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THE DAILY GLOBE, Ironwood, Ml— Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998 Page 14 Phone owners potential victims FOR BETTER OR WORSE Dear Ann Landers: I read with interest your columns on telephone fraud and appreciate the opportunity to respond. As you/ readers report, telephone- related fraud is on the rise -- and virtually everyone with a telephone is a potential victim. The two most common scams are "slamming" (changing a phone customer's local or long-distance provider without permission} and "cramming" (adding unauthorized charges to a telephone bill). While Amerilech and other companies offer anti-slamming protection, there is no substitute for your readers' own vigilance. I'd offer them this advice: When the monthly bill arrives, look it over carefully — and don't hesitate to call with questions: Otherwise, we have no way to know if you've been cheated. And while you're at it, pass along this advice to elderly family members or friends who, unfortunately, are particularly susceptible to this unscrupulous behavior. Thank you for helping spread the word to customers on how to protect themselves. - RICHARD NOTE- BAERT, CHAIRMAN AND CEO. AMERTTECH DEAR RJCHARD NOTES AEKT: It's especially reassuring to get word from the man at the top. Thank you for helping me inform and protect my readers. Dear Am Landers: My problem is not of any great importance - in fact, it's really quite funny -- but it's also baffling. My molhcr-in-law, a wonderful woman, has a key to our house and is welcome here whether we are at home or not. She has never been Ann Landers intrusive except for one thing. Every now and ihcn, 1 notice my tea keltic has had a good polishing. I finally made the connection between the shiny kettle and my mothcr-in-bw's visits. My house is quite clean, and I am comfortable having my mothcr-in- law drop by at any time. 1 simply don't understand this keule mystery I am not upset about it and wouldn't hurl the woman's feelings for anything in the world. Actually, it's more amusing than troublesome. Should I tell my molhcr-in-law I've noticed the freshly polished kettle? Lately, I've been tempted to leave my tarnished silver on the kitchen counter. - BAFFLED IN THE EAST DEAR BAFFLED: The shiny kettle is the result of your mbthcr-in- law's "secret" compulsion. It won't make any difference if you mention it because she will keep on polishing that kettle no mailer what She cannot help it P.S. If you left your tarnished silver out, I'll bet she would polish that, too. Dear Ann Landers: I recently visited my 89-year-old grandfather, who is on a fixed income. When I checked his mailbox, I discovered that th is sweet and generous man was giving money to every organization that sent him a solicitation. Can we get Grandpa off the junk-, mail lists without his permission? He values his independence and would rcscni our interference, but it breaks my hean 10 see ihis man send money he can ill afford to every organ i?-ation lhat claims the money is for a humanitarian purpose or he can win a sweepstakes. Thanks for your help, Ann. - LOVING GRANDDAUGHTER IN L.A. DEAR L,A.: Loving relatives must look out for one another. You can get your grandfather off the junk-mail lists by writing to Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale. N.Y. 11735. Be sure to print or type his full name, address; city, state and xip code. I caution you, however, lhat this may not work for some of those "humanitarian" solicitations. The only sure way to stop Ihose mailings is to have someone intercept Grandpa's incoming mail. What's the truth about pot, cocaine, LSD. PCP. crack, speed and^ downers? "The Lowdown on Dope" has up-to-the-minute information on drugs. Send a self-addressed, long, business-size envelope and a check or money order for $3.75 (this includes postage and handling) to: Lowdown. do Ann Landers, P.O. Box. 11562. Chicago. III. 60611-0562. (In Canada, send $4.55.) To find out more aboul Ann Landers and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.crealors.com. ANN LANDERS® ©1998. Creators Syndicate Your Horoscope Wednesday. Sept. 16, 199« In the year ahead, you are likely to be even more enterprising and ambitious than you've been in the past. There's a possibility you'll strive (of success in two areas simultaneously- Bridge North 09-15-M * 8 6 4 V 8 6 5 * 4 * A 7 6 5 3 2 West East . A 10 973 * K Q 5 K 4 VJ10972 J 10 9 6 • Q 8 7 3 * Q 10 9 * 8 South * A J 2 * A Q 3 * A K 5 2 * K J 4 Vulnerable:.Neither Dealer: South South 2 NT West Pass North East 3 NT All pass Opening lead: » J VIRGO (Aug. 23-S*pt. 22) Some complications you'll have to deal with could be of your own making today. You will only make mailers worse if you try lo blame these mishaps on associates. Virgo, Ireat yourself to a birthday girt. Send lor your Astro-Graph predictions tor Ihe year ahead by mailing $2 and SASE to Astro- Graph, c/o this newspaper, P.O. Box J758, Murray Hill Station, New York. NY 10158. B« sure to state your zodiac sign. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Opt. 23) Do not yield to peer pressure ahd do something that goes against your better judgment today II you weaken and give in. you'll regret this tack of backbone later. SCORPIO (Oct. i4-Nov. 22) Too many irons in the fire could lead to your undoing today. You would be better otf attempting one thing, putting all your forces behind it, and turning it into a winner. SAGITTARIUS (Now. 23-Dec. 21) You might feel it's necessary to pretend you are knowledgeable about something you're not today. Your blurt won't collect believers, and your lies will bo quickly perceived. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) If you're trying to poke your nose into the affairs ol others today, be prepared to accept the consequences. : AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) You're an innately independent individual, capable ol thinking things through on your own. .Today, however, your opinions might be unduly influenced by cohorts. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) If a critical sen/ice is. performed lor you today, try to personally supervise whal is going on at each phase of the operation. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Guard against being too possessive or demanding of loved ones today. They may rebel against your "tough love." TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Don't make critical domestic decisions today without your male being present or at least consulted as to what you have in mind. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Keep your mind focused on your objectives today, or else things may slart going awry. Problems you generate while working will be traceable to poor concentration. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Be extremely prudenl in the management ol your personal resources loday. This is not the right time lo gamble, guess or speculate on financial or commercial matters. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You could find yourself on a bare branch today if you try to champion an unpopular cause. Better wait until you have more supporters than antagonists. More from the tumbling deck By Philiip Alder I had so much fun reading Donald Parson's "Fall of the Cards" (Little, Brown, 1959) that I am going to show you another of his deals. (I wrote this column on Bastille Day, so was tempted to give the iqueeze deal in which West had to keep a king to stop dummy's four from becoming high. Parson added, "And thus is proved the truth of the old adage that even a quatre may look at a king.") For this deal, check out all quatre hands. How should South play in three no-trump? Why was the contract defeated? West led the diamond jack. North is right to raise to three no- trump. Five clubs is a long way off, and if his suit can be utilized, three no- trump should coast home Since there are four tricks outside clubs, it looks easy to cash the club king, then to duck a club. Assuming clubs aren't 4-0, you must rake in at least nine tricks. However, that doesn't allow for West, Miss Manhattan. She was playing with Mr. Masters. The thought of partnering an expert so unnerved her that she deemed it necessary to have a couple of stiff drinks before the game. Then, after South had cashed the club king and continued with the jack, Miss Manhattan played not the queen, but her 10! Disbelieving anyone would do that voluntarily, South was convinced the clubs were splitting 2-2. He called for dummy's ace and went three down. Mr. Masters was most impressed. "That was such a silky smooth play, partner. And the Chinese make wonderful silk garments. Do you have any Chinese in your blood?" "No, Scotch." 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