Thursday, July 31, 2014

US judge slaps $1.3B fine on Bank of America

NEW YORK — A federal judge imposed a $1.3 billion civil penalty against Bank of America on Wednesday for its role in selling risky mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were advertised as safe investments. The fine was against Countrywide Financial, which Bank of America purchased in 2008 as the financial crisis was […]

July 31, 2014 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged , | 1 Reply

A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year. That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers, businesses and governments joined […]

I like Liam, but I think he’s interested in another girl

Dear Annie: I am 13 and an avid reader of your column. I have been working at a summer program, and I ride a school bus there and back. Two young men ride the same bus. I have a crush on one of them (I’ll call him “Liam”), but I happen to know he likes another […]

Horoscopes for July 30, 2014

Mercury has had an extended stay in the hospitable bed-and-breakfast of Cancer, but that will come to an end tomorrow. As the communication planet wraps up in this part of the sky, domestic details will pop into focus. Handle the day-to-day issues as they arise. It will be easier now, and if you wait, there […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE PROBLEM MAY BE HARD TO FORESEE Hannah More, an English play<00AD>wright, moralist and philanthropist who died in 1833, said, “Goals help you overcome short-term problems.” At the bridge table, a deal is a short-term problem. Your goal is to make or break the contract. However, sometimes there is […]

Horoscopes for July 29, 2014

Under the performance-oriented Leo sun, there are those who like to seem busy, look successful and act happy. Then the Virgo moon comes along to see through the ruse and suggest that the best way to appear busy, successful and happy is to actually be those things. Today and tomorrow will be the most productive […]

Randall: Why a ‘liar’ loves to hear from readers

For a writer, it’s a gift to know someone reads your writing. For a storyteller, it’s high praise to hear a story in return. Have I mentioned I love getting mail? In the mountains where I grew up, storytellers were once known as “liars.” This was not an insult. The tales they told were often […]

Bridge July 29

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY, GO FOR A GAME Isaac Asimov said, “It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.” Some bridge experts are known for making unusual bids. Then, even when they produce an obvious call, opponents tend to assume that they were being “clever.” […]

Horoscopes for July 26, 2014

Actors who judge their characters are not able to play them as convincingly as those who bring a great deal of nonjudgmental compassion to their art. Similarly, we are all more effective under this Leo new moon when we accept ourselves. Play the action instead of commenting on it with the conventional opinions. ARIES (March […]

I’m not attracted to my husband since he’s gained weight

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 10 years. We have no children. My biggest problem is his weight. He has put on a lot of poundage in the past several years and is definitely not the guy I married. I don’t claim to be a princess, but I stay pretty fit. I […]

July 26, 2014 | Posted in State, national lifestyle columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder YOUR LEAD LEADS PARTNER CORRECTLY Albert Einstein said, “A theory can be proved by experiment; but no path leads from experiment to the birth of a theory.” At the bridge table, leads are very important. And not only do you have to lead the right suit, but you must […]

US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier

WASHINGTON — Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, in the five years since the recession officially ended, Americans’ pay has basically stagnated. Millions remain unemployed […]