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A cellphone’s alarms can tell a lot about its owner

Few things bring out the blush in your cheeks like forgetting your cellphone at someone else’s place. It gives your friends hard evidence of something they’ve long suspected — your synapses are firing a couple of spark plugs short. “Poor ol’ George,” they’d say — providing ...

Cow tipping no joke but there are plenty to go around

Amid a bludgeoning of news about floods, fires, assaults, walls, cheats, liars, murders and other mayhem, a pastoral headline went largely overlooked: Oklahoma City’s airport no longer is selling cow-tipping T-shirts. After more than 10 years, Will Rogers World Airport has sold out of ...

Sweet talking a woman requires more than a sundae

The more a man talks, the less likely he is to say something significant. That’s the word from several experts on the subject, all of whom happen to be female. Most are related to me. According to their standard of worthy talk, I haven’t engaged in a meaningful conversation since 1983. I ...

Mom earns nervous tics from boys’ adventures

It’s not that boys intend to irritate their parents. We just have gigantic imaginations overwhelming teeny tiny filters in our brains. If a notion pops into our heads, we already are embarking on the adventure that will hereafter be known as “the incident” before any flicker of common ...

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Birth

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital NELSON, Anna and Zebedee, of Niles, a daughter March 21

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital GERTHUNG, Taylor and Tanner Sheets, of Girard, a daughter March 16 SCOTT, Chyanne and Brian Mease Jr., of Niles, a son March 16 SWEET, Christina and Andrew Shaker, of Warren, a son March 19

Births

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital BAIR, Brittany and Shawn, of Cortland, a son March 19 BLACK, Alexandria and Vincent Peters, of Warren, a daughter March 19

Births

St. Joseph Warren Hospital GWINN, Sindey and Justin Pitluga, of Bristolville, a son March 13 HALL, Jessica and Richard Stonebraker III, of Warren, a son March 15 HOUSEHOLDER, Tara and Craig, of Warren, a son March 15 RAPTIS, Melissa and George, of Cortland, a son March 15

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St. Pat: More popular than the Kardashians

St. Patrick’s Day means a lot of different things to a wide assortment of humans ’round the globe. Yeah, that’s what I said. According to an article by The Business Insider last fall, the celebration is a worldwide one. Historians Mike Cronin and Daryl Adair report that it is celebrated ...

Of course you can always make this stuff up

You can’t make this stuff up. I’ve always wondered why people say that? People make stuff up all the time. Liars. Fiction novelists. Film authors. Politicians (oh, sorry, I already covered that in the first mention). Actors. Teachers. Parents. Teenagers caught sneaking in after curfew. ...

Just the facts, ma’am, but I’d prefer the food

Remember the show “Dragnet”? Wikipedia does: “Dragnet is an American radio, television and motion-picture series enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners.” It debuted in 1951, ran for eight years, then came back in 1967 for a ...

Leaving the Oscars in her (gold) dust tonight

Here we are, the last Sunday in February — aka, Oscar Night. As everyone knows by now, this evening in the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best films (and their writers, directors, actors, et al) of 2018 as they present the 91st ...

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Daughter Lovina gets ready to graduate from the eighth grade

Dear readers: Today, I, Lovina (youngest daughter of Lovina), thought I’d give Mom a little break and write her weekly column. In case any of you are confused, I was named after my Mom. Although I’m not as busy as my Mom, it takes 90 percent of my energy to put so much brain into ...

Health notes

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: McKinley Memorial Library and Niles Parks Department will host a free Health and Wellness Fair 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Niles Wellness Center, 213 Sharkey Drive, Niles. The fair will be promoted as part One Book / One Community, the annual countywide library event, which ...

And the winners are … yet to be determined

And the winners are... to be announced Sunday. In the meantime, we will verify the final figures for the 18th annual Tribune Chronicle / Mercy Health Fitness Challenge community weight loss competition to benefit nonprofit service organizations. The teams that lost the greatest shares of their ...

Daughters bring grandkids to see recovering grandma

We are into the first week of March already! Even though everything is covered with snow again, along with some single-digit temperatures on a few mornings, I keep telling myself that March is also when the calendar says spring arrives. Think spring! Yesterday, daughters Elizabeth and Susan ...

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‘Mr. Burns’ is a bizarrely fascinating play

CHAMPION — There are great ideas for plays, and there are great plays. “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” a play by Anne Washburn that opened last week at Kent State University at Trumbull, definitely is the former. Whether it’s the latter will depend upon one’s frame of reference ...

Top Hat premieres ‘Amazing Grace’

Brian Palumbo’s persistence paid off. Top Hat Productions will be the first community theater to stage “Amazing Grace.” The musical, which ran on Broadway in 2015, tells the story of John Newton, the son of a slave trader who forsakes the family business after an epiphany at sea. ...

Pittsburgh orchestra returns to Westminster

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Westminster College’s Orr Auditorium. Conductor Manfred Honeck will lead the orchestra in a program featuring Edvard Greig’s “Peer Gynt,” Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Caprice bohemien” and Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin ...

Trumbull Art Gallery displays student work

The second Annual Trumbull County Educational Service Center K-8 Art Show continues through March 28 at the Trumbull Art Gallery, 158 N. Park Ave, Warren. This year, 157 students entered 165 works. Participating schools include Bloomfield Middle, Bristol Elementary, Champion Middle, Howland ...