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About race and reason

So much of our reasoning about race is both emotional and faulty. In ordinary, as well as professional, conversation, we use terms such as discrimination, prejudice, racial preferences and racism interchangeably, as if they referred to the same behavior. We can avoid many pitfalls of misguided ...

Free medical clinic set for next month in Charleston

CHARLESTON (AP) — A free medical clinic for West Virginians in need is set for next month. The clinic will be held Oct. 20 and 21 at the Bible Center School in Charleston. It is being hosted by Charleston-based West Virginia Health Right, which provides free medical, dental and vision ...

Man engages in affairs with married women

DEAR ABBY: My son has taken it upon himself to get romantically involved with two different married women. He’s newly divorced after a long marriage and hates the idea of being alone. He says he loves them both, but realizes there’s no future with either one, so he’s trying to extricate ...

‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ ticks to No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — The gothic family fantasy “The House With a Clock in Its Walls” exceeded expectations to debut with an estimated $26.9 million in ticket sales at the weekend box office, while audiences showed considerably less interest in Michael Moore’s Donald Trump-themed documentary, ...

Paul Simon wraps up farewell tour in his beloved NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Simon ended his final concert tour under a moonlit sky on home turf Saturday, telling an audience in a Queens, N.Y. park that their cheers “mean more than you can know.” Simon performed at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which he said was a 20-minute bicycle ride from ...

Cosby sentencing reveals generational divide over legacy

Keon McGuire has no real attachment to Bill Cosby or his landmark show. As a black man, he’s aware of the sitcom’s place in pop culture, but he was barely in elementary school when “The Cosby Show” went off the air. Years later, he mostly tuned Cosby out after a widely panned speech to ...

Fatal drug overdoses in Ohio increase to record number

COLUMBUS (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses increased to a record 4,854 last year in Ohio, a 20 percent rise compared with the previous year, according to information reported to the state. Data on unintentional drug deaths provided to the Ohio Department of Health show 2017 was the eighth year in ...

Thousands bracing for more floods a week after hurricane

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of coastal residents remained on edge Sunday, told they may need to leave their homes because rivers are still rising more than a week after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas. About 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina, were ...

Pompeo: No end to North Korea sanctions until ‘denuclearization’

NEW YORK (AP) — Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won’t be reduced until it completes “denuclearization” after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North’s main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions. Kim said last week at a ...

Boston police officer shot, three suspects taken into custody

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston police officer who was part of a team on a regular patrol was shot Sunday in the city’s South End, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Boston Police Commissioner William Gross told reporters the shooting is yet another example of “too many guns on the ...

Michelle Obama drums up voter participation at rally

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama held a campaign-style rally in Las Vegas on Sunday to urge Nevadans to register to vote and cast ballots this fall, warning them that sitting out means someone else will make decisions for them. “We get the leaders we vote for. We get the ...

Kavanaugh, Ford to testify in open hearing on Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, agreeing to a date and time after nearly a week of uncertainty over whether Ford ...

Trump pushes pause on deciding Rosenstein’s fate

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions. The TVs on the plane, tuned as always to Fox News, carried headlines about an explosive new story: Deputy Attorney General Rod ...

Congress taking aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. The regulation of ...

Judge says California child can take cannabis drug to school

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A California kindergartner can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a judge ruled Friday. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported that a judge sided with the family of 5-year-old Brooke ...

National park in Hawaii reopens after long eruption

HONOLULU (AP) — A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials said ...

Two wounded in Wisconsin shooting out of hospital

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two people shot by a colleague this week at a Wisconsin software company have been discharged from a Madison hospital, a health system spokesman said Saturday. The two discharged patients were released Friday and a third patient remained hospitalized in fair condition on ...

Allegations against Kavanaugh fail to move public opinion

Despite enormous media coverage and intense discussions in official Washington, the allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have had little impact on public opinion (so far). Before his confirmation hearings, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 48 percent of voters ...

Has Russia given up on the west?

By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. And how have we husbanded the fruits of our Cold War triumph? This ...

Cosby to fight ‘sexually violent predator’ tag at sentencing

Bill Cosby’s sentencing hearing Monday will begin with testimony about his sex offender evaluation and, presumably, a fierce debate over whether the 81-year-old actor should be branded a sexually violent predator. The stakes are high given the lifetime counseling, community alerts and public ...