Horoscope - August 13, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You wake up with a vague idea about what you need to do with this day then slowly start to home in on the one thing that’s going to make a difference. The key to success: your ability to be objective.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It’s said that a man is only as honest as his opportunities. You’ll prove the saying wrong today as you do what’s right even though it would be very easy not to. A clear conscience is all you’ll gain, but that’s no small reward.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll find your happiness builds with small conveniences and pleasures that occur daily, none of which is so notable as the pleasure inside a certain person’s loving gaze.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It has been suggested by the ancients that man’s miseries come from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone. Well, you can and will do just that. You’ll discover truth and derive joy there.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). When you love someone, you want to fill that person’s life with sweetness. You want to hear her say, “Wow!‘’ or know that he’s thrilled. You want to hold on to the tender moments. How are you going to create the next one?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Pleasure can serve as an anchor to the moment. It keeps you from skipping ahead in your mind and missing the good parts. Tune in to your senses. The pleasure is there. All you have to do is take it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You value love, loyalty, fidelity, beauty, truth and more. Courage is the foundation that allows these other values to come to life. Without courage, none of the others are possible.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There are some things you simply cannot get ready for. There are too many possible variables. Since you don’t know what’s going to be asked of you or how you’re going to feel about it, the only way to get ready is to begin.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re good enough; you are enough; and you are deserving of a full happy life. Anyone who doesn’t seem to support these beliefs doesn’t belong in your day.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Believing someone will change won’t make it so. If you’re going to invest in a belief, invest in the belief that acceptance heals. The only change you control is your own, and that’s found through acceptance, too.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It may seem like the thing you most want is difficult to get any momentum toward achieving. As it is with anything stuck, you must figure out where it’s caught and do whatever you can to leverage, grease or force it free.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’re improving. It takes a while for your efforts to become results that everyone can see, but people will start to notice. Each compliment will fan the flames, inspiring you to reach your ultimate goal.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 13). Your nurturing qualities will be amplified this year, and you’ll make it your quest to build other people up, especially those with less. At next month’s fork in the road, let your internal compass point the way. The bonus money comes from hard work and a stroke of luck in November. You’ll put on a show in May. Sagittarius and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 22, 29, 13 and 15.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: It hardly seems fair that Alfred Hitchcock won an Academy Award for best picture for his very first American film. Then again, some people are just born with an inordinately strong sense of drama (Leos). The legendary director, who created more than 50 films, had Venus in Leo, too, as well as a mysterious, suspenseful Scorpio moon.

Today in History - August 13, 2017

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Today is Sunday, August 13, the 225th day of 2017. There are 140 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 13, 1967, the crime caper biopic “Bonnie and Clyde,“ starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, had its U.S. premiere; the movie, directed by Arthur Penn, was considered shocking as well as innovative for its graphic portrayal of violence.

On this date:

In 1624, King Louis XIII of France appointed Cardinal Richelieu (ree-shuh-LYOO’) his first minister.

In 1792, French revolutionaries imprisoned the royal family.

In 1846, the American flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles.

In 1910, Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, died in London at age 90.

In 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was again elected Speaker of Turkey’s Grand Assembly.

In 1934, the satirical comic strip “Li’l Abner,“ created by Al Capp, made its debut.

In 1942, Walt Disney’s animated feature “Bambi” had its U.S. premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York, five days after its world premiere in London.

In 1961, East Germany sealed off the border between Berlin’s eastern and western sectors before building a wall that would divide the city for the next 28 years.

In 1979, Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals became the 14th player in major league baseball history to reach the 3,000th career hit plateau as his team defeated the Chicago Cubs, 3-2.

In 1981, in a ceremony at his California ranch, President Ronald Reagan signed a historic package of tax and budget reductions.

In 1989, searchers in Ethiopia found the wreckage of a plane which had disappeared almost a week earlier while carrying Rep. Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 14 other people – there were no survivors.

