Horoscope - August 17, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Unless this story is a melodrama, the hero won’t be the seemingly perfect character who always does what’s right, and the villain won’t be sheer evil, either. The hero is flawed but bold. The villain is well-meaning but ill-advised.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your needs, wants and future projections are changing. Don’t be intimidated by accounting! You’re probably doing fine, but you won’t really know until you shore up the short-term gains against the long-term costs.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The mind at work won’t be a tight essay or neat math problem; rather, it will resemble a rambling, shapeless amoeba gaining organization as it finds the direction of growth. In other words, be patient. The ideas are still forming.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are certain qualities that are more universally attractive than others. Still, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to love. Generic attributes aside, affinity will be created through your individual intelligence and sparkle.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). On your way to fun and success you’ll blow past obstacles that used to stop you. Maturity is realizing that most inconveniences are not catastrophes and unfortunate events don’t define you or automatically dictate your mood.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Growth is uncomfortable. It entails understanding what you couldn’t conceive, feeling what you’ve never felt, doing what you haven’t done. Be patient in these early stages. Maybe this whole lifetime is just one long early stage.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). No one gets into the boxing ring without getting punched. No one gets into pool without getting wet. The correct time to be aware of the tone of a place and the game that’s being played there is before entering.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When dealing with yourself, try and provide the same atmosphere of warmth you so hospitably use in your approach to others. It will make change less scary. The change most needed is small, specific and personal.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re large and in charge sitting at the royal throne of your life, and yet you realize, as most rulers do, much that happens in your kingdom is beyond your control. Calmly handle what can be handled.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There’s an art to giving and receiving. Wasted is the opportunity given to one who is ignorant of its significance. If you’re going to ask for more of anything today, ask for more wisdom. You just might get more happiness, too.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Professionals see rejection as inevitable. Superstars see rejection as a skill. When you’re good at rejection you learn more, take the idea to more people, pitch more and ultimately succeed more.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Like most people, most of the time you’re the one on your mind. Hey, taking care of your own needs and happiness serves all. That said, the hours you spend focusing on someone else’s enjoyment will be the best of the day.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 17). Truly your life is becoming more beautiful. Social stars are rising. Love is at the helm. You’ll invite people to visit your work and living space, which will inspire new designs and systems. November brings promotion. You’ll spend on yourself in 2018 (without guilt!) and the investment pays in unexpected ways. Taurus and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 18, 44, 9 and 12.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Widely considered to be the greatest actor of his time, Robert De Niro mixes fire-sign passion with a workman approach to his craft. The Leo master was born under an artistic Pisces moon and has natal Mercury and Venus in Virgo, the sign of industriousness and growth. This fall De Niro will go to war with his grandchild over a shared bedroom in the family comedy “The War With Grandpa.‘’

Today in History: August 17, 2017

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Today is Thursday, August 17, the 229th day of 2017. There are 136 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 17, 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip between New York and Albany.

On this date:

In 1863, Federal batteries and ships began bombarding Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor during the Civil War, but the Confederates managed to hold on despite several days of pounding.

In 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Georgia, lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment. (Frank, who’d maintained his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.)

In 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily during World War II was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.

In 1945, Indonesian nationalists declared their independence from the Netherlands. The George Orwell novel “Animal Farm,“ an allegorical satire of Soviet Communism, was first published in London by Martin Secker & Warburg.

In 1962, East German border guards shot and killed 18-year-old Peter Fechter, who had attempted to cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector.

In 1969, Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast as a Category 5 storm that was blamed for 256 U.S. deaths, three in Cuba.

In 1978, the first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight ended as Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman landed their Double Eagle II outside Paris.

In 1982, the first commercially produced compact discs, a recording of ABBA’s “The Visitors,“ were pressed at a Philips factory near Hanover, West Germany.

In 1985, more than 1,400 meatpackers walked off the job at the Geo. A. Hormel and Co.‘s main plant in Austin, Minnesota, in a bitter strike that lasted just over a year.

In 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, died at Spandau Prison at age 93, an apparent suicide. The musical drama “Dirty Dancing,“ starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, premiered in New York.

In 1996, the Reform Party announced Ross Perot had been selected to be its first-ever presidential nominee, opting for the third-party’s founder over challenger Richard Lamm.

In 1999, more than 17,000 people were killed when a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Turkey.

