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On Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson, noted scholar, historian and educator, created “Negro History Week” in 1926, which became Black History Month in 1976. Woodson chose February because it coincided with the birthdays of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. Americans should ...

Motives behind the massacre

“Enough is enough!” “This can’t go on!” “This has to stop!” These were among the comments that came through the blizzard of commentary after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. We have heard these words before. Unfortunately, such atrocities ...

Judge rules administrators not liable for Ohio school shooting

CLEVELAND (AP) — Five former administrators at a northeastern Ohio school district where three high school students were fatally shot and a fourth permanently disabled are not liable for the shootings six years ago, a judge presiding over a lawsuit filed on behalf of the victims ruled ...

‘Black Panther’ roars with $192M debut

NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark. The Marvel film ...

Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation issue

NEW YORK (AP) — Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year’s Grammy Awards. Gill said it is “impossible” to not leave someone off the list in a given year. “I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, ...

Plain Jane obsessed with looks

DEAR ABBY: When I was in my teens, and even into my 20s and 30s, I was a Plain Jane. I had little self-confidence. But strangely, I’m one of those people who has gotten better looking as I’ve aged. Now in my 50s, I am better looking than many women my age or even younger. Men definitely ...

Trump fumes about Russia investigation

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As the nation mourned, President Donald Trump kept largely silent about the Florida school shooting victims and the escalating gun control debate, instead raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing ...

Bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Officials tracking two bears that were badly burned in the largest wildfire in California history say the animals are settling back into their home in the wild after receiving unusual treatment for their injured paws. Recent photos and GPS tracking data show the female ...

Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive. “You’re the president. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not ...

Foreign freeloading to blame for high drug prices

Americans are suffering pharmaceutical sticker shock. But the remedy Democrats are backing — price controls on prescription drugs — would inflict more harm by halting new discoveries and dooming patients waiting for cures. Since 1950, our increasing longevity — an amazing 10 extra years ...

Don’t make madmen famous

An orgy of mutual disgust now greets every mass shooting in America. Liberals despise conservatives who, they predict, will offer only insipid “thoughts and prayers” in the face of what they conceive to be preventable massacres. Conservatives scorn liberals who, they believe, will propose ...

What if I really, really need my tax refund?

Q: I really need my tax refund, to cover bills and pay down debt. How can I get it as fast as possible? A: The average individual tax refund was $2,895 in 2017, according to the IRS. I understand why you’d want so much money in your hands ASAP: For the typical American, that would cover rent ...

You’re married, but your assets don’t have to be

People who aren’t rich or famous typically don’t have prenuptial agreements, which are legal documents detailing who gets what in a divorce. Even ordinary folks without prenups, though, should think about how to protect their money if something goes wrong. Planning for divorce may be ...

Four alternatives for when your 401(k) doesn’t cut it

There’s a finite list of things you can change at work — and your employer’s less-than-stellar retirement plan probably isn’t among them. What makes for a lousy 401(k) is somewhat in the eye of the beholder, but characteristics may include limited offerings, high fees or no company ...

High School students get creative with elementary students

OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) — Paintings of snowmen lined cafeteria tables at Rosedale Elementary school Tuesday as Oak Hill High School students sat side-by-side working one-on-one with the younger students to take part in a guided painting class. Each OHHS art student was paired up with at least ...

Racial incidents rattle Cincinnati schools

CINCINNATI (AP) — Some schools have been plagued this winter by outbreaks of racism in and around a city that’s been revitalized in recent years following racial violence. From a middle-school teacher’s warning to a black student that he could get lynched to derogatory chants by students ...

Gamer boyfriend scores low points

DEAR ABBY: My daughter and her boyfriend have been together for four years. Despite being almost 30, he is very immature and constantly distracted by either his phone or his video games. Abby, he travels with his PlayStation everywhere he goes. When he comes into our house, he sets up his ...

Biden tiptoeing toward 2020 presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new ...

Floridians take their gun protest to streets

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school. The rally, held in downtown Fort Lauderdale, was attended by ...

Florida legislators struggle with how to respond to shooting

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Stunned by a horrific shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead, the Florida Legislature is grappling with what to do in the aftermath. Legislators have just three weeks left in their annual 60-day session. Normally, lawmakers are trying to wrap up ...