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COMMENTARY: The penalty for first time M.I.P. reduced to 'infraction' status

January 19, 2018

By Marie E. Matyjaszek All those under age 21 just received a late Christmas gift. Beginning January 1, 2018, a first time minor in possession (M.I.P.) of alcohol violation will only be a state civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor. (See Public Acts ...

MY TURN: Sunday's 'Chill' to serve as a first step to better 'Way'

January 19, 2018

The urge for self-improvement serves as a January boon for the fitness industry, where many a New Year’s resolution is launched and then oftentimes banished by the end of the month. But this year figures to be different for several friends who are ready ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: 'Godfather' Sunday Sauce

January 19, 2018

Every year around the holidays, my friends Kevin and Pam host “Movie Night.” This is a misnomer, since it typically begins at midday to accommodate three full length films, connected by a theme. One year it was film noir; another it was zombies. ...

NERDWALLET: Are you paying too much for financial advice?

January 19, 2018

By Liz Weston NerdWallet Investment management can cost as little as 0.25 percent of a portfolio’s value each year. Yet many people still pay 1 percent, or even more, for financial advice. Whether they’re getting a good deal depends on exactly ...

MY TURN: Charting a trip to the mountain top in a not-so-swift way

January 19, 2018

Forty-three years ago, in what seemed to be a different life, I scaled one of the world's great and perhaps most recognizable mountains. Such a feat, of course, now pales in comparison to the exploits of Dutch daredevil Wim Hof, who in 2007 attempted to ...

TAKING STOCK: Constellation getting high

January 19, 2018

Dear Mr. Berko: This year, I plan to put $6,500 in my individual retirement account into the American Funds Global Balanced Fund, which my stockbroker says will outperform the stock market in the coming decade. I am 60 and intend to work till I'm 70. What ...