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RENSSELAER — Rensselaer Central volleyball coach Denny Graf and his staff recognized members of the 2019 team during an awards program at RCHS last Tuesday.

In late October 1971, William Chaney, Grand Dragon of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan, was arrested — along with six other Indianapolis Klansmen — on a variety of illegal weapons charges.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A report released today by Strada Education Network maps out a new approach to measuring how education consumers perceive the value of their educational experiences beyond high school. The report, "Changing the Value Equation for Higher Education," draws on data collected from over 340,000 Americans in the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey and finds that American adults place the highest value on educational programs that closely align with career pathways.

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ELKHART, Ind., Nov. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: PATK) announced today that Andy L. Nemeth, President will succeed Todd M. Cleveland as Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2020 in accordance with the Company's executive succession plan. Mr. Nemeth will continue in his role as President and a director of the Company. Mr. Cleveland will become Executive Chairman and will continue to lead the Board of Directors while working closely with Mr. Nemeth and the senior leadership team.

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You want to throw a holiday party but simply cannot afford to spend big bucks in the process. The holidays are full of expenses already without dropping hundreds or even thousands of dollars on festivities. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cut down on holiday party costs and still create a great atmosphere. Consider these suggestions to help you party on a budget.

  • Invitations – Keep the invitations as simple as the circumstances will allow. What is appropriate depends on whom you are inviting. If you are throwing an informal party, make your own simple and whimsical paper invitations, or simply save on paper and postage and go completely paperless. If appropriate, consider invitations via e-mail or social media.

    If paper invitations are a must, consider alternatives such as a postcard that costs less to mail. At the very least, look for sales and clearances on fancier stationery. If you want more credit, check out our list of <...

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Thanksgiving is a time to relax and enjoy a nice dinner with your loved ones. You don’t want to spend it stressing over the Thanksgiving budget; you want to spend it having an enjoyable day with friends and relatives, and relaxing on the couch with a tryptophan-induced nap.

Try these tips to save dollars on your holiday spread and avoid worrying about holiday budgeting woes.

  1. Host a Potluck – Split the mealtime burden up by making Thanksgiving a potluck dinner. Not only will this distribute the economic burden among the Thanksgiving table, it offers a chance for new and interesting side dishes and desserts. You may end up with some tasty variations that become new family traditions.

    You may want to coordinate the dishes with all of the expected guests so you don’t end up with 15 desserts a...

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You've set up a lame date for the upcoming weekend but you're hoping a better offer comes along. If one does, you're ready to accept it and cancel your earlier date. You're hedging your bets, so you won't be sitting home alone on Saturday night.

That logic applies to real estate transactions as well. Perhaps you've received an offer for your home that's disappointing, but you expect a better offer to come along. Maybe you want to make an offer on a home but you need to sell your existing home to make the deal work financially.

In the real estate world, you can address these issues with a bump clause.

A bump clause in a real estate transaction adds a contingency that one party must meet before the sale can be finalized. Bump clauses get their name because the clauses give the seller the right to accept another offer and "bump" the original offer if the buye...

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Hackers are like any other type of thief. They look for easy targets and take advantage of them. Are you an easy target in the eyes of identity thieves?

Let's assume that you've taken basic prevention steps, like using anti-virus software and securing your router to prevent hackers from getting directly into your system. Have you considered these other five ways to keep personal and account information safe?

1. Use Strong Passwords – Surely, you've moved past "password" or "12345678." The best passwords contain upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols – but how do you remember them?

Try inserting characters in regular patterns into names you'll remember. For example, if your dog's name is Rex, try "R!e@x#1$". See the pattern? Check your computer keyboard.

To make it easier, use the same basic pattern but add an identifier in front ...

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Black Friday arrives on Friday, November 23. Do you plan to join the frenzied early sales with hundreds of your fellow consumers, scour the Internet for online bargains as soon as you've digested your Thanksgiving turkey, or wait until the first shopping wave dies down and take your chances a little later in the day?

Whatever your strategy, a battle plan is important – and battle planning requires reconnaissance. Here are a few Black Friday predictions to consider as you formulate your plans.

Spending Increases – Here's an easy prediction – people will spend more over the period from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday than they did last year. BestBlackFriday.com predicts an average spending of $340.33 per consumer, up almost $5 from last year.

The online spending component is exploding. Last year marked the first time that Black Friday online shopping topped $5 billion. BestBlackFriday.com predicts $5.8 billion, an increase of mo...

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On the list of what frightens people the most, ranking right up there with spiders, snakes and heights are needles. In fact, the extreme fear of medical procedures involving needles is a valid phobia with an ominous name: trypanophobia. Charyn Caruso, a phlebotomist for Grove City Medical Center, has worked with her share of patients who have suffered from the condition throughout her 20-year career.

Each year, hundreds of thousands suffer from cardiac arrest in the U.S. Anytime, anywhere, an emergency can strike, leaving many with little chance for life-saving personnel to make a difference. These numbers would be decreased dramatically if more people were CPR certified. Currently at Seneca Valley School District, students and staff are training to be ready for any dire situation thrown their way.

Trying to attain perfection, especially during the holidays, can leave a person financially stressed and spiritually depleted.

Israel's victory in the Six-Day War in 1967 left it in control of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. Just a month later, it built its first civilian Israeli settlement on occupied territory. That was five decades ago, and as the settlements have grown and spread, the world has condemned them as an illegal exploitation of land seized in war. There's little ...

Donald Trump admits no mistakes; his Roy Cohn-learned reflex is to punch back at critics harder. Kudos to Mike Bloomberg for having the maturity to forthrightly, albeit very belatedly, acknowledge he was wrong on a major crime-fighting pillar. We had the same awakening. Before Bill de Blasio became mayor, this Editorial Board warned against a wholesale unraveling of widespread stop, question ...

SACRAMENTO - California and Los Angeles County officials announced a lawsuit against Juul Labs Inc. on Monday, alleging the vaping brand targeted young people through advertising and failed to give warnings about health risks posed by using e-cigarettes with nicotine. Although the state bars sales of the devices to people under age 21, the lawsuit alleges electronic cigarette firms made ...