Age Before Beauty

* Sam, the World's Ugliest Dog, has died.

For three years in a row, hairless, crooked-toothed Sam claimed that title at a California fair. Sam's famously bad looks got him on TV shows in the United States and Japan and on a radio show in New Zealand. (How a dog does a radio show is a mystery to KidsPost.)

Sam's owner, Susie Lockheed, said she initially was terrified of the dog, a pedigreed Chinese crested, when she took Sam home on a trial basis six years ago. Although Lockheed grew to love Sam, the dog's frightening appearance drove away Lockheed's boyfriend.

Sam died on Friday, just short of his 15th birthday. His heart had been failing.

"I don't think there'll ever be another Sam," Lockheed said. "Some people would think that's a good thing."

Lost and Found

* A work crew removing a swimming pool in Fort Deposit, Maryland, found the remains of a 19th century mansion underneath.

A large stone slab with the words "Jacob Tome A.D. 1869" was among the pieces recovered last week.

Tome, a wealthy businessman and politician, was known to have built a home on the site that year. He lived there until his death in 1898. The house was torn down in the 1940s and a community pool was installed. The pool closed in 1983.

Give Us Your Cookies!

* Do you have a knockout no-bake cookie recipe that you enjoy making with your mom or dad, or on your own?

The Washington Post's Food section wants to include a no-bake recipe in its December cookie issue and is asking kids to send in their favorites.

The recipe does not have to be your own creation. It can require some microwaving or warming of ingredients on top of the stove, but no oven time.

The winning recipe will be printed in a special cookie edition of the Food section on Dec. 14. Entries must be received by Dec. 5.

Mail your recipe to No-Bake Cookie Contest, Food Section, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. Or send an e-mail to food@washpost.com. Please be sure to include your name, address and phone number.

Sam, the World's Ugliest Dog, died just short of his 15th birthday.