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DEAR ABBY: I have dated a lot of women over the years — including actresses, beauty contest winners and models. Every one of them, except my current live-in, “Amanda,” would dress up in lingerie when I asked them to. Amanda adamantly refuses. She says if I love her, I should be turned on whether...
The Obama administration is obsessed with secrecy — it is arguably the most secretive presidency since Richard Nixon scowled through the halls of power. The latest example: a furious crackdown on government watchdogs, the inspectors general at agencies whose job it is to keep the government honest...
DEAR ABBY: Today, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day. With effective treatment, people with HIV can live as long as those without HIV. Fear, shame and ignorance remain barriers to testing and treatment, which can be more deadly than HIV itself. People with HIV who are in treatment need never develop...
It has been about one month since congressional Republicans caved in on the national debt limit and approved a two-year budget, which conveniently suspended the debt limit until March 2017, just after the 2016 elections — and the spending floodgates have already opened up. In just those few weeks...
Last week’s column inadvertently left out the ordering date for the Saratoga National Park quarter. It went on sale Nov. 30. Also going on sale this week from the U.S. Mint will be the three-coin circulation quality set of the Saratoga quarters, on Dec. 1, and the five-ounce silver collector’s...
DEAR ABBY: I gave birth to a baby girl two months ago. I have a wonderful husband and my in-laws are incredible. We live far away from both sides of the family. My mom is a former cocaine and prescription pain meds addict. Her addiction diminished her mental capacities, and it’s difficult to...
Reboots and continuations of older movies are definitely popular recently in Hollywood. It can be said that directors are recycling old ideas and plots. But it can be fun to watch a modern twist on an old classic. ‘Creed,’ the newest ‘Rocky’ movie takes all that was good about the early ‘Rocky’...
Hopefully everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day and enjoyed Thursday’s football game.  As I arrived on campus Thursday morning just before 9:30, I was surprised to not see Athol on the turf. I had assumed they were in the locker room only to be made aware of the situation by the Mahar coaching...
The shotgun season for deer opens Monday morning and there will be a lot of local sportsmen and women looking to fill the freezer with healthy venison. Hunters are reminded to wear at least 500 inches of hunter orange on their head, chest and back and always make sure of their target. Another...
With only a festive month until 2016, voters across the country are asking themselves that time-honored question, “Am I better off than I was four years ago?” Unless you are a Middle Eastern jihadist, a Russian strongman, a Mexican coyote, or a race-baiting television personality here in the...

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