In 1513 Machiavelli wrote, "There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the second appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless."
If you teach yourself to be a good conservator in the year ahead and tuck away a little something each week, you will be amazed at how much you can accumulate by year's end. The result will feel as if you won the lottery.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My doctor told me I have diabetes. My choice was to control it by dieting, and my doctor set me up to see a dietician. I followed the diet and later asked my doctor for a prescription for a glucose meter so I could monitor my levels. She refused. I asked her again later, leaving her a message, and she never called me back.
DEAR ABBY: I am a single parent, although I never intended to be. Last fall, I was asked to baby-sit a 14-year-old boy. He has been in my custody ever since. His mother abandoned him. Only in the last month have I actually gotten legal custody of him from Social Services. The problems he had prior to being with me have caused me legal expenses I never could have imagined. (They are all paid now.)
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A federal judge has dismissed Delta Air Lines Inc. from more than 19 pending lawsuits involving a plane crash that killed 49 people two years ago.
FRESNO, Calif. - More than 4,800 dairy cows at risk of carrying tuberculosis are being slaughtered this week in central California, where nearly 16,000 cattle in the country's largest milk-producing region have been quarantined, federal officials said.
BEIJING - Chinese police shot dead five members of a radical Islamic separatist group in western China, state media reported Wednesday, as officials called for an all-out security push ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
TBLISI, Georgia - Russia should back off its threats and intimidation of countries once under the Soviet clamp, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday as Cold War-tinged rhetoric escalated between Russia and the United States.
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - The second-ranking U.S. commander in Iraq said Wednesday he is preparing for the possibility that insurgents will try to spoil Iraq's expected provincial elections this fall by stepping up violence.
BAGHDAD - Hundreds of women in black abayas crowd outdoor food markets, snapping up groceries and fresh vegetables. Stores are open again. Children play soccer on dirt fields until dusk - or later, when there's electricity.
BOULDER, Colo. - Prosecutors cleared JonBenet Ramsey's parents and brother Wednesday in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen, saying they were ''deeply sorry'' for putting the family under a cloud of suspicion that hung heavy for more than a decade.
RUSUTSU, Japan - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev came to his grandest global meeting yet with a mixed mandate: Start mending ties with the West, but stand fast on policies set by his predecessor and patron, Vladimir Putin.
SCHUYLER, Neb. - The U.S. agriculture secretary expressed confidence in the nation's food safety system, but said the meat processing industry will always face challenges because the bacteria that animals carry evolves.
The Town of Portal will hold a public hearing on the fiscal year 2009 budget July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Portal City Hall. Mayor Larry Motes and council members will receive both written and oral comments regarding the annual operations budget for the Town of Portal.
WASHINGTON - Attention car shoppers: the government is upgrading its crash test program to offer better information about vehicle safety.
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