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DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 18 years and have two wonderful kids, ages 14 and 12. Ten months ago, my husband said to me, “I told you I would divorce you if you ever got fat.” I was shocked! Yes, I have gained some weight over the years, but at 5 feet 5 inches tall and 150 pounds, I was not...
 Actors from left Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan pose for photographers with director Luc Besson as they arrive for the European film premiere of 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' in London, Monday, July 24, 2017. Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
The future of the human race is often depicted not only on Earth but spread out across space in movies, as seen with ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,’ released earlier this year and which takes place mostly on a space station and on other planets.  In the future, the International...
It’s hard these days to muster much interest in the World Trade Organization. Locked for years in rounds of negotiations leading nowhere, the body seems to have outlived its usefulness. Another big gathering of trade ministers ended in deadlock in Buenos Aires last week. You might wonder: Why...
The U.S. Postal Service has announced some of its 2018 stamp program. This will include an 11th Lunar New Year stamp, a block of four featuring winter birds, 10 stamps featuring frozen treats, a peace stamp featuring a rose, a two cent lemon stamp, and a stamp noting the bicentennial of the...
DEAR ABBY: I’m at a loss as to how to stay in my 21-year marriage. In August, when our twin daughters leave for college, my wife and I will become empty nesters. We haven’t had sex in more than 2 1/2 years, and before that it didn’t happen more than a couple of times a year. My wife says she “...
This writer has been a big fan of the rock band, The Who, since his teenage years. One of their first LP albums was the “The Who Sell Out” which featured the creativity which became their trademark going forward. It was a pleasure, and still is, to attend live performances of the band to this day...
For the purpose of this column, a week will count from Friday-Friday. Any games falling on a Friday night will count towards the next week’s games. Because of that, the Athol boys’ basketball team began the week off with a game on Friday night against Murdock High School, followed by the Mahar...
Pet Talk says: "This happy dog is willing to have his photo taken with a party hat. Happy Christmas, everyone!" Submitted photo
DEAR PET TALK: Is it okay to dress my pet up in a costume for Christmas? — CURIOUS ——— DEAR CURIOUS: Every day, you’ll see photos on the internet of pets in various get-ups, ranging from antler ears, to tutus, to tiaras, etc. Christmas is the season for the entertaining holiday card, and...
Editor, Daily News The headline in the Athol Daily News on Dec. 20, 2017 saddens me greatly. During my short time here in Athol, 1 1/2 years, I have become accustomed to your wonderful and necessary daily paper. Your staff to include: reporters, editor, classified, counter people, printers,...
You’d be forgiven for thinking Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai was trying to eliminate the internet altogether with the outrage over his recent proposal to roll back Obama-era net neutrality regulations. But Pai’s move is the right one, and a hopeful sign the internet will...

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