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I went in to my bank the other day and asked the teller to check my balance. She leaned over and pushed me.
by Victoria Westlane

You Can Bank on It
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• The First Bank of the United States in Philadelphia was the first official centralized bank in America. The country was still in debt from the Revolutionary War, and each state continued to use its own currency. In 1791, Alexander Hamilton, who had just been appointed treasury secretary by George Washington, conceived CASHES of a unified nathe idea IN! TIDBITS tional currency and a central federal bank. YOU CAN bank robbery in IT • The first reported BANK ON America occurred in by Victoria Westlane that originally the same building • housed the Bank Bank. ByUnited Carpenters The First First of the 1798, States in Philadelphia was the first official centralized Hall in Philadelphia had become the home of bank in America. The In the early still in the Pennsylvania Bank. country was morning debt of the Revolutionary War, and each hoursfromSeptember 1 of that year, thieves state off with $162,821 from the vault. made continued to use its own currency. In 1791, Alexander Hamilton, who had inThere were no signs of forced entry, sojust been appointed treasury secretary be an “investigators determined the theft toby George Washington, conceived the idea of a unified side job.” national currency and a central federal bank. • Thanks to improved security measures, bank • robberies reported bank robbery inyears, but The first have declined in recent America occurred occur. Statistics show that the most they still in the same building that originally housed the occur on Fridays between 10 AM bank heists First Bank. By 1798, Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia had of bank robbers of and 3 PM. The majoritybecome the home are the Pennsylvania Bank. they early to use a males over age 30, and In the prefer morning hours of September 1 of that year, threatening note instead of a weapon. thieves made off with $162,821 from the vault. There turn the page for more! were no signs of forced entry, so investigators determined the theft to be an “inside job.” • Thanks to improved security measures, bank robberies have declined in recent years, but they still occur. Statistics show that the most bank heists occur on Fridays between 10 AM and 3 PM. The majority of bank robbers are males over age 30, and they prefer to use a threatening note instead of a weapon. turn the page for more!

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FRIDAY, MAY 30th 6th Annual Historic 25th Street Car & Motorcycle Show 25th Street Ogden, From Wall Avenue to Grant Avenue SATURDAY, JUNE 7th National Trails Day, Antelope Island. Info: 801-721-9569

SATURDAY, JUNE 7th First Annual Bluegrass Festival at the Fort. 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Fort Buenaventura Park 2450 A. Avenue Ogden. Entrance fee is $2/person. FRIDAY, JUNE 13th and SATURDAY, JUNE 14th ASA Golden Spike Fastpitch Tournament, Barnes Sportsplex, 950 W. 200 N., Kaysville. Contact Jerry Coleman 801-773-0755 FRIDAY, JUNE 20th and SATURDAY, JUNE 21st WIDOWMAKER HILLCLIMB at Croydon, UT. only 30 miles east of the Davis County valley, I-84 Exit 111 just East of Morgan. Lots of kids activities and pits will be open for the family to see the bikes and meet the riders. Info at

• What’s on sale in June? Electronics, sporting goods, mattresses and, for you summer home renovators, building materials. • Another underarm stain remover: good old lemon juice. Wet those deodorant stains with fresh lemon juice, then sprinkle with salt and rub. If it’s a hardy stain, hang the garment outside on a sunny day and let it dry in the sun. Then wash. Works well, and nontoxic too! • “A fast way to freshen up your room in the summertime, with or without company coming, is to spray air freshener behind your fan when it’s running. It will distribute the scent throughout the room.” -- S.H. in Ohio • If you have a spice grinder or coffee grinder, here’s a little tip from me to you: When you are finished grinding, cut a piece of plain bread (white or wheat) in quarters, and grind it. It will flush the spice or coffee dust out of all the nooks and crannies. Toss the bread crumbs in the yard for the birds! • “When you shop for shoes, go in the evening. Feet swell and expand throughout the day, so if you buy shoes in the morning, the fit might not feel too good later in the day.” -- A.T. in Louisiana • Summer fruits and vegetables hit the stands and stalls now. Wondering what’s in season for the next three months? Here’s your list of summer fruits and veggies -- eat them up! Apricots, peaches, berries (blue, black, boysen, logan AND strawberries and raspberries), plus watermelons and other melons. Beets and bell peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes, radishes, green beans and okra.

