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The clarity that comes with cancer

By DANNY POWELL SPECIAL TO THE DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
  • I sit in the exam room seven stories up, waiting for the doctor to come in, and remember my first meeting in one of these rooms when I was told there was only one treatment option--interferon, a drug first used 60 or so years ago--to try to keep the disease from coming back.
  • But I also celebrate a different anniversary every August, one that reminds me of one hot summer day 10 years ago when an odd lump that appeared in my underarm turned out to be metastasized cancer.
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In Trump’s Shadow: David Drucker surveys the Republican runners and riders for 2024

By Lloyd Green
  • Drucker delivers deeper dives on former vice-president Mike Pence; the Florida senator Marco Rubio and governor, Ron DeSantis; Nikki Haley, Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations; the Arkansas senator Tom Cotton; and the governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan.
  • Drucker names an array of Republican presidential hopefuls, among them long-shots such as the Texas governor, Greg Abbott; the Nebraska senator Ben Sasse; and Trump’s last national security adviser, Robert O’Brien.
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Geoff Robson: Multitalented hands guide Arkansas Symphony

By Jenny Boulden Special to the Democrat -Gazette
  • Cynthia Ross, a Little Rock radiation oncologist, is a patron of ASO and the chamber society, but got to know Robson first as a parent; her daughter, Miriam Hauer-Jensen, played violin for years with the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival and the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra.
  • "Geoff is just an amazing person," says LaSheena Gordon, a classically trained vocalist who has performed with ASO and worked closely with Robson through Opera in the Rock.
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Letters

  • Thank you for publishing Katie Zakrzewski's fine letter, "For healthier climate." She provides convincing reasons why securing a healthy climate and supporting clean energy should be a policy centerpoint for conservative Arkansans and the Republican Party as a whole.
  • And now we have a political party that once led the world in freedom and progressiveness captive to this barker and his followers.
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Russia’s 30-Year Vision Is Realized With Nord Stream 2

By Julian Lee
  • The Blue Stream pipeline beneath the Black Sea reduced Russia’s dependence on transit across Ukraine to deliver gas to Turkey, while Nord Stream reduced the roles of Belarus and Poland in deliveries of Russian gas to Germany and other buyers in western Europe.
  • It’s the final link in a 30-year project to divert Russian oil and gas exports away from transit routes across former Soviet neighbors.
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s Truth Social | Observer editorial

By Observer editorial
  • The newly formed company behind the app, Trump Media and Technology Group, plans to disseminate what it calls “anti-woke” news, debate and entertainment to Americans deprived of honest, impartial media outlets.
  • Trump is under fire from Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, and other Republicans who fear his obsession with overturning the 2020 result is deflecting attention from Joe Biden’s mistakes ahead of next year’s midterm congressional elections.
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Shalom Austin issues statement after reports of anti-Semitic banner hanging over bridge on MoPac

By Chelsea Moreno
  • Shalom Austin's letter also said this incident is not believed to be related to vandalism at Anderson High School, which included anti-Semitic messaging and racist words and symbols that were painted on student parking spots.
  • "The Austin Police Department is aware, has been incredibly supportive, and has been carefully monitoring and observing the situation," continued the letter.
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STEVE SEBELIUS: Is there substance behind the Fiore flash?

By Steve Sebelius
  • Give Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore credit for a rare feat: She kept the announcement that she was running for governor of Nevada secret until the very last second.
  • The already-crowded primary is going to be difficult enough without Fiore taking votes and money away from fellow southerners Joe Lombardo and John Lee. Her positioning as a Trump believer rivals Reno attorney Joey Gilbert, who loves the former president more than Trump’s own sons.
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Why this season could solve ‘Bachelor’ identity crisis

By Greg Braxton
  • Michelle Young declares in a glossy spot promoting the new season of ABC’s reality flagship, which premiered Tuesday.
  • Members of the Bachelor Nation fan base are also hopeful that the Minnesota elementary school teacher — the show’s third Black leading lady — will help bring sustained and meaningful change to the “Bachelor” franchise, which has been rocked by charges of systemic racism and cultural insensitivity throughout its 19-year run.
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Raise a glass to the return of Distiller’s Week in New Hampshire

By Moira McCarthy
  • The premier event of the Distiller’s Week, the Eighth Annual Distiller’s Showcase to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank, will take place Nov. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown and offers guests the opportunity to meet distillers from around the world while sampling food from New Hampshire’s top restaurants.
  • As founder and owner of Fabrizia Spirits ( fabriziaspirits.com ), Phil Mastroianni said this event is one he looks forward to both as someone who wants to learn and someone who wants to share his product.
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Hey, hey it’s the Monkees farewell tour making a Medford stop

By Jed Gottlieb
  • Dolenz spent his days filming “The Monkees” TV show with Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and his nights laying down vocals for albums “The Monkees” and “More of the Monkees.”
  • “The record ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ became a hit, or so I was told, because we were filming eight to ten hours a day and I was in the recording studio at night singing,” Dolenz told the Herald.
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Franks: Paying tribute to a great American – Gen. Colin Powell

