Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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 […]

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 […]

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 , | 1 Reply


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 […]

Horoscopes: Aug. 29, 2014

Neptune, the poet planet, fantasy master and king of dreams, teams with the Virgo sun to play a game of truth or dare with us. The sun calls, “Truth!” and Neptune inquires, “Who are you really?” So how will you answer? Whatever your reply, you can expect the cosmic lineup to put your premise to […]

Horoscopes for July 11, 2014

Anticipation builds as the moon swells toward tomorrow’s full status. Tomorrow’s Capricorn full moon, also known as the thunder moon, will highlight ambitions. Many already have a highly motivating goal in mind. Cancer energy lends an intuitive edge, too. Be sure to write down your inklings, because they may be psychic hits. ARIES (March 21-April […]

I can’t forget that my boyfriend went to strip clubs before we met

Dear Annie: I am having a hard time forgetting my boyfriend’s past. Before we met, he subscribed to girlie magazines, went to strip clubs, bought lap dances, etc. I have always felt those things are degrading and disrespectful to women. He also has said he fantasizes about other women. Whenever I see him staring at a […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder ONE SPADE STOPPER OR TWO, DECLARER? George Whitefield, a renowned preacher in England and the American colonies who died in 1770, said, “Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.” In yesterday’s deal, I mentioned the Rule of […]

Here’s a little history of the Liberty Bell on Independence Day

Dear Readers: Happy July 4th! Here’s a little history of the Liberty Bell: The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Liberty Bell in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn’s Charter of Privileges, the original Constitution of the state of Pennsylvania. On Nov. 1, 1751, a letter was sent to order a bell from Whitechapel […]

Horoscopes for July 4, 2014

The sun in Cancer, the sign of patriotism, pulls from across the sky at Pluto in Capricorn. The alignment calls attention to mighty and dormant forces. Pluto represents the tides of the world, and so this opposition suggests that America’s birthday will gain more than the usual amount of global attention and significance. ARIES (March […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE LEAD POINTS TO THE RIGHT DEFENSE Frank A. Clark, a lawyer and politician who died in 1936, said, “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” Sometimes the opening lead shows the path to the defeat of the contract … if one […]

Horoscopes for June 27, 2014

What does your home need to make it a better place for yourself and others? Fresh paint? A pantry reorganization effort? A chores chart to cover the cleaning basics? Any action you take in this vein will be lucky, as the new moon in Cancer smiles on domestic projects intended to make home a happy […]

It’s increasingly difficult to cope with bipolar daughter-in-law

Dear Annie: Our son is married to a beautiful woman from India, who also happens to be bipolar. They have an adorable 16-month-old boy, and we love them all so much. While our daughter-in-law’s mother had a problem with her marrying outside their culture, they now love our son as their own. I understand quite […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder TAKE ONE TURN OR THE OTHER Gary Player said, “A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks.” At the bridge table, the break in one suit can influence how declarer plays. In this example deal, South is in four spades. West […]