Horoscopes: Dec. 17, 2018

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Milla Jovovich, 43; Bill Pullman, 65; Eugene Levy, 72; Ernie Hudson, 73.

Happy Birthday: Home, family and taking care of loved ones should be your priorities. Understand what’s expected of you and find new ways to use your skills and creativity to enhance what you have to offer the world. Walk away from those who meddle or try to interfere in your affairs. Be secretive about your assets and passwords. Your numbers are 4, 13, 20, 28, 31, 39, 47.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Share your stories with others, but don’t embellish. Speak from the heart; you will bring joy to those around you. Take nothing and no one for granted. Step up and do your part and positive change will take place. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take a moment to connect with elders in your family or community. The time spent will be appreciated and gratifying. What you find out will give you something to think about as the year comes to a close. Make love a priority. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Look around and be realistic when assessing situations, people and what to say and do. Your response will make a difference to the way others react and how they in turn treat those they encounter. Positive thought leads to constructive action. 4 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Be sensitive to other people’s needs. Let your intuition help you decipher the best way to deal with situations as they arise. Listen carefully to what others have to say. You will learn a valuable lesson in leadership. Romance is encouraged. 2 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Get past the negatives in your life and move toward people who offer peace, joy and love. You may not be able to change someone else’s mood, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

Picks of the week: In the Apple Cup, the X factor sports a mustache

First, we’re greatly relieved to hear there were no serious injuries when Washington’s bus rolled over while traversing the state to Spokane.

Second, we hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.

Third: We’re picking the Cougars.

Yes, yes, yes. The Hotline has insisted for weeks that I couldn’t pick Washington State to beat Chris Petersen until I saw them beat Chris Petersen, such has been the lopsided nature of the rivalry for the past four years.

But resistance was futile, particularly resistance to the Stache.

Gardner Minshew’s lack of experience in the Apple Cup will be the difference: He isn’t haunted by scars from past thrashings and won’t get demoralized the moment something goes awry.

Also, he won’t throw three interceptions, as Luke Falk did last year.

Turnovers are the key here.

Last year, the Cougars committed four.

The year before that, they committed four.

The year before that, they committed seven.

The year before that, they committed three.

That’s 18 turnovers in four games against Petersen’s Huskies, many of them coming from the quarterback position.

Minshew, who has thrown one interception for every 82 passes this season, will take far better care of the ball than his predecessors.

It won’t be an Apple Turnover for WSU.

Close throughout, not high scoring — both teams in the 20s — and a last-minute Cougars victory.

Maybe even an extra-time Cougars victory.

Last week: 3-2
Season: 35-37-1
Five-star special: 3-5

All picks against the spread
Lines taken from vegasinsider.com (for entertainment purposes only – unless it’s not)

Oregon at Oregon State (Friday)
Line: Oregon -19.5 (total: 70)
Record ATS: Oregon 3-7, Oregon State 6-4
Trends: Beavers have allowed at least 34 points in every game against FBS opponents. Ducks are 1-8 ATS in their last nine road games.
Comment: Oregon should win handily but has shown a terrific knack, either by poor execution or questionable tactics, for keeping overmatched opponents in games. OSU isn’t good enough to take full …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

Utah mom sober for Thanksgiving, together with her children for the first time in five years

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s been five years since Paulina Barrios had all three of her children under one roof for Thanksgiving.

She spent many holidays alone in the past, wishing to be with her family — but on-and-off drug addiction, jail time and court orders kept them out of reach.

“I got depressed and everything kind of spiraled out of control,” Barrios said. “I acted impulsively.”

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Paulina Barrios talks with her children at their home in South Salt Lake as they get ready to head off to school on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.

After a short dating period, Barrios, who had a baby with another man, married a lifelong friend who had an undisclosed drug addiction. He would leave her to use drugs and she wanted to know why. “What’s so great about this stuff?” she’d ask.

She ultimately got hooked.

“It was nothing I thought it would be,” Barrios said. “It was like an automatic hell.”

It began with pain meds. Then, when those became harder to obtain, she and her then-husband turned to heroin. Barrios recalls feeling like her life was “falling apart.”

When they ran out of money, she went through very uncomfortable withdrawals, which made her go back to it.

She and her husband were in and out of jail for various drug charges, including intent to sell. It had consumed them. They had a child, but were always fighting. She said the drugs changed them into a volatile couple.

“It’s crazy how that environment is so welcoming and so giving, but the price you pay for what they’re giving you is so much greater than what you think at that moment,” Barrios told the Deseret News. “You don’t even realize what you’re doing.”

At that point, she was kicked out of her home, left her kids with …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Top stories

      

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