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Harrisville Fall Festival kicks off Saturday

HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville Fall Festival takes place this Saturday, with a variety of free events, food, and entertainment to kick off the autumn season. Starting at 11 a.m., there will be entertainment outside at Richard’s Pharmacy, complete with a stage and a whole lineup of acts ...

Why do I like Sen. Jeff Flake so much? He’s to the point

Not for the first time, the criticism reads: "Why don't you admit it, Shields? You reflexively like politicians." It's true. I do like most people who dare to run for political office. For me and most people I know, our lives are a succession of unpublicized setbacks and occasional wins. If ...

America is taking a disturbing plunge into protectionism

The descent of American capitalism into a racket is being greased by professed capitalists in government, in collaboration with professed capitalists in what is called, with decreasing accuracy, the private sector. This is occurring under the auspices of Republicans, and while many Democrats ...

Memories are long, resolve unshakable

It was only a matter of time. So many of us women, so many men who love us — we knew this was coming. We knew it when Donald Trump praised Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as "a very fine woman ... very fine woman." We knew it when he called her Senate testimony "very compelling." She had ...

This is how abortion polarized — and polarizes — America

"Here's my question," tweets legal scholar Jeffrey A. Sachs, obviously in response to the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "what is the alternative reality where Roe was never decided, levels of partisan polarization are identical to our own, and the SCOTUS appointments ...

Pro-abortion Left v. Kavanaugh shows culture war’s reach

I've been writing for years about the depth of the culture war taking place in America. I've done so with trepidation, with knowledge that without resolution, culture wars can turn into physical wars. It happened once in America. Can it happen again? The first major violent confrontation ...

Tips on saving money and time on Halloween costumes

NEW YORK (AP) — Shopping for Halloween costumes doesn’t have to be scary. This year, shoppers can find more ways to save time and money. Discounters like Walmart and Target are expanding their costume offerings and creating designated sections where customers can find more of their ...

ASK A DESIGNER: Creating the perfect kitchen island

Interior designer Abbe Fenimore knew that adding a kitchen island was one of the most important decisions she'd make in remodeling her 1940s-era home in Dallas. A well-designed kitchen island can offer storage space, a work surface, comfortable seating — even a cooktop or spare ...

Inside the Dems’ sham impeachment plan on emoluments

Two hundred Congressional Democrats determined to take down the Trump presidency are suing in federal court, claiming the president is violating a provision of the U.S. Constitution. This lawsuit lays out the Democratic Party's roadmap to impeachment. Friday, a federal judge gave the lawsuit ...

Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?

NEW YORK (AP) — Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless. Using an emerging wireless technology known as 5G, Verizon’s 5G Home service provides an ...

A scary time for men? No, men always benefit from doubt

Let's get something straight: Men are not the victims here. It is a foolish and offensive line of reasoning, so naturally it has caught traction on the political right. Indeed, for some, it is an article of faith as the confirmation of would-be Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh becomes ...

From chores to student loans: Teaching kids money basics

(StatePoint) For kids, October is a big month because it includes the one night where costumes are encouraged and begging for candy is expected. But it’s also National Financial Awareness Month, and amazingly, many teenagers will graduate high school this year with little knowledge about how ...

Fall wine tips for outdoor entertaining

(StatePoint) Autumn is the ultimate time for outdoor dining. For your next gathering, bring the party out to the deck or patio for an evening of enjoyable light bites and delicious wines. If you are hosting an autumn gathering, elevate the evening with some tips and pairing ideas from the ...

Kavanaugh hearing another showing of bullies v. the bullied

As a kid I was always a head shorter than other boys, which meant I was bullied — mocked, threatened, sometimes assaulted. Childhood bullying has been going on forever. But America has become a culture of bullying — the wealthier over the poorer, CEOs over workers, those with privilege ...

Racial disparities in school discipline … but not how you think

President Barack Obama's first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil rights marchers who were demanding voting ...

On Lindsey Graham’s righteous anger: Somebody had to do it

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake may have become a momentary hero for Democrats hoping to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has cinched the role as Jiminy Cricket of the U.S. Senate. Never one to shy away from cameras or fall short on quotable one-liners, Graham ...

20 years later, can you help identify the boy under the billboard?

Every law enforcement investigator has one, that one unsolved case that preys on their mind and gnaws at their soul. For Major Tim Horne of the Orange County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina, it is the case that's come to be called "The Boy Under the Billboard." Twenty years ago, Horne ...

In economic boom, how can Trump be a political liability?

The stock market has just hit a new historic high. Median household income in the U.S. is higher than ever. Fewer laid-off Americans are today forced to file for unemployment benefits than at anytime since 1968, when the U.S. civilian labor force of 81 million was one-half of today's 162 ...

Finally, America should do away with the death penalty

Without being aware of it, Vernon Madison might become a footnote in constitutional law because he is barely aware of anything. For more than 30 years, Alabama, with a tenacity that deserves a better cause, has been trying to execute him for the crime he certainly committed, the 1985 murder of ...

No laughing matter at the United Nations

An old saying has it, "Laugh and the world laughs with you." But at the United Nations this week, a representative body of the world laughed at Donald Trump, greeting him with international guffaws when he bragged about his presidential accomplishments, For once, the sitting president seemed ...