Friday, August 22, 2014

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 […]

Book explores Detroit’s role during World War II

DETROIT — A new book focuses on how Detroit’s transformation from making cars to military aircraft proved vital to the Allies’ effort during World War II. In “The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm an America at War,” A.J. Baime delves into how the city answered President Franklin Roosevelt’s call […]

New James Frey book includes $500,000 prize

NEW YORK — As book gimmicks go, this one has a heart of gold. Make that a pot of gold. A new young-adult trilogy to launch in October with “Endgame: The Calling” is at the center of an interactive project that includes a puzzle that leads to a key that leads — at least for […]


Publishers Weekly best-sellers for week ending June 15: HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte Press) 2. “Mr. Mercedes” by Stephen King (Scribner) 3. “The Target” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing) 4. “Unlucky 13″ by Patterson/Paetro (Little, Brown) 5. “Ghost Ship” by Cussler/Brown (Putnam) 6. “The Matchmaker” by […]

Hillary book sales top 100,000 in first week

NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “Hard Choices” sold more than 100,000 copies during its opening week, its publisher told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “We’re elated,” said Simon & Schuster’s president and publisher, Jonathan Karp, who declined to offer a more specific sales figure. “This book is on a trajectory to be the best-selling […]

Samsung tablets to have richer colors in screens

NEW YORK — New tablet computers from Samsung will feature screens that are richer in color than standard LCDs. These screens, known as AMOLED for active-matrix organic light-emitting diodes, are already found in smartphones made by Samsung and a few other manufacturers. But until now, tablets haven’t used them because larger AMOLED screens are more […]

Gadget Watch: LG Lifeband Touch needs a purpose

Youkyung Lee SEOUL, South Korea — Smart capabilities have become the latest marketing pitch to sell more wristwatches, TVs, eyeglasses, refrigerators, cars and even toothbrushes. But have we figured out why they need to be smart? I asked myself that as I wore LG’s Lifeband Touch day and night for a week. The new computerized […]

Horoscopes for May 23, 2014

It’s a split-toned day. The Pisces moon rules first, moving our minds and hearts in waves. Self-expression and connection will be the focus as we try to figure out the underlying emotions of each development. “Why” will be more important than “what” early in the day, until the high-energy, action-oriented Aries moon changes all of […]