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A federal judge has struck down parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law as unconstitutional in a case brought by a polygamous star of a reality television series. Months after the Supreme Court bolstered rights of same-sex couples, the Utah case could open a new frontier in the nation’s recognition of once-prohibited relationships.Judge Clark Waddoups of U.S. District Court in U…

By Alan Pergament The Twitterverse has been pretty much hammering many of the veterans who have called Buffalo Bills games this National Football League season. So it will be interesting to see how Bills fans treat a CBS play-by-play newcomer Sunday when the Bills visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. Andrew Catalon has the play-by-play assignment alongside analyst Rich Gannon, …

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MINNEAPOLIS – Elizabeth Patty doesn’t have a skeleton in her closet, but she does have something almost as vexing: a stash of party dresses she’ll never wear again.“This will kill my husband, but I probably have at least 30 dresses with an average price tag of $225,” said Patty.As senior director of development for children’s health at the University of Minnesota Foundatio…

It’s funny, you can observe what happens to your parents and relatives. But for some reason, you just don’t believe those circumstances will ever apply to you.As I contemplate my life, the part so far and the part yet to come, here are three things I’ve realized:1. Your son-in-law will see you old and naked.You know that young man your daughter is dating? Better hope you l…

The recently crowned world champion 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen of Norway is in many respects an anomaly.But, then, so are most chess grandmasters. It has been said that the only thing top players have in common is that they play chess. There seems, for example, to be no identifiable aptitude for the game. Heredity does not play an obvious role. Grandmasters, for example, d…

Q. I picked up a couch of my Grandma’s from my uncle. He’d kept it in the garage with a ton of mothballs.It fits in my living room, but I notice I’ve been feeling weird lately. My eyes are bothering me, and I have a headache, breathing problems and feel nauseated and dizzy. The aroma of mothballs is still very noticeable.My wife also is feeling bad, and I am worried about …

To learn from your mistakes, you must first be aware of them. Sadly, at the poker table, you seldom know it when you make a bad decision.Most blunders simply go unnoticed because they’re rarely revealed as mistakes. It’s easy to ignore a leak in your game when it only happens once in every 10,000 hands. But where you find one rare mistake, you’re guaranteed to find a dozen…

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By scott scanlonRefresh editorWork. Kids. Shopping.Parties. Baking. Decorating.Brushing snow off cars. Shoveling snow off the driveway. Driving on snow-covered roads.All reasons why it’s so hard to head for the gym during the holidays.But it’s unhealthy to turn those reasons into excuses, especially since there’s plenty of calorie burning and muscle building you can do at …

There’s been a lot of debate about the new Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Guidelines targeting cholesterol management and heart disease risk, which came out recently from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. At the heart of the controversy is the less-than-perfect risk calculator they use, as well as their resulting recommendations for …

The Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC) continues today, Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at ACBL sanctioned local clubs. The Airport Bridge Club will have two STaC sessions today, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and a STaC Swiss team game at 11 a.m. Sunday....The Airport Bridge Club’s annual Cookie Bash, which runs from Monday, Dec. 16, to Sunday, Dec. 22, will incl…

Q. My 18-month-old kicks me and hits me when I try to change his diaper. He doesn’t do this for his father or grandparents. Should I hold his legs down until he gives up or will this worsen things?A. Holding his legs will definitely make matters worse. The solution, of course, is to toilet train him. I know, the current pediatric party line is he’s too young, he hasn’t sho…

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Artists often create many different kinds of art: paintings, etchings, prints, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, marble sculptures, bronzes and perhaps designs for commercial products. So it is possible to buy a piece of jewelry by Alexander Calder for far less than one of his large mobiles. Or an electric fan or pedal car designed by Viktor Schreckengost, who is best known fo…

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Growing old doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Throughout my 60 years of life, I have accumulated numerous memories of Christmases past and I have the ornaments to prove it. Glass ornaments from the ’50s and ’60s that were passed down to me from my parents are most special. I also have a weighty glass ornament that hung on my grandmother’s tree when she was a litt…

Dear Abby: I’m 16 and come from a devout Roman Catholic family. My parents have taken my brother and me to church every Sunday without fail my entire life. We pray before meals, before school, at bedtime and at other times every day. My room is filled with religious objects. As far as I know, everyone else in my extended family is equally fervent. My problem is, I have nev…

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Peter Eimer had the blessing of landing two jobs within a day of each other in 2001, one as an assistant professor at D’Youville College, the other as chief operating officer at Brothers of Mercy senior care campus in Clarence.The two converged several years back.“When I was talking with a Business Advance Program class downtown, I said, ‘We’ll probably do case studies on …