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Sheriff D’Agostini talks budget, staffing needs

At the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week, Sheriff John D’Agostini addressed what he calls the three Bs: budget, building and body. “It has been a challenging year to cut the budget,” D’Agostini said. The Sheriff’s Department cut $1.2 million dollars out of services and supplies, an amount the sheriff said “was significant, but […]

Parking lot going to the dogs at Bow Wow Block Party

No matter how much you want to, don’t grab the little white dog with the big ears and peanut-shaped brown spot on his butt. Do your best to resist cuddling him under your shirt so they can’t see him as you dart out the door. Don’t do that — because if you play by the […]

Animal lovers needed: Shelter’s kitty crowd, especially older kitties, wants homes

Even Bullet the one-eyed tabby cat appears pleased as all get-out at El Dorado County Animal Services these days, flipping and flopping on the front counter as he says hello to visitors.

The animal shelter at 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs that opened its doors almost a year ago has proved a great fit for critters and caretakers alike. It’s a long way from being the “pound” anymore.

“They say, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ and that’s been true for us,” said Henry Brzezinski, chief of El Dorado County Animal Services. “We’ve had people bringing in the animals, especially kittens right now — but then again, we’ve had more people coming here wanting to adopt.”

Public comment weighted toward State of Jefferson

Two opposing groups — proponents of the State of Jefferson movement and opponents represented by the relatively new organization called Keep It California — presented their platforms and after each presentation it was the public’s turn at the microphone. El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chairman Brian Veerkamp said the board’s general guidelines, calling for […]

‘Banished’ tells forgotten story

They arrived like any other immigrants coming to the New World seeking a better life during the Gold Rush, yet the Chinese faced hardships in the Old West that few other ethnic groups endured. “Banished and Embraced: The Chinese in Fiddletown and the Mother Lode” — the second book published by historian  tells the story […]

First and goal: Tough turf

All five El Dorado County high school football teams — Oak Ridge, Ponderosa, El Dorado, Union Mine and Golden Sierra — play on artificial turf at their respective campuses. In addition to the Trojans, all of the Sierra Foothill League schools have the turf as well. In the Capital Valley Conference, Ponderosa joins six of the seven schools […]

The Weekly Daley: A GOP debate preview

If you’ve been around this space for a few years, you may have noticed that before almost every big presidential debate, I receive (in a plain brown wrapper) a copy of unofficial transcripts of debate preparations. My working title is: “What you should see but won’t in the next debate.” And while there is an […]

Former supervisor Briggs wants back pay

Former two-term District 4 El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Briggs is contemplating suing El Dorado County if he doesn’t get back pay he says the county owes him. The issue first surfaced in February when Briggs submitted a claim through his legal counsel to the Board of Supervisors. Citing a number of different legal precedents […]

My Turn: Rate your public services

If you are like me, you are inundated with surveys and questionnaires from service providers or product manufacturers. The inevitable question and the one they most value is: “Will you recommend us to your friends?” I was even sent a two-page questionnaire after a recent colonoscopy. I checked the box “recommending our services to your […]

More grand jury gobbledy-gook

While the precursor of the grand jury system dates back beyond the Magna Carta (which just had its 800-year anniversary on June 15), after reading the political claptrap from the 2014-15 El Dorado County Grand Jury it appears that its usefulness has passed. One of the 2014-15 reports, “Time to Admit & Correct a Mistake,” […]

Sheriff wants your unused, unwanted prescriptions

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, El Dorado County residents have a great opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department hosts a prescription drug take-back day during which residents can bring unwanted medications in pill or liquid form to […]

Riches of the river include more than gold

It didn’t take the eagle flying overhead to convince tour goers that this is an incredibly remarkable part of the world, this river flowing through Coloma past the site where gold was discovered in 1848. But it didn’t hurt that the bald eagle chose just that moment, when the four rafts full of folks who […]

Golden bubbles at the brewfest

What: 15th Bell Tower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 27, 6-9  p.m. Cost: $35 Information: placerville-downtown.org or (530) 672-3436   Ales, lagers, pilsners, Hefeweizen, Belgian-style — there are liters of beer coming to the 15th Bell Tower Brewfest on Saturday, June 27 in downtown Placerville. So much to choose […]

Grow For It! Lawn gone

As my loyal readership (Hi, Mom) may recall, this humble author previously submitted an article about caring for a lawn in a low water year. But, with the fourth year of drought upon us, some friends are muttering imprecations about my “so-called advice” and plan to remove their lawns entirely. Their points are well taken: […]

