Bridge: Aug. 8, 2020

uplicate bridge is a great way to improve your game and be part of a community of people with a common interest. Many strategies at duplicate differ from party bridge. At 3NT, South wins the first heart with the jack and counts three hearts, four clubs and a diamond. At party bridge, South might clinch the contract by leading a spade next. He would have time to set up a spade for a ninth trick. In a typical duplicate game, every North-South would bid 3NT. We say the contract is “normal.” So South must try for an overtrick. If he wins nine tricks when everyone else wins 10, he will get a “bottom” score. MAKING FOUR At duplicate, South must lead a diamond to dummy’s ten at Trick Two. East wins and returns a heart, and then South leads a club to his hand and finesses in diamonds again. Making four. If the diamonds lay badly — East had K-Q-9-6 — South might go down at a cold game. But at duplicate, what matters is not making 3NT but winning more tricks than your competitors.…

Ask Amy: My wife is furious that these little kids don’t follow her tidy rules

Dear Amy: My wife and I recently bought a house and we have decided on a few rules to keep the place as clean as possible. Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)  I invited my sister and her three kids to stay with us for the next two weeks, and, while we already explained the house rules several times, the youngest child (he’s 3) always manages to create a mess. I don’t blame him (after all, he is a child), but my wife gets really irritated and takes it out on me. I offered to clean the mess if my wife would let me know. But every time this occurs, we have an argument. I think my wife feels she’s making all the sacrifices for me and my family. When we visit her family, I always try to be open and understanding (they are from another country), and I actually love it. Today my wife snapped in front of the kids. Related Articles Ask Amy: He ‘only dates models.’ Unfortunately, it’s me that he got pregnant. Ask Amy: My baby, my rules — but they…

Harriette Cole: Have I been blind to my white friends’ true feelings?

DEAR HARRIETTE: The Black Lives Matter movement is the biggest topic today, aside from COVID-19. The world is changing, and the truth about people in our surroundings has been coming to light. Harriette Cole  My white friends are backing “all lives matter,” and I’m confused about what to think and feel. Why don’t they see why BLM is important? Have I been blind to their true feelings about Black people all this time? Have they been blind to their own feelings about Black people? How do I continue these friendships? Should I? I am in shock because there is a lot of love here, but I feel for the first time that we are just too different after all. I want to bridge our races, as I thought we were doing this whole time. Was it all fake? Lost in This World DEAR LOST IN THIS WORLD: Honest, robust conversations are beginning among people who normally do not talk about race. Research is revealing to many people nuances about the racial justice struggle that, hopefully, will open more eyes. The fight between Black Lives Matter…

Shooting Investigation in Coachella; Teens Tell Witnesses Their Family Member was Shot

A shooting investigation is underway in Coachella. Investigators have closed Ave 50 at Calhoun.  It happened around 7:30 Friday night near the Bella Canto neighborhood. People reported hearing shots fired, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies. It appears a car crashed into a brick wall outside a neighborhood, and witness video shows at least one person was taken to the hospital. Neighbors near the scene tell us they heard a car crash and then saw two teens run from the car. The teens jumped into their yard, telling them a family member had been shot while in the car. The number of victims or the extent of their injuries are unknown. Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies cannot confirm details, only telling us they’re investigating the situation.

Two of Six Missing People Near Idyllwild Are Located and ‘Safe’

Two of the six missing people who have recently disappeared in the mountain communities above the Coachella Valley have been located and they are safe. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department made the announcement today on social media. Vanessa Vlasek went missing on July 31 in Pine Cove. Sheriff’s deputies aren’t releasing details on where she was located nor how she was found. The department only says she was safely located. Jade Kemerer went missing August 2 in Anza. Her mother told NBC Palm Springs, Jade was staying at the Bluebird Cottage Inn in Idyllwild. Her mother, Debbi McGee, lives in Ohio and came to California to pick up Jade’s 10-year-old son on July 22. The arrangement was for Jade to drive back to Ohio, but no one was able to make contact after that meeting in Hemet. Sheriff’s deputies say Jade was safely located Friday, August 7. Details on how she was located are not provided. Four people are still missing in the area. On March 4, 2020, Roy Prifogle went hiking in the Pine Cove area. The sheriff’s department says an intense six day search by mountain…

Palm Desert Embezzler Who Stole $500,000 from Employer Sentenced to Probation

(CNS) – An accountant who embezzled roughly a half-million dollars from her Palm Desert employer was sentenced Friday to five years of probation and ordered to repay the stolen money. Traci L. Kunz, 46, previously pleaded guilty to one count each of grand theft and forgery, both felonies, along with a sentence-enhancing allegation of perpetrating multiple fraudulent transactions, in crimes that occurred over a three-year span beginning in 2013. Along with probation, Superior Court Judge James Hawkins ordered Kunz to repay the victim $5,000 a month. The defendant has already repaid $250,000 to date, leaving about $280,000 left, according to John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. If Kunz violates her probation, she could face a seven-year sentence in state prison, Hall said. According to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant filed by sheriff’s Investigator Thomas Hendry, Kunz embezzled the money over a three- year span, beginning in June 2013, while employed as a bookkeeper for Swanson Interiors on Charles Place. The defendant had worked at the luxury interior decorations business for more than 20 years when she was…

Parents protest to reopen TUSD schools

Turlock Unified School District students will kick the school year off from home next week due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a group of parents hoping to see campuses reopen sooner rather than later took to this week’s Board of Trustees meeting to protest the decision.

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