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Six ways to predict happiness

September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Using rates of depression, suicide, employment, divorce, and volunteerism, the research site Wallethub this month announced 2018’s “Happiest States.” While the U.S. continues to drop in international happiness rankings (currently at 18), Id...

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E-Gen might be bridging eras

September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Could I be a fossil from another age who is sometimes guilty in this #MeToo era?It’s a serious question.People close to me — friends, family, colleagues — likely would tell you that I’ve always tried to respect women.To respect everyone, in...

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When financial pressure squeezes your brain

September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Debts and liens are not the same! This week I had a consumer call me with a real problem. The consumer had gone through filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, then tried selling their home to cash out the equity and start over. Not so fast: There w...

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Here’s your brain on social media

September 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Yo, it’s Chat Day.We have a few things to address, but ...Apologies to those letter writers who insist I should keep prattling on about Sammie the World’s Greatest Cat. I just can’t do it every week, you feline lovers.So you know, however, ...

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OPINION — Beyond busy: Living a life of intention

September 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

A decade ago after being smacked upside the head with my own mortality when I suffered my second coronary “event” I made many changes in my life. Recognizing that we’re not guaranteed a certain number of years and that stress was my enemy, ...

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OPINION: CHUCK MALLOY — Slot machines won’t save racing, foes say

September 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Second of two parts. The first part was published Sept. 5.If it looks like a slot machine, pays off like a slot machine and eats money like a slot machine, then it must be…A duck. Or, as proponents for Proposition 1 will suggest, historical...

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Jelly-belly not worth the risks

September 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

This is one of those pot and kettle things — I’m in no position to point fingers. But whenever I reach for a tempting sweet I see the same image: Yellow, gummy, jiggly, and wholly unpleasant.Years ago my legal medicine class took a field tr...

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Remainder of the hurricane season may be more active

September 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Atlantic and Caribbean tropical storm and hurricane season began on June 1 and we’ve seen nine named storms as of Sunday. The normal amount for an entire season ending on Nov. 30 is 11.In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admini...

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Consumer advice: Beware of hinky credit card settings and check scams

September 10, 2018 at 5:00 am

ABU & COF COULD COST YOU: A consumer called me recently with a new wrinkle that every credit or debit card user needs to be aware of. The story is this: The consumer spotted a couple of charges on his credit card that were fraudulent. H...

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OPINION: Ditch horse racing proposition at the polls

September 08, 2018 at 5:00 am

Everyone seems to have picked a side regarding Proposition 1.There are crowds of public officials, well-known folks and various organizations on both sides of this thing. In case you don’t follow statewide initiatives all that closely, Prop...

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