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We Wear The Mask

The Short Life of Paul Laurence Dunbar By Tim Walker   “We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, – This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties.” From “We Wear the Mask”, by Paul Laurence […]

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Head to head combat

Do retired NFL players have the right to sue for head injuries? By A.J. Wagner My parents had next to nothing. They had each other, they had their 18 children, and they had a three-bedroom house in the poor section of Beaver Falls, Penn., just north of Pittsburgh. After my mother died and her income […]

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Advice Goddess, 1/10/12

I Smell A Rut I just got dumped by a guy who swore he was ready to settle down (after years of serial monogamy). His relationship history reminded me of the man you wrote about recently who had been married and divorced five times and was on relationship number six. Woman number six wrote you, […]

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Advice Goddess, 1/3/12

Axing A Girl Out You overlooked the danger when you replied to the woman who was invited on a hiking date by a man she’d had a crush on. You said that he probably got interested because he saw her with her new boyfriend. Well, he could also have wanted to murder her because of […]

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The new Civil War

Looking forward to big decisions in 2012 By A.J. Wagner The Civil War is about to be fought again. The battle will take place near the banks of the Potomac River where the combatants will be armed with briefs, memoranda and pithy statements to fire at their opponents. Their blue and gray suits, this time, […]

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Advice Goddess, 12/27/11

Brief-Stricken A divorced male friend and I recently became “friends with benefits.” However, I’m not receiving the same, uh, level of benefits as he is. He isn’t giving me orgasms from intercourse, and his pleasuring of me is measured in seconds rather than minutes, despite my telling him that this is a problem. (I haven’t […]

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A brief brief

The U.S. Supreme Court

A look at 2011’s biggest Supreme Court decisions By A.J. Wagner It’s like an annual trip up the mountain to ask the guru for wisdom. Every fall, lawyers attend an update of the past year’s most important court decisions as presented by Judge James Brogan. Judge Brogan retired last year from Ohio’s Second District Court […]

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Yuletide storms

Don't let the holidays put you in bankruptcy court

How holiday spending can come back to bite you in the New Year By A.J. Wagner There should be tornado warnings in December. Every year as the holidays approach, consumers get swept up in a vortex of debt as they run up the credit cards and other forms of lending to make a special occasion […]

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A novel idea

The NaNoWriMo kickoff event for 2011

NaNoWriMo: Inspiring the aspiring novelists in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker It should come as no surprise that novelists, like other writers, can be a bit … well, eccentric. They sit, after all, for hour upon hour, struggling to fill empty notebooks and blank computer screens with the thousands of words necessary to advance […]

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Advice Goddess, 12/20/11

The Cad Catalogue Three years ago, I was divorced six weeks from a 22-year marriage when I got involved with a married co-worker and persuaded him to divorce his wife for me. He has been married five times and cheated on all of his wives. I have reason to believe he’s still having sex with […]

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Bluegrass at the Mayflower

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers at Mayflower Arts Center By Rick Eichhorn Photo: [l - r] Vickie Abbott, Ma […]

Advice goddess: 01/27

By Amy Alkon Urning curve My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she […]

News of the weird: 01/27

With Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Spidey sense gets real Among the breakthroughs demonstrated by the computer chip company Intel’s […]

Chew on this: 01/27

The 7 highly effective habits of the longest losers By Jayne Powers You’d think after 21 years of research by […]

News of the weird: 01/20

By Chuck Shepherd Man’s other best friends People’s love for their pets reached a new high in December when a […]

Chew on this: 01/20

Get more in the know about your dough By Jayne Powers Sometimes, we don’t know when we think we did […]