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The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has moved the balance in favor of conservative views on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Shutterstock)

U.S. Supreme Court shifts on LGBTQ+ issues

Case pitting discrimination against religious freedom shows impact of Trump appointments

The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has moved the balance in favor of conservative views on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Shutterstock)
Taking care of things that make home a pleasant place is a good way to take good care of yourself. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of July 1, 2021

Aries, it’s a good time to lavish attention on your environment

Taking care of things that make home a pleasant place is a good way to take good care of yourself. (Shutterstock)
I enjoyed introducing mountaineering to two younger companions on Mount Muir. (Courtesy photo)

Ace your age

Part 5 of ‘50 lessons in 50 years,’ a series for adventurers seeking fulfillment

I enjoyed introducing mountaineering to two younger companions on Mount Muir. (Courtesy photo)
Cleveland’s skyline is seen from Lakefront Reservation along Lake Erie and Edgewater Park. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)

Enjoying Ohio: The urban to rural experience

Great museums, a famous prison and the Amish among Buckeye State’s charms

Cleveland’s skyline is seen from Lakefront Reservation along Lake Erie and Edgewater Park. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)
Car rental companies sell insurance that may be supplemental to coverage drivers have with their own personal policies. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>

Things to know when purchasing rental car insurance

Avoid potential pitfalls by understanding types of coverage available

Car rental companies sell insurance that may be supplemental to coverage drivers have with their own personal policies. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
Piscean author Richard Matheson, known for fantasy, horror and science fiction, lamented that people live inside narrow boundaries. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of June 24, 2021

Pisces, take a moment to restore your world view to the swath of colors in the rainbow

Piscean author Richard Matheson, known for fantasy, horror and science fiction, lamented that people live inside narrow boundaries. (Shutterstock)
Winemaker Dan Petroski leads a tour of Larkmead Vineyards in Napa Valley. (Courtesy Lyle Norton)

Larkmead Vineyards helping shape Napa Valley’s future

Historic winery’s operations are a role model for responsible viticulture

Winemaker Dan Petroski leads a tour of Larkmead Vineyards in Napa Valley. (Courtesy Lyle Norton)
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed a bill that would require schools to notify parents before providing students with instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity. (Courtesy photo)

Don’t mess with California: Supreme Court tells Texas to sit down

State takes action against anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in the South

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed a bill that would require schools to notify parents before providing students with instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity. (Courtesy photo)
Leo-born writer P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins, said the character was a version of the Mother Goddess. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of June 17, 2021

Leo, take a cue from “Mary Poppins’” writer P.L. Travers, who paid attention to silence

Leo-born writer P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins, said the character was a version of the Mother Goddess. (Shutterstock)
Lake Cachuma in the Santa Ynez Valley offers pet-friendly hikes of varying lengths. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)

Wagging tails and happy trails in Santa Ynez Valley

Six pet-friendly towns offer parks, hikes, wine and fine dining

Lake Cachuma in the Santa Ynez Valley offers pet-friendly hikes of varying lengths. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to The Examiner)
Notable South African red wines were the focus of a recent tasting. (Lyle Norton/Special to The Examiner)

South African pinotage pairs well with summer barbecue

Diverse topography, soils, climate in Western Cape produce distinctive nuances

Notable South African red wines were the focus of a recent tasting. (Lyle Norton/Special to The Examiner)
A person accused of electronic harassment could face misdemeanor charges in California. (Shutterstock)

Workplace violence is increasing: how to stay safe (Part 2)

Employees may obtain restraining orders to protect themselves against harassment, stalking

A person accused of electronic harassment could face misdemeanor charges in California. (Shutterstock)
Fyodor Dostoevsky, who had a gambling addiction, wrote the novella “The Gambler” to pay off a debt. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of June 10, 2021

Scorpio may find a gambit that makes use of the problem will generate a cure

Fyodor Dostoevsky, who had a gambling addiction, wrote the novella “The Gambler” to pay off a debt. (Shutterstock)
San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride is a learning, reading and exploration program for all ages and abilities. (Screenshot)

Tips for summer learning

School’s out for the season, but educational activities continue

San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride is a learning, reading and exploration program for all ages and abilities. (Screenshot)
A Pacific Crest Trail segment through the San Gabriel Mountains makes a good introduction. (Matt Johanson/Special to The Examiner)

Light winter promises good hiking on Pacific Crest Trail

Even a short section on the transnational path delivers rewards

A Pacific Crest Trail segment through the San Gabriel Mountains makes a good introduction. (Matt Johanson/Special to The Examiner)
Angry and argumentative behavior may be a sign of impending violence in the workplace. (Shutterstock)

Workplace shootings are increasing: how to stay safe

Employers may obtain temporary restraining orders against threatening people

Angry and argumentative behavior may be a sign of impending violence in the workplace. (Shutterstock)
Swedish playwright August Strindberg also liked to dabble in visual arts, like painting and photography. (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of June 3, 2021

Aquarius, it’s a good time to playfully pursue hobbies, amateur activities

Swedish playwright August Strindberg also liked to dabble in visual arts, like painting and photography. (Shutterstock)
The San Francisco Unified School District salutes its 2021 graduates. (Shutterstock)

Celebrating the Class of 2021

Graduation is a special time for students to celebrate the years of…

The San Francisco Unified School District salutes its 2021 graduates. (Shutterstock)
Getting dressed up in fun clothes — SF Pride in 2019 is pictured — is a popular type of Pride self-expression. <ins>(Saul Sugarman/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Why kink belongs at Pride, and why everything else does, too

Events, venues and festivals once LGBTQ-exclusive are now big melting pots

Getting dressed up in fun clothes — SF Pride in 2019 is pictured — is a popular type of Pride self-expression. <ins>(Saul Sugarman/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
Acting great Ingrid Bergman said, “I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up.” (Shutterstock)

Free Will Astrology for week of May 27, 2021

Virgo, your inner lion may awaken or come into greater glory

Acting great Ingrid Bergman said, “I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up.” (Shutterstock)