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Outlook not improving for beleaguered U.S. movie theaters

By Lindsey Bahr AP Film Writer About three quarters of the country’s movie theaters are open, but Americans are not going back in significant numbers in the COVID-era, even with new films coming into the marketplace weekly. The biggest movies continue to limp along. According to studio ...

W.Va. veteran gets his flag half a century later

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Kenny Stone doesn’t talk much about his days in Vietnam. The things he witnessed. The hardships he faced. The tragedies he endured. Instead, he lets a brand-new, over-sized American flag he’s been waiting on more than 50 years say it all for him. “When I ...

U.N. at 75 faces deeply polarized world

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Born out of World War II’s devastation to save succeeding generations from the scourge of conflict, the United Nations officially marks its 75th anniversary Monday at an inflection point in history, navigating a polarized world as it faces a pandemic, regional ...

Tropical Storm Beta churns toward land

HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Beta trudged toward the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, threatening to bring more rain, wind and stress to a part of the country that has already been drenched and battered during this year’s unusually busy hurricane season. While Beta could bring up ...

10-year-old killed when she, relative played with gun

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — A 10-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed while she and a young relative were playing with a gun inside a home, authorities said. The shooting in Springfield Township was reported around 8:20 p.m. Friday. Authorities have not released the names ...

Douglas statue to come down, but what about Lincoln?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With the nation racing to come to grips with centuries of racial sins, officials plan to remove the Capitol lawn statue of Stephen A. Douglas, whose forceful 19th Century politics helped forge modern-day Illinois but who also profited from slavery. Just inside the ...

Ginsburg’s death leaves questions in Washington

By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican efforts to fill Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat after her death are likely to move swiftly this week, with President Donald Trump possibly nominating a replacement within days and GOP ...

Calif. fires likely to grow

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert ...

U.N. chief: No support for reimposing Iran sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations will not support reimposing sanctions on Iran as the United States is demanding until he gets a green light from the Security Council. The U.N. chief said in a letter to the council president obtained Sunday by ...

Nebraska nursing home virus deaths still relatively low

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More than 40% of the deaths linked to the coronavirus in Nebraska have been at nursing homes, but the overall rate of deaths in the state’s nursing homes has remained relatively low compared with national figures. A total of 185 deaths linked to the virus have been ...

Anticipation of returning

The time has finally arrived to once again start the school year, and all the waiting and decision making is over (subject to change) but still many parents and students did their back to school shopping not knowing the future of the school year. It was a must, however, to be ready and ...

Tech tools for parents

I’ve written quite a bit regarding the hazards and concerns of social media and “screens” in the lives of our children. The concerns still exist; the addictive nature of social media on the teenage brain, the observed increase in depression and anxiety among individuals who are high ...

WV KIDS COUNT announces Champion of Children awardees

CHARLESTON— Today, WV KIDS COUNT is announcing its Champion of Children awardees for the upcoming The State of West Virginia’s Kids Virtual Summit Awards. They are releasing the 2020 WV KIDS COUNT Data Book and recognizing community leaders who champion child well-being domains: education, ...

Ely Chapman open for grades 1-5

MARIETTA — The Ely Chapman Board of Directors announced today that the resources of Ely Chapman Education Foundation will be reconfigured to provide a much needed service to primary school students who have started classes with staggered schedules beginning with the 2020/21 school year. The ...

Pandemic Halloween mixed

NEW YORK (AP) — Roving grown-ups tossing candy at kids waiting on lawns. Drive-thru Halloween haunts. Yard parties instead of block parties and parades. Wider paths through corn mazes. The family holiday so many look forward to each year is going to look different in the pandemic as parents ...

Progressives inflict progress

California, our national warning, shows how unchecked progressives inflict progress. They have placed on November ballots Proposition 16 to repeal the state constitution’s provision, enacted by referendum in 1996, forbidding racial preferences in public education, employment and contracting. ...

Trump bets on coronavirus vaccine to save election

President Trump, thrown on the defensive by his admission he lied about his early knowledge of the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and then played it down to avoid public panic, continues to predict a vaccine will be available by Election Day. He hopes its public availability by then will ...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court ...

To Mother Earth, we are pandemic

“Is Doomsday here?” Joe Biden asked Monday during a blistering speech about the West Coast fires and several tropical storms brewing offshore. Sadly, given the season, the wildfires devastating parts of California, Oregon and Washington have only added to the political tinder as the ...

Scrapping the Electoral College is not a good idea for us

Let’s squarely face an ugly possibility: President Trump could get elected a second time without winning the popular vote. Indeed, according to most experts, that’s the only way he could be reelected. This would surely prompt another chorus of calls to scrap the Electoral College. I think ...