EDH golf course ballot measure in the works

El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors agreed to support the strong sentiment expressed by residents to keep the former executive golf course at Serrano zoned open space. At a special June 18 meeting, the directors agreed 4-1 to pursue an advisory vote measure on the next ballot, which would ask the local […]

Students sew gowns to mend hearts

It’s the only gown they’ll ever wear, these tiny children who never drew a breath — or only a few — before passing. Placing a softly silken birth gown on their stillborn child is among the final farewell gestures by grieving parents before beginning the long journey to healing. The students in teacher Heather Sabol’s […]

Supes go another round with ‘train guys and trail people’

It’s 31 miles of bad road from Missouri Flat to East Bidwell Street in Folsom. Actually, it’s 31 miles of some good and some bad road, but it’s been 20 years of bad blood between the “trail people and the train guys.” That’s how El Dorado County Transportation Commission’s Dan Bolster described the “rails versus […]

Charles Krauthammer: You want hypotheticals? Here’s one

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for […]

The final days of Saigon

In 1975, Hollis Henderson was a 28-year-old USMC Warrant Officer stationed with Maine Light Attack Helicopter 367 in Futenma, Okinawa after three tours of Vietnam. He’d been in the Marines for 10 years. USMC Lance Corporal Ken Crouse was a 19-year-old serving as an Embassy Guard in Saigon in his first tour of duty. They were enjoying their duty stations — Henderson as helicopter crew chief and pilot, serving as the Logs and Records Chief and Crouse, living in the six-story Marine House in Saigon, five blocks from the U.S. Embassy, with 41 other 19-to-23-year-old Marines. “We could have taught fraternities some things,” said Crouse.

Wagon Train 2015 offers a challenge

It’s almost like our very own “Game of Thrones” — horses and wagons instead of fighting factions and dragons, a bi-state celebration instead of a multi-country war — but otherwise the 66th annual Highway 50 Wagon Train is a trek into the wilderness, guided only by your wits, skill as a driver and the CHP. Unless […]

Public comment: What is, what isn’t?

Public comment by any other name is still public comment. Whether background documents, arcane treatments, heartfelt letters, copies of textbook chapters or full volumes of data from other jurisdictions, under the California Environmental Quality Act, anything submitted by the public must be viewed and responded to when it relates to an Environmental Impact Report. Currently […]

Mark Shields: Voters prefer governors over senators for White House

In the past 94 years, American voters have elected a total of two United States senators — John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Barack Obama — president. By contrast, before Obama, four of the past five men elected to the White House — Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — were […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: Moral bigotry

We are a society riven by opposing points of view, different mindsets based upon different world views. And this propensity is exacerbated by the different balance of values held by liberals and conservatives. The issues are legion from choice to the size of government. In a recent article I wrote about the lost art of […]

Public input needed

The Echo Summit Bridge Project is coming and you might want to have some say in how it happens if you plan on using Highway 50 to go to South Lake Tahoe. The project to replace or rehabilitate the Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct, seven miles west of South Lake Tahoe, started in 2012 and is scheduled […]

Family wants murderer kept in jail

Three years ago, Mike and Lynn Tracy of Garden Valley were successful in keeping William Ray Hall Jr. in jail at his first parole hearing. On June 9, they aim to do it again. In March 1996, Hall killed his girlfriend — Lynn’s daughter — Toni Parcell. He strangled her, threw her in the back of […]

King Fire area to open to public again

The U.S. Forest Service announced that the national forest lands in the King Fire area will be open to the public again beginning Saturday, April 25, in conjunction with the general opening of fishing season. However, the public is cautioned that parts of the fire area are still hazardous and will continue to be for years. […]

Walk a Mile goes along way to reduce sexual violence

This year marks the Center for Violence-free Relationships’ 13th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Challenge. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. starting at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville. The El Dorado County Sheriff recently reported that the incidents of rape in El Dorado County increased by […]

Like a good neighbor

The proposed outdoor shooting range on tribal land just off of Shingle Springs Drive has caused quite a stir in the community. The Feb. 24 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting addressing the topic saw more than 200 people in attendance, and we’ve received a number of letters to the editor on the topic. […]

Governor orders mandatory water rationing

At a special press conference held April 1 at Echo Summit, Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced the first-ever mandatory statewide water reductions.

“Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” he said. “Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible.”

The governor’s executive order calls for a 25 percent reduction in water consumption in comparison to what was used in 2013. The savings amount to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months, or nearly as much as is currently in Lake Oroville.