By Gary Franks
  • When people talk about great Americans, pioneers with integrity, leaders who achieved great things who were strong enough to admit failure, take responsibility for failure and worked tirelessly to turn it around, Gen. Colin Powell comes to mind.
  • I said, “I told my voters that if I could get elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, as one of 435, as a Black man in a 92% white district — a first, what harm could I do?
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Talk to dad about son’s mystery bruises

By Jann Blackstone
  • I can tell you working together will be far more beneficial for your son than a CPS worker going to his school, pulling him out of class and asking how he got the bruises on his legs.
  • I think my son may be covering for his father and I’m wondering if I should call Child Protective Services to check into it.
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VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: One man’s anarchy is another’s road to justice

By Victor Davis Hanson Tribune Content Agency
  • Yet most Americans are arguing not over the sheer chaos and disasters of the Biden administration, but rather how could such sheer pre-civilizational calamity occur in modern America?
  • Start instead with the idea that what most Americans see as sheer ruin is not what the left-wing puppeteers — who are pulling the strings of the Biden marionette — see.
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Enrollment at Texas’ public universities inches ahead of community colleges for the first time since 1990s

By Kate McGee, The Texas Tribune
The number of students attending Texas’ community colleges dropped below enrollment in the state’s four-year universities for the first time since the 1990s as many two-year schools continue to grapple with sharp enrollment declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Community colleges have seen a nearly 11% drop during the pandemic, equivalent to a loss of about 80,000 students. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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RICHARD A. EPSTEIN: The Biden bust-up

By Richard A. Epstein Special to the Review-Journal
  • At that point, Biden’s best strategy was to woo his centrist Democrats for the simple reason that his boisterous progressive wing had nowhere else to go.
  • But he had no coattails — and thus a small majority of seats in the House and a dead-heat in the Senate, which makes his shaky Vice President Kamala Harris the deciding vote if the party can keep each of the 50 Democratic senators in line.
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Great tips to keep your kids safe this Halloween

By Deb Balzer
  • For younger children who are not yet eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and most likely want to trick-or-treat, Rajapakse says Halloween safety means adding a few more tactics to your planning.
  • “All these different strategies together help protect that group because kids under 12 are probably going to make up most of the kids who want to trick-or-treat this year,” Rajapakse said.
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Letters to the editor

  • I was also stunned by the number of injuries from attacks on police officers (which the media does not report).
  • Second, have the media give as much coverage to murdered and injured police as they do when they decide a police officer was wrong in a given situation and obsess on the story for days and months.
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P.J. Fleck explains his “risk vs. reward” approach before halftime vs. Maryland

By Andy Greder
  • Fleck said the plan was to run the ball, drain the clock (or maybe bust a big gain) to set up a shorter field goal that would potentially made it a two-score game at 20-10.
  • The Gophers ran the ball four more times, called their third and final timeout after the third carry, and then Tanner Morgan spiked it to stop the clock with four seconds left.
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At town hall, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar boosts public safety amendment, blasts stalemate over Biden package

By Susan Du
  • Omar, a Democrat, said she understood the desire for safety and reiterated her call to voters to approve a Minneapolis City Charter amendment that would remove minimum police staffing requirements and give the City Council authority over a more holistic public safety department.
  • U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar told constituents Saturday at a town hall meeting that Minneapolis' rise in gun violence and carjackings can be blamed on police who "have chosen to not fulfill their oath of office and provide the public safety they owe to the citizens."
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Wu, Essaibi-George meet for discussion of issues that affect Black Bostonians

By Nick Stoico
Moderated by John Barros, a former candidate in the race, the one-hour conversation organized by the Black Joy Project and hosted by the Museum of African American History was advertised as a debate. But there was little back and forth Saturday night between the two at-large city councilors vying for the mayor’s office, who were largely in agreement in their answers to Barros’s questions about issues facing Black Bostonians. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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‘Rust’ armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed once gave unchecked gun to 11-year-old actor: report

By Patrick Reilly
  • The “inexperienced” armorer in charge of weapons on set of Alec Baldwin’s movie “Rust” had given a gun to an 11-year-old actress without checking properly for safety, a report said.
  • Gutierrez-Reed’s alleged misstep happened on the set of the upcoming Nicholas Cage film, “The Old Way” and temporarily halted filming, sources told The Daily Beast .
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COVID wave overwhelms rural Minnesota hospitals, leaving the sick nowhere to go

By Jeremy Olson
  • Cameron's delayed transfer is one in a series of frustrations this month for greater Minnesota hospitals, which for a three-week stretch were caring for more COVID-19 patients than Twin Cities hospitals.
  • That reversal hadn't happened before and reached a peak Oct. 12 when hospitals outside the Twin Cities had 521 COVID-19 patients admitted to inpatient beds compared with 471 in metro hospitals.
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Why 25 Previous Conferences Have Failed to Stop Climate Change

By David Fickling
  • G-7 countries are accused of making no allowances for the leg-up their own economies received from decades of emissions, and haranguing developing nations that have few alternative options.
  • This is best exemplified by the split between the Group of Seven major advanced economies — which together have accounted for about 53% of historical carbon emissions — and the Group of 77 developing nations.
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Granderson: Condi Rice wants to ‘move on’ from Jan. 6. What does that even mean?

