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Rick's List -- Summer Doldrums in New London edition

Let's get to it. 1. The 4th of July was on a Wednesday, so the fun kicked off the previous Saturday. Heat and humidity were horrible — I blame New London — and visitors were headed to the shore like...

Chaos or serenity on the water: It’s all good

Sailboats, powerboats, Jet Skis and various other vessels zig-zagged in every direction, throwing up a Maytag of wakes.

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Upcoming concerts and shows

Ozuna — Sept. 29 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale now; $69-$159

Chicago — Sept. 20 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $36-$125

Raffi — Nov. 3 at Shubert, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $36.50-$82.50

Social Distortion — Oct. 4 at Lupo's, Providence; tickets on sale now; $35-$45

Franz Ferdinand — Aug. 8 at College Street Music Hall, New Haven; tickets on sale now; $28-$32

DEAR ABBY

Girl's old friends turn away when she returns to school

DEAR ABBY: My daughter has graduated from high school. She had been in a residential treatment program for depression the year and a half prior to returning to this school. Her old friends had promised to be there for her when...

Love is the best present to give grandson with Down syndrome

DEAR ABBY: We have three grandchildren and are due to make our annual visit. Two of the children are easy to plan for, and we have good relationships with them. The third is a 12-year-old boy with Down syndrome, and we struggle...

Hard-working college student strives to be more organized

DEAR ABBY: I am a 20-year-old college student. After attending a local community college for two years, I will be starting classes at a four-year school. I make excellent grades, but I struggle with organization. My mother has...

Crush on married boss causes heartache every day for worker

DEAR ABBY: I'm 20 years old and have a job in retail. I have been working here for a few years and am in a higher position than most associates. I'm in a relationship with my high school sweetheart, whom I truly love, but I...

Talk of remarriage triggers questions about burial plots

DEAR ABBY: My brother-in-law "Charles" has earned the privilege of being buried in a military cemetery. He lost his wife, "Claire," to cancer 10 years ago; she is buried in their plot in the military cemetery with a headstone.

Wife of perfect husband cheats without remorse

DEAR ABBY: I have a wonderful husband of 11 years and three children. "Carl" is attentive, caring and always puts the needs of our family first. You could say he is everyone's dream husband. Long story short, I cheated on...