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Ellen DeGeneres makes on-air apology, vows a 'new chapter'

Ellen DeGeneres poses in the press room at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. DeGeneres says she'll be ready to talk when her daytime show returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace. “I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it,” DeGeneres said in a statement announcing the show's Sept. 21, 2020, start of its 18th season. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue of the new season of her daytime talk show to addressed allegations of a toxic work environment, apologizing for things “that never should have happened.”

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Rick's List - Autumn Check List Edition

Though meteorological autumn started at the first of the month, the first day of fall — according to the folks who make calendars — is Sept. 22. Either way, it's time for some fall foliage, about which I have some...

Three towns, one great preserve

All too often, people don’t fully appreciate nature’s small wonders, Carl said, adding, “I’m thinking of putting a sign up that reads, ‘Stop, look, listen.’”

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A pillar of the community is less admired at home

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 14 years to a man a lot of people in our town think has no flaws. He helps a lot of people, and he is also a pastor, but he ignores me and takes me for granted, personally, emotionally and...

Friend playing Cupid neglects to mention man's drug habit

DEAR ABBY: My hairdresser, former neighbor and friend recommended her unemployed brother to do some minor repairs to my home. He and his sister were trying to push me into a relationship. I am a widow with no children. I have no...

Woman planning future may have competition for widower

DEAR ABBY: A friend's wife died six months ago after a 10-year battle with cancer. He was her faithful caretaker, as she was mostly homebound and bedridden. He told me previously that he has had a female friend for the last four...

Disruptive cousin unwelcome during week-long family visit

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I and our children moved across the country away from our families three years ago. My 9-year-old daughter is extremely close to my mom and sister. Mom wants to take a road trip and spend a week with us.

Newly sober mom regrets pain she caused her family

DEAR ABBY: After smoking marijuana for 20 years, I quit two days ago. My head is starting to clear now, and things are coming into focus. I missed so much, and I feel terrible about it. How many times did I say no to my...

Deleted texts to new friend arouse wife's suspicion

DEAR ABBY: My husband is currently at a job that, at first, he complained was a "drag." It later became a place he seemed to be OK working at. A new male employee was hired — a man who is on his second...

Early lesson in social grace helps overceome initial shyness

DEAR ABBY: When I was a young adult, I had difficulty speaking with strangers. I recall, some years later, attending a party in honor of someone I truly admired. Most of the people there didn't know each other. Someone had the bright idea...

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