The gray brick buildings, leaning slightly with boarded up windows shut like weary eyes, look just as tired and dirty as many of the beggars, prostitutes and workers who walk the streets. The brightly colored clothes of the rich stand in stark contrast to the drab skies that peek out between the farthest peaked roofs.
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MINNEAPOLIS — It was a one-two punch in the gut from two of country’s biggest stars.
“Little Demon in the City of Light” by Steven Levingston; Doubleday ($26.95)
ABERDEEN AMERICAN LEGION, 112 W. 1st St., bingo Sundays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. with free coffee.
The sandy beaches, lush forests, calm lakes and abundant wildlife of Western Washington make it an outdoor lover’s paradise.
In this age of fresh and local, canned foods are so far out of fashion that it sometimes seems as if they hide their heads when you walk past them in the grocery store. In some cases, this is valid: Who still buys canned peas or asparagus? But in others, it’s nothing but shortsighted snobbery on our part. What is more delicious than a really good canned sardine?
Southern food is oh-so-good, but it can be oh-so-unhealthful as well.
PHILADELPHIA — And now, from the department of vital information that it never occurred to you to think about, we bring you earwax odor.
MIAMI — Last summer Ted D’Esposito, a retired charter fishing boat captain, wasn’t feeling right. He was short of breath and his energy level was way down. He noticed a burning sensation on the back of his throat.
When I was in kindergarten, Stevie Duffy was my nemesis. I’m astonished, actually, that I still remember his name. And his face. And his voice. But it’s all quite keen in my mind.
Dear Abby: “Still Alive in San Diego” (Nov. 22) said she reads the obituaries every day and feels somehow disappointed when she doesn’t see a name she recognizes. She asked if it was “weird” and you told her yes, that it seemed like a lack of empathy.
Dear Abby: My 13-year-old daughter, “Lizzie,” continues to talk to a 14-year-old boy who is very controlling and abusive to her. I made her stop talking to him, took away her cellphone privileges, and tried to show her how wrong he was for her and that she was going to wind up very hurt.