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Blood thinners critical after stent

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 75-year-old wife had two third generation medicine-eluting stents inserted into a branch of the left anterior coronary artery in January 2020. On 75 mg of clopidogrel and 81 mg of aspirin for nine and a half months, she has endured several serious nosebleeds, one of which ...

Be charitable but also be careful

MacKenzie Scott has achieved what no other philanthropist has. With no massive Gates Foundation-like staff to assist her, she sought out some of the neediest charitable groups in the nation and donated nearly $6 billion to them. Six billion dollars. Think of that. Think of how much good can be ...

The power of Christmas

This is a “classic” Cal Thomas that originally distributed in 1991 upon the death of newsman Harry Reasoner. Of all the great and small events of 1991, the death of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” co-host Harry Reasoner probably rates near the bottom in the amount of attention afforded it by ...

AROUND THE HORN

South Range wrestling defeats Crestview COLUMBIANA — South Range won five of six contested wrestling matches to beat Crestview, 57-12, Wednesday. South Range was led by Michael Markulin (138), Naseem Maali (145), Jacob Starkey (160), Luke Blasko (182) and Chris Colucci (195), who won by ...

Former Buckeye Haskins fined for party

Dwayne Haskins was handed a hefty fine Wednesday for partying with several people not wearing a mask but will start at quarterback for Washington on Sunday against Carolina if Alex Smith isn’t healthy enough to go. The organization fined Haskins $40,000 for violating COVID-19 protocols, ...

Steelers look to get back on track against Colts

With the NFL opting not to play a Thursday game on Christmas Eve, it moved the prime-time showcase to late afternoon Friday and sent Minnesota down to New Orleans. The game doesn’t have the same headline-grabbing potential with the Saints (10-4) unlikely to secure the NFC’s only playoff ...

Pirates trade Josh Bell to the Nationals

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell embraced everything about being a Pittsburgh Pirate. He understood as the club retooled following the departure of stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole that he would serve as the de facto face of the franchise. It’s a responsibility Bell ran toward. He became ...

Browns try to continue magic

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are heading back to the New York area for their second visit around Christmastime. There won’t be any holiday-season sightseeing in Manhattan this time, either. And suddenly, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be any kind of vacation. After shocking the ...

ACROSS OUR STATE & NATION

The autopsy, a fading practice, revealed secrets of COVID-19 NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has helped revive the autopsy. When the virus first arrived in U.S. hospitals, doctors could only guess what was causing its strange constellation of symptoms: What could explain ...

Dark days: Experts fear the holidays will fuel the US crisis

ARA LUSH Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Hard-hit California eclipsed 2 million coronavirus cases on Christmas Eve as the U.S. headed into a holiday season of travel and family gatherings that threaten to fuel the deadly outbreak across the nation. Despite warnings from public health ...

Surging virus, plummeting temperatures challenge shelters

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and MICHAEL HILL Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — After three years on the streets, Tiecha Vannoy and her boyfriend Chris Foss plan to weather the pandemic this winter in a small white “pod” with electricity, heat and enough room for two. Portland this month ...

Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

By JOSEF FEDERMAN and JALAL HASSAN Associated Press BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Bethlehem on Thursday ushered in Christmas Eve with a stream of joyous marching bands and the triumphant arrival of the top Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land, but few people were there to greet them as the ...

GOP blocks $2,000 checks as Trump leaves COVID aid in chaos

By LISA MASCARO and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s sudden demand for $2,000 checks for most Americans was swiftly rejected by House Republicans on Thursday as his haphazard actions throw a massive COVID relief and government funding bill into ...

Protesters call for justice in police killing of Andre Hill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Demonstrators gathered in a cold Christmas Eve drizzle Thursday to call for justice in the death of Andre Hill, a Black man who was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer this week. Chants of “Whose street? Our street!” rang out from the crowd, which gathered ...

White supremacist’s statue off of Louisiana high court steps

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has moved a statue of Edward Douglass White Jr. from its front steps. White was the ninth chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and was the only Louisiana justice ever on that court until Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation this year. He also ...

Notes from France honor American soldiers’ D-Day sacrifice

By SARAH BLAKE MORGAN Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. —Lt. Col. Michael Burns didn’t know exactly what was inside the small brown box that arrived on his Fayetteville, North Carolina, doorstep but the return address in the left corner let him know he couldn’t open it right ...

Retailers brace for flood of returns from online shopping

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK — A huge surge in online shopping during the pandemic has been a savior for retailers, but it comes at a price. Shoppers are expected to return twice as many items as they did during last year’s holiday period, costing companies ...

Legendary guitarist dies

Leslie West, an iconic guitarist-vocalist who was behind several ‘70s rock anthems including “Mississippi Queen” with the popular band Mountain, has died. He was 75. His spokesman Steve Karas said West died Wednesday in Palm Coast, Florida. Karas said West died from cardiac arrest after ...

Gifts that keep giving

A phrase one hears this time of year is about gifts that “keep on giving.” Most store-bought gifts are soon forgotten, but are there some gifts with timeless value? I suspect most people want their lives to matter, especially to others. Is that achieved by personal success, prosperity, and ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24 A gift is a communication, as is a song, meal, decoration, outfit and so much more. There’s little we do that is, in fact, not some kind of communication between people or between aspects of the self or the spiritual realm. The harmonious ...