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Say that again: Using hearing aids can be frustrating for older adults, but necessary

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It was an every-other-day routine, full of frustration.

Every time my husband called his father, who was 94 when he died in 2022, he’d wait for his dad to find his hearing aids and put them in before they started talking.

Even then, my father-in-law could barely hear what my husband was saying. “What?” he’d ask over and over.

Then, ...Read more

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The Kid Whisperer: How to require a kid to do something

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Dear Kid Whisperer,

My 12-year-old son plays video games all day, he never goes outside, and I think it’s time that he goes to camp this summer. I think it will be good for him to be outside and meet other kids his age. He doesn’t want to go, and has said that he just isn’t the kind of person who does outdoor activities and isn’t the ...Read more

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Lori Borgman: Just when you think things can't get any worse

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News reporters, broadcasters, podcasters and all-news-all-the-time channels tell us the world is a rotten place. To quote an old adage: "If it weren't for bad news, we'd have no news at all."

Bad news is essential for the news industry. It's the IV bag keeping the patient alive, the fuel in the engine, the caffeine in the coffee.

And so the ...Read more

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'The tree is the soul of the house': How saving an olive tree inspired a modern remodel

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LOS ANGELES -- Under the canopy of the enormous olive tree that shades his home, Daniel Gerwin's 11-year-old son ascends the tree's gnarled trunk like an expert climber while his brother, 7, reads a book a few feet away inside the house.

Standing nearby, architect John K. Chan, who recently renovated the interiors and designed a modern 500-...Read more

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Transparency bills seek to reveal the true costs of college

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University students in Alaska kept asking Republican state Sen. Robert Myers why they were being blindsided with requirements to buy expensive textbooks after they signed up for classes, he said.

Students complained to Myers that universities warned them about high tuition but not about the costs of textbooks, lab fees and equipment that ...Read more

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Ex-etiquette: Dad's role when ex-wife has surgery

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Q: My children’s mother has to have surgery. I did not hear this from her, but from the children. Evidently, she has had serious back problems for a while, yet I had no idea. The kids tell me they will be staying with their grandmother for about a month while their mom is recuperating. We share equal custody. Shouldn’t I be asked to weigh ...Read more

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'Beauty will save the world': Tent City Barbers gives hope to unhoused

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Six tents sit along the side of Seaport Boulevard in Redwood City, California, tucked between rock quarries and a refinery.

There are no houses in the area. Just a railroad track, some warehouses and the water.

Drivers who pass by would miss it if they blink. Or perhaps the sight of encampments has become so common in the Bay Area today that ...Read more

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A 'degenerate collector' paid $9,000 for Trump sneakers -- and says they're worth more

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PHILADELPHIA -- Roman Sharf is a collector. His most recent addition to his conglomeration? A $9,000 pair of sneakers autographed by former President Donald Trump.

The golden high tops, which don an American flag on the ankle and the letter T in the center, are titled “Never Surrender.” The image of the shoes went viral after Trump unveiled...Read more

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Newest 'Dune' movie is a hit for Denver board-game maker

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DENVER -- In “Dune: Part 2,” Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) rallies the Fremen people against the oppressive House Harkonnen, leading to an epic clash that unites characters from across the galaxy that author Frank Herbert first visited in his 1965 science-fiction novel “Dune.”

Director Denis Villeneuve’s sequel, which opened ...Read more

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Ask Anna: Crush or lust? How to decipher your feelings

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Dear Anna,

Lately, I've found myself questioning the nature of my attraction toward a new acquaintance of mine. He's charming, always has an interesting story to share, and I can't deny the physical attraction. However, I really can’t tell if this is the beginning of a short-term crush developing, or if I just need to get laid? It’s been a ...Read more

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Jerry Zezima: The Curse of the Zezbino

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I will never get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame unless I buy a ticket. That’s because my batting average in Little League was lower than my weight and my winning percentage as the manager of my daughters’ softball team was just as bad.

But even though mighty Jerry struck out countless times, memories of my misadventures on a field ...Read more

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Weddings at SoCal's glass chapel cost $6K. But there's not enough cash to save it

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LOS ANGELES — In the last year, the Instagram-famous Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes has held an estimated 400 weddings in the glass-walled structure overlooking the ocean, costing each couple $5,400 — and more if they scheduled their nuptials on a weekend or opted for the floral or candle add-ons.

But despite its steep fees, the ...Read more

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Venerable L.A. church dome at risk of collapse

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LOS ANGELES -- When Pastor Frank Wulf thinks about his congregation being unable to worship in their home of 100 years, he is reminded of the Old Testament scripture of the Israelites in exile.

Wulf's church, Echo Park United Methodist Church on North Alvarado Street and Reservoir Street in northeast Los Angeles, is not currently safe for ...Read more

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Wedding loans: How to finance wedding costs

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Whether you’d like a large, extravagant wedding or a small, casual affair, you may find yourself short on cash as you get deeper into planning out the details. This is where a wedding loan could be helpful in making your big day a dream come true.

Wedding loans make sense for some scenarios, but not all. Weigh the alternatives before jumping ...Read more

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Heidi Stevens: School draws clothing onto children's book illustrations after latest book ban attempt. We're not powerless to stop this madness

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Who knew kids reading books could cause such panic?

First, a school district in Florida banned dictionaries from its libraries on the grounds that allowing students to read them violates HB 1069, which lets residents demand the removal of any library book that “depicts or describes sexual conduct.”

Now, elementary school libraries in ...Read more

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Eureka! How a Stanford study revealed the success of research failures

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- An important paper recently published by an esteemed Stanford research team reported an unusual result: An experiment went wrong.

Usually, scientists seek to burnish their reputations by announcing positive news of a discovery that solves a problem or transforms how we view the world.

But this negative news — which ...Read more

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On Gardening: The Year of the Angelonia: Let the celebration commence

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The National Garden Bureau has designated 2024 as the "Year of the Angelonia" and I am in full celebration mode. As I was preparing for my contribution to the celebration, I was however sent into taxonomic trauma.

For the last 26 years of deep love for the angelonia, or summer snapdragon, I have told everyone via newspaper, radio and TV that ...Read more

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Ask Anna: Redefining the 'player': Classy, honest and empowered dating for women

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Dear Anna,

Do female players exist? If so, how do I become one? I want to keep it classy and maintain my integrity while I get out there and experience as much as I can. — Getting Action Makes Excitement Outwardly Novel

Dear GAMEON,

Of course female players exist! (As do players of all genders.) The reason you don’t hear about them as ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: Exclusivity vs. official: What's the difference?

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I’ve received a lot of questions in the past six months—more than ever before—asking if there’s a difference between being exclusive with someone and the relationship being “official.” People are also asking, “How long should I wait after being exclusive before being ‘official’?”

The question usually comes from someone who ...Read more

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Steve Lopez: 'Very aggressive treatment' on the streets of Skid Row from a renegade M.D.

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LOS ANGELES -- The team gathered at 4th and Crocker streets and headed south, into the blue-tented netherworld of social collapse, armed with life-saving drug-overdose kits and injectable, long-acting anti-psychotic medication.

"We're trying very aggressive treatment on the streets," said Dr. Susan Partovi. "Housing definitely saves your life, ...Read more