Ten years ago: Hurricane Dean roared into the eastern Caribbean, tearing away roofs, flooding streets and causing at least three deaths on small islands as the powerful storm headed on a collision course with Jamaica and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Five years ago: In Moscow, a judge sentenced three punk rock-style activists, members of the band ##### Riot, to two years in prison for hooliganism for briefly taking over a cathedral in a raucous prayer for deliverance from Russian President Vladimir Putin; the court decision drew protests around the world. (One of the three defendants was later released on probation; the other two were released several months short of their two-year sentence in December 2013.)

One year ago: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced a shake-up of his campaign leadership, naming Stephen Bannon of the conservative Breitbart News website as chief executive officer and promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager. Caster Semenya of South Africa made her debut at the Rio Olympics amid questions about how track and field can deal with hyperandrogenic women; Semenya qualified for the 800 semifinals, an event she won three days later. Movie director Arthur Hiller (“Love Story”) died in Los Angeles at age 92.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin is 91. Author V.S. Naipaul is 85. Former MLB All-Star Boog Powell is 76. Actor Robert DeNiro is 74. Movie director Martha Coolidge is 71. Rock musician Gary Talley (The Box Tops) is 70. Actor-screenwriter-producer Julian Fellowes is 68. Actor Robert Joy is 66. International Tennis Hall of Famer Guillermo Vilas is 65. Rock singer Kevin Rowland (Dexy’s Midnight Runners) is 64. Rock musician Colin Moulding (XTC) is 62. Country singer-songwriter Kevin Welch is 62. Olympic gold medal figure skater Robin Cousins is 60. Singer Belinda Carlisle is 59. Author Jonathan Franzen is 58. Actor Sean Penn is 57. Jazz musician Everette Harp is 56. Rock musician Gilby Clarke is 55. Singer Maria McKee is 53. Rock musician Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes) is 52. Rock musician Jill Cunniff is 51. Actor David Conrad is 50. Actress Helen McCrory is 49. Singer Donnie Wahlberg is 48. College Basketball Hall of Famer and retired NBA All-Star Christian Laettner is 48. Rapper Posdnuos is 48. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier is 47. Retired MLB All-Star Jorge Posada is 46. TV personality Giuliana Rancic is 43. Actor Mark Salling is 35. Actor Bryton James is 31. Actor Brady Corbet is 29. Actress Taissa Farmiga is 23. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Gracie Gold is 22.

Thought for Today: “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.“ — Edith Wharton, American author (1862-1937).

Horoscope - August 16, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You didn’t have to do any special conscious thinking to grow yourself to this level of human development, and you can’t think your way into, or out of, the next phase either. So just relax! Breakthroughs will happen naturally.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Luckiest move: Make an agreement with life. For the next 24 hours you’ll give it your all and expect nothing in return. You’ll be an enthusiastic servant to the fates and the spirit of goodness itself.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’re just not in the mood to compromise. Some would call it stubborn. The bottom line is that you really want your way, and you’ll dig your heels in about it, too. Anyone wanting to negotiate would be better off trying in a few days.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Two people stand in the same place: One of them is lost; the other is home. The shift from lost to found is one of accepting a place and getting to know it instead of rejecting it as somewhere other than where you’re supposed to be.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Do you believe that there are some people you were meant to know? The fates don’t seem to be acting as efficient social directors these days, so you’re going to have to take it into your own hands. Mingle.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your imagination and creativity are exceptionally strong today, and you can point them in the direction of fleshing out a task in a way that only you can. You’ll make yourself indispensable.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If an actor were to play you in the movie version of your story, what defining characteristics and behaviors do you think would be the focus for this current period? A bit of objectivity will help you see how you can be more powerful in your life.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your brain fills in blanks constantly throughout the day, so much faster than you’re even aware of. Create habits of mind to stay positive. Here’s a good one: “I’m happy because . . .‘’

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The world is full of egomaniacs, and you feel a personal responsibility to counter that with selflessness. Check your motives, though. If you’re yielding to others so that they’ll approve of you, you’re not really helping anyone.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you deprive yourself of what you want, you’ll be all the more attracted to what’s on the ‘'restricted’‘ list. Your best bet will be a strategy of distraction. What totally different thing might you do to interrupt this pattern?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Relationships get complicated. Love gets messy. Romance disappoints. You wonder if it’s worth the hype. Pull away to gain perspective—a positive and restorative choice. The turn is coming. Love is worth the effort.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Just because someone is happy with what you are doing, that doesn’t necessarily make it right for you. People’s approval can be fickle, impermanent and certainly nothing to base your sense of self on.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 16). You’ll change simple and small behaviors and get incommensurately favorable results. It turns out that your healthy choices don’t affect only you. As you do the things that help you command good energy, you’ll improve your career, family and social ties in the process. There are domestic upgrades in March. Libra and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 45, 20, 21, 32 and 38.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Last month Madonna and the humanitarian organization Raising Malawi announced the opening of the only pediatric surgery and intensive care hospital in Malawi. The material girl has turned a great deal of her wealth, attention and effort to helping children around the world. Madonna’s natal chart is striking for the overwhelming number of planets in her 12th house, which signifies that she’s a powerful creator of all she imagines.

