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My boyfriend in Boston is unwilling to move nearer to me

Dear Annie: I’m a clean-cut, middle-aged gay guy living in a midsized city in Florida. My partner of six years lives in Boston. We have a great long-distance relationship. He’s a wonderful man, and we love each other. We’d like to marry and live together someday. Here’s the problem: He doesn’t want to move to […]

August 31, 2015 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Bridge Aug 31

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder HOW TO DEFEND AGAINST AN ENDPLAY Laurence J. Peter, a Canadian educator and “hierarchiologist” who died in 1988, said, “Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.” Last week, we looked at elimination and endplay by declarer. In those deals, the […]

Horoscopes: Aug. 31, 2015

Maybe it’s not a boys against girls situation, but you could have fooled Venus and Mars. The two are positioning as if to start a war. There’s little to be done to deescalate the tension. What needs to be said is hanging on the tip of the tongue, and it will spill. If you’re mixed […]

Post-deal, a push to boost support for Israel

President Barack Obama has promised increased U.S. arms shipments to Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle East allies concerned about the nuclear agreement with Iran. In an Aug. 19 letter to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Obama detailed an impressive and costly list of “our enhanced support for Israel.” Obama pointed out that the administration is […]

Panicked investors need timeout on China

On the way to remaking China’s economy, President Xi Jinping has hit many roadblocks: vested interests, a change-averse Communist Party, local officials accustomed to the status quo. Who knew the real barrier would be foreign investors? For years, the world has called on China to loosen its grip on the yuan, drop its arbitrary growth […]

We’re all foot soldiers in war to preserve safety

Warfare is changing and members of the public are the new foot soldiers. Heroes National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman tackled and subdued a terrorist armed with an assault rifle and box cutter on a Paris train. Public violence needs a swift response. We saw it locally […]

August 27, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

No matter what comes next, One Direction has cemented a place in music history

By Emily Yahr It’s fairly routine to see One Direction trending worldwide on Twitter, but on Sunday night, it was the result of a heartbreaking reason for quite a few teens: Multiple publications reported that the group, one of the most popular boy bands of all time, will go on an “extended hiatus” in the […]

Fox News chief: Donald Trump owes Megyn Kelly an apology

  NEW YORK — Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network’s Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that “is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” but Trump isn’t backing down. The Republican presidential front-runner-turned-TV-critic had welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that […]

Behar back on ‘The View'; Cameron Bure, Faris also co-hosts

  LOS ANGELES — Joy Behar is returning to “The View” as a co-host, part of an overhauled panel that also will include newcomers Candace Cameron Bure and Paula Faris. Another familiar “View” face, former co-host Sherri Shepherd, will be back as a contributor, ABC News said Tuesday. ABC has been trying to find the […]

Political uprising, scheming friends coming to a theater near you

FAIRFIELD — Drama is the word for this week’s movie openings. Owen Wilson stars in “No Escape,” which opens Wednesday. He plays an American businessman who, along with his family, is settling into life in Southeast Asia. They end up in the middle of a violent political uprising. The film is rated R. Zac Efron […]

Bridge Aug 24

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder FORCE AN OPPONENT TO GIVE YOU A TRICK When you flip a coin, it will come down heads or tails. In theory, half the time, you win; half the time, you lose. At the bridge table, when you take a finesse, in theory, half the time, it wins; half […]

Horoscopes: Aug. 24, 2015

Adolescence doesn’t have to be awkward, midlife doesn’t have to be a crisis, and old age doesn’t have to bring senility. There is a chance for peace in every stage, at any age. The Virgo sun is a nurturing influence, and this rich beginning to the solar transit features new ways to solve practical problems […]

Question of the week: Should children get a trophy just for participating in a sport or event?

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison took to Instagram recently to say he was returning two awards his sons James III and Henry received from a local athletics event, saying he doesn’t want his sons to feel entitled, adding “cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better.” they are entitled […]

Oh baby! National Zoo says panda Mei Xiang has given birth

WASHINGTON — The National Zoo in Washington says there’s one more panda in the world after its female giant panda gave birth to a cub on Saturday. Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson confirmed in an email that Mei Xiang gave birth to the cub at 5:35 p.m. If the cub survives, it would be the 17-year-old […]

Judge orders immigrant families released from detention

SAN ANTONIO — A federal judge in California has ordered the government to release immigrant children from family detention centers “without unnecessary delay,” and with their mothers when possible, according to court papers. In a filing late Friday, California U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee refused the government’s request to reconsider her ruling in late July that […]

Why stocks are tumbling 6 years into the bull market

NEW YORK — Well, that was fun while it lasted. For years, investors in U.S. stocks shrugged off threats – a government shutdown, fear of a euro collapse, a near U.S. debt default – and just kept on buying. At the sixth anniversary of the bull market in March, the Standard and Poor’s 500 index had […]

Racy fan photos spur security for Nicki Minaj wax figure

LAS VEGAS — A wax figure of rapper Nicki Minaj at a Las Vegas museum is getting more security to keep away inappropriate visitors. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas said in a statement Friday that employees will closely monitor the figure after images of visitors in sexual poses with the statue began appearing on social media. […]

Man faces obscenity charge after O’Donnell’s daughter found

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — The owner of the home where Rosie O’Donnell’s missing teen daughter was found earlier this week has been arrested for allegedly having inappropriate online communications with the 17-year-old girl, according to authorities and the star’s spokeswoman. Steven Sheerer faces charges of child endangerment and distribution of obscenity to a minor, authorities […]

Charges tossed in Dave Chappelle banana peel case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Charges have been tossed in the case of a man accused of throwing a banana peel at Dave Chappelle during a performance in New Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that prosecutors dismissed misdemeanor battery and disturbing the peace charges against 31-year-old Christian Englander after Chappelle was unresponsive to requests for testimony. […]

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