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Opinion

Analysis: What’s next after killing of Iran general?

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The unprecedented killing of Iran’s top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq has sent shockwaves across the Middle East, with Iran and its allies vowing revenge amid fears of an all-out war. But while they have vast arsenals and are within striking distance of U.S. troops ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2020. There are 360 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of “Four Freedoms”: ...

Church organist sets the bar high

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Stephen Sprague of Grass Valley, Calif.: Wow. Just want you to know seeing that picture of Mr. Aronson at the organ blew my mind. 73 years? 73 years playing the organ on Sundays? 73 years, every Sunday, playing that organ? 73 years? Talk about being a ...

Three Tips for 2020

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NEW YORK — I learned three new things this year that made my life better! I share them with you here, hoping they make your 2020 easier. My “life hacks” are about popcorn, iPhones and butter. Weird? Maybe. Now I report on how politicians wreck just about everything, but at ...

Office Pool 2020

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WASHINGTON — 1) In 2020, President Donald Trump will... a. start a war with Iran. b. refuse to enforce Obamacare. c. retain the core of Obamacare because he will have a change of heart. d. be re-elected. 2) At the end of 2020... a. more American troops will be deployed around ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2020. There are 362 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 4, 1964, Pope Paul VI began a visit to the Holy Land, the first papal pilgrimage of its kind. On this date: In ...

We should all do our part with keep beaches clean

Editorial

Although it should have come as no surprise to anyone, a recent federal study has linked increased beach trash with a decrease in tourist use. Put another way, the more garbage on beaches, the less those beaches — and surrounding businesses — are frequented by visitors. The study, by the ...

Help (urgently) needed: US Head of State

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WASHINGTON — The American president, in addition to serving as commander in chief, is expected to be this nation’s consoler in chief, as well as the nation’s teacher and even preacher. Who alive on Jan. 28, 1986, does not remember the words of then-President Ronald Reagan from the Oval ...

American corporations are sacrificing workers

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BERKELEY — Boeing just fired CEO Dennis Muilenburg in order “to restore confidence in the company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers and all other stakeholders,” according to a company statement. Restore confidence? Muilenburg’s successor ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 3, the third day of 2020. There are 363 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 3, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the United States was formally terminating diplomatic and consular ...

Laws help navigate returning gifts

Editorial

Did Santa bring you the ugliest gift this year? Did Uncle Harold get you the sprocket locket that he knew you couldn’t live without? Want to try and get something better? Returning gifts make most of us quake in our boots. The Better Business Bureau has tips you should know that will make you ...

Don’t put farmers above the law

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I can’t help but respond to an article written the other day by a member of the planning commission, Barry King. First, all or nearly all of this land is not sitting idle. Second, this whole issue is not about some farmer getting retirement. The farmers do not have a right to do ...

A look at life 100 years ago

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WASHINGTON — It’s can be useful and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago. On Jan. 2, 1920, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 108.76. Today it is over 28,000 points. In 1920, the U.S. had become an ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2020. There are 364 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 2, 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts launched his successful bid for the presidency. On this date: In ...

Taxing online sales a good move

Editorial

Bills signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are an entirely appropriate way for government to deal with businesses using the internet to sell goods and services to state residents. Whitmer signed legislation ensuring that Michigan’s 6% sales and use taxes are collected on more items sold ...

Messy primary finally meets election year

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ATLANTA (AP) — The presidential politics calendar turned to 2020 nearly a year ago. This week, the actual date catches up. What weíre watching as the preseason closes and election year opens: THE NARRATIVE The ups, downs and swerves of 2019 yielded a stable top slate. Former Vice ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2019. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 1986, 97 people were killed when fire broke out in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty ...

Test your home during Radon Awareness Month

Editorial

January is National Radon Awareness Month. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless radioactive gas that is naturally occurring in soil or rock. Radon gas, if present where a home was built, may be able to seep into the home and cause long term health issues. It will quickly be diluted to ...

Is ‘Little Rocket Man’ winning?

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WASHINGTON — As of Dec. 26, Kim Jong Un’s “Christmas gift” to President Donald Trump had not arrived. Most foreign policy analysts predict it will be a missile test more impressive than any Pyongyang has yet carried off. What is Kim’s game? What does Kim want? He cannot want war ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2019. There is one day left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1922, Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which lasted nearly seven ...