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Each and Every Day With Those We Love Is a Gift

For almost a year, I’ve thought about writing this column, in this week. In four days, I will turn 62, which was the age of my mother when she died. If you’ve lost a beloved parent too young, I doubt I need to describe for you my roiling mix of emotions. If you haven’t, please forgive ...

Where Was Outrage Then?

When it comes to examining the immigration crisis dominating the news, Americans must question why there was no public outrage — or widespread media coverage —when the Obama administration deported 3 million illegal immigrants. It’s not long ago that the former Democratic ...

Pats on the Back

- To members of the Hancock County Board of Education. Last week, they agreed not to place themselves in the school district’s workers’ compenation program, though they qualify legally for it. “I don’t think it would be county monies I would want to see expended on us,” explained ...

Paul Ryan Too Much ‘Boy Scout’ for Trump

Paul Ryan is getting the hate treatment — again. The former GOP House speaker and 2012 vice presidential candidate is a unifying figure these days. Liberals have long despised him — unfairly in my mind. Anti-Trump conservatives are infuriated by his “surrender to Trumpism,” in the ...

No One Wants Attention To Links With Epstein

Don’t breathe a word, but President Trump is up to something. His insulting, too-dumb-to-fail comments about four freshmen female members of Congress has the civilized world’s trousers in a twist, and it’s not a pretty sight. The president tweeted that the four women of color, ...

Taxpayers Help Fund Protesters

If you were shocked by the images of the Mexican flag flying over an Aurora, Colorado, immigration detention center last weekend, you’ll be appalled at an even more disgusting spectacle: One of the top promoters of the so-called Lights for Liberty nationwide protests by Trump-hating, ...

Volunteer-Run Athletic Program Gives At-Risk Kids Purpose

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hours after learning that 14-year-old Jaykwon “Bobby” Sharp had been shot and killed, Michael Whitlow lay motionless in bed, weeping and staring at the ceiling, wondering whether he had done enough. Wondering whether 10 years of helping kids stay off the streets ...

Nation Marks 50 Years After Apollo 11’s ‘Giant Leap’ on Moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s “giant leap” by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at parties, races, ball games and concerts Saturday, toasting with Tang and gobbling MoonPies. At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Aldrin showed ...

Heat Wave Gripping Half of the Nation

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races, chased baseball fans out of their seats and pushed New York City to order steps to avoid straining the electrical system. The National Weather Service ...

Iran’s Poking at West Heightens Risks of Military Missteps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rather than tangle with a stronger U.S. military, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war but that nonetheless seem to heighten the risk of missteps and miscalculation that could lead to an armed conflict with ...

Ex-Marine, Professor, MLB Draft Pick Among High Court Clerks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A woman who’s blind. Two Rhodes scholars. They’re among the lawyers starting work this summer as law clerks at the Supreme Court. The group of 16 women and 23 men hired by the justices were ...

Mueller’s Testimony Poses Risk For Trump, But Also Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he’s even saying it at all. For Democrats, the special counsel’s appearance Wednesday creates a moment many have been waiting for: Mueller finally speaking out, piercing the ...

Counties: Drug Companies Shipped Suspicious Opioid Orders

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Companies that make and distribute opioids didn’t abide by a requirement that they refuse to ship orders of the powerful prescription painkillers when they deemed them suspicious, helping fuel a national addiction and overdose crisis, two Ohio counties said in a legal ...

House Approves 9/11 Victims Bill, Advances It to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill ensuring that a victims compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. The 402-12 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to call a vote before Congress goes ...

Trump Citizenship Plan Will Face Logistical Hurdles

WASHINGTON (AP) — After failing to get his citizenship question on the census, President Donald Trump now says his fallback plan will provide an even more accurate count — determining the citizenship of 90 percent of the population “or more.” But his plan will likely be limited by ...

EPA Allows Pesticide Opposed by Beekeepers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife. Friday’s EPA ...

FTC OKs Roughly $5B Fine for Facebook

The FTC has voted to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The report cited an unnamed person familiar with the matter. Facebook and the FTC declined to comment. The Journal said the 3-2 vote broke along party lines, ...

Appeals Court Gives Trump A Win in Sanctuary City Case

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal appeals court gave President Donald Trump a rare legal win in his efforts to crack down on “sanctuary cities” Friday, upholding the Justice Department’s decision to give preferential treatment in awarding community policing grants to cities that cooperate with ...

Washington A.G. Opens Inquiry Into NRA’s Financial Affairs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for Washington D.C. has issued subpoenas to the National Rifle Association and its related charitable foundation as part of an investigation into allegations of financial misconduct inside the powerful gun lobbying organization. The subpoenas add to a ...

Prosecutors Fear Epstein May Influence Witnesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors urged a judge Friday to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars until trial on sex trafficking charges involving underage girls, labeling him a “serial sexual predator” and saying he might try to influence witnesses after sending $350,000 recently to ...