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Advice Goddess 5/3/11

The Ultrasound Of Silence My 27-year-old girlfriend has two kids (ages 10 and 5). She is financially stable and owns her own house. We began planning to get married, but then she said she didn’t want any more children. She cites the financial burden, the time a baby would take from “us,” how she’d be […]

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Going through the big ‘D’

No divorce lawyer? Might be your fault By Isabel Suarez (courtesy of Robert L. Mues) When I asked our family attorney to represent me in my divorce, he flatly told me he would rather drink arsenic. I assured him this was a simple divorce, and his answer was still no. After calling several attorneys, their […]

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Advice Goddess 4/26/11

Will You Still Shove Me Tomorrow? I’m in a relationship that feels like it could last, but I’m afraid of ending up like my parents: constantly bickering over minutiae, snarling at each other from other rooms, and slamming doors. The thing is, my boyfriend and I are already starting to fight over the stupidest stuff! […]

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Targeting cyber bullying

The legalities of online defamation By Isabel Suarez Concurring: Tim Carlin I have lost count of the number of weeks that I have stayed up with my 14-year-old daughter who has been crying herself to sleep because of lies posted on Facebook by her ex-boyfriend. She assures me that they were never sexually active. I […]

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News of the Weird, 4/19/11

By Chuck Shepherd Laney Wallace, 16, won the beauty contest at the 53rd Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas, in March and the next day fulfilled the first duty of her reign: to behead and skin a western diamondback. “You have to make sure you don’t pop the bladder,” the 2011 Miss Snake Charmer said shortly […]

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The sweet debate

Are food made with real sugar healthier? By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. You’ve probably seen those “made with real sugar” ads on TV and heard about food makers replacing high fructose corn syrup with “real sugar” in everything from ketchup to crackers. “Real sugar” may be the craziest comeback since platform sandals, […]

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Legal aid?

Options for free legal help (when you’re not a criminal) By Isabel Suarez Concurring: Tim Carlin My husband left me (and our two children) four months ago. I have been a homemaker for the last 12 years of our marriage. He has not provided us with any support, nor has he paid the mortgage or […]

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Advice Goddess 4/19/11

Nodding Off Hill I’ve been married for 10 years. I’m 43, well-educated, financially well-off, and fit. My husband and I are wonderful friends, and I love him dearly. However, for reasons he won’t tell me, he decided eight years ago that he was no longer interested in sex. He says it’s “too much work.” He […]

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News of the Weird

By Chuck Shepherd A 200-exhibit installation on the history of dirt and filth and their importance in our lives opened in a London gallery in March, featuring the ordinary (dust), the educational (a video tribute to New York’s Fresh Kills landfill, at one time the world’s largest), the medical (vials of historic, nasty-looking secretions from […]

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The legality of illegals

A legal standpoint on illegal aliens By Isabel Suarez Concurring: Tim Carlin For years now I have been listening about our country’s ever-growing immigration issue. Is our government doing anything about it? From my experience, having worked since 1992 with Latino immigrants, I have nothing but respect for them. These individuals are the hardest working […]

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Advice Goddess 4/12/11

This American Strife My boyfriend of 10 months asked me for my idea of a romantic evening, and I said I think it’s really romantic to make dinner together. He asked for specifics, and I ended up pretty much describing what my last boyfriend and I used to do: have wine and cheese, burn this […]

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Advice Goddess 4/5/11

Too-Big Love I’m an older woman (almost 50) in a six-year live-in relationship with a 25-year-old guy. The problem is he wants to sleep with other girls. I understand his need to be with other girls, especially at his age. Although I consented, I love him and cannot bear the thought of this. When he […]

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News of the Weird

Gen. Than Shwe of Myanmar, leader of Asia’s most authoritarian regime, made a rare public appearance in February but dressed in a women’s sarong. Most likely, according to a report on AOL News, he was challenging the country’s increasingly successful “panty protests” in which females opposed to the regime toss their underwear at the leaders […]

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The wheels on the bus…

How safe is public transportation? By Isabel Suarez I ride the bus daily because I lost my license, and need to get to work. Unfortunately, it is not the experience I remember as a young man. Years ago, our parents would allow my friends and I to ride downtown and eat lunch. Given my daily […]

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Advice Goddess

Miffed Connection Two years ago, “Beth,” this attractive woman I see around, gave me her number and mentioned three times that she hadn’t been asked out in a long time. I called to ask her out and…silence. She then said, “I can’t…as I think I may have something else to do.” Well, that was that, […]

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Home of the brave

A court for our veterans By Isabel A. Suárez My son has recently separated from the U.S. Army. As an infantryman, he served one tour in Afghanistan and three in Iraq. He does not like to talk about his time overseas, but he has been deeply affected. I am afraid he suffers from PTSD (Post-Traumatic […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]