Help! Our Middle-Aged Friend Says He’s Falling in Love With Our Teen Daughter.

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Dear Prudence,
A college friend has long been an “uncle” to our two children. He has been there for school events, milestones, vacations, etc. Our daughter went away to college this year, to a town about 45 minutes from this friend’s house.

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Dear Care and Feeding: Why Do I Feel So Weird Questioning My Daycare Provider?

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Dear Care and Feeding,
My son is almost 2 and for the past 18 months he has been going to a lovely home daycare with an experienced provider we trust. As far as I can tell, she does a wonderful job. My son is always happy to be there and has genuine affection for her.

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White House Once Again Delays Release of JFK Assassination Documents

Secret government files relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy were supposed to be released by next week. But now President Joe Biden has postponed the release once again, this time blaming delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The documents will now be released in two batches, one later this year and a larger one late next year, Biden said in a White House memo.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Orders Removal of 10 Western Ambassadors, Including U.S. Envoy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday he had ordered his government’s foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors from Western countries “persona non grata” shortly after their embassies called for the release of Osman Kavala, a philanthropist and civil society activist. Although it wasn’t immediately clear whether Turkey would expel the ambassadors, with Erdogan only saying that he wanted the declaration that made clear the ambassadors are not welcome “as soon as possible.

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Alec Baldwin Was Told Prop Gun Was Safe to Use Before Fatal Shooting

When an assistant director handed Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon he let everyone know it was safe to use. “Cold gun,” Dave Halls yelled on Thursday as the film crew and actors prepared to rehearse a scene, two words meant to convey that the weapon didn’t have any live ammo, according to a search warrant. But the truth was quite the opposite and when Baldwin pulled the trigger, he killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. Halls also didn’t know there were live rounds in the prop gun, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

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Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Convicted of Campaign Finance Crimes

Lev Parnas, the businessman from Florida who is an associate of Rudolph Giuliani, was convicted Friday of campaign finance crimes, including funneling money from a Russian entrepreneur to U.S. political campaigns. The jury took only a couple of hours to decide that Parnas was guilty on all six felony counts. They determined that Parnas committed fraud by making donations to state and federal candidates that were paid for by a Russian financier.

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Netflix (Still) Isn’t Your Friend

In the last week, Netflix’s carefully crafted image as a content creator with a commitment to serving underrepresented audiences has gone up in flames, and instead of dousing the fire, the company’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, has been pouring gasoline on it. What started as a controversy over transphobic material in Dave Chappelle’s new special has grown into a full-blown crisis, culminating in a walkout by the company’s trans employees on Wednesday.

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Help! I Got Pregnant From a Vacation Fling. My Family’s Reaction Has Stunned Me.

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Dear Prudence,
I got accidentally pregnant after a brief fling on vacation. He was a man from another country.  We used protection, and I was on birth control, but life finds a way. I went to the doctor thinking I had the flu and while it was a shock, I was excited. I am in my mid-thirties, financially secure, and have always wanted to be a mother someday. I thought my family would be happy for me.

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All the congratulations are tinted with their “questions” and “concerns.

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The End of an Era of American Gymnastics

Do not let her ballerina bone structure and ethereal hair-halo fool you into thinking 21-year-old Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova is anything other than an absolute beast. Last Thursday, Melnikova returned to Japan—a scant two months after nabbing team gold and individual all-around bronze at the Tokyo Olympics—and hit great routines on all four events to claim the title of 2021 World All-Around Champion.

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The End of an Era of American Gymnastics

Do not let her ballerina bone structure and ethereal hair-halo fool you into thinking 21-year-old Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova is anything other than an absolute beast. Last Thursday, Melnikova returned to Japan—a scant two months after nabbing team gold and individual all-around bronze at the Tokyo Olympics—and hit great routines on all four events to claim the title of 2021 World All-Around Champion.

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