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Time to dump lying, cheating boyfriend

Dear Abby: I have been in a long-distance relationship with “Victor” for several years. Recently I began to suspect he was cheating. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldn’t reach him on the weekends. Usually we would Skype — Sunday night for me, …

Generic drug safety drawing scrutiny


DRS. ROIZEN AND OZ: Like many others, you may want to lose weight and exercise, but somehow you can’t keep those goals? How’s a person to stay on track?

Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center receives Women’s Choice Award


Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals has been named a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers, according to a press release.

The Women’s Choice Award seal signifies Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals’ commitment …

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Anthony Bourdain has no fear in ‘Unknown’

The season opener of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” illustrates what makes it unique. Bourdain tells stories about the tense border between India and Pakistan and a Sikh gathering place where a free meal is served to tens of thousands of people each day. He rides a rickety train to a Himalayan village that was a summer getaway for the ruling class, and visits a luxury home nearly frozen in time. In between, he eats.

Dinner party boor? Change the subject


DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a political appointee. At a dinner party recently where I was a guest, one of the other guests asked about a controversial policy issue relevant to my agency. I attempted to answer factually, but this seemed to inflame the guest …

Belly size is more telling than weight


A large waist size is linked to poor health and premature death, even if your body mass index (your weight in relationship to your height) is in a normal range.

Michigan fruit may feel winter’s effects


Chicagoans who get their fruit from Michigan may feel the sting of winter with damages to cherry, peach, grape and blueberry sources.

For Chef Paul Kahan it’s the food, not limelight, that matters


Paul Kahan — the former computer scientist turned last year’s James Beard Award winner for best chef — shies away from the spotlight almost entirely. Instead, he chooses to focus on his family and the handful of Chicago restaurants he runs with his partners — nationally known eateries such as Blackbird, avec and The Publican.

Health briefs for April 9

Grief support for kids

Hospice of the Calumet Area Healing Hearts program provides counseling through a bereavement support group for children and teens who have experienced a loss of a loved one, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the death. Children and teens need to know …

Runner’s high is the ultimate high


DR. WALLACE: I’m 17 and I’m in the process of turning my life around. A year ago I was a total loser. I was deep into the drug scene and tried to take my own life, and I almost succeeded. I was rushed to a …

Little girls shouldn’t use strong-arm selling tactics


DEAR MISS MANNERS: My granddaughter has set a goal for herself of selling 300 boxes of cookies. Although it is a noble goal, I doubt if an 8-year-old can achieve this realistically. She has asked me to buy these cookies before, but, being a diabetic, …

Fight childhood obesity; and tame the rage-a-holic



Teen right to resist pressure to date


Dear Abby: I’m 13, and my classmates are just beginning to “date.” Sometimes what this means is, “Hey, do you want to go to my house, get drunk and have sex?” There’s already a pregnant girl in our school. She’s 12. I’m trying not to …

Renwald: Rhubarb custard a great way to welcome spring


Barely after the first pale green blades of tulip stems raise their heads from the black earth, rhubarb follows suit.

It emerges like an ugly weed, a curly tuft of lettuce flowering above skinny rose stalks.

It’s a tenacious perennial, sprouting up in the bleakest …

A Thousand Words for March 31, 2014


Last week’s winner: The boss said this job requires hands-on experience. — Joan Knudsen, Chicago Ridge, Ill. Runners-up: I told you to leave your hands off! — Joseph Baniewicz, Tinley Park, Ill. Gee Elvira, when I said I like holding hands with you I didn’t …

Alcoholics Anonymous for dad, Alateen for 14-year-old


DR. WALLACE: I’m 14 and have a father who has been in jail twice because he was arrested for drunk driving both times. He and I are close, but the last time he went to jail he missed my birthday. My mom and I keep …