By LZ Granderson
  • It seems to me, if the purpose of the institute Rice leads is to support our “method of representative government,” she should be advocating that Americans lean in to investigating the promoters and inciters of the insurrection, not move on.
  • Two years after the Benghazi attack, and after several investigations, Rice supported yet another investigation because “there are still unanswered questions” and “this is all in the spirit of trying to improve the next time.”
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Bigger is better, Lutsen Mountains says; not everyone agrees

By Brooks Johnson
  • Minnesota's largest ski resort wants to attract more families with more runs, more amenities and more lifts — an expansion that Lutsen Mountains says will lift Cook County and the North Shore along with it.
  • "I'm not interested in letting our public lands bail out not-so-good business decisions at Lutsen Mountains," said Rory Scoles, co-owner of ski shop Lutsen Recreation Inc. and president of Superior Highland Backcountry, which has launched a "Save Moose Mountain" campaign.
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Walz’s ‘One Minnesota’ mantra tested in bid for second term

By Briana Bierschbach, Briana Bierschbach
  • Longtime DFL operative and former party chair Mike Erlandson said Walz has a chance to define himself and the issues in the race while Republicans remain internally divided.
  • Now the political ground has shifted beneath his feet, with his response to COVID-19 fueling criticism from opponents on the right and George Floyd's killing and the law enforcement debate that followed prompting backlash from his own party on the left.
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Facebook boss ‘not willing to protect public from harm’

By Dan Milmo
  • The New York Times reported that workers had repeatedly warned that Facebook was being flooded with false claims about the 2020 presidential election result being fraudulent and believed the company should have done more to tackle it.
  • The Facebook whistleblower whose revelations have tipped the social media giant into crisis has launched a stinging new criticism of Mark Zuckerberg, saying he has not shown any readiness to protect the public from the harm his company is causing.
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Probation officer-turned-lawmaker tries to wrangle criminal justice reform

By Randy Krehbiel Tulsa World
  • Former House Speaker Kris Steele, who led the push for state questions 780 and 781 and remains their strongest proponents, says they allow what he calls "graduated sanctions," which can include up to a year in jail for repeat offenses or failure to meet the terms of supervised release.
  • He says the fees are illegal, the DAs aren't providing adequate supervision and in any event it is bad policy for the criminal justice system to rely on extracting money from the people under its control.
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Florida is ditching palm trees to fight the climate crisis

  • By 2050, Miami Beach's palms should make up no more than 25% of the public tree population, according to Miami Beach's Rising Above plan."Southern Live oak, Quercus Virginiana — large canopy trees, can withstand occasional floods and hurricanes and are resistant to salt spray, provide habitat for birds and a variety of moss and bromeliads in south Florida," Redford said.Even without considering logging and deforestation, Mother Nature brings down a lot of trees.
  • Instead, they should be replaced with trees that are better at mitigating the climate crisis.But we can't blame palm trees alone, since the type of tree is only one piece of the puzzle.Crous told CNN the age of the tree matters, too: Younger trees absorb less carbon dioxide than older trees."Yes, tree species matter, some grow faster than others and so their response to elevated CO2 may differ, too," Crous said.
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Climbers stranded overnight in Little Cottonwood Canyon rescued safely

By Connor Sanders
  • Search and rescue crews led two climbers to safety early Saturday morning after they were stranded overnight in the Gate Buttress area of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Unified Police Department officials said.
  • A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter was called out to fly rescue members to the climbers around 2:45 a.m. Saturday, but the helicopter quickly returned to base due to stormy weather conditions.
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‘Don’t sit this one out’: Obama stumps for Virginia governor candidate Terry McAuliffe

By Josephine Walker and Safia Abdulahi in Richmond, Virginia
  • Barack Obama vehemently warned Virginia voters on Saturday against any complacency that what was now a “blue” state would stay that way, as he spoke at a rally to support Terry McAuliffe in the tightening race for governor .
  • Speaking at the rally, McAuliffe touted his expansion of voting rights in Virginia and he and Obama commented on increased voter restrictions, which have hit states such as Texas and Florida in particular.
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First lady says husband will keep ABQ moving forward

By Elizabeth Kistin Keller / First Lady of Albuquerque
  • Every four years, Albuquerque voters convene to elect city leaders whose vision best meets the needs of our community.
  • Since he took office four years ago, Tim and his team have built a foundation to combat crime, hiring 100 new police officers each year, tripling the staff in our city’s homicide unit, and creating an innovative new Community Safety Department to respond to some 911 calls with social workers.
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Republicans In Pennsylvania And Other States Using Ballot Initiatives To Change Election Laws

  • Republicans in at least four states where Democrats control the governor’s office, the legislature or both — California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — are pursuing statewide ballot initiatives or veto-proof proposals to enact voter ID restrictions and other changes to election law.
  • In another state, Nebraska, Republicans control the governor’s office and have a majority in the single-house legislature, but are pushing a voter ID ballot measure because they have been unable to get enough lawmakers on board.
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QAnon-linked convention kicks off in Las Vegas with misinformation

By Blake Apgar
  • On Saturday, speakers at the For God and Country Patriot Double Down event riled the couple hundred people who showed up to the Ahern Hotel by spouting unfounded claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election and casting doubt on COVID-19 vaccines.
  • One attendee said during the event that they planned to put up signs asking what really happened during 9/11, a question Popa called “beautiful.”
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Marriage, going the way of the horse and carriage?