Mark Shields: Laughter, still pretty good medicine

“There are three things which are real,” said John F. Kennedy, “God, human folly and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third.” As a national candidate, the then-senator did just that. Sensitive to the charge that his multi-millionaire father was trying to buy the […]

Gov. Brown, legislative leaders announce $1 billion emergency drought package

SACRAMENTO — Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought. The […]

Mark Shields: Wanted: An emotionally secure leader

The late Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona, who finished second in the campaign for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination, warned his fellow citizens with the wisest of advice: “Beware of the presidential candidate who has no friends his own age and confidants who can tell him to go to hell.” That same year, an emotionally […]

Heard over the back fence: Give it all you got

  GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT: 
The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book offers the following thought: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t expect life’s very best if you’re not giving it your very best.” – Age 51 UKE LESSONS: 
A class titled “Let’s Uke” is for ages 12 and up, including adults. You […]

Supervisors adopt new vision for how to govern county

El Dorado County Supervisors agreed to disagree, a bit, over the exact wording, grammar and punctuation of their new “vision statement.” In their March 3, regular meeting, supervisors kicked around variations of the vision they created during several leadership and governance training sessions in January and February. Chairman Brian Veerkamp introduced the agenda item as […]

Gold fringe on the U.S. flag

EDITOR: Pick me off the floor. Tell me it’s my imagination. Tell me that I’m not seeing a gold-fringed flag in front of a Tea Party meeting. Tell me it’s not true that all stood proudly to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag; when desecrated “Old Glory” must have been silently weeping […]

The weekly Daley: Freedom of speech and press; good things

We’ve taken a little heat lately here at California’s Oldest Newspaper — “Since 1851.” We’ve been publishing letters to the editor and columns by regular contributors that have offended readers along a fairly broad spectrum of politics and concerns. Several complained about Gene Altshuler’s offerings on the Opinion page. In general, they think Gene is […]

Wanted: Gold Bug Park volunteers; big rewards promised

A “wanted” poster was recently tacked to the door at Placerville’s Gold Bug Park & Mine. It’s not bank robbers or horse thieves city officials are looking for. They’re hoping to capture a few new volunteers for the upcoming school tour and summer tourist season at the historic park. “We had a tremendous visitor season […]

Wanted by the FBI: High school juniors for Teen Academy

SACRAMENTO — Have you wondered if the TV shows featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation are realistic? Are you curious about what it takes to be an FBI agent or member of the FBI’s professional staff? Do you wonder what case work is like? If you are a high school junior in the area served […]

These legal ladies want you

It’s good to be wanted, especially by women like Sandra Hurley-Nerwinski, Kelli Punturo and Kathryn Cain – all of whom are eager to have you join them. Members of an organization called the El Dorado County Legal Professionals Association, the group is made up of a cross-section of local legal talent including paralegals, legal secretaries, private fiduciaries, notaries, public […]

Tears and hugs highlight last meeting for Santiago and Briggs

The sometimes stodgy and tedious, day-in, day-out management of the people’s business was interrupted for at least a full hour last Tuesday when county supervisors, employees and just folks from the Western Slope and Tahoe sang paeans to Ron Briggs and Norma Santiago. Both the District 4 and District 5 supervisors have completed two terms […]

Republicans in charge

EDITOR: Sometimes with Mr. Longhofer it’s difficult to know whether he is uninformed or whether he’s counting on the reader being uninformed. He says that since the GOP is taking over the Senate in a couple of months and having the House with majorities not seen since WW II that they will have to be […]

Mt. Murphy Bridge ‘demise’ a foregone conclusion?

After nearly two years of attending meetings on the auspices of providing “public input” into the demise or reconstruction of the Mt. Murphy Bridge in Coloma, Garden Valley resident Mark E. Smith became a stakeholder representative for the Divide and skeptical of the process and its potential result. At a public meeting Smith held at […]

Transportation input sought at public workshop

El Dorado County District 3 Supervisor Brian Veerkamp and Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen will host a transportation planning open house on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in conjunction with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) public workshop on the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. El Dorado County is recognized for its high quality of life, unique […]

Feeding the bears, or deer, may do more harm than good

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) wants to remind the public to never feed wildlife, even animals that may be displaced due to wildfires. Last month the King Fire burned nearly 100,000 acres in the El Dorado National Forest, destroying wildlife habitat and forcing animals to flee to safety. However, most wildlife species […]

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News »

StemExpress counters CMP video and court ruling

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Grand Jury response: EDHCSD stands by parcel tax

