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Thursday, May 28, 2015

One of the things that separate professional poker players from amateurs is risk tolerance. It’s human nature to avoid risk, and amateur players tend to play poker in a style that they think will limit their downside. Professional players, on the other hand, learn to be risk-seeking. And because amateurs can usually be counted on to try to avoid big losses, professionals can exploit this difference in attitude to create persistent advantages. This hand from a $5-$10 cash game at the Aria in Las Vegas illustrates this principle. Two amateur tourists limped in for $10 each, and I raised on the button to $50 with 9♣ 8♣. The blinds folded, and both limpers called. There …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: A positive conductor

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Let’s talk about multi-tasking. I have discovered that when I’m trying to concentrate on following highway signs while driving in a new place, I need to turn off the radio, my usual companion on more familiar routes. Let’s see, Exit 35 south. OK, no more “Car Talk” or music or “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” One thing at a time. Something similar happens …

Chef’s Best: Hope sprouts in a corner of Baltimore

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Spring came late to Baltimore, not green this year, but red. There were flashes of anger, flashes of fire, flash floods of shouting in the streets. I stayed in and served something warm, wishing I could garnish it with something wise. In the morning, we went out. We took work gloves, trash bags, …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com End of life care Members of area faith communities will gather at the First Baptist Church of Amherst Saturday to discuss how clergy, lay caregivers and hospice and palliative care services work together at the end of an individual’s life. The meeting, which …

CBS’ Bob Schieffer is ready for retirement

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — At 78, Bob Schieffer is entitled to reminisce about the “good old days” of reporting. He believes young people coming into the business can also learn from them. Schieffer will host CBS’ “Face the Nation” on …

Organizers of Northampton Family Fourth Celebration seek donations for fifth annual event

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Organizers of the annual Northampton Family Fourth Celebration are seeking donations to make the free event possible for a fifth year. “Hopefully enough people will support it so we can have a really good event this year,” said Mayor David J. Narkewicz, an individual sponsor of …

‘What are you?’ ‘Where are you from?’: Members of multiracial families face harsh moments, but mostly find acceptance in the Valley

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Charisse Pickron of Amherst recalls once filling out a questionaire for a product her family purchased and being asked to identify her race by checking a box either for white or for black. Neither was accurate. Her mother …

Musings: Beating back the ever-evolving camper's envy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

As the camping season wrapped up in New England last year, I was thinking that my family had had a good run. We started the summer with early and mid-season treks into Vermont for car camping and we …

Creator of The Honest Toddler turns on the sass in new book

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

NEW YORK — What are toddlers? In the addled brain of Bunmi Laditan, the mom-of-three behind the cheeky Honest Toddler on Twitter, they’re a “cross between a sociopath, a rabid animal, a cocker spaniel, a demon and an …

To-do list: Family events

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Family Life Preserved Built in 1752, the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley, was a private home continuously occupied by six generations of one family until 1949, when it was opened to the public. Today, hundreds …

Ray Liotta hops a horse to join ‘Texas Rising’

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times (TNS) If you happen to run into Ray Liotta while you’re out and about, there’s no need to worry. He’s not going to hurt you. Sure, a few nervous shudders might be understandable for those who recall Liotta’s menacing screen personas. From …

Researchers scan healthy brains for dementia signs

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking. No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but …

John Nash, wife, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ inspiration, killed in NJ taxi crash

Sunday, May 24, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. — John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. …