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Raising sons to be men post-Kavanaugh

As an adult woman who has witnessed the imbalance of power between men and women, who has been a victim of sexual harassment in workplaces and doctors' offices, and who knows countless other females who have experienced the same, I am a champion of the push for women's rights and an ardent supporter of the #MeToo movement.

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Ex-etiquette: Deciding on child’s activity is a joint parental decision

Q. My ex and I have been divorced for 6 years. Our daughter has been playing competitive soccer for the last two years. Her father was her coach and they traveled all over the state. She excelled, I will admit that, but it just got too much for our family – and it's very expensive. (I have two other children with my current husband,) so we made the decision as a family to transfer her into Parks and Rec Soccer. Her father was furious and will not attend any of her games. I think he's being petty. What's good ex-etiquette?

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App review: Dragalia Lost: Cute anime-style game has rich storyline and hours of free play

Parents need to know that Dragalia Lost is a freemium Japanese RPG (role-playing game) for iOS and Android devices. While there's frequent combat, the violence is cartoonish in nature, and no blood or gore's shown. Defeated enemies vanish when beaten. Players will also see "damn" and "hell" in dialogue, but no other swearing. Players can friend one another, and the app suggests friending via listing and post-battles. Player profiles only contain character info; no personal information is provided. The app contains an online co-op mode, but players can only communicate with one another through pre-selected chat stickers. Ads for the in-app store appear every time players load the app; the shop sells in-app currency and items priced from $.99 to $79.99. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Game review: ‘The Path of Motus’: Adventure tale encourages gamers to stand up to bullies

Parents need to know that "The Path of Motus" is a downloadable adventure game for Windows PCs. Players take on the role of a goblin attempting to fulfill his dreams against other goblins that attempt to stop him. Combat is an occasional part of gameplay, involving characters matching keyboard prompts to fire missiles at opponents. When defeated, characters dissolve in a splash of water, but no blood or gore is shown. The game also features logic puzzles in addition to platforming arcade elements. Aside from fighting (against bullies), there's no inappropriate content.

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Five books to read before you see the movies

If you're one of those families that insist their kids read the book before seeing the movie, there's some serious page-turning in your future. And if you're happy just to be able to go to the movies for some kid- and teen-friendly fare, you're in luck, too. From the timely, thought-provoking high school drama "The Hate U Give" to a classic like "Mary Poppins," kids' books and young adult novels are getting the Hollywood treatment. And now that movie trailers, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes footage hit the internet months in advance of films' releases, kids' excitement for big-screen adaptations of their favorite books starts early.

Travel

Berlin leaves its mark on this visitor

In the shadow of the ruined spire of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a platoon of protesters lifted banners and voices in outrage. Their grievances were with the policies of Recep Erdogan, the president of Turkey, who would be arriving in Berlin the next day for a state visit. Erdogan would tie up traffic during his stay, which coincided with mine, rather as happened during the visit of the last dignitary who came to Berlin the same moment as I had, the Dalai Lama – but for very different reasons.

Actors rehearse last Pease Auditorium show at CPCC

"The Music of the Night: An Andrew Lloyd Webber Revue" will be the last production. CPCC plans to demolish the auditorium and library after the first of the year.