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Planned Baby Name Renews Pain of Loss

DEAR ABBY: I come from a small, close family. Last year, we suffered a devastating loss. My cousin and her two children were killed in a car accident. We have all been profoundly affected by this loss, especially my aunt and uncle. Fast forward: Another cousin is pregnant with her second ...

Parent Shaming and Blaming; Two-mile Hill

OK. Here goes. Can we please stop the parent shaming? I am soul-weary when it comes to this subject. Every time I log on, tune in or go out, I hear people slamming parents. There are parents complaining about other parents who don’t do things the way they would do them. There are grandparents ...

Old Friend Seeks Encouraging Word For Mom of Perp

DEAR ABBY: What do you say when a friend’s son has committed a horrific crime? Does one say, “I’m sorry” or “Call me,” or merely pat them on the shoulder and move on? Or, what? I know she is suffering and blames herself for his crime. How do I even approach her? I knew her quite ...

Old Garibaldi, Old Stone Now United

A pre-Civil War cannon now has a new/old display base in the courtyard at West Virginia Independence Hall in downtown Wheeling. The cannon, known as “Old Garibaldi” in honor of 19th-century Italian Gen. Giuseppe Garibaldi, was cast at the LaBelle Iron Works in Wheeling circa 1860. After ...

Daughter’s Birth Reawakens Memories of Abuse in Dad

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are proud parents of our first child, a girl. Despite his excitement and pride, her arrival has caused his childhood sexual abuse by his stepfather to resurface with more detail than he previously remembered. It has reached the point that if he isn’t thinking about ...

The Wolf That Grows Is The One We Feed

As the summer draws to a close and our children head back to school, we each prepare for a new season in our lives. More than Jan. 1, this is the start of the new year for so many of us parents, teachers and students. A fresh school year is a blank slate. What will I make of it? I gave the ...

Woman’s Former Beau Still Can’t Win Dad’s Approval

DEAR ABBY: I’m dating my grammar school and high school sweetheart, “Gary.” We’ve known each other since I was 6. (I’m 33 now.) In high school we dated for nine months and were in love, but he told lies to my dad, so Dad ordered him to stay away. Now, 16 years later, after being only ...

Job Loss Also Puts End to Affair

DEAR ABBY: Back in 2013, a co-worker, “Jamie,” and I fell in love. Both of us were married to other people, but everything felt perfect. It was a feeling I never had for anyone in my life before. Three years later, I lost my job. The day I was terminated, my wife found out I had been ...

Rose of Sharon Boasts Late Season Blooms

An unsung hero of the late summer garden is rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). This shrub’s branches are studded with pastel blossoms year after year, despite drought, poor soil or general neglect. Cold winters or sweltering summers similarly leave it unfazed. Despite its tolerance for ...

Boyfriend Deaf To Her Asexual Assertions

DEAR ABBY: I’m 22, and my boyfriend wants sex, but I absolutely do not. I don’t feel sexual desire — not at all. I’m asexual, but he refuses to believe me and insists my “past relations have scarred me” and that I “need to get over it.” When I was 17, I was raped by my ...

Friendship With Woman Makes Waves

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 35-year-old gay man who has been in a serious relationship for five years. During the last year, my significant other, “Grady,” has grown very close with a female co-worker of mine he met at my office party. (I’ll call her Tina.) They have become inseparable, and when ...

Wood Gets His Own Asteroid

Not everyone can say they have an asteroid bearing their name, but a Wheeling man has earned that distinction. Planetary scientist and author Charles “Chuck” Wood said he was surprised to learn Thursday morning that an asteroid has been named in his honor. An official citation from the ...

A Tale of Two Thoroughly Modern Women

Separated by the Allegheny River and nearly a century, two “thoroughly modern” women stepped onto separate stages and spent the next couple hours entertaining packed houses of appreciative fans in Pittsburgh Tuesday night. At Heinz Field on the North Shore, Taylor Swift’s thousands of ...

Avoid Hazards In Your Home

When making sure our families are healthy, we often consider nutrition, medical care, accidents and illnesses, but do we consider hidden dangers that may be in the home? Some of the most serious health problems can occur right in your home. Here are a few suggestions of things you can do to ...

Baby Always In the Buff At Beach House

DEAR ABBY: My daughter “Scarlet” has a precious 18-month-old baby girl I’ll call Sierra. Scarlet, her husband and the baby spend a lot of time at their beach house, where they have several full-time employees, including a nanny, housekeeper, cook and gardener. These employees have been at ...

Falling For A Female Friend Upends Her Life

DEAR ABBY: I am a 50-year-old woman. I have been married to my husband for 28 years and never cheated. We have a good life together, and our sex life has always been great, but I have recently fallen in love with another woman. I haven’t told anyone, not even her. She has made several ...

Loyal Worker Out Of Job Following Knee Replacements

DEAR ABBY: After 16 years of loyal and dedicated service to my employer, I find myself out of work. Months ago, I needed double knee replacements. I gave him three months’ notice about my surgery, planning to return on June 1. It was a one-girl office; I was responsible for all the ...

Technology No Sub For Face Time

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 70s, and he is experiencing depression from lack of contact with his children. I don’t mean Facebook, because he sees them on there. They do not call like they did in the past. I am sure they feel that since he can actually see them on the screen, he ...

Bungee Cord Parenting

When Emma was 4, I made the monumental decision to let her play in our fenced-in back yard by herself. I stayed in the kitchen where I could see her. I can still feel the panicky flutter in my chest, the tremor in my hands when I took my eyes off her for more than 10 seconds. The words “bad ...

O’Leary’s ‘Pound’ To Land Off-B’way

Wheeling native and playwright Sean O’Leary’s drama, “Pound,” is set to receive its long-awaited off-Broadway debut this autumn. An online news source, Broadway.com, reported Tuesday that actor Christopher Lloyd will star in the New York premiere of “Pound.” Lloyd will appear in ...