Horoscope - June 28, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). This week features the cosmic equivalent of an invitation to a fancy dinner in which you’ll be around new people you’d be keen to impress. Your choice of attire will be equally important to the topics you pull out of your conversational hat.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It’s hard to “hate the sin and love the sinner,‘’ when both the “sin’‘ and the “sinner’‘ happen to be forwarding your interests. Take a look at what you might be complicit in by simply wanting what you want.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The reckoning your soul longs for may be with someone from long ago. That moment has passed, and it will be impossible to get back to it, but there’s still a way to make things right going forward.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). While the welfare of others is a worthy investment, don’t give your resources out of a sense of guilt or obligation. Anyone who makes you feel like you’re indebted is incorrect and possibly conning you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It may feel as though you are toning down something about yourself to avoid challenging, upsetting or offending people around you. It’s true that what you really want will cause waves, but it’s nothing you can’t handle.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The universe will be persistent with you. What starts out as a suggestion, if not taken, will later be presented to you as a challenge. If you still do not take on the idea, it will present as more of a demand.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If your leisure time doesn’t provide the stress release you need and your work keeps ramping up the tension, perhaps both need a serious look. Don’t passively live out the default version of your life. Go for the juice.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The words that help you reason your way through a problem will mean nothing to your emotional brain, which speaks a different language. To get your whole mind on board, engage through your senses.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People will often go to greater lengths to avoid boredom than they will to avoid pain. You can use this fact to your advantage and get good results by applying your knack for entertaining.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It will take more than hard work to win at this game. Momentum will help. It’s a matter of reducing friction and aligning yourself with maximum congruence; get all the elements aligned in the same direction.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). More than any other time in history, people have come to expect to be entertained at every juncture. Finding reasons to be engaged (instead of waiting for the obvious captivation cues) is a sign of special intelligence.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In those times when your life feels completely filled up and yet oddly unfulfilling, identify the activities that are the equivalent of eating junk food – i.e., quantity rich and nutrient poor.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 28). It may seem like the consequences of one direction or the other will alter life drastically. Don’t let this paralyze you. The reality is that you’ll come out smiling either way. Lighten up and choose. Companionship is rich, though September calls for a solo mission. Professional breakthroughs happen in January and June. Gemini and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 20, 4, 44 and 15.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: John Cusack is said to be fiercely protective of his personal life – probably because he wants a personal life. Symbolized by hard-shelled creatures, Cancer and Scorpio are the best at protecting and defending their right to privacy. Look for Cusack in the upcoming thriller “Blood Money,‘’ a modern take on the classic “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.‘’

Today in History - June 28, 2017

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Today is Wednesday, June 28, the 179th day of 2017. There are 186 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were shot to death in Sarajevo by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip — an act which sparked World War I.

On this date:

In 1778, the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth took place in New Jersey; from this battle arose the legend of “Molly Pitcher,“ a woman who was said to have carried water to colonial soldiers, then taken over firing her husband’s cannon after he became disabled.

In 1836, the fourth president of the United States, James Madison, died in Montpelier, Virginia.

In 1838, Britain’s Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

In 1867, Italian author and playwright Luigi Pirandello was born in Agrigento (ah-gree-JEN’-toh), Sicily.

In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending the First World War. In Independence, Missouri, future president Harry S. Truman married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace.

In 1939, Pan American Airways began regular trans-Atlantic air service with a flight that departed New York for Marseilles, France.

In 1944, the Republican national convention in Chicago nominated New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for president and Ohio Gov. John W. Bricker for vice president.

In 1950, North Korean forces captured Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

In 1964, civil rights activist Malcolm X declared, “We want equality by any means necessary” during the Founding Rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity in New York.

In 1978, the Supreme Court ordered the University of California-Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke (BAHK’-ee), a white man who argued he’d been a victim of reverse racial discrimination.

In 1989, about 1 million Serbs gathered to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo in 1389.

In 1997, in a wild rematch, Evander Holyfield retained the WBA heavyweight boxing championship after his opponent, Mike Tyson, was disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ear during the third round of their fight in Las Vegas.

Ten years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to strike down school integration plans in Louisville, Kentucky, and Seattle, a decision that was denounced hours later by Democratic presidential candidates in their third primary debate. President George W. Bush’s immigration plan to legalize as many as 12 million immigrants while fortifying the border collapsed in the Senate. The American bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list. The TV series “Burn Notice,“ starring Jeffrey Donovan as a spy left out in the cold, premiered on USA Network.

