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Man plans to give a ring without a proposal

DEAR ABBY: My girlfriend, “Jane,” and I have been in love for three years. We’re both in our 30s. Jane and her daughter have lived with me long enough to know that I want to be a part of — and contribute to — the rest of their lives. Jane knows I never want to be married, but that I ...

Horoscopes by Holiday

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You really don’t owe anyone an explanation, but you may choose to explain anyway, instead of leaving the story to people’s imaginations, which can be wild, strange and unpredictably aimed. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). To be content with yourself is the aim here, ...

How many IBS remedies are too many?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have dealt with irritable bowel syndrome for over 40 years. I have had less cramping and loose stools when I quit drinking milk. However, now over the past few years I have had mild constipation and very frequent bloating. I take dicyclomine, 10 mg, before meals and bedtime, ...

Son still mired in grief long after father’s death

DEAR ABBY: It has been a little over two years since I lost my father to leukemia. The progression of his illness and death was rapid and unforeseen. It has been a tremendous emotional strain on the family, but I seem to be having a hard time “ending” my grieving and finding even simple ...

No good early screening test for ovarian cancer

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column on screening tools, you made a brief statement about ovarian cancer. As a cancer survivor with metastasis to the ovary I was hoping to have read something within the response on screening for ovarian cancer. What is your response to someone in regard to ...

Horoscopes by Holiday

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Focus on building relationships. Human capital is the only real wealth in the end, and it will pay you in ways that make dollar bills and gold bars seem inconsequential. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Why do you think you have to say yes? If it’s because someone ...

Pats, Rams work OT for Super Bowl spots

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady’s brilliance. The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and backup Rex Burkhead’s 2-yard TD lifted New England ...

Officials make their presence felt in championship games

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last thing the NFL would ever want is for an officiating mistake to decide the Super Bowl. On Sunday, the league might have gotten enough errors to determine both teams that will play in the championship game in two weeks. The most egregious gaffe came in the ...

Wedding planning creating a rift

DEAR ABBY: My 38-year-old daughter is being married this summer. This is her first marriage, and we are planning the wedding. She has never planned a big event like this before, and every suggestion I make gets us into a fight. I know it’s upsetting her terribly, and it’s upsetting me as ...

Horoscopes

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You want to change a bad habit. Certain cues trigger a chain of behaviors. If you can alter your environment to avoid that cue, this will be much easier than trying to change the avalanche of actions that follows the cue. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your day will be ...

Baggage prices take flight

Dear Heloise: The cost of air travel keeps rising. Airlines have increased BAGGAGE FEES, which we understand is a profitable source of revenue for the airlines. We already pay for seat selection, snacks, drinks, blankets, pillows and Wi-Fi. Why are we being asked to pay more for baggage? — ...

Keep family resolutions in 2019

Last month’s holiday celebrations have passed, but perhaps one tradition hangs on. How many of us have put into practice the resolutions we shared with others before the stroke of midnight New Year’s Eve? Hmmm, not as easy to accomplish as hoped? With the flurry of family life, the days ...

Travel industry fears damage from a long gov’t shutdown

ATLANTA (AP) — America’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, is a blur of activity on the best of days. But an extra layer of anxiety gripped the airport Friday, the eve of a three-day holiday weekend. The partial government shutdown — the longest ever — has ...

Can the Patriots really do it again?

NOT THEM AGAIN! Sorry America — at least outside of New England — but the team you love to hate is headed back to the Super Bowl. Sure, there are negatives to point out with these Patriots. They haven’t looked much more than mediocre on the road. Their defense is vulnerable, ...

Woman feels despair at girlfriend’s distance

DEAR ABBY: My girlfriend and I have lived together off and on for three years. We met at a lesbian bar in Los Angeles, and it was love at first sight for me. I suspect she has been seeing another woman. She has changed her dress style and even her cologne. When I confront her, begging her ...

Horoscopes by Holiday

ARIES (March 21-April 19). When your truest desire is to assist, the first step is to get to know the person and understand what needs, wants, fears and beliefs are in play. Only then can you figure out the best way to serve and support. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re in no mood to be ...

Amount of medical research is impressive

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is medical research shared? It seems that after all these years of battling various types of diseases and maladies, more progress should’ve been made than has been done. I suspect that if medical research were fully shared and people pooled their knowledge, more progress ...

I love the Lexus NX 300 hybrid: Here’s why

Great looks, comfort, handling, fuel economy, luxury, and tech-stuffed features at an affordable price. There’s little more to say about the Lexus NX 300 other than, “I want this SUV.” Okay, a lot more. I fell in love with the upscale hybrid on a recent test drive in the wintry ...

One-finger driving a bad idea

Dear Car Talk: This is not a car question as much as it is a husband question. My husband insists that it’s safe to drive, even on highways at highway speed, with just one index finger curled around the steering wheel. Driving with him can be positively scary. Can you please set him ...

1962 Mack truck: Delivering loads of memories

From 1953 through 1966, Mack built Model B61 durable trucks to tow trailers, deliver ready-mix concrete, and carry loads as dump trucks. They featured a bulldog atop the radiator shell. Before graduating from college, Bill Wilkinson spent his summers wrestling the three-spoke, ...