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Elderly mother’s friend pressures her to donate money

Dear Amy: My husband and I manage my mother’s finances. She’s 88 years old. After my father died a decade ago, she began to donate to dozens of charities, beyond what she could afford. Anyone that solicited her typically got a donation. In some cases, there were recurring donations coming from her checking account that she didn’t even remember setting up in the first place.

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Family grabs credit for younger generation’s achievements

Dear Amy: Can you resolve a family debate? Whenever my niece or nephew (they are my brother’s kids) do something great (get into a top college, win a scholarship, look beautiful in a picture, become the top football scorer) my dad and my sisters and I all say something to them like, “You got that from our side of the family” or “You got that from me,” or “You are smart because of us.”

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Wedding brings on family fears

Dear Amy: My daughter is getting married in a month and I am AFRAID of seeing my ex-husband. We were married for 32 years. He was abusive on several levels: sexual, financial, verbal and physical. He is capable of violence, and is a gun owner.

'Grey's Anatomy' star kicks off Clovis Rodeo week

James Pickens Jr., star of "Grey's Anatomy," helped kick off Clovis Rodeo week Tuesday with his annual fundraiser, a roping event.
John Walker The Fresno Bee