By Charles M. Blow
  • This month, the Pew Research Center published an analysis of census data showing that in 2019 the share of American adults who were neither married nor living with a partner had risen to 38%, and while that group "includes some adults who were previously married (those who are separated, divorced or widowed), all of the growth in the unpartnered population since 1990 has come from a rise in the number who have never been married."
  • We are nearing a time when there will be more unmarried adults in the United States than married ones, a development with enormous consequences for how we define family and adulthood in general, as well as how we structure taxation and benefits.
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Obama casts Virginia fall election as a historic turning point, but can his energy get enough Democrats to the polls?

By Gregory S. Schneider
  • Former president Barack Obama delivered a full-throated endorsement of Virginia's Democratic ticket here Saturday, describing next month's election as determining the state's future and setting an example for the nation.
  • Appearing alongside Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor, and a host of other candidates and officials, Obama provided a jolt of adrenaline for a party concerned with mustering voter turnout as the Nov. 2 election draws near.
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The dread of doomsday, then and now

By Peter M. Leschak
  • Ten thousand young people around the world were polled about a phenomenon dubbed "climate anxiety." In the face of dire tocsins about anthropogenic climate change and disruption, respondents said they felt helpless, depressed and doomed.
  • I was 8 years old and deeply relieved that Nikita was in the U.S. I knelt at my bedside and prayed he would stay for a long time, reasoning that while the Russian leader was here the Red Army couldn't and wouldn't launch a nuclear attack.
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US west coast braces for ‘atmospheric river’ as huge storm brews

By Victoria Bekiempis
  • “A HIGH Risk of excessive rainfall is in effect for portions of northern California tomorrow,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet on Saturday, explaining that the storm “will produce rainfall of 8-10in in the region, leading to significant and life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, particularly over burn scar areas.”
  • A huge Pacific storm is poised to unleash conditions known as an “atmospheric river”, with torrential rains and strong winds putting about 10 million people at risk of flash floods in parts of northern California this weekend.
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Incumbent Stacy Pascoe and candidate Lorin Croft competing for Shelley Mayor

By Andrea Olson
  • Additionally, I have been on the Bingham County planning and zoning for the last 5 years, so I am familiar with the developments that are wanting to come in around the City of Shelley and connect to the infrastructure.
  • Croft: The City of Shelley has always been growing at it is a great place to live, when I was in the council for 20 years before we dealt with growth HOW and put in a new WWTP to alleviate discharging non treated wastewater into the Snake River and getting fines from DEQ for our undersized and leaking lagoons.
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With the movement’s future uncertain, ‘Free Britney’ campaign returns to the White House

By Jessica Contrera
  • Fewer than two dozen protesters gathered outside the White House Saturday for their third rally this year in support of ending the 13-year legal conservatorship of pop superstar Britney Spears.
  • But while Twitter threads and news articles have highlighted the systemic issues inherent in the singer’s story, Carlson worries that once Spears has been officially released from her conservatorship, the attention and momentum will fade.
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Obama stumps for McAuliffe, urges Virginians not “to go back to the chaos” of Trump years

By Kierra Frazier
  • Former President Barack Obama framed a Nov. 2 gubernatorial race as a bellwether for the Democratic Party and the country, telling a crowd at a campaign event for Terry McAuliffe on Saturday that "I believe you, right here in Virginia, are going to show the rest of the country and the world that we're not going to indulge in our worst instincts."
  • "We're not going to go back to the chaos that did so much damage," Obama added, again tying Youngkin to the 45th president.
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Medcalf: Cherishing Sunday nights at the Burnsville roller rink — a hub of joy and inclusion

By Myron Medcalf
  • Last Sunday, I skated next to Jeff McCray, 19, as he twirled to the tunes blasting through his AirPods and glided beneath the pulsating strobe lights at Skateville in Burnsville — one of the few remaining roller rinks in the Twin Cities.
  • That's also why I worry about the number of roller skating rinks that have closed in the Twin Cities and beyond.
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Swampscott blocks late Beverly FG to prevail 13-12

By Matt Feld
  • Bascon rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown while also coming through with a deflection on Beverly’s game-winning field goal attempt with two seconds remaining to lead Swampscott to a nail-biting 13-12 win over the host Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Hurd Stadium.
  • With an opportunity to win the game, quarterback Pierce Heim led the Panthers on a 16-play drive highlighted by a 29-yard run by Jordy Irvine off the Statue of Liberty play to get them inside the Swampscott five with two seconds left.
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Commentary: Halloween (and a good priest) shaped one Catholic’s spiritual growth

By Bernadette Bonanno

A devoutly Catholic child steals her sister's Halloween candy undetected because her sister got a windfall of Baby Ruths. For a year, she feels guilty and finally goes to the confessional. She's lucky to have a good priest who tells her reciting Hail Mary's isn't enough to get rid of guilt; she needs to tell her sister. The author learns that morality isn't a checklist of incantations and confessions. It's also taking responsibility, making things right with the injured and growing spiritually.

