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The controversy of gene editing

Soon, some of you will try to make “better babies.” Already, people pay labs to examine embryos so they can pick ones with DNA they like. Some screen for gender or eye color. Some screen out certain diseases. So far, they’ve been limited to selecting genes that exist in the parents. ...

June is LGBTQ Month

I am as straight as the crease in George Will’s slacks. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of. To be clear, it’s also not something of which I am ashamed. Truth be told, it’s not something I’ve ever had to think much about, not something I’ve ever had to defend or deny. ...

A new reason to get moving on impeachment

WASHINGTON — President Trump has rebuffed FBI Director Christopher Wray for reporting that the Russians are again pursuing opposition research with which to meddle in the 2020 presidential election. It shockingly reveals he never saw anything wrong with Russian interference in 20l6, when he ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS SATURDAY, JUNE 159 Cosmic Communication Warning Mark Twain said, "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Maybe so, but in these last days of the super-communicative twin solar journey, it's still a bit hard to remember whom you told which story to, ...

Sunday is a day for honoring fathers

Dear Readers: Sunday marks FATHER'S DAY, a special time to honor Dad and to say thanks for everything he does. A necktie, an ice cream cake and a picnic are all lovely, but take the time to tell Dad what he means to you. — Heloise CLEANING GUTTERS Dear Readers: Cleaning leaves and ...

Serial dater’s love life hard to watch

DEAR ABBY: I have a guy friend who goes from girl to girl constantly. People talk about what a player he is and say he doesn't really like the women he's dating. He has been called desperate — among other things. None of this ever gets to him. Even though we are just close friends, he has ...

Assumptions by friend disrupting long relationship

Dear Annie: I have known one of my friends, "Pam," for more than 50 years, and at times she has been a very good friend. She and her husband introduced me to my now-ex-husband and were both in my wedding party. Last year, I had a disagreement with a mutual friend, "Sharon." Quite frankly, ...

NATION/WORLD

US says video shows Iran removing mine from tanker DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, suggesting ...

Bauers hits for cycle as Indians club Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Needing a home run for the cycle, Jake Bauers had a conversation with teammate Shane Bieber before heading to the plate in the eighth inning. “I told him, ‘I don’t know man, I think I’m just going to try and stay left-center, hit a base hit where the shortstop should ...

Landry’s all for Browns

SHAKER HEIGHTS (AP) — Jarvis Landry’s not worried about the Browns bickering. The splashy wide receiver said Friday he doesn’t believe recent harsh comments quarterback Baker Mayfield made about disgruntled running back Duke Johnson will affect chemistry for a Cleveland team dealing ...

Pirates start winning streak

MIAMI (AP) — Steven Brault nearly had a very brief outing. Fortunately for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he stayed in the game. Brault scattered eight hits over six innings, and the Pirates stopped a seven-game slide by routing the Miami Marlins 11-0 on Friday night. Brault (3-1) was hit on ...

Raptors going global

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room. Pascal Siakam wore the flag of Cameroon around his shoulders. Marc Gasol was yelling some happy phrase in Spanish. Every team that wins an NBA title calls itself “world ...

Woodland relaxes at beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Gary Woodland figured the toughest part of his test in the U.S. Open was over Friday at Pebble Beach. From a thick patch of rough between the bunker and the edge of the ocean on the eighth hole, he pitched up to 15 feet and made a slick putt with severe break for par ...

U.S. Open notes

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Patrick Reed flubbed the chip. That lob wedge paid the price. The 2018 Masters champion snapped the wedge over his thigh after leaving the ball in the rough on a delicate chip from right of the 18th green at the U.S. Open on Friday. After taking it out on the ...

Caddychat: A talk with Spieth

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth likes to share the credit — and the blame, too — with his caddie. Halfway through the U.S. Open, there’s been plenty of both to go around. On Friday, Spieth and caddie Michael Greller endured another little mishap, which, once again, was captured ...

Terminate abortion, please

WASHINGTON — The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choicest. The newest controversy swirls around the 1976 Hyde ...

Time for Congress to play its impeachment hand

WASHINGTON — After weeks of dancing around its constitutional authorization to impeach a president suspected of warranting it, the House of Representatives appears on the verge of initiating the formal process. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York has rebuked the ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Liberating Alignment Some people like talking on the phone and others avoid it, even if the call is from their favorite person. So you never take it personally when the phone rings too much or too little. Under the current configuration of Mars and ...

No skin tag remedy

Dear Heloise: I read your column in the New Hampshire Union Leader every day. I've never seen anything on SKIN TAGS. Do you have a solution for these annoying tags? — Muriel W., Pembroke, N.H. Muriel, yes, see a dermatologist and have them removed. At that time, your doctor also can examine ...

Wealthy man’s friend shut out of family days

DEAR ABBY: I am a platonic friend and part-time caregiver of a wealthy gentleman. I now reside in his residence out of necessity. We respect each other, and neither of us intends to be anything more than friends. My problem is his family. They know I exist, but refuse to get to know me. They ...