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Snuffed lights seen as sign from parents [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

August 13, 2013


Dear Abby: My parents died when I was a teenager. In the years since, I have noticed strange things. While I don't find pennies, I do often see streetlights turn off right before I drive under them. I drive a lot at night and in the early morning because I work graveyard shifts, and it seems to happen almost every day when I go to work or come home.

It could be coincidental. But a friend suggested years ago that it's my parents letting me know they're watching over me. I want to believe; yet, I feel skeptical. Have you ever heard of anything like it?

-- Lights Out in Federal Way, Wash.

Dear Lights Out: The only time I have heard of anything like what you're experiencing has been when I happen to change channels and come upon a television show about the paranormal. More important than what I believe is what you choose to believe. If the reassurance that your parents are watching over you brings you comfort, then I am all for it.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips. Write Dear Abby at P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069 or,NCIS

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Ziva (Cote de Pablo) gets a surprise visit from her father, Eli (Michael Nouri). She's convinced he's come to the United States in his official capacity as director of Mossad, but he insists he's only there to share a Shabbat dinner with his daughter.


9 p.m. on The CW

One team is feeling the heat from the other contestants after destroying the food supply. Luke gives one of the teams a peek at the entire playing field, which could change everything. The Hunt Team makes a surprising capture that causes emotions to boil over.

Dance Moms

9 p.m. on Lifetime

With Abby missing, Kelly seizes the opportunity to sneak her girls back into the company. Brooke's return has Paige's position on the team up in the air. Maddie helps make a dream come true for a seriously ill girl.

Face Off

9 p.m. on Syfy

Contestants from past seasons join first-time hopefuls in Season 5 of this competition for special-effects makeup artists. Among the returnees are Miranda Jory and RJ Haddy from Season 2, Alana Schiro and Laura Tyler from Season 3, and Eric Zapata from Season 4. McKenzie Westmore is back as host.

Heroes of Cosplay

10:30 p.m. on Syfy

There's a name for dressing up like Batman, Darth Vader or Sailor Moon. It's called cosplay -- "cos" is short for "costume." This new series follows nine cosplayers. They include Yaya Han, a legend in the cosplay world; Riki LeCotey, who created Cosplay for a Cause to help Japanese tsunami victims; and Jesse Lagers, who hopes to start his own costume business.,by JERALDINE SAUNDERS

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In order to show you're sincere about what you say, it's wise to take action and prove it. Place emphasis on teamwork.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Focus on romance and having a good time. Your expert opinion on financial matters is less expert than usual today.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your assessment of a situation might be on the mark, but the problem will be getting others to see things your way.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Heart-to-heart talks offer an opportunity to make amends. Outdoor activities could lead to amorous thoughts.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Get projects off the ground. You'll find the stamina to complete all the work.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Be more interested in teamwork than competition on the playing field of love.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Where money is concerned, remain steadfast and refuse to take a gamble.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Work on getting a tan, but don't forget sunscreen. Even when things are going well, it's wise to take sensible precautions.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. 21): You might have an urge to pick up the tab at lunch or to pick up a treat for loved ones on the way home.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There's a case of feast or famine in your pantry. You know expectations can shift quickly, so stock up for any eventuality.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It might be better to wait until you can afford the best than to settle for something less than perfect.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Those in authority want to see solid results, and you have the creative ideas to mix the concrete.

Jeraldine Saunders writes for Tribune Media Services.,Fountain show will salute city's sports highlights

A sports history liquid fireworks show is set to premiere at 1 p.m. Aug. 15 at Bessemer Court in Station Square.

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, this "immersive" performance will feature hundreds of multicolored water jets that soar up to 40 feet in the air, and will recount momentous Pittsburgh sports highlights.

The audiotrack was produced by Station Square with audio support from Eric Wenning of Wenning Entertainment and choreographed by Waltzing Waters Liquid Fireworks, a water-effects designer.

Jeff Jimmerson, a local musician who has sung the national anthem countless times at Penguins hockey games, will sing "The Star- Spangled Banner" to introduce the fountain's new show. The Hard Rock Cafe will host a welcome reception preceding the event, at 12:20 p.m.

Details: 412-897-6177

-- Emma Deihle

NBC projects include sequel to 'The Bible'

NBC might have lost its second wind this season, but it has some dandy specials lined up for coming seasons. According to Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, the network will follow the smashing success of Mark Burnett's "The Bible," with a sequel, "AD: After the Bible." "Mark Burnett is tireless at turning things into events," Greenblatt says. "We think that will be a big deal for us -- not this coming broadcast season, but the next."

Also on the docket is a six-hour miniseries on Cleopatra, a remake of "Rosemary's Baby," a four-hour limited series on Hillary Clinton starring Diane Lane, and a reboot of Stephen King's "The Tommyknockers." The sci-fi tale aired on ABC back in 1993 and starred Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger.

The timing seems right, Greenblatt says, considering the success that CBS has enjoyed this summer with King's "Under the Dome." Also planned is another limited series by Burnett based on the intrepid Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock.

-- McClatchy-Tribune

Fan's ABBA collection sells for $86,000

A fan of the Swedish pop group ABBA saw the money, money, money roll in as his collection of more than 25,000 ABBA albums, posters and other memorabilia was sold at an auction house in Stockholm.

Stockholms Auktionsverk on Aug. 12 said private collector Thomas Nordin's stash of ABBA items sold for 560,000 Swedish kronor ($86,000) over the weekend.

A rare vinyl from 1981 fetched 51,500 kronor ($7,905), and a purple ABBA baseball jacket was sold for 38,000 kronor ($5,833).

Bidders from around the world also went for ABBA Barbie dolls, bags, soaps, clogs, posters and an extensive collection of newspaper clippings.

Nordin built up his ABBA memorabilia collection over nearly 40 years. The group is famous for songs such as "Money, Money, Money" and "Dancing Queen."

-- Associated Press

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