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Dear Abby: Family would rather punish than praise recovering addict

Dear Abby: I am a recovering drug addict. I have slipped, as many do, but I have been clean for four years now. The problem is my family. If I look tired, trip over my own two feet (I’m clumsy) or just don’t want to [Read entire story]

Minerva’s Sunday horoscope for August 20

STARCAST: The week gets off to a rousing start today with the Sun's trine to progressive Uranus. If you've felt an overwhelming desire to break away from some thing or some one in your life, this is the time. But that's [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Teen weighs impact of joining school gay-straight alliance

Dear Abby: I’m 14, starting my freshman year in high school and, of course, will be joining lots of clubs to prepare for college. My best friend is gay, and when I asked her if she wanted to join any clubs together, [Read entire story]

Horoscope for Saturday, 8/19/17 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): You and a partner don't always see eye-to-eye. Nevertheless, this person brings out the best in you. It's the secret to good collaboration. [Read entire story]

‘Predator’ Actor Sonny Landham Dead at 76

VIDEO: ‘Predator’ Movie Clip – “Get to the Chopper!” (1987) [Read entire story]

Humanistic sci-fi in Shotgun’s ‘Watson’

In the great, heaving throb of human longing for connection, there’s a space in between what other humans can do for us and what our mechanical and digital inventions — from the telephone all the way to artificial [Read entire story]

‘The Futilitarians,’ by Anne Gisleson

In the middle of the journey of her life, Anne Gisleson felt lost — not so much in a dark woods, a la Dante, but at home in New Orleans with a metaphysical hangover. Her persistent dread was the aftermath of trauma: [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Should I be more controlling with my girlfriends?

Dear Abby: I have been in two relationships. The first was with a girl a couple of years older than I am. We were together for several years before she cheated on me and dumped me. I was crushed. The next girl was a few [Read entire story]

CBS SF Talks To Legendary Metal Drummer Dave Lombardo

By Dave Pehling SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Even if former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo had walked away from music after his original stint with the iconic thrash band, his contributions would have made him a metal [Read entire story]

Horoscope for Friday, 8/18/17 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): A recreational pastime becomes a more serious pursuit. It could translate to a moneymaking venture if you like. [Read entire story]

‘The Customer Is Always Wrong,’ by Mimi Pond

It’s a minor miracle that Mimi Pond ever made it out of Oakland — or maybe that it took her so long to leave. The cartoonist and illustrator’s prolific career has included work in the National [Read entire story]

Recommendations from Books Inc., Palo Alto

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‘Ingrid Goes West’ a perfect fit to showcase Aubrey Plaza’s talents

“Ingrid Goes West” is an ideal vehicle for Aubrey Plaza, in that it taps into everything we know she can do and challenges her to do other things that she hasn’t done before. This is a comic actress who is [Read entire story]

Recommended reading, Aug. 13

We recommend these recently reviewed titles: The Great Quake How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet By [Read entire story]

A selection of first sentences from new books, Aug. 20

I moved to New York not long after my mother killed my father, or was it my father who murdered my mother? “The Future Won’t Be Long,” a novel by Jarett Kobek [Read entire story]

‘The Changeling,’ by Victor LaValle

Parenthood is scary, especially in supernatural fiction. The final devilish twist at the end of “Rosemary’s Baby” comes with Rosemary’s maternal acceptance of the son of Satan. The horror that drives Stephen [Read entire story]

Tap-dancing Shakespeareans at SHN’s Orpheum

There are a few terrific numbers in “Something Rotten,” a musical that imagines the creation of the first musical by two hapless thespian brothers in competition with the rock star figure of Shakespeare in [Read entire story]

‘Hare Krishna!’: a promotional film about a movement

“Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All” plays more like a promotional video than a serious documentary about a swami and his spiritual movement. It’s so uncritical of its subject [Read entire story]

‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ a pleasant way to watch Jackson and Reynolds in action

Well, it’s August. These are the doldrums. The summer, as a movie season at least, is effectively over, and the fall hasn’t started yet. Perhaps for that reason, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” seems just a little [Read entire story]

‘Good Time’: Pattinson takes big acting leap in good but not great film

Even when Robert Pattinson was slumming his way through the wretched “Twilight” saga, there was always the sense that a good actor was waiting to break out and show us that he was not just another pretty vampire. In [Read entire story]