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Newborns who get better sleep have lower chance of being overweight, study finds

By Alexi Cohan
  • Newborn babies who get better sleep and wake up fewer times throughout the night have a lower chance of being overweight in infancy, a new study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests.
  • “We do know that infant weight gain is a risk factor for weight gain in later life, so it was important for us to understand whether sleep in infancy may also be a risk factor for weight gain in infancy, and thus weight gain across the lifespan,” study co-author Dr. Susan Redline, senior physician in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told the Herald.
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After Senate filibuster, a rally for voting rights — again

By Lizzie Johnson
  • Saturday had brought another rally for voting rights, so Jacqueline Gallagher dressed in a red blazer that matched her walker, roused her third-floor neighbor and paid a taxi $30 to drive them from their Chevy Chase retirement home to the Robert A.
  • Gallagher would rather spend her weekends visiting the National Gallery of Art — but these days, she said, it feels more urgent to get Congress to pass an extensive voting rights measure, along with D.C. statehood.
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Voting by mail? Do it before Tuesday, or risk your vote going uncounted

By Marie Szaniszlo
  • Since the state Legislature hasn’t acted on his proposal to allow ballots postmarked by Election Day an extra three days to arrive in the mail, any ballots that reach City Hall after polls close on Nov. 2 won’t be counted, Galvin said.
  • “I’m disappointed that local election officials won’t be allowed to count ballots that were legally voted on by Election Day, just because they arrived after a day or two later due to slow mail delivery.
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Temporary nurse wages skyrocket, leaving nursing homes and hospitals scrambling to staff facilities

  • Williams, the president and CEO of the N.H. Health Care Association, said nursing homes and hospitals — desperate from a shortage of licensed nurses — all clamor for the same few medical staff who parachute in from faraway states to fill empty shifts.
  • Ross said that is a direct reflection of the beds nursing homes are no longer able to staff, whether that be because they can’t find regular employees or can’t afford temporary employees.
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Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry Hospitalized After Car-Bike Accident Downtown

By Jim Nintzel
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after he was struck by a car while riding his bike downtown today, according to a county press release.

County spokesperson Mark Evans said Tucson police were investigating the accident.

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Power mostly back after outage knocks it out to more than 4,000 customers in Laguna Beach

By Nathaniel Percy
A power outage that at one point knocked out more than 4,000 customers in Laguna Beach was still affecting 65 by 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with no estimate on when it might be restored, authorities said. The outage was first reported around 8:30 a.m. and was caused by failed equipment, Southern California Edison spokeswoman Taelor Bakewell said. In all, 4,256 customers lost power initially. City officials put out a notice of the outage, warning residents and visitors that city lights may be affected. The outage comes almost a month after a similar outage also knocked out power to more than 4,000 customers due to failed equipment. Power was […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Obama sharply criticizes Youngkin in Va. governor’s race

By SARAH RANKIN
  • Former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters on Saturday to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race.
  • Obama described McAuliffe — the state's governor from 2014-2018 — as an experienced, steady hand and told a crowd of about 2,000 people gathered outdoors at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond that the Nov. 2 election would "show the country and the world that we're not going to indulge in our worst instincts."
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Calling all containers: Duluth port expands capabilities

By Brooks Johnson
  • That cargo won't arrive on any massive vessels stacked high with containers — such ships can't fit through the locks that connect the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean — but it offers new opportunities for shipping firms to get a little more out of their overseas journeys.
  • As cargo ships wait their turn to unload containers at congested coastal hubs, leaders of the country's farthest-inland port have a better idea: Ship it to Duluth.
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Pfizer’s clinical data puts the US one step closer to a Covid-19 vaccine for younger kids

By Ellen Ioanes
  • A Food and Drug Administration review this week determined that Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11, paving the way for a shot to be authorized for that age group as soon as early November.
  • Next week, the FDA’s panel of independent experts will examine the research and make specific recommendations to the FDA about administering the Pfizer vaccine to this age group.
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Meet the at-large candidates for the Concord Charter Commission

  • When Concord voters go to the polls on Election Day Nov. 2, they will be selecting candidates for the Concord School District Charter Commission, a nine-member body that is convening for the first time in 10 years to review the school district’s charter.
  • Here are the five candidates vying to be elected to the three at-large seats: William Ardinger, Clinton Cogswell, Elizabeth “Betty” Hoadley, Roy Schweiker and Robert Washburn.
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D.C. hotel was Trump team ‘command center’ for effort to deny Biden the presidency