BANK ON IT (continued):
• In 1968, the federal government issued the Bank Protection Act. The new law required that, by January 1, 1971, all financial institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) must have security cameras in position to film anyone entering the building or approaching the teller windows. The law also required the installation of silent alarms that could be triggered by bank employees in case of emergency. In early 20th-century America, there was a stigma attached to the use of anything other than cash to make purchases. That attitude changed during the Roaring Twenties, when swinging nightclubbers didn’t want to carry large amounts of money with them. It suddenly became chic to write a check. Retired printer William Roy Hotchkiss was looking for a project to occupy his time, so he formed Deluxe Check Printers. Hotchkiss specialized in marketing checks pre-printed with each customer’s name and account number. Have you ever wondered why ATMs only dispense $20 bills? There are several reasons. First, many merchants balk at accepting bills larger than $20, so larger bills would often prove inconvenient. Smaller bills won’t work, either; if several customers in a row withdraw $100, fives and tens would quickly run out, meaning the machine would have to be refilled constantly. Using twenties is the most economical solution. Besides, an ATM with $20 bills is less of a target for thieves than one with higher-denomination bills. Most banks require two employees to be present when ATM deposit envelopes are opened and recorded. This is a security measure both for the customer and the bank, since some account holders may defraud the bank by intentionally (or unintentionally) making deposits with empty envelopes.

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• The advice “read the manual!” seems to be ignored more often than not, but in the banking industry, that instruction should be mandatory. You see, every ATM that leaves the factory has a password programmed into it by default. That password is printed in the owner’s manual, along with explicit instructions for the bank to change the password upon installation. Unfortunately, some banks don’t follow through, which makes the ATM easy prey for would-be hackers. In September 2007, a man walked up to an ATM at a Virginia Beach gas station and keyed in a sequence of numbers. He had managed to gain access to the factory-installed password and used it to re-program the machine so that it dispensed $20 bills but recorded them as fives. Amazingly, it took nine days before an honest customer finally reported to the station’s owner that the ATM was giving away too much money. Prior to October 2004, the checks customers wrote to pay bills were deposited by the merchant and then sent to the originating bank for verification. This process often took up to a week, and many people took advantage of the “float” time, writing checks on Thursday in anticipation of depositing their paycheck to cover them on Friday. However, the new Check Clearing Act allows banks to transmit images of checks electronically, rather than physically transporting the paper checks. This law has greatly reduced the float time and put the kibosh on these quick “loans.” In Old English, the word tell meant to “mention in order.” It was often used in the sense of counting items, as to “tell one’s beads” when saying the rosary. And that’s how bank workers, who spend their days counting customers’ money coming in and going out, came to be known as tellers. Three in four American banks use dye packs to discourage robbers. The packs are inserted in thin, flexible packages hidden inside what looks like a normal stack of bills. The dye packs are activated via radio transmitter when the thief leaves the bank. When the pack explodes, it discharges a cloud of red smoke along with red dye that stains not only the money inside the bag, but also the perpetrator’s hands and clothing. To date the dye packs have helped to catch more than 2,500 would-be bank robbers. The Fifth Third Bank got its unusual name by virtue of a corporate merger. A century ago in 1908, Cincinnati’s Fifth National Bank combined with the Third National Bank to form a new company. Rumor has it that the bank decided against calling itself “Third Fifth” to avoid giving the impression that it had anything to do with liquor. In Tacoma, Washington, some bank employees got a surprise one morning in 1998 when they opened the vault for the business day. Eighty-six-year-old Doris Willis was calmly sitting inside. The elderly woman had been let inside the vault to access her safe deposit box shortly before closing on the previous day. Employees forgot she was in there when they locked up for the day, and Willis was trapped inside for 15 hours. Believe it or not, this was not an isolated incident. Over the years, children, a bank president, and even a dog have all accidentally been locked inside various bank vaults across the country. The first bank to offer drive-through service was the City Center Bank of Kansas City, Missouri. The “drive-up window” was added to the bank’s main branch in 1928. Back then, mind you, only one in five Americans owned an automobile.

