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As rice mountain shrinks, Thailand risks amassing one for rubber

BANGKOK — Eight months after Thailand’s military junta started selling rice into an oversupplied global market, the officers are taking a different tack amid a rubber glut. But this approach by Thailand, the world’s biggest exporter of both commodities, may cause as many problems in global markets as the old one, analysts say. That’s because […]

Empty private-jet parking lot portends spread of oil-patch pain

MIDLAND, Texas — The oil boom last year was easy to see at the airport in Midland, Texas, the gateway to the biggest crude- producing region in the United States. The 30 or so spaces for private planes were often filled. On one day in early February, a lone corporate jet sat on the tarmac, […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged ,

Coke CEO gets $18.1M after company fails to meet targets

NEW YORK — Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent was given a pay package worth $18.1 million last year after the world’s biggest beverage company failed to meet its own growth targets. The compensation is on par with the $18.2 million Kent received in 2013, according to a filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged ,

Sudoku

December 19, 2014 | Posted in Comics | Tagged

Bridge

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder DEFENDERS USE THE SAME STRATEGY Naomi Judd, a country singer and songwriter who had 15 No. 1 hits with her daughter, Wynonna Judd, said, “A dead-end street is a good place to turn around.” In yesterday’s deal, declarer used an opponent’s opening bid to help him place the missing […]

December 19, 2014 | Posted in Comics | Tagged

Crossword

December 19, 2014 | Posted in Comics | Tagged

Bridge

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder PUSH THEM AS HARD AS YOU ARE ABLE Frank Lloyd Wright said, “If automation keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.” There’s nothing like making a comment push-button finger in cheek. However, at the bridge table, push the opponents around as much as you […]

December 12, 2014 | Posted in Comics | Tagged

My boyfriend has health issues and no longer wants sex

Dear Annie: I’ve been living with “Marcus” for two years, and we’ve known each other for twice that long. We are both in our late 40s. Soon after we moved in together, Marcus became seriously ill. We’ve been through five invasive surgeries, and there may be more. The most serious illness seems to be under […]

December 12, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Horoscopes: Dec. 12, 2014

The shift of the moon from Leo to Virgo points out that the major activities of the day make such noise and take up so much space in our psyche that it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and what we’re doing here. But you can always find your way back in the […]

December 12, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

My friend is being bullied because of her religious beliefs

Dear Annie: I am a middle school student, and one of my friends is depressed. She and her family are atheists, and they have been repeatedly harassed about it to the point that her worst fear is dying and going to hell. I’m really scared for my friend. When we found out she was thinking […]

December 05, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Horoscope: Dec. 5, 2014

If the Gemini full moon were a movie, today would be the opening credits that tease, inform and intrigue us as to what’s next. Settle in with a treat — whatever your life-equivalent is to popcorn and a soda — and then sit back, relax and enjoy the pre-roll. Some movies don’t live up to […]

December 05, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Bridge

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder FIND THE RIGHT LINE BY COUNTING TRICKS L.M. Boyd, a syndicated columnist, said, “There are 350 varieties of shark, not counting loan and pool.” In this deal, how would you count to bring home four hearts after West leads the club queen? When South shows four-plus hearts, North adds […]

December 05, 2014 | Posted in Comics | Tagged ,

Jittery Israel gears up for war crimes battle

TEL AVIV, Israel — A jittery Israeli military is gearing up for what could become its next big battle: dealing with U.N. investigations that could result in war-crimes allegations. The army has beefed up its legal staff, is conducting internal investigations of its wartime actions and has prepared a detailed PR campaign of satellite photos and […]

September 07, 2014 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as “one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with.” This […]

August 30, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

How do I deal with my overweight cousin who smells like cat urine?

Dear Annie: My second cousin “Susan” and I are in our 60s and have been friends since childhood. I was widowed six years ago. Susan never married. Four years ago, Susan and I started traveling together. It’s much cheaper to travel as part of a couple than solo, and we get along well. Now, however, […]

August 29, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Bridge

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE DUMMY TELLS YOU TO BE ACTIVE Brian Tracy said, “I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.” In my experience, the better you play, the luckier you will be. And when you are being […]

August 29, 2014 | Posted in Comics | Tagged