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Actress Natalie Portman attends a special screening of "Jackie", during the 54th New York Film Festival, at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in New York.  Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
The days surrounding the death of a love one are never ending, people rush to your side when all you want is to get away from it all and pretend it didn’t happen for just one second. Imagine going through that while the entire country is watching. In 2016’s ‘Jackie’ we see the story of Jackie...
Even in today’s polarized America, reasonable people should be able to agree that a police officer who kills someone complying with his commands should not just lose his job and otherwise get off scot-free. But apparently not, particularly if the victim is black. On Friday, Jeronimo Yanez, who...
The 2017-18 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting stamp was issued on June 23. These stamps, even though not valid for postage, are avidly saved by U.S. Stamps collectors. This stamp features a view of three Canada Geese in flight. The $25 stamp will be sold in two formats: a single separate stamp with...
DEAR ABBY: My mother has been a hospice volunteer for six months. I think that’s great. The problem is, all she ever talks about anymore is the families and patients she helps. I’m tired of coming home from school or work and hearing about her latest patient’s family drama or the details about how...
DEAR ABBY: We are from the Middle East. My younger brother married an American woman and moved to Arizona, where her family lives. Because our dad didn’t approve, my brother made the plans behind our back and told Dad in an email. He also didn’t mention that they were moving until a week before...
Every year, MassWildlife issues press bulletins regarding what to do if you find young wildlife. This column is built around that advice, which should be heeded by everyone who cares about wildlife. The agency reminds us that the arrival of spring and summer means the arrival of newborn and just-...
Check-ups with a veterinarian are essential to having a healthy pet. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: I have a dog and a cat. How often should I visit the vet? — Animal lover DEAR ZOE: Vet checks are essential to have a healthy pet, and for younger animals, such as kittens or puppies, you want to make sure that they receive essential vaccinations. When you adopt a pet from a...
Americans generally disapprove of racial slurs. Someone who utters one in the company of others may provoke awkward silence, blunt criticism, loud outrage or worse. Social ostracism, organized protests and loss of employment may result as well. Bill Maher had to apologize after his jocular use of...
DEAR ABBY: I recently met a 28-year-old father of three I’m interested in. He seems wonderful. He’s a hard worker, takes care of his responsibilities and is an amazing father to his children. They’re all still very little, but they’re great kids. The only thing that’s been on my mind lately is...
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 want to transfer a bunch of my CDs to my phone...

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