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Obsession over six-pack abs puts swimmer in unsafe water

 July 31, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 21-year-old man who has been a successful swimmer in high school and now in college. Over the past few months, I have become obsessed with developing six-pack abs. I have never had much success with women, and I thought...

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Family’s dirty little secret is better left unexposed

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

DEAR ABBY: My husband's family are hypocrites! They talk about everyone and their problems, yet when something arises in their family, they want it kept hush-hush.My sister-in-law, "Gina," had a baby recently. Her husband, "Allan,"...

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Son’s clumsiness may have a physical cause

 July 29, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

DEAR ABBY: In short, my son is a klutz - to the point that it affects his self-confidence. He's different from everyone else in the family. Is being a klutz genetic? Is it permanent? He's not doing well academically, either.

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Son-in-law’s abusive father makes family gathering painful

 July 28, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

DEAR ABBY: I adore my son-in-law, "Tom." He's a wonderful husband to our daughter. He's always inviting us to dinner along with his parents and family. We get along with them, but can't stand how they treat Tom. We have never seen parents...

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Everyday walk in the park is marred by man’s silent stare

 July 27, 2014; Updated: 12:13 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am a woman in my 30s. Every morning I walk my dog in the park near my house. Each morning I see the same maintenance man in the park and he stares at me in a way that makes me uncomfortable. I have tried saying "Good morning,"...

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Teen is looking for direction after high school graduation

 July 26, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am an 18-year-old high school senior who is scared about what's going to happen after graduation. For the past three years I have known exactly where I'll be and what I will be doing in the general sense. Now that I have one...

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Tyke becomes a terror when mom takes back her cellphone

 July 25, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

DEAR ABBY: When my friend "Fran" and I get together with our kids, they often play games on her cellphone until the battery dies. If she tries to take the phone from her 6-year-old to make a call or recharge the phone, he starts yelling at...

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Guest howls over dog’s attendance at wedding

 July 24, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

DEAR ABBY: Is it acceptable to bring a teacup-sized dog to a wedding? The excuse was, "Well, the wedding was at the beach." The pre-dinner and dancing were inside a high-end resort on the beach. The dog was taken inside these...

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Girl and cousin both need counseling after assault

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

DEAR ABBY: My granddaughter "Cindy," age 2, was being watched by her mommy's ex-sister-in-law and her sons. Cindy went to her mommy and said, "Bubby hurt me." Bubby is what she calls her 10-year-old cousin. Her mother called the...

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Younger couples weigh in on how they handle money

 July 22, 2014; Updated: 4:21 pm

DEAR READERS: On April 11, I printed a letter from "Wondering in Washington," a man asking why young men in general today have the attitude that "any money I earn is mine" in a marriage or live-in situation. He said when he married, he and...

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Dating scene is frustrating for strong young woman

 July 21, 2014; Updated: 6:56 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am a young woman hoping to find "The One." But I have come to realize that I'm not the normal female. I don't get manicures or go shopping. (I hate shopping!) When I meet a guy, he likes that I'm "me," but if we get serious,...

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Hot, hazy days of summer are unbearable for woman

 July 20, 2014; Updated: 3:02 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am, once again, faced with my annual dilemma. I cannot tolerate heat and humidity. I become short of breath, my heart pounds and I perspire profusely. I recover immediately if I go into an air-conditioned area. I have...

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