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The juggling act for Bishop Richard J. Malone will finally come to an end in February.The Vatican announced on Wednesday that Pope Francis has appointed a Boston auxiliary bishop to succeed Malone as bishop of Portland, Maine.The Rev. Robert P. Deeley, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, was selected as Portland’s 12th bishop.The move means Malone’s undivided at…

By Alan Pergament Some quick thoughts a week before Christmas: A voice in my head suggested I get in the holiday spirit and “say something nice about Channel 2 anchor Maryalice Demler.” So I'll give it a whirl. The latest Channel 2 promo for the Sochi Olympics features Demler walking down a station hallway before it is revealed she is wearing skates. When Demler gets …

A week before Christmas, Unlucky Louie had to have an outpatient surgical procedure. He was annoyed when he found out that his insurer wouldn’t pay for some of the charges. He spent three days trying to get the matter resolved.“Mary and Joseph probably had the same health insurance plan as I do,” Louie grumbled to me.In a penny game, Louie was declarer at today’s six spade…

Wednesday, Dec. 18CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Christina Aguilera, 33; Katie Holmes, 35; Brad Pitt, 50; Steven Spielberg, 67. Happy Birthday: Your personal and professional lives will clash. Sensitivity must not interfere with what needs to be done. Taking action will be needed, but also must be done with great thought. Backtracking and trying to fix unnecessary mistakes …

When the sniffle season arrives, cold sores may accompany it. Cold sores, fever blisters or the more technical herpes labialis – regardless of the terminology, these red, painful spots are unpleasant. The lesions usually crop up on the outer edge of the lips. They hurt and they look bad, often undermining the sufferer’s confidence for the week or two they take to clear up.…

Dear Carolyn: My best friend, who is also my roommate, sometimes makes comments to me such as, “You act so different around X group of friends,” even though there have been hardly a handful of times when we all have been in one room.I have no idea what change in behavior she is referring to, but these comments really get to me. Whether they are true or not, I believe they …

LOS ANGELES – “The X Factor” has seen some pretty terrible ratings this season. But Simon Cowell says have no fear, his singing contest will return.“The show will be back next season,” Cowell said during a conference call with reporters Monday to promote today’s two-hour season finale on Fox.However, that news might deserve an asterisk. Cowell said his own job on the show …

Q: My ex cheated and broke up our family, which we worked hard to blend for over 20 years. By the time I left I was pretty disgusted with his antics and moved on quickly. I remarried about six months ago. My ex was awful during the breakup and made our adult children choose with whom they would spend the holidays. This holiday is different. He is texting me that he “wants …

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There are nights where my professional eating duties take me to tables where disappointments outnumber satisfactions. Then there are the nights when my restaurant critic’s job is a license to thrill.Let me tell you about my five most memorable dishes of 2013.Tabree, in Snyder, was the only restaurant I reviewed this year that earned 10 plates out of 10. Our meal was splend…

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Cagle arrested for DWI Country singer Chris Cagle has been arrested in Texas on a driving while intoxicated charge.The Texas Department of Public Safety says Cagle was arrested early Sunday near Greenville, 50 miles northeast of Dallas. The agency says the 45-year-old entertainer was pulled over after running a red light.The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office says Cagle was rele…

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There are nights where my professional eating duties take me to tables where disappointments outnumber satisfactions. Then there are the nights when my restaurant critic’s job is a license to thrill.Let me tell you about my five most memorable dishes of 2013.Tabree, in Snyder, was the only restaurant I reviewed this year that earned 10 plates out of 10. Our meal was splend…

Dear Abby: A couple of years ago, my husband informed me that he likes to dress in women’s clothing. Since then he has read books, is seeing a counselor, and the reality is, he is transgender. He now wears his hair long and has long fingernails. I have tried to be understanding and have gone places with him when he is dressed as a woman. He has met other transgender people…

By Alan Pergament This is what I'm thinking: Together again for the first time could be the slogan of Channel 2 co-anchors Pete Gallivan and Maryalice Demler now that Gallivan is subbing for Scott Levin on the primary newscasts while Levin  recovers from back/spine surgery. Years ago, Gallivan and Demler were co-anchors of Channel 2's morning program "D…

Tuesday, Dec. 17CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Milla Jovovich, 38; Bill Pullman, 60; Eugene Levy, 67; Ernie Hudson, 68.Happy Birthday: Set a trend or alter your life or the way you do things and you will gain acknowledgement for innovation. Good fortune is within reach if you connect with someone trying to attain similar goals. You will have the energy, wherewithal and dete…

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LOS ANGELES – First he lost his studio and station home. Then some public radio stations dumped him after he criticized President Obama. Earlier this year, Arsenio Hall swept in and poached his executive producer and other key staffers. Oh, and the tendons in his ankles needed surgery.Life ain’t always easy for Tavis Smiley.No need for a pity party: The 49-year-old veteran…