By Jacqueline Alemany, Emma Brown, Tom Hamburger and Jon Swaine
  • In those first days in January, from the command center, Trump allies were calling members of Republican-dominated legislatures in swing states that Eastman had spotlighted in his memos, including Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona, encouraging them to convene special sessions to investigate fraud and to reassign electoral college votes from Biden to Trump, two of the people familiar with the operation said.
  • "I firmly believed then, as I believe now, that the vice president - as president of the Senate - had the constitutional power to send the issue back to the states for 10 days to investigate the widespread fraud and report back well in advance of Inauguration Day, January 20th," one of those present, senior campaign aide and former White House special assistant Boris Epshteyn, told The Washington Post.
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Environment, center stage: How Hastings students got an outdoor learning lab

By Jennifer Bjorhus
  • The Hastings School District acquired 56 acres of restored grasslands on the Vermillion River in an usual land deal — one with a cast of characters including this key: a retired theater professor Tecla Karpen.
  • The Stoffels knew Singer, who arranged for Dakota County to acquire a permanent natural area easement, ensuring the land would never be cultivated or developed.
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SEPTA workers are expected to take a strike authorization vote Sunday morning. Commuters are worried.

  • As its contract nears expiration, SEPTA’s largest labor union is expected to hold a strike authorization meeting Sunday morning that has riders concerned over the possibility of halted service.
  • Members of Transport Workers Union Local 234 have been called to the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in South Philadelphia at 11 a.m. to vote on whether leadership should move ahead with a strike if negotiations with SEPTA deteriorate in the coming days.
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Eyes on the skies: Army vet remembers life at a Nike missile site

By John Kelly
  • Bill’s choice: just a few miles from his childhood home in Silver Spring, Md., in the fire control center of a Nike site in Gaithersburg called W-92.
  • In 1967, Bill Evans volunteered for the U.S. Army, not something many 20-year-olds would have considered prudent at the height of the Vietnam War. But Bill had a plan: Soldiers who entered Army Air Defense Command — the men who worked with Nike missiles — could choose where they were posted.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar behind legislation for new special envoy to fight Islamophobia

By Stephen Montemayor
  • Omar is cosponsoring a bill, dubbed the Combating International Islamophobia Act, that would require the State Department to create a special envoy to monitor Islamophobia and document cases in its annual human rights reports.
  • According to a news release, the new proposed special envoy would help lawmakers better understand "the interconnected, global problem of anti-Muslim bigotry" while setting up a sweeping strategy for the U.S. to lead efforts to combat Islamophobia.
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Judge: Vermont Law School can cover controversial murals

  • In his ruling, issued Wednesday, Crawford determined that the law school’s plan to hide Kerson’s murals behind a wall of acoustic tiles doesn’t violate the federal Visual Artists Rights Act. They are currently covered by dropcloths.
  • “The Law School’s unyielding intent to entomb these murals — acknowledged to be of recognized stature — behind a wall so that they can never be viewed again is clearly both an affront to Mr. Kerson’s honor and reputation, and to the values intended to be preserved by the Visual Artists Rights Act,” Kerson’s lawyers said in their statement.
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How refugees – and Afghan evacuees – get to New Hampshire

  • Now a case manager at Overcomers Refugee Services and a senior at Southern New Hampshire University, Masimango knows well the lengthy journey that refugees embark on when they are forced to flee their home country and in settle in the United States.
  • While Masimango and other refugees spent years in refugee camps in other countries before being able to resettle in the United States, Afghans arriving in New Hampshire are waiting inside the country, at one of eight military bases where they are being screened for health issues and vaccinated for COVID-19.
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6 of 9 Rexburg city council candidates won’t attend ‘Meet the Candidate’ night

By Nate Sunderland
  • Six of nine candidates running for Rexburg city council in the upcoming November election have decided they will not attend a “Meet the Candidate” night planned for Saturday night.
  • “When these candidates agreed to attend, those decisions were based on the information that the MCRW (Madison County Republican Women) planned to host and lead the forum,” the release said.
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Minneapolis mayoral frontrunners face off in debate

By Susan Du
  • Mayoral candidates AJ Awed, Jacob Frey, Kate Knuth and Sheila Nezhad attacked each other's political records and plans for the future of Minneapolis in a heated debate Friday, just 10 days before Election Day.
  • Knuth and Nezhad, who are voting "yes" on the public safety ballot measure to remove minimum staffing requirements for police, have also made a pact to starve Frey of votes by urging their supporters not to rank the mayor at all on their ranked-choice ballots.
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Dart says health department surviving pandemic “as well as we possibly could”

By Randy Krehbiel Tulsa World
  • THD typically pays less than the private sector, Dart said, but that has not been as much of a factor in the past because the jobs offer regular hours with good benefits and weekends and holidays off and no shift work.
  • TCHD and the Oklahoma County Health Department are overseen by nine-member boards, composed mostly of health professionals and appointed by city and county officials, and funded through local taxes, fees and grants.
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Vaccine mandates create conflict with defiant American workers

By DAVID SHARP, MIKE CATALINI and STEFANIE DAZIO
  • The Biden administration is expected to move forward any day with the mandate that employers with 100 or more workers require all employees be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing, though enforcement likely won't start for several weeks.
  • But he's ready to walk away from his job because of an impending mandate from President Joe Biden that federal contractors and all U.S. businesses with 100 or more workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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Amanda Knox is still trying to tell her story on her own terms, ten years after being exonerated

