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Horoscope - May 24, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You can either order your tasks by priority or sit back and watch them order themselves. Either way, you’ll get it all finished eventually, so there’s no need to worry or fret. Breathe, and take it one task at a time.


TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Momentum is working in your favor. You are busy, and you’ll get busier, but it’s all a great pleasure because of the people you get to interact with and the way this job brings out the best in you.


GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You don’t need an excuse to follow your whims and dreams, but the people who don’t understand will make you feel as though you must have one. Ridiculous! It makes you happy; that is reason enough to do it.


CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are moments when you really do feel at one with it all. To be peaceful is to be nothing and everything at the same time – made of the same stuff as the star, the planet and the space in between.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You don’t want to trust that you’re being told the truth. Neither do you want to merely believe it’s true. You want to experience it, to feel it in your bones and live it.


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Don’t worry; it’s not really up to you to define yourself. People will come up with their own thoughts and feelings about the experience of you. You’re more loved than you could possibly know.


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You appreciate your many freedoms, but none is so cherished today as the freedom to escape to your imagination and continue to build a heavenly playground there of your very own.


SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There are those who look up to you. You wish they wouldn’t put you on a high pedestal. You strive for humility and relatability. (And yet, to the ones you idolize, you want to be seen as interesting and remarkable.)


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Creating order puts you at ease. Things aren’t even that messy, but you’ll still benefit from taking them to the next level of organization. You’ll get a disproportionate boost of cheerful energy from the task.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You accept who you’ve been. The new you, the deeper you, the you that includes ideas to stretch and challenge the old definition – this person is harder to accept, but when you do you’ll be more powerful.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Seeing the path before you clearly is typically the way you prefer to roll. But today you might actually get quite bored of knowing where you’re headed. The path will wind, and you’ll enjoy the adventure in this.


PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Loving another person profoundly is its own wondrous adventure. “The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.‘’ — Anais Nin


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May 24). You approach your work with great attention to detail. The next 10 weeks represent a surge in the usefulness, popularity and demand for what you do. Inside you may be your own worst critic, but outside you’re your own best PR person. Enjoy love lavished on you in November, too. Leo and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 50, 11, 28 and 36.


CELEBRITY PROFILES: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame calls Bob Dylan “the uncontested poet laureate of the rock and roll era.‘’ The iconic Gemini embodies the wit, agility and mischief of his mercurial sign. The twins are hard to pin down. They defy definition and love to keep everyone guessing. Mercury and Venus are also in Gemini in Dylan’s natal chart.

Today in History - May 24, 2017

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Today is Wednesday, May 24, the 144th day of 2017. There are 221 days left in the year.


Today’s Highlight in History:

On May 24, 1775, John Hancock was unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, succeeding Peyton Randolph.


On this date:

In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message “What hath God wrought” from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America’s first telegraph line.

In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was dedicated by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland.

In 1935, the first major league baseball game to be played at night took place at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field as the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1.

In 1937, in a set of rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Social Security Act of 1935.

In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British battle cruiser HMS Hood in the North Atlantic, killing all but three of the 1,418 men on board.

In 1957, anti-American rioting broke out in Taipei, Taiwan, over the acquittal of a U.S. Army sergeant who had shot and killed a Chinese man.

In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7.

In 1976, Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde supersonic transport service to Washington.

In 1977, in a surprise move, the Kremlin ousted Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny from the Communist Party’s ruling Politburo.

In 1980, Iran rejected a call by the World Court in The Hague to release the American hostages.

In 1994, four Islamic fundamentalists convicted of bombing New York’s World Trade Center in 1993 were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

In 2001, 23 people were killed when the floor of a Jerusalem wedding hall collapsed beneath dancing guests, sending them plunging several stories into the basement.


Ten years ago: Bowing to President George W. Bush, Congress passed an emergency war spending bill that did not include a provision ordering troops home from Iraq beginning in the fall of 2007. Ohio death row inmate Christopher Newton was executed by injection; it took him 16 minutes to die, more than twice the usual amount of time, once chemicals began flowing into his veins, which the execution team had trouble locating.


Five years ago: President Barack Obama doubled down on criticism of rival Mitt Romney’s background as a venture capitalist, telling a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds there might be value in such experience but “not in the White House.“ Brian Banks, a former high school football star whose dreams of a pro career were shattered by what turned out to be a false rape accusation, burst into tears as a judge in Long Beach, California, threw out the charge that had sent Banks to prison for more than five years.


