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    Muscatine, Iowa—Vera L. Webb will celebrate her 100th birthday with a reception hosted by her family from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016,  at the Isaak Walton League, Highway 22 E., Muscatine.

      Kathryn “Katie” (Ballenger) Ball will celebrate her 80th birthday with a party hosted by her children from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2611 Lucas St., Muscatine. A light lunch will be served.

        MUSCATINE — Janet Hecht, of Muscatine, will celebrate her 80th birthday on Oct. 1, 2016, with a family dinner.

          DAVENPORT, Iowa—Burniece Sebastian Dipple of Davenport will celebrate her 100th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Blue Grass American Legion in Blue Grass.

            MUSCATINE, Iowa — Georgia Ferguson will celebrate her 100th birthday with a card shower and a luncheon from 1-4p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 at the American Legion, 110 S. Houser St., Muscatine.

              MUSCATINE, Iowa—Mrs. Bertha Sloat of Muscatine will celebrate her 90th birthday from 1-3 p.m., Sept. 10, 2016, at the Walnut Room, First National Bank, 300 E. Second Street.

                MUSCATINE, Iowa— Nellie McCleary of Muscatine will celebrate her 100th birthday on Aug. 31, 2016.

                In honor of National Espresso Day, here's a look at the history of the espresso machine and how it came to be. The first steam-powered coffee machine was patented by Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy, in 1884.

                There’s nothing like the festive spread of beloved holiday meals to heighten the season’s celebratory gatherings. If you’re looking to enhance this year’s menu, try increasing the amount of plant-based foods. Adding plant foods, like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and whole grains, is a great way to make a meal healthier.

                Chinese universities are sending students home as the ruling Communist Party tightens anti-virus controls and tries to prevent more protests after crowds angered by its severe “zero COVID” restrictions called for President Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of public dissent in decades. With police out in force, there was no word of new protests in Beijing, Shanghai or other major cities. Some anti-virus restrictions were eased in a possible effort to defuse public anger following weekend protests in at least eight cities. But the ruling party affirmed its “zero COVID” strategy, which has confined millions to their homes. Universities cited the need to protect students from COVID-19. But dispersing them to far-flung hometowns also reduces the likelihood of more activism.

                With police out in force, there was no word of additional protests against strict government anti-pandemic measures Tuesday in Beijing, as temperatures fell well below freezing. Shanghai, Nanjing and other cities where online calls to gather had been issued were also reportedly quiet. Rallies against China’s unusually strict anti-virus measures spread to several cities over the weekend in the biggest show of opposition to the ruling Communist Party in decades. Authorities eased some regulations, apparently to try to quell public anger, but the government showed no sign of backing down on its larger coronavirus strategy, and analysts expect authorities to quickly silence the dissent.

                French President Emmanuel Macron will be the guest for the first state visit of Joe Biden’s presidency. The event this week is a revival of diplomatic pageantry that had been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden-Macron relationship has turned around from its choppy start. Macron briefly recalled France’s ambassador to the United States last year after the White House announced a deal to sell nuclear submarines to Australia that undermined a contract that France had to sell diesel-powered submarines. Today, Macron has become one of Biden’s most forward-facing European allies in the Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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                It is common for families to include their pets in the holiday celebrations by giving them a taste of their favorite dishes. However, there are some traditional holiday foods that can be quite harmful to your pet.

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