April 28, 2017
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New math: Major changes coming to how your credit score is calculatedBy KEN SWEET

NEW YORK — The math behind your credit score is getting an overhaul, with changes big enough that they might alter the behavior of both cautious spenders as well as riskier borrowers.

Most notably for those with high scores: Abiding by the golden rule of “don’t close your credit card accounts” may now hurt your standing. On the other side, those with low scores may benefit from the removal of civil judgments, medical debts and tax liens as factors.

‘Ringxiety’: Your dinging, buzzing, vibrating phone is stressing you out — and so is its silenceBy Sammy Caiola

Doug Ross, 31, wakes every morning to a screen full of notifications.

He receives updates from news apps, chats from coworkers and emails from East Coast clients, all beckoning to be answered before the workday even starts. Working during the day as a consultant for the software company Adobe, the alerts pour in on a near-constant basis. He usually answers within seconds.

Sweet season: Strawberry dessert inspired by cannoliBy SARA MOULTON

I developed this recipe to take advantage of strawberry season. Some of you are naturally scratching your head. “Strawberry season? Name a time of year that isn’t strawberry season.” And it certainly can feel that way.

Strawberries are grown in all 50 states and, depending on the state, the season can be as short as a few weeks or as long as 11 months. But the heart of the strawberry season — the sweet spot of the year when you can count on finding juicy, delicious and locally grown strawberries at your supermarket or farmer’s market — is April through June.

Kick-start your plants: How to restore raised beds without using dry fertilizersBy Maureen Gilmer

Are your raised beds in jeopardy? Is the potting soil worn out after last summer’s intensive vegetable gardening? Did you plan to rejuvenate that microbial world before you replant? Maybe the fertility was gobbled up by last year’s crops. Maybe you need some rocket fuel to kick-start the nutrient levels so your plants explode into growth.

Here’s how to quickly rehabilitate your raised beds so they become instantly enriched with the organic stuff plants need. The problem with dry organic fertilizers is their components take quite awhile to break down. Until they do your plants languish, lagging in their performance because they need food now, and so do the microbes that help them grow.

Life headlines

Living
An oldie but a goodie: Minnesota seniors find vitality through improv comedyBy Sharyn Jackson

MINNEAPOLIS — Like many people of a certain age, Diane Fuglestad has been made to feel invisible.

The tipping point came one winter day at the bus stop, when the driver closed the doors in her face and started to drive off. After she knocked on the door to get his attention, his excuse was, “Oh, I didn’t see you there.”

Faith
Miraculous conversion: Priest to speak at Holy Rosary Parish TuesdayBY KAREN MAHONEY

At nearly 21, the young atheist was home alone for the first time in a while.

There were no drugs, no distractions from music or wild parties and no parents at home to tell him what to do. It was late and his heart began racing as the familiar darkness enveloped his mind and heart.

Books
Library Comic Con to host special guest Claudia GrayBy Marcia Siehr

Kenosha Public Library welcomes New York Times best-selling author Claudia Gray as part of a spectacular all-ages Comic Con event on May 6.

Gray is the critically acclaimed author of two “Star Wars” original novels which are both considered canon (more on that later). The 2015 release “Lost Stars” occurs before, concurrently to and after the original “Star Wars” trilogy, while the 2016 story “Bloodline” is set about six years prior to “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.”

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