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Slumming it

What to do about a no-good landlord By Isabel A. Suárez I’ve been reading your article for the past few weeks, and I thought you might be able to help me in my situation. I have not had heat in my apartment since December. I have two teenage daughters and a wife who cannot layer […]

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News of the Weird

CHUCK SHEPHERD’S NEWS OF THE WEIRD by Chuck Shepherd “Tall, slim, facial symmetry,” “good teeth,” along with classic makeup and dress and graceful movement, might comprise the inventory list for any beauty contest winner, and they are also the criteria for victors in Niger’s traditional “Gerewol” festival — except that the contestants are all males […]

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In my defense

Protecting your home, yourself By Isabel A. Suarez I was a victim of a home invasion approximately one year ago. Thankfully my family was not home at the time. I also recently read that from February 19 to 20, a gun show will be held at Hara Arena. This has gotten me thinking about my […]

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Broke?

6 ways to get the health care you and your family deserve By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. TV cameras and newspaper pundits may be glued to the endless health care battles in Washington, but a bigger health drama is unfolding outside the Beltway — at kitchen tables just like yours. With 50 […]

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The Advice Goddess – 02/16/11

The Advice Goddess By Amy Alkon FIRST QUESTION –  Menopause In The Heterosexuality I’m a 56-year-old married woman, and as far as I can tell, I’ve been happily heterosexual all my life — until recently. For the past year, I’ve been thinking about a woman until I can no longer think about anything else. I […]

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News of the Weird

CHUCK SHEPHERD’S NEWS OF THE WEIRD by Chuck Shepherd The ear has a “G-spot,” explained the Santa Clara, Calif., ear-nose-and-throat surgeon, and thus the moans of ecstasy that Vietnamese “ear pickers” reportedly elicit from their clients might well be justified. A San Jose Mercury News reporter, dispatched to Ho Chi Minh City in January to […]

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Law and Disorder – 02/09/11

How long does family come first? by Isabel A. Suarez Dear Isabel, I have been paying child support since my divorce 10 years ago. The amount is so high relative to my income that it barely leaves me enough money to sustain myself, never mind stop sleeping on the couch and get a one-bedroom apartment. […]

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The Advice Goddess – 02/09/11

The Advice Goddess By Amy Alkon FIRST QUESTION – Queasy Credit My girlfriend and I are planning to get married this year. Her finances are in perfect order (she’s frugal, with no debts, while I owe $8K on credit cards), so we agreed that she’d manage our money after marriage. But recently, something happened that […]

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News of the Weird

News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd Those Ingenious Western Spies! In January, Saudi officials detained a vulture from Tel Aviv University (part of endangered-species research), calling it a spy and alarming its Israeli handlers that the bird might face a gruesome execution as an espionage agent. Then, a day later, Iran reportedly detained an […]

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Law and Disorder – 02/02/11

Do’s and Dont’s of your Identification. By Isabel A. Suárez Dear Isabel, I see the government intruding in my life every day.  My grandfather told me about Nazi Germany and how he always had to carry identification around with him to prove who he claimed to be. The police could stop him for no reason […]

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The end of the dead tree book?

Kindles and Kobos and Nooks. Oh, my. By Timothy Walker Constant readers, ones rarely seen without a book or a newspaper in hand, certainly aren’t going anywhere. You see them on the bus, in the cafeteria, in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. I myself am involved in a lifelong love affair with books, […]

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A Country Divided

Local author Raul Ramos y Sanchez debuts his provocative, eye-opening second novel, ‘House Divided’ By Nicole Wroten Miami Valley author Raul Ramos y Sanchez paints an almost-too-real picture of revolution in the sequel to his critically acclaimed first novel, “American Libre,” in “House Divided.” Ramos y Sanchez’s second novel picks up where the first left […]

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News of the Weird – 02/02/11

News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd Do Ask, Must Tell (and Show): The Turkish military’s legendary homophobia (rare among NATO countries) comprises both zero-tolerance for homosexuality by service personnel and the requirement of rigorous proof by anyone applying for exemption from service by claiming to be gay. (Homosexuality is the only disqualifier from compulsory […]

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The Advice Goddess – 02/02/11

The Advice Goddess By Amy Alkon — FIRST QUESTION — Speed Hating I met a guy online, and after two four-hour phone conversations, he declared he felt a “deep connection.” We had a romantic date, during which he made repeated declarations of his feelings. The next morning, he sent a somewhat angry text, observing that […]

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News of the Weird – 01/26/11

News of the Weird By Chuck Shepherd Two hundred boredom “activists” gathered in London in December at James Ward’s annual banal-apalooza conference, “Boring 2010,” to listen to ennui-stricken speakers glorify all things dreary, including a demonstration of milk-tasting (in wine glasses, describing flavor and smoothness), charts breaking down the characteristics of a man’s sneezes for […]

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The Advice Goddess – 01/26/11

The Advice Goddess Amy Alkon FIRST QUESTION — You Make Loving Fund My wife and I have been married four months after dating a year. She’s 40; I’m 34. Before we married, we agreed (because of our values) that the man pays the daily living expenses (rent/mortgage, bills, taxes, groceries). She said I should never […]

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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 […]