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Considered nosy by neighbors

Dear Annie: I was told recently by a neighbor that the neighbors next door to me call me Mrs. Kravitz, a reference to the nosy neighbor on “Bewitched.” I am bewildered and hurt. My kitchen window is in view of their back door, and when I’m washing dishes or cleaning up the area, they ...

Datebook

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Datebook is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. Unless otherwise noted, events listed should be considered free and open to the public. Due to numerous entries, items may appear for only one week. Entries appear in chronological order and as there is space. The ...

Meeting Memos

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Meeting Memos column is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. FRIDAYS TOPS WV 0590, MILL CREEK meets Fridays at Tygart Valley Community Library in Mill Creek. Weigh-in starts at 10 a.m., and the meeting starts at 10:45 a.m. For more information, call Anita at ...

Cowboys, Raiders hope to salvage troubled seasons

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A season that began with such high expectations in Dallas and Oakland is headed to the finish with the Cowboys and Raiders struggling to stay alive in the playoff race. Whether it’s Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension that helped derail Dallas (7-6) or the poor defense ...

Rodgers’ return breathes life into Packers’ hopes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are hoping the return of Aaron Rodgers can propel them into the postseason. But the Packers (7-6) are going to need plenty of help aside from the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player’s return, as they remain on the outside looking in at the NFC ...

Horoscope

This Mercury (retrograde) and Venus alignment in Sagittarius will be a real challenge to people who like things the way they are. Restlessness and boredom are like chickens coming home to roost. Those birds are nice enough, but do you really want to live in the same coop with them? Spread your ...

Hints From Heloise

Take care of the cord Dear Heloise: I’d like to urge everyone who owns a pet and a computer to hide their cords in a long tube designed to hold wires, or to somehow get those cords off the floor. We recently had an accident here where our cat bit down on a cord and got a NASTY SHOCK. It ...

Costas wins Hall’s Frick Award for basketball broadcasting

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — As a boy, Bob Costas took a cross-country drive with his dad, delighting in spinning the radio dial and listening “through the crackle and static” to broadcasts from far-flung ballparks. He pulled in the big stations — WJR in Detroit, KDKA in Pittsburgh, ...

FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’

(AP) — The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds. In a straight ...

Illness sidelines McCain, Cochran as tax vote nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans rushed toward votes next week on their sweeping $1.5 trillion tax package, hopeful ailing Sens. John McCain and Thad Cochran will be back and well enough to cast their votes. The 81-year-old McCain is at a local military hospital being treated for the ...

Trump vs. distractions

Side issues — some of them created by the president himself — have obscured the accomplishments of the Donald Trump administration during his first year in office. The economy is the most obvious one. From anemic growth in the previous administration, it is now growing at around 3 ...

Robert Mueller’s Valentine writers

A cascade of embarrassing details has poured out over the last few weeks on how special counsel Robert Mueller’s staff is a gang of Democratic partisans with a rooting interest in Hillary Clinton in 2016. Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman even attended the doomed election-night Clinton ...

Bridge collapse led inspection mandate

CHARLESTON (AP) — Truck driver Bill Needham braced for death at the bottom of the Ohio River after a bridge collapse 50 years ago in West Virginia sent his rig and dozens of other vehicles into the frigid waters. A crucial joint in the 39-year-old Silver Bridge’s eyebar suspension system ...

Rachel native becomes Nashville recording artist

FAIRMONT (AP) — Rachel native Isaac Sharp shared his story of becoming a recording artist in Nashville and his current charity efforts to give back to his new community in Tennessee. Sharp grew up in Rachel and attended the Nazarene Church in Mannington, which is where he was first ...

QB Osweiller leads Broncos past the Colts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler ran for one touchdown and threw for two more Thursday night to lead the Broncos past Indianapolis 25-13. Osweiler replaced the injured Trevor Siemian in the first quarter and played his best football of the season. The Broncos (5-10) ...

Steelers look to ‘man up’ against Brady

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The answer to getting to Tom Brady is right there in vivid high definition. The Pittsburgh Steelers have watched it on video repeatedly over the past 11 months since Brady and the New England Patriots turned the AFC championship game into a glorified 7-on-7 drill. Four ...

U.S. stocks slide lower

NEW YORK (AP) — Health care companies and banks drove U.S. stocks lower Thursday, pulling major indexes below their recent highs. The afternoon slide, which erased gains from earlier in the day, came on news that some Republican senators’ support for the GOP’s proposed tax overhaul ...

NYT publisher retires

NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of the New York Times Company is stepping down after 25 years. The Times announced Thursday that Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. will retire as of December 31, but will remain as chairman of the board of directors. He will be succeeded as publisher by his son and the ...

Senate may put off most anticipated probe findings

WASHINGTON (AP) — With no firm conclusions yet on whether President Donald Trump’s campaign may have coordinated with Russia, the Senate intelligence committee could delay answering that question and issue more bipartisan recommendations early next year on protecting future elections ...

Horoscope

The moon and Neptune open windows of imagination. This time of year, it can be a challenge for some to use our imaginations hopefully. If the holiday blues strike, then remember that the shadows of the spirit can only occur because there’s a light source nearby. Ask for the help necessary to ...