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Mutual friend won’t cut ties with abusive sister

Wed., Dec. 28, 2016

Hello, Carolyn: I have a best friend whom I have known since I was in high school. She has also been best friends with my sister for around the same time. Generally, when either one of us has a problem, we have each other’s backs. My sister has been emotionally abusive toward me for as long as I can remember. It has taken me decades and massive amounts of therapy to counter the gaslighting that has made it difficult even to trust my own instincts. She continues to be belligerent, angry and unable to accept fault to this day (she is 31).

Final goodbye: Roll call of some of those who died in 2016

Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 1:17 p.m.

This photo combination shows performances by pop music icons, from left, Prince in 1985, David Bowie in 1995, and George Michael in 2008. The entertainers were among a number of influential entertainers, sports stars and political figures who died in 2016. (Associated Press)
Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba’s revolutionary leader and Thailand’s longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.

House Call: Sensible New Year’s resolutions

Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, noon

Let’s talk about some health-related resolutions and strategies for keeping them. Common health resolutions are to exercise regularly and lose weight. These are admirable, definitely good for you, and I’d encourage them. But I have some other ideas for you to consider.

Taylor Swift surprises 96-year-old fan in Missouri

Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 9:13 a.m.

Taylor Swift and her parents surprised a 96-year-old fan in Missouri over the weekend with a visit to his home. She then sang her 2014 hit “Shake It Off.” (Richard Shotwell / AP)
Swift spent about an hour talking with 96-year-old Cyrus Porter and family. Then, on the enclosed back porch, she sang her 2014 No. 1 hit, “Shake It Off,” with dozens of Porter’s relatives joining in.

Tips on making a family first-aid kit

Tue., Dec. 27, 2016

Dear Doctor: Our young son fell off his skateboard recently, and the items my wife and I needed to tend to his cuts and scrapes were scattered throughout the house. Now we want to assemble a home first-aid kit. What should it contain? Dear Reader: Great idea! A well-stocked first-aid kit is an important safety feature for every home. And while first-aid kits are available for purchase, you can easily put one together yourself.

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