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One month after United States and coalition forces left Iraq, I moved there to be a legal consultant at an airport. I joked with my friends at the time, "When the going gets tough, they send in the lawyers."
The following is a list of upcoming concerts that will take place in Mitchell, Huron and Pickstown. • Aug. 22: Country music singer/songwriter Dwight Yoakam, 7 p.m., at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Tickets are $45, and available at the Corn Palace box office at 995-8430. • Aug. 23: Comedian/ventriloquist Terry Fator, 7 p.m., at the Corn Palace. Tickets are $30, $40, $50, depending on location of seats. • Aug. 24: Country music act Craig Morgan with special guest Gloriana, 7 p.m., at the Corn Palace. Tickets are $40.
Here are bankruptcy filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of South Dakota, for Aug1 through Aug. 7. Individuals can file Chapter 7 petitions (asking that debts be liquidated); Chapter 12 (a simplified reorganization method for farmers and ranchers whose gross debt does not exceed $1.5 million); and Chapter 13 (a plan to repay some debts in three to five years). Businesses can file Chapter 11 petitions to reorganize their debts under a court-approved plan for repayment. • Aberdeen: Loretta Ann Schlink, Chapter 7. • Belle Fourche: Jami Kay Albrecht, Chapter 7.
Dear Heloise: Is there anything that can remedy the WATER IN A SNOW GLOBE when it becomes very clouded and discolored? I'm a Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance reader, and I look forward to your answer. -- Louise O., Staten Island, N.Y. Don't you just love snow globes? Such a simple thing that makes us smile! First, does it have a plug? If so, you can carefully empty the water and refill with distilled water using a turkey baster. Older globes were made using water, but today almost all are manufactured with a synthetic liquid -- glycol (i.e., antifreeze). If yours
Dear Heloise: Water is such a precious commodity, and we all should conserve in any way we can, large or small. When I am cooking a dish that needs additional water, I warm the amount needed in the microwave instead of running the tap until it gets warm. It is a shame for unused water to run into my septic system. -- Norma Gayle, Concan, Texas How right you are! We in Texas are very careful about saving our water! -- Heloise CLEANING VASES
DEAR DR. ROACH: Dad is 84, and has been retired almost 25 years. He does little physical activity because of his gout and arthritis. He buys 60 pounds of unsalted, in-shell peanuts every two months. This means he consumes about a pound a day. This has been going on for several years. Previous crazes included four to five cans of beer per day, diet soda, pretzels and chocolate-covered mint bars. Is Dad consuming too many peanuts? Are there any side effects? -- N.W.
Dear Heloise: Do you or your readers have any suggestions for preventing static- electricity shock? Getting out of cars is especially painful, and is really bad during the dry winter months. I'd appreciate any help. -- Julie W. in Connecticut Happy to pass along some hints to help prevent that shock! Static electricity can be a pain, and even can be dangerous. Here are a few hints for how to reduce it: • When getting out of a car, touch the metal part of the door. Once your feet touch the ground, then you can let go of the car door.
Pope Francis is rewriting the rules in his first year at the Vatican. Here are a few of Francis' symbolic changes and statements: • "Who am I to judge?" Pope Francis's July 29 comments on homosexuality contrasted with his predecessors'. In a wide-ranging talk, he reached out to gay people and said he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" • I will wash the feet of others.
WASHINGTON -- When The Washington Post Writers Group came courting several years ago, inviting me to join the company's syndicate, I remember well the pitch: We're a family. By then I had been syndicated for more than a decade by the Tribune Co. and was struck yet again by the layers of irony implicit in the words such media organizations use to describe themselves. Syndicate. Family. Thank God no one kissed me.