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Q. I am in my early 60s, but I’ve been hobbling around like an old man after a couple of bad bouts with gout. I have been on a prescription to treat it along with various other meds for high cholesterol and blood pressure. I’m sure they all contribute to my aches and pains.Several months ago, I felt my gout flaring up in my big toe. Instead of getting a new drug to treat t…

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By Tom ParsonsDallas Morning NewsThe holidays are a popular time for kids to fly solo.Each airline has its own rules and fees for unaccompanied minors, so it’s a good idea to check the policies before you buy a ticket. One thing the airlines have in common is that children must be at least 5 to fly alone.In most cases, children ages 5 to 7 can only fly on nonstop flights. …

Dear Abby: My little girl was born with a heart defect. She made it through the first heart surgery, but passed away a week later right in front of me while the doctors and nurses tried to save her. As the date of her death gets closer, I am becoming more and more depressed. How can I remember her and share my memories in a good way when all I want to do is stay in bed and…

By Alan Pergament Channel 2 co-anchor Maryalice Demler set off a Twitter storm during the Buffalo Bills game with Atlanta Sunday night by posting a picture of herself alongside controversial, disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and adding that he was "a sweetheart of a guy." Here's what she wrote about Ford, who has been in the national and international news a…

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Lawson defended by ex in courtCharles Saatchi says he has no knowledge of his ex-wife Nigella Lawson ever taking drugs – days after the release of an email in which he referred to the celebrity chef as drug-addled.Saatchi testified Friday at the fraud trial of two former personal assistants, who are accused of spending the former couple’s money on luxury goods. They deny w…

I’m swearing off. I’m taking the pledge. No more schadenfreude for me.At least during the holiday season.Maybe all that synthetic “good will to all” and “God Bless Us Every One” folderol has gotten to me but I am completely turned off by the modern media ability to take apparently limitless pleasure in others’ pain (which is what the German word “schadenfreude” means).Many…

Whether you’re an active skier, snowboarder or skater, or just enjoy the great mountain sightseeing and ski-lodge atmosphere, many of you will be heading for winter sports centers over the coming months. And several online sources are eager to help you find some of the better deals.The good folks at Kayak.com, the popular search site, have pored over their ticket search re…

SuspenseCrooked Numbers by Tim O’Mara; Minotaur, 320 pages ($25.99)...Tim O’Mara gives the academic mystery – too long mired in the machinations of university politics – a fresh view by imbuing it with elements of the police procedural. Instead of the usual disagreements and one-upmanship among professors and deans, O’Mara’s intricate plot delivers an exciting look at the …

Kids and their parents know it’s cool to be smart. Here are five places that will supercharge your family’s brainpower.Exploratorium, San FranciscoMore than 600 exhibits collected on 3.3 acres will encourage every member of the family to see the world differently. The 40-year-old, 21st century learning lab encourages creativity and tinkering as a means of expanding our per…

• Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel in Taneytown, Md., near Gettysburg, Pa., is offering a perks-filled Winter Escape Package. The deal starts at $129 per person double and includes one night in the former plantation, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres, six-course dinner at the property’s Smokehouse Restaurant, in-room continental breakfast tray, full country-style breakfast serv…

With its broad streets lined with formidable government and mercantile buildings, Salt Lake City isn’t known as a good walking town. Perhaps that’s why the burgeoning 9th and 9th neighborhood comes across as such a pleasant surprise.At the intersection of 900 East and 900 South streets, the sidewalks are humming on a warm afternoon with people sipping lattes at Coffee Gard…

Sevilla, the capital of Spain’s southern Andalucia region, is as soulful a place as I’ve ever been. It’s a wonderful-to-be-alive kind of town, buzzing with festivals, heat, color, guitars and castanets.The gateway to the New World in the 16th century, Sevilla boomed during Spain’s Golden Age. The explorers Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci and Ferdinand Magellan saile…

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A Story Lately Told by Anjelica Huston, Scribner, 254 pages ($25). The trouble with Anjelica Huston as an actress is that she is too regal-looking to play anything other than an empress. She’s tall, slender and striking looking in an unconventional way great for modeling but not resembling the movies’ improverished ideas of beauty. No one has ever needed a DNA report to se…

December, Not Yet SolsticeBy Trudy SternNow crystal rain stings our cheeks.Our eyes are slitsagainst the windsthat freeze our tears.Some day sun will meltthis rock hard riverpressing up against its banks.Spring will surely come again.But today the bear of winter rollsitself toward darkest nightprepared to wait, and sleepand shiver till the end of cold.For now, though,empty…