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Don’t muzzle scientists probing COVID-19

Though the death toll from COVID-19 just hit a staggering 200,000 in the U.S., we still don’t know the origins of this killer virus. China, which has been praised by the World Health Organization, has blocked independent investigation. Worse, social media platforms are accomplices to the ...

Bad policies fuel fires

“Mother Earth is angry!” says Nancy Pelosi in my newest video. “The debate is over around climate change!” says California Governor Gavin Newsom, smirking, strangely. They’re eager to blame climate change for the wildfires in their state. I’m surprised they didn’t say it ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Where to take relationships will be the big question with Mercury on the move. Tomorrow, the communication planet dips a toe into the realm of transformation which could effect the status of some relationships. Friendships turn to love, love turns to ...

Puppy pics track growth

Dear Heloise: To track the growth of our puppy, we photograph him next to a teddy bear as a point of comparison once per month. This would work well if you have an overweight pet too, to monitor weight loss. We get a kick out of seeing the changes in our pup. — Kelsey W. in Ore. MUG CAKE ...

Male friend needs support, not rescuing from wife

Dear Annie: I have a dear male friend, “Trey,” who is in quite a predicament. Some background on him: He suffered a lot of abuse at the hands of his mother when he was a child. His current problem is that he is in a loveless marriage. He and his wife have been married 32 years. But five ...

HORO SCOPE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 Mercury Change: Communication Cuts We’re headed into a cycle of communication that cuts through the noise. It happens in messages that are sharp, well defined and honest. It happens in moments of clarity and, sometimes, urgency. This is the gift of Mercury in ...

ANTIQUES

Many of us have used an antique egg cup to hold a boiled breakfast egg, but few have ever seen an egg cup frame with six egg cups and spoons made of sterling silver over 200 years ago. New Orleans Auctions had many unusual serving pieces in an auction, and the rare 7-inch-high by 8-inch-wide ...

Husband limits family

Dear Annie: Once a year, I spend a weekend over at my son’s house to babysit my grandkids. They always take a trip for their anniversary so my son asks me in advance. I don’t mind because I really don’t get to see them often. My husband has a real issue with this. I would let them come ...

Stocks post solid gains as technology shares lead rally

By STAN CHOE, DAMIAN J. TROISE and ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writers Stocks shook off another bout of volatile trading and finished solidly higher Friday, led by gains in technology and health care companies. Despite the rally, the S&P 500 still posted its fourth straight weekly loss, ...

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

Stocks post solid gains as technology shares lead rally NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks closed with solid gains Friday, the latest shift in a recent stretch of turbulence for the market. The S&P 500 rose 1.6%, led by technology and health care stocks. Apple gained 3.8% and Microsoft added ...

ACROSS OUR STATE & NATION

Probe into ‘discarded’ ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The news release from a U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania was provocative: Nine mailed-in military ballots had been “discarded” by the local election office in a swing county of one of the most ...

Barrett set to be announced for court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as he aims to put a historic conservative stamp on the high court just weeks before the election. Trump said Friday he had made up his mind and it was ...

Indians keep hopes alive

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cesar Hernandez ripped an RBI double into the right-field corner with two outs in the ninth inning as Cleveland rallied for its third walk-off win in four days, a 4-3 victory Friday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates that kept the Indians’ hopes alive for winning the AL ...

Watt reunion planned

Growing up in Wisconsin, the sibling rivalry between the Watt brothers had no boundaries. Out front playing roller hockey. In the backyard playing football. Mini-baseball in the basement. Even the kitchen table at grandma’s was not immune. As kids, J.J., T.J. and Derek would spend hours at ...

Baker will have to be careful

CLEVELAND — The last time Baker Mayfield faced a talented, quarterback-seeking defensive line anchored by the No. 2 overall draft pick, things didn’t go well. The San Francisco 49ers menaced and mauled Mayfield last season. On Sunday the Browns’ QB faces Washington’s ferocious ...

Ramirez pushing Tribe into high gear

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Thursday night for a four-game sweep in a matchup of playoff-bound teams. The victory pulled the Indians within one game of Chicago for the ...

Two cheers for our drugmakers

America’s big drug companies are refusing to let President Donald Trump use them as campaign props. That is right and proper. First, nine of them pledged to not release a vaccine before one is deemed effective and safe. Having failed to manage or even acknowledge the COVID-19 crisis, Trump ...

Left wants regime change

Constitutional revolution is going mainstream. After delivering lectures about political norms for the entirety of the Trump era -- often with good cause -- much of the left is now threatening to kneecap an important institution of American government on a partisan vote in an act of ...

Last best chance to capture Supreme Court

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are on the cusp of making history. With Trump having named two justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, they have an opening to elevate a third justice to fill the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Take advantage of the chance to strengthen relationships through communication these last days of Mercury in Libra. Tell someone how you feel. It’s not about striking the perfect deal, having an amazing conversation or delivering just the right ...