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Fostering a Pet
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Recent news reports about shelters being overloaded with pets needing a good home have me concerned. I wanted to write and ask you to remind readers that a shelter pet can be a great pet. And, for your readers who want to help even further, many shelters have foster care programs for pets needing extra TLC. Please let them know! -- Shirley S., Haverhill, Mass. DEAR SHIRLEY: Thank you for spreading the word! Pet foster care is not a new concept, but the idea of in-home care for pets awaiting a permanent home is taking hold in the U.S. Foster care is often recommended for animals that need additional care, such as dogs with respiratory infections that need a low-stress environment and daily medications. Puppies and kittens that are too young to be spayed or neutered also need foster care, as do nursing dogs or cats and their litters -- which benefit from experience in a home environment with human contact. Potential foster “parents” must meet certain criteria and

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should be aware of the challenges of caring for shelter animals. For example, foster pets should be separated from family pets. The shelter also determines how long a foster pet will stay in a home, and when or if the pet is ready for adoption. The best way to learn if you’re able to foster a pet is to read as much as you can -- the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ( has information online about its foster program. Ask about fostering at your local shelter. If you know someone who fosters pets, ask them about their experience. Most of all, make an informed decision about whether to become a foster parent. Not everyone can make the commitment, and that’s all right. But if you have the space and the time to temporarily care for a dog or cat in need, your local shelter needs you.

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Kyle Busch Is the Real Deal
Q: Greg, I’m tired of people criticizing Kyle Busch just because he happens to be the best driver right now in NASCAR. No matter what he does, they criticize him. What’s your opinion? -- Kelly H., Michigan A: Kyle Busch is indeed a great race driver. Also, I want to point out that when the announcement was made that he was “leaving” Rick Hendrick’s team and going to Joe Gibbs Racing, I predicted he would be a big winner for Gibbs. It seems no matter what he’s driving, the Kyle Busch car is in contention to win, and he is right now probably the best out there when it comes to running up front. In my opinion the reason he is criticized, and booed by the fans, is twofold. First, most, but not all, of the great drivers have gone through an era of unpopularity and dislike. Look at the careers of Dale Earnhardt Sr., Darrell Waltrip and even mild-mannered Jeff Gordon. It’s all part of the process, and all drivers handle it differently. Just keep remembering how loudly some of the greatest stars of all-time have been booed, and you won’t be as upset as you are now. Second, and probably more responsible, is Busch’s carefree attitude and distinct, take-it-or-leave-it personality. It sometimes seems he encourages fans to boo him, and they oblige. He also doesn’t seem fazed at all about being criticized or booed (which is actually good). As for his personality, the more we get to know him, the more we’ll either like or dislike him. However, I think it will take several years for him to be accepted by some of the hardcore NASCAR fans, and for now, he’ll be looked on as a villain. Also, some fans will never like him, regardless of what he does. Kyle Busch is an aggressive race driver, he’s hard on equipment and doesn’t care much what anyone says about him. I’m writing this column following Busch’s big win at Darlington, which impressed me to no end. Yes, he was critical of the car during the race, and even had the announcers questioning his methods. But, he sure ran a very strong race and came from way back several times due to penalties to win going away. He is for real. *** I wrote recently about the use of ethanol by the IRL and for highway use, and how the media and certain politicians have been critical about corn being used to produce fuel instead of being used for food to feed the poor and so on. Later I received this information from the Farm Bureau that I want share with my readers. Less than 10 percent of the U.S. corn crop is used for corn-based food consumed by humans (cornmeal, cornstarch, corn syrup and corn flakes). Also, frozen or canned sweet corn is completely different than the corn (grain) used to produce ethanol, and is not impacted at all by the use of the grain used for ethanol, according to the Farm Bureau. If we ever have a worldwide food shortage, I’ll be the first in line to support the growing of grain that produces corn for food instead of fuel. For now, the bottom line is that ethanol reduces our dependency on foreign oil. Period.