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A1

Donors ‘Stuff the Truck’ with toys

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Rails to trails path still unclear

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Jim Buell living up to the deputy Grand Exalted Ruler title

By Pat Lakey | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Promoted chief overseeing Cal Fire firefighting arsenal

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Jeffrey White case moves forward

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A3

Heard over the back fence: A Shot of Love

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

Man charged with child sex abuse

By Tahoe Daily Tribune

Accused shooter’s bail unchanged

By Amanda Williams | Gallery

EDH embezzler faces prison

By Amanda Williams

Stadium Club destroyed

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Search leads to three arrests

By Amanda Williams

23-year project takes flight

By Michael Raffety

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Letters »

Chess Club coverage

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Trivial pursuit

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I agree with Jennifer

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From little acorns mighty oaks do grow

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Live with it or leave

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Good job, Eileen

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Stealing the show

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Flier not from GDPUD

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National Night Out ripples

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Mental illness must be addressed

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Explaining my position

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State of Jefferson can help

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The hangman is our history

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Special thank you

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Liberal in conservative country

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About the hangman

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Defending StemExpress

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OR 2015 roster

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Heinz-sight: Primal instinct

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6

Squads kick off season tonight

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6

Trojan football looks to improve

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Local blogger has his say

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OR 2015 Schedule

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Marcus ready for new adventures

By Mike Bush | Gallery

PHS 2015 Schedule

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PHS FB roster

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Ethos girls take Betti Memorial

By Special to the Democrat

Grizzly summer workouts were fruitful

By Mike Bush | Gallery

Schedule: Aug. 24-29, 2015

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Info box scrimmages

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Big money up for grabs

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Prospecting »

Things are cool on the set

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Things to do: Aug. 28, 2015

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

Music on the Divide launches new season

By Music On The Divide | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Exhibit brings nature to Cozmic Café

By Cozmic Café | From Page: B2 | Gallery

‘Lend Me a Tenor’ auditions at IT

By Imagination Theater | From Page: B3

Cap Stage presents dark comedy

By Capital Stage | From Page: B4

Let’s get ‘Weird’ at the Harris Center

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B5

Sierra Rep presents ‘Macbeth’

By Sierra Repertory | From Page: B5

Folsom Symphony gala

By Folsom Symphony | From Page: B6

‘Banished’ tells forgotten story

By News Release | From Page: B11

Gabriel returns to Episcopal Church of Our Saviour

By Episcopal Church Of Our Saviour

Yoga has come a long way

By Catherine Aisner

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Essentials »

Divorces: July 2015

By Noel Stack | From Page: A2

Lake levels

By Contributor | From Page: A2

News bites, Aug. 26

By Noel Stack

Correction

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Aug. 17-21

By El Dorado County Community Development

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Pat Lakey

Corrections

By Chris Daley

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Building permits issued Aug. 10-14

By El Dorado County Community Development

Statewide fire summary

By Noel Stack

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

News Bites: Aug. 12

By Noel Stack

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Contributor

Building permits issued July 27-31

By El Dorado County Community Development

News Bites: Aug. 5

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Obituaries »

Stephen “Steve” Collins

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Jack Canright

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Walter John Zabel

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Robert M. Dawson

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Lois Faye Raffety

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Christopher Inzano

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Cecelia Ann Varenkamp

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Eric Moss

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Cyril Ray Moore

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Roger Caesar

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Tyler Jason Allen

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Jim Ray

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George Walter Haruff

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Myrtle May Sherman

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Michael Scott Hallenbeck

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Margrit Kuratli Hendricks

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Anton “Tony” Schuh

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Real Estate »

Dealing with troubled properties

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HM3

July home sales climb to highest level in nearly three years

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HM14

Bright, vaulted great room In Strathmore

Press Release | From Page: HM18

Real estate firms confident about future profitability

By National Association Of Realtors

Pending home sales dip in June

By National Association Of Realtors

Millennials favor walkable communities, says new NAR poll

By National Association Of Realtors

CFPB’s extends TRID implementation deadline

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Shoe

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Speed Bump

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Tundra

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Long Story Short

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TV Listings

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Rubes

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Sudoku

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Horoscope, Friday, August 28, 2015

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Horoscope, Saturday, August 29, 2105

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Horoscope, Sunday, August 30, 2015

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New York Times Crossword

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Shoe

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Sudoku

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Rubes

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New York Times Crossword

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TV Listings

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Speed Bump

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Tundra

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HomeSource

Dealing with troubled properties

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HM3

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