Yesterday we looked at two-level transfer bids. It is also a good idea to adopt the Texas transfer, which occurs at the four-level. After partner opens one or two no-trump, a jump to four diamonds shows at least six hearts and the values for either game or slam. A jump to four hearts promises six or more spades and game-going or slam-going cards. With game-only values, the responder passes when the opener completes the transfer. With a hand worth a slam, the responder bids again, often using Blackwood.
Conditions will remain stable in the year ahead, provided you don't become involved in situations that are beyond your capabilities or sphere of influence. Stick to doing what you do best.
MINNEAPOLIS - Eight police officers who raided an innocent family's house last year, trading fire with the terrified husband, have received medals - and that has outraged the family.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Fort Bragg sergeant charged in the death of a pregnant soldier was the father of her unborn baby but married to someone else, police said Wednesday.
NEW YORK - Two huge international studies show that people who lack certain chunks of DNA run a dramatically higher risk of getting schizophrenia, a finding that could help open new doors to understanding and diagnosing the disease.
MIAMI - Lou Pearlman, the former boy band promoter and entrepreneur turned federal inmate, has taken another career turn: police informant.
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe will drop 10 zeros from its hyper-inflated currency - turning 10 billion dollars into one - the country's reserve bank said Wednesday. President Robert Mugabe threatened a state of emergency if businesses profiteer from the country's economic and political unraveling.
LONDON - Some call it the biggest hack of military computers; perhaps it was just a big embarrassment.
Carter Collins, assistant golf coach at Georgia Southern, qualified for the U.S. Amateur championships this past weekend at the Willow Creek Golf Club in Knoxville, Tenn., during the USGA South Sectional qualifier.
TRENTON, N.J. - Children aren't at risk for lead exposure from synthetic athletic fields, according to a report Wednesday from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
CHICAGO - The warning came too late for Barack Obama's adviser: Don't walk and text at the same time.
CHINO HILLS, Calif. - Despite shaking a large swath of Southern California, a magnitude-5.4 earthquake was not the ''Big One'' that scientists have long feared. Still, it rattled nerves, causing people to vow to step up their emergency preparations.
ATLANTA - Fewer police officers. More part-time faculty in the classroom. No computer upgrades. Not as many books and magazines in the library.
Studio Statesboro Vodcast - Wednesday July 30, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS - A year after the worst U.S. bridge collapse in a generation brought calls for immediate repairs to other spans, two of every three of the busiest problem bridges in each state - carrying nearly 40 million vehicles a day - have had no work beyond regular maintenance.
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