By Jessica Bennett
Since coming home in 2011, Knox has waffled between periods of silence — trying to be invisible, she said — and aggressively trying to clear her name, first with a book about her experience, and later as an advocate for others who were incarcerated for crimes they didn’t commit, most with far fewer resources or name recognition than she has. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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In mourning and gratitude, the Blackfeet Nation says farewell to its leader

By Tailyr Irvine
Throughout his life, Chief Earl Old Person of the Blackfeet Nation could be found in the Browning High School gym, always seated in the northwest corner of the bleachers and always in his blue, long-sleeved, buttoned shirt, cheering for his alma mater. But for his final trip into the gym, he was not in the stands. Instead, his coffin was placed directly on the court as mourners came to say goodbye. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Shaq, Saweetie to headline New Year’s Eve concert at Coachella Crossroads

By Fielding Buck
  • There is a safety message on the Coachella Crossroads website that reads, “As the event date approaches, we will provide our community with pertinent information on concert preparedness, including what may be required beyond a ticket to enter festival grounds.”
  • Coachella Crossroads, an outdoor venue in Indio, has announced a New Year’s Eve extravaganza with basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, in his record-spinning persona DJ Diesel, and rapper Saweetie.
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Issa Rae is confident in her insecurities

By Martine Powers and Jordan-Marie Smith
  • “In shooting this final season, we’ve been very nostalgic and thinking about where we came from and imagining what our impact would be like,” says Rae, the creator and star of “Insecure,” during a recent episode of “Post Reports.”
  • For a certain generation of Black women, Issa Rae’s volume of work is like the Harry Potter books — stories about characters who grow and mature alongside their fans.
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Best Blu-ray & 4K horror movies: ‘Frankenstein,’ ‘American Psycho,’ ‘Unbreakable,’ ‘Doctor X” & more

By Joseph Szadkowski
  • Universal Classic Monsters: Icons of Horror Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, not rated 1.33:1 to 1.85:1 aspect ratio, 390 minutes, $79.99) — The studio responsible for bringing some of the most terrifying creations to the silver screen now offers four of its greatest movies in the ultra-high definition format for the first time ever.
  • Doctor X (Warner Archive Collection, not rated, 1.37:1 aspect ratio, 76 minutes, $34.99) — Director Michael Curtiz’s 1932 scary murder mystery debuts in the high definition format, meticulously restored and offering, by far, the definitive version of the first full-length color horror movie that used a two-strip Technicolor process.
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Vaccine mandates create conflict with defiant workers

By DAVID SHARP, MIKE CATALINI and STEFANIE DAZIO
  • The Biden administration is expected to move forward any day with the mandate that employers with 100 or more workers require all employees be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing, though enforcement likely won't start for several weeks.
  • But he's ready to walk away from his job because of an impending mandate from President Joe Biden that federal contractors and all U.S. businesses with 100 or more workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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Democrats’ problem is not focusing on issues most vital to independents, 2 prominent pollsters say

By Paul Kane
  • Now they are turning away from Biden and his agenda: 70 percent of independent voters said the country was headed in the wrong direction, according to the seven-page memo the pollsters wrote for Center Forward.
  • Democratic voters chose climate change, pandemic recovery and “raising taxes on the rich” as their most important issues, closely followed by “health insurance coverage/costs.”
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Power outage hits thousands in Beaverton, cause unknown

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An outage has left thousands without power in Beaverton following heavy rain Saturday morning, Portland General Electric said. About 5,446 residents near the area of Southwest Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road lost power around 9 a.m., according to an outage detection map from PGE. Turbulent weather & dangerous beach conditions intensify this weekend What caused the outage is still unclear as PGE is currently investigating. The electricity provider has dispatched a crew to the area. The outage comes ahead of a forecasted major storm Sunday, which KOIN 6 meteorologists said could bring high wind speeds and […]Read more >Similar articles >
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For doctors leaving clinical practice: Consider utilization review jobs

By Arthur Lazarus, MD, MBA
  • A typical entry-level job in the health insurance industry is that of utilization or peer reviewer, often camouflaged by titles such as medical director and physician advisor.
  • Jobs are advertised with a seemingly attractive and interesting array of responsibilities, but ultimately the core function revolves around applying clinical criteria to determine whether proposed or ongoing treatment is medically necessary.
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Jocelyn Nicole Johnson: ‘My book is me nudging forward from very real fears’

By Killian Fox
  • Set in the near future as American society is unravelling, it tells the story of a young black student and her neighbours fleeing Charlottesville, Virginia, pursued by violent white supremacists and taking refuge in Monticello, home of US president Thomas Jefferson.
  • The American debut novelist on the lessons she learned from teaching art, her mixed feelings about Virginia and her experience of white supremacists
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Texas campaigners put pressure on President Biden to declare climate emergency

