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Bridge by Steve Becker

May 24, 2015 Opening lead — king of hearts. A declarer is often guided to the right line of play by the bidding of one or both opponents. more »»

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May 24, 2015 “Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert (Adult fiction) Henry Whittaker, a poor-born Englishman, makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man... more »»

Dream a little nightmare with me

May 17, 2015 My heinous deeds were horrible. Incomprehensible. Indefensible. Except that I hadn’t really committed them. My wife dreamed them all up. Literally. She shook me awake and glared. more »»

Bridge by Steve Becker

May 17, 2015 Good bidding gets you to the best contract a very high percentage of the time. Every bid you make sends partner a message, and your partner replies in kind. more »»

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May 17, 2015 “Horrorstor” by Grady Hendrix (Adult horror) Picture a huge IKEA-type store in northeast Ohio that suddenly goes amuck. more »»

Wife doesn’t want husband involved in business

May 17, 2015 Dear Annie: I’d like to start a small business, but I’m afraid to mingle my finances with my husband’s. We have a house, which is paid off and in both of our names. more »»

Luck and location can lead to finding treasure

May 17, 2015 Geography, knowledge and luck are a big part of finding a treasure in an unexpected place, and at a low price. It happens. more »»

Soap Opera Summaries

May 17, 2015 “BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL”: When questioning the authenticity of his concern for Rick’s feelings, Brooke blames Ridge for being the reason for her son’s current situation. more »»

Stop worrying about neighbors and put up fence

May 16, 2015 Dear Annie: My next-door neighbor has made my husband and me feel like prisoners in our own hom. more »»

Garage floor needs help

May 16, 2015 Dear Heloise: What kind of dry absorbant could I sprinkle on my garage floor so I could sweep up the oily road film / sand / slush with a broom? I’ve seen cat-box filler suggeste. more »»

Don’t mess with IRS

May 16, 2015 Today I thought I’d reach into my bulging mailbag to respond to a few of your questions. I love to get mail from you, my lovely readers. more »»

Bridge by Steve Becker

May 16, 2015 It might seem peculiar that the best declarers always adopt a pessimistic view in approaching the play of a hand. more »»

Longtime friends have split over politics

May 15, 2015 Dear Annie: My best friend, “Clara,” and I have known each other for 30 years. We’re both retired and live in the same town. Neither of us has a husband. We talk on the phone every day. more »»

Lymphoma doesn’t run in families

May 15, 2015 DEAR DR. ROACH: I had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma a couple of years ago. I am in remission now, but I never knew what caused it. more »»

Rattling on the road

May 15, 2015 Some of you will well-remember the washboard or corduroy roads we used to travel on in Trumbull County years ago. They were roads that would shake and rattle you when you drove over them. more »»

Umbrella needs a cleaning

May 15, 2015 Dear Heloise: I read your column in The Washington Post. I was wondering if you have a suggestion for cleaning an umbrella. I have a small, collapsible, yellow umbrell. more »»

Nike and America’s wage problem

May 15, 2015 Last Friday, President Obama chose Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, to deliver a defense of his proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. It was an odd choice of venue. more »»

Little kids teach the best way to play the game

May 10, 2015 My new favorite spectator sport is soccer as played by 5- and 6-year-olds. The game is simple, fun, unpredictable — and free of tedious technical points, such as, say, scoring. more »»

We shouldn’t let cursive handwriting fade away

May 10, 2015 Our newspaper last week published a story by education reporter Margaret Thompson that discussed a Howland second-grade classroom that spends about 15 minutes a week learning cursive handwriting. more »»

Bridge by Steve Becker

May 4, 2015 This celebrated hand occurred in the Spingold team championship played in Miami Beach in 195. more »»



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