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There’s a hero out there somewhere. We don’t use the term lightly. If the allegations of child abuse and neglect contained in a report released this week by a North Carolina Police Department are true, it would be almost impossible to overstate the importance of the person who alerted...
DEAR ABBY: My 15-year-old granddaughter is an emotional eater and has gained a lot of weight. When she was quite young, her mother walked out, and that rejection, combined with her dad laying a lot of the household responsibility on her, makes her anxious and depressed. Her dad isn’t great with...
Americans love their national parks. Last year, these lands attracted 331 million people — a record number and an increase of 7.7 percent over 2015. But that love is a mixed blessing for the parks. Visitors expect to be provided with roads, bridges, trails, restrooms, campgrounds, water...
DEAR ABBY: I met this guy through a dating site. We began chatting and hit it off. We talk almost every day, and have Skyped a few times. We’ve been getting closer and closer. I really like him, and he has told me he feels the same. The thing is, I’m not sure if he’s telling me the truth. We...
When Amy Fagin, my longtime friend and talented artist from New Salem, told me a “pop-up style” arts gala was coming to her town, I was pretty certain I knew what she meant, but I decided to check. My Internet dictionary gave this definition for pop-up: “denoting a store or other business that...
DEAR ABBY: My husband is a nice guy, but he’s not particularly good at planning ahead. This means that special events, holidays and birthdays often go unmarked because he doesn’t remember in time to get something sent. In my parents’ marriage, all family communications fell to my mom. It was her...
I love me a good Facebook argument but one went a little too far last week when someone threatened to “dox” me. Doxxing is the publication of personally identifiable information of another person online. This was done to me because I had been in a discussion with a group of other computer nerds...
Republican lawmakers are reportedly considering putting the squeeze on 401(k) plans, the tax-deferred personal savings accounts tens of millions of Americans rely on for retirement, in order to “pay” for some $1 trillion in tax cuts. Currently, workers can put up to $18,000 each year in a 401(k)...
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together 21 years, married for 17. We recently did a short sale on our home and moved to Texas. It was a professional move for my husband. At first I was wowed; then I grew homesick for my family, my job and my friends. My husband was not supportive of my...
——— Have you ever wondered if the mythical and magical beings from ancient stories could be real? In “Fablehaven,” the first book in a series by Brandon Mull, witches, fairies and satyrs are just a few of the cast of characters that inhabit a preserve for mystical creatures. Prior to discovering...

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