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We had a popcorn popper that hung by the fireplace, a flat, rectangular basket made of window screenings (back when screens were metal, not plastic), affixed to a long handle. The top was slid open, … more
The Rock Ridge Fire Department held an open house with an estimated 200 people in attendance May 7. A historical marker was unveiled for the actress Ava Gardner. It was very nice. Gov. Jim Hunt and brother and sister Dewey Baine and Mary Sheffield … more
The new father was overjoyed with his new baby daughter, Olivia, and wanted the staff at Wilson Medical Center to know the role they played in her birth last month. So he wrote a letter. "What I … more
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Chaz Wing was 12 when they cornered him in the school bathroom. The students who tormented him were children, too, entering the age of pimples and cracking voices. Eventually, he swore under oath, the boys raped him and … more
EL CERRITO, Calif. — How can a parent know if their child is transgender? What separates a young boy who might be transgender from one with a vivid imagination who likes to dress up in his sister's dresses? What do you do if your daughter … more
After last week’s visit to Coon High School, let’s move back to the dirty clothes situation. How about washing machines in individual homes? The country was still suffering from the effects of the Great Depression that occurred … more
Easter has been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. When I was little, it was the time of year when my dad’s whole family would come to town. My grandma would cook for three days in preparation, and we had a pig pickin’ … more
CONCORD, N.H. — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is soon to decide whether New Hampshire schools must give parents two weeks' notice before teaching sex education or human sexuality. Backers of the bill, which has passed the Legislature, say it … more
LAS VEGAS — Heather Peele is just like any other mom rushing to pick up her child at day care after work. Except, it’s 2:30 a.m., and her 6-year-old daughter has been sleeping for hours at a 24-hour child care center near the Las Vegas … more
NEW YORK — It's easy to jump directly to “crazy cat lady” or poke fun at “stay-at-home dog moms” when describing intense relationships between humans and their pets. But for some who spend the bulk of each day with … more
SAN VIGILIO DI MAREBBE, Italy — Diaper bags and baby backpacks are in just as much demand as skis, boots and poles on the U.S. Alpine team this season. So is a good night’s sleep. Four … more
Something wonderful happened when Lauren Asnis took her younger son, Danny, to Philadelphia for a weekend trip. Beyond visiting the Liberty Bell and devouring some tasty cheesesteaks, mother and son … more
Electronic bank statements have virtues — saving trees, keeping your desk uncluttered — but they also have a vice: They can be easy to forget. You could instead get paper statements delivered … more
JACKSONVILLE — Wilson resident and U.S. Navy veteran Raymond Applewhite was recently honored as a living legend in Onslow County. Community leaders, veterans and friends gathered at the … more
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s opioid crisis is stretching the state’s foster care system as more and more children are removed from the homes of their drug-addicted parents, leading to ballot … more
Many times economic circumstances strongly influence behavior. For example, in the early 1980s, my company bought clay tile from a Mexican tile manufacturer owned by my friend Arturo Martinez, who lived in Irapuato, Mexico. He and his wife employed … more
This year the Easter Bunny brought my husband and me a sweet baby girl to add to our family. This probably wasn’t the ideal gift my little boy was hoping for, but he is enjoying his role as big brother. When we found out that we would … more
NEW YORK — Amazon is introducing new tools to help parents see what their kids are doing on the company's Fire tablets. As a bonus, the e-commerce giant says its service will also help spark discussions about the books kids read and the videos … more
Disney theme parks have a big summer ahead of them with major new attractions opening May 27 based on two movies, one about the Marvel Comics superheroes from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the other about the lush alien world of Pandora … more
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