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Reader feels betrayed by friend talking behind their back

Dear Annie: I have a problem with my friend “Julie” that I’m not sure how to handle. She’s a really good friend in many ways. She’s always there when I’m going through hard stuff. She’s generous with food and gifts and other thoughtful gestures. For instance, last year, when she ...

Meeting Memos

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Meeting Memos column is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. FRIDAYS FREE FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES, sponsored by the city of Parsons and Parsons Parks and Recreation Commission, will begin at 6 p.m. June 14 through Aug. 9. Those attending should bring lawn ...

Horoscope

An adage from the ancient east says: “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” And so it goes. The motions of this day will look remarkably like the motions of days before, but this first full day of Mercury in Aquarius brings a brightness ...

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 ...

Hints From Heloise

Have a healthy flight! Dear Heloise: As a flight attendant, I’ve learned how to “FLY HEALTHY,” and here are a few hints to keep you safe while traveling: • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. • Take along a surgical mask. This is especially important for elderly people or ...

Starbucks, home of the $4 latte, is moving into more poor areas

DETROIT (AP) — Starbucks has a point to prove: There’s more to the company than selling $4 lattes to rich people. The Seattle-based coffee giant that has cultivated a reputation for being socially responsible said Thursday it is expanding its effort to put more coffee shops — and create ...

Stock indexes rally

(AP) — Another rally on Wall Street powered stock indexes to more records Thursday. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite notched all-time highs, extending the market’s gains after a strong start to the year. A batch of solid economic data injected more ...

Do away with caucuses?

“It is quite astonishing to see with what deadpan and neutral a tone our press and television report the open corruption — and the flagrantly anti-democratic character — of the Iowa caucuses.” I quote the late Christopher Hitchens because I couldn’t put it better. In a primary, ...

‘Smoking gun’ witness

WASHINGTON — A key associate of Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has declared President Donald Trump “knew exactly what was going on” in the scheme to get political dirt from Ukrainian officials on former Vice President Joe Biden. Against the backdrop of the Senate Republican majority ...

Cancel culture strikes once again

In November, I was banned in Boston after speech-squelchers on the left and right forced the cancellation of my lecture at Bentley University, a small private institution. The grassroots activists who had invited me were rejected by every major event venue in the nation’s purported Cradle of ...

Trying to get a handle on the past

Dear Annie: I am a 32-year-old married man with two children. I am trying to come to terms with my childhood. I grew up in a dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and a mother who had numerous affairs. My elder brother, “Michael,” was my world. He is only three years older than I ...

Hints From Heloise

Combating dry skin in winter Dear Readers: Winter’s dry air, low humidity and freezing temperatures can do a number on the skin. Do you adjust how you shower? You should. Frequent long, hot showers can DRY OUT THE SKIN, leaving it red, irritated and inflamed. A five-to-seven-minute shower ...

Meeting Memos

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Meeting Memos column is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. THURSDAYS AMERICAN LEGION POST 29 meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the upstairs hall of the Post Home. AMERICAN LEGION LADIES AUXILIARY UNIT 29 will meet at 6:30 p.m. the ...

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 ...

Horoscope

As Mercury enters the intellectual realm of Aquarius, stay aware of your two minds — the monkey mind thought generator and the hovering angel choosing which thoughts seem useful enough to act on. In short, to identify with or believe in the thoughts that bring you down is to make a deal with ...

Firm offers free cybersecurity help to campaigns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major U.S. web infrastructure and security company will be providing free support to federal election campaigns, hoping to help thwart any repeats of the large-scale effort by Russian agents in 2016 to steal and leak sensitive campaign emails and documents. San ...

House leaders march Trump impeachment articles to the Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic procession across the U.S. Capitol, Democratic House leaders marched the formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate late Wednesday, setting the stage for only the third trial to remove a president in American history. Trump ...

Differences of punditry

People who want to work should be allowed to work. That includes people who once went to jail. With President Donald Trump’s support, Congress spends your money giving ex-cons “employment assistance.” Why bother? State laws often make such employment impossible. Courtney Haveman ...

Differences of punditry

WASHINGTON — Wouldn’t you know it: That ol’ rascal — The Gender Issue — has sallied forth to play havoc in the Democratic primary race. When all else fails, what works better than a his-or-her contretemps? Still, it’s kind of sad that two of the elder candidates — Sens. Bernie ...

Stop with the silly ‘centrist’ labels

The most abused adjective in political reporting is the label “centrist.” It should tell you everything about the politician. Unfortunately, it tells us far more about those applying the label. The American Conservative Union ratings system has been widely accepted as the voting compass ...