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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2019. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1996, South Africa took another step from apartheid to democracy by adopting a constitution that guaranteed equal ...

Rising cost of gas

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The U.S. is an exporter of oil. We are reported to have more oil and natural gas than any other country. So, in the last week or so, there have been stories about Iran and how they have been unable to sell oil anymore because of sanctions from us, the U.S. This is supposed to increase ...

Congress can’t let Trump win fight against oversight

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WASHINGTON — On Sunday, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), threatened to subpoena Attorney General William Barr if he refuses to testify this week about the Mueller report. But a subpoena is unlikely to elicit Barr’s cooperation. “We’re fighting all ...

Poll: Most in US want changes in how government works

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By The Associated Press After more than two years of the Donald Trump presidency, Andrea Petrusky is ready for some fundamental changes in the way the United States government works. “Right now we’re being shown all of the loopholes, the president being able to do all the things that no ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 7, the 127th day of 2019. There are 238 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims (rams), France, ending its role in ...

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

Editorial

The number of new Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) diagnoses among young adults has increased substantially over the last decade, largely as a result of the opioid epidemic, and approximately half of these new infections have been identified in females. From 2007 to 2018, the number of women of ...

Take steps to safeguard your home from wildfires

Editorial

Michigan’s wildfire fire season is often hottest during May and June, but state residents can help prevent catastrophe with simple steps such as burning with care and landscaping their yards to keep fires from reaching their homes. “People are a leading cause of wildfires in Michigan,” ...

‘Heartbeat bills’ and the abortion debate

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WASHINGTON — While constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians — in descending order of importance in the abortion debate — have been arguing in the 46 years since the Supreme Court attempted to settle the debate, some technologists have been making a consequential contribution to ...

How They Vote

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House Bill 4206, Allow schools to not make up lost “polar vortex” school days: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate To establish that public schools do not have to make up the four class days that were canceled during the extreme cold weather of January 29 to February 2, 2019 (some schools missed ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 6, the 126th day of 2019. There are 239 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 6, 1954, medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in 3:59.4. On ...

State Supreme Court judge was inspirational

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jan Korntved of Escanaba: Last Friday evening my husband, Tom, and I had the pleasure of listening to and interacting with Michigan Supreme Court Judge Richard Bernstein. He is the only blind state Supreme Court justice in the country. Judge Bernstein ...

Millage proposals

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am in full support of our sheriff department and the 911 millage. I just wish those were stand-alone millages. Why should they be connected with the Brownfield Authority and the Downtown Development Authority? I disagree that my tax money should be spent on the wasteful DDA. I also ...

A lie, a myth and a question

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NEW YORK — Socialists like Bernie Sanders tell us that “the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.” That’s a lie. Yes, rich people got absurdly rich. Last year, says Oxfam, “the wealth of the world’s billionaires increased (by) $2.5 billion a day.” I say, so what? ...

Can the AG defend presidential obstruction?

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WASHINGTON — One should expect fireworks this week as Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Judiciary Committees of both the House and the Senate about the investigation and the report of special counsel Robert Mueller regarding Russian interference in the 2016 American ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 4, the 124th day of 2019. There are 241 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 4, 1961, the first group of “Freedom Riders” left Washington, D.C. to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses ...

DNR heroes too often unsung

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In Monday’s edition of The News ran a photograph of Jessie Curtis, a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, who posed for the photo holding an injured snowy owl she’d rescued near Hubbard Lake after she, accoridng to resident Gary Bandrow, “chased the ...

Water rate increase

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EDITOR: I have seen very few facts regarding the (water) increases. I have seen a lot of anger on the folks who are going to actually pay it. I have also heard several times that “the law” requires that we replace everything. I do not believe that it is a “law”. The DEQ has ...

America’s urgent need for baseball today

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WASHINGTON — In America today and in its capital city of Washington, D.C., we see, sadly, that with enough money and influence, the fix can be put in. A widely used passenger plane model — whose safety standards were certified by the manufacturer — had to be grounded after separate ...

Signs of the times

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WASHINGTON — It took a few days, but the New York Times finally got around to apologizing for publishing in its international edition a grossly anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a blind President Trump wearing a yarmulke and being led by a dog resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2019. There are 242 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 3, 1937, Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, “Gone with the Wind.” On this date: In 1469, ...