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    Dr. Lisa Freeman and her dog Penny enjoy visiting eldercare, memory care, high school and college stress relief events, Girl Scout troops and reading programs for kids.

    Companionship with dogs has many health benefits for humans

    Wagging tails, furry faces, giant sloppy kisses. Dogs have a way of softening even the toughest of times. It’s plain as the wet nose on a dog’s muzzle that dogs have worked hard to earn sidekick status.

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    Chubby Checker shares concert bill with Mary Wilson and Martha Reeves in the show “Legendary Voices” at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

    Chubby Checker, Mary Wilson coming to Genesee Theatre in Waukegan
    Pop music legends Chubby Checker, Mary Wilson and Martha Reeves perform in the concert “Legendary Voices” at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Dec. 30. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Aug. 4.

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    FILE - In this July 28, 2016 file photo, actress Jenna Coleman poses for a portrait during the 2016 Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Coleman, a former “Doctor Who” companion, says casting a female as the lead of the long-running science fiction series, is “genius.” Earlier this month, Jodie Whittaker was announced as the 13th official incarnation of the galaxy-hopping Time Lord who travels in a time machine shaped like an old-fashioned British police telephone booth. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

    Jenna Coleman: Casting a female 'Doctor Who' is 'genius'

    Jenna Coleman, a former "Doctor Who" companion, says it's "genius" to cast a female as the lead of the long-running science fiction series

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    FILE - In this June 29, 2016, file photo, actress, comedian Carol Burnett speaks at the Cancer Moonshot Summit at Howard University in Washington before introducing Vice President Joe Biden. Burnett says she'll be playing her inner self in a new Netflix series: An 8-year old. Netflix announced Monday, July 31, 2017, that the comedy great will star in an unscripted comedy series titled "A Little Help with Carol Burnett." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Carol Burnett returns to TV with "A Little Help"

    Carol Burnett says she'll be playing her inner self in a new Netflix series: An 8-year old

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    FILE - In this June 29, 2016, file photo, actress, comedian Carol Burnett speaks at the Cancer Moonshot Summit at Howard University in Washington before introducing Vice President Joe Biden. Burnett says she'll be playing her inner self in a new Netflix series: An 8-year old. Netflix announced Monday, July 31, 2017, that the comedy great will star in an unscripted comedy series titled "A Little Help with Carol Burnett." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Carol Burnett to ask kids to solve adult problems on Netflix

    Carol Burnett is counting on the honesty of children to bring laughs to a new Netflix series

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    Astronaut Scott Kelly participates in the "Beyond a Year in Space" panel during the PBS Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Monday, July 31, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

    Scott Kelly binged 'Game of Thrones' during year in space

    Retired astronaut Scott Kelly says he saved 'Game of Thrones' to binge on while he spent one-year in space on the International Space Station

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    Sam Shepard poses for a portrait Sept. 29, 2011, in New York. Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, died of complications from ALS Thursday at his home in Kentucky. He was 73.

    Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright, is dead at 73

    Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, has died. He was 73.

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    Robert Costa participates in the "Washington Week" panel during the PBS portion of the 2017 Summer TCA's at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, July 31, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

    Reporter: Trump staffers might think twice about a tell-all

    Political reporter Robert Costa says White House staffers face no constraints if they want to write a tell-all about the Trump administration

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    FILE - In this combination photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and speaks at a rally on April 20, 2017, in Omaha, Neb., and actor-producer Larry David appears at the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" panel during the HBO Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. An episode of "Finding Your Roots" on PBS will reveal that Sanders and David are distant relatives. The show's upcoming fourth season will premiere on Oct. 3. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, left and Chris Pizzello, File)

    Bernie Sanders and Larry David share some 'identical DNA'

    Henry Louis Gates Jr., the host of 'Finding Your Roots' on PBS, says his show 'couldn't have scripted' the discover that actor, comedian Larry David and Senator Bernie Sanders are related

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    This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Kenneth Branagh in a scene from "Dunkirk." (Melissa Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

    'Dunkirk' conquers box office for second straight week

    'The Emoji Movie' has a happy face after debuting in second place at the weekend box office, but not the big grin 'Dunkirk' has after claiming the top spot for two weeks in a row

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    Katie Chesters of Downers Grove, who is a teacher with District 203 in Naperville, attended the Palatine Gurdwara to learn and study the Indian culture with food, songs and overall compassion toward one another.

    Religious literacy popular topic with Prospect High students, parents
    John Camardella’s World Religion class has become one of Prospect High School’s most popular electives with students and their parents.

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    This cover image released by Ecco/HarperCollins shows "The Blinds," a novel by Adam Sternbergh. (Ecco/HarperCollins via AP)

    Book Review: 'The Blinds' moves at brisk pace

    Book Review: Author Adam Sternbergh cleverly keeps readers off-kilter in "The Blinds"

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    FILE - In this May 21, 2017 file photo, Sam Hunt arrives at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Hunt has beaten out Florida Georgia Line for a record number of weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with his single “Body Like a Back Road." (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    Sam Hunt makes chart history with "Body Like a Back Road"

    Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" has edged out Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" for a record number of weeks atop Billboard's Hot Country chart

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    This book cover image released by Del Rey shows "After On," a novel by Rob Reid. (Del Rey via AP)

    Book Review: Rob Reid's 'After On' is intriguing story

    Book Review: Author Rob Reid writes intriguing story in "After On," his latest sci-fi endeavor

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    The author likes to use old dishes, such as this tureen with a broken cover, to display flowers.

    Turn old junk into Pinterest-worthy gems

    I use these summer months to edit my closets and clear the clutter. Aside from donating a fair share of goods to my local thrift shop, I try to concoct new uses for old stuff. Here are 10 super-easy ways to give everyday items new purpose. In most cases, all you need is a few minutes, scissors, tape and glue.

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    Mortgage approval could be easier than you think

    So what does it take to get approved for a mortgage to buy a house this summer, whether you’re a first-timer, planning to move up or downsize? Maybe not all that you think.

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    Dahlia Imperial Wine flowers can grow to the size of dinner plates if the main stems are keep free of side shoots.

    Keep lawn moist to stay green and grow

    Established bluegrass lawns need an inch of water a week to continue to actively grow and stay green throughout the summer.

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    In his new book, “Monarchs and Milkweed,” Anurag Agrawal explains how monarch caterpillars can eat the toxins in milkweed and become poisonous to predators without harming themselves.

    Are our gardens really monarch butterfly sanctuaries?

    The brutish common milkweed, not a choice garden plant, is setting its strange pods now that its muddy pink blooms are waning, but other milkweeds are still flowering, and in a prettier way.

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    Aralia “Sun King” glows in front of a Japanese maple.

    Aralia ‘Sun King’ recognized as top perennial

    Sometimes a perennial is so good you want to get on a soapbox or scream about it from the rooftop. Aralia “Sun King” is one of those perennials.

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    Nesting bees can benefit a garden

    Q. Why are bees burrowing into the ground around my garden?

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    FILE - In this July 28, 2016 file photo, actress Jenna Coleman poses for a portrait during the 2016 Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Coleman, a former “Doctor Who” companion, says casting a female as the lead of the long-running science fiction series, is “genius.” Earlier this month, Jodie Whittaker was announced as the 13th official incarnation of the galaxy-hopping Time Lord who travels in a time machine shaped like an old-fashioned British police telephone booth. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

    Jenna Coleman: Casting a female 'Doctor Who' is 'genius'

    Jenna Coleman, a former "Doctor Who" companion, says it's "genius' to cast a female in the lead of the long-running science fiction series

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    Don’t fret about past, own it and look to future

    Q. I entered graduate school as a very sheltered, innocent girl. Early on I met this guy, G., who pursued me multiple times but I always rejected him. I then befriended a couple of girls who influenced me to become this wild party girl. I also got a huge tattoo on my thigh. That phase is now done. I’ve been thinking of settling down and G. came to my mind. At the same time, I’m so embarrassed about my past and my tattoo. I’m scared to have to face his judgment.

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    The Brilliant Period of cut glass began in the late 1800s.

    Antique cut glass set is a notch above

    Q.I have enclosed a photo of a cut glass sugar bowl and cream pitcher set that I bought at a yard sale for $2. They are both about 3 inches tall, and they have saw-toothed edges and notched handles. I think I got good buys. Can you tell me anything about the set?

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    Stain-removing issues

    In a recent column, I answered an Illinois reader’s question asking how to remove a blue stain caused by a leaky shampoo bottle on a marble shower over a nine-month period. Unfortunately, a sharp reader pointed out to me that part of my answer was incorrect.

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    Some people are compelled to hang all their art items in one place and the effect can be dramatic.

    Hang up a collection of art
    I’ve got two years to go until my 16-year-old is off to college. Sometimes, I don’t know if I’m actually looking forward to those quiet days or if I will languish in depression like my puppies every time they see me pack a bag.

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    Millennials count on a functional outdoor courtyard to extend their living space.

    Millennial homebuyers seek elasticity, room rentals

    The American front porch is a slice of heaven. In a suburban neighborhood, there is an abundance of people walking their dog, but you must be outside in order to speak to them.

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    Amateur absentee landlord

    Q. I own a house in another state, and we rent it out. We do not have the money to do a major cleaning. We can no longer afford to keep this house. If we let it go into foreclosure or give the deed to the bank, what are the ramifications?

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    Managing a HECM reverse mortgage when one spouse is significantly older than the other

    Q. I am 75 years old, my wife is 56, and our home is worth $400,000. Our equity in the house will be her main financial resource when I have departed. She wants to live in our home until the end. What is the best way to use a HECM reverse mortgage to meet her needs after I’m gone?

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    Hot and cold debate over bathtub faucets

    Q. The people who are buying our home made an unusual repair demand, and we’re not sure whether to comply. The master bathroom has a whirlpool bath with the faucet built into the tub rim. Here’s the problem: The buyers say the hot and cold water valves are reversed, that the hot water should be on the left-hand side, rather than the right.

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    In this July 27, 2017 photo, singer-songwriter Randy Newman poses for a portrait at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., to promote his album, "Dark Matter." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Randy Newman at top of his game on new album, 'Dark Matter'

    Nearly 50 years into his recording career, singer-songwriter Randy Newman is releasing his first studio album of all-new material in nine years

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    FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016 file photo, Amal Clooney, left, and George Clooney arrive at the world premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" in Los Angeles. Clooney’s foundation is planning to open seven public schools for Syrian refugee children. The Clooney Foundation for Justice announced a new partnership Monday, July 31, 2017, with Google, HP and UNICEF to provide education for more than 3,000 refugee children in Lebanon. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    Clooney Foundation to open schools for Syrian refugees

    George Clooney's foundation is planning to open seven public schools for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

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    Felicia Lawrence, from left, Jordan Cornette and Danielle Robay are hosts of the “The Jam” on WCIU- Channel 26.

    Feder: WCIU launches new morning show

    Promising “a fresh new approach to morning news,” Weigel Broadcasting WCIU-Channel 26 kicked off “The Jam” at 6 a.m. Monday, Robert Feder writes.

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    What does skeptical mom gain by boycotting son’s wedding?

    Q. My son, who is 46 and lives on the West Coast, has been in a tumultuous relationship with a woman 10 years his junior. He was married previously and has been divorced for over 10 years. He met his current girlfriend about four years ago but the relationship has been off and on, and he never failed to call and cry on my shoulder about it.Recently he brought the girlfriend here to the Midwest to visit and announce their engagement. I got to know his fiancee and like her very much and was thrilled to hear about the wedding plans.A couple of months after this visit, the fiancee texted that my son hadn’t worked for three months, won’t look for a job, and is hanging out with unsavory characters. She vowed she would not marry “a 46-year-old man with no job.”I talked to my son, who was defensive as you might expect, and encouraged them to put off the wedding, get counseling and not marry until mutual respect, love and trust are assured.Since then, he has gotten a job, which he likes, and the wedding is back on, in California in six weeks. He said they “talked about” their issues and decided to go ahead with the plans.I still haven’t gotten over the dismay and sadness around this scenario, and I fear he’s going down the same path he did in his first marriage. So my husband (my son’s father is deceased) and I decided we would not go to the wedding.Am I right to make that decision? I feel terrible for not supporting my son, but I wouldn’t feel honest in celebrating something I don’t believe in, not to mention the expense of the trip.S.A. What do you hope to accomplish by not going?Saving money I see that.But the other part you cite is that you “wouldn’t feel honest.” So, by not going, is that what you accomplish honesty? And if so, is that (and its attendant face-slap to your son) a worthier outcome than showing support, or love, or faith, or whatever your son would take away from having his mom show up?Read this aloud in the right tone of voice and no doubt it’ll sound like a guilt trip. That’s not at all what I intend. I’m advising you to do the emotional math: Would you rather be right, or there?You are right to question the chances of such a volatile couple. You were right about patience and counseling (though staying out of it seems wiser and overdue). You’re right to be mindful of your son’s history, and skeptical of their rush to wed.But. Sometimes there is glory in being wrong.In the willingness to be wrong, at least: in showing up for your son, and liking his fiancee, and believing his recent turnaround will stick, and toasting the triumph of hope, and leaving the “ ... over experience” compassionately unspoken.He did, after all, turn things around, and you can’t be sure it’s temporary until it is.And, he’s your kid. You love him, yes? So go and say, “Your bride is lovely. I wish you nothing but happiness.” Where’s the lie in that?• Email Carolyn at tellme@washpost.com, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolyn.hax or chat with her online at noon Eastern time each Friday at www.washingtonpost.com.© 2017 The Washington Post

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    PBS CEO warns that federal cuts will sink some stations

    The chief executive for PBS is sounding the alarm about public broadcasting's future if federal funding is axed.

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    Musicians offer reward after Georgia club burglarized

    A burglary at a popular music venue in Georgia has rallied prominent musicians to provide a reward

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    TV celebrates books with PBS series 'Great American Read'

    PBS says it will celebrate the joy of reading with a new series and a vote on America's best-loved novel

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    Jessica Williams, who cut her teeth as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” takes on her first starring role in the streaming network’s original film, “The Incredible Jessica James.”

    Jessica Williams says it’s a great time to be an actor of color

    Jessica Williams says it’s a great time to be an actress of color, and applauds Netflix for leading the way in promoting diversity. Williams, who cut her teeth as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” takes on her first starring role in the streaming network’s original film, “The Incredible Jessica James.”

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    Composer and singer Randy Newman at his home in the Pacific Palisades, Calif., on July 18. His new album “Dark Matter” arrives Aug. 4. Newman’s film scores include “Toy Story,” “Awakenings,” “Parenthood” and “Ragtime.”

    Randy Newman cared enough about his new album to help pay for it

    So, finally, at 73, Randy Newman has written a straightforward, autobiographical love song, right? “She Chose Me,” a ballad on “Dark Matter,” his first album in nine years, opens with lush strings, a torch-song piano and the soulful, gumbo-ish croon that’s distinctively his own.

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