In 1997, the animated comedy series “South Park” began airing on Comedy Central. The British comedy-drama “The Full Monty” was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush’s political strategist, Karl Rove, announced his resignation. A bridge under construction in the ancient Chinese city of Fenghuang collapsed, killing 64 people. Two women among the 23 South Koreans kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan were freed. Philanthropist Brooke Astor died in Briarcliff Manor, New York, at age 105. Hall of Fame Yankees shortstop and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto died in West Orange, New Jersey, at age 89.

Five years ago: A routine serving of an eviction notice to a man living near the Texas A&M University campus turned deadly when the resident opened fire, leading to the death of a law enforcement officer and another man before the gunman was killed. Helen Gurley Brown, 90, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, died in New York. The Boston Red Sox’s unofficial goodwill ambassador, Johnny Pesky, died at age 92.

One year ago: Violence erupted in Milwaukee following the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith, a 23-year-old black man, by a black police officer, Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who was later acquitted of first-degree reckless homicide. An imam, Maulana Alauddin Akonjee, and his assistant were shot to death as they left a mosque in Queens, New York; a suspect has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges. Michael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics with another gold medal, the 23rd of his career, as he put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4x100 medley relay and Nathan Adrian finished it off. Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” movies, died in Preston, England, at age 81.

Today’s Birthdays: Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is 84. Actor Kevin Tighe is 73. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is 71. Opera singer Kathleen Battle is 69. High wire aerialist Philippe Petit is 68. Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke is 68. Golf Hall of Famer Betsy King is 62. Movie director Paul Greengrass is 62. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 58. TV weatherman Sam Champion is 56. Actress Dawnn Lewis is 56. Actor John Slattery is 55. Actress Debi Mazar is 53. Actress Quinn Cummings is 50. Actress Seana Kofoed is 47. Country singer Andy Griggs is 44. Actor Gregory Fitoussi is 41. Country musician Mike Melancon (Emerson Drive) is 39. Actress Kathryn Fiore is 38. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is 35. Actor Sebastian Stan is 35. Pop-rock singer James Morrison is 33. Actress Lennon Stella is 18.

Thought for Today: “It is always too late, or too little, or both. And that is the road to disaster.“ — David Lloyd George, English statesman (1863-1945).

Horoscope - August 12, 2017

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re building a fortress of love around you now. Love cannot immunize you against all future sadness and emotional pain, but it will definitely make it much easier to bear.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ve plenty around you who, like dogs, love you unconditionally and are excited to see you. It’s the cat-like people who are featured today, though. They might ignore you until they’re suddenly in the mood for attention.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you were a flower you wouldn’t be a rose with protective thorns to keep people from hastily plucking you up. You’d be a wildflower that grows where it wants. Being picked or not picked isn’t the point for a wildflower.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s hard to do things just for your own self-improvement. Therefore, you don’t call it “fun.‘’ It certainly isn’t selfish, as no one selfishly causes their own discomfort. Do things just for you anyway, if only as an exercise to prove that you can.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There’s no shame in leaving the party at 9:30 p.m. Once you’ve done what you set out to do, found what you were looking for and gotten what you came for, there’s no reason to stay.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Some endeavors are like the carnival that comes to town to delight you then takes its music and roller coasters to the next location. So what? Play the games; lose some money; ride the rides. It’s more fun than staying home!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). To give your heart to another when you feel the impulse to do so is usually the right choice. That doesn’t mean it will work out. No one is guaranteed the joy. But regardless of what happens next, you’ll be better for it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You so freely give your love to everyone who needs it. What about you? You need it, too, possibly more urgently than anyone else around you today. Turn it inward.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Do you wonder why the cold people seem to gravitate to you? It’s because you’re fire and they sense they’ll be able to warm up around you. They’re right about that today.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Any attempt to control essentially uncontrollable forces will fall somewhere between laughable and futile. Disturbing elements are part of the landscape of life. The trick is to go around them, paying as little attention as possible.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The bleak eventually gives way to sparkling interests – or does it create them? It will be your restlessness along with your enthusiasm that give meaning and color to your work and relationships.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The damage we do over the course of a relationship or a job can’t always be put right again, but when it’s beyond repair we can still rebuild from scratch. The important thing is to have a hopeful attitude.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 12). To sum the world up in a word: magic. The spell is in this bit of knowledge: Most problems are caused inside the relationship with the self – a relationship that will be healed, nurtured and well-tended this solar return. With great daring and caring, you’ll help yourself become the hero of your own story. Capricorn and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 13, 22, 28, 1 and 18.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Cara Delevingne has quickly blossomed from top model to top-billed movie star in a relatively short amount of time. Like a typical Leo, she’s as royal as a lioness (with a noble family lineage to prove it) while being as playful and ferocious as a kitten. This solar return brings a slew of hot projects, including two with “fever’‘ in the title: “Tulip Fever’‘ and “Fever Heart.‘’

