Health
Ask The Doctors: Blocked eustachian tubes can cause problems

Q: My hearing loss is related to my Eustachian tubes: They stay closed. I can open them and improve my hearing by holding my nose and blowing, but the effect lasts only a short time. Hearing aids don't help. What can I do?A: First, let's consider …

Health Take-Away: Take responsibility of your own health with these tips

Peak time for flu, colds: Why does sickness surge in winter's chilly temperatures?

Food
Robin Anish: Become a picky produce shopper with these tips

I'm a discriminating produce shopper. I sniff, squeeze, inspect, hoist and often reject. Actually, persnickety better describes my behavior. I notice other shoppers just grabbing handfuls of string beans and tossing them into a bag and buying them …

Guinness Cake: Pour yourself a stout - for baking

Serve a rustic, hearty St. Patrick's Day dish

Insights

Restoring cabinet veneer may take more than elbow grease

Q: My kitchen cabinets have a veneer that has rotted from moisture in certain places. How can I restore the cabinet panels to their original finish?A: If indeed it is a veneer issue — and there is some doubt about that among several …

Fairy gardens captivate imaginations of all ages

A set of little wings. Ceramic fountains. Tiny versions of ornate cottages and brick walkways fit for the English countryside. These are just some of the whimsical decorations that adorn fairy gardens. When such miniature decorations are paired with …

Tricks to save money on your property taxes

Forget about keeping up with the Joneses. This time of year you want your house to be as crummy as possible. Why? Because it's property tax assessment time, which means it's also assessment appeal time. And if you can successfully argue that your …
Outdoors

Stargazers: Realm of the Galaxies is a stunning sight

After the moon sets this week, get away from bright city lights and take a gander at a pristine rural sky.If you do this, I recommend you sit back, relax and think about what lies before you. Every light you see in the heavens is a distant sun many …

Thom Smith: Pigeons seem to be on a decline in the region

Q: Has anyone noticed that there has been a decrease in pigeons in the area?— Concerned A: While others have noticed, and have been noticing since the late 1960s, the decline didn't cause me much concern.

Get Outside: Winter trail running a satisfying challenge

As the weather continues to oscillate between slush and mud, getting outdoors may seem like more trouble than it's worth. But for some, the prime time for trail running has just begun. With sparse snow patches and biting temperatures, outdoor …
Entertainment
'Moonlight' wins best picture at botched Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar winner, take two.Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" — not, as it turned out, "La La Land" — won best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner swapped …

Oscars flap eclipses 'Moonlight' win, but civility reigns

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