14, 1775, Congress approved the raising of 10 companies of riflemen to enlist in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia until the end of the Revolutionary War. These troops were known as the Continental Army. • Even before an open treaty was signed between Colonial Americans fighting for independence and France, the French had secretly helped the cause of the Americans. France sent America money and army supplies and, in addition,

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• It was multi-talented Sir Francis Bacon — he was a statesman, lawyer, scientist, philosopher and author — who made the following sage observation: “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.” • One of the most highly praised actresses of our time, Meryl Streep, holds the record for Academy Award nominations; she’s been awarded the Oscar twice, but has been nominated an impressive 16 times. • The highest known life insurance payout occurred in 1970, when the widow of a cattle rancher was awarded $18 million in benefits. • Those who study such things say that Italians drink, on average, 26 gallons of wine every year. • It’s just common sense that people tend to behave better when they’re being watched, but it may come as a surprise that it doesn’t seem to matter whether or not the watcher is real. Researchers made this discovery in an experiment conducted at the University of Newcastle in Australia. In a coffee lounge where paying for the beverage was optional, a picture of a pair of eyes was placed next to the price list at some times, and at other times a picture of flowers accompanied the list. On days when the eyes were posted, more than three times as much money was donated than on days when the flowers were in the same spot. • People magazine reportedly paid $6 million for photos of Jennifer Lopez’s twin babies, Emme and Max. • Between 1960 and 2006, the average American’s production of solid waste — including everything from paper packaging to lawn clippings — increased by 150 percent to 4.5 pounds every day. *** Thought for the Day: “People of small caliber like to sit on high horses.” — Magdalena Samozwaniec

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Millions of brides and grooms across the country say “I do” each year, and that’s a lot of wedding cake! Since many of them say those vows in June, Tidbits thought it would be fun to take a look at a few of the other traditions surrounding these nuptial ceremonies. • For centuries, the month of June has been the most popular choice for weddings, but the original reason for this might surprise you. During the 1400 and 1500s, May was the month in which the “annual bath” occurred. Yes, just as revolting as it sounds, back then people were only able to bathe thoroughly after the frigid cold of winter had passed. Once the over-all population finally smelled somewhat fresh in June, it was a good time to hold a special event like a wedding. Furthermore, the month of June is named after the goddess Juno, who was the Roman goddess of the hearth and home and patron of wives. • Ancient tradition thought it was unwise to marry in the month of May because in Roman times the Feast of the Dead and the Festival of the Goddess of Chastity both occurred in May. • The tradition for the bride to wear white began in the 16th century and is still commonly followed today. This is a symbol of the bride’s purity and her worthiness to her groom. The tradition became solidified during the time of Queen Victoria, who rebelled against the royal

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During the season of beach bods and six-pack abs, it’s hard to remember that fitness isn’t just about looks. It’s about health -- and not just physical health. Fitness is also about mental acuity, good behavior and an all-around feeling of happiness. This is true for humans, and it’s true for dogs. No doubt you’ve heard the saying: A tired dog is a good dog. Well, it’s almost accurate. If a dog that hasn’t been on so much as a walk around the block since winter struck suddenly finds himself jogging across town under a blazing sun, he’ll be tired, all right. But he might also be injured. Or in pain. Or dehydrated. Or feeling sick. This is not the objective, and it could backfire, as pain, injury and illness can trigger aggression. Nor is it the goal of exercise to simply tire your dog out by setting him loose in the yard to mindlessly run around in circles. Tired is good. But tired in the right way is best. What’s the right way? Depends on the dog. While it’s true that any exercise is better than none, in most cases, owners and dogs exercising together is optimal for many reasons: • You are there to bear witness to any injury your dog may suffer. Prompt attention and temporary restriction of activity if necessary can prevent a minor injury from becoming severe. • Your participation allows you to tailor the type of ����������� exercise to your dog’s needs. For example, herding HRS: 1 MIN: 45 dogs are intelligent and high energy by nature. Sports, games ����� or even an obstacle course in the back yard will satisfy their need for physical exercise and mental stimulation. A Chihuahua, however, might be turned into a jittering bundle of nerves by such a regimen. This small breed’s exercise requirements would be easily satisfied with a couple of half-hour walks a day. • Exercising with your dog makes the entire experience as much about bonding as about getting in shape. If you carve out time every day for exercising with your dog and customize that exercise to accommodate his breed and your lifestyle, you will have created something that will both lengthen and strengthen your relationship. Here are a few ideas of the kind of exercise I am talking about. Again, do a little research into your dog’s breed to determine what kind of exercise would benefit him most: • Most dogs will benefit from at least one long walk every day. How long should be determined by CASEY’S CORNER: Turn to page 10