Today in History - August 12, 2017

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Today is Saturday, August 12, the 224th day of 2017. There are 141 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 12, 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, with whom he had clashed over Reconstruction policies. (Johnson was acquitted by the Senate.)

On this date:

In 1898, fighting in the Spanish-American War came to an end.

In 1915, the novel “Of Human Bondage,“ by William Somerset Maugham, was first published in the United States, a day before it was released in England.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1944, during World War II, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed with his co-pilot when their explosives-laden Navy plane blew up over England.

In 1953, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb.

In 1960, the first balloon communications satellite – the Echo 1 – was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral.

In 1962, one day after launching Andrian Nikolayev into orbit, the Soviet Union also sent up cosmonaut Pavel Popovich; both men landed safely Aug. 15.

In 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test by taking off atop a Boeing 747, separating, then touching down in California’s Mojave Desert.

In 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150, at a press conference in New York.

In 1985, the world’s worst single-aircraft disaster occurred as a crippled Japan Airlines Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people. (Four people survived.)

In 1992, after 14 months of negotiations, the United States, Mexico and Canada announced in Washington that they had concluded the North American Free Trade Agreement. Avant-garde composer John Cage died in New York at age 79.

In 1994, Woodstock ‘94 opened in Saugerties, New York.

Ten years ago: A gunman opened fire in the sanctuary of a southwest Missouri church, killing a pastor and two worshippers. (A suspect later pleaded guilty to three counts of murder and four counts of assault, and received three life sentences without parole, plus four 30-year sentences for the assaults.) Tiger Woods captured the PGA Championship to win at least one major for the third straight season and run his career total to 13. Crooner, talk show host and game show producer Merv Griffin died in Los Angeles at age 82.

Five years ago: With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on the Olympic Games with a spectacular pageant. Before the closing ceremony, the U.S. men’s basketball team defended its title by fighting off another huge challenge from Spain, pulling away in the final minutes for a 107-100 victory and its second straight Olympic championship. The victory by the men’s basketball team gave the United States its 46th gold medal in London; the U.S. initially won 104 medals overall, but was later stripped of a silver medal after a men’s relay team member tested positive for steroids. Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship with a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

One year ago: The Pentagon said that Hafiz Saeed Khan, a top Islamic State group leader in Afghanistan, had been killed in a U.S. drone strike the previous month. A judge in Milwaukee overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, who was found guilty of helping his uncle kill a woman in a case profiled in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer,“ ruling that investigators coerced a confession using deceptive tactics. Katie Ledecky won her fourth gold medal of the Rio Olympics, shattering her own mark in the 800-meter freestyle; fellow American Anthony Ervin won the men’s 50-meter freestyle.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor George Hamilton is 78. Actress Dana Ivey is 76. Actress Jennifer Warren is 76. Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 68. Actor Jim Beaver is 67. Singer Kid Creole is 67. Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 63. Actor Sam J. Jones is 63. Actor Bruce Greenwood is 61. Country singer Danny Shirley is 61. Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 56. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 54. Actor Peter Krause is 52. Actor Brent Sexton is 50. International Tennis Hall of Famer Pete Sampras is 46. Actor-comedian Michael Ian Black is 46. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown is 46. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 46. Actor Casey Affleck is 42. Rock musician Bill Uechi is 42. Actress Maggie Lawson is 37. Actress Dominique Swain is 37. Actress Leah Pipes is 29. Actor Lakeith Stanfield is 26. Actress Cara Delevingne is 25. Actress Imani Hakim is 24.

Thought for Today: “Wisdom is born, stupidity is learned.“ — Russian proverb.

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