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It’s time for these roommates to air their dirty laundry

Dear Amy: I’m a young guy. I went to college in the same town I grew up in, so I lived at home through college. After graduating, I got a job away in the city where my best friend from high school lives. He suggested that we get an apartment together, and now we’re roommates.

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Mom wonders how to react to daughter’s estrangement

Dear Amy: I have two children in their 40s. I divorced their dad several years ago. My daughter does not want me in her life. I think she holds me entirely responsible for the divorce, but I don’t really know. I have never had the opportunity to tell my side of the story, and part of me feels that dirty laundry just needs to be “kept in a corner” because at the end of the day, my ex is still their father.

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Wounded woman worries about inability to love

Dear Amy: I am a 68-year-old woman, divorced and living alone. I'm an introvert, so I'm not lonely. I've been divorced since 2003 because of emotional and verbal abuse. We were married for 30 years because I was afraid of leaving him and afraid of what it would do to my children. I was in counseling before, during and afterward, and have never regretted my decision to leave him, despite the fact that he laid a very heavy guilt trip on me.

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Family members lurk on social media

Dear Amy: I have a large extended family. I was close to my cousins and aunts growing up, but I now feel like the black sheep of the family. I am gay and have political and religious beliefs that are different from the rest of my conservative family.

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Mother objects to daughter’s gender transitioning partner

Dear Amy: I have three great kids. My daughter has always been headstrong and willful. My abusive ex-husband cut off all ties with her from the time she was 15. She is basically a good person. However, she and I do not agree on a lot of subjects, causing our relationship to be strained. She is now 25.

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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.

HIV infections among youths increasing in Fresno County

An increase in newly diagnosed HIV infections among teens and young adults in Fresno has Toni Harrison, program director at The Living Room in Fresno, concerned about an epidemic.