By Harley Tamplin
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas climate campaigners are turning up the heat on President Joe Biden ahead of the Global Climate Summit in Scotland next month. Various groups including Extinction Rebellion and Clean Energy Now Texas held a rally in downtown Austin on Saturday morning, calling on the president to take decisive action. They want President Biden to stop the use of fossil fuels and declare a national climate emergency. Campaigners call on President Biden to act on the climate at a protest in Austin (Picture: KXAN/Mariano Garza) “Stand up for your rights to clean air, clean water, clean soil, restorative justice and an equitable, […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Facebook missed weeks of warning signs over Capitol attack, documents suggest

  • New internal documents have been provided to a number of media outlets in recent days by the former Facebook employee turned whistleblower Frances Haugen, following her initial disclosures and claims that the platform puts profits before public good, and her testimony to Congress .
  • It quickly became clear that even after years under the microscope for insufficiently policing its platform, the social network had missed how riot participants spent weeks vowing – by posting on Facebook itself – to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory .
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Do I have salmonella poisoning, or is it something else entirely?

By Michael Bartiromo
  • The CDC estimates that salmonella bacteria causes roughly "1.3 million infections every year,” according to Belsie González, a master of public health and the senior public affairs specialist for the CDC.
  • Infected individuals are urged to contact a healthcare provider, especially if symptoms worsen to include bloody diarrhea (or diarrhea that lasts for more than three days), fever of over 102 degrees F, frequent vomiting that prevents the ingestion of liquids, and any sign of dehydration.
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States mostly defer to union guidance for on-set gun safety

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr.
  • Shootings nevertheless have killed and injured people while cameras rolled, including the cinematographer who died and the director who was wounded this week when no one realized a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin during the filming of "Rust" carried live rounds that are far more dangerous than blanks.
  • New Mexico, where court records show an assistant director handed Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was "cold," or safe to use, during the Thursday filming of "Rust," has no specific safety laws for the film industry.
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Sharon Duncan-Brewster Is Dune’s Secret Weapon

By Anthony Breznican
  • Sharon Duncan-Brewster: In a world where allegiance is the be-all and end-all for all the different houses and the different people on the planet, I think Kynes is a bit of a conundrum, really, who is not easily read.
  • With director Denis Villeneuve's Dune finally debuting, here is Vanity Fair's interview with Duncan-Brewster about the meaningful place her Dr. Kynes holds both in our world and her own far-off planet.
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Reader alert: Hey, first-graders. What are you thankful for?

By Molly Guthrey
  • Attention, first-graders: Whether it’s your parents, your school or the mashed potatoes you’re planning to pile on your plate at Thanksgiving, the Pioneer Press wants to know what you’re thankful for, especially during these difficult pandemic times.
  • Describe what you’re thankful for and why in 30 words or less, and we’ll choose entries to share with our readers the Sunday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 21).
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UMaine System’s vaccine mandate has 99.2 percent compliance

By Joe Lawlor
  • So 99.2 percent of campus students either got the vaccine or received an exemption on religious or medical grounds.
  • Out of the 25,606 students attending in-person classes at one of the University of Maine System’s campuses, the 217 who did not get immunized by the Oct. 15 deadline or receive an exemption make up 0.8 percent of students taking classes on campus.
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‘Carol’s Journey’: What Facebook Knew About How It Radicalized Users

  • “While this was a study of one hypothetical user, it is a perfect example of research the company does to improve our systems and helped inform our decision to remove QAnon from the platform,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a response to emailed questions.
  • “We’ve known for over a year now that our recommendation systems can very quickly lead users down the path to conspiracy theories and groups,” one integrity researcher, whose name had been redacted, wrote in a post announcing she was leaving the company.
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Why Are You Being Asked to Amend the Texas Constitution?

By Dan Solomon
  • However, one provision in the Texas constitution that has been in effect from 1876 until today is the reason why you’re voting on whether the rodeo can hold a raffle: the state only has powers that are explicit in the document.
  • This week, and for the rest of the early voting period for this fall’s off-year election, Texas voters will be casting ballots on a subject that sounds like one of the weightier considerations a citizen can be asked to make: whether or not to approve eight new amendments to the Texas constitution.
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NASA targeting February for launch of first moon rocket since Apollo mission

By Julia Musto
  • Once the systems are verified, the 322-foot-tall rocket will roll back into the VAB for final inspections and checkouts, including the second part of the flight termination system test, ahead of returning to the pad for launch.," NASA wrote, noting that Artemis I mission operations teams would continue to run additional launch simulations leading up to launch.
  • According to Space.com, in a Friday media briefing, deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development at NASA Headquarters Tom Whitmeyer told reporters that the stacked rocket and crew capsule will roll out to the Launch Pad 398 in late December for testing and west dress rehearsal testing in January before going back for more checkouts followed by another move onto the pad.
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Sago palm has changed very little over millennia

By Bob Morris Gardening
  • Watering a fig tree deeply but infrequently to an area equivalent to at least half of its canopy — rather than giving it frequent shallow irrigations — encourages deep root growth and discourages roots from growing just under the pavers.
  • You can decrease the chance this might happen by doing two things: deep water the fig tree when it’s irrigated and install a root barrier to deflect the roots, which oftentimes decreases the chance of having surface roots.
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