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Opinion

In the past year, both physical and mental health were on the top of our minds. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed and exacerbated mental health issues throughout the world. It demonstrated the inadequacy of global mental health institutions, particularly in lower-income countries where 75 percent of people with a mental health condition never receive treatment.

The New York Times’s 1619 Project produced big reader reaction by re-centering our national origin story on the first arrival of Black African slaves here. Nikole Hannah-Jones’s introductory essay fired particularly hot discussion by claiming that the 1776 rebellion was triggered by the desire to maintain slavery in the face of perceived growing abolitionism in Britain.

First, let me say that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Old western saloons, followed by bars and taverns, may have offered a nice buffet for their clientele; but, you can be sure the price of the beverages covered the food.

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“There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.” — Proverbs 11:24-25

Years ago, you could get feedbags made of cotton. They came in bright colors and pretty patterns. Believe me when I say they were beautiful.

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When Doris Duke, a fabulously wealthy tobacco and power company heiress, ran over and killed a longtime employee and confidant at her Newport, Rhode Island, mansion in 1966, police took her at her word that it was an accident.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gabe Imondi, a 74-year-old landlord from Rhode Island, had come to court hoping to get his apartment back. He was tired of waiting for federal rental assistance and wondered aloud “what they’re doing with that money?”

National & World AP Stories

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The protégé of Iran’s supreme leader, Ebrahim Raisi, was sworn in as the country's new president during a ceremony in parliament on Thursday, an inauguration that completes hard-liners’ dominance of all branches of government in the Islamic Republic.

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Wildfires rekindled outside Athens and forced more evacuations around southern Greece Thursday as weather conditions worsened and firefighters in a round-the-clock battle stopped the flames just outside the birthplace of the ancient Olympics.

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GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 3-week-old wildfire engulfed a Northern California mountain town, leaving much of the downtown in ashes, while a new wind-whipped blaze also destroyed homes as crews braced for another explosive run of flames Thursday in the midst of dangerous weather.

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When Doris Duke, a fabulously wealthy tobacco and power company heiress, ran over and killed a longtime employee and confidant at her Newport, Rhode Island, mansion in 1966, police took her at her word that it was an accident.

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NEW YORK (AP) — He said his actions had been misconstrued, his words misunderstood. He said it was cultural: He hugs, he kisses, he says “Ciao, bella.” He said it was generational: Sometimes he lapses into “honey” or “sweetheart” or tells bad jokes.