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Couple weighs reconciliation five years after violent split

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

DEAR ABBY: Five years ago, my husband got drunk and physically attacked me in front of his family. It was horrible. I was in shock, and our relationship never recovered.The next four years were a series of court visits for custody...

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Ring from broken engagement gets another chance to shine

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 5:26 pm

DEAR ABBY: I was engaged several years ago, but the engagement didn't last. We broke up and I gave him back his ring. We remain close friends, however, and hang out at least once a week.I have been dating another guy for a couple of...

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Baby’s adoption will leave hole in grandmother’s heart

 August 25, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

DEAR ABBY: My teenaged daughter will be giving birth soon, and she has decided to place her baby for adoption. I have told her that whatever she decides, I will support her decision.Here is the difficult part: This will still be my...

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Knuckle-cracking habit brings calm and craziness to family

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 2:49 pm

DEAR ABBY: My future son-in-law recently moved in with us for financial reasons. He's 27 and a nice guy, but he's a habitual knuckle-cracker. He cracks every finger of each hand twice (back and forth) every half-hour or so. He also...

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Girl suspects her grandpa has become a dirty old man

 August 23, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am a 12-year-old girl, and my grandpa is 75. I love him very much, but I have noticed lately that he stares at women's breasts when they are jogging, and he smiles when a gust of wind blows a girl's skirt up. This embarrasses...

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Family fears for teen falling under boyfriend’s influence

 August 22, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

DEAR ABBY: My son's wife passed away very recently. He works days, so I have been helping him by looking after his 15-year-old daughter, "Leyla."Leyla recently told her father that her boyfriend, "Dylan," has asked her to vandalize...

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Cousin’s tag-along kids push the limit of bride’s guest list

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am being married later this year, and I'm planning my guest list. My cousin "Emily" has five young children who I'm making an exception to invite. She lives across the country, so she's starting to book her plane reservations.

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Husband who relives his past should focus on his present

 August 20, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm married to the love of my life. I can't imagine loving a man more than I love "Wayne," and I know he feels the same about me. The problem is, he's always telling stories about things he has done, including past...

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Young man with heart scar has options for covering it up

 August 19, 2014; Updated: 5:00 pm

DEAR ABBY: You printed a letter from "Self-Conscious in Georgia" (May 15), a young man who is insecure about the scar from his heart surgery. I have had three surgeries for congenital defects, my first at 2 years old. Because many...

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Angry wife resents husband for hiding news of his health

 August 18, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

DEAR ABBY: When my husband is sick or needs to have surgery, he refuses to tell his family and doesn't want me to. This puts me in a very awkward position. I'm damned if I do tell them because he will be upset with me, and damned if I...

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Nurse objects when mother threatens girl with flu shot

 August 17, 2014; Updated: 2:10 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm a nurse who has been providing flu vaccinations for customers in a big box store. Most of them regard us health care workers as people who want to keep them healthy. My problem is parents who use me as a threat of punishment...

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Head-over-heels romantics should come back to earth

 August 16, 2014; Updated: 4:15 pm

DEAR ABBY: I have been single for a couple of years. I have always been levelheaded when it comes to romance, but I'm finding myself unable to control my feelings about the new man I'm seeing.

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