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Straight Talk TNT: The sickest bullies are those who pretend to be friends

Dear Straight Talk: Someone I once considered a good friend has been saying absolutely horrible things behind my back. I overheard her, so I know it’s true. This person is very ...

Straight Talk: Strip poker sheds clothes and shreds friends

Dear Straight Talk: Last weekend at a birthday slumber party, one of the pushier girls suggested we turn our regular poker game into strip poker. Well, I was the only one who chos ...

Straight Talk TNT: Teen’s love is tested

Dear Straight Talk: Please help. I am 17. My girlfriend, “Tina,” is 15. Her mom is really strict and thinks I just want to take advantage of Tina (which I don’t). Last night ...

Straight Talk TNT: Dad trying to understand today’s dating scene

Dear Straight Talk: My stepdaughter is 17, intelligent, popular and attractive. She attended prom last month with a lot of friends, which is how she always goes out. I’m not awa ...

Straight Talk TNT: Mom's harassment humiliates her overweight daughters

Dear Straight Talk: My sister and I are overweight. Every Saturday, our mom makes us strip naked and weighs us. We find it humiliating and embarrassing to stand there naked and be ...

Straight Talk TNT: Father has new flame

Dear Straight Talk: I have been separated/divorced for 15 months. About nine months ago, following a rebound relationship, I met someone I’m serious about. I’m as surprised as ...

Straight Talk TNT: Mom worries about son's Facebook friend count

Dear Straight Talk: Maybe I shouldn’t meddle, but my son is an awkward, shy teenager and my brother’s kids are popular. At a recent reunion, a lively conversation ensued about ...

Straight Talk TNT: There are better ways to go about piercings

Dear Straight Talk: Like many girls our age, my sister and I wanted our nipples and navel pierced. We’re under 18 and knew our prudish mom wouldn’t consent, so we did it on th ...

Straight Talk: Moving on can be hard

Dear Straight Talk: Six months ago, my younger sister was rejected by her boyfriend for another girl. She’s still not over it. She lies around sad and depressed and hardly leave ...

Storm moves in: Placer County offers pointers to get through the worst of it

The Auburn area held up well Monday under the first of a series of heavy rain and wind storms expected to roar through the foothills this week. The rain started coming down in shee ...