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A lifelong bird-watcher ventured into a section of New York’s Central Park, the “Ramble,” at 7:30 a.m., hoping to catch a glimpse of waterfowl. In previous days, he had spied scarlet tanagers, ovenbirds and mourning warblers. On Memorial Day, as he waited quietly, an unleashed spaniel scurri…

With piecemeal re-openings around the country, businesses are limping out of this housebound period, if they still exist to emerge at all.

From the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute – named for Milton Friedman and Gary Becker, two of the university’s 30 Nobel laureates in economics – comes this warning: Recovery from the pandemic’s economic damage will be protracted and perhaps made more so by some of Congress’ …

DEAR DR. ROACH: My adult son has lost over 100 pounds on an intermittent fasting diet (16 hours fasting per day) and now wants to continue fasting in the morning and just eat a heavier lunch and dinner to maintain his new weight. I am not sure that this kind of long-term fasting is good for …

DEAR ANNIE: I come from a large family. I was the youngest of four girls, and there were several years between us. Growing up, I barely knew my two older sisters.

While serving as a sentry with French forces in the Argonne Forest in 1918, a black American private fought off German attackers. Unfazed by his wounds, he hurled grenades until they ran out, shot his rifle until it jammed, used his rifle as a club until it broke, and finally used a bolo kni…

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On April 20, the price of a futures contract for West Texas Intermediate crude oil (WTI), the benchmark for U.S. oil prices, fell below zero for the first time in history, dropping more than 306% in trading and ending the day at -$37.63 per barrel.

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One of the chief selling points about Donald Trump in 2016, one that persuaded many initially dubious Republicans, was the argument that “he fights.” Some of us tried to counter that his battles nearly always concerned his own fragile ego, not the cause of conservatism, nor even the Republic…

The table around which the Supreme Court justices gather for conferences might groan Friday beneath the weight of cert petitions – requests for the court to accept 13 cases arising from lower court decisions involving plaintiffs seeking redress for violations of their civil rights.

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I get contacted daily with questions like “when can I get a haircut?”, “when can we start practicing softball?” and “how will this pandemic affect the economy?”

During Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, some conservatives, including supposedly Donald Trump-despising ones, declared themselves “radicalized.” “Kavanaugh snapped something in me,” Sohrab Ahmari tweeted. The Democrats had demonstrated their depravity, they said. On the stren…

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The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning in late April 2020, informing us of a “big jump” in complaints of an email extortion scheme. This particular scam features emails telling recipients the sender hacked into their computer and installed software that used a webcam to record the rec…

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The Prince of Peace teachers were expecting signs and honks and smiles from their students on Wednesday. They just weren’t all expecting to get as emotional as they did.

DEAR ANNIE: I have been good friends with Wanda for over 20 years. Though our friendship has lasted a long time, it’s not been without its trials. This is mostly because Wanda has a tendency to make everything about her.

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The COVID-19 virus has ravaged the whole world with a heavy death toll everywhere. Potential exposure to the disease has changed all of our day-to-day lives.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, a well-respected consumer organization ran an article asserting that hundreds of thousands of people die every year just from eating deli meat! The problem is supposedly that the nitrates and/or nitrites in the meat combine to make nitrosamines, which are supposedly…

This week Governor Kim Reynolds announced some restrictions would be lifted for counties in Iowa experiencing decreasing or little to no COVID-19 activity. Starting May 1, restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, race tracks, and some retail establishments are allowed to reopen at hal…

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One of the less helpful aspects of our current quandary is the shrill argument between two closed-minded camps. One condemns those who wish to open up the economy as science-defying ghouls who care nothing for human life. The other depicts the stay-at-homes as economic saboteurs willing to d…

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a military historian and a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno.

The numbers are preliminary, but it seems that African Americans are dying from COVID-19 at alarming rates. In Louisiana, for instance, blacks represent 70% of the dead but only 33% of the population. In Michigan, blacks comprise 33% of the infected, but 40% of the fatalities. This has occas…

Some constitutional language is necessarily open-textured, as when it forbids the “establishment” of religion or “unreasonable” searches, or when it guarantees the “free exercise” of religion, “due process” and “equal protection” of law. There is, in Chief Justice Warren Burger’s phrase, “pl…

It seems every history article must be a list. This list is not the 25 most important women in Clinton’s history but, rather, 25 women that I find interesting.

One of the first lessons in an economics class is everything has a cost. That’s in stark contrast to lessons in the political arena where politicians talk about free stuff. In our personal lives, decision-making involves weighing costs against benefits. Businessmen make the same calculation …

Editor’s Note: April is Community College Month. Throughout April, Clinton Community College leaders, faculty and graduates are submitting columns about the impact CCC has had on their lives and the community at large.

Editor’s Note: As a partner with many local, state and regional health organizations, Paul Blair is the executive director/clinical director for Bridgeview Community Health Center in Clinton. Recently opening at its new location within the Lyons Technology Park, 1320 19th Avenue Northwest, B…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I walked into a glass wall and hurt my nose. It swelled up immediately and later developed bruising. My friend told me to ice it, but that an emergency room visit wasn’t necessary. Now I’m wondering if I should have gone. What’s the right thing to do when you think you might …

DEAR ANNIE: As a public service, please make your readers aware of the grandparents phone scam. My elderly parents were victims of this scam. Someone called them claiming to be a narcotics detective and told them their grandchild had been arrested and they needed to send bail money in order …

An irony of the coronavirus debate is that the more successful lockdowns are in squelching the disease, the more vulnerable they will be to attack as unnecessary in the first place.

America’s colleges are rife with corruption. The financial squeeze resulting from COVID-19 offers opportunities for a bit of remediation.

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