Today in History - August 16, 2017

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Today is Wednesday, August 16, the 228th day of 2017. There are 137 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42.

On this date:

In 1777, American forces won the Battle of Bennington in what was considered a turning point of the Revolutionary War.

In 1812, Detroit fell to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

In 1858, a telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan was transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

In 1937, the American Federation of Radio Artists was chartered.

In 1948, baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53.

In 1954, Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc.

In 1956, Adlai E. Stevenson was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

In 1967, Louis Armstrong recorded “What a Wonderful World” by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss for ABC Records.

In 1977, a judge in New York ruled that Renee Richards, a male-to-female transgender, had the right to compete in the U.S. Open without having to pass a sex chromosome test. (In the opening round of the Open, Richards lost to Virginia Wade in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4). The Debby Boone recording of “You Light Up My Life” by Joseph Brooks was released by Warner Bros./Curb Records.

In 1987, 156 people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while trying to take off from Detroit; the sole survivor was 4-year-old Cecelia Cichan.

In 1987, people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the “harmonic convergence,“ which heralded what believers called the start of a new, purer age of humankind.

In 1991, Pope John Paul II began the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.

Ten years ago: Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen held for 3½ years as an enemy combatant, was convicted in Miami of helping Islamic extremists and plotting overseas attacks. (Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb,“ was later sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison on the unrelated terror support charges, but that sentence was later increased to 21 years.) A cave-in killed three rescuers in the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah; the search for six trapped miners was later abandoned. Master jazz percussionist Max Roach died in New York at age 83.

Five years ago: Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared he had paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the previous decade; President Barack Obama’s campaign shot back: “Prove it.“ A U.S. military helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in southern Afghanistan, killing seven Americans and four Afghans. Ecuador decided to identify WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a refugee and give him asylum in its London embassy. Actor William Windom, 88, died in Woodacre, California.

One year ago: Democrat Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s first elected female attorney general, announced her resignation a day after being convicted of abusing the powers of the state’s top law enforcement office to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up. (Kane, who was succeeded by Republican Bruce L. Castor Jr., was later sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail, but remains free while she appeals.) Simone Biles captured her fourth gold of the Rio Games with an electric performance in the floor exercise. Political commentator and TV host John McLaughlin, 89, died in Washington, D.C.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Ann Blyth is 89. Actor Gary Clarke is 84. Actress Julie Newmar is 84. Actress-singer Ketty Lester is 83. Actor John Standing is 83. College Football Hall of Famer and NFL player Bill Glass is 82. Actress Anita Gillette is 81. Actress Carole Shelley is 78. Country singer Billy Joe Shaver is 78. Movie director Bruce Beresford is 77. Actor Bob Balaban is 72. Ballerina Suzanne Farrell is 72. Actress Lesley Ann Warren is 71. Actor Marshall Manesh is 67. Rock singer-musician Joey Spampinato is 67. Actor Reginald VelJohnson is 65. TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer J.T. Taylor is 64. Movie director James Cameron is 63. Actor Jeff Perry is 62. Rock musician Tim Farriss (INXS) is 60. Actress Laura Innes is 60. Singer Madonna is 59. Actress Angela Bassett is 59. Actor Timothy Hutton is 57. Actor Steve Carell is 55. Former tennis player Jimmy Arias is 53. Actor-singer Donovan Leitch is 50. Actor Andy Milder is 49. Actor Seth Peterson is 47. Country singer Emily Robison (The Dixie Chicks) is 45. Actor George Stults is 42. Singer Vanessa Carlton is 37. Actor Cam Gigandet is 35. Actress Agnes Bruckner is 32. Singer-musician Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes) is 32. Actress Cristin Milioti is 32. Actor Shawn Pyfrom is 31. Country singer Ashton Shepherd is 31. Country singer Dan Smyers (Dan & Shay) is 30. Actor Kevin G. Schmidt is 29. Actress Rumer Willis is 29. Actor Parker Young is 29. Actor Cameron Monaghan is 24. Singer-pianist Greyson Chance is 20.

Thought for Today: “In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want.“ — Cyril Northcote Parkinson, British historian and author (1909-1993).

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