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Today In History

Today is Thursday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2018. There are 102 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 20, 1962, James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Democratic Gov. Ross R. Barnett. (Meredith was later ...

Are We Still Pretending Donald Trump Isn’t Lying?

On the day after his inauguration, Donald Trump gave a speech at CIA headquarters. He lied about the number of people attending his inauguration, claiming the crowd was far larger than it was. He also lied about the media, falsely accusing journalists of manufacturing his feud with the ...

Reasoning About Race Is Faulty

So much of our reasoning about race is both emotional and faulty. In ordinary, as well as professional, conversation, we use terms such as discrimination, prejudice, racial preferences and racism interchangeably, as if they referred to the same behavior. We can avoid many pitfalls of misguided ...

U.S. Stock Indexes Post Mixed Finish As Bond Yields Surge

Major U.S. stock indexes finished unevenly Wednesday as gains in banks and other financial companies outweighed losses elsewhere in the market. Bond yields surged to the highest level in four months. That drove demand for bank stocks and triggered a sell-off in utilities, real estate ...

Jealous Girlfriend Threatens Brother-And-Sister Relationship

DEAR ABBY: My brother and his girlfriend live together. One day I heard his ex-girlfriend had passed away suddenly, so I told him because I thought he should know. Well! His girlfriend messaged me and told me to mind my own business and stay away from my brother. She’s very jealous, and she ...

‘Cotton Ball’ Sensation Is Part Of Neuropathy Story

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 63-year-old male diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. I am 5 feet, 11 inches and weigh 240 pounds. I have two stents and take Sprycel for the CML. My levels are good, and the coronary disease is under control. For a ...

Horoscopes

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 The sun and Mercury are conjunct in Virgo today, one of the signs in which Mercury feels most at home. It’s a chance to talk truth and be heard with crystal clarity. But just because you see, know and can speak the truth doesn’t always mean that you should. Ask ...

Trump Defends Kavanaugh Amid Sexual Abuse Allegation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday bluntly questioned the allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a fellow high school student over 30 years ago, and Republicans warned the accuser the window was closing to tell her story before a confirmation ...

President Comforts Ravaged Carolinas With Hot Dogs, Hugs

NEW BERN, N.C. — Eager to show heart in a moment of crisis, President Donald Trump handed out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words in the Carolinas on Wednesday as he surveyed the wreckage left by Hurricane Florence. With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread ...

Former Police Commander Linked To Torture Dies

CHICAGO — Former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge, who was accused of torturing suspects in his South Side police district but was never prosecuted for the alleged crimes, has died, a Florida funeral home confirmed Wednesday. He was 70. Burge led a “midnight crew” of rogue detectives ...

Pro Football HOF Members Threaten Induction Boycotts

A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers led by Eric Dickerson is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies. In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and ...

Steelers Plan To Talk To Brown About Social Media Usage

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin doesn’t like talking about the way his players use social media. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach would prefer to stick to football. Antonio Brown, however, isn’t giving his boss much choice. Tomlin said he plans to speak to the All-Pro wide receiver ...

In Texas, A Democratic Template For National Victory In 2020

HOUSTON — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (“Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (“Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”; “Free stuff!”, “I am Spartacus!”) on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the 7th ...

Some Voters Just Want Competence

In our highly polarized era, we too often judge election results from the confines of partisan politics. That’s not nearly as useful on the state and local levels, where elected officials have roads to fix, kids to educate and budgets to balance. Voters want people who can do the job. ...

Today In History

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2018. There are 103 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died 2¢ months after being shot by Charles Guiteau; Chester Alan Arthur became ...

Mom Wants To Shield Her Kids From Relative’s New Lifestyle

DEAR ABBY: A close relative has started working in the adult industry. She now dresses provocatively, showing lots of skin. She has also covered much of her body with tattoos and adopted the lifestyle of someone in that field. Our family assumes she’s “going through a phase” and has no ...

Tumor Of Brain Lining Doesn’t Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a faithful reader of your column, but I don’t read many questions about brain tumors. I am 53 years old, diagnosed almost four years ago with multiple meningiomas. I had an atypical meningioma removed, followed up with gamma knife. My question is whether I will be at a ...

Horoscopes

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 The lunar influence suggests a day of two tones. Morning energy will support acting responsibly, paying respect, making nice noises to all the powers that be, duty, diligence and protocol. Evening energy will support socializing, whimsy, helping others, technological ...

North Carolina Governor Calls For Patience

WILMINGTON, N.C. — With Wilmington still mostly an island surrounded by Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters and people waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food, North Carolina’s governor is pleading with thousands of evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet. “I ...

Wife On Verge Of Divorce Calls For One-Year Reprieve

DEAR ABBY: My husband has less and less interest in me. It started with the last presidential election. Since then, I have cut way back on politics because he doesn’t want to hear any of it. Being an activist on several fronts, including politics and other areas, this is a big, emotional part ...