When you open with a three-bid, you promise a seven-card suit. It logically follows that a four-bid would be on an eight-bagger. But be wary of opening four of a minor because it takes the auction straight past three no-trump - often our best contract when we have a long, running minor.
In the year ahead, bonds could become much tighter in a relationship that is important to you. This development could bring about some very pleasant occurrences and give you far greater happiness than you thought possible.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My son-in-law hits the alcohol rather heavily. Anything from beer to mixed drinks. When he's with friends, it's one after another. He is taking medicine for high cholesterol. He claims that his drinking isn't the cause of it being high. I say it is.
DEAR ABBY: I have an excellent friend, "Janis." She's nice, funny, and also very pretty.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Two men sealed the state's first legal same-sex marriage with a kiss Friday morning, less than 24 hours after a judge threw out Iowa's ban on gay marriage and about two hours before he put the ruling on hold.
WASHINGTON - President Bush announced Friday that press secretary Tony Snow, who has waged a battle with cancer while manning the White House lectern, will resign and be replaced by his deputy, Dana Perino, on Sept. 14.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Assaults on guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison dropped by more than 60 percent since last year as the camp tightened security and released dozens of prisoners, but mass disturbances nearly doubled, the U.S. military said in a new report.
So far this week, we have looked at weak two-bids. What is the difference if the opening bid is at the three-level? The basic rule of thumb is that at the two-level, you promise a six-card suit, but at the three-level, you will have a seven-bagger -- one more trump equals one more trick.
Some alterations you make in your lifestyle will be responsible for a major transformation in handling your affairs that will not only give you an advantage over competitors but bring you glory in the process.
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together almost three years (minus five months separated). Whenever the subject of marriage comes up, he says, "... whenever YOU want to ask." In other words, he's putting the responsibility on me! I am old-fashioned when it comes to proposals, Abby. I think the man should ask.
WASHINGTON - New ethics rules designed to cleanse spending bills of questionable pet projects have done little to quench lawmakers' thirst for them. Demand is up and the battle for them is as fierce as ever.
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Tech's president, facing calls for his ouster, defended his university's response to the nation's deadliest school shooting, saying Thursday that officials couldn't have known the gunman would attack twice.
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department said Thursday it is investigating whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied or otherwise misled Congress last month in sworn testimony about the Bush administration's domestic terrorist spying program.
MIAMI - The fight for the coffee and breakfast crowd is heating up, both at home and abroad.
WASHINGTON - Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found plenty of problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.
WASHINGTON - Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous - and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.
A recent question among hunters who favor bow and arrow as their weapon of choice in the field is the debate concerning the differences between compound bows and crossbows.
NEW ORLEANS - Georgia Southern goalkeeper Katie Merson has earned the Eagles' first Sun Belt Conference award when she was named the league's defensive player of the week on Tuesday afternoon.
Georgia Southern University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will host Scott McCloud, cartoonist and comic book theorist, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in room 1115 of the College of Education.
A disease that some scientists have compared to the illness killing bats by the millions has been documented in a wild snake in Georgia.
In 2012, the PBS show "Time Team America" tracked the adventures of Georgia Southern University archeologists and students at Camp Lawton, a Civil War POW camp in Millen, as they uncovered buried secrets using the latest technology and decades of expertise. The episode will premiere tonight at 9 on PBS.
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PARAMUS, N.J. - Tiger Woods is leaving swing coach Sean Foley after four years and no majors.
It's a new era for the Sun Belt Conference with first-year members Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Idaho and New Mexico State, and it's a new world for the Mountaineers and Eagles, who are playing in the Football Bowl Subdivision for the first time this week.
Georgia Southern volleyball coach Dustin Wood likes the opportunity in front of the Eagles, and it's not because they're in the Sun Belt.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Steven Jackson practiced on Monday for the first time in almost a month, and Falcons coach Mike Smith said the running back is on schedule to be play in Atlanta's season opener against New Orleans.
NEW YORK - Spinning in 70 mph second serves, grabbing at his hamstring during points, Andy Murray gritted his way through head-to-toe cramps to win at the U.S. Open.
It was just past 3 a.m. when Will Power was awakened from a deep sleep on the top floor of his hotel in Napa, California. The IndyCar Series points leader was in the middle of his first earthquake and wasn't certain he was going to make it out alive.