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Nut Nutrients are Part of a Heart-Healthy Diet Americans have been bombarded with an anti-fat campaign for the last 50 years. Who hasn’t heard that fatty foods are the cause of all our ills and expanding waistlines? Although there is no question that a high-fat diet is a major culprit in increasing cholesterol, causing heart disease and contributing to a high risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, the message is not quite so simple. Not all fats are created equal -- there are good and bad fats. More importantly, new information shows that the most successful heart-healthy diet actually requires consumption of the right fats. Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, research shows that eating 2.5 ounces of nuts daily actually reduces the risk of heart attacks and lowers cholesterol. In this study, researchers reviewed the data from 25 research trials and clearly demonstrated that nuts lower total cholesterol by 5.1 percent -- LDL cholesterol was reduced by 7.4 percent and triglycerides were lowered by 10.2 percent. Interestingly, the benefits were greatest in those who were not overweight and had higher cholesterol levels. In addition, the benefits were greater in those consuming a high-fat rather than a healthy diet. How could nuts, a food rich in calories and fat, be a super food and an integral part of a healthy diet? First, nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, which lower cholesterol but do not increase the risk of cancer. Unlike the polyunsaturated fats obtained from corn, sunflower, safflower and soybeans, monounsaturated fats have a different chemical structure, do not become oxidized and do not form toxic free radicals that damage cells. Most importantly, nuts contain a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. These promote brain health, decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s, reduce lipids and reduce cholesterol deposits in arteries. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids inhibit inflammation, which may prove beneficial in reducing symptoms from arthritis. Referred to as an “essential fatty acid,” these fats are not manufactured by the human body and must be obtained from outside sources. The other essential fatty acid is omega-6, which is the main fat found in corn-fed animals. Unlike omega-3, omega-6 raises cholesterol and stimulates inflammation. Our diet generally contains 14 to 16 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that eating more omega-3 fats neutralizes the negative effect of omega-6. Nuts contain a wide array of beneficial components. L-arginine, an amino acid found in nut proteins, appears to affect the flexibility of cell membranes, which leads to improved vascular and immune function. Nuts have high fiber content, impairing absorption of cholesterol from the bowel while improving bowel function. In addition, nuts contain high levels of vitamin E, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, cancer and strokes. Unlike the capsule

form of vitamin E, foods contain a critical mix of four individual forms of vitamin E -- alpha, beta, delta and gamma tocopherol. Finally, plant sterols found in the right combination in nuts also lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation. Although nuts offer huge benefits for total health, these high-calorie foods must be consumed in moderation. Two and a half ounces of nuts contains approximately 350 calories. A handful of nuts is fine, but a bucket full is too much. Some nuts are healthier than others. Walnuts seem to be the most beneficial for your health, followed closely by pecans, almonds and hazelnuts. Macadamia nuts have the highest fat content and hence the most calories. Our bodies need fat -- the right fat -- to promote health and prevent disease. So, when it comes to developing your diet, think like the Greeks! Their Mediterranean diet contains large amounts of fish, olive oil and nuts, and fewer carbohydrates than other European nations. Remember to eat right, consume foods in moderation and don’t diet! Develop a lifestyle of heart-healthy foods that includes olive and canola oil, fish and a handful of nuts. Eat ample fruits and vegetables, healthy protein (lean meat and fish) and complex carbohydrates. Combined with exercise, a healthy and balanced diet is the best prescription for a long and independent life.

