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Club Digest: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

Sumter's Home Chapter, NSDAR On Aug. 8, at the first-year teachers' orientation for the Sumter School District, Sumter's Home Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution presented each of 12 teachers two $25 gift … more

Reef cemetery is now home to new life

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A year after Will and Daniel Payne lost their mom, and nearly two decades since their father's death, it was time to follow their wishes for the afterlife. As they board a boat with three generations of family, the brothers … more

Baseball's offensive tweeters teaching moments for parents

NEW YORK - At 13, Charlie Fish in Cincinnati has just been given the parental go-ahead to use social media for the first time. He's also a competitive golfer, avid "SportsCenter" watcher and well aware of the attention received by offensive tweets … more

Hemingway story from 1956 published for 1st time

NEW YORK - The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine and the scars of battle. But the story itself has been little known beyond the scholarly community for decades: "A Room on … more

Sea-life sculptures are made from ocean's plastic trash

NEW ORLEANS - Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans' aquarium and zoo, all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore. There's a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of … more

How old is my pet in dog years or cat years? A veterinarian explains

Mississippi State UniversityThe Conversation"Just how old do you think my dog is in dog years?" is a question I hear on a regular basis. People love to anthropomorphize pets, attributing human characteristics to them. And most of us want to extend … more

Fashion firms go digital focusing on speed, trends

NEW YORK - Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was a hot style in sneakers and wanted to quickly jump on the trend for dressier shoes. It put a poll up on its website asking shoppers what style they liked, and based on … more

Summer and diet damage your DNA

Today, your body will accumulate quadrillions of new injuries in your DNA. The constant onslaught of many forms of damage, some of which permanently mutates your genes, could initiate cancer and prove fatal. Yet all is not doomed: The lives we lead … more

How do you 'burn' fat?

Many of us may be considering "burning some fat" so we feel better in our bathing suits out on the beach or at the pool. What does that actually mean, though? The normal fat cell exists primarily to store energy. The body will expand the number … more

Homegirl Cafe offers 'platos' by ex-gang members with hope

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a different time, at another place and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two … more

Dirty money is an understatement

Pennsylvania State UniversityThe ConversationWe live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches. We pass these tiny organisms to each other when … more

Financial counseling widely available

It's easy to define "savvy." The adjective basically means you are good at dealing with practical matters. "Senior" or "senior citizen," however, is a bit vague - and the definition has changed … more

U.S. Navy now allows women to wear ponytails, lock hairstyles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Navy says it will now allow servicewomen to sport ponytails and other hairstyles, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said it makes … more

Sumter Little Theatre announces 2018-19 season

A thought-provoking drama by one of America's most beloved playwrights opens Sumter Little Theatre's 2018-19 season on Aug. 23. In rehearsal now for almost three weeks, "Fences," by the late August Wilson, explores the effects of racism on family … more

Out of the shadows: Babies of Rohingya rape survivors arrive

UKHIYA, Bangladesh - Tucked away in the shadows of her family's bamboo shelter, the girl hid from the world. She was 13, and she was petrified. Two months earlier, soldiers had broken into her home back in Myanmar and raped her, an attack that … more

'Not my child'

CHICAGO - Ayrial Miller is clearly annoyed. Her mother is sitting with her on the couch in their Chicago apartment, scrolling through the teen's contacts on social media. "Who's this?" asks Jennea Bivens, aka Mom. It's a friend of a friend, … more

Do go chasing waterfalls: You can see 250 of them in western North Carolina

BREVARD, N.C. - Some are big. Some are small. Some are wide. Some are narrow. Some crash down. Some are a slow trickle. And some, you can slide right down. There are at least 250 waterfalls in Transylvania County, North Carolina, about halfway … more
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