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Ladies' night at Latin Grammys: Lafourcade, Rosalia win big
11/25/2020 4:26:18 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu   NEW YORK (AP)—A year after Natalia Lafourcade made history by becoming the first solo female performer in 13 years to win the top prize at the Latin Grammys, Natalia Lafourcade followed in her footsteps with a big win at the 2020 show. The Mexican singer won album of the year—a category dominated by male acts—on Thursday night with “Un Canto Por Mexico, Vol. 1.” Lafourcade won three awards at the show, tying Rosalia and Carlos Vives for most wins. Lafourcade didn't attend the Latin Grammys, which aired live on Univision and...

Savvy Senior - What You’ll Pay for Medicare in 2021
11/25/2020 4:22:07 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, I know there will be a small cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? What will the Medicare Part B monthly premiums be in 2021, and when do the surcharges kick in for higher income beneficiaries? Inquiring Senior   Dear Inquiring, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced their cost adjustments for 2021 and the increases for premiums and out-of-pocket costs for most beneficiaries will be modest. But if you’re a high earner, you’ll pay more. Here’s what you can...

GOP governor: Get tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving
11/25/2020 4:16:56 PM

By Michelle Liu   COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)—In his first public briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in more than two months, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Thursday doubled down on his pledge to not impose new restrictions to curb COVID-19. Instead, the governor debuted a new slogan ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, calling on South Carolinians to take personal responsibility by wearing masks, washing their hands and otherwise trying to limit the spread of the coronavirus. “Get tested before turkey,” McMaster said. “It's easy to...

Words to live by
11/25/2020 3:32:08 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   I recently received a note from my dear and evergreen friend Maria Nhambu with wise counsel that has circulated for many years under titles like “The Balance Sheet of Life” and “Things We Should All Know.” In a world where so much is uncertain and confusing this message is timeless and includes tenets of all the great faiths that help bind us together as human beings:   The most destructive habit: Worry. The greatest joy: Giving. The greatest loss: Loss of self-respect. The most...

Savvy Senior - How to Claim Social Security Benefits During the Pandemic
11/18/2020 1:35:35 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, With my local Social Security offices being closed due to COVID-19, what is the best way to apply for my Social Security retirement benefits? Approaching 62   Dear Approaching, Because of the pandemic, all Social Security field offices across the country have been closed since March, so you can’t just walk-in, talk to a counselor and apply for benefits in person right now. But there are other ways to claim your benefits that are much easier and quicker. Here’s what you should know.   How to Apply? The easiest and most convenient...

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris: Forging a new path for our girls
11/18/2020 1:24:29 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA “Brecklynn, when you think about the future, I do believe the future is bright. And it will be because of your leadership, and it will be because we fight for each person’s voice through their vote and we get engaged in this election—because you have the ability through your work, and through, eventually, your vote, to determine the future of our country and what its leadership looks like.” –Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, responding to a question in the Vice Presidential debate from Utah eighth...

FDA panel reviews first new Alzheimer's drug in two decades
11/12/2020 7:39:13 PM

By Marilynn Marchione and Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—One of the biggest drug decisions in decades is looming as U.S. regulators consider whether to approve the first medicine that's claimed to slow mental decline from Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. A panel of outside experts meets Friday to advise the Food and Drug Administration on aducanumab, a drug from Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Biogen Inc. and Japan's Eisai Co. FDA doesn't always follow the panel's advice but usually does and has until March to decide. The drug...

‘Exactly what do you mean when you say “more perfect”…?’
11/12/2020 7:33:45 PM

By L Ron Brooks   THE HEARTLAND—I ran down to Target on Saturday; some idiot had brought home 1-ply TP from a previous errand run and found himself unexpectedly preparing to receive 2-ply houseguests. And I pulled into the parking lot and saw something I hadn’t seen since I don’t reckon I can recall: Cars! As far as I could see. I found a place several rows farther away than I’d been accustomed to sliding into over the last six months. Rounding the corner of the store; sure enough, the other lot was jammed, too. I went into the store, thinking it was...

How to Track Down Old Friends Online
11/12/2020 7:32:17 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in tracking down some old friends I’ve lost touch with over the years but could use some help. What websites can you recommend that can help me find them? Tracking Tom   Dear Tom, Thanks to the Internet, tracking down long-lost friends from many years ago is relatively easy to do and, in most cases, it won’t cost you a cent. Here are some tips and online tools to help you get started.   Remembering the Details Before you begin your search, a good first step is to jot down any information you can remember or...

Honoring Rev. C.T. Vivian’s Legacy
11/5/2020 9:41:13 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   My much beloved friend Rev. C.T. Vivian was a leader in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a role model for so many of us in the 1960s era of civil rights activism, and a mighty and indispensable long haul moral warrior for justice. He was also a treasured personal friend known for being unfailingly gracious, generous, warm, and loving. I keep a photo in my home office of C.T. with my whole family taken when my husband Peter and I took our children and...