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Dear Abby: Girl who wants to date might start first with small groups

posted: 08/27/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I'm 15 and my parents won't let me date. I try to talk to them about it often, but they are convinced I'm going to get hurt or lose my virginity. I think I'm old enough to have a small relationship. I don't believe in premarital sex, and neither does the guy I like. I know I'm mature enough to date. I don't want to date just because everyone else does. I want to date this guy because we are best friends and we want to see each other, hang out like teens and have a normal relationship.

DEAR ABBY: Donation of kidney ends with loss of a friendship

posted: 08/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Dear Abby: My friend “Virginia” and I have known each other for 11 years. Five years ago she went into renal failure and was on dialysis for three years. It was hard on her and she needed a kidney transplant. Her three healthy siblings refused to be tested as a possible match.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Oaklawn thrives years after dour outlook

posted: 08/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

It is hard to believe just 25 years ago people were predicting that thoroughbred racing was going to be limited to five tracks around the country.

Weather proof

posted: 08/26/2016 2:44 a.m. Discuss

By all accounts, we haven't had a real August in Arkansas this year.

Like it is: Peavey gets fair treatment from Bielema

posted: 08/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

It was probably more the right thing to do than anything else.

JOHN BRUMMETT: Prejudice of place

posted: 08/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 21

They tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again ... And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them: ... Here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities."--Carl Sandburg in the poem "Chicago," published 100 years ago.

Arkansas Sportsman: Parts of Louisiana healing slowly

posted: 08/25/2016 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Joe Macaluso has been busy since he retired as the outdoors editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, but probably not in the way he envisioned.

The TV Column: Rugged Justice returns with new state, tales

posted: 08/25/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

If you enjoy those fish and wildlife officer shows on Animal Planet, then listen up.

DEAR ABBY: Dad dating ex-wife causes daughter to feel betrayed

posted: 08/25/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I have a complicated family situation. My dad was married to a woman named "Cynthia" for 16 years until they divorced. He met and married my mother the next year. My parents were married for 40 years, until Mom died of cancer a year ago. Since her death, I have gone with my dad to a few holiday events hosted at his other daughters' houses, where we saw them and Cynthia. Everyone was cordial and welcoming.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Bratty Lochte sullies U.S. swimmers' image

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

For the first time since 2004, Michael Phelps was not the biggest male headliner for swimming coming out of the Olympics.

REX NELSON: Bigger or sweeter?

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Hope and Cave City held dueling watermelon festivals on the same weekend again this year. Hope has the older watermelon tradition, but Cave City has been making a strong push in recent years to capture the hearts of Arkansans. For most of the summer, I've noticed a truck parked along Cantrell Road in Little Rock with a sign proclaiming "Cave City watermelons."

Column: A short story a day

posted: 08/24/2016 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Have you noticed? There's a classic American short story every day in the paper. It can be found in the small type of the classified ads under the Personals, and its author could be a combination of Miss Lonelyhearts, Flannery O'Connor and one of today's evangelists seeking to spread the Word. Why? For love or money or maybe a mix of both.

Front Burner: Sour grapes' place is Cornmeal Cake

posted: 08/24/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Even though grapes are available year round, they always taste their best to me during late summer. I love eating them fresh out of hand, but I also like to incorporate their juicy sweetness into a variety of dishes, from salads and entrees to desserts.

Hog Calls: Defensive line shows depth in scrimmage

posted: 08/24/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

One player's rise inevitably leads to a teammate's fall.

Uncorked: Red grapes shine in plenty of wines

posted: 08/24/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

If we judged wine based on what we see on the shelves at wine shops it would seem there are very few red grape varieties worth drinking. Cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir dominate the offerings in stores and on restaurant wine lists. And because of this strong presence many wine drinkers have a mistaken impression that the world's other red grapes are inferior in quality and flavor. The good news is this simply isn't true. There are many other red wines to explore.

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