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Editor's Note: Questions should be directed to the PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library at info@athollibrary.org or by mail at Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, MA 01331, or dropped off at the library. --- Dear PC Doctor: I recently purchased a new laptop with Windows 8,...
Into the madness surrounding Americans' right to bear arms a Wisconsin jury this week sent a welcome message about gun sellers also bearing responsibility. Jurors ordered a gun shop to pay nearly $6 million to two Milwaukee police officers wounded by a teenager who used a gun purchased at Badger...
DEAR ABBY: I'm on the verge of 30, and my fiance has a huge issue with the fact that I still cuddle with my mom. From what he says, his family isn't wild about it, either. Mom has suffered a great deal of loss in her life. She has lost all of her immediate family (aside from her kids) to cancer...
The California Coastal Commission is known as an activist - some might say aggressive - agency that interprets its statutory powers broadly. But the conditions it placed last week on SeaWorld's application to build a bigger orca tank went way beyond its past actions, and beyond its very reasons for...
DEAR ABBY: My son, a widower with two boys, ages 6 and 9, has just informed me that his 33-year-old girlfriend, "Karen," is pregnant and due in five months. He started seeing her three months after his wife died, and they have been an item for eight months. She has been staying at his house every...
I recently attended a reception in Hadley for Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst). I was invited to this event because I'm chair of the Royalston Town Democratic Committee. The reception was pure politics - an opportunity for supporters in Rosenberg's district to meet...
A certain amount of fraud is to be expected in large government benefits programs, but the fraud usually is committed by beneficiaries, not state governments. According to a report last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspector general, however, states have been massaging data to...
DEAR ABBY: I am a 30-year-old single mom of two young girls. After my divorce, I returned to my hometown where my family is. I'm enrolled in school full time and set to graduate in two semesters. I have a 3.7 GPA, my girls are well-adjusted and well-behaved, and I have my own place. My mom...
When the Kindle Fire first launched in 2011, I scoffed. The iPad was king of the still recently revived tablet market, seconded by a myriad of Android tablets, but at the time the Android operating system wasn't really that great on the larger screens. So when Amazon announced they would be making...
We had another shift at the top of the leaderboard at last Thursday's meeting of the Wild Knights Chess Club. It had been several weeks since Rebekah Schoorens' last trip to the top, but that just made the victory more rewarding. Rebekah had challenged her brother Josh Schoorens for the club title...

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