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Q: Greg, I have a 2000 Pontiac Firebird Formula with an LS1 engine that I put headers on and did a few other modifications to, including an intake manifold, Hypertech chip and throttle body. Now, when I take it to the drags on Sunday, it wants to throw off the serpentine accessory belt. When this happens, I have no power steering! Can you help? -- Bill, e-mail from Washington A: Bill, your problem is easily cured. According to the many Internet boards that deal with GM Performance LS1- and LT1-powered cars (1993 through 2002 Firebird and Camaro), a company called Katech Inc. in Clinton Township, Michigan, has your cure. Katech has been involved with the Corvette C5-R race program since 1997. Katech noticed during testing a bad spot in the rpm range where the serpentine accessory belt would want to jump off of the stock pulley. This finding led to the origin of Katech’s solid adjustable belt tensioner, which lists for just $135. After installing this tensioner on their race engines, the belt problem disappeared. Check it out at, or call toll free at 1-866528-3241. Let us know what happens. *** Q: Greg, I enjoyed your article on the Kaiser Darrin, and I wanted to let you know there was a Darrin in Mount Carmel, Pa., when I 12 back in 1958. I knew the person who owned it, as his son and I were good friends. I remember the car because it was a two-door sports car and the doors slid into the fenders. The color was a bilious green/yellow. This one had the Willys Knight six-cylinder engine, but the car did not have wire wheels, just hubcaps. I believe my friend, who now lives in Florida, still has the Darrin. -- Frank M., Mt. Carmel, Pa. A: Frank, I’d love to hear if your friend still has the Darrin. Maybe he’d send us a photo! Write to Greg Zyla in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to

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“Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well-ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.”

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
• It was famed journalist and news anchor Edward R. Murrow who made the following sage observation: “Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.” • Actor Tom Cruise attended 15 different schools when he was growing up. • As the drought in the American Southwest drags on, it’s interesting to note that 70 percent of southern Nevada’s water use goes through the sprinklers for golf courses and lawns in Las Vegas. • The English word “velvet” comes from the Latin for “shaggy hair.” • You’ve heard of narcolepsy, a medical condition that causes sufferers to sleep excessively, sometimes up to 18 hours a day. You’re probably not familiar with philagrypnia, though. People with this condition -- I won’t call them “sufferers” -- require only three or four hours of sleep a day. What would you do with all that extra time?


• According to news reports, hundreds of people have been trekking to the remote Indonesian village of Curugsewu to see a new addition to its rather primitive zoo: a recently captured python. This isn’t just any serpent, however; at 990 pounds and 49 feet long, it’s the largest snake ever to be kept in captivity. It begs the question: How exactly do you go about catching a python of such immense size? • As summer approaches, you might want to keep in mind the fact that there are 1,500 known species of fleas and 9,500 known species of ants. Then again, that might be a factoid you’d rather forget.

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Hire a Vet? Maybe Not
The “infamous” Question 21 is going away. This is the part of SF-86 (Questionnaire for National Security Positions) that asks about mental-health issues, whether in the previous seven years you ever sought help. (If so, give the particulars.) In the past, answering YES to this question was thought to keep you out of the running for certain federal jobs, especially ones that require a government security clearance. Now, in a renewed effort to change the perceived attitude about mental-health issues, the form is being changed to a much watered-down version of the question. Then again, disclosing mental-health information on a federal job application might be a moot point anyway, if you can’t get hired. While a few federal agencies appear to be topnotch in hiring veterans to fill vacant slots, others don’t have many veterans at all. Advocates spoke out last year at a House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee about veterans’ complaints of not being hired for federal jobs. They claimed that managers are: --Hiring interns instead of veterans. --Ignoring veterans’ preferences and hiring outside the normal process. --Eliminating job classifications in a category that is restricted to veterans. --Flat out canceling job postings so they don’t have to hire a veteran. --Writing complicated job postings that allow a wide range of applications. --Changing the rules in the middle of the game when it comes to disabled veterans, especially when it comes to physical demands of a job. Granted, the veterans’ preference system is complicated, but we’re got various departments claiming they’re doing things by the book - and veterans who feel their preferences were ignored. If you want a government job, aim for the Air Force, Army and Navy, which have the greatest percentage of veterans on staff. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to
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HOLLYWOOD ... Harry Connick Jr. is set to costar with Renee Zellweger in “Living Proof,” a film for Lifetime Television. It’s about Denny Slamon, a UCLA doctor who developed the breast cancer drug Herceptin 2, and his relentless battle to keep the drug trials afloat and save the lives of thousands of women. The story is based on a book by Robert Bezell. ... I’m always thrilled to follow Connick’s career, because I “knew him when” I lived in New Orleans. His father, Harry Connick Sr., was a district attorney. I had a TV interview show, and Harry Sr. made many appearances, bringing along this little boy named Harry Connick Jr. At 6, Harry could play the piano like the best. He would sit down at the piano in the studio and pound away at the keys. It was unbelievable then, and it’s still that way now. Add his acting talents to his musical ability, and you have a prize package. P.S., we just called him Junior. A recent poll named the following actors “The Top Hollywood Talent”: Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Vince Vaughn. Translated, it means these guys are the biggest box-office draws. Interesting -- only one gal among all those “guys.” Yup. They did have the premiere of “What Happens in Vegas” in Great Britain. But they did it again, big time, in Westwood Village in Los Angeles. The lights were on, the paparazzi were out in packs, and lots of stars walked the red carpet with fans howling as usual. Cameron Diaz wore a short, short red dress; Ashton Kutcher donned a loud plaid jacket over a