Five years ago: The Affordable Care Act narrowly survived, 5-4, an election-year battle at the U.S. Supreme Court with the improbable help of conservative Chief Justice John Roberts. Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting Cabinet member held in contempt of Congress, a rebuke pushed by Republicans seeking to unearth the facts behind a bungled gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious. (The vote was 255-67, with more than 100 Democrats boycotting.) At Wimbledon, 2-time champion Rafael Nadal was overpowered in the second round by Lukas Rosol, a Czech ranked No. 100, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise after 5 years of marriage.

One year ago: Three suicide bombers armed with assault rifles stormed Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, killing 44 victims and wounding nearly 150; no one claimed responsibility, but Turkish official said they suspected the Islamic State group. House Republicans concluded their $7 million, two-year investigation into the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, with fresh accusations of lethal mistakes by the Obama administration but no “smoking gun” pointing to wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton, who said the report “found nothing, nothing to contradict” the findings of earlier investigations. Death claimed Pat Summitt, the most successful coach in major college basketball history, at age 64; former pro football coach Buddy Ryan at age 85; and pioneering rock guitarist Scotty Moore at age 84.

Today’s Birthdays: Comedian-movie director Mel Brooks is 91. Former Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., is 83. Comedian-impressionist John Byner is 80. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is 79. Rock musician Dave Knights (Procul Harum) is 72. Actor Bruce Davison is 71. Actress Kathy Bates is 69. Actress Alice Krige is 63. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway is 57. Record company chief executive Tony Mercedes is 55. Jazz singer Tierney Sutton is 54. Actress Jessica Hecht is 52. Rock musician Saul Davies (James) is 52. Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 51. Actor John Cusack is 51. Actor Gil Bellows is 50. Actress-singer Danielle Brisebois is 48. Jazz musician Jimmy Sommers is 48. Actress Tichina Arnold is 48. Actor Steve Burton is 47. Actor Alessandro Nivola is 45. Actress Camille Guaty is 41. Rock musician Tim Nordwind (OK Go) is 41. Rock musician Mark Stoermer (The Killers) is 40. Country singer Big Vinny Hickerson (Trailer Choir) is 34. Country singer Kellie Pickler is 31.

Thought for Today: “Logic is one thing, the human animal another. You can quite easily propose a logical solution to something and at the same time hope in your heart of hearts it won’t work out.“ — Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936).

Horoscope - June 27, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). A search is on to fill a slot in your life. You’re not interested in finding the perfect person for the job, especially since you’ve a better probability of finding Big Foot. What you want is a good fit.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The interaction has ups and downs, but overall you enjoy what’s going on between you and a certain unpredictable someone. You’ve quite a few inside jokes, and you’ll get some more out of today’s zaniness.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). As the right-hand man to your own spirit, you’ll need to call out some orders. Break your chains; revolt against your own bullying thoughts; flee the captor that is a limited idea of what you’re capable of.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Physical hygiene isn’t the only kind that makes an impression in the physical realm. Mental and emotional hygiene are just as (if not more) important. People will sense those first, anyway.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’re curious about how you can become more powerful in your own life by having more means at your disposal. This is, of course, not the only or even the main route to influence. In regards to power, love really does conquer all.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ve a potent charm, and there will be those afraid to get mixed up with it. They are right to be wary, of course. That which has the potential to affect people greatly should be wielded with the utmost care.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’re spiritually ambitious. Reinvention is the heartbeat of your day. There’s great effort that goes into constant renewal, but it’s like anything. The more you do it, the better you get at it and the more automatic it becomes.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). A huge part of parenting in the modern world is taking your children where they need to be when they need to be there, and self-parenting is no difference. Show self-love by getting yourself there on time.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You inoculate yourself against the virus of egoism by being in service to those around you. To keep your ego in constant check is to remain connected to the energy of the world.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There’s something so expedient and attractive about your usual decisiveness, though today will call for a different approach. Before you take a position, live in the question a while longer.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Attaining your heart’s desire will require a different method of payment than money. You’ll have the chance to pull together the best gifts you have to offer the others for what you want in return.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you try to use them as your main navigation, logic and ego will steer you wrong; let intuition guide you instead toward what your soul needs (which will be different from what your family wants from you).

