Bridge: July 30, 2019

“How did Cy get that way?” a club player asked me. “He’s such a fatalist, I can’t see why he plays at all.”

Cy the Cynic expects the worst and is seldom disappointed. As South in a team match, he opened one club. When East overcalled 1NT, Cy showed his diamonds and landed at five clubs.

West led a heart, and East took the Q-A and shifted to the king of spades. Cy took dummy’s ace, throwing a diamond. He led a diamond to his queen, cashed the ace, ruffed a diamond in dummy and finessed in trumps. Making five.”

PLUS 600

“Wasn’t Cy happy to be plus 600?” my friend asked. “East beats five clubs by leading the king of trumps at Trick Three.”

“In the replay,” I said, “the auction began the same way, but South passed over 1NT. North doubled, all passed and South led the queen of diamonds. East took his king and led the king of spades (not best). North won and shifted to the queen of clubs. Down five, minus 1,400. Cy’s team lost 13 IMPs.”

“I begin to understand,” my friend said.


You hold: S K Q 9 7 2 H A Q 5 D K 9 2 C K 5. You are the dealer. What call do you make?

ANSWER: Even if you are willing, or maybe eager, to open 1NT with a five-card major, to do so here would be questionable. You have 17 points with a good five-card suit, and most of your values are primary. You should be able to manage the auction after opening one spade. If, for example, partner responds 1NT, you will raise to 2NT.

South dealer

Both sides vulnerable


S A J 10 8 6 5

H K J 3

D 6 5

C Q 2


S 4 3

H 10 8 7 4 2

D 10 7 4

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Democrats get ready for round two on the debate stage

Associated Press

The second set of Democratic presidential debates will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Detroit, with 20 candidates spread evenly over two nights.

Here’s a look at who is appearing on each night of the debates:


Steve Bullock, Montana governor

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana

John Delaney, former congressman from Maryland

John Hickenlooper, former Colorado governor

Amy Klobuchar, senator from Minnesota

Beto O’Rourke, former congressman from Texas

Tim Ryan, congressman from Ohio

Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont

Elizabeth Warren, senator from Massachusetts

Marianne Williamson, author and spiritual guru


Michael Bennet, senator from Colorado

Joe Biden, former vice president

Cory Booker, senator from New Jersey

Julian Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City

Tulsi Gabbard, congresswoman from Hawaii

Kirsten Gillibrand, senator from New York

Kamala Harris, senator from California

Jay Inslee, Washington governor

Andrew Yang, entrepreneur

How to watch

The debates, scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Fox Theater in Detroit, will be broadcast on CNN.

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A$AP Rocky goes on trial in Sweden

By Anna Ringstrom | Reuters

STOCKHOLM – Rapper A$AP Rocky will appear in a Swedish court on Tuesday for the first day of his trial for assault that has angered President Donald Trump.

The 30-year-old performer, producer and model, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was detained on July 3 in connection with a street brawl in Stockholm in the early hours of June 30, and later charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.

Rocky has said he is innocent and that the plaintiff provoked him and two companions who have also been charged with assault. If convicted at Stockholm district court, they could face up to two years in jail.

Rocky’s lawyer Slobodan Jovicic has said the rapper would plead not guilty at the trial.

His detention before his trial has prompted angry responses from fans as well as from several artists and other celebrities ranging from Kim Kardashian to rocker Rod Stewart.

Trump had asked Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to help free Rocky, and later tweeted messages saying he was “very disappointed” in Lofven and demanding: “Treat Americans fairly!”

Trump had said he would personally vouch for Rocky’s bail. Sweden does not have a bail system.

Lofven has said he will not influence the rapper’s case. Sweden’s judiciary is independent of the political system.

Rocky, best known for his song “Praise the Lord,” was in Stockholm for a concert while on tour. He has had to cancel several scheduled shows across Europe due to his detention.

Before his arrest, Rocky uploaded videos on Instagram of the moments before the alleged assault, saying two men were following his team and that he did not want any trouble.

Rocky shot to fame with his 2011 debut “Live.Love.A$AP.” His latest album, “Testing,” reached the No. 4 spot on the Billboard 200 charts on its release last year.

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‘Dilbert’ creator Scott Adams defends urging witnesses to make money off Gilroy shooting

“Dilbert” creator Scott Adams is blaming critics of Donald Trump and gun control advocates for whipping up the social media firestorm he encountered Sunday when he urged survivors of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting to use an app he co-founded to sell their stories to the news media — with him taking a cut.

In a video posted to Twitter, the Pleasanton cartoonist also denounced “trolls’ for “showboating fake outrage” by suggesting he lacked empathy for the two children and one adult who were Killed and the dozens who were injured in the Sunday night mass shooting at the festival, which Adams pointed out is “very close to home.”

In the video, Adams said he was simply trying to let his followers know about “a tool” that could quickly disseminate information about such a major news event.

“We’re all feeling very very bad for the people who experienced it,” Adams said in his video.

Attempts to reach Adams for further comments were unsuccessful. His phone voicemail box was full and he did not respond to a tweet seeking comment.

Adams gained worldwide fame and acclaim through his cartoon “Dilbert,” which debuted in 1989, but in recent years has become known for his controversial expressions of admiration for President Trump. He claims that’s why he’s getting attacked now.

“What this is about is Trump,” said Adams in the Twitter video. “All of the pushback I’m getting is fueled by an intense hatred of Trump, or therefore for anyone who has ever said anything good about Trump. It also is about gun control, and it’s about people feeling helpless to be able to do something about it.”

On Sunday night, Adams shared a message with his more than 300,000 Twitter followers about his “Interface by WhenHub” app. The WhenHub app allows experts or anyone else with unique …read more

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