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Trump won the Democratic debate

WASHINGTON — Watching the Democratic presidential debate left one clear impression: Donald Trump won. Please don’t shoot the messenger. My left index finger recoiled a bit as it reached for the “T” on the keyboard. But it’s true for this reason: Democrats are too earnest. They ...

No new edition of ‘Profiles in Courage’

Then-Sen. John F Kennedy wrote admiringly in his 1955 book, “Profiles in Courage,” about Republican U.S. Sen. Edmund G. Ross of Kansas. In 1868, in a decision Ross knew would end his political career, he broke with his party to vote against the impeachment of then-President Andrew ...

HOROSCOPE

BY HOLIDAY MATHIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Mars, Pluto and Other People’s Feelings From the moons of Jupiter to the dark energy that makes up most of the universe, there are plenty of real things that we take on faith because they are so tricky to observe, if we can at all. Also in ...

Potluck dinner issues

Dear Heloise: I’ve been meaning to write about the subject of POTLUCK DINNERS. I myself don’t like them. I thought for a potluck dinner you were to bring something that you’d make and serve to your family, and to make enough for three to six people. People bring a platter of ...

Daughter-in-law barred from gatherings

DEAR ABBY: Our son is married to a beautiful girl, “Debra.” Several years ago, while we were away on vacation, she entered our home without our consent. (Our son has a key to our house.) She took several expensive, very personal and sentimental items, and we have no idea what she did with ...

Heart at risk despite cholesterol

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I are both 72 and of normal weight. I have fought high cholesterol and triglycerides for many years and have taken various statins for a long time. My triglycerides still trend high, but my other numbers are now normal. My husband eats a ton of processed meats, ...

Behavior changes causing conflict

Dear Annie: I am a single senior woman. I am very close to a neighbor family. I love them, and they tell me they love me as if I were their family. The older stepfather lives with them. He and I are close in age. We have been great friends. Neither one of us is interested in a romantic ...

Welcome to Orcland: Lord of the Rings to film in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Amazon announced Wednesday it will film its upcoming television series “The Lord of the Rings” in New Zealand, marking a return of the orcs, elves and hobbits to the country they became synonymous with over the course of six movies directed by Peter ...

NATION/WORLD

US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian ‘act of war’ RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations an “act of war” against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone ...

Beckham says NFL has ‘different’ rules for him

BEREA — Odell Beckham Jr. feels the NFL is unfairly watching him. And speaking of watches, football’s fashion plate has another new one. Beckham said Wednesday that he believes the league is holding him to a different standard than other players, pointing to Monday night’s game ...

COLLEGE PICKS

FRIDAY’S GAMES No. 10 Utah (minus 3 1/2) at Southern California — It’s getting late early for the Trojans, who have not lost to the Utes at the Coliseum since joining Utah joined the Pac-12 in 2011 ... UTAH 28-24. Air Force (plus 8) at No. 20 Boise State — Falcons have played the ...

Fitzpatrick attacking fresh start with Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick walked into the locker room fresh off the first practice of the rest of his football life, noticed the semi-circle of cameras and microphones running three deep around his locker and took a step back while his new teammates roared in laughter. How quickly ...

PRO PICKS

No. 18 Tennesse (minus 1 1/2) at No. 27 Jacksonville Too many negative vibes for the Jags. TITANS, 20-17 KNOCKOUT POOL: Wasn’t quite fair to pick Patriots over Dolphins. This week isn’t fair either, as we take DALLAS. No. 15 Houston (plus 3) at No. 13 Los Angeles Chargers Texans ...

Elizabeth Joy (Weaver) Horst

LEETONIA— Elizabeth Joy (Weaver) Horst, 57, of Leetonia passed away after a battle with sarcoma and cancer. She was born Oct. 29, 1961, to the late Elmer and Martha Weaver in Lancaster, Pa. She worked occasionally at the family’s business, Horst Sub & Deli. She is survived by ...

Steve Sosenko

HANOVERTON—Steve Sosenko, 92, of Hanoverton died early Thursday morning, Sept. 12 at his home. He was born on March 10, 1927 in Hubbard, Ohio. He was the son to the late Michael and Johanna ( Fegura ) Sosenko. Steve was a farmer and served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his ...

Non-debate ‘debates’

By definition, what 14 million viewers watched on TV last Thursday night was not a debate — not even close. Here’s how dictionary.com defines “debate”: “A discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints ... a formal contest in which the affirmative ...

Romance scams target lonely and elderly

The woman’s Facebook page reveals she is a high school graduate, fit and trim-looking and nicely dressed. She lives in small town in the southern U.S. and is a devoted Christian who loves animals. Each photograph shows her with a beaming, trusting smile. She is almost always seen standing ...

Horoscope

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Saturn Hits Snooze The snooze button isn’t just for alarm clocks. You can hit the snooze on just about anything today. It will be easier than ever to find a suitable procrastination loophole as Saturn comes to a screeching halt and reverses direction. Don’t ...

Milk does plants good

Dear Heloise: After I finish a glass or container of milk, I pour a bit of water in the glass or container, swish the water around and pour the liquid on my houseplants. It’s a good source of CALCIUM for them. Also, I stock my pantry like they stock grocery shelves. If I have multiples of ...

Moving to community brings out challenges

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are moving to a retirement community where we won’t know a soul. I hate leaving our friends and the relationships we have formed here. I have never been especially outgoing or good at making small talk, but I know I will have to to fit in. I believe you have ...