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Naked Trump reveals us

Well, darn it, I'd like to avoid sounding humorless just because I'm not laughing at something that so many others find hilarious.Most of the time, I don't care about such verdicts on my gift for mirth. I'm a liberal columnist in the heartland. I'm a living punch line.However, we are in ...

Climate change: Why it matters

(Editor's Note:?This story is part of AP's "Why It Matters" series, which will examine issues at stake in the presidential election between now and Election Day.)By SETH BORENSTEINAP Science WriterTHE ISSUE: It's as if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live on two entirely different Earths: One ...

Charter reform: Get it right

By JAMES PAUL"Back to school" can be an emotional time for students. Some greet the school year excited to learn and socialize, while others regretfully say goodbye to summer.Over the next nine months, many will have their lives transformed for the better. But for thousands of other children, ...

Hillary’s heel

By KATHLEEN PARKERWhen I wrote the headline "Hillary's heel," I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife's pantsuit hem.Hillary Clinton's Achilles' heel is her very Clinton-ness. Rather than tell the truth as soon as possible, a ...

Adult daughter holds onto sibling rivalry, distresses her mother

Dear Annie: My children are grown and have wonderful families of their own, but my daughter is extremely jealous of her brother and his family.My daughter moved to another state after she graduated college (she is the eldest) and lived with her father for a while before she married and had her ...

To Your Good Health

By KEITH ROACH, M.D.Dear Dr. Roach: A co-worker of mine recently had a ruptured appendix. The doctors did not remove it, but instead gave him heavy doses of antibiotics for three weeks. I thought they had to remove it. What is going on? - D.M.Answer: Surgery remains the preferred therapy for ...

From hummingbirds to earthworms, it’s a gardener’s world

What a difference! Grass is lush and green, almost wants to make you go barefoot and allow the grass to tickle your toes. Almost! With the rain that we have received, and we can use much more, the weeds are easy to pull, but the dampness of the ground doesn't go down very far. Still, the rain ...

Exploring the paranormal

I suppose it's no big secret that I'm a paranormal investigator. I'm a member of the Lock Haven Paranormal Seekers, the area's best ghost-hunting team. I'm also in charge of Teen Paranormal, a program I run at the Ross Library. The group is for teenagers, and we meet once every month to learn ...

Fix the ghetto

Fear, anger, cries of racism. This is what seems to envelop America these days.It's all dished up daily by presidential candidates and the media.There are so many people taking offense to what others say or do that I can't keep track of it all. It's exhausting.A restaurant owner in Albuquerque, ...

Combatting the opioid epidemic

The drug overdose epidemic is sweeping the nation and tearing families and communities apart.The United States is in the midst of a prescription drug abuse epidemic as addiction, overdoses, and deaths associated with non-medical drug use have risen dramatically over the last decade.Like the ...

Traffic fatalities continued surge first half of 2016

By JOAN LOWYThe Associated PressTraffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to preliminary estimates released by the ...

A nice column about Trump

When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?, I thought, well, that could be fun.But hard.Then, as if the Muses and Fates had conspired to help me in this Olympian task, everything in Trump ...

At the base of Trump’s support

By SALENA ZITOwww.TribWeb.comRUFFS DALE - If you drive anywhere in Pennsylvania, from the turnpike to the old U.S. routes to the dirt roads connecting small towns like Hooversville with "bigger" small towns like Somerset, you might conclude that Donald Trump is ahead in this state by double ...

When death sneaks up on the young and successful

Stagnant wages, weight gain, in-laws staying too long.A canceled flight, a stolen bicycle, a flooded basement.Bounced checks, a cold sore, refrigerator on the fritz.Getting fired.All irritating but also microscopic in the grand scheme of things - the grand scheme being our mortality, the fact ...

Talking back may reduce terrorist recruitment

By MATT SWAYNERecruiters for violent extremist groups, just like screenwriters and marketers, use storytelling techniques to craft their messages. Analyzing those narratives and producing counter-narratives may be one way to cut the success of terrorist recruitment, according to researchers."No ...

Hypocrisy at the Olympic Games

The Olympic Games are nowhere near over, and yet hypocrisy has taken full control.It is almost unimaginable but Lebanese athletes would not ride on a bus with Israeli athletes. A Saudi Arabian forfeits a contest so that he does not have to wrestle an Israeli. An Egyptian refuses to shake hands ...

Could Lilly King unify us all?

The new Queen of Evansville, Ind., is Lilly King.The 19-year-old Reitz High School graduate and Indiana University sophomore swimming star, unleashed a record setting gold medal swim in the women's 100M breaststroke in Rio de Janeiro.Her time of 1:04.93 placed her ahead of second place finisher ...

Brexit and the international rise in populism

It appears there has been an unexpected groundswell in populism worldwide.To the surprise of many, we recently witnessed a massive wave of populist sentiment in Great Britain regarding the referendum to exit the European Union (EU), known as Brexit.Fundamentally, Brexit is about ideology. It ...

Obamacare under President Hillary Clinton

We may be getting ahead of ourselves assuming that Hillary Clinton will be the next president, but let's proceed on that (comforting) notion. Few are better prepared to preserve and improve upon the Affordable Care Act than Clinton, who's long immersed herself in health care policy.Obamacare is ...

Don’t supersize minimum wage

By ED FEULNERWell, this isn't a typical election year. Why should the perennial fight over the minimum wage be any different?We usually hear calls to raise it by a dollar or two. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25, so you'd expect advocates of a higher starting salary to call for $8.25 ...