One year ago: Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump each won primaries in Washington state. Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, turned violent as demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, overturned trash cans and knocked down barricades.


Today’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian-impressionist Stanley Baxter is 91. Jazz musician Archie Shepp is 80. Comedian Tommy Chong is 79. Singer Bob Dylan is 76. Actor Gary Burghoff is 74. Singer Patti LaBelle is 73. Actress Priscilla Presley is 72. Country singer Mike Reid is 70. Actor Jim Broadbent is 68. Actor Alfred Molina is 64. Singer Rosanne Cash is 62. Actor Cliff Parisi is 57. Actress Kristin Scott Thomas is 57. Rock musician Jimmy Ashhurst (Buckcherry) is 54. Rock musician Vivian Trimble is 54. Actor John C. Reilly is 52. Actor Dana Ashbrook is 50. Actor Eric Close is 50. Actor Carl Payne is 48. Rock musician Rich Robinson is 48. Actor Dash Mihok is 43. Actor Bryan Greenburg is 39. Actor Owen Benjamin is 37. Actor Billy L. Sullivan is 37. Actor-rapper Jerod Mixon (aka Big Tyme) is 36. Rock musician Cody Hanson (Hinder) is 35. Dancer-choreographer-singer Mark Ballas is 31. Country singer Billy Gilman is 29. Rapper/producer G-Eazy is 28. Actress Brianne Howey (TV: “The Exorcist”) is 28. Actor Cayden Boyd is 23.


Thought for Today: “It is the weakness and danger of republics, that the vices as well as virtues of the people are represented in their legislation.“ — Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, American author (1830-1885).

Horoscope - May 23, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Pain is easier to prevent than it is to manage. Keep this in mind as you navigate today’s choices. If you make them without thinking, you could land in an uncomfortable spot.


TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What’s important isn’t reaching any particular measure of accomplishment (including age or salary or position); rather, the most important thing is growth itself. You’ll happily move forward.


GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You put so much energy into your work that you lose yourself completely and become one with the task. The result is masterful, even though you’re no longer thinking critically about how you’re doing.


CANCER (June 22-July 22). You like to be around people who show initiative, even if it’s not exactly in the way you would prefer. It will be easier to guide those who have the confidence to act than inspire those who don’t.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Accept your mind, even when thoughts are unhelpful or unruly. When you patiently let it wander wherever it wants, you’ll find your mind will get bored of certain tracts and finally settle into being your friend and assistant.


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Friends will treat you like family, and family will treat you with the admiration they usually reserve for the most abstract idea of their personal heroes. Enjoy the extra attention.


LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Try and see your home with fresh eyes, the way you might before guests arrive. From this vantage you’ll note what’s not working for the logistical flow of your life, and/or what’s not meeting your need for beauty and inspiration.


SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It won’t count as an adventure today unless you muster up the courage to be a beginner. If you’re afraid of being awkward or foolish, that’s OK: It will only add to the satisfaction you feel on the other side of saying “Yes.“


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ve a willing crew, though they won’t know automatically how to please you. They have to be led. Prompt them in the manner of a comedian gesturing to indicate when to laugh.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The mundane tasks of the day will feel much more significant than just taking care of yourself or serving others. Small acts of kindness may very well be our most important purpose for being.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Sometimes the most essential thing also happens to be the easiest thing. A simple task taken at a relaxed pace will show you in an extremely attractive light.


PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The next person who comes to you with a need is your path to changing the world. If no one is coming to you with a need these days, you may have to get the ball rolling by reminding people how you can help.


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May 23). You’ll totally immerse yourself in your driving passion this year and learn so much more than you thought there was to know about it! This makes you more attractive to certain people, although it also affords you less time to spend with them. The travel you do in July and December will lead to new work in 2018. Cancer and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 40, 22, 28 and 13.


CELEBRITY PROFILES: This Alaskan native famously lived in her car while she worked the coffeehouses of California with her unique voice and acoustic guitar. Happy birthday to Jewel, the versatile Gemini who is masterful in many different genres of music, including folk, country, pop, opera – she even yodels. Jewel has her natal sun, moon and Mercury all in the versatile, intelligent sign of the twins.

Today in History - May 23, 2017

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Today is Tuesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2017. There are 222 days left in the year.


Today’s Highlight in History:

On May 23, 1967, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, an action which helped precipitate war between Israel and its Arab neighbors the following month.


On this date:

In 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.

In 1533, the marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer.

