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Dear Rusty: I know that I am able to get Social Security from my ex-husband. We were married for 16 years and I have not remarried. I will be 60 soon and he is 63. I do not know if he is retired yet, as we do not speak. Please advise when I can collect and how to go about the process. Signed…

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My husband and I had much to celebrate last week: Fully vaccinated, we finally felt it was safe after 11 months to visit our daughter in Athens. My husband is a teacher, so he had the week off for spring break. So off we went for hugs and a look at the apartment she moved into last summer.

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Early voting has begun on Issue 11, a 4.9-mill Rocky River school levy on the May 4 ballot. The levy, according to school officials, is critically important as 82% of the district's revenues are generated from local sources. The last levy was passed in 2017.

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It’s a good thing I can write and edit in a hurry when I need to. For many years, those skills best served me as I faced daily newspaper deadlines, first as a reporter then as a copy editor. I don’t have deadlines like that anymore, but I’m thankful I can still work quickly. These days, I ra…

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Gonzaga's 93-90 overtime win over UCLA has to be one of the greatest NCAA Final Four games of all time. Gonzaga (31-0) had been challenged just once this season and had won most of its games by double-digits.

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Sometimes, I really feel the years that separate myself from my co-worker Maureen. I’ll say something that I think is just a normal phrase, and she’ll slowly turn her head, flip her long blond hair, and say, “What??” in total bewilderment. Some examples: “Well, they are certainly sitting in …

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There’s a feeling in the air when spring arrives. Temperatures rise, daffodils bloom, animals come out of hibernation and the baseball season begins.

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The Sweet 16. The first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament is completed, and the field was reduced by 48 teams. The Indians open their season in just eight days.

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This Friday, I am receiving my second COVID-19 vaccination. I can’t tell you how excited I am. But honestly, I’ve been breathing easier and sleeping better since March 5. It was late that day that I received an unexpected phone call that a vaccination event at East Tech High School had some …

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Dear Rusty: One of the big pieces of the Social Security puzzle that everyone seems to miss is the protection of other retirement funds. If I did not take SS, I would have to dip into my retirement savings to fund the early part of my retirement. I took SS at my full retirement age rather th…

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Although our Opioid Crisis Exposed series concluded two years ago, the epidemic hasn’t concluded — one bit. After staggering high overdose deaths gripped the Westshore in 2017, those numbers began to see a slight decline in subsequent years as recovery resources became more prominent.

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My husband Brian and I met and spent the first years of our marriage in Savannah, Georgia. Why do I mention that today? Because on St. Patrick’s Day, Savannah is always brought to mind, even 25 years after we moved back to Northeast Ohio. The parade in Savannah, a colonial city built by Iris…

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Texas and Mississippi removed mask mandates and opened up all businesses with no occupancy restrictions. Alabama has announced it will be canceling mask requirements on April 9. And in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that Ohio will lift all COVID-19 restrictions when there are 50 c…

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Last week, our family got a surprising email: Cleveland State University, where our son is in his last semester, is actually having a live graduation ceremony. It will be held in two ceremonies (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) on May 15, at Progressive Field, which has a 35,041-…

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Today is my pandemicversary. This hashtag recently caught my attention on Twitter, where I read about people’s plans to mark one year of life in the time of COVID-19. Although this anniversary is not exactly cause for celebration, there’s a lot to be said for surviving this past year. And if…

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I first heard the phrase “line jumping” a couple of weeks ago in a friend’s Facebook post. She was posting about her anger in trying to get a COVID-19 vaccination and being stymied every step of the way. And yet, she said, people not eligible and with no extenuating circumstances were crowin…

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On Saturday, days before Northeast Ohio was blasted with more than 8 inches of snow in some parts, Lake Erie and all the area rivers already were dotted with hardy ice anglers. The weather finally cooperated for that sport — and for the hardy souls who love to walk out on Lake Erie’s ice.

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In the past three weeks, the sporting world lost three members of baseball’s Hall of Fame: Hank Aaron, Tommy Lasorda and Don Sutton, heroes to the youth of the 1960s and ’70s.

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To heck with “working together.” There are certain people whom I will never forgive or forget. I’m glaring at you right now, with my eyes practically ablaze above the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving mask that I’m still wearing.

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Dear Rusty: I have read your answers to the commonly asked question of "When should I claim Social Security benefits." You always say one should wait as long as possible (up to age 70) to get the maximum monthly benefit. But I have not seen you address the matter of all the money you could h…

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We applaud U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Rocky River for voting to impeach President Donald Trump on Jan. 13. Gonzalez, who represents House District 16, was one of 10 Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment and the only GOP member of Ohio’s delegation to do so.