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A favorite photograph and the story behind it

I’ve been fortunate enough to benefit from loads of good relationships in the larger genealogy world during my years of participation in it. But it’s fair to say that among the very best of those ties is with the folks at F+W Media, who put out Family Tree Magazine as well as my three ...

Political candidates spread messages in many ways

Before the days of radio, television and computers, political candidates spread their vote-seeking messages with reports in newspapers, printed literature, banners, stickpins, bandanas, ribbons and even cigar boxes, ceramic figurines and tableware, sewing supplies and more. Metal buttons ...

Witness Orion’s stellar nursery

We are made of star stuff. How many times over the years have we read or heard this phrase but never stopped long enough to consider its true significance? Well, let’s do so now. When the universe we know came into being some 14 billion years ago, there existed little more than ...

No-trump usually means major-suit fit not found

At the bridge table, when “no-trump” is uttered, it is rarely a player expressing his opinion of the president of the United States. It is much more likely to mean that a major-suit fit has not been found, so it is time to head for three no-trump. We play in five of a minor only when we ...

Videos for February

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_utP1mGoutQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5yaoMjaAmE&list=PLpKm49mk7xmZpvMItj8l3Jl_Hz79lj0DU

PSU celebrates THON 2018

It’s the weekend of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, and by Sunday, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy will have raised millions of dollars to help children with cancer. Benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund, which provides money for research and helps families of ...

African fashion on display at ‘Panther’ showings

The vibrant African fashion of “Black Panther” was on display at multiplexes around the country Thursday as moviegoers flocked to the first showings of Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster in traditional African shirts, dresses, head wraps and more. Some opted to make their own clothes ...

Nezet-Seguin becomes Met Opera’s new music director

NEW YORK — Yannick Nezet-Seguin will become the Metropolitan Opera’s music director next season, two years earlier than planned, providing a leader to an orchestra fighting drift and defections for more than a decade. Nezet-Seguin’s appointment was announced in June 2016, two months ...

Aniston, Theroux separate

LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating after two and a half years of marriage. The couple said in a statement to The Associated Press, released through a publicist, that the decision to split “was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.” The couple ...

Horoscope

Today’s Birthday (Feb. 17) Love will have a daily impact on your life. You’ll make sacrifices for your people and your interests will get served, too. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Anyone exerting pressure on you to make the best choice (most likely you’re the guilty party here) simply ...

Woman alarmed to discover man lied about name

Dear Abby: I’ve recently started seeing someone, and we have shared a wealth of information about ourselves with each other. When I asked him his last name, he said it was “Erickson.” When I asked him if he had a middle name, he responded that he didn’t. Soon after, I saw his ...

Gastric bypass surgery can affect metabolism

Dear Dr. Roach: I was told that a gastric bypass only makes the stomach smaller and does not affect metabolism. Is this true? — D.R. Answer: There are several different types of bariatric surgery (surgical procedures designed to help people lose weight). About 50 percent of bariatric ...

Russians charged in election probe

WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians on Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump ...

Strong quake strikes Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country’s capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. Crowds gathered on Mexico City’s central ...

FBI got tip before Florida shooting

PARKLAND, Fla. — The FBI received a tip last month that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate, the agency said Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for the FBI’s ...

Nation

NEW YORK Flu season shows signs of leveling off NEW YORK — This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Health officials on Friday said about 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. ...

World

CHILE Police: Vandals torch at least 25 trucks SANTIAGO — At least 25 trucks were torched in a southern region of Chile that the Mapuche indigenous community claims as its ancestral territory, authorities said Friday. The Chilean equivalent of the FBI said the trucks were burned in ...

New maps may naturally favor Dems

HARRISBURG (AP) — Democrats’ chances at picking up congressional seats in Pennsylvania likely would improve under new models of district boundaries drawn to replace the Republican-drawn boundaries thrown out in a high-stakes gerrymandering court case, independent analysts said ...

Marching in wrong parade

WASHINGTON — France had its Napoleon and so still celebrates glorious parades down the Champs Elysees. Russia had Stalin, watching with cruel eyes over the military marches that filled Red Square. Nazi Germany had Hitler and the extravaganzas of loyalty to him in the vast coliseum of ...

Bloomsburg professor faces child porn charges

HARRISBURG (AP) — A Pennsylvania university professor has been charged with having child porn on his work computer. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Friday that Bloomsburg University found the illegal images on 57-year-old Scott Lowe’s office computer during a routine audit of the ...