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Q: How can I get cherry Jello stain out of a tan carpet?

A: Here’s advice from the folks at Good Housekeeping:

1. Mix a teaspoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and a tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water.

2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution.

3. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

Q: Did Billy Graham ever know Jim Jones, the mass murderer of 900 people in Jonestown, Guyana?

A: It doesn’t look as if they ever met. But after the deaths at Jonestown, Graham wrote an editorial for the New York Times that received wide attention: “One may speak of the Jones situation as that of a cult, but it would be a sad mistake to identify it in any way with Christianity. It is true that he came from a religious background but what he did and how he thought have no relationship to the views and teachings of any legitimate form of historic Christianity. We have witnessed a false messiah who used the cloak of religion to cover a confused mind filled with a mixture of pseudo-religion, political ambition, sensual lust, financial dishonesty and, apparently, even murder. None of this has anything to do with true faith in God.”

Q: When did the University Avenue Hy-Vee actually open?

A: Hy-Vee opened on University Avenue in 1977 — part of the former Kmart building. The current store went up in 1992-93.

Q: Was George Washington a Republican or a Democrat?

A: Neither; those parties did not exist in Washington’s time. The first American political parties emerged during his time in office: the Federalists under Alexander Hamilton and the Anti-Federalist Party or Democratic-Republicans, started by Thomas Jefferson. In fact, Washington worried divisions caused by political parties could pull apart the new country, that members could be more concerned with gaining power for their party than with protecting the country as a whole. In his farewell address, he said, “Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.”

Q: Is “America’s Got Talent” going to return?

A: Yes. According to NBC, auditions are taking place right now.

Q: Which of the U.S. figure skaters received the bronze medal for the team? How do they determine which ones get it?

A: When a team places at the Olympics, generally each team member will receive a medal.

Q: Is Oral Roberts still living? If so, what is his age?

A: Roberts died in 2009, age 91.

Q: Will they be showing the movie “The Quiet Man” for St. Patrick’s Day?

A: We didn’t see any listings for national channels on the day this was received; that could change. You can find it on streaming services like Netflix.

Q: Do they plan to put a stop sign at Kimball and Shaulis?

A: The Waterloo City Council has not approved any changes to the current traffic control devices at that intersection.

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