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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 ...

Hormones May Be To Blame for Mood Swings

DEAR ABBY: This is in response to “Crying Myself to Sleep” (June 2), who is having drastic mood swings, including crying, depression and anger. I experienced these, and it was not only horrible, but also scary. My doctors figured out my problem was caused by a hormonal imbalance. Since ...

Advice for First-Generation College Students, From One

As a new school year approaches, young people from around the country prepare to take their first steps into adulthood by heading off to their freshmen year of college. For most, it is both exciting and terrifying. Although parental restrictions will fall by the wayside (no more imposed ...

Policeman Says Mom Using Him Against Kids

DEAR ABBY: The media give us stories of racial conflict and the shooting of police officers almost daily, and every reporter and news anchor proposes solutions. As a Hispanic police officer in a small city, I have an observation. I was having lunch the other day with two other officers. ...

Err on Side Of Caution When Power Goes Out

When storms knock out the power, what’s the best way to handle refrigerated or frozen foods? Err on the cautious side. When in doubt, throw the food out. “Food can be very expensive to throw away but not as costly as food-borne illnesses, which can cause lifelong health effects as well ...

Family Is Split By Predator

DEAR ABBY: A number of years ago, it came out that my brother-in-law had raped and molested his two daughters and two granddaughters. It tore our family apart. Although my sister said she intended to divorce him, she never did. She also didn’t report it — so he was never convicted of the ...

Baby Plays Favorites At Day Care

DEAR ABBY: I am a child care provider working with infants. Two of us work in the nursery and share responsibilities. One baby has become extremely attached to me, to the point that I can’t take a break or go to lunch without him screaming until I return. I feel guilty taking lunch breaks ...

Workout Friend Feels Spurned

Dear Annie: I have a friend in her early 60s who has been my workout partner for about 10 years. We usually meet up three times during the week for a 5:30 a.m. workout because we are both employed. I also belong to another facility, which I attend two to three times per week for group training ...

A Life Filled With Love And Purpose

I’m pretty certain my mother-in-law never bothered to read “The Purpose-Driven Life” by Rick Warren. She didn’t have to; her purpose was evident. And anyway, she never read non-fiction. Jane McFarland’s purpose was twofold: to love and to work. There is no question she was driven by ...

Cause of Family’s Separation ‘Nunya’

DEAR ABBY: As a child, I suffered a lot of abuse from my parents until I finally, at 13, opened up to a teacher. I was removed from my house and spent the remainder of my youth in various foster homes. I never felt like I had a home or family until I was an adult and made my own. I have cut ...

‘Y’all’ Explore Austin

If you hear me utter an uncharacteristic “Y’all,” there is a logical explanation: I’ve just returned from nearly two weeks in Austin, Texas! I had the honor of serving as a lay deputy to The Episcopal Church’s 79th General Convention, held at the Austin Convention Center July 3-13. ...