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Racism alive and (un)well, to dismay of teen

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16. My cousins, adopted from Kenya, ages 14 and 15 are visiting. I never figured my friends were prejudiced, but my best friend says she isn’t “comfortable” staying the night “right…


Teen blows up at racist grandparent

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Our new stepfather’s father is prejudiced and constantly uses racial slurs to refer to African Americans, Latinos and Asians. He also loves telling racially offensive…

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“Avatar” blues: Fans long for connection to Nature

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I have a grandnephew, 15, from Kentucky and a grandson, 16, from California. Both say “Avatar” is the best movie they’ve ever seen. When I asked why,…


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