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Hempstead Historic District and the quest for civil rights

In May 1963, a group gathered outside a New London department store protesting an incident in Greensboro, North Carolina, where four black college men were refused service at a Woolworth’s lunch counter.

Rick's List — Dream Concert Bill Edition

One of the funniest and cleverest things I've seen in a long time was the fake press release announcing a joint tour with co-headliners Styx and Larry the Cable Guy. I figured The Onion sent it out — or maybe Will Ferrell's...

BIG TICKET

Upcoming concerts and shows

Dane Cook — Oct. 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $29-$59

Jethro Tull — Sept. 15 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $35-$55

Chayanne — May 17 at Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale now; $51-$141

Keith Sweat, Silk, Carl Thomas, Mya — Feb. 15 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $75-$178

Marc Cohn, Blind Boys of Alabama — Jan. 7 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $50-$55

Sitcom Nerds of Comedy — Feb. 8 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $35

Gin Blossoms — Feb. 15 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $35, $45

Walk Off the Earth — May 31 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $50

DEAR ABBY

Make holidays happy for pets by keeping them safe, healthy

DEAR ABBY: Holidays can be stressful and even dangerous for pets. Here are some things pet owners can do to make them less so for their four-legged companions: 1. Feed, walk or play with them before the party, then take...

Daughter's Peace Corps plan gets thumbs down from dad

DEAR ABBY: Our 23-year-old daughter, "Alexa," has a wonderful, well-paying corporate job with good benefits and a flexible schedule. She has low expenses, no debt and banks a respectable amount of her pay even though she lives...

Divorcing mom is grateful for new man's friendship

DEAR ABBY: A year ago my 13-year marriage fell apart. My husband, "Rick," will be spending the next six years in prison. I am 32 and have two boys, ages 13 and 15. The last year has been pretty tough for all of us. I've...

Wife can no longer endure vicious tales man's ex tells

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my husband for five years, and we have two children together. It's my husband's second marriage and my first. He and his first wife, "Gretchen," had no kids, but they did have a long and messy divorce.

Man retiring from the military deploys new rules in marriage

DEAR ABBY: My husband of 10 years is in the process of retiring from the military and is now re-evaluating "procedures" and "policies" of everything — including our marriage. I'm trying to respect his needs in an effort to...

Kids are never out of mom's sight with their grandparents

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have three wonderful grandchildren who live with our daughter and son-in-law in another state. Our daughter will not allow us to take the children out to lunch, shopping, for ice cream or anywhere...

Wife revisits giving support to man's new career plan

DEAR ABBY: I am an older IT professional (58) who had a very successful career until a year ago. I was part of a major layoff at the company I worked at for many years. I have not been able to find a job in the IT field...