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  • Total eclipse of the heart? Man proposes to girlfriend

    Dominic Canare used the unique