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Cat walking — beneficial or not?

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DEAR PAW’S COR­NER: I have a neighbor who puts both of her cats on leashes and walks them through the neighborhood each day. Shouldn’t they be outside on their own, prowling and doing cat stuff? — Concerned Cat Mom in Providence, Rhode Island


DEAR CONCERNED: As long as the cats aren’t distressed by the leash, I...

Savor the spice

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A culinary journey with red lentil dal

Are you ready to tantalize your taste buds with a culinary adventure? While we might not be jetting off to distant lands anytime soon, we can certainly embark on a delicious journey right from our own kitchens. So, let’s fasten our apron strings and take a flavorful trip to India with a classic dish: Red Lentil Dal.

Dal (also spelled “dahl,” “daal” or “dhal,” but I’m sticking with “dal”) is the Indian name for dried, split pulses (like lentils, peas and beans) that don’t require pre-soaking. Dal, in its various forms, is a global nutritional powerhouse, transcending cultural boundaries and culinary preferences. Whether it’s...

Moments in Time

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On Feb. 26, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jass (later Jazz) Band recorded “Livery Stable Blues,” the world’s first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York. That same year, the group also made the first appearance of a jazz band in a motion picture, a silent film titled “The Good for Nothing.”

On Feb. 27, 1938, a new mascot design was created by Chris Klein and C. Karnstadt for use by the Pontiac car brand, in the form of an Indian maiden. The theme was inspired by connections with the General Motors war chief who was employed in the GM manufacturing division.

On Feb. 28, 1983, the final episode of “M*A*S*H,” a series about the staff of an Army...

When dog walking is a tug of war

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My dog Trey is a 3-year-old mixed breed, mostly Lab, who pulls at his leash every time we go out for a walk. I don’t want to use a choke collar, because it seems painful and counterproductive to punish him every time he tries to pull ahead. How can I get Trey to walk next to me and not tug all the time? — Bill in New Orleans

DEAR BILL: Dogs love being outside and exploring. That’s a big reason why Trey is tugging at his leash — he wants to run and explore everything in the world. But that’s not possible in the city. And for the sake of your leash-holding arm, getting Trey to relax is a big deal.

You’re probably saying, “Oh, this is where Sam tells us...

Local celebrity brings fellow stars to Gallup

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Colt Balok hosting ‘A Night with the Stars’ on Feb. 24

Local celebrity Colt Balok, who has hosted his talk show The Colt Balok Show for five years, is returning to his hometown of Gallup to kick off his new A Night with the Stars segment on Feb. 24.

With 1.3 million followers on Facebook, The Colt Balok Show is now the fastest growing talk show on the platform on an international level.

Balok started the show in Albuquerque but chose to set the show’s new live event premiere in Gallup.

“This is a way to honor where I came from and look to the future,” Balok said.

Unlike his pre-taped show, A Night with the Stars will allow Balok to take a more Graham-Norton-like approach...

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