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Eric Braeden, front left, and cast of The Young and the Restless. Photo/CBS publicity
For “The Young and the Restless” star Eric Braeden, 2016 was a memorable year. He turned 75, celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary, joined cast members for Y&R’s 11,000th episode, and completed his autobiography “I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime...
Some movie series, despite how good they are, seem to be never ending these days. The Bourne films, a trilogy released between 2002 to 2007 and revived in 2012, continued this past summer with ‘Jason Bourne,’ as the fifth film in the series and is hanging on as long as it can.  After being off...
The violence that erupted at UC Berkeley last week during the protest of a planned speech by Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos, known for his conservative and decidedly politically incorrect views, was a sorry display and a blow to free speech. It is ironic that such a demonstration...
DEAR ABBY: My boss wants to do a day of community service with the staff to help others and improve relationships in the workplace. I thought it was a great idea; a lot of my co-workers were unsure and wanted more information about what specifically we would do. My boss said she would get more...
Well, we finally got some real winter this week when a ‘Noreaster blew through New England and left some serious snow behind in the North Quabbin Region. I don’t know what the official snow measurement was but it was over my 16-inch Muck Upland boots. These boots are great for just about...
Could there be any good outcome from making it easier for seriously mentally ill citizens to buy guns? The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives apparently thinks so, voting 235-180 along party lines to overturn an Obama administration rule extending background checks for Social Security...
Dear EarthTalk: What’s new in eco-friendly light bulbs? Is it true that incandescent bulbs are back in a much more efficient form? —Barbara Birke, via e-mail A. — The consumer landscape for light bulbs in the U.S. changed drastically in 2007 when Congress passed the Energy Independence &...
DEAR ABBY: I have never received a romantic Valentine, and that’s OK with me. With all the sappy movies on TV and the stores blooming in pink and red, we often forget that St. Valentine wasn’t the one in love. (He was a Roman priest who married Christian couples and was killed for his trouble.)...
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: I use Google Chrome for my browser a lot. I also...
A new report by the human rights group Amnesty International estimates that Syria’s government has summarily executed 13,000 prisoners since the start of the civil war in 2011, which would constitute war crimes on a shocking scale. Not even Saddam Hussein at his worst as Iraq’s dictator inflicted...

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