February 23, 2017
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Tax time: Some refunds delayed as IRS battle against fraud intensifiesBy CAROLE FELDMAN

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service’s battle against fraud and identity theft is intensifying as the tax filing season opens, and some of the neediest taxpayers are getting caught in the middle.

The agency is barred from issuing refunds before Feb. 15 on any returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. Congress mandated the delay to give the IRS more time to review returns to try to catch fraudulent ones before refunds are paid out.

Heart care a priority at UHSBY HEATHER LARSON POYNER

For several years, patients of United Hospital Systems have received diagnostic and interventional cardiac care at its two Kenosha medical centers.

In 1992, a cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac surgery unit was installed at Kenosha Medical Center, named the Michael DeBakey Heart Institute of Wisconsin.

A drink worthy of the Oscars

By The Culinary Institute of America

Whether you are a film fanatic or just in it for the gowns, awards season is a no-brainer excuse for a theme party. Hollywood glitz and glamour offers the perfect opportunity to pull out your fancy Champagne flutes and costume jewelry for an affair to remember.

Let the good times roll: Making memories for Mardi GrasBy Mary Carol Garrity

I have never been so thankful for horrible icy weather as I was on a special Fat Tuesday a few years ago, when the car’s inability get traction on the highway scored me an invite to one heck of a Mardi Gras party.

I was out shopping with girlfriends when the weather turned bad, so my friend Brenda, who lived nearby, invited us to spend the night. It just so happened she was attending a Mardi Gras party that night, and invited us to come crash the bash.

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‘Guns & Ice Cream’BY KAREN MAHONEY

Father Dominic Roscioli first met 10-year-old Andrew at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, in Ashford, Conn.

Diagnosed with brain cancer, the young boy had an infectious sense of humor, playing tricks on the camp counselors and running away from them whenever possible.

Books
Books for children celebrate all that winter has to offerBy Lisa Rivers

“Wonderful Winter and All Kinds of Winter Facts and Fun,” by Bruce Goldstone is a nonfiction picture book about the most wonderful season of all. With simple explanations, this book provides fascinating facts about winter, like how animals survive in the cold, why some trees lose their leaves and others remain green all winter and just how amazing snowflakes and snow are. In addition to fun facts, there are craft projects about winter and snow. This is a visually appealing book that explores all the things the season of winter brings.

Author April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children’s book author of more than 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her new book, “Best in Snow,” describes the beauty of winter using very few words and stunning photography. With close ups of nature and wildlife, this nonfiction picture book illustrates what happens when snow falls and the science behind it. Additional information regarding snow is provided at the end of the book along with other titles about snow she recommends for further reading.

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