Ask Amy: My ex freaked out when she heard where I took the kids

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

DEAR AMY: What is my obligation to my ex-wife regarding travel? We’ve been divorced for over four years and have two daughters, ages 9 and 15. We share custody 50/50, on duty every other week.

When I make plans to take the girls out of town overnight, she insists that I tell her the address of where we are staying.

Last weekend, my girlfriend and I took our daughters to a friend’s lake house, 90 minutes away.

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I only told my ex where we were because one of my girls had plans with her mom the next day, and she hadn’t told her we were gone.

You would think I took them to the moon, judging by the text message tirade.

I believe I can take my own children wherever I want during my parenting time, as long as they are with me and safe, without notifying my ex-wife. She thinks this makes me an a–hole. What do you think?

I’m the Dad

DEAR DAD: You should check your …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Walters: Is a severe recession in California inevitable?

We live in volatile economic times, with global markets reacting moment by moment to the latest bits of data and the utterances of central bankers and politicians — even the tweets from the White House.

California’s economy is much too big — the fifth largest in the world, we are constantly reminded — to avoid that volatility. Agriculture and the state’s high technology sector, for instance, are directly affected by trade conflicts between the U.S. and China.

California, meanwhile, generates its own economic x-factors, such as shortages of housing and workers, and wildfires’ impacts on electric utilities’ financial stability.

Volatility makes forecasting California’s diverse economy particularly difficult, leaving an overarching question: Will our nearly decade-long economic expansion continue into the 2020s or is a severe recession inevitable?

The cautious tones of recent economic surveys attest to the syndrome.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) has created what it calls the “State Fiscal Health Index” – a basket of specific economic indicators – in a valiant effort to chart what’s happening more or less in real time.

“Knowing when the state’s next budget slowdown will happen is impossible,” the LAO says in its most recent report. “Many economic factors outside the state’s control influence state revenues. Despite this, certain data points can help us understand whether shifting economic conditions are likely to lead to growth or declines in state revenues in the coming months.”

Although the index was “near historic highs in June,” the LAO said, “it has declined for three straight months. Declines of this magnitude have not been observed since the last recession.”

“While a three-month trend is not enough to draw firm conclusions,” the report continued, “each additional month of decline in index increases the risk that an economic slowdown is on the horizon.”

A similar appraisal comes from UCLA’s Anderson Forecast, which has created its own month-to-month …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


Nate Diaz beats Pettis at UFC 241, then challenges Masvidal

Nate Diaz didn’t look like a fighter who hadn’t competed in three years.

The fan favourite from Stockton, Calif., made his long-awaited return to the Octagon on Saturday night and he walked out with his hand raised after winning a crowd-pleasing unanimous decision over Anthony Pettis.

Diaz, despite his inactivity, showcased his cardio and pushed the pace for the bulk of the three rounds. Diaz’s patented pressure eventually wore down Pettis.

Diaz applying the pressure in round 2! #UFC241

— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) August 18, 2019

Trading shots to the buzzer! Round 3 next #UFC241

— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) August 18, 2019

The bout took place in the welterweight division and Diaz had a noticeable size advantage over Pettis, a former lightweight champion.

More than anything, though, it was Diaz’s pressure that Pettis couldn’t ultimately contend with.


— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) August 18, 2019

Diaz landed 205 of the 306 total strikes he attempted in the 15-minute contest overall with Pettis connecting on just 86 total strikes in comparison.

Saturday’s co-main event also happened to be a grudge match years in the making.

“Me and Nate Diaz, we really don’t get along,” Pettis told Sportsnet all the way back in 2016. “Me and Nate, if you put us in the same room most likely a fight is gonna happen. That’s just how it is with us. I don’t know how it happened or why the history is that way but we always have an exchange of words. He always had words for me that rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t take that lightly.”

Despite the bad blood, Diaz and Pettis were respectful once the final horn sounded.

Respect. #UFC241

— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) August …read more



Stipe Miocic reclaims UFC heavyweight belt by thumping Daniel Cormier to the floor with nasty left hands

Stipe Miocic reclaims UFC heavyweight belt fight result Daniel Cormier

Stipe Miocic became a two-time UFC heavyweight champion after knocking Daniel Cormier out at UFC 241 on Saturday.
Miocic was trailing on the scorecards as Cormier had taken an early lead, but then got sloppy.
Miocic saw his opening, thumped Cormier with nasty left hands, and floored the Californian in the fourth round.
Cormier appeared to consider retirement after the bout, telling the UFC commentator Joe Rogan that he would have to talk to his wife and made an “educated decision.”

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Stipe Miocic scored a thumping knockout win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 241, avenging his stunning 2018 loss to the Californian.

Miocic was trailing on the scorecards as Cormier lifted him off the canvas and slams him on his back in the opening round alone.

In the second and third rounds he clipped Miocic with short, crisp punching, and though he spat blood out his own mouth, seemingly outboxed the 36-year-old.

Cormier defended a Miocic takedown in the third, escaped when he had his back to the fence, and out-punched Miocic through to the bell.

6’5″ 230lbs and Cormier picks him up like nothing!#UFC241

— UFC (@ufc) August 18, 2019

Miocic, though, changed everything in the fourth.

He took control of the fight for good by pounding Cormier’s body, then targetted the reigning champion with meticulously-placed shots — lefts to the gut, hard right hands to the face, then back to the ribs.

With one more attack, Miocic continued to land until Cormier was against the fence, then falling awkwardly to a heap on the floor. It was here, where Miocic peppered his gloved knuckles all over Cormier until the referee, Herb Dean, intervened.

It was a conclusive finish and Miocic, who had been knocked out bad in one round last year, was a champion …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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