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DEAR ABBY: I read your column all the time. My husband and I have been married for 35 years. My husband has good friends who are women, and I have never objected when he stayed with them when he traveled from our home to Michigan. One of the women he stays with called and they talked for hours....
The federal government’s “war on drugs” has been a spectacular failure here in the U.S., but that still pales in comparison to its monumental debacle in Afghanistan. One of the goals of the massive reconstruction effort in Afghanistan was to eradicate the country’s opium production, whose...
DEAR ABBY: I recently enrolled in an internet dating site, and have been cyber-chatting with a very sweet gentleman. I am also 62 years young. My problem is I’m borderline obese, have gray hair, a few wrinkles and some dental problems. It’s the reason I don’t post photos of myself. Someday, he...
Ruth Buzzi as Gladys Ormphby. 1969 NBC publicity photo  
Drab, handbag-wielding TV character Gladys Ormphby never met a celebrity she didn’t feel compelled to smack senseless at the slightest provocation. Short in both statue and patience, the feisty diminutive spinster’s victims — such as Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra — were more likely to be paralyzed...
When movie series are allowed to come to a natural end it can be a good thing that brings closure to fans. ‘Logan,’ the recently released second sequel to ‘XMen Origins: Wolverine’ sees an end to the popular XMen character’s movie trilogy.  In 2029, Wolverine, also known as James Logan Howlett,...
Last June, Attorney General Loretta Lynch met on an airport tarmac with former President Bill Clinton. Republicans had a conniption fit because the two might have talked about an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices. Now we discover that the new attorney general, Jeff Sessions,...
DEAR ABBY: My ex-boyfriend and I broke up two years ago. We were together for nearly three years. A year into our relationship, we rescued a puppy. We broke up when she was 2. Since then, we have shared her on and off. This arrangement worked fine because we have both been single. I am now in a...
‘Ice Whale’ By Jean Craighead George ——— The largest creatures on Earth are always a source of wonder for children. Siku, a bowhead whale, is the main character in Jean Craighead George’s last novel, “Ice Whale.”  Siku instantly became a favorite of the second and third graders. Like “My...
The month of March is the stepping stone to spring most years. After the weather of the past couple of weeks it might seem as though it has already arrived. The past few days have again reminded us that the cold weather is not yet through with us and nothing is out of the realm of possibility this...
 Animals, including our pet cats and dogs, have claws that serve various purposes. Photo by Tami Green
DEAR PET TALK: Why do animals have claws? — Tavon, 6th grade, Memorial Middle School, Fitchburg DEAR TAVON: Thanks for a fascinating question, and you need to go way back in history, where you find that dinosaurs had claws, as did early reptiles. Claws are made of keratin (which can also make...

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