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Advice Goddess 10/27/10

Giving Her Paws I’ve been dating a great guy for three years. I occasionally get invited to work functions, and I’d like to take him, but I can’t trust him to act appropriately (not grope me in front of my co-workers, make inappropriate small talk, etc.). The thought of bringing him makes me so anxious […]

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News Of The Weird 10/20/10

LEAD STORY More Creative Alternate-Site Surgery: Doctors from the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Washington announced in September that they could just as well handle certain brain surgeries by access not in the traditional way through the top of the skull but by drilling holes in the nose and, more recently, […]

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Sign Language Astrology 10/20/10

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The news today had a story about seven major cities that are in imminent danger of sinking, including Bangkok, New Orleans and New York. Rising water levels due to global warming and/or crappy foundations are mostly to blame. This made me think of you, Scorpio. Why? You may not realize that […]

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Outlive Your Sofa

Tips To Stay Active By Michael Roizen, M.D., And Mehmet OZ, M.D. It’s the health whodunit of the year: Millions of unexplained deaths, and a network of criminals so bland, so…boring …that they escaped notice for decades. Stand up, you’re sitting on one! We’re talking about your sofa, your kitchen-counter stool, even your desk chair. […]

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Advice Goddess 10/20/10

When Plush Comes To Shove I fear I’ve already turned off the new guy I’m dating because of a ritual I can’t seem to give up. I sleep with a stuffed bunny. I’m in my mid-30s, but I’ve had it since childhood, and I just find sleeping with it comforting. For the first month of […]

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News Of The Weird

LEAD STORY Edible “dirt” has recently appeared on the menus of several of the world’s most renowned restaurants (e.g., the top-rated Noma in Copenhagen, Shakuf in Tel Aviv, Gilt in New York City). “People are really wowed to see dirt on their plates,” said Gilt’s head chef. Actually, the “dirt” only looks and feels like […]

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Sign Language Astrology

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Sure, you could bake a traditional apple pie, but these particular guests would probably be more excited if, when they cut into that innocuous crust, they discovered bacon and pecans, or avocado and kiwi—something surprising and just as delicious, if not more so. Thinking outside the box isn’t your specialty, I […]

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Pier Pressure I got laid off when my company relocated. I was unemployed for 10 months while I tried unsuccessfully to find a job. During this time, my wife resented that she was working and I was “off.” She’d criticize the housework I did, saying I never dusted or swept well enough. She also complained that […]

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Some things don’t respond well to extra pressure, like sleep. Sometimes the more urgent it is that you get some rest, the less likely it’ll actually happen. You end up watching the clock all night, desperately tired, thinking, “Ugh, I have to get up in five hours…. Four hours…three hours!” Of […]

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News Of The Weird

By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY _____________ Ingrid Paulicivic filed a lawsuit in September against Laguna Beach, CA, gynecologist Red Alinsod over leg burns she bafflingly acquired during her 2009 hysterectomy – a procedure that was topped off by the doctor’s nearly gratuitous name-”branding” of her uterus with his electrocautery tool. Dr. Alinsod explained that he […]

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Putting The Spark Plugs In The Relationship By Amy Alkon Five years ago, My Love and I shared our first kiss. Since then, we’ve been seeing each other three times a week for an hour. We spend this hour in his truck being intimate. We love each other. We talk about getting married, how we’ll […]

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News Of The Weird

By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY _____________ Civilization in Decline: “Tom Tom,” a 2- year-old Yorkshire terrier, was laid to rest at the Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, AR, in March, even though he was in good health. His owner, Donald Ellis, had just passed away but had left explicit instructions that he wanted Tom Tom buried […]

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I’m Knot With The Band I’m 28 and my boyfriend of five years is 29. I’m ready to get married, and he’s flat-out not, but wants us to stay together. Our maturity levels vary greatly. I’m getting my Ph.D. while working full time. He has a job, but can’t save or manage money and just […]

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Sign Language Astrology

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Imagine scientists invented a cheap way to lock humans into the age of their choice, but once you picked how old you wanted to be, it was irreversible. While most of us would probably be more or less happy with our new ages, some people would regret their decisions, wish they’d […]

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) We’re taught the old cliché, “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” It’s actually not a bad philosophy, most of the time; few truly valuable goals can be achieved without persistence and determination. However, sometimes it’s preferable to realize that you won’t be able to accomplish something and […]

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News Of The Weird

By Chuck Shepherd LEAD STORY _____________ More than a half-million children in the U.S. take antipsychotic medicines and (reported The New York Times in September) “even the most reluctant (doctors) encounter a marketing juggernaut that has made antipsychotics the nation’s top-selling class of drugs by revenue, $14.6 billion last year, with prominent promotions aimed at […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]