breed and current fitness level. If your dog is out of shape, gradually increase the length and pace of your walks over time. • Supervised swimming is good exercise for most breeds. But don’t just toss your dog into a lake assuming he’ll be a great swimmer. • Hiking trails provide good exercise and stimulation for dogs -- on-leash, of course. • Set up an obstacle course in your yard for a good mental and physical workout. • Jogging and Frisbee are tried and true forms of exercise, as well. Just remember to always have water available for you and your dog. Bottom line: Exercise isn’t about feeling tired. It’s about feeling -- and being -- your best. Woof! Dog trainer Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis is co-author of 18 books about dogs, a behaviorist, a popular radio and television guest, and host of the PBS series “WOOF! It’s a Dog’s Life!” Read all of Uncle Matty’s columns at the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com, and visit him at http:// www.unclematty.com. Send your questions to dearuncle. gazette@unclematty.com or by mail to Uncle Matty at P.O. Box 3300, Diamond Springs, CA 95619.

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Focus on his loneliness and his need to make the adjustment to his new environment. Tell him how simple it really is to learn computer basics. Meaningful communication and socialization with one’s family and other friends is important as one ages. Staying connected with the family and learning new skills are good incentives. Point out how busy and preoccupied kids are these days. Their major communication is not through phone calls, letters or in-person visits. They’re always on the go and don’t have time for those niceties in their schedules. But they will take time to read his email notes, and they can shoot an answer back with lightening speed. What a great way to keep the communications open with the grandkids! Age has little to do with learning computer skills. It is a miracle not to be missed. Buy him a computer, and either take time off to show him the ropes or pay for an in-home teacher to begin his learning. In fact, there is always the possibility of a lovely computeroriented lady in the development who could become a willing teacher!

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Love and patience are always boosters, which you are doing. Sometimes in our childhood, a few wise words from our parents or grandparents can make a huge difference. When I was about 15, I remember being in one of my nasty moods and sassing my wonderful mother. She quietly drew me aside and softly but sternly said, ‘Douglas, do you want to be in that negative mood for the rest of your life? If you don’t improve your attitude and outlook, your own friends and everyone else will start avoiding you. Nobody likes to be around a sourpuss!” That bit of advice was a real eye-opener and made quite an impact on me. It is something that I have remembered all my life. At some point, your younger grandson will focus on his ambitions. Often our real motivations are so well hidden that we aren’t even aware of them. One psychologist proved this point when he asked a patient what drove his ambition. The individual said, “Money.” Later the counseling sessions revealed his true motivation was actually a need for security. When your younger grandson elects to take risks, he will become more ambitious. Watching his brother mature and be successful will help. Learning the secret to accept self-responsibility and not to blame others is an important part of maturing. Lately, some psychologists have detected a shifting of some of our cultural motivations. Money and power are always in our forefront, but there appears to be a growing need for respect and ethics. Being overly ambitious and later finding yourself in prison is not winning. Think of financier Bernie Madoff, who now

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You should apply for Medicare’s Part A coverage a couple months before your 65th birthday. Part A, which provides coverage for in-patient hospital expenses, is free. You actually paid for it with the Medicare taxes deducted from your paycheck. But it’s free to you once you reach age 65. So because it doesn’t cost you a nickel, you might as well apply for it. And you may learn anyway that your employer’s insurance wants you to take Part A to supplement their coverage. However, because you’re working and covered by your employer’s insurance, you don’t need Medicare’s Part B coverage. (Part B, which costs about $110 per month, covers doctor’s visits, lab work, etc.) You can delay applying for Part B -- avoid the costly monthly premiums until you retire and lose your employer’s regular coverage. You are right that you will be eligible for Social Security benefits at age 66, even though you are still working. You normally would apply about three months ahead of time for those monthly benefits. But I strongly encourage you to consider signing up for retirement benefits in January 2011. As I’ve explained many times in this column, most working seniors are eligible for Social Security in January of the year they turn 66.

