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This Week in History for May 31

Today is Sunday, May 31, the 152nd day of 2020. There are 214 days left in the year. ––– Today’s Highlight in History On May 31, 1921, a race riot erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as white mobs began looting and leveling the affluent black district of Greenwood over reports a black man ...

Today in History for May 29

Today is Friday, May 29, the 150th day of 2020. There are 216 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 29, 1988, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened their historic summit in Moscow. On this date: In 1765, Patrick Henry denounced the ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 29

Just when you've had enough of being at home, Mercury transits into the domestic realm of Cancer. To make matters even more interior, an upcoming retrograde will have the messenger planet visiting this realm longer than usual. We'll identify strongly with our environments, which inspire changes ...

Ditch the dirtbag

Dear Annie: I've been chatting with a guy online for a few weeks now -- nothing serious, just light, "getting to know you" conversations, with some flirtation sprinkled in. Well, today, he decided to randomly mention that I reminded him of another woman he'd been talking to, who he ended up ...

Consistently lower than ‘normal’ temperature may be just fine

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a healthy 79-year-old male. My doctor tells me that my blood pressure and pulse are better than most men half my age. I feel good. I have been taking my temperature about three times a day, using both digital and mercury thermometers, careful to wait at least an hour ...

Hints From Heloise for May 29

Dear Readers: During this time of social distancing, it's easy to get off track from our daily routine -- stay in our bathrobe all day or get a bit careless about our appearance or housekeeping. Here are a few hints to help you get your life in order: • First, establish a routine. Get up ...

Today in History for May 28

Today is Thursday, May 28, the 149th day of 2020. There are 217 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 28, 1912, the Senate Commerce Committee issued its report on the Titanic disaster that cited a "state of absolute unpreparedness," improperly tested safety equipment ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 28

Expectations are slippery and fickle these days, and because of this, impressing others will be a futile endeavor. Even if you know exactly which boxes to tick, people are going to change their minds. The transit of Mercury into Cancer offers you a license to impress the only person who ...

Bothersome belching

Dear Annie: I started seeing someone recently. "Matthew" is a perfect gentleman in many respects, but he has one habit that I find very rude and jarring: He burps, frequently, and sometimes without even covering his mouth. We sit down to watch a movie together after dinner, and all I can focus ...

In rare cases, brand name meds are a must

DEAR DR. ROACH: I just read your article that there wasn't any difference between Synthroid and levothyroxine. I come from a family with severe sensitivities, allergies and asthma. I was started on Synthroid and did well. My insurance decided not to pay for it, so my doctor switched me to ...

Heloise for May 28

Dear Heloise: I've heard that low calorie, artificially sweetened drinks and sweeteners aren't so good when I'm trying to lose weight. What do you think? -- Emily in Illinois Emily, yes, there are studies that show artificially sweetened drinks do not help folks curb their appetites, cut ...

Today in History for May 27

Today is Wednesday, May 27, the 148th day of 2020. There are 218 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 27, 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, unanimously struck down the National Industrial Recovery Act, a key component of ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 27

Every relationship has a story. The Leo moon encourages us to make it an interesting one. When the moon is in this playful sign, being too literal and serious is considered deadly boring. Embellishment and exaggeration are expected and taken as just part of the fun. Bring on the theatrics, ...

Family Is family

Dear Annie: My brother and I own our parents' house, which is the house we grew up in. They put it in our names a while ago with the provision that they be allowed to live there for the rest of their lives. Recently, my brother, his wife and their two children moved in with my parents. They ...

Healthy food has all the vitamins your body needs

DEAR DR. ROACH: I follow you regularly, but I haven't heard one word on ways to build your immunity. Supplements abound, offering strength for the immune system. For me, some have been a tremendous support. I'm 65 and thankfully healthy, but I take vitamin Bs and Ds, and many other body-support ...

Hints From Heloise for May 27

Dear Heloise: With my children home all day, I've done more baking than usual. Since my kids are very young, they enjoy helping, so I let them decorate sugar cookies. I just measure out about 2 or 3 tablespoons of white sugar in a small bowl, add a few drops of food coloring and keep stirring ...

Horoscopes by Holiday for May 26

Leave your assumptions at home. Not everyone got the memo, and out of the number who did get it, half never read said memo because it is practically guaranteed to be long, complicated and boring. In these final days of Mercury in Gemini, brevity is the soul of wit, and one-on-one communication ...

Miscommunications and misunderstandings

Dear Annie: I come from a large family. I was the youngest of four girls, and there were several years between us. Growing up, I barely knew my two older sisters. One of the sisters remarried someone from a different religion, though they were not practicing. Fast-forward 20-25 years and this ...

Intermittent fasting is one more tool in weight-loss toolbox

DEAR DR. ROACH: My adult son has lost over 100 pounds on an intermittent fasting diet (16 hours fasting per day) and now wants to continue fasting in the morning and just eat a heavier lunch and dinner to maintain his new weight. I am not sure that this kind of long-term fasting is good for his ...

Hints From Heloise for May 26

Dear Heloise: Simple question: What is a virus? How can it make us sick? -- Janet in Ohio Janet, with COVID-19 (a coronavirus) spreading around the world, viruses have been in the news a lot this year, so yours is a good question. But the common cold and influenza, among many other illnesses, ...