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Ford temprorily halts Edge sales

DETROIT (AP) - Ford is temporarily halting sales of some Edge SUVs because water can leak inside and cause damage.Ford began producing the new Edge in February. The issue involves Edges built before April 28.Ford Motor Co. says around 19,000 SUVs potentially affected by the issue have already ...

Oldest vet to meet Obama

DETROIT (AP) - A 110-year-old woman believed to be the nation's oldest veteran will soon be making a trip to Washington that includes a scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama.Longtime Detroit resident Emma Didlake, a veteran of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II, is ...

Race hustlers want Civil War to continue

In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer's hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it.Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in ...

Bill Cosby, public moralist, silenced

You might have missed the irony.If so, it would be easy to understand. Last week's bulletin about accused serial rapist Bill Cosby was sensational enough that one might be forgiven for failing to notice one of its more subtle facets.As you no doubt already know, a federal judge sided with the ...

Trump, Sanders shake up expected party narratives

WASHINGTON - A 2016 presidential longshot in each party contest - Donald Trump in the Republican and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic - is currently applying pressures on the other candidates, but in distinctly different ways.Trump is swinging a sledgehammer on the GOP field with his racist ...

Dear Texas: What are you afraid of now?

Well, there you go again, Texas, making me wish we still had your Molly Ivins around to make sense of you.As the late, great columnist once so wisely explained, "Many a time freedom has been rolled back - and always for the same reason: fear."I took that to heart while reading a boatload of ...

Declining media credibility results in bad leaders

In her 1985 speech after receiving the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Places in the Heart," actress Sally Field famously gushed, "You like me; you really, really like me."The latest in a long history of surveys examining the public's level of trust in the news media might paraphrase ...

Clinton problem: truth estrangement

Hillary Clinton lies.This is a widely acknowledged fact among people who pay attention and aren't on her payroll. Nearly 20 years ago, New York Times columnist William Safire wrote: "Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady - a woman of ...

Preening Trump card blocks serious political discourse

President Obama seems on the verge of the most abject diplomatic capitulation in American history - to Iran, our bitterest enemy - and Republicans are arguing about Donald Trump? The prospect of a deal with Iran is dumbfounding and infuriating, as the U.S. held all the cards in the protracted ...

Military-industrial-Congressional complex

President Obama is said to be considering an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. He should sign it immediately.But he should go further and ban all political spending by federal contractors that receive more than half their revenues from ...

What (little) you see of Clinton is what you’ll get

It says something about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign that it was big news that she submitted herself to an interview with a cable news journalist. It also says something that the journalist selected for this honor, Brianna Keilar of CNN, was recently a guest at the wedding of the ...

Deploying the 7 Cs to build resilience in children

One of the best ways to help our children become a successful, capable, happy human being is to teach resilience. Parents are role models for their children. People who can cope with the stress of everyday life, the occasional crisis, competently handle an emergency or natural disaster have ...

Sanders, socialists ignore how government oppresses poor

Nearly 10,000 people turned out to hear Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. Why? Apparently, many Democrats want socialism.Sanders is the Vermont senator who is running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.Sanders calls himself a "democratic socialist," not to be confused with New York ...

Kids locked up for failing to meet with dad released

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A judge on Friday released three siblings who have spent two weeks in juvenile detention for refusing to meet with their estranged father.Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca said she's sending the children to a summer camp, at the request of the father.She held a hearing ...

Beware, voters: Thrill rides also scary

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes.And I don't mean Miss Universes.Both men are holding second place in some polls behind Hillary Clinton and ...

Trump’s candidacy trumps conventional wisdom

Lately, blows have been dealt to the conventional wisdom surrounding billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. First, the smart money told us that Mr. Trump just enjoyed all the media attention a potential White House run brought his way, that he would never actually ...

Treatment might be affecting mental health

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been happily married for 24 years. It is a second marriage for both of us. I am 68, and he is 71. We are still working. Fortunately, we enjoy our professions, but my husband will not be able to retire because his former wife receives alimony for the rest of her ...

Nearly all adults have been affected by mono

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can exposure to infectious mononucleosis trigger or cause rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and become active? I would appreciate your comments. Thank you. - J.C.ANSWER: The Epstein-Barr virus - the cause of infectious mononucleosis (although there are other germs that can cause ...

Legacy of cliches distorts racial history

Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliche of "a legacy of slavery." But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about - whether fatherless children, crime or whatever - is in fact a ...

Grace turns history toward freedom

"This whole week," said President Obama, "I've been reflecting on this idea of grace."That was the turning point of Friday's eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the Charleston, S.C., minister who was, with eight of his congregants, murdered by a racist terrorist two weeks ago. It was the moment a ...