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Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

AP-NORC poll: Government should help Americans age at home

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans agree that government should help people fulfill a widely held aspiration to age in their own homes, not institutional settings, a new poll finds. There’s a surprising level of bipartisan agreement on some proposals that could help make that happen, ...

Cuts, counsel, community

MARQUETTE — Historic things happened in April 1961. The governor of New York, Nelson D. Rockefeller, authorized the building of the World Trade Center, the Bay of Pigs operation took place and in the small town of Ishpeming, David Portale got his first official barber job at Pete’s Barber ...

With identity theft reports up, residents are urged to protect themselves

LANSING — There has been a significant increase in reports of identity theft connected with the COVID-19 pandemic, state officials say. And the Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers “to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the coronavirus, or ...

Parted couple overcome pain of pandemic through glass

BARCELONA, Spain — Since the coronavirus pandemic struck Spain, a glass pane has separated Xavier Anto and Carmen Panzano for the first prolonged period of the couple’s 65-year marriage. Anto, age 90, appears three or four times a week at the street-level window that looks into the ...

US hunger crisis persists, especially for kids, older adults

PHOENIX — America is starting to claw its way out of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, but food insecurity persists, especially for children and older adults. Food banks around the U.S. continue giving away far more canned, packaged and fresh provisions than they did ...

Alternatives to nursing homes get $12B boost in COVID-19 law

WASHINGTON — With the memory of the pandemic’s toll in nursing homes still raw, the COVID-19 relief law is offering states a generous funding boost for home- and community-based care as an alternative to institutionalizing disabled people. Advocates hope the estimated $12.7 billion will ...

Medicare for All in Michigan

LANSING — With the recent introduction of a health care bill in the Legislature and a continued national discussion, the concept of “Medicare for All” remains promoted by progressives as a way to deal with a health system that some believe is inherently flawed. The term “Medicare for ...

Exhibit on clothes set

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents the Special Exhibit: “The Story Behind Their Clothes” starting April 26 and continuing to Jan. 8. What do Yoopers wear? Yoopers have been pioneers, Victorian businessmen, farming women, immigrant families, Northern students and ...

Service will settle disputes

MARQUETTE — Trained mediators can volunteer at the Marquette Alger Resolution Services, the local community dispute resolution service. MARS provides peaceful dispute resolution for all types of matters in Marquette and Alger counties. Many of the disputes we help with are parenting time, ...

Retired wildlife forensics expert reflects on 35-year career

BILLINGS, Mont. — For 35 years, Dee Dee Hawk was solving unusual mysteries, like whether a captured grizzly bear was guilty of attacking a human. Sometimes using only scraps of evidence, she helped put bad guys behind bars and unraveled wildlife-related whodunits when there were no ...

Black, Hispanic families hit hardest by dementia

It can begin with the occasional missed bill payment. An inability to remember names. Telling the same story repeatedly. There may be personality changes or mood swings. Confusion. Over time, it’s as if the person who once was slowly disappears. Dementia. As the population ages, a growing ...

COVID-defying nun toasts 117th birthday with wine and prayer

PARIS — Question: How does one cram enough candles onto a birthday cake for one of the world’s oldest survivors of COVID-19? Answer: With 117 candles, you can’t. A French nun who is believed to be the world’s second-oldest person celebrated her 117th birthday in style on Thursday, ...

AP-NORC poll: A third of US adults skeptical of COVID shots

NEW YORK — About 1 in 3 Americans say they definitely or probably won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new poll that some experts say is discouraging news if the U.S. hopes to achieve herd immunity and vanquish the outbreak. The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for ...

After 40 years at NASA, retiree writes his memoir

MELBOURNE, Fla. — When engineer Roland Norris set out to write down the stories of his career spanning 40 years at NASA, he had one regret. “I wish I’d kept a journal or made notes. Instead I wrote it all from memory,” Norris told FLORIDA TODAY. He discovered quickly that he needed ...