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A couple of years ago, visitors to Carol Burnett’s home might have observed the comedy legend glued to the TV set, binge-watching every episode of her old variety show. But it wasn’t a case of extreme celebrity vanity sweeping through the Burnett household. “I’d been getting calls from writers...
Too often, police officers are the ones who suffer when the safety net snaps. This nation’s failure to maintain an adequate safety net for people with serious mental illnesses falls hard on American families, businesses and communities. But law enforcement may bear the heaviest burden of all....
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a new version of the non-profit rate coil stamp on Feb. 10. This version will be sold in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 of the self-adhesive stamp. The original stamp (valued at five cents) was issued in 2016, with large letters reading “USA” in blue, and a star in...
DEAR ABBY: One of my best friends just got engaged and I’m invited to the wedding. My problem is, my ex-best friend is in the bridal party, and I don’t know how to act if I see her and have to talk to her. She terminated our friendship without giving me a reason. Not only that, she has been...
‘Rumpelstiltskin’ Retold and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky ——— “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” — Albert Einstein In the preschool classroom at the Village School, fairy tales are...
As you read this, I have just returned from six days in Alabama. The trip is the second for me and it seems like a winter getaway to southeast ‘Bama is a great way to break up the New England winter. My headquarters in Enterprise, Ala., is at the home of my brother-in-law John Campbell and his...
DEAR PET TALK: Why do smaller dogs live longer than bigger dogs, and how long can dogs live? — Lucas, 12, Boys and Girls Club DEAR LUCAS: You have identified a heartbreaking anomaly that pet owners know well: the enormous ranges of longevity between dog breeds. Scientists studying animals have...
With his selection of Neil Gorsuch as his first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Donald Trump seeks to fulfill a campaign promise to appoint a well-qualified jurist who shares the judicial philosophy of the man he will succeed, the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Judge Gorsuch’s...
Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is the “Myth of the Climate Change 97 Percent” mentioned by Senator Inhofe during recent confirmation hearings Trump’s cabinet post nominations? — Rosemary R., Clifton, N.J. Answer: The so-called “Myth of the Climate Change 97 Percent” refers to the argument made...
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married 18 years. This is the second marriage for both of us. His ex-wife has asked him to fill in as caretaker for her father while she goes to an appointment. He sees nothing wrong with this, but it makes me very uncomfortable. I don’t think this should be...

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