Sure, I can tell you how to find Social Security’s headquarters. But then I’m going to tell you to not bother making the trip. The Social Security Administration’s main office is in Baltimore. The actual address is 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD, 21235. But why in the world would you want to go there to resolve your Social Security problems? If you had a washing machine from Sears and it was acting up, would you go to the Sears corporate headquarters to get it fixed? I don’t think so. You’d want to deal with some local repairperson. The same should be true for your Social Security issue. I don’t mean a Sears technician will be able to fix your Social Security problem! But someone at your local Social Security office is much better equipped to help you than a bureaucrat at SSA headquarters. And I should know, because I used to be one of those guys. I spent about half of my 32-year career with SSA working at their main offices in Baltimore. If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau That place is filled with about 10,000 mostly hard- has the answer. Contact him at thomas.margenau@comcast. net.Security To find outOnline more about Tom Margenau and read features working dedicated professionals. But unlike your Social - Promo by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the local Social Security field office personnel -- each c/o Nancy x229 CreatorsHolman Syndicate760.325.0812 website at www.creators.com. having a broad general knowledge of the entire Nancy.Holman@ssa.gov COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM. Social Security program -- most of the Social Security 1/8 pg. PSA employees in Baltimore are specialists with a very narrow focus on only one small aspect of Social Security’s big picture. Here’s an example. When I first transferred to Baltimore, I remember taking a stroll through the elaborate maze of offices and cubicles that make up just one of many buildings on the headquarters’ campus. And I saw a sign hanging over one set of cubicles that said “1719B Section.” The 1719B was Apply for Benefits just one of several hundred forms we used every Apply for Social Security retirement/spouses benefits: day in a local Social Security office. I counted www.socialsecurity.gov/applyforbenefits about 10 cubicles in this section, and I remember thinking, “Wow, there are 10 people who do nothing Apply for Social Security disability benefits: but maintain this one form.” (I later learned they www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability were legal experts on provisions of Social Security Apply for extra help with your Medicare prescription law related to that form, computer programmers, drug costs: www.socialsecurity.gov/i1020 support staff, etc.) But that’s when it dawned on me just how specialized most of the headquarters’ Check the status of your online application: employees were. www.socialsecurity.gov/applyforbenefits And here is another quick story to convince you not to go to SSA’s main office to resolve your problem. During my tenure in Baltimore, I learned that many If You Get Benefits Now people did just that: They traveled from around the Change your address or telephone number: country to visit Social Security’s headquarters in www.socialsecurity.gov/coa hopes of getting their problem resolved by someone Profesionally installed assistance grab bars in authority.inEach visitors (there were your of ownthese home. We have several styles to Get a replacement card: dozens every day) was shepherded to an office in www.socialsecurity.gov/medicarecard

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“Free Lunch” Scams Aimed at Seniors A few years ago, seniors began receiving invitations in the mail to attend a free lunch at a nice location and hear about investment information. Experts would be in attendance to answer any questions. It wasn’t all on the level, however. The Securities and Exchange Commission got involved when it turned out that seniors were facing highpressure sales tactics -- being pushed to sign documents they didn’t understand and being forced into investments that really didn’t exist. The SEC issued a report after doing a study that showed just how widespread the problem was. Things have changed. The newest incarnation of the “free lunch” scam is a bit more dangerous, as shown in an updated version of the study. Here’s how it works: You still get the same invitation in the mail. But now, when you arrive at the seminar, you’re pressured to divulge personal financial information. The scammers also want your contact information and will try to follow up by meeting you at your home to sell you financial products that might not even be at all appropriate for you. The study said that 6 million seniors past the age of 55 have attended these free lunches just in the past three years. That’s 6 million opportunities to take our money, not to mention what could be done with our personal information. The AARP has started a Free Lunch Monitor program to help us stay on top of these scams. It even has a “What to Listen for Checklist” to take with you if you do decide to go to one of these seminars. Fill out the checklist and send it to the AARP afterward -- it will add to its information base about how these scammers are operating. Additionally, if you’ve received an invitation in the mail, the AARP wants to see it. For more information, you can check the website at: www.aarp.org/nofreelunch. Send checklists or invitations to: AARP Free Lunch Monitor Program, PO Box 93028, Long Beach, Calif. 90809 Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.

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Having vehicle insurance gives a feeling of security. After all, if something goes wrong, the Noritake china was made in Japan by a insurance company will take care of things, right? company founded by the Morimura family. It had Maybe. offices in New York and exported china from Japan Understanding what isn’t covered in your to the United States. policy is just as important as what is covered -- or Your dinnerware was made between World War maybe more important if an accident catches you Enclosed is a photo of my Campbell Soup I and World War II, and it would probably be worth unawares. beanbag dolls. They are in excellent condition. $600 to $800. Myth: Whatever dollar amount the state Each is 8 inches tall and has a white tag with requires for bodily and property damage liability the words “Campbell’s - C.S.Co. -- 2001.” coverage is plenty. Could you tell me if these items are collectible Not necessarily. It depends on your assets. If and, if so, what they might be worth? you have an accident that includes bodily injury to Noritaké China dinnerware was others and you are sued, you could lose all your Your Campbell’s Soup beanbag dolls are made in Japan and assets. It’s the same with property-damage liability. circa 2001. They were available in several different exported to the U.S. ADVERTISING PROOF If you hit someone else’s vehicle, your insurer will outfits and are collectible. take care of the costs, but only up to the limits The pair can be seen selling on eBay in the range MAY 31 Final Changes DUE: 5:00 p.m.. of your policy. You might not be covered for the of $10 to $15. your questions to  Anne McCollam, P.O.  Box 247, complete Please review Address carefully. Double check: Phone Number(s) Spelling Prices  Hours expense if the other person owns an Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be expensive vehicle. answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she Opt for umbrella liability coverage for damage cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne costs that run over the limits of your policy. If a McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate liability case goes to court, verdicts of $1 million writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website Victoria’s Attic at www.creators.com. or more could be handed down against you. Buy 1/16th page, 4C, 13x rate liability insurance with a deductible that starts June 6, 2010 COPYRIGHT 2010 CREATORS.COM where your regular policy stops. Myth: If your vehicle is totaled in an accident, the insurance company will pay it off. ������������������� They’ll probably pay something, but the amount likely won’t be what you expect, and it might not Campbell Soup beanbag dolls were even be enough to pay off what you still owe on the made in 2001. car. They’ll pay based on the cash value of the car, a wholesale amount. e • American Antiqu We have a dining set that was made by Browse hundreds of Furniture M u Opt for gap insurance to cover the difference lt ip le Heywood Wakefield in the 1950s. The set has quality items from • Roseville & Calibetween what your insurer will pay for your totaled D ealers! fornia Pottery a drop-leaf butterfly table with two leaves, two reputible dealers in our rn Mode vehicle and what you still owe on it. • Mid-Century armchairs and four side chairs. The table is Furniture spacious 5,000 sq. ft. showroom. Myth: If someone hits your car, the other guy’s Heywood Wakefield’s model 197g, arm chairs • Vintage Jewelry  insurance will pay for the damage.   are model 154c, and side chairs are model • Advertising Maybe, if the other driver has insurance. Collectibles 154a. They are all made from white birch, and Buy uninsured motorist coverage, in case • Large Art Collection Antiques & Collectibles we had them professionally refinished with a another driver hits you and has no insurance. This beautiful walnut finish. I have learned Heywood 67-777 Palm Canyon Dr., #9 • Cathedral City insurance is a cheap but valuable addition to your (Between Lumpy’s & Innovative Flooring. Across from Del Taco) Wakefield is recently making this set again and policy. (760) 328-7999 today’s price is $4,600. Hours: Mon-Sat: 10-6 • Sun: 12-5 DOLLARS & SENSE: To page 15 What can you tell us about our original dining

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Salute to the Army (from page page 3) same name in 1944. • Did you know that Army soldiers no longer roll up their sleeves? In order to ensure a more uniform look, the brass decided that the sleeves would no longer be worn rolled up, even in the summer. First, this had a practical reason as it helped reduce sun and other skin injuries. Second, it was all part of the Army’s current initiative to instill a warrior attitude in the soldiers of always being prepared for combat. Most infantry units had never authorized the sleeves to be rolled up. Lastly, the design of the new Army Combat Uniforms (ACU’s) made rolling up the sleeve extremely impractical. • The largest army component is the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), which executes the land defense of the U.S., provides military support to civil authorities, and trains, sustains, mobilizes and protects strategic land forces worldwide. • The U.S. Army has over 400,000 enlisted soldiers and 76,000 officers. • With headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., the U.S. Army Reserve consists of about 250,000 soldiers. It fields a large portion of the support staff, especially in civil affairs, engineering, transportation and maintenance. • The Army National Guard fields approximately 370,000 troops (not including Alaska, Hawaii and Guam). It can provide eight combat divisions, one armored cavalry regiment and 21 combat brigades. • The secretary of the Army is the civilian head of the United States Army and reports to the secretary of defense for operational authority. He is named by the president and approved by the Senate.

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Check the exclusions on your policy to be sure in theit won’t cover. Look for “Acts of God” such as what are or hail, accessories you’ve added to the flooding carthe such as an expensive stereo, coverage while pin driving someone else’s vehicle or someone is influences the driving of the ball yours, and break-ins where expensive items like cell phones or laptops are stolen from your vehicle. For e at bs rotate David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally ing reader questions, but will incorporate them into his answer column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features you Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. on

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Spin the ball away from trouble: Change your grip Many golf instructors teach that one grip works for all your shots, but tour players change their grip with the type of shot they are playing. Your hands are the only part of your body in direct contact with the club. How the hands are positioned in the grip in relation to the clubface directly affects how the ball spins through the air. Let’s start with what I call a “square” grip, with the thumbs square to the grooves on the clubface tour at the 12:00 position, ashotin they the photo. This grip keeps u in on the clubface square throughthe impact and eliminates any in the ball spin to the left or right.there Any grip away from this po-in position influences the sition changes the clubfaceall or angle and causes the ball e at bs rotate to spin through the air. ng There will be times whenyou Square your hands to the clubface to Square your hands to the you want to spin the ball clubface to improve your away from trouble to the contact with the ball. left or right of the course. A strong grip is when both thumbs are placed to the right at the 1:00 position, which produces a slight draw to the ball in flight. Thumbs placed at the 2:00 position closes the clubface and produces more of a hook. The strong grip on a tee shot produces more top spin and a longer roll. Shorter approaches to the green call for a square grip, which produces more back spin and gives you less roll. Practice using your grip to provide the spins you want. Mastering these techniques will give you more flexibility, more strategy options and increases your ability to shoot lower scores. Rob Stanger is recognized as a 2005-2008 Golf Magazine Top Teacher West Region, and teaches in the desert at The College Golf Center. You can contact him at 760-409-8628 or at www.robstanger.com for inquiries about your golf game. Proof created Property of by: Readers Weekly

• Sewing a Button. Whether you’re male or female, buttons tend to pop off at the most inopportune times. It is definitely handy to keep a small sewing kit nearby (in your desk, jacket, purse, or car) so that you can quickly repair the problem. Even amateur sewers can accomplish enough of a “fix” to keep from having to walk into that important meeting with a safety pin holding your collar shut.

Play Better Golf with JACK NICKLAUS • What to do when Lightning Strikes. There are many myths about the actions to take when you’re stuck outdoors during an electrical storm. The number of deaths and injuries have risen as a result. Be smart. Read up on what not to do and where not to be during an electrical storm.

• How to Read an Electric Meter. The ability to read the dials on your electric meter adds a level of protection between you and your local utility company. Once you read the meter, you can estimate your electric bill based on the kilowatt/hour rates from your utility bill. (Yes, meter readers make mistakes!) This knowledge can also serve to alert you to any sudden increase in usage, which might signal a faulty electrical appliance or unauthorized use of your service by a neighbor. • Basic Bathroom Repair. Of all the plumbing fixtures in our homes, none is more essential than a functioning toilet. And when one overflows after 5 p.m., you’ll probably pay overtime rates to get the problem repaired. But there are a few “do-it-yourself” fixes that novices can employ to keep their facilities operational, such as flapper valve, fill valve and seal ring replacement. • Read Tidbits Each Week. It provides you with a much-needed dose of infotainment! Information in the Tidbits® Paper is gathered from sources considered to be reliable, but the accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed.

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