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'She takes care of all of us': Chicago woman celebrates 50 years on the job at store

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CHICAGO -- Sandy Farrer’s first day on the job at Jewel-Osco started a bit, well, sticky.

She bagged groceries alongside a cashier who liked to move quickly. But when two liter glass bottles of pop bumped together, exploding all over her, Farrer said she spent her first shift soaked in the drink.

But Farrer overcame the bumpy start, ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: What you're doing wrong in dating... and how to fix it

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As we enter the summer and all of the fun date ideas that present themselves (picnics, ferry rides, outdoor breweries—oh my!), many people reflect on the fact that they are single and don't necessarily want to be. While we obviously can't control chemistry (or the longevity of relationships), we can certainly control our approach to finding ...Read more

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Steve Lopez: He was the oldest man in the US, and his loving caretaker was with him to the end

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The oldest male in the United States was a man of many appetites, even at 110, and his live-in caretaker did her best to feed them.

Rosario Reyes would make banana pancakes for Morrie Markoff, and he would plead for more syrup. She'd bring him a corned beef sandwich, followed by a piece of lemon meringue pie, and reluctantly give in when he ...Read more

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Most Americans are significantly stressed about money -- here's how it varies by demographic

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One of the most prevalent and enduring types of stress is financial stress. Managing money has been especially difficult with the relentless financial constraints over the past couple of years: A global pandemic, a potential recession and persistently high prices. When keeping up with finances doesn’t go well, it seems like nothing else does ...Read more

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Ask Anna: Caught my boyfriend on a dating app -- confront him or ghost?

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Dear Anna,

Six months ago, I ended my relationship with my boyfriend due to repeated boundary violations, including emotional abuse and dishonesty. Recently, he apologized and promised to change, so I hesitantly gave him another chance. Spoiler! This was a big mistake. Despite his sweet words, I felt something was off. Four days after we ...Read more

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Commentary: Queer people have shaped America. Why celebrating that fact protects kids

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When I was about 10 years old, I blurted out a sentence that would reshape my life.

"Marky Mark," I said, "is sexy."

I had only a partial understanding at the time of what that word meant, but I knew it applied to Mark Wahlberg, who in 1995 was a young rapper and muscled Calvin Klein model. I also knew, suddenly and irrevocably from that ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: We must remember the heroes of the AIDS epidemic, not just the trauma

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"I'm writing because I have a determination to live. You do, too — don't you?" — Bobbi Campbell, "AIDS Poster Boy"

At no point did Bobbi Campbell ask for permission.

In 1981, the registered nurse took pictures of his Kaposi sarcoma (KS) lesions and posted them in the heart of San Francisco's Castro District, along with a notice of his ...Read more

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Commentary: 'I don't have to be caged for your happiness': Why I find hope in today's queer youth

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I don't know who exactly taught me I was going to hell.

It wasn't my parents. My mother, raised Southern Baptist, was clear that we attended the only Lutheran church for miles because the Lutherans weren't mean.

It wasn't my favorite childhood pastor. Over the course of two years in confirmation classes, he taught me in a deep and meaningful ...Read more

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Erika D. Smith: America is again stuck in darkness. Queer people of color have always known the way out

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When I was 33 years old, I realized I was a coward. It came all at once, like a punch to the gut, the first time I laid eyes on a photo taken at the White House in 1965.

A dozen or so white men are all marching in a circle, carrying picket signs. They were homosexuals and they wanted equal rights. They didn’t want to seem too radical about it...Read more

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Lori Borgman: Retirement bliss can be hit and miss

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Our youngest was the ripe age of 9 when she tacked a brochure, which she had pulled off a display rack at our neighborhood pharmacy, to her bulletin board. It pictured a smiling white-haired couple beside a headline that read: "Retirement: The Golden Years."

When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, for months and months, possibly ...Read more

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Heat rules for California workers would also help keep schoolchildren cool

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Proposed rules to protect California workers from extreme heat would extend to schoolchildren, requiring school districts to find ways to keep classrooms cool.

If the standards are approved this month, employers in the nation’s most populous state will have to provide relief to indoor workers in sweltering warehouses, ...Read more

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The Kid Whisperer: How to not train your kids to be helpless

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Dear Kid Whisperer,

I have been a parent for 14 years and a teacher for 20 years. I have just started using your strategies after reading your book. I have seen a huge improvement in my students’ behavior, but after this crazy year, I’m still tired. I am going to be back at home this summer with my 12- and 14-year-old children, and I now ...Read more

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These young queer people in California share their vision for the future, in their own words

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With recent polls showing that about a quarter of Gen Z adults in the U.S. identify as LGBTQ+, it's clear the future is queerer than ever.

And yet, a majority of respondents in a recent national poll for the Los Angeles Times said they don't know anyone who is transgender or nonbinary.

Queer youth come from all walks of life and from all over ...Read more

Our Queerest Century: A curated timeline

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Over the past 100 years, LGBTQ+ Americans have forged a path through history — leaving an indelible mark on our culture and country.

Through their creativity, aesthetic and penchant for pushing boundaries, they have led the way in an array of fields, from arts and entertainment to democracy and the law. That they have done so often at great ...Read more

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Jerry Zezima: No absence of mallets

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When it comes to croquet, a leisurely game that sounds like it involves chickens, I cannot mend my wicket ways.

That’s because I am not very good at it.

Proof came when my wife, Sue, who makes delicious chicken croquettes and recently bought a croquet set, soundly defeated me in a backyard blitz.

Our 7-year-old granddaughter also put me to ...Read more

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Survey: More than 1 in 3 Americans think tipping culture has gotten out of control

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Nora, a barista in Colorado Springs, Colorado, began earning more money when the coffee shop where she works switched from a no-tip to a tip model. But it came with some emotional baggage.

“You almost get emotionally attached to the tips,” she says. “You’re so dependent on it, it creates a level of anxiety.”

Even if the transaction ...Read more

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A lesbian enclave in Midtown Kansas City? Inside Womontown's rich LGBTQ+ history

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Longfellow neighborhood of Midtown Kansas City is known for its quiet, shady streets and the whimsical fairy houses tucked in the roots of the big trees lining its roads.

But on June 13, the neighborhood will commemorate a lesser-known part of its unique history: as the site of an intentional community of lesbians in the...Read more

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This Marine dropped out of school at 17. At 72, he's fulfilling his promise to his mom to graduate

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PHILADELPHIA — Call him the Rip van Winkle of Benjamin Franklin High: Joseph Bond dropped out of high school at age 17, as war raged in Vietnam, leaving without a diploma.

Over 55 years, he served his country, built a career, a family, a life. But as he hit his 70s, Bond remembered the promise he made to his mother before she died: He vowed ...Read more

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'You are a legend': After 65 years, this high school counselor is retiring

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Dan Finora, 90, credits his time in the military for giving him the discipline to wake up every morning at 5:30 am for the past 65 years to get ready for work at Coral Gables High School.

After a decades-long career, Finora, beloved school counselor and former business manager of Coral Gables High School will pack up his ...Read more

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For special education students, transitional schools bridge the gap between high school and full-time employment

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CHICAGO -- Heaven Lockhart had a busy last week of school before her graduation in May.

The 21-year-old wrapped up her last few days of classes, decorated her graduation cap in art class and went to her school’s prom — in the sparkly silver dress and matching shoes she picked out herself.

Then came the culmination of seven years of hard ...Read more