Former ‘Scandal’ star faces trial

Columbus Short was ordered to stand trial on a felony battery charge after a witness testified that the former “Scandal” actor delivered a running punch on a man who wasn’t looking his direction.

CALENDAR

BITS AND TIPS


Half of Dr. Oz's medical advice is baseless, study says

It's not hard to understand what makes Dr. Oz so popular. Called “America's doctor,” syndicated talk-show host Mehmet Oz speaks in a way anyone can understand.

COLUMNS

Sometimes, there’s no place like home

With the start of hunting season I am reluctant to go birding in the state forests. Instead, I have been spending more time simply enjoying the birds in my neighborhood.

Dreaming of a new London

The Cornish parking garage off Governor Winthrop Boulevard in New London is also known as the Governor Winthrop Parking Garage.

ENTERTAINMENT BLOGS

BIG TICKET

Concerts and shows that will be playing in the region

Juan Gabriel - Feb. 14 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale now; $59-$129

Godfrey - Feb. 5-7 at Comix at Foxwoods; tickets on sale now; $15-$40

New Riders of the Purple Sage - March 6 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center; tickets on sale now, $35

Tom Chapin - March 28 at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center Now $25

David Sedaris - May 15 at The Bushnell, Hartford Now $27.50-$57.50

Eric Paslay - March 5 at Lupo's, Providence Now $20, $25

DEAR ABBY

Neat-freak’s girlfriend sweeps suggestions aside

DEAR ABBY: Is nitpicking a poor trait to have? I

Suicidal Internet ‘friend’ needs professional help

DEAR ABBY: I’m a grad student who enjoys perusing social networks for jokes and stuff. The other day I came across a post from someone who said he wanted to kill himself.

Wife who can’t make up her mind is driving husband away

DEAR ABBY: ... My wife has a hard time making decisions, which has resulted in some issues such as hoarding...

Wife of transgender husband searches for ways to cope

DEAR ABBY: A year ago, my husband of four years disclosed to me that he’s transgender.

Man on the verge of divorce can’t seem to seal the deal

DEAR ABBY: I am three years into a relationship with Harold, a man who is separated but not divorced.

Lonely soldier must reach out to others for comfort

DEAR ABBY: I am a soldier in Afghanistan who is single with few friends, if you would even call them that. We work 24/7.

Commercialization puts Santa atop woman’s naughty list

DEAR ABBY: I have decided that when I have kids I don’t want to do the whole “Santa” thing.

HOROSCOPES

Your stars - Dec. 27

CAPRICORN: Reflecting on the past year will help you reset your goals and bring some of your dreams closer to reality.