white shirt and tie; and Lake Bell almost stole the show in a short, short, short number that looked like silver foil. And the town’s still talking about that tribute to Bette Davis honoring her work. As you know, she would have been 100 years this spring. There were a lot of “old-timers” sipping and supping and “remembering when.” The affair was held at the Motion Picture Academy and was emceed by Robert Osborne. Most amazing. I’ve followed Monica Seles throughout her tennis career, and although she was -- and is -- an excellent player, physically she was rather awkward and klutzy, with light brownish hair. THEN she emerges on “Dancing With the Stars” with blond hair, a lithe body and surprising grace on the dance floor. Even though Seles was voted off the show early in the season, her transformation was still amazing. *** BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Drew Barrymore spotted doing the nightclub scene with boyfriend Justin Long. ... Brad and Angelina took their brood to the south of France for a holiday. AND a deep bow to Brad for all the help he has given Orleanians who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. ... James Brolin is replacing James Caan in “Nailed.” Caan dropped out (get this) because he disagreed with the producer on how a politician should choke on a cookie! ... More than interesting because Jim’s son Josh is portraying George W. Bush in an upcoming biopic, and Bush chokes on a pretzel. I guess you could say, facetiously: “Father and son are all choked up.”

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Home Freezers
A home freezer can be a good bargain over the long term, but buying a freezer also can be a major expense. Here are some things to consider in deciding whether having a freezer is the right move for you. Determine how much capacity you’ll need. Rule of thumb is to multiply the number of family members by 1.5 cubic feet, adding more to the calculation if you’ll be adding large quantities of meat from hunting or bulk buys, or if you’ll be freezing vegetables from a large garden. Read the EnergyStar rating labels for the amount of energy the freezer will use, and multiply by the kilowatt hour cost (you’ll find that on your electric bill) to determine your costs to run the freezer. Consider the styles -- upright and chest -- and the pros and cons for both. Upright freezers are shaped like a refrigerator and therefore take up less floor space. Since they open from the front, it’s easier to find what you want, but bulky items can be hard to store. Uprights usually cost a bit more than the chest style, but most are selfdefrosting. When you open the door of an upright freezer, your cold air spills out onto the floor, which adds to your energy cost. Chest freezers are more energy efficient because the cold air doesn’t escape when you open the top. Most are manual defrost, which saves energy, but can be an unwanted chore. It can be difficult to find items that are at the bottom. Options you’ll want to consider: • A lock with key for safety around children • Self-defrost • Magnetic door seal • Interior light • A defrost drain for manual defrost • Adjustable temperature control • Warranty and on-site service Don’t buy more freezer than you need, due to the operating costs. Freezers work best if filled most of the way. With a too-big freezer, you’ll pay extra for the freezer and then again every month when your electric bill comes due. A freezer can be a money saver if it means fewer trips to the store -- less gas, less impulse buying -- or that you won’t eat out as often. But consider your actual usage to determine if it will be worth your while to own one.
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Why Do We Skip Our Medications?
