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Chronic back pain causing short temper

Dear Annie: I have chronic back pain thanks to sciatica. I chose to treat it with physical therapy and exercise, and I take muscle relaxers and or anti-inflammatory drugs when the pain really flares up. I chose to forego all painkillers, be they opium-based or synthetic. The problem is that the ...

Hints From Heloise

The price of being a woman? Dear Readers: DO WOMEN PAY MORE THAN MEN for haircuts, personal grooming, dry cleaning and apparel, among other things? A 2015 study by the New York Department of Consumer Affairs concluded that women can pay an average of 7% more than men for virtually the same ...

Meeting Memos

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Meeting Memos column is reserved for nonprofit, civic organizations. TUESDAYS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS will meet from 8 - 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Grace Episcopal Church. ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP will meet at 5 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at Colonial Place, 301 ...

Horoscope

The Gemini sun floats in on a cloud of ideas, some brightly optimistic, others jittery and trepidatious. Then Mercury doubles the number of thoughts a few hours later, also joining the realm of the twins. The secret to happiness today will be a selective focus. Decide how you want to feel, and ...

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 ...

Reunions

BODKINS: The 14th annual Willie Bodkins family reunion will begin at 10 a.m. June 8 at Camp Pioneer near Beverly. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish. CHEWNING: The Chewning reunion will begin at 1 p.m. June 29 at Staurt Park. POE: The reunion of the descendants of Tom and ...

Judge sides with Congress in demands for records

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled against President Donald Trump on Monday in a financial records dispute with Congress and said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed. Trump called it a “crazy” decision that his lawyers would appeal. The ruling by U.S. District ...

Senate GOP leader would raise age for buying tobacco to 21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation’s leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21. The chamber’s top Republican, ...

Ex-White House lawyer won’t testify

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed his former White House Counsel Donald McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena Monday, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that maintains McGahn would have immunity from testifying about his work as a close Trump adviser. A lawyer for ...

Stocks fall as Huawei ban prompts sell-off

(AP) — Chipmakers and other technology companies pulled U.S. stocks lower Monday, extending the market’s losses into another week. The U.S. decision to ban technology sales to China’s Huawei hammered the tech sector, particularly chipmakers. About one-third of Huawei’s suppliers are ...

Seeing a twisting road ahead, Ford cuts 7K white-collar jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10 percent of its global salaried workforce. The major revamp, which had been ...

Powell says he sees ‘moderate’ risk from corporate debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says a sharp rise in corporate debt is being closely monitored but currently the Fed does not see the types of threats that triggered the 2008 financial crisis. In remarks prepared for a banking conference in Fernandina Beach, ...

Blue Apron latest to suffer in market

(AP) — It’s a turbulent time for meal kit companies. Blue Apron said Monday it could be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange because its closing share price has been lower than $1 since early May. The company’s share price plunged 8 percent to close at 68 cents. New York-based ...

Tesla stock falls on Model 3 concerns

(AP) — Shares of Tesla are down 50 percent since September, with concerns about Model 3 demand in the U.S. at the forefront. Daniel Ives of WedBush said in a client note Monday that so far there seems to be mixed signals on Model 3 demand, which could make it harder for Tesla to achieve a ...

Distillers welcome the end of tariffs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American whiskey producers feeling the pain from the Trump administration’s trade disputes have gotten a shot of relief with an agreement that will end retaliatory tariffs Canada and Mexico slapped on whiskey and other U.S. products. The whiskey industry hailed the ...

Allowing prisoners to vote: let’s think this through

So democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to give all prisoners the right to vote. He said so during a recent campaign speech, much to the surprise of many. I was among them. Sanders believes that “the right to vote is inherent to our democracy” and even “terrible ...

Democrats’ (not entirely) ‘Bleak Prospects’

In my line of work, I run into more than a few Democrats whose mood swings of late are frankly semi-wild. Last November, when their party won 41 Republican U.S. House seats and took the House majority from the GOP, Democrats were almost giddy, increasingly confident that voters in 2020 would ...

Model train on display at W.Va. health care facility

PARKERSBURG (AP) — You can hear the train coming and rolling round the bend at a new outdoor display at Ohio Valley Health Care on Nicolette Road. Construction was recently completed on the 980-square-foot display that includes 220 feet of G gauge track, three trains on three levels, homes, ...

Prosecutor: Woman admits threatening to kill Trump

WHEELING (AP) — A West Virginia woman has acknowledged that she threatened to kill President Donald Trump. A prosecutor said Monday that 25-year-old Taryn Corrinne Henthorn of Middlebourne pleaded guilty in federal court in Wheeling. Authorities say Henthorn made the threat on Facebook and ...

Why impeachment now?

WASHINGTON — As President Trump continues his opposition to congressional Democrats’ demands for under-oath testimony from him and various other associates, their calls for his impeachment remain in limbo. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists that Trump be left to “self-impeachment” for ...