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Today we are focusing, for once, on a ray of good news in the midst of this very ugly time.

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Virginia breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday, one day after gun control opponents dominated the traditional Lobby Day affair — massing an estimated 22,000 people at the Capitol to protest several proposed gun control measures before the General Assembly.

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I must have said it a dozen times since the Democrats’ impeachment miniseries took over our televisions, but I’ll say it again.

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Abraham Lincoln closed the Gettysburg Address on a hopeful note, promising a “new birth of freedom” so that “government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

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Just because a mentor starts unconsciously humming Motown tunes during a heart-to-heart talk with you about temptations, that doesn’t mean his advice is irrelevant.

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It’ll soon be official. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect way back in 1994. This is a very good thing for which President Trump, congressional Republicans and Democrats can claim collective credit.

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According to new research conducted by the fitness company Strava, 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions will have abandoned them by mid-February.

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When one of the Pennsylvania Legislature’s most conservative members announced her desire to pass “Second Amendment Sanctuary” ordinances that defy state and federal gun laws, the temptation at first was to laugh and shake your head in disbelief.

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Tuesday’s event (Jan. 14) was supposed to be the big one, the final showdown before actual voting begins. If, like me, you’ve watched every minute of every Democratic debate so far — and here’s wishing we’d all get a life — you know the unfortunate truths:

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Extreme stress scrambles the brain, but it’s second nature to dial 911 to summon help in a crisis. Now a welcome sequel is coming, one that should allow mental health crises to be addressed more adeptly.

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Patients, seniors, doctors, hospitals, state lawmakers and voters are owed a swift answer from the U.S. Supreme Court about whether the Affordable Care Act will survive the latest legal challenge to its existence. The court needs to remove the uncertainty hovering ominously over this landmar…

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As I stood at the stove last Sunday afternoon, cooking sausage, I realized I was: 1) wearing an old robe 2) with an apron over it and 3) had on a sweater over the whole thing.

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I don’t know much about wine (although my late classmate Tracy Holder gave a hilarious rendition of Richard Pryor’s “Wino Directing Traffic on a Sunday Morning” routine during a long-ago high school program), but I do know catchy headlines when I see them.

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On Friday, January 24th, for the 47th consecutive year, the March for Life (MFL) will end its trek upon the steps of the U. S. Supreme Court.

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Most of us know that hollow feeling that comes when we realize our sports heroes aren’t so heroic when our favorite slugger is caught doping; when a Texas sports icon has to surrender his Tour de France titles; when a hustling, hard-working switch hitter admits to gambling on his own team; w…

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So here we were, smack in the middle of swirling crises, at home and half a world away, as we tuned in Tuesday night to catch six Democratic presidential hopefuls clashing in their last debate before the Iowa caucuses.

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If you are confused about the mixed messages coming from the federal government regarding the electronic cigarettes that are so alarmingly popular with teenagers, join the club. This summer, amid an alarming outbreak of lung disease affecting young users, President Trump said the U.S. Food a…

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Since President Donald Trump ordered the drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani earlier this month, his administration has argued the attack has two main benefits. Taking out Soleimani helped to prevent a series of attacks he was planning, officials say, and his death will…

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Here are 10 things Democratic presidential candidates should avoid saying Jan. 14 in the year’s first debate:

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We were on the way to ballet rehearsal. It’s my favorite 30 minutes of the day. It’s a chance to break away from work, and to touch base with my only child. She’s 14 now. And it won’t be long before she’s driving herself. I treasure these moments.

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Cancer remains a dreaded diagnosis, but there’s heartening news. America is showing great progress against some of the most deadly forms of the disease, particularly lung cancer and the aggressive skin cancer melanoma.

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Even the most ardent defenders of capitalism must acknowledge the indignities it occasionally imposes. The toilet seat designed to be uncomfortable with the goal of getting employees back to work quickly seems to capture some of the essence of the criticism that capitalism has jumped the sha…

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Thought: God’s plans always include you. Do your plans always include God?

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It may be true that no good deed goes unpunished, but only the ever-active Donald Trump could take it upon himself to punish his own good deed.

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Thought: No matter how far you’ve strayed from God, and no matter how many times you have messed up, God, in His great mercy and grace is waiting patiently for you to turn towards Him. He is quick to forgive and fill you with a future full of hope.

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Before Congress departed for Christmas, they pulled another Scrooge on America’s future. Rather than deal with an impending government shutdown, they saddled the nation with more debt by passing a 2,313 page, spending spree to the jingle of $1.4 trillion. It was yet another bipartisan spendi…

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Without firing a shot, Iran appears to have executed a devastating revenge attack against the United States for the killing of Gen. Qassem Suleimani. Using Iraq’s democratic process, Iranian-influenced members of parliament on Sunday voted to expel American soldiers from Iraq. With that, Ira…

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Thought: A person of great faith believes that no matter what we face in life’s journey, whether it be good or bad, all are part of God’s great plan. Through rough times we gain great strength and knowledge of who God truly is.

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A lot of hand-wringing followed the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani _ and it became even worse in the wake of Iran’s Jan. 7 missile strikes.

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Rebel is one of the lucky ones. Starved, neglected and chained outdoors in rural Tennessee in the freezing cold, the bone-thin dog likely wouldn’t have survived more than another day or two. But last month, a kind man who was working on a power line nearby noticed him, along with two others …

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Oh, the irony. For many years now, one of the more effective tools to counter robocalls has been an invention from the days of copper-wire transmission and Princess phones: The answering machine. And later on, digital voicemail.

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It is 2020, the start of a new year, of a new decade, of revived hope, of renewed determination. Tradition says it’s time for resolutions while reality says they seldom work. But there is, in fact, much amiss in this American nation we love, and we must fight back, peacefully, of course, but…

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Thought: A Godly person walks, talks and thinks grace-full.

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The eye-catching packaging features cookies in gourmet flavors like sea-salt and snickerdoodle. Delectable-looking caramels. Mouth-watering chocolates. These treats are enough to tempt anyone — especially impressionable adolescents.

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We tend to think of the things that sap Erie’s prospects in material terms. It’s the loss of jobs and people, the related poverty and blight, the urgent, unmet need to impart modern workforce skills.

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It didn’t take long for “World War III” to become a trending topic on Twitter in the hours after news broke that a drone strike by U.S. forces resulted in the death of a top Iranian military commander.

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Thought: A person of great strength relies on God to direct their every step on the path of life.

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With former housing secretary Julian Castro departed, the oversized Democratic presidential field reaches a critical point: More candidates have dropped out than remain in the race. But that still leaves 14 – a bulky ballot as the marathon moves closer to actual primaries and caucuses beginn…

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This old postcard dated Dec. 22, 1924, was sent by Martha Brode Thomas, who was almost 7 years old and who lived in Coalmont at the time, to her cousin, Mabel Raker Claycomb, who was 10 years old and lived in Kearney then. Both girls spent some of their younger years in the Broad Top area. T…

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As we head into the new year and the kickoff to the Roaring ‘20s 2.0 (and they will roar), policymakers will be faced with some incredibly important decisions. Several issues will take center stage, ones with the potential to significantly shape our future, from immigration reform to college…