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 27). Consciousness is among the greatest mysteries of the material world. You’ll wrestle philosophies and science, coming up with your own way of viewing your existence – a way that leaves open windows of possibility. Love will lead to business, and business will lead to love. August, November and May are financial highs. Capricorn and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 29, 2, 18 and 5.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Would Khloe Kardashian make a good surrogate for her sister Kim, who wants another child? Born when the sun was in the sign of mothers, Cancer can provide a supremely protective and nurturing environment. Also notable: This moon child entrepreneur has the natal chart for big business in the world of home decor, an area of retail that could prove to be her most lucrative business yet.

Today in History - June 27, 2017

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Today is Tuesday, June 27, the 178th day of 2017. There are 187 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 27, 1957, Hurricane Audrey slammed into coastal Louisiana and Texas as a Category 4 storm; the official death toll from the storm was placed at 390, although a variety of state, federal and local sources have estimated the number of fatalities at between 400 and 600.

On this date:

In 1787, English historian Edward Gibbon completed work on his six-volume work, “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.“

In 1844, Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Illinois.

In 1864, Confederate forces repelled a frontal assault by Union troops in the Civil War Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.

In 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World was founded in Chicago.

In 1922, the first Newberry Medal, recognizing excellence in children’s literature, was awarded to “The Story of Mankind” by Hendrik Willem van Loon.

In 1944, during World War II, American forces liberated the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans.

In 1966, the Gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows” premiered on ABC-TV.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon opened an official visit to the Soviet Union.

In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws and bar association rules that prohibited lawyers from advertising their fees for routine services. The Republic of Djibouti became independent of France.

In 1986, the International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled the United States had broken international law and violated the sovereignty of Nicaragua by aiding the contras. (The U.S. had already said it would not consider itself bound by the World Court decision.)

In 1990, NASA announced that a flaw in the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope was preventing the instrument from achieving optimum focus. (The problem was traced to a mirror that had not been ground to exact specifications; corrective optics were later installed to fix the problem.)

In 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black jurist to sit on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement. (His departure led to the contentious nomination of Clarence Thomas to succeed him.)

Ten years ago: Former Treasury chief Gordon Brown became British prime minister, succeeding fellow Labourite Tony Blair. In her first televised interview since being released from custody, a subdued Paris Hilton told CNN’s Larry King she would never again drink and drive and that her time in jail was “a time-out in life.“

Five years ago: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness offered each other the hand of peace during a private meeting inside Belfast’s riverside Lyric Theatre. A 22-year-old former Texas Tech University student from Saudi Arabia, Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, was convicted in Amarillo of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. (He later received life in prison.)

One year ago: The U.S. Supreme Court issued its strongest defense of abortion rights in a quarter-century, striking down 5-3 Texas’ widely replicated rules that sharply reduced abortion clinics in the nation’s second-most-populous state. The Supreme Court overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), sending the case back to a lower court (prosecutors ended up deciding not to retry McDonnell). Mack Rice, composer of the ‘60s hit “Mustang Sally” and co-writer of the Staple Singers’ landmark “Respect Yourself,“ died in Detroit at age 82. Eric Lindros was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of 2016 class that also featured Soviet star Sergei Makarov, goaltender Rogie Vachon, and the late coach and executive Pat Quinn.

Today’s Birthdays: Business executive Ross Perot is 87. Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is 79. Singer-musician Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) is 75. Fashion designer Vera Wang is 68. Actress Julia Duffy is 66. Actress Isabelle Adjani is 62. Country singer Lorrie Morgan is 58. Actor Brian Drillinger is 57. Writer-producer-director J.J. Abrams is 51. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is 49. Olympic gold and bronze medal figure skater Viktor Petrenko is 48. Actor Edward “Grapevine” Fordham Jr. is 47. TV personality Jo Frost is 47. Actor Yancey Arias is 46. Actor Christian Kane is 43. Actor Tobey Maguire is 42. Rock singer Bernhoft is 41. Gospel singer Leigh Nash is 41. Musician Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers) is 35. Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian (kar-DASH’-ee-uhn) is 33. Actor Drake Bell is 31. Actor Sam Claflin is 31. Actress India de Beaufort is 30. Actor Ed Westwick is 30. Actress Madylin Sweeten is 26. Pop singer Lauren Jauregui (Fifth Harmony) (TV: “The X Factor”) is 21. Actor Chandler Riggs is 18.

Thought for Today: “A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean question: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well — or ill?“ — John Steinbeck, American author (1902-1968).

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