Does having Medicare Part D have any impact on seniors skipping doses of medication, not buying their prescriptions or doing without basic needs to purchase their drugs. A study found that there was a “significant decrease” in the number of people who were spending less on basic needs in order to pay for their drugs -- but only in the group with good to excellent health. Those with fair to poor health were still doing without basics to buy medication. It was the same with skipping doses or not buying the prescriptions: Those in fair to poor health didn’t benefit from having a drug plan. The researchers indicated that further study is necessary to determine why Medicare Part D isn’t helping those in that category. I bet we could tell them the answer. When a senior is ill and lives alone, it’s hard to keep track of all the pills and times. Another study, this one reported at the annual convention of the American Geriatric Society, analyzed whether “medication compliance” is increased with the help of an electronic pillbox. MedSignals is a talking pillbox that lets you know when it’s time to take a pill, flashes a little light to let you know what compartment the pill is in, and tells you how many to take. The result of the study was that seniors were “significantly more likely” to take their medications when using the talking box. Take a look at the MedSignals Web site ( to see the machine. No matter how it’s accomplished -- with better Medicare Part D plans or a talking pill box -- we need to take drugs as our doctors order. Ten percent of hospitalizations for seniors are because of not taking medications as prescribed.
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Everyone Else
According to my kids, Everyone Else has it all and does it all. I vaguely remember this Everyone Else from my own childhood. Not much has changed since then. Everyone Else still has the latest gadget, the newest style of shoes, a never-ending supply of spending money and gets to go out whenever he wants to. I remember as a kid trying to introduce Everyone Else to the adults in my life with a whiny plea, “But everyone else gets to.” This only seemed to aggravate them more with Everyone Else. “Just because everyone else has it doesn’t mean you need it,” they’d say, or they would ask the question, “If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you?” No matter what I said, they couldn’t see his charm like I and all the other kids did. Didn’t they know that if only we had what Everyone Else had then our lives would be complete? How could they not know this? But now that his name is often tossed around in our house, I understand just how obnoxious Everyone Else is. Sometimes, if we’re honest, our kids even see us trying to keep up with Everyone Else in what we do or buy. My credit-card bill certainly reflects it occasionally. Lately we’ve heard about Everyone Else’s cell phone and iPod. Other parents and grandparents are hearing this, too, I’m sure of it. The pressure is on around dinner tables across the United States. I think Everyone

Else is offering negotiation courses to our children in between classes at school. Occasionally even a strong parent will crumble at the sound of his name. And if your kids don’t feel as if they’re convincing enough with, “But Everyone Else gets to do that,” or “Everyone Else wears that,” then they’ll go in for the kill with the phrase, “Everyone Else’s parents say it’s OK.” Everyone Else has incredible parents. Have you heard about them? I’m sure you have. They’re the same as they were when you and I were kids. They haven’t changed a bit. Remember them? They were the coolest couple. They set no curfews or limits on junk food or the time someone could call their house. If Everyone Else asked his parents for something, he got it. No hesitation. Why couldn’t we all have parents like Mr. and Mrs. Else? Instead, we got our parents -- boring, behind-thetimes, rule-setters. How did Everyone Else get so lucky? My mother-in-law told me a story one time about a parent who tired of her child using the “everyone else” argument, knowing that it only creates a follower. She finally convinced her child to think about why she wanted to do a certain thing or why she wanted to buy a certain item, instead of pointing to Everyone Else. Will my kids get everything they want if they come back with a legitimate reason that excludes Everyone Else? Ha. I’m not that easy. But they will have my confidence that they are thinking on their own and not following around Everyone Else.

