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Hints From Heloise

Outside pet water Dear Heloise: As the weather grows warmer, I’d like to remind people to keep a bowl of fresh, clean water outside for their pets and wildlife. Be sure it’s in a large bowl that won’t tip over, in the shade, if possible. Our summers seem to be getting warmer and warmer, ...

Horoscope

In the 19th century, the phenomenon of ghost ships was not entirely uncommon. Vessels were found adrift in oceans, cargo intact, not a soul on board and an eerie void where the explanation should be. A lucky angle of communication planet Mercury to Pluto invites us to fill in the details of our ...

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 ...

This Week In W.Va. History

CHARLESTON — The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org. May 10, 1863, Stonewall Jackson died after uttering the words: “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of ...

WH to direct supply of COVID drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to head off another chaotic scramble for scarce supplies, the White House said Friday it will step in to help coordinate distribution of the first drug that appears to help some COVID-19 patients recover faster. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that ...

Poll: Most in U.S. back curbing in-person worship amid virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the White House looks ahead to reopening houses of worship, most Americans think in-person religious services should be barred or allowed only with limits during the coronavirus pandemic — and only about a third say that prohibiting in-person services violates ...

Radicalized conservatives

During Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, some conservatives, including supposedly Donald Trump-despising ones, declared themselves “radicalized.” “Kavanaugh snapped something in me,” Sohrab Ahmari tweeted. The Democrats had demonstrated their depravity, they said. On ...

Trump hits campaign trail

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday flew to Phoenix on Air Force One to visit a face mask manufacturing facility. It was a thinly veiled political junket that contributed more to his reelection hopes than to fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The costly round trip followed a staged ...

Who doesn’t use cash?

Last year seems a lifetime ago, but even then, cash was no longer king. The greenback had already lost its premier role as Americans’ medium of exchange in dollar terms. Plastic card and digital transactions had taken over. And that’s how stores, restaurants and other businesses seemed to ...

Just how long is Joe Biden planning to stay in his basement?

Where Barack Obama achieved notoriety for “leading from behind,” Joe Biden, these last two months, has been leading from the basement. And, one must add, doing so quite successfully. Since his rout of Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday, Biden has led President Donald Trump in every ...

Google is watching your children

Schools remain shuttered across the country, 30 million Americans are out of work, and food banks are running low, but the edutech sector is booming. Silicon Valley companies are feasting on an exploding client base of quarantined students held hostage to “online learning.” Big Google is ...

U.S. stock see rise

(AP) — Wall Street doubled down on its bet that the worst of the recession has passed, sending stocks higher again on Friday despite another historic, crushing report on the job market. Stocks around the world were already rising before the U.S. government gave its monthly report on jobs, ...

Jobless rate spikes to 14.7%, highest since Great Depression

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus has done to a now-shattered economy. The losses, ...

Hatfield-McCoy Trails to reopen

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said Friday that the famous Hatfield-McCoy Trails can reopen later this month as he continues to lift the state’s coronavirus restrictions. The Republican governor said the all-terrain vehicle trails can open on May 21 after they were ...

UFC 249 could ‘bring sense of normalcy to people’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — UFC President Dana White still wants “Fight Island.” He’s temporarily settling for a peninsula. UFC 249 will serve as the first major sporting event to take place since the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country nearly two months ago. The bouts ...

MLB to cut amateur draft from 40 rounds to five

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will cuts its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million. Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize ...

Colts’ Rivers named head coach-in-waiting at Alabama HS

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers has already lined up the first job of his post-playing career. Rivers was introduced Friday as the head coach-in-waiting at St. Michael Catholic High School in a news conference on campus. The 16-year veteran of the Los ...

Coronavirus upends the U.S. food system

LOS ANGELES — Near downtown Los Angeles, a meat processing plant ramped up production even as it worked to keep frontline employees separated from one another. In Salinas, Calif., a lettuce grower hustled to redirect supply after being forced to plow under unused crops. In the Bay Area, a ...

Hints From Heloise

Silver tarnish remover Dear Readers: Are you looking for a project to do while you’re at home? How about cleaning your silver? Here’s an easy way to remove that tarnish: Line the bottom of a pan with aluminum foil. Pour in 2 quarts of boiling water and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Put ...

GOP leader names picks for House panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday named five Republicans, including his top deputy and one of Congress’ most combative defenders of President Donald Trump, to a new panel tracking federal coronavirus and economic relief spending. The second-ranking House ...