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DEAR ABBY: My brother has been married for 11 years to a woman who is very controlling. She’s 32, he’s 38, and they have two kids. She has all the traits of a bully. She decided if, when and how they got married, whether to have kids, when and how many. She also decides what he wears and what...
‘A Monster Calls’ By Patrick Ness ——— “A Monster Calls,” written by Patrick Ness, is a young adult book woven with deeply powerful emotions. The book’s main character is Conor O’Malley, a young boy coming to grips with the gravity of his mother’s illness. It is not a happy book but it pulls...
I finally got the chance to play Nintendo’s Super Mario Run when it was released on Android recently. From December to late March, Nintendo’s first attempt at bringing one of their beloved intellectual properties to mobile platforms was exclusive to Apple devices. So it wasn’t until just a month...
Article 28 of the Russian Federation Constitution declares, “Everyone shall be guaranteed the freedom of conscience, the freedom of religion, including the right to profess individually or together with other any religion or to profess no religion at all, to freely choose, possess and disseminate...
DEAR ABBY: When I was a young, newly divorced, single mother, I returned to college. There I met a woman in similar circumstances. We became fast friends, decided to pool our resources while we pursued higher education and moved in together. Over time, the friendship became more than platonic....
Editor, Daily News “Orange reorganizes DPW in joint meeting.” I would like to respond to that headline (from the Athol Daily News on Friday, April 28). I am a lifelong resident of Orange. And let me say that after reading that headline it was almost as disgusting as watching the Athol Police...
Murders, assaults and suicides have all been available for posting and viewing by nearly 2 billion Facebook users around the globe. Facebook needs to re-evaluate the merits of its live video feature and ask whether the advertising income it generates is worth horrifying audiences. The posting on...
DEAR ABBY: A year ago, I lost a tooth. I’m a 56-year-old woman on disability, short on funds to rectify the problem, so I visited my local hospital’s dental clinic. I hadn’t visited a dentist in years, so I was quite fearful. The clinic allows a dental resident to work on your issue under the...
 Susan Watson, depicted early in her career and in the present day
Best known for her roles in musical theater, Tony-nominated actress and singer Susan Watson released a collection of 14 Broadway and jazz standards on her CD “The Music Never Ends” last fall. “Some of these tracks I had sung earlier in my career and others I had always heard and loved, and just...
ate Gorney, left, and T.J. Miller arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Office Christmas Party" at the Village Theatre Westwood Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.  by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Some office parties  are bland and a reflection of everyone’s feelings before Christmas at work. Everyone just wants to finish out the time before the holiday and get to their days off. Those hearing that the bosses have downsized or canceled parties are typically unhappy as is the case with ‘...

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