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Good Golly, Ohio

Golly, the political landscape of Ohio is confounding. I say that as a lifelong Ohioan who knows that’s about as true as a presidential tweet. I’m going to give it a go anyway and see how long I can keep it up, as that’s the current national narrative about my home state. One Buckeye, ...

We Should Do More, Not Less

During the weekend of Aug. 4-5 (and the preceding Friday night), 12 Chicagoans were shot dead, and 62 others were shot and wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported (https://tinyurl.com/yde7jb83). Before last week’s mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been shot since the beginning of the year, and 306 ...

Today In History

Today is Thursday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2018. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 16, 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit; the sole survivor was 4-year-old Cecelia ...

Why The Long Wait For A Doctor Appointment?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was seeing my primary care physician every six months for about five years. We had mutual respect, and I enjoyed seeing him. Then, I got diagnosed with breast cancer and had to see other doctors for a long time. Meanwhile, the spinal stenosis my primary care physician had ...

Loss Of Job Also Puts End To Man’s Affair With Co-Worker

DEAR ABBY: Back in 2013, a co-worker, “Jamie,” and I fell in love. Both of us were married to other people, but everything felt perfect. It was a feeling I never had for anyone in my life before. Three years later, I lost my job. The day I was terminated, my wife found out I had been ...

Horoscopes

Trouble is a normal part of daily life. Without it, our stories would be very boring indeed. Many expedient, capable people will move quickly through trouble and onto fixing the problem — not the correct order! Stop and give yourself care and comfort first. Skipping steps under the Scorpio ...

Nuke Talks Uncertain, U.S. Hits Shippers With North Korea Sanctions

WASHINGTON — With little apparent progress in denuclearization talks with North Korea, the Trump administration on Wednesday stepped up pressure on the isolated nation by punishing three foreign companies accused of helping the North evade international sanctions. The Treasury Department ...

Cuomo Says America Was Never Great

ALBANY — America “was never that great” and won’t be great until all Americans share true equality, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday in a speech blasting Republican President Donald Trump and his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Cuomo, who is considered a potential ...

Stocks Tumble As Investors Fret About China’s Growth

NEW YORK — Deepening worries about global economic growth, particularly in China, set off a rout in riskier assets including technology stocks, copper and crude oil Wednesday. U.S. retailers took a drubbing after Macy’s reported weaker sales. An unexpected drop in profits for Chinese tech ...

Turkey Braces For Hard Times Amid Currency Crisis, U.S. Spat

ISTANBUL — Some Turks are reacting with defiance to their plunging currency and an escalating trade and political dispute with the United States — an indication that they are ready to endure economic pain and risk further deterioration in a key, yet troubled alliance dating from the Cold ...

UK Police Seek Motive Of Parliament Car Crasher

LONDON — Detectives searched several properties as they built up a profile Wednesday of a Sudan-born man who crashed a car outside Britain’s Parliament in what police are treating as an act of terrorism. Police are trying to determine what was in the mind of 29-year-old Salih Khater when ...

Rising Concern? After Straws, Balloons Receive More Scrutiny

NEW YORK — Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated? The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles ...

Democrats Avoid Abuse Allegations

WASHINGTON — The head of the Democratic Party insisted Wednesday that allegations of domestic abuse against his second-in-command would not hurt his party ahead of this fall’s midterm elections. Yet four days after the first public accusation of physical and emotional abuse emerged ...

Smokers Better Off Quitting

(AP) NEW YORK — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you’re still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 ...

Neil Diamond Working Hard To Get Back On Stage

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Diamond may have retired from the road due to Parkinson’s disease, but he said he’s working hard to get back onstage. “Well, I’m doing pretty well. I’m active. I take my meds. I do my workouts. I’m in pretty good shape. I’m feeling good. I want to stay ...

Diversity-Focused Academy Program Boosts Film Dreamers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to try to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities and give some a foot in the door at the most critical moment — ...

Omarosa’s Credibility Questioned

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump’s side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people. Her falling out with Trump and her ...

Republicans Blast Pearl Jam Poster Of Burning White House

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. The National Republican Senate Committee compared it to the now-infamous photo of ...

Celebrity Book Clubs Gaining Popularity

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon remembers a summer a few years back when it seemed everybody was reading “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. “Everyone had that book. If we had people over, or went on vacation poolside, people had that book wrinkled and curled up. I read it with my wife and we ...

Shortages On Water Looming

DENVER (AP) — A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019, officials said Wednesday. A forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ...