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Dayton's 8th floor holiday show figures return, at 50th and France

The dapper mole from “The Wind in the Willows,” in the window of Doug Flanders & Associates‘ 50th and France storefront, may look familiar to Minnesotans of a certain age. As might the lifelike figurines of Snow White and “Nutcracker’s” Prince of the Dolls.

That’s because they’re relics of Dayton’s annual holiday show – a themed display of animatronic figures in elaborate sets, which brought folklore and fairy tales to life at the downtown Minneapolis store.

Since the 1960s, scenes from “Peter Pan,” “the Wizard of Oz,” or “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” attracted roughly a half-million visitors each year and became a family tradition for generations.

But when Macy’s closed the downtown store in 2017, the figures and all their trimmings – clothing, wigs, candy canes – scattered. Some ended up with the Minnesota Historical Society; others at Duluth’s Bentleyville Tour of Lights; a number went to private collectors.

Hennepin Theatre Trust, the nonprofit owner of three downtown Minneapolis theaters, has 34 of the figures it plans to display. It’s showing five of them at Flanders’ gallery (5025 France Ave. S.) through Jan. 12, 2023, to kick off a fundraising campaign to refurbish the entire collection. (To give, contact donors@hennepintheatretrust.org).

Flanders, who grew up strolling downtown Minneapolis’ holiday window displays and, later, visiting Santa and the vignettes on Dayton’s 8th floor, hopes to recreate a bit of the experience at 50th and France.

As more figures are restored, he’d like to see them displayed in the neighboring storefronts, too. “It could become another Nicollet Avenue stroll during the holidays,” he said.

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The Don Q Inn in Wisconsin's Driftless Area proudly flies its freak flag

DODGEVILLE, WIS. — A friend had some advice as my wife and I headed to Wisconsin to visit the Don Q Inn.

“It’s a sex hotel,” she said. “Lean into it.”

Well.

Yes, it is that. With 20 “Fantasy Suites,” the Don Q has your kinks covered. Whether you prefer to spoon on the moon, woo in an igloo or rave in a cave, the Don asks no questions. Check out the Mid-Evil Room, featuring shackles on the bed, or sleep in a hot-air balloon gondola in the “Up, Up and Away!” room.

This eclectic, eccentric hostelry in the state’s southwest Driftless region is about a four-hour drive from the Twin Cities — and on a completely different planet.

It was built nearly 50 years ago by Don Quinn, a man with no fear of following his muse. The Don Q was put together from salvage — parts and pieces of old barns, banks and factories. The whirlpool tubs in many of the rooms began life as 300-gallon cheese vats.

The lobby is dominated by a giant steam-engine fireplace surrounded by barber chairs — that’s right, barber chairs. In a corner is a grand piano flanked by a dentist’s chair, and next to that is a giant cribbage board.

The decor is rough-hewn, with lots of wood, stone and concrete. The smell of the place is similarly unrefined, with a strong note of rental-car air freshener.

Checking in on a midweek night, we didn’t spot any lovebirds lingering in the lobby. Most of the other guests appeared to be construction workers on long-term assignments in the area, as evidenced by the many pickups in the parking lot and the dudes wandering around in brightly colored safety gear. (In addition to its fantasy and themed offerings, the Don has several dozen standard hotel rooms.)

Our room was at the end of a dimly lit basement hallway paneled in rough, dark wood. Passing Arabian Nights, Paradise Cove and the Shotgun Suite, we could only wonder what might be happening on the other side of the doors.

It was kind of kooky and definitely spooky: “It feels like a scary movie could be made here,” my wife said.

We had chosen the Northern Lights suite, featuring a concrete igloo with a 10-sided, mirrored bed inside. Draped atop the igloo was an apparently real polar bear hide, its snarling mouth wide open to guard the igloo’s entrance.

The walls were painted in scenes of blue seas and white icebergs. The requisite cheese-vat hot tub — big enough for a dozen people — was finished in blue tile and also surrounded by mirrors. The room was clean but the furnishings were tired. A sign warned of fines for writing on the walls.

There must be something about the Driftless Area that spawns iconoclasts. Just up the road in Spring Green is the House on the Rock, a bizarre museum of kitsch perhaps best described as Salvador Dali on LSD. Like the Don, it’s the creation of a single eccentric individual, Alex Jordan, whose life is shrouded in mystery but whose massive collection of outrageous and fanciful artifacts lives on.

Also in Spring Green is Taliesin, the home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, a native son of the area whose ideas revolutionized architecture. Taliesin offers a variety of tours of the home and grounds, ranging from one to four hours.

There also are a number of state parks nearby, offering hiking among the bluffs and forests that make the Driftless one of the most beautiful areas in the Midwest. The hamlet of Spring Green features several charming shops and restaurants.

In Dodgeville, locals recommend dining at Bob’s Bitchin’ BBQ and the Red Room Bar & Restaurant. Get there early, though — many of the town’s restaurants close at 8 p.m. For breakfast, Jimmy’s Diner puts out a mean omelet.

Back at the Don Q, we wandered through the Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter, a Cold War military relic that’s parked on the front lawn. Why? Don Q asks, Why not? It’s supposedly autographed by Farrah Fawcett, who filmed car commercials alongside it in the 1970s, but we couldn’t spot her signature on the weathered skin of the aircraft.

In the morning, we paid our bill — $170 for a night in the igloo — skipped the bad coffee in the lobby and headed home.

Was our stay the stuff of fantasies? Let’s just say we’ve never experienced anything quite like it.

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Harriette Cole: She’s in no position to advise me on my love life

DEAR HARRIETTE: My best friend and I have so many things in common, but not everything. One thing that we do not have in common is relationship experience: I have been in three long-term relationships, and my best friend has never been in one.

When I am telling her about my experiences, she can’t relate at all. Her advice is sometimes harsh, hurtful and unwanted. How do I tell her that I find her advice unhelpful because she cannot relate?

Useless Advice

DEAR USELESS ADVICE: You already know the answer. While this person is your best friend, she is not the best person to talk to about every topic.

That doesn’t take away from how much you love her. It doesn’t give you perspective on what is appropriate to tell her. It also awakens you to the understanding that if you want a confidant to talk to about relationships, it needs to be somebody else.

It is OK to expand your friend group. It may feel awkward at first, but it is perfectly fine to have more than one friend and to have friends for different reasons.

DEAR HARRIETTE: My son’s birthday and Christmas are close together. Some years, I have gone all out for both, getting him all kinds of things for his birthday and turning around to do the same for Christmas.

This year, I can’t afford to do that. There’s a chance I could lose my job at the end of the year. There is a lot of uncertainty right now, and I can’t be extravagant in any way.

My son is a teenager now. Should I tell him that this year, we need to be more modest in the gifts category? I don’t want him to think I am punishing him by giving him less.

Reality Check

DEAR REALITY CHECK: Now is the perfect time to teach your son more about life. It is not about being showered with gifts. It is about family, love, compassion and understanding.

Being the ultimate Santa for his birthday and Christmas is not setting him up for success as a person who needs to live in the real world. It is fun and exciting, but it is more fantasy than reality.

So talk to your son. Tell him it is time to be more selective about gifts this year. Invite him to think of one or two things he would appreciate that he can share with you. Be sure to tell him that your purse strings are tighter this year because the economy has changed, and you need to be more frugal.

Begin to teach him about money, work and responsibilities. Don’t scare him, but open up to him a bit about your world so that he can understand what’s happening.

There’s a wonderful program that may be of interest to you — it teaches children about money and helps parents learn how to talk about it with them. Check out worldofmoney.org.

Harriette Cole is a lifestylist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an initiative to help people access and activate their dreams. You can send questions to askharriette@harriettecole.com or c/o Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

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It’s just a first step, but this new Alzheimer’s drug could be a huge breakthrough | Jonathan Schott

It’s just a first step, but this new Alzheimer’s drug could be a huge breakthrough

Recent lecanemab trials are reason for hope. But the NHS and other health services may struggle to deliver these new treatments

It is 20 years since the last drug for Alzheimer’s was licensed in the UK. Since then, huge advances have been made in our understanding of the disease’s causes. Better diagnostic tests are available, and we may now be on the cusp of new treatments that could have an impact on some of the fundamental brain changes thought to lead to dementia. This morning, the results of a long-awaited trial of a promising new drug, lecanemab, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It could have beneficial effects for Alzheimer’s sufferers, although there are some caveats.

Dementia is defined as an acquired, progressive cognitive impairment that interferes with a person’s normal activities. In the UK, it affects more than 900,000 people and is the leading cause of death. Alzheimer’s Research UK puts the cost of caring for people with dementia at more than £25bn a year. As the population ages, those numbers will increase. In the UK alone, estimates suggest that about 1.6 million people will be affected by dementia by 2050.

Just as there are many causes of cancer, so there are many causes of dementia: Alzheimer’s is the most common, accounting for about two-thirds of cases. The disease is particularly associated with the abnormal accumulation of two proteins in the brain: beta-amyloid, which is deposited outside nerve cells; and tangles of tau, which accumulate within them. Most experts think accumulation of beta-amyloid triggers a process that includes inflammation and tau buildup, leading to brain cell death and alterations in brain chemistry. Ultimately, this causes symptoms: typically, people experience progressive impairment of their day-to-day memory, followed by loss of their other cognitive functions. This leads to dependence, and finally – and inevitably – to death, on average six to seven years after diagnosis.

Today, beta-amyloid can be detected via PET brain scans, spinal fluid examination or blood tests (although the latter aren’t yet commonly used). The buildup of this protein starts perhaps 20 years before symptoms occur, and around 20% of healthy, asymptomatic 70-year-olds have significant brain beta-amyloid deposition. While this has led some scientists to question the toxicity of beta-amyloid, others view this long, pre-symptomatic period as an opportunity – a time when intervention could prevent the onset of cognitive decline.

The central role that scientists believe beta-amyloid plays in Alzheimer’s has made it a key target for drug development. As far back as 1999, a paper in the journal Nature reported that vaccination could remove beta-amyloid from the brains of mice. Since then, similar approaches have since been tested in humans. Until recently, these attempts were dogged by depressing failures. Multiple drugs failed to show clinical effects, and were variably complicated by side-effects including brain swelling and bleeding. One drug, aducanumab was controversially licensed in the US last year on the basis of its beta-amyloid lowering capabilities, although questions remain over whether the drug affects cognitive abilities, and so far it has not been licensed in Europe.

When given to patients with early Alzheimer’s disease, lecanemab not only removed beta-amyloid from patients’ brains, but slowed cognitive decline by about 27% over 18 months. While the trial duration was too short to know for certain, changes in other disease markers hint that beta-amyloid removal may be associated with the slowing of other pathological processes, too. The drug’s manufacturer, Eisai, will soon file for regulatory approvals in the US and Europe, and decisions are expected before the end of next year. Hot on its heels, definitive trials of another similar drug, Eli Lilly’s donanemab, are expected in 2023.

It is a remarkable achievement that we now have drugs that have an impact on key underlying biological processes and produce at least some beneficial effects on cognition. As a minimum it establishes that Alzheimer’s is potentially treatable – and perhaps one day even preventable, if we could identify and treat individuals who might benefit before symptoms start. But there are important caveats. First, lecanemab’s effects on cognition appear to be modest, and there is already debate about whether these effects will have a meaningful benefit for patients.

Longer-term followup is vital; if the drug really does slow the disease process, its benefits may become clearer with time. Second, as with any therapy, benefits need to be balanced against risks. Some mild, asymptomatic changes were seen on the MRI scans of almost a quarter of patients treated with lecanemab. While no excess deaths were reported in those on treatment, some concerns have been raised about problems that could arise when lecanemab is used in combination with blood thinners or clot-busting treatments.

Nor are the NHS or most other healthcare systems anywhere near ready to deliver these drugs. While some specialist centres have the capabilities required, the wider NHS simply does not have the infrastructure or staff to diagnose potentially eligible patients. (PET scans that can detect beta-amyloid aren’t routinely available on the NHS.) Nor do many clinics have the capacity to deliver the drug, which is given by infusion every two weeks, or to perform and read multiple MRI safety scans. Then there is cost: even if a drug were licensed, it is not certain that it would meet the demanding evaluation of cost-effectiveness required by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).

We have, however, been down this road before. Stroke services, once fragmented and disorganised, were radically transformed to deliver emergency “clot-busting” therapies when their benefits became clear. Cancer patients are already diagnosed and monitored using PET scans. And numerous immunotherapies, many of which require intensive monitoring for potentially dangerous side-effects, are used in the NHS.

If lecanemab does get licensed in the UK, and even if it is only initially available to a small number of patients, it will still be a major breakthrough. Funding for dementia research still lags far behind cancer and cardiovascular disease. Further investment will be vital, as no single drug will be a magic bullet. As with cancer, HIV and heart disease, it is likely that multiple different treatment approaches will be required. While scientists continue to debate the role of beta-amyloid, there are many other potential avenues to explore: of the 140-plus drugs in more than 170 ongoing trials in Alzheimer’s worldwide, three-quarters are targeting other aspects of the disease.

The pressures on the NHS are already enormous, but we must prepare for a time when – not if – new treatments become available. We need to provide better care for our patients now, and prepare to offer them new therapies in the future. This is a major challenge – and with an Alzheimer’s epidemic looming, it’s one we cannot ignore.

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Russia-Ukraine war live: fresh missile strikes on Zaporizhzhia; EU plans to set up war crimes court

The EU will try to set up a court, backed by the UN, to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine, according to the European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen.

In a video statement, she said: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought death, devastation and unspeakable suffering. We all remember the horrors of Bucha. It is estimated that more than 20,000 civilians and more than 100,000 Ukrainian military officers have been killed so far.

“Russia must pay for its horrific crimes, including for its crime of aggression against a sovereign state. This is why, while continuing to support the international criminal court, we are proposing to set up a specialised court backed by the United Nations to investigate and prosecute Russia’s crime of aggression.

“We are ready to start working with the international community to get the broadest international support possible for this specialised court.

“Russia must also pay financially for the devastation that it has caused. The damage suffered by Ukraine is estimated at €600bn. Russia and its oligarchs have to compensate Ukraine for its damage and for the costs for rebuilding the country.”

She proposes that the EU could seize Russian money in Europe, invest it, and use it to finance the rebuilding (see 8.02am).

“Russia’s horrific crimes will not go unpunished,” she said.

Russia has denied targeting civilians and said it has not committed war crimes, despite evidence of a massacre in Bucha. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said more than 400 war crimes were committed in Kherson during the occupation of the city.

The head of Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office, Andriy Yermak, spoke to Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Wednesday morning.

They discussed the US’s support for the Grain from Ukraine scheme, which is running to get grain out of the port of Odesa, and its support for Ukraine over the winter months.

According to the Interfax news agency, a spokesperson said: “Yermak informed the interlocutor about the operational situation at the front, as well as about the possible steps Russia is preparing to continue terror against the civilian population of Ukraine.

“The parties discussed providing support to our state to ensure the passage of the winter period.”

The UK is to sign a new digital trade agreement with Ukraine that will give the country access to Britain’s financial services industry.

Ukraine’s first deputy prime minister, Yulia Svyrydenko, will sign the agreement with the UK’s trade secretary, Kemi Badenoch, on Wednesday. Officials say the deal – based on a similar agreement earlier this year between the UK and Singapore – will support digital commerce through the facilitation of cross-border data flows.

Digital trade is considered to be particularly important in the current conflict with Russia, PA Media reports, with the fighting and damage to infrastructure making physical trade more difficult.

The agreement also allows for greater cooperation between the UK and Ukraine on cybersecurity and emerging technologies.

Badenoch said: “The landmark digital trade deal agreed today between our two countries paves the way for a new era of modern trade between us. This agreement will mean our businesses and governments can collaborate even more and ensure Ukrainians have access to essential goods and services [that] digital trade opens up.”

The EU will try to set up a court, backed by the UN, to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine, according to the European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen.

In a video statement, she said: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought death, devastation and unspeakable suffering. We all remember the horrors of Bucha. It is estimated that more than 20,000 civilians and more than 100,000 Ukrainian military officers have been killed so far.

“Russia must pay for its horrific crimes, including for its crime of aggression against a sovereign state. This is why, while continuing to support the international criminal court, we are proposing to set up a specialised court backed by the United Nations to investigate and prosecute Russia’s crime of aggression.

“We are ready to start working with the international community to get the broadest international support possible for this specialised court.

“Russia must also pay financially for the devastation that it has caused. The damage suffered by Ukraine is estimated at €600bn. Russia and its oligarchs have to compensate Ukraine for its damage and for the costs for rebuilding the country.”

She proposes that the EU could seize Russian money in Europe, invest it, and use it to finance the rebuilding (see 8.02am).

“Russia’s horrific crimes will not go unpunished,” she said.

Russia has denied targeting civilians and said it has not committed war crimes, despite evidence of a massacre in Bucha. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said more than 400 war crimes were committed in Kherson during the occupation of the city.

The European Commission gave an update on Wednesday on its plans to freeze and confiscate Russian assets.

“We have blocked €300bn of the Russian Central Bank reserves and we have frozen €19bn of Russian oligarchs’ money,” said Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the EU’s executive.

She said that in the short term the EU and its partners could manage the funds and invest them.

The proceeds would go to Ukraine so that ultimately they would compensate for damage caused to the country, Reuters reports.

“We will work on an international agreement with our partners to make this possible. And together, we can find legal ways to get to it,” she said.

An interesting story here, as the BBC has been given details of calls made to a hotline set up for Russian soldiers to surrender.

The “I Want to Live” scheme was started in September by Ukraine, and gives Russian troops a way to give themselves up to Ukrainian forces. It includes a hotline and a messaging app.

Officials in Kyiv have told the BBC they have had 3,500 inquiries from personnel, some on the frontline and some in Russia before deployment, and their families.

Svitlana, not her real name, is one of the call handlers who speaks to them.

“First of all, we hear a voice, mainly male. It’s often part-desperate, part-frustrated, because they don’t fully understand how the hotline works, or whether it’s just a set up.

“There’s also curiosity because many call not to surrender but to find out how they could if needed. It’s different every time.”

Recordings provided to the broadcaster include soldiers asking what to do when Ukrainian troops arrive. “Do I drop to my knees, or what? What do I do, how do I surrender?” one asked.

Another said: “I am from Moscow. I haven’t received a conscription ticket yet, but there were attempts to give it to me. Do you have any advice as to what I should do? I won’t kill Ukrainians. I would like to save my life.”

Ukraine claims to have killed another 500 Russian soldiers in the last 24 hours, bringing the total who have died in combat since 24 February to about 88,880.

The general staff of the armed forces said it had taken out three more tanks, and another six armoured personnel carriers.

The casualty figures published by Ukraine are disputed by Russia, which says its death toll from the war is much lower.

Ukrainian forces have downed three Russian reconnaissance drones in the last 24 hours, according to its armed forces.

In an early morning bulletin from Ukraine, the spokesperson for the general staff of the armed forces, Alexander Štupun, said Ukraine had been subjected to a number of missile attacks from planes and artillery, including on Kivsharivka in Kharkiv and Sloviansk in Donetsk. Both are in Ukraine’s east.

“The threat of missile strikes by Russian invaders on energy system facilities and critical infrastructure throughout Ukraine remains,” he continued.

Štupun said attacks from Russian jets had caused fires in Kizomis, a small town on the outskirts of Kherson near the Dnipro River estuary. Artillery shelling continues on Kherson city itself, according to the update.

He added that in response Ukrainian planes had launched 15 strikes on Russian positions and equipment, and two air attacks on anti-aircraft missile systems.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence has highlighted Russia’s new foreign agents act in its daily update, which the MoD says will be used to crack down on critics and dissidents.

Vladimir Putin has changed the existing 2012 law to mean that the personal details, including the address, of designated “foreign agents” can be published – meaning they could become targets of harassment. It will come into force on Thursday.

Previously it was limited to people who the Kremlin alleged had received financial support from abroad. However, it will now extend to those the government perceives as under the “influence or pressure” of foreign actors.

The MoD said: “The Kremlin is likely acting pre-emptively to prevent greater domestic dissent as the conflict remains unresolved and increasingly impacts Russians’ everyday lives.”

Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – 30 November 2022

Find out more about the UK government’s response: https://t.co/fgQp2pB2Il

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In his late-night update, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, wrote on Telegram: “Despite extremely big Russian losses, the occupiers are still trying to advance in the Donetsk region, gain a foothold in the Luhansk region, move in the Kharkiv region, they are planning something in the south.

“But we are holding out and – most importantly – do not allow the enemy to fulfil their intentions.”

Oleksandr Starukh, the head of Zaporizhzhia regional military administration, said on Telegram early on Wednesday morning that Russian strikes in the region overnight hit a gas distribution point, causing a fire that has since been extinguished. There were no injuries or casualties.

“In one of the settlements of the Zaporizhzhia district, a gas distribution point was damaged as a result of a rocket (probably S-300) hit, resulting in a fire. It was quickly eliminated, but three streets remained without gas. Fortunately, people were not hurt,” he wrote.

Hi, this is the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine with me, Helen Sullivan.

Oleksandr Starukh, the head of the Zaporizhzhia regional military administration, said on Telegram a short while ago that Russian strikes overnight hit a gas distribution point, causing a fire that has since been extinguished. There were no injuries or casualties.

In his late-night update, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, wrote on Telegram: “Despite extremely big Russian losses, the occupiers are still trying to advance in the Donetsk region, gain a foothold in the Luhansk region, move in the Kharkiv region, they are planning something in the south.

“But we are holding out and – most importantly – do not allow the enemy to fulfil their intentions.”

Meanwhile, Nato leaders will meet for a second day of talks in Romania on Wednesday, after vowing more help for Ukraine to restore power and heat knocked out by strikes as Russia attacks on multiple fronts.

Here are the other key recent developments:

  • Nato doubled down on Tuesday on its commitment to one day include Ukraine, a pledge that some officials and analysts believe helped prompt Russia’s invasion this year. The world’s largest security alliance also pledged to send more aid to Ukrainian forces locked in battle with Russian troops.

  • Ukraine’s supplies of spare parts for its battered electricity grid are running out amid sustained Russian bombing. European companies are being asked to urgently donate surplus kit to help the country get through the winter, after the latest step in Russian bombings targeting power plants and substations resulted in power cuts lasting 48 hours or more across the country.

  • Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev warned Nato against providing Ukraine with Patriot missile defence systems and called the alliance a “criminal entity”. “If, as [Nato secretary general Jens] Stoltenberg hinted, Nato were to supply the Ukrainian fanatics with Patriot systems along with Nato personnel, they would immediately become a legitimate target of our armed forces,” Medvedev wrote on Telegram.

  • Ukrainian forces struck a power plant in multiple attacks on Russia’s Kursk region on Tuesday, causing some electricity outages, the local governor said. “In total, there were about 11 launches. A power plant was hit,” Roman Starovoyt, the governor of the Kursk region, said on the Telegram messaging app. Ukraine has not claimed responsibility and made no immediate comment.

  • Ukraine’s state energy operator, Ukrenegro, has said it is still struggling to restore full power nearly a week after Russian strikes damaged energy facilities across the country. The power deficit was running at 30% as of 11am local time on Tuesday, Ukrenegro said in a statement, a slight rise from the previous day.

  • The jailed Belarusian senior opposition leader Maria Kolesnikava has been taken to intensive care in the city of Gomel, according to reports. Belarusian opposition politician Viktor Babariko posted to Telegram that Kolesnikova, one of the most prominent opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko, was taken to hospital on Monday for unknown reasons.

  • Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said Moscow had been left with “no other choice” but to cancel nuclear weapons talks with the US, state-run news agencies reported. He said it was unlikely any meeting would take place this year. Russia’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, accused the US of “the highest level of toxicity and hostility” and of “a pathological desire to harm our country”.

  • China’s president, Xi Jinping, has said Beijing is ready to “forge a closer partnership” with Moscow to “maintain international energy security”. “China is willing to work with Russia to forge a closer energy partnership, promote clean and green energy development and jointly maintain international energy security and the stability of industry supply chains,” Xi was cited by state-owned broadcaster CCTV as writing.

  • Ukraine has detained a deputy head of newly liberated Kherson’s city council on suspicion of aiding and abetting Russian occupation forces, Ukraine’s state prosecutor has said. The official, who was not named, cooperated with the occupation authorities and helped with the functioning of public services under the Russians, according to the prosecutor.

  • European Union countries are inching towards a deal this week on a price cap on Russian oil, a way to adjust the cap in future, and on linking it to a package of new sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, diplomats said on Tuesday. The deadline for a deal is 5 December because that is when the EU’s own full embargo on purchases of Russian seaborne oil, agreed at the end of May, kicks in.

  • The G7 group has agreed to set up a network to coordinate investigations into war crimes, as part of a push to prosecute suspected atrocities in Ukraine. In a joint declaration, G7 justice ministers said member countries would ensure there is a central national contact point in each state for the prosecution of international crimes.

  • Pope Francis has sparked fury in Russia over an interview in which he suggested that Chechen and Buryat members of its armed forces showed more cruelty in Ukraine than ethnic Russian soldiers. He said soldiers from Buryatia, where Buddhism is a major religion, and the Muslim-majority Chechnya republic, were “the cruellest” while fighting in Ukraine.

  • Germany’s justice minister, Marco Buschmann, said his country contributed to the outbreak of war by “adhering” to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline despite Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Buschmann also said Russian missile strikes on energy infrastructure constituted a “terrible war crime”, adding that he was “certain that at the end, we will see war crimes cases at the international criminal court against senior Russian leadership too”.

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Jiang Zemin, China’s Leader After Tiananmen Square Protests, Dies at 96

Mr. Jiang, a wily and garrulous politician, presided over a decade of meteoric economic growth in the post-Tiananmen era.

Jiang Zemin, the Shanghai Communist kingpin who was handpicked to lead China after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and presided over a decade of meteoric economic growth, died on Wednesday. He was 96.

A Communist Party announcement issued by Chinese state media said he died in Shanghai of leukemia and multiple organ failure.

His death and the memorial ceremonies to follow come at a delicate moment in China, where the ruling party is confronting a wave of widespread protests against its pandemic controls, a nationwide surge of political opposition unseen since the Tiananmen movement of Mr. Jiang’s time.

Mr. Jiang was president of China for a decade from 1993. In the eyes of many foreign politicians, Mr. Jiang was the garrulous, disarming exception to the mold of stiff, unsmiling Chinese leaders. He was the Communist who would quote Lincoln, proclaim his love for Hollywood films and burst into songs like “Love Me Tender.”

Less enthralled Chinese called him a “flowerpot,” likening him to a frivolous ornament, and mocking his quirky vanities. In his later years young fans celebrated him, tongue-in-cheek, with the nickname “toad.” But Mr. Jiang’s unexpected rise and quirks led others to underestimate him, and over 13 years as Communist Party general secretary he matured into a wily politician who vanquished a succession of rivals.

Mr. Jiang’s stewardship of the capitalist transformation that had begun under Deng Xiaoping was one of his signal accomplishments. He also amassed political influence that endured long past his formal retirement, giving him a big say behind the scenes in picking the current president, Xi Jinping.

The party’s announcement about Mr. Jiang’s death praised him as an “outstanding leader with a lofty reputation.” In the early 1990s, it said, he led China through a time of “massive difficulties and pressure,” and had then steered the country toward market-led growth and military modernization. “At critical moments, he had the exceptional courage to make resolute decisions,” the announcement said.

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“This idea that he was a buffoon somehow crept into the descriptions of him,” said J. Stapleton Roy, the United States ambassador to China from 1991 to 1995. “I always found that absurd. This was not a lightweight in terms of knowing how to maneuver within the political thickets at the top of China’s leadership.”

In a meeting with former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger in July 2013, Mr. Jiang endorsed Mr. Xi as a “strong” leader. But Mr. Jiang’s own first years as leader were dogged by hesitancy and vulnerability after he was catapulted to the top of the Communist Party.

At first he tried to mollify ascendant conservatives who opposed China’s tentative steps toward a market economy. But ultimately he pushed to open the economy to the outside world even after Mr. Deng’s health and power had waned.

Under Mr. Jiang, China emerged as a major manufacturing power and as a rising economic rival to the developed world.

Relations with the United States proved rocky during his tenure, particularly early on, when the carnage of 1989 cast a long shadow. But Mr. Jiang may be viewed in hindsight as a pragmatist. Unlike his successors in the Communist Party, he seemed convinced that China could not thrive for long as an adversary of the United States.

“He always put heavy primacy on the U.S. relationship, and I think he took some risks to advance the relationship,” said Christopher K. Johnson, a senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute’s Center for China Analysis. Mr. Johnson, a C.I.A. analyst when Mr. Jiang was in power, added: “He knew how to flip the anti-U.S. switch when he had to.”

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When American-guided bombs hit the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in 1999, killing three Chinese journalists during the breakup of Yugoslavia, Mr. Jiang rejected the Clinton administration’s explanation that the bombing was an accident.

And in a standoff in 2001, he demanded that the United States shoulder full responsibility for a collision between a Chinese fighter jet and a propeller-driven American surveillance plane. The collision caused the death of the Chinese pilot and an emergency landing of the American plane on Hainan, a southern Chinese island, where its crew was detained.

But it was not a coincidence that Mr. Jiang’s years in office were the golden age of China’s embrace of globalization. He won China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in late 2001 after years of contentious negotiations, primarily with the United States. And he overhauled Communist Party doctrine, modernizing a movement rooted in the working classes and peasantry into one that courted and co-opted intellectuals and an emerging business elite.

His critics in China and abroad viewed these steps as little more than tacking with the political winds. And in truth, Mr. Jiang’s pro-market leanings commingled with an intolerance of dissent. After members of the Falun Gong spiritual sect surrounded the Communist Party headquarters in protest in April 1999, Mr. Jiang pressed for mass detentions, which set the pattern for later rounds of repression and for an increasingly powerful security state.

“How could it be that the Falun Gong just appeared?” Mr. Jiang exclaimed, according to a 2005 biography by Robert Lawrence Kuhn, who had Mr. Jiang’s implicit cooperation. “Where was our Ministry of Public Security? Where was our Ministry of State Security?”

Mr. Jiang will forever be known first as the man party elders plucked out of relative obscurity in 1989 when they were preparing to order the armed suppression of student protests based in Tiananmen Square. His hasty elevation to the pinnacle of China’s Communist Party led many to believe that his time there might well be brief and unremarkable. Even Mr. Jiang thought so.

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“I had no intention of heading the whole country,” he told Mike Wallace on “60 Minutes” in 2000. “I hoped that a more capable candidate would take the job.”

Acting outside normal party rules, Mr. Deng and a handful of retired elders decided to replace the party general secretary, Zhao Ziyang, who had resisted authorizing the use of armed force against the students. Mr. Zhao spent the rest of his life under house arrest, dying in 2005.

For his replacement, Mr. Deng looked to Shanghai, where Mr. Jiang, the city’s party secretary, had tamed student protests without bloodshed.

“This fellow Jiang Zemin has ideas, ability and also has charisma,” Mr. Deng said at a meeting in May 1989, according to an account by Li Peng, the prime minister at the time.

Jiang Zemin (his given name, Zemin, roughly means “benefit the people”) was born on Aug. 17, 1926, in Yangzhou, an ancient Yangtze River city northwest of Shanghai.

His father, Jiang Shijun, was an accountant in an electric power company and then a manager of a ferry company. His mother, Wu Yueqing, came from a farming family. Two of his uncles were activists in the Communist movement against the Nationalist government, and after one was killed in a skirmish in 1939, the young Mr. Jiang was designated the successor of the uncle’s family.

Mr. Jiang joined the Communist Party in 1946 in Shanghai, where he studied electrical engineering and learned English. His first job was as a technician for a company founded by American investors that made Pretty Girl ice cream and other frozen treats. When the Communists took power in 1949, Mr. Jiang helped put the factory under party control and change the name of the ice cream to Bright. That feat won the attention of a party figure, Wang Daohan, who would become a lifelong patron of Mr. Jiang’s.

Even in old age, Mr. Jiang liked to sing English-language tunes remembered from his cosmopolitan youth, including one called “Moonlight and Shadows,” from the 1936 Hollywood movie “The Jungle Princess.”

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In 1951, Mr. Jiang married Wang Yeping, a fellow native of Yangzhou, and they had two sons: Jiang Mianheng, who became an electrical engineer, a business executive and the president of a science institute; and Jiang Miankang, who also became an engineer-turned-businessman and government official.

Mr. Jiang rose through the industrial bureaucracy, working for a while in the 1950s at the Stalin Automobile Works in Moscow and spending a year as a diplomat in Romania, where he picked up folk tunes that he would sing for visitors decades later.

After China began opening up from the late 1970s, Mr. Jiang was promoted to a foreign investment and trade commission that helped establish special economic zones in Guangdong and Fujian Provinces. The experience gave him an early taste of the political and bureaucratic hurdles that market reforms faced. He was selected as mayor of Shanghai in 1985, giving him ties to the incipient commercial boom in coastal regions.

Mr. Jiang was promoted to Shanghai party secretary, the city’s top job, and then to the national party’s ruling body, the Politburo, in 1987. Two years later, when student protests rocked the nation, Shanghai avoided widespread bloodshed.

Mr. Jiang’s loyalty and his distance from the violence in Beijing were powerful factors in his favor, the scholar Bruce Gilley wrote in his 1998 biography of Mr. Jiang, “Tiger on the Brink.” Yet it was unclear at the start whether Mr. Jiang would be much more than a caretaker until a permanent leader was found.

Lacking a political base, Mr. Jiang went along with the party’s conservative tilt after 1989. He took a tough stance against dissent, deeming stability the nation’s top priority, even rivaling Mr. Deng’s economic transformation. And he endorsed policies that pointed toward a reassertion of party control over economic life.

“When Jiang Zemin first came to power, he didn’t have his own power and needed to rely on the elders,” said Yang Jisheng, a Beijing historian whose works include a political history of China under reform. “The elders were divided, and Jiang Zemin was trying to please both sides, but he ended up displeasing Deng Xiaoping.”

Mr. Deng, elderly but still powerful, was increasingly worried that his legacy of economic liberalization would be destroyed by an ideological backlash, and he rebuked Mr. Jiang publicly in 1992 by barnstorming China’s south coast, the cradle of economic reform, complaining that China’s transformation was stalling.

Mr. Jiang “said that 1992 was the hardest year of his life,” Mr. Kuhn, his biographer, said in an interview.

Getting the message that his patron was chafing for change, Mr. Jiang embraced China’s state-managed capitalism. Zhu Rongji, his successor as Shanghai mayor and an economic reformer, had been brought to Beijing months earlier to buttress Mr. Jiang. He became the point man for Mr. Deng’s market liberalization as deputy prime minister and later as prime minister.

Mr. Jiang wooed foreign investors, hosting the chief executives of multinational companies at Zhongnanhai, the Chinese leadership compound in Beijing. He encouraged major foreign-Chinese joint ventures, helping to transform the country into a primary global base for companies making pharmaceuticals, computers, automobiles and much more. He steered many billions of dollars in state investments toward China’s east coast cities, notably his political power base of Shanghai, creating first-world metropolises that impressed visitors.

As Mr. Jiang grew comfortable in power, he sought to sell China’s system and himself in a freewheeling manner that his successors would abhor. When President Bill Clinton visited China in 1998, Mr. Jiang broke with customary caution and allowed a joint news conference to be broadcast live on Chinese television. The two presidents parried over human rights and Tibet.

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“You could see that he wanted to be thought of as somebody who was not the sort of retrograde, Leninist leader clinging to his notes,” said the journalist Orville Schell, who was on Mr. Clinton’s trip and who is now director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. “He wanted China to emerge out of the chrysalis of its isolation.”

Overcoming passionate objections by party hard-liners, Mr. Jiang and Mr. Zhu shepherded China into full membership in the World Trade Organization, giving it increased access to global markets and, in principle, ensuring that foreign businesses would have greater access to Chinese markets. It was perhaps the most crucial act in a long struggle to bring China into the international arena.

China’s economy took off, and the country produced its first millionaires, then billionaires. It fell to Mr. Zhu, with fiscal instincts that Mr. Jiang lacked, to douse the economic excesses of the 1990s.

“He was comfortable letting Zhu Rongji do the dirty work, but he was backing Zhu Rongji,” said Mr. Roy, the former ambassador.

For the Communist Party, prosperity brought another problem: how to find a new doctrinal footing amid growing affluence and inequality. Mr. Jiang’s response — one of his most important political accomplishments — was the theory of the Three Represents.

It was a call for the party to represent not only the working class, but also the very classes that it once deemed oppressors: the rich entrepreneurs and bourgeoisie. Leading party theorists saw Mr. Jiang’s plan as a risky attempt to defuse potential opposition to single-party rule by a class with both the money and the power to foster political instability.

“The decision to move the private entrepreneurs into the party was a big deal, and he took a lot of flak for that,” said Mr. Johnson, the former C.I.A. analyst. “Jiang saw that they were an emerging constituency that they could either have inside the tent or making trouble from outside the tent.”

The feral capitalism that Mr. Jiang and Mr. Zhu fostered created a wide rich-poor divide even as it lifted vast numbers from poverty, and it nurtured a culture of official corruption and cronyism.

“In some ways, that was the start of this live-and-let-live attitude toward corruption that Xi Jinping now finds himself attacking,” said Joseph Fewsmith, a professor at Boston University who studies Chinese leadership politics.

By the time Mr. Jiang retired from the party leadership in 2002 and from the presidency in 2003, his influence and self-regard had swollen so much that he was reluctant to leave the political stage. (His successor, Hu Jintao, had already been designated by Mr. Deng.)

Mr. Jiang lingered as chairman of the party’s Central Military Commission, overseeing the People’s Liberation Army until 2004, and then continued to play a back-room role in promotions. Party insiders said Mr. Jiang had used his influence to shape the leadership lineup that Mr. Xi inherited when he became party leader in November 2012.

In August 2015, People’s Daily, the party’s flagship newspaper, issued an unusually blunt warning that retired leaders should stay out of politics and “cool off” like a cup of tea after a guest has left. The commentary fanned rumors that Mr. Xi had been irked by Mr. Jiang’s efforts to exert power behind the scenes, but the two men soon after appeared on the rostrum together with former President Hu Jintao during a military parade in Beijing.

But the influence of Mr. Jiang and his coterie of allies, sometimes known as the Shanghai Faction, has faded over the last decade. At a Communist Party congress last month, Mr. Xi installed a new Politburo Standing Committee, the seven men who run China, that is entirely composed of his loyalists, with no holdovers of officials with close ties to his predecessors, Mr. Jiang and Mr. Hu.

“Jiang Zemin continued to wield influence even after he stepped down, but that hurt his reputation,” said Mr. Yang, the Beijing historian. “He did that because he was comfortable with power, but also because around him there was a circle of people who relied on him and puffed him up to make him think he was indispensable.”

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But in his last years, Mr. Jiang became an unlikely online folk hero for younger Chinese. They mocked his mannerisms and purported resemblance to a toad, while slyly celebrating his relative tolerance compared with his successors. They recalled the time in 2000 when he berated Hong Kong journalists in English: “Too simple, sometimes naïve.”

In his appearance on “60 Minutes” in 2000, Mr. Jiang, smiling determinedly, his eyes obscured by huge square eyeglasses, recited the opening of the Gettysburg Address, which he had learned as a student. When Mr. Wallace said that some people had called him a “silk-wrapped needle,” a man with hidden toughness, Mr. Jiang demurred, though with a flourish.

“People used the same phrase to describe the character of Deng Xiaoping,” he said. “I don’t think I should be put on a par with Deng.”

But, he added, “I am a decisive figure.”

Joseph Kahn contributed reporting.

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Four-bedroom home sells in Dublin for $1.7 million

4282 Sunset View Drive – Google Street View

A spacious and recently built house built in 2014 located in the 4200 block of Sunset View Drive in Dublin has new owners. The 2,251-square-foot property was sold on Oct. 5, 2022. The $1,650,000 purchase price works out to $733 per square foot. The property features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a garage, and two parking spaces. The unit sits on a 3,895-square-foot lot.

Additional houses have recently been sold nearby:

  • In October 2022, a 2,174-square-foot home on Panorama Court in Dublin sold for $1,630,000, a price per square foot of $750. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
  • On Sunset View Drive, Dublin, in September 2022, a 2,440-square-foot home was sold for $1,800,000, a price per square foot of $738. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
  • A 2,457-square-foot home on the 2500 block of Vinton Avenue in Dublin sold in October 2022 for $2,005,000, a price per square foot of $816. The home has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

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A Baby Abduction, a DNA Match and a Tearful Reunion 51 Years Later

A Fort Worth woman learned she was “Baby Melissa,” the focus of a decades-long search. “I finally have a mother and a father that want me,” she said.

When the Facebook message that challenged her entire life’s story arrived earlier this month, Melanie Walden refused to believe it. “There’s no way that could be me,” she told the people who sent it.

But the message, from two women who said they were her sisters and a man who said he was her father, insisted that she had been abducted as a 1-year-old in 1971 and that they had spent five decades, nearly their entire lives, searching for her. And they had DNA evidence.

Ms. Walden, 53, who cleans houses and her local church, was settled in her life in Fort Worth, after several marriages and three children. “I couldn’t believe such a thing,” she said in an interview Tuesday.

The women, Sharon Highsmith and Rebecca Del Bosque, and the man, Jeffrie Highsmith, told Ms. Walden that her real name was Melissa Highsmith — “Baby Melissa” in the missing posters — and that she had been taken away by a woman posing as a babysitter in Fort Worth all those years ago.

After decades of fruitless investigations, false leads and disappointments, the family was notified on Nov. 6 about a DNA match that showed Mr. Highsmith had a grandchild he didn’t know about. It was one of Ms. Walden’s children. The match was based on samples submitted to 23andMe, the genetic testing company, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Sharon Highsmith, 45, said on Monday that Ms. Walden told them that she thought they were trying to scam her. She said she would pray for them. But then Ms. Walden started reading articles about the Highsmith family. The girl in the missing poster had a birthmark on her back. So did Ms. Walden. Her husband studied the baby photos on the family’s Facebook page. Soon she had a change of heart, she said.

Ms. Walden said she then asked the woman who had raised her — the woman she thought was her mother — about her real identity. Yes, she was told, she had paid $500 for her in 1972. She was Baby Melissa, the woman said.

Further DNA testing confirmed it. At a church in Fort Worth on Saturday, Ms. Walden met with her father, Mr. Highsmith, and her mother, Alta Apantenco, 73, in a tearful reunion filled with hugs and prayer. They gave interviews to a local TV station, and the story was picked up by news outlets around the world.

“It was very emotional,” Ms. Walden said in an interview. “One of the first things that came to my mind was, ‘I finally have a mother and a father that want me, and they love me. I finally have people that love me.’”

“I couldn’t believe it,” Ms. Apantenco told CBS 11 of Fort Worth. “I thought I would never see her again.”

Ms. Walden said that she would be changing her name back to Melissa Highsmith and even updated her Facebook page to reflect that.

It was unclear who abducted Baby Melissa, or how the woman who raised her became her guardian. Ms. Walden would not name her.

Under the name Melanie Miyoko, she grew up and attended Southwest High School in Fort Worth, where she was a member of the Class of 1989, according to the yearbook.

She also faced some struggles. She said she ran away from her new family when she was 15.

“I had an abusive childhood,” she said. “I was seeking a better life.”

In the 1990s, when she was in her 20s and known as Melanie Gaige, a married name, she was arrested at least four times and charged with misdemeanors related to prostitution, according to Texas criminal records. She had no education or experience, she said, adding: “I did the only thing that I could do. I worked the streets.”

During those years, she gave birth to three children. One of her sisters said that all three had been put up for adoption. Ms. Walden said she later turned her life around, became a religious person and worked fast food jobs and cleaning churches.

Many questions remain about the abduction itself. The Highsmith family is still pressing for a police investigation.

In a statement on Monday, the Fort Worth Police Department said that it was “overjoyed” that the family had found Melissa, but the department did not respond to questions about the abductor. It said that it would continue to investigate the case, but said that the criminal statute of limitations expired in 2007.

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The abduction happened on Aug. 23, 1971, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Ms. Apantenco, who was 22 and working as a waitress, needed someone to watch her daughter. After placing a babysitter’s ad in the newspaper, Ms. Apantenco arranged for the woman to pick up Melissa, who was 21 months old, from her roommate while she was at work, the center said. Ms. Apantenco never met the woman. When she did not return with Baby Melissa, Ms. Apantenco called the police.

Baby Melissa was last seen wearing a pink dress with white sandals, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. She had hazel-brown eyes and brown hair, and weighed 26 pounds, according to the database.

The police investigations proved futile. The family said Ms. Apantenco even faced accusations that she had hurt or killed the child herself. As the years passed, the Highsmiths took matters into their own hands.

Ms. Highsmith and Ms. Del Bosque, 48, remember their parents chasing leads in Texas even after their family moved to Illinois in the late 1970s.

“Every time they did they would come back disappointed,” Ms. Del Bosque, said on Monday. “It was really heartbreaking for me and for our family. It was very emotionally draining.”

Jeff Highsmith, who was born after his sister was abducted, and his wife hired a private investigator to search for leads on Melissa’s whereabouts. They also created a Facebook group, “Help find Melissa Highsmith,” to look for any tips. (The group, which has grown to more than 6,500 members over the years, has been renamed “We Found Melissa!!!”)

Over the years, three women who believed they might be Melissa had reached out to Jeff Highsmith, but DNA tests came back showing they were not her, the center said.

“We just never gave up the hope,” Ms. Del Bosque said. “We just really united as a family to keep pushing.”

Ms. Apantenco hugged her long-lost daughter after decades of searching.via the Highsmith Family

The breakthrough came earlier this year, with the father’s DNA match with the unknown grandchild. Lisa Jo Schiele, a clinical laboratory scientist and an amateur genealogist, said Tuesday that she was asked by the family this month to answer the question, “Is this what we think it is?”

Ms. Schiele pored through the records and contacted a genetic relative of Ms. Walden’s on Ancestry.com who gave her enough information to dig through public records to identify her in about two hours. That’s when the family sent the Facebook message.

While Ms. Walden has now met her birth parents, her brother and another sister, Victoria Garner, she has yet to meet Ms. Del Bosque, of Chicago, or Ms. Highsmith, who lives in Madrid. They plan to meet at Christmas in Fort Worth.

“Her life wasn’t what she thought it was,” Ms. Highsmith said of her rediscovered sister. “What Melissa wants right now is to enjoy being reunited with a family that loves her, a family that never stopped looking for her and a family that has found her.”

Ms. Walden agreed. “I feel like I’ve had a second chance at life.”

Susan C. Beachy contributed research. Amanda Holpuch contributed reporting.

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Tuesday’s high school scores, top performances

Tuesday’s top high school basketball performances:

Boys

Casey Branham, Cimarron-Memorial — The senior guard scored 16 points in the Spartans’ 54-52 overtime win over Faith Lutheran.

EJ Dacuma, Sierra Vista — The sophomore scored 22 points in the Mountain Lions’ 59-22 win over Sunrise Mountain.

Tayshaun Jackson, Las Vegas — The sophomore guard nailed a shot at the final horn to lift the Wildcats to a 57-56 win over Foothill.

Jakoi Lide, Rancho — The sophomore guard dominated with 35 points as the Rams beat Shadow Ridge, 94-61.

Gaston Zumaya, Green Valley — The sophomore had 17 points in the Gators’ 61-51 loss to Snow Canyon (Utah).

Girls

Ashley Saxton, Silverado — The senior guard had 35 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals in a 68-17 victory over Green Valley Christian.

Kamilyah Williams, Basic — The sophomore guard scored 18 points in a 59-23 victory over Mater East.

Peyton Gates, Liberty — The junior scored 14 points as the Patriots beat Clark, 71-21.

Raina Forgue, Faith Lutheran — The junior led her team with 27 points in a 73-49 win over Las Vegas.

Halle McKnight, Palo Verde — The senior guard had 15 points to help the Panthers beat The Meadows, 41-30.

Tuesday’s scores

Boys

Beatty 47, Sandy Valley 45

Cimarron-Memorial 54, Faith Lutheran 52

Desert Oasis 65, Eldorado 26

Las Vegas 57, Foothill 56

Rancho 94, Shadow Ridge 61

Sierra Vista 59 Sunrise Mountain 22

Silverado 73, Green Valley Christian 27

Snow Canyon (Utah) 61, Green Valley 51

Girls

Basic 59, Mater East 23

Del Sol 66, Chaparral 24

Faith Lutheran 73, Las Vegas 49

Liberty 71, Clark 21

Moapa Valley 33, Enterprise (Utah) 28

Palo Verde 41, The Meadows 30

Silverado 68, Green Valley Christian 17