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Mother’s Day this year means getting creative from afar

NEW YORK (AP) — Treats made and delivered by neighbors. Fresh garden plantings dug from a safe 6 feet away. Trips around the world set up room-to-room at home. Mother’s Day this year is a mix of love and extra imagination as families do without their usual brunches and huggy meet-ups. ...

Taking time to grieve

Dear Annie: I have been good friends with Wanda for over 20 years. Though our friendship has lasted a long time, it’s not been without its trials. This is mostly because Wanda has a tendency to make everything about her. Recently, my beloved mother passed away after a long illness. When ...

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 ...

Fighters see UFC 249 as chance to help spread hope

(AP) — When the UFC leads North America’s major sports back into action Saturday night with a pay-per-view show in Florida, Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje know they can’t do anything tentatively. “We’ve got to go out there and keep sports alive,” Ferguson said Tuesday after he ...

Big 12 schools intend to open, giving football hope

(AP) — All 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference expect their campuses to be open in the fall, a key step toward launching fall sports. The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered sports at all levels, and conference commissioners have stressed to Vice President Mike Pence college athletics cannot ...

Community fishing is becoming a popular outlet during pandemic

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Tim Wirtz Jr. slowly spun the reel, tracking the retrieval of a plastic worm, when two shapes moved into his peripheral vision. The teen’s eyes gleamed as he peered through the crystal clear water at a pair of beefy rainbow trout cruising parallel to the ...

Second wave of infections feared

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Europe and the U.S. loosen their lockdowns against the coronavirus, health experts are expressing growing dread over what they say is an all-but-certain second wave of deaths and infections that could force governments to clamp back down. “We’re risking a backslide ...

Trump: COVID-19 task force not dismantling, just refocusing

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed course on plans to wind down his COVID-19 task force, attempting to balance his enthusiasm for “reopening” the country with rising infection rates in parts of the nation. The indecision on the fate of the expert panel was ...

Who pays when the dictator lives?

Rumors were rampant in mid-April when North Korea’s communist despot, Kim Jong Un, disappeared from public view at a surprising time: when the entire benighted citizenry of the country is required to worship his grandfather Kim Il Sung as some kind of Marxist deity. In a country this ...

Bump in Biden’s road

WASHINGTON — Just as former vice president Joe Biden is poised to become the Democratic presidential nominee, an allegation of sexual assault 27 years ago has interrupted his mission of restoring normalcy to American politics. A former staff aide named Tara Reade has charged that Biden ...

Finding virtual support groups

Dear Annie: While it is the best advice for stemming the COVID-19 pandemic, being told to isolate when you are a recovering alcoholic is the exact opposite of what the program Alcoholics Anonymous teaches us. However, during this isolation, when most of the AA meeting places have been shut ...

Horoscope

Get ready for the full moon in Scorpio, which is among the most scintillating of all moons. It is called the flower moon for the obvious correlations with spring, but there is more to its blossomy lunar essence. Beyond being pretty and fragrant, a flower is by nature an invitation, nature’s ...

States with few virus cases get big share of relief aid

(AP) — Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming are not epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet these four states scored big this spring when Congress pumped out direct federal aid, while the two hardest-hit states, New York and New Jersey, got comparatively little given the vast numbers of ...

Hints From Heloise

Glass-top stove Dear Heloise: Is it safe for me to use my cast iron skillet on my glass-top stove? I prefer cast iron because it gets hot quicker and stays hot a lot longer than other pots and pans. My stove instruction manual doesn’t mention it, and my cookbooks haven’t been helpful. — ...

Whistleblower: U.S. failed to prepare, sought quick virus fix

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration failed to prepare for the onslaught of the coronavirus, then sought a quick fix by trying to rush an unproven drug to patients, a senior government scientist alleged in a whistleblower complaint Tuesday. Dr. Rick Bright, former director of the ...

Cities to give some workers bonus

HUNTINGTON (AP) — Two cities in West Virginia are giving some employees a one-time extra payment for continuing to work with the public during the coronavirus pandemic. Huntington City Mayor Steve Williams announced Monday that $900 will be awarded to all the members of unions representing ...

Suspects in slaying jailed in W.Va.

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — Three people charged in connection with the killing of a Maryland man are now in jails in West Virginia, according to online records. Emily R. Day, 27, of Westminster, was transferred to Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, West Virginia, after her arrest in ...

Jets, Gore agree to terms on 1-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Gore’s likely run to Canton will go through the Big Apple for at least one season. The seemingly ageless running back, who turns 37 next Thursday, agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New York Jets on Tuesday. Gore is third on the NFL’s career rushing ...

Simmons ‘close or ready’ to NBA return

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Ben Simmons is closer to getting cleared to play, should the NBA season resume. Simmons, the league leader in steals, was sidelined with nerve issues in his lower back when the season was suspended on March 11 because of the coronavirus ...

Ravens revamped O-Line must protect and serve Lamar Jackson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — In their quest to keep quarterback Lamar Jackson upright and running, the Baltimore Ravens have put a priority on fortifying their offensive line following the retirement of eight-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda. It’s unlikely that anyone will step in at right ...