Sunday, April 20, 2014

Haunted house part of San Antonio apartment lofts

SAN ANTONIO — The East Side building Gordon Wise lives in isn’t haunted, but part of it is a haunted house. Wise, the co-owner of the defunct Nightmare on Grayson haunted house near the Pearl, lives in a loft apartment he built inside a former meat processing warehouse on East Commerce Street, just blocks from […]

Recalls this week: lanterns, exercise devices

Candle lanterns that can melt and pose a fire hazard and gun storage boxes that can unlock when dropped are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include faulty exercise devices and steel-toed boots. Here’s a more detailed look: LANTERNS DETAILS: Pier 1 Imports’ hanging glass star lanterns. They were sold in the following colors […]

My husband tells our sons that they don’t need to listen to me

Dear Annie: My husband keeps telling our sons they can do whatever they want when I tell them “no,” and that they don’t need to listen to me. He is never on my side. The kids make fun of me and call me names, and Dad doesn’t seem to care. When I insist that he back […]

Horoscopes for April 18, 2014

This is Good Friday and the last day of the high-energy Aries sun. It’s time to slow down and approach life as a marathon instead of a sprinting race. If you think that your many responsibilities do not allow you the extravagance of doing something nice for yourself each day, it’s a sign that your […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder A REPEAT BID AND DIFFERENT PLAY George Saunders, who is a professor at Syracuse University and has won the National Magazine Award for fiction four times, said, “I’m always aware of writing around things I can’t do, and I’ve come to think that that’s actually what ‘style’ is — […]

Horoscopes for April 11, 2014

There is no benefit to telling others what you think they need. People don’t agree to what others think they need; they agree to what makes sense to them. If you want to influence others, the practical Virgo moon suggests building a case that focuses on the many benefits others will experience because they make […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THIS DEAL DEFEATS MANY PLAYERS William Shakespeare wrote, “Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.” How wrong could he be when applied to bridge? Many players make mistakes because they play too quickly. In particular, when a defender is on lead, a delay or two … or three … […]

Whispers, secrets and lies? Anonymity apps rise

NEW YORK — At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty. Among the latest is Secret, created by two former Google engineers who were looking for a way to let people deliver […]

Review: Laptop features costly in Samsung tablet

Anick Jesdanun NEW YORK — Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet blurs the distinction between a laptop and a tablet computer. Its on-screen keyboard has capabilities that are more common with laptops, and its screen is larger than what many laptops have. People can run several apps side by side, and multiple users can […]

Drink makers giving people ways to kick the can

NEW YORK — It keeps getting easier to ditch the soda can. When Coca-Cola said this week that it would let people make its drinks at home using a beverage machine, it became the latest company to take advantage of a growing trend: People turning to flavored drops or at-home carbonation machines that do away […]

AA plans to put extra-legroom seats on US Airways

DALLAS — Since American and US Airways announced a year ago that they planned to merge, travelers have been eager to see how the airlines will resolve differences in amenities and frequent-flier programs. The airlines, which completed their merger in December, are finally hinting how they’ll settle one difference. In a message to employees this […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder DECLARER CAN COUNT FOR SUCCESS ALSO Sydney J. Harris, a journalist in Chicago who died in 1986, said, “An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines […]

Horoscopes for Dec. 27, 2013

When the moon moves from lighthearted Libra into highly concentrated Scorpio, she is in the most intense part of the sky. Lunar passions run hot in both Scorpio and the neighboring fire sign of Sagittarius, and with Uranus battling Pluto, people are starting to lose their cool. Expect emotional eruptions and be prepared to minimize […]

I’m afraid to tell sister that she smells like her cat’s litter box

Dear Annie: One of my sisters has a lovely cat, but when we go somewhere with her, the kitty litter odor is overwhelming. It clings to her clothing and follows her everywhere. My sister is highly sensitive to criticism, so we haven’t approached her about this. She probably doesn’t notice the smell because she lives […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder TO REPEAT A FINESSE, WHICH CARD TO LEAD? Rex Stout, an author of detective fiction whose most famous character is Nero Wolfe, said, “To read of a detective’s daring finesse or ingenious stratagem is a rare joy.” Bridge players sometimes take a daring finesse that involves an ingenious stratagem. […]