In 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

In 1814, a third version of Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,“ had its world premiere in Vienna.

In 1915, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary during World War I.

In 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

In 1937, industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of the Standard Oil Co. and the Rockefeller Foundation, died in Ormond Beach, Florida, at age 97.

In 1939, the Navy submarine USS Squalus sank during a test dive off the New England coast. Thirty-two crew members and one civilian were rescued, but 26 others died; the sub was salvaged and re-commissioned the USS Sailfish.

In 1945, Nazi official Heinrich Himmler committed suicide by biting into a cyanide capsule while in British custody in Luneburg, Germany.

In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeals of former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman and former Attorney General John N. Mitchell in connection with their Watergate convictions. Moluccan extremists seized a train and a primary school in the Netherlands; the hostage drama ended June 11 as Dutch marines stormed the train, resulting in the deaths of six out of nine hijackers and two hostages, while the school siege ended peacefully.

In 1984, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a report saying there was “very solid” evidence linking cigarette smoke to lung disease in non-smokers. “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,“ starring Harrison Ford, was released by Paramount Pictures.

In 1992, top anti-Mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone was killed in a remote-controlled highway bombing outside Palermo, Sicily, along with his wife and three police escorts. (Salvatore “Toto” Riina, the Mafia’s “boss of bosses,“ was arrested in Jan. 1993 and was later convicted with others of plotting the assassinations of Falcone and another leading anti-Mafia prosecutor, Paolo Borsellino.)


Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, speaking at the U.S. Coast Guard commencement, portrayed the Iraq war as a battle between the U.S. and al-Qaida and said Osama bin Laden was setting up a terrorist cell in Iraq to strike targets in America. Iraqi police dragged from the Euphrates River a body identified as that of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., who had disappeared during a May 12 ambush claimed by al-Qaida. Jordin Sparks was crowned the new “American Idol” on the Fox reality show.


Five years ago: Egypt held the Arab world’s first competitive presidential vote (Islamist Mohammed Morsi was ultimately named the winner following a runoff). A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden was convicted of conspiring against the state and was sentenced to 33 years in prison; U.S. officials had urged Pakistan to release Dr. Shakil Afridi. (The sentence was later overturned; Afridi faces a retrial.) Phillip Phillips, a bluesy Georgia guitar man, was crowned the new “American Idol” after defeating teenager Jessica Sanchez.


One year ago: During his visit to Asia, President Barack Obama, eager to banish lingering shadows of the Vietnam War, lifted the U.S. embargo on selling arms to America’s former enemy. Prosecutors failed for the second time in their bid to hold Baltimore police accountable for the arrest and death of Freddie Gray when an officer was acquitted in the racially charged case that triggered riots a year earlier. The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a black Georgia man because prosecutors had improperly excluded African-Americans from his all-white jury. Dr. Henry Heimlich, the 96-year-old retired chest surgeon credited with developing the namesake Heimlich maneuver, used it to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center in Cincinnati.


Today’s Birthdays: Bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman is 92. Actress Barbara Barrie is 86. Actress Joan Collins is 84. Actor Charles Kimbrough is 81. International Tennis Hall of Famer John Newcombe is 73. Actress Lauren Chapin is 72. Country singer Misty Morgan is 72. Country singer Judy Rodman is 66. Chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov is 66. Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler is 63. Singer Luka Bloom is 62. Actor-comedian-game show host Drew Carey is 59. Actress Lea DeLaria is 59. Country singer Shelly West is 59. Actor Linden Ashby is 57. Actress-model Karen Duffy is 56. Actress Melissa McBride is 52. Rock musician Phil Selway (Radiohead) is 50. Actress Laurel Holloman is 49. Rock musician Matt Flynn (Maroon 5) is 47. Singer Lorenzo is 45. Country singer Brian McComas is 45. Actor John Pollono is 45. Singer Maxwell is 44. Singer Jewel is 43. Game show contestant Ken Jennings is 43. Actress Kelly Monaco is 41. Actor D.J. Cotrona is 37. Actor Lane Garrison is 37. Actor-comedian Tim Robinson is 36. Country singer Brett Young is 36. Actor Adam Wylie is 33. Movie writer-director Ryan Coogler is 31. Golfer Morgan Pressel is 29. Folk/pop singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz is 26.


Thought for Today: “He who cannot rest, cannot work; he who cannot let go, cannot hold on; he who cannot find footing, cannot go forward.“ — Henry Emerson Fosdick, American clergyman (1878-1969).

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