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Partisan lines can fade

I think Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards meant it when he partly credited his reelection to LSU’s and the Saints’ winning season. That would be the football teams — Louisiana State University and the New Orleans Saints. “People are just in a better mood,” the Democrat said. And he ...

Just remember that it’s only July

New York Times/Siena College has Democrat Joe Biden at 50% and Republican President Donald Trump at 36%; CNN has Biden at 54% and Trump 36%; Fox News has Biden at 50% and Trump at 38%. These recent national polls have left Democrats almost giddy with anticipation. But before Democrats put the ...

Now it’s Woodrow Wilson’s turn

Now that statues of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant and Theodore Roosevelt have been desecrated, vandalized, toppled and smashed, it appears Woodrow Wilson’s time has come. The cultural revolution has come to the Ivy League. Though Wilson attended Princeton as an ...

Horoscope

FRIDAY, JULY 3 Pre-Roll to the Thunder Moon First, the air hangs thick. Then there's a rush of clouds gathering, followed by an eerie stillness and, suddenly, the downpour. That's the emotional weather leading up to tomorrow's thunder moon. The July full moon heralds to the awesome power of a ...

Garage sale bargain?

Dear Readers: Many of us love vintage items and going to garage sales to find treasures, but there are some items that may not be a bargain. Here are some that are probably best to avoid: – Painted items — this is especially true for older things that may have lead in the paint. – ...

Neighbor retreats after stunning request

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 60-year-old woman. My house is on a corner lot. Just about every time I walk outside, a male neighbor of mine stares at me. He looks like a hobo. I felt bad for him, so when he came to the edge of his yard, I asked him from my deck how he was doing because of the quarantine. ...

Getting behind wheel with confidence

Dear Annie: Your column is part of my morning ritual. I have three grandchildren, and they're all approaching the age where they'll be learning how to drive. Our adult children are now 48, 44 and 41. Some years ago, when they were learning how to drive, I came across John Violette's "Contract ...

Shy bladder causes reader problem

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a problem called "shy bladder," which has put me in a legal predicament. I was pulled over for speeding (which I was). After passing a breathalyzer twice, I was taken to the police station to give a urine sample. I was unable to do so. I was told I was acting nervous, ...

July 4 not usual blowout bash this year

NEW YORK (AP) — The idea sounds almost un-American. The Fourth of July was always a time for communities to come together, daylong celebrations with patriotic parades in the morning and fireworks finales to cap it off. This year, people are being urged to stay home. If they want a show, ...

Wide shift in opinion on police, race rare in US polling

WASHINGTON (AP) ‚Äî It’s rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. And yet in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Americans’ opinions about police brutality and racial injustice have moved dramatically. About half of American adults believe police violence ...

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

NEW YORK — Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99. Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, said his ...

Atlantic City casinos reopen

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Eager to hit the slot machines and table games after a 108-day absence, gamblers wore face masks and did without smoking and drinking Thursday as Atlantic City’s casinos reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic that has drastically changed things both inside and outside ...

Concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

AUSTIN, Texas — Vanilla Ice has indefinitely postponed a Texas concert that drew fierce criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced ...

Herman Cain treated for COVID-19 after attending Trump rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is being treated for the coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account Thursday. It’s not clear when or where Cain was infected, but he was hospitalized less than two weeks ...

Across Our State & Nation

Epstein associate arrested for assault British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped recruit three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of assaulting dozens of girls and women over many years. ...

NASCAR and IndyCar collide for racing extravaganza at Indy

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The once-frosty schism between the two biggest racing series in the United States has finally thawed and the result is a blockbuster event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - even without fans. NASCAR's elite Cup Series will share a ...

AROUND THE HORN

Boise State cutting programs due to COVID Boise State is cutting its baseball and women's swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the overall athletic budget by nearly ...

French Open to have fans

The French Open will be held with fans when it starts in September. The French Tennis Federation has written on Twitter that tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 16. The FFT did not give more information as to how many fans will be allowed at Roland Garros for the Sept. ...

Sports on TV

AUTO RACING 4:55 a.m. ESPN2 - Formula One: Practice 1, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria 8:55 a.m. ESPN2 - Formula One: Practice 2, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria 2:30 p.m. NBCSN - ARCA: Menards Series, Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis 3:30 p.m. NBCSN - ARCA: Menards ...

An economy of shame

Columbia, S.C. — City and state officials here, frustrated by locals who dare not don a mask despite the state’s inglorious designation as a coronavirus hotspot, are dusting off an old standard — shame. Leave it to South Carolinians to ignore warnings and urgent suggestions that ...