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This week’s All the Presidents’ Tidbits showcases the man who came to be known as Old Hickory: Andrew Jackson. • Andrew Jackson was born on March 15, 1767, in the Wauhaux community along the North CarolinaSouth Carolina border. Both states claim to be his birthplace. Shortly before his birth, Andrew’s father passed away, and expectant widow Betty Jackson decided to temporarily move in with her sister Elizabeth until after the birth. Betty’s son entered the world either on the way there (in Union County, N.C.) or at Elizabeth’s home (in Lancaster County, S.C.). Andrew considered himself a South Carolina native. • In 1779, Jackson’s eldest brother, Hugh, died while serving in the American Revolution. A year later, Andrew (then 13) and middle brother Robert enlisted in the Continental army. The two were captured by the British in 1781, when Andrew received his trademark facial scar from the sword of one of His Majesty’s officers. The brothers returned home as part of a prisoner exchange, but both had contracted smallpox. Robert died, making Andrew an only child. Andrew survived, thanks to his mother’s nursing efforts. • Sadly, family continued to slip away from young Andy. His mother left for Charleston to help nurse POWs on British warships in the harbor. She contracted cholera and died. The following year, at the age of 15, Andrew inherited $1200 from his maternal grandfather. With no one to guide him, the rambunctious teenager quickly squandered the money gambling. Whether he’d learned a lesson or simply sown all his wild oats, Jackson seemed to learn his lesson and buckle down. He left South Carolina to study law, and became an attorney in 1787. • Jackson moved to Nashville and rented a room at the home of a widow named Donelson. Her daughter, Rachel, had just returned home to escape a tempestuous marriage. It was love at first sight. The excited new couple couldn’t wait until her divorce was final, and they exchanged vows in 1791. Two years later, Rachel’s ex-husband sued her for divorce on the grounds of adultery. After he was granted a divorce, Andrew and Rachel wed again in January 1794. • After a short stint representing then-new-state Tennessee in Congress, Jackson returned home. He spent much of the next 15 years building up his farm and breeding horses. Jackson’s heroics during the War of 1812 defined him; he took a commission as major general and led his troops to two major victories. First, he defeated the Creek Indians, allies of the British. Then, more famously, he defended the city of New Orleans against an invading British force. • Jackson returned to the U.S. Senate in 1823, and then set his sights on the White House. After losing to John Quincy Adams in 1824, he defeated the same opponent four years later, and served two terms in office. • In 1835, Jackson became the first president to undergo a known assassination attempt. Unemployed painter Richard Lawrence confronted Andrew outside the U.S. Capitol, and fired a shot. The gun misfired, so he drew a second pistol and tried again. Again, the gun jammed. The 67-year-old president responded by thwacking the attacker with his cane. Lawrence was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and later died in an asylum.


Best of Both Worlds
“Let’s get serious,” the cynical racing fan says to me. “You only like Danica Patrick because she’s hot.” Look, I reply, it would be a lie -- a very big lie -- for me to say that I did not think Danica Patrick is hot. She makes the view all the better in the “Sporting View” universe. And I’m tired of pretending that her looks don’t have anything to do with it, either. I’m a guy. I like fast cars and women. Danica Patrick in an Indy car, going 200 mph, is a good thing. And Danica knows she’s hot, too. You don’t wear a leather bustier and pose for FHM magazine or the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue if you don’t think you are. And her looks don’t have to overshadow career. That’s what I like about Danica. Rather than saying, “Hey, everyone just cares about my looks, and I want to be respected as a race-car driver,” she goes with both sides of the argument: I’m hot AND a respected race-car driver. In the business world, you get a lot of that from women -- the whole “I want to be respected for my work and not my looks.” I always thought that was silly. You can be respected for your work, and you can also be very good-looking. Do you think guys care about stuff like that? When two male executives meet for the first time, invariably they judge each other by, what seems 2nd Quarter 2006 at first, to be very shallow things ... the grip of their Week their handshake, their ties, 22 watches, the shine of their shoes. Upon May 28 - Jun 3 closer examination, however, these things are very telling: If you’re dressed like you’re on your Back Page way to a rock fight, if you made the conscious decision to wear a wrinkled shirt and a tie that has hot sauce on it (or worse, decided to wear a Tabasco tie), then you’re probably not going to climb up the corporate ladder. Show me an ugly male CEO and I’ll show you a guy that started his own company. Now, take a guy like Richard Petty. As a kid, I loved the guy. I loved how he raced, I loved his car. I even liked his hat. But I didn’t want to see him in a leather bustier. Petty, for his part, doesn’t want to see Patrick in racing. He was once quoted as saying that it was too hard for women to race, or some other nonsense. Danica Patrick won her first Indy-car race, the Japan 300, last month. The monkey’s off her back, the glass ceiling has shattered and it had nothing to do with her looks. (Well ... maybe just a little bit.) Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter and publisher of The Parkville (Mo.) Luminary.
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BICYCLES (continued): • In the 1890s, the first “modern” bicycles appeared: chain-driven vehicles with similarly-sized tires. These were safer than the high-wheel models (and were even called FIREARMS TRAINING FOR “safety bicycles” as a result), but proved a step FILM AND TELEVISION backwards in comfort. While the long spokes of high-wheel bikes absorbed bumps and ruts, the smaller wheels on these new bikes, particularly when coupled with the hard-rubber tires of the era, made for jarring, unpleasant rides.


