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“All I could think is, you dirty, low-down rotten scoundrels. How could anyone with a conscience do something like this?” That was the reaction of Rhonda Leach, the wife of a retired Peabody Energy Corp. coal miner, when she discovered that the company that employed her husband and promised him...
DEAR ABBY: A year ago, I ended a turbulent five-year relationship with my boyfriend, “Alex,” that resulted in a special-needs child. Alex is not living in reality when it comes to our daughter’s disabilities, and his family is not present in her life. Our daughter, “Meghan,” spent months in the...
White to move.
Online chess is an excellent way to sharpen your chess skills. Unlike playing against a computer, it allows you to face opponents with human intuition and human flaws. Computers are programmed to view their options, calculate possible responses and determine the safest moves with the best yield...
A Los Angeles ordinance signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti in August and which bans the mere possession of firearm magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds does not sit well with county sheriffs across the state. In all, 30 sheriffs -- just over half the state’s 58 county sheriffs —...
DEAR ABBY: My husband, who has a beautiful head of dark curly hair, decided to let it grow. It is now about halfway down his back. Sometimes he braids it or pulls it into a ponytail. Other times he wears it down and it falls loose. The problem is, I can’t bear to look at him. He has always been...
Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels  Photo courtesy of Ingels
Laughter is often cited as a key ingredient for a successful marriage. Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels would agree. In 1974, Shirley was leaving an art exhibit at Michael Landon’s home when Marty bumped into her. Literally. “I was getting into my car and as Marty was arriving, he knocked me over...
The U.S. Postal Service has announced that their fee for priority mail will increase by almost 10 percent in January 2016, which will cause the issuance of a new stamp to cover the new rate. The shipping of one- to two-pound packages is the fastest growing segment of the USPS mail services, and...
The James Bond series continues with ‘Spectre’ which saw its U.S. release this past weekend and had big shoes to fill with the long running tradition of 007 movies, books and the success of the previous three Bond movies starring Daniel Craig (known for Skyfall, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...
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, MA 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I have an HP laptop. I know it has a working camera...
Sen. James Inhofe, R., Okla., is working overtime to save Americans from the threat of cleaner air. “I will be working with my Senate colleagues in pursuing legislation to protect American taxpayers from EPA’s aggressive regulatory agenda,” Mr. Inhofe said in response to new ground-level ozone...

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