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  • Can I still suspend my Social Security benefits?
    4/10/2021 Dear Rusty: Is it still possible to suspend Social Security benefits for a time? And, if so, how often? Signed: Curious Senior

    Dear Curious Senior: If you have already reached your full retirement age and are receiving Social Security benefits which you claimed earlier, you can voluntarily suspend your benefits to earn Delayed Retirement Credits (DRCs) and get a higher benefit amount when your payments are resumed.
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  • Gods and life at the Center of the Basketball Universe
    4/10/2021 If there was a silver lining after a horrible year of pandemic, it was that the Hoosier Hoops Holyland and its ancient cathedral (Hinkle Fieldhouse, among other venues) would become the Center of the Basketball Universe during March Madness.
    The pandemic has been a cruel arbiter. When it surfaced in March 2020, games were literally ended at halftime, Butler’s Bulldogs had been ranked No.5 in the nation just a month before, and Indiana Coach Archie Miller was looking at his first tournament in three years at the helm.
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  • Expectations already sky high for Purdue basketball next year
    4/9/2021 Wait until next year was the rallying cry of the Brooklyn Dodgers for decades until they finally beat the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series.
    Next year can’t come soon enough for Purdue men’s basketball and the other 66 NCAA tournament teams that failed to accomplish what Baylor did Monday night, win the national championship.
    Expectations will be much higher for the Boilermakers, who were among the nation’s youngest basketball teams in 2020-21.
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  • Minimum wage
    4/9/2021 If you own a small business, you may well be worried over all this $15 minimum wage mandate.
    You should be.
    Unfortunately, most of it is out of your hands. Don’t get me wrong, you can absolutely work like the dickens and help candidates get elected who will better represent your point of view, or if they already are, then help keep them in office. But that’s been true for decades.
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  • Well, that explains a lot . . .
    4/8/2021 Life in the big-city newspaper world is a non-stop, busy – sometimes hectic – whirlwind of frantic activity.
    The constant clanging of teletype machines, copy boys scurrying about, being yelled at by crusty copy editors enveloped in blue-gray clouds of cigarette smoke.
    Oh, sorry – wrong decade. Still though, we’re pretty danged busy.
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  • A whirlwind history of tornadoes in the county
    4/7/2021 A few weeks ago when Sid Davis dropped off the information on the WLS picnic, he also brought a couple of articles about a tornado that struck Hamilton County in 1902.
    That inspired me to try to compile a list of all the tornadoes in this county prior to the devastating Palm Sunday tornado of 1965. 
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  • Ford Ranger Tremor is urban friendly, all capable
    4/6/2021 The Ford F-250 Tremor and F-150 Raptor are two of my favorite trucks, but neither fits in my driveway very well. Forget fitting them into my mid-century garage or squeezing down tight city streets for dinner. Heck, actual trails would be a challenge. I always wished for all the big trucks offer, including space for family and friends, but in a smaller package. Ford has delivered exactly that in the 2021 Ranger Tremor.
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  • The menopausal malady that is hot flashes
    4/6/2021 Sometimes I get asked questions in unusual places. A few months ago at church I was pulled aside and asked if I could write my column on the menopausal malady of hot flashes.
    Hot flashes are usually described as a feeling of intense heat, usually with sweating and a rapid heartbeat. They can last a few minutes up to a half hour or so.
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  • Lori’s laughter helps us through lonely months
    4/6/2021 Throughout the past year, my husband, Peter, and I have been seeing no one except Peter’s sister, Lori, and her husband. 
    Lori has Stage 4 cancer and has had a tough fight. She’s been on oxygen all this time. The decision of how careful we needed to be was easy. If we were going to see Lori, we had to be extremely careful. And as a reward, once a week we have heard Lori’s laughter. 
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  • A life cut short; a walk too long
    4/6/2021 Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. I’ve come to believe, however, that necessity is an imposter. The real mother of invention is boredom. At least it’s a foster mother. Boredom fosters ideas.
    If not ideas, desperation.
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