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Everyone who supports President Donald Trump is racist. So said a local Facebook troll going all in with the fashionable new tool for casting political opponents as monsters. We have all seen the propensity of friends, neighbors and colleagues to thoughtlessly charge “racism” when someone...
The U.S. Mint will release the three-coin set of circulation quality strikes of the Ellis Island National Park quarter on Sept. 14. These will be sold at a premium over face value, plus a shipping charge. The set will include one coin each from the Denver, Philadelphia, and San Francisco mints....
DEAR ABBY: I recently got married to a wonderful man who is 19 years younger than I am. He’s the love of my life. The problem is, he sleeps totally on one side of the bed and isn’t affectionate at night except when we are making love. Then he is amazing — affectionate, sensitive, and very...
Charlie Hunnam, left, and Robert Pattinson arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Lost City of Z" at the ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Adventure does not always lead to something tangible; let alone believable. Such as was the case with British explorer Percy Fawcett in the early 20th century who made his life’s mission to find a lost civilization in South America. His real life story is the subject of the Amazon original movie ‘...
Anson Williams, of '˜Happy Days' in the 1970s and now
As one of the most popular shows on television in the late 70s to early 80s, “Happy Days” helped propel many of its cast into the production side of show business. Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Don Most, and Anson Williams all achieved recognition behind the camera as producers, directors, and/or...
Editor, Daily News Kudos to the Athol Daily News staff. I wanted to take a minute to thank the staff of our local newspaper on the fine job they do covering all of the local events and sports in our area. My wife and I look to the Athol Daily News to keep abreast of everything local. Try...
America is ramping up its troop strength in Afghanistan again. Not to the dramatic, six-figure force we once had there, but something close to a 50 percent increase, depending on which numbers we use. The numbers can be deceptive — and it turns out that was intentional. There was something of a...
DEAR ABBY: I am a 65-year-old woman, attractive and lonely. I am uncomfortable using dating sites because I have genital herpes. I was infected by my first husband more than 40 years ago. If I were to meet someone on one of those sites, when would be the right time to reveal my problem? After we...
‘Lucky Strikes’ By Louis Bayard ——— “Lucky Strikes” is set in the Depression era in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The book is filled with tragedy, joy and lots of humor. Fourteen-year-old Melia is determined to hold her family together after her mother dies, raising her younger brother and...
You can fill out the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Survey. The National Park Service requires the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) every five years to remain eligible for funding from the Land and Water...

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