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In virtually every election cycle since 1992, Democratic strategist James Carville's declaration, “It's the economy, stupid," has been repeated by politicians from the left, right and center as the "hot button" issue that will drive voter turnout.

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The miraculous rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach has faded from headlines. Over the weekend, it was replaced by a plea from dying U.S. Senator John McCain to President Trump to either hold Russia's Vladimir Putin accountable for meddling in U.S. elections or cancel a planned meet…

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WESTSHORE - Just over half the MLB season has been played, and the Indians are still atop the American League Central. This was to be expected as the Indians are far and away the best team in a weak division, but it was hoped that they would be further ahead than eight games.

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Editor’s note: Maureen Bole, a recovering addict now three years clean, is sharing her experiences as part of the “Exposing the Opioid Epidemic” yearlong series in this newspaper. This is her latest installment.

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People in our communities are dying at an ever-increasing rate from opioid overdoses and we, as a society, may be growing numb to it. It's kind of hard not to shut down after seeing harsh images of parents passed out in a car and a toddler crying in the back seat, or hearing about a toddler …

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We’ve listed the 2017 deaths, as well as only the first name and age, in respect for the families. We wanted to give a perspective on the range of gender and ages affected.

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I can’t tell you how many familiar faces I’ve seen in obituaries or RIP posts on Facebook since I got clean in 2014. Or how many times I’ve seen friends doing well in recovery, then they go out and use once and die. I’ve lost close friends. I’ve hung out with someone and hours later they’re …

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One of my former employers awarded perfect-attendance awards every year. I hate this concept, which punishes people who miss work because of illness and rewards them for coming to work sick.

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While many of us were finalizing New Year's weekend plans, we learned a plane crash in Costa Rica killed two American families on what should have been a joyous vacation. For days media carried images of the fiery crash site and smoldering twisted pieces of metal that carried them to a horri…

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Thousands of children's letters to Santa are, well, arriving at the dead letter office. Chances are pretty certain that they will never land on the desk of a benevolent judge searching for a way to declare that Santa Claus really exists, even though he looks a lot like the actor Edmund Gwenn…

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It seems only fitting, since readers are sharing their most memorable Thanksgiving stories in this issue, that I share one of my own. I firmly believe that one of the easiest – or hardest? – life skill is the ability to sincerely laugh at yourself. I knew people who couldn’t, and I don’t thi…

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The hustle of the holidays is just starting to take hold – I was juggling duties as managing editor of three community newspapers, two children in college with a life-decision-crisis-every-other-day, and teaching almost daily aerobic classes when I realized that THANKSGIVING IS ONLY A WEEK A…

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Long ago, but not so far away, there was a country - a wonderful country that had braved horrible wars and was now at peace. Peace brought prosperity. Homes were built in green suburbs and were filled with young children. They were called Boomers.

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A recent Netflix series entitled “13 Reasons Why” is a fictional drama built around 13 audiotapes recorded by a high school junior shortly before she dies by suicide. Each tape is about a person whose actions – or lack thereof – contributed to her action. In addition to the extremely sensiti…

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While millions participated in Earth Day activities and The March for Science last Saturday, the march I did involved no signs or throngs of people. Rather, I loaded a few items into a knapsack then headed to Kopf Family Reservation. More specifically, I headed to the large enclosed area nea…

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Most of us have had a small nagging pain or unresolved problem that bugs us. At times, those small things can suck up large portions of our thoughts. Inevitably, we hear about someone who is experiencing something far worse. That’s when most of us realize whatever was bugging us pales in com…

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She graduated from college, although it was not her first choice school. Her mom died at the young age of 45, after suffering for years from multiple sclerosis. Shortly after, she discovered her father had been involved in a long-time affair. They stopped speaking. She moved away, met a guy …

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For one hour last Saturday night, lights went out. They went out at the iconic Empire State Building, Big Ben in London, Sydney Opera House, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the Acropolis in Greece, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum in Rome, the Pyramids of Egypt and Red Square i…