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Taking comfort in the familiar.

‘No more deaths’: A victory for ‘trail angels’ and migrants

Gifts from “trail angels,” dropped off anonymously as goodwill gestures, have been a longstanding tradition in backpacking communities.


Upcoming concerts and shows

Janet Jackson — July 17 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $125-$350

The Mavericks — June 14 at Garde; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $38-$68

John Legend — Aug. 29 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $75-$250

Gabriel Iglesias — Sept. 6 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale now; $47-$70.50

Wu-Tang Clan — May 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $49.50, $59.50

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons — May 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale now; $35

Sam Hunt — July 19 at Xfinity Theatre, Hartford; tickets on sale at 9 a.m. today; $50.75-$100.75

Steely Dan, Steve Winwood — July 1 at Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass.; tickets on sale now; $29.50-$59.50







Roadside memorial grows in homeowner's front yard

DEAR ABBY: I need some help. A terrible car accident happened in front of my house a few months ago that resulted in the death of a husband and father. The family comes out every Sunday to place flowers at the accident site,...

Women pointedly exclude friend from monthly tea

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are friendly with two other couples whose children are friends with ours. We live in a fairly small community, and the couples met and began socializing because my husband and I introduced them. It...

Blind date begins love story that has lasted 55 years

DEAR ABBY: I met my lady on a blind date many years ago. When I knocked on the door, it opened and this beautiful girl was standing there. Thinking I could never be so lucky, I asked, "Is your sister home?" No. She was my...

Niece suspects elderly aunt is being isolated by her son

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have an elderly (90-plus) aunt who lives with her son in a town about four hours away. She corresponds by letter with us regularly, and we always write back. However, it has become apparent that she's...

Teen fears dating drama will lead to principal's office

DEAR ABBY: I've got a new one for you. My beautiful 16-year-old daughter was interested in a boy her age from school. He was interested in her, too. He told her he wanted to date her, but that he is "polyamorous" and would be...

Brother's hair trigger temper makes get-togethers tense

DEAR ABBY: A year ago, my brother "Leon" had a nervous breakdown at work due to a co-worker constantly harassing him. He's currently under the care of a therapist through his workplace and has not worked for a...