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You can mess with Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and Big Oil. But don’t dare mess with Big Sugar. Those guys play hardball. Around the globe, nothing sells like soft drinks, which are loaded with sugar and have been linked to rising obesity and diabetes rates. The political battlefield is littered...
DEAR ABBY: I’m a teenage girl who has always heard and seen on TV and in movies that there’s pressure from guys to have sex. That may be true, but I feel there is also pressure from society. I never thought I would feel like that when I got to high school, but now I do. It hurts, and I am writing...
An unfortunately high number of Americans will allow party loyalty to guide their support or rejection of the GOP tax bill awaiting congressional approval. The 440-page House tax bill, approved Nov. 16, merits skepticism regardless of which party you support. Tom Barthold, the nonpartisan chief...
The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the five-ounce silver collector version of the George Rogers Clark National Park coin today, Dec. 5. These are sold at a premium over their bullion value. The U.S. Mint is also ending sales of a number of products at the end of this month. These...
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I argue more than I’d like. I am pretty easygoing and passive; he likes his feelings to be known. Over time I have become worn down, and my patience has worn thin. We are starting to rebound from what I call “the year from hell.” His drinking and poor choices nearly put...
Connie Francis and the lost love of her life, Bobby Darin. Courtesy of Connie Francis
The tragedies that befell singer Connie Francis throughout her life would challenge the most resilient of souls. Nevertheless, she navigated each dark, engulfing personal tunnel with unwavering tenacity, always eventually emerging aided by her sense of humor. “It never failed me and kept me...
Aubrey Plaza, lead cast member in "Ingrid Goes West," poses at the premiere of the film at the ArcLight Hollywood on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Independent movies can sometimes be a hit or miss but now and then you can find a good one, especially when clicking through Amazon’s recent release section. This past weekend I discovered ‘Ingrid Goes West,’ which was released earlier this year and scared me with how good and realistic it was....
The Republican plan to rewrite the U.S. tax code is a massive document with dozens of complex provisions. Folks in eastern North Carolina, however, ought to pay attention to one point in particular: the federal historic preservation tax credits. As it is, when you repair and renovate a...
DEAR ABBY: I’m 17 and so is my boyfriend. He is an only child, and all throughout his life, his parents have put a lot of pressure on him. Recently, they’ve been talking about him getting into an honors program in a college. Abby, his parents act like if he doesn’t get in, they won’t be proud of...
Local deer check stations reported a total of 99 deer on Monday, the opening day of the 2017 Massachusetts shotgun deer season. That total was the second highest in 10 years, with 109 tallied in 2014 and 117 in 2007. Over the past two years the number of deer checked in opening day was 82 last...

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