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Rick's List — Varsity Blues Scandal Update Edition

Hey, kid, wanna go to Yale? Some fresh thoughts: 1. By the time you see this, I suspect the whole Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal will have been covered, analyzed, discussed and indignantly condemned more than any past or...

Mergansers: More than what they’re quacked up to be

While outside cutting wood the other day, I kept hearing something growling.

BIG TICKET

Upcoming concerts and shows

EDITOR'S NOTE: The July 5 Earth, Wind & Fire concert at Mohegan Sun has been canceled. A new date will be announced.

Bush, Live — June 6 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $65-$95

Cedric "The Entertainer" — May 11 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $19-$39

Earth, Wind & Fire — May 11 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $50.25-$70.25

Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge — June 28 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55-$95

Alice Cooper — July 4 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $40-$60

Wynonna — Sept. 27 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $39-$69

Janis Ian — Aug. 21, 22 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $68-$74

Method Man, Redman — April 12 at The Strand, Providence; tickets on sale now; $40-$55

DEAR ABBY

Online relationship stalls over meeting in person

DEAR ABBY: I met a really great guy online eight months ago. He lives in another country and we have been in a long-distance relationship for the last six months. We talk all the time, video chat frequently and have grown very...

Second pregnancy is too much for family asked for support

DEAR ABBY: My niece (age 25), despite numerous warnings against getting pregnant, deliberately did three years ago. This was a result of an affair with a man who is in a live-in relationship with another woman. My niece...

Husband's about-face on adoption has wife uncertain about their future

DEAR ABBY: When I first started dating my boyfriend seven years ago, I told him that I wanted to someday adopt a child. He said he would like his own children first, but adoption would be "cool." We now have two children, 5...

Your stars March 16

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don't mess with people who are moody or those who can ruin your day or tend to be abusive or condescending. Step out and make plans with someone eager to expand his or her mind or try something new and...

Child's accusations against cousin cause rift in family

DEAR ABBY: My brother and sister-in-law recently told me their 5-year-old son claims my 9-year-old son touched him inappropriately on several occasions. Understanding that any parent believes what their child says, I asked my son...

Crime shows influence parents' paranoia about the real world

DEAR ABBY: I dwell in a small, Southern and, I thought, safe hometown. I'm currently unemployed and therefore unable to afford a place of my own. I live with my parents. I have job-searched for months now for something within...

Popular keepers collections covers many topics

DEAR ABBY: I am writing about your Keepers booklet, the collection of your most popular essays, poems and letters. I would like to purchase a copy, but first, I have a question. Is there a particular favorite of yours in...