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Compliments to the N.C. Department of Transportation, which has been planting red poppies along many of the state’s highways. The plantings — done in cooperation with Susi Hamilton and her state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources — are a subtle salute to the American soldiers who died...
The U.S. Mint will issue two new coin products this week. To order coins from them, visit their website at www.usmint.gov, or call them at 800-USA-MINT. Today, June 5, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri) Quarter will debut. These will be sold in rolls and bags of circulation quality...
DEAR ABBY: My former spouse and I are divorced and share a 3-year-old daughter. Soon after the baby was born, my ex came out as transgender and now lives as a woman. I have always been supportive of her transition, adopting her new name, feminine pronouns, etc., but now she wants something I’m...
This weekend is a great time to take a friend or family member fishing! If, like most people, you have been bummed out about the cold, damp weather you can use it to your advantage and go fishing. You won’t need a fishing license to fish any public freshwater lake, pond, reservoir, river or stream...
DEAR PET TALK: The weather is really nice and I want to give my dog exercise. I have a leash, but he chews it and jumps a lot. How do I work on getting him to walk on a leash? — WOULD-BE DOGWALKER ——— DEAR WOULD-BE DOGWALKER: First, consider this: it’s a lot easier to walk a dog on a leash...
Until Thursday afternoon, none of the bad decisions President Donald Trump has made since his inauguration actually posed an existential threat to the planet. But by announcing he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Trump crossed that dire threshold. It was...
DEAR ABBY: I work as a runner in a law firm, which means I do pickups, make deliveries and do any other out-of-office tasks the lawyers or other staff need. Part of my job involves picking up lunch for the office. Sometimes the office manager will give me cash from the firm account to pay, other...
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, Mass. 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: My computer is telling me that I need to install...
It’s hard to imagine that any normal business, let alone meaningful reform, can move forward in Washington amid the daily distractions swirling around the Trump administration. Fortunately, GOP leaders vow to push ahead with an effort to overhaul the U.S. tax system for the first time in 31 years...
It’s hard to imagine that any normal business, let alone meaningful reform, can move forward in Washington amid the daily distractions swirling around the Trump administration. Fortunately, GOP leaders vow to push ahead with an effort to overhaul the U.S. tax system for the first time in 31 years...

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