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Social Security and You: Mailbag Miscellany

I'm drawing a blank. And I'm blaming it on my bad cold. My head is all stuffed up and I can't think of anything to write about for today's column. So I decided to open my inbox and turn the first four or five questions into a column. Here goes.

Q: I appreciate the recent column you wrote about the confusion people have between Social Security ...Read more

Sonoma County wineries ponder possibility of pairing with cannabis industry

A crowd of more than 200 people representing both the wine and cannabis industries turned out Thursday at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to listen to a discussion on possible business collaborations between the two, once marijuana is legalized for recreational use in California.

The message was clear during a forum at the WIN Expo conference...Read more

Longtime appraiser enjoys state honor

As Jerry Ward tells it, "nobody has really ever sat in high school and said 'I want to be a tax department employee.'" But, after 20 years in the business, Ward said there's nowhere he'd rather be.

A lifelong Davidson County resident, Ward, 52, began working part time in the county's tax department as a data collector in 1996 in preparation...Read more

Ames Tribune, Iowa, Travis Hines column

The end of games has meant the end of offense for Iowa State.

Two games in a row, the Cyclones have failed to execute -- or even really run -- meaningful offense late in close contests, and for the second-straight game, it cost them a victory.

No. 19 ISU failed to score as regulation and overtime came to a close and ultimately lost at home...Read more

Rolls-Royce axes 800 jobs as its marine arm sinks

ROLLS-ROYCE faced the threat of more cuts to its struggling marine business even as it axed another 800 jobs in a bid to save up to pounds sterling 50m.

The engineering giant put at risk up to 400 jobs in the UK, with the rest going at foreign sites, as it was forced to make greater cuts following the long-term fall in the oil price, which ...Read more

Trump advisers give clues to future of health safety nets; thousands of Louisiana residents could be impacted

Big changes could be ahead for health care under President-elect Donald Trump's administration, and hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents could feel the impact.

Trump remained relatively light on details about his plans for Medicaid and Medicare during his campaign, but health experts say that the advisers he's tapped are providing ...Read more

THS seniors show off community projects

TUPELO -- For Tupelo High School senior Emery Anthony, the senior culmination project she and her classmates were required to complete was eyeopening to the needs in her community.

All Tupelo High seniors must complete a culmination project in order to graduate. Students work in groups, and projects are required to be service-oriented.

The...Read more

You probably don't think you'll retire, do you?

Retirement -- ha!

Or to be somewhat more data-centric about it, 74 percent of those surveyed in metro Atlanta said they believe they will keep working past the traditional age of retirement.

Maybe they think they will need the money, maybe they want to keep busy or maybe they have a passion they want to pursue, but the upshot is they'll ...Read more

Is a casino like this in Atlanta's future?

OXON HILL, Md. -- At night, the 23-story hotel tower of the MGM National Harbor casino resort rises above the Beltway like a glowing glass shard. A few miles west across the Potomac River, sit the wealthy enclaves of Northern Virginia, while the marble monuments of the nation's capital city beckon to the north.

Inside, workers scurry to ...Read more

Oil, banks take Dow to new highs, but tech firms dive

NEW YORK -- Technology companies plunged yesterday, and high- dividend stocks also took hefty losses as bond yields rose to their highest level in more than a year. But more big gains for blue-chip banking and oil stocks pulled the Dow Jones industrial average to a record high.

Big names like Facebook and Oracle fell as technology companies...Read more

Albright College to require undergrads to live on campus

Stephen Salach said he planned to live in the dorms at Albright College during his freshman and sophomore years and then move into an off-campus house for his final two years.

But beginning with the fall 2017 semester, Albright College will require the vast majority of undergraduate students to live in on-campus housing or campus-approved ...Read more

Oklahoma budget request restores lost funding for higher education

Higher education officials approved a 2017-18 budget request Thursday that restores most of the $153 million cut from their current budget.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education voted to seek $957,922,109 in state appropriations, an increase of 18.3 percent or nearly $148 million from the current budget.

"This request is very ...Read more

Trump plunges into 'swamp' he promised to 'drain'

Donald Trump promised to "drain the swamp" if elected president. But judging by his Cabinet picks, he's fishing from that swamp, not draining it.

Of the dozen people Trump has nominated for Cabinet positions, five are either former or current members of Congress, worked for previous administrations or now hold office. One is a former ...Read more

San Francisco Chronicle John Shea column

Darcy McFarlane grew up in Marin an avid fan of the University of North Carolina soccer program, a perennial powerhouse.

"I remember being obsessed with the team," she said.

McFarlane's mother is from Chapel Hill, N.C., and back in the day, ran cross country for the Tar Heels. So family vacations and holidays often were spent along Tobacco...Read more

That puffy parka has a dirty secret

In mid-November, when luxury outerwear company Canada Goose opened a brick-and-mortar store in New York City's SoHo neighborhood, its first in the U.S., there were more protesters outside the shop than customers inside. Why the kerfuffle over puffy parkas?

Canada Goose uses down from geese and ducks to insulate its parkas and fur from ...Read more

Ignore the flag burners on campus

Do students love a flag aflame? At Hampshire College, in western Massachusetts, a student burned a flag to express opposition to the president-elect. At American University, in our nation's capital, flags were burned as students unleashed obscenity-laced chants against the United States. At the University of Missouri at Columbia, students ...Read more

The Providence Journal, R.I., John Gillooly column

Maybe because Dino Campopiano never made it to a Super Bowl during his high school football days at Johnston High that he truly appreciates how much playing in a state title game means to a Rhode Island high school football player.

"We almost made it my junior year, but we just missed. I never had a chance to play in a Super Bowl," said ...Read more

The Sacramento Bee Ailene Voisin column

Christian Brothers football coach Dan Carmazzi sat at his desk earlier this week, and while a student aide peered over his shoulder, gently pecked away at a laptop.

This was a major victory of sorts. He was creating files, typing notes, locating his assorted data. A month ago, the longtime high school coach was still attached to a flip ...Read more

Business of sports always interested Wolves CEO Ethan Casson

Even early on, Ethan Casson knew.

OK, so maybe as a high school senior in Keene, N.H., he didn't know that he'd spend his 30s making "40 under 40 to watch" lists from Minneapolis to San Francisco 49ers. Or that, one day, he would return to the Wolves, the team he cold-called into an entry-level job way back in 1998, this time as the ...Read more

We are more sensible and relaxed about money matters

Name: Bhasker Kalambur

Age: 35

Profession: information technology professional

Name: Nikki Salwan

Age: 33

Profession: Homemaker

City: Navi Mumbai

FInancial planner: Prakash Praharaj, a certified financial planner, and founder, MaxSecure Financial Planners

In a short span of time, Bhasker Kalambur and Nikki Salwan came to trust their ...Read more