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1. Bob Welch was the last pitcher to win 25 or more games in a season (27 in 1990). For which team did he win them? 2. Who was the last Milwaukee Brewer before Prince Fielder in 2007 to be voted by fans as a starter in the AllStar Game? 3. When was the last time before the 2007 season that the University of Hawaii appeared in a bowl game on the mainland? 4. Name the last two teammates to finish 1-2 in the NBA season scoring race. 5. How many consecutive NHL seasons had Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis tallied 30 or more goals before getting 25 in 2007-08? 6. In 2008, Graham Rahal became the youngest winner ever of a major open-wheel race (the Indy Racing League’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg) at 19 years, 93 days. Whose mark did he break? 7. In 2008, tennis player Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man to win an ATP event since 1992. Who did it then?
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Save $$$ on Your Grocery Bill

When little kids think of saving money, they think of piggy banks. That’s certainly a start, but saving is more than taking what you have and putting it in a cute, fat, pink thing. It’s also about watching how you spend money. Coupons are a fun way to show children that if you’re careful about how you purchase things, you actually can save a lot. Make saving money on groceries and basic household items a family affair. First, ask your kids if they would like to go shopping together. When you’ve got a few takers, invite them to sit down and begin -- at home. Here’s what you’ll need: Sunday newspaper Standard-size business envelopes Markers Poster board or a bulletin board Before you go: Open the Sunday paper and pull out the coupons. This is an activity that works for nonreaders as well as readers. Product recognition is at work. Use the scissors to snip out any products you’ve seen around the house, or try some new ones. Check for online coupons of your favorite products, too. Print and clip. When you’re all done, take the envelopes and think of some

handy categories, such as: HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES BREAKFASTS SCHOOL LUNCHES DINNERS TREATS PETS Write these words on the flap side of different envelopes, but also be sure to cut out a little picture of a product that best represents the category and glue it on the envelope as well. That way, nonreaders can participate in the next step. Mount these envelopes on a big piece of poster board, or pin them to a bulletin board. Now start sorting. (This is a terrific way to teach valuable sorting skills.) Cookies and cake mixes go in the envelope marked TREATS. Cereals, waffles and bagels get tucked into BREAKFASTS, and so on. When you’re ready to go shopping, check the list of what you need against the coupons you have collected, and put the appropriate ones in a little pencil case. Tell your kids, “Come on! Let’s go to the store and save some money!” Quick tip: It might be fun with older kids to sit down and add up exactly what you’ve saved after each trip. Encourage them to keep a running chart. At the end of the month they’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ve amassed just the right amount of money for a family outing. (c) 2008 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

Balancing Work and Pregnancy
Being pregnant and working full time might seem like an overwhelming combination. To effectively balance pregnancy and work, consider these tips from Dr. Tamara Kuittinen, an emergency medicine physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. Laurie Zephyrin, an obstetrician/gynecologist. First, make sure your doctor visits take priority. You will have monthly appointments throughout your pregnancy until your final month, when you’ll visit weekly. Schedule these well in advance so that you can fit them in during your lunch break or another convenient time. Next, prepare for morning sickness, which typically occurs in the first trimester, by drinking and eating small amounts throughout the day. Prenatal vitamins and short naps also can help reduce bouts of morning sickness. Schedule any work-related travel for the right time.

The best time to travel is between 14 and 28 weeks into your pregnancy. However, talk to your doctor before making any travel plans, especially if you’ll be traveling to a foreign country. Insomnia, which is common during the second and third trimesters, can affect your work. Try sleeping on your side or using a full-body pillow, which can help make sleeping more comfortable. Finally, plan for your delivery. Research your company’s maternity-leave policy, and return to work only when you are ready -- both physically and emotionally. In addition, have a suitcase packed for the hospital and a driver who is ready to take you at a moment’s notice. If necessary, make arrangements for your other children while you’re at the hospital. “By anticipating and planning for some of these challenges, working mothers-to-be can enjoy these nine months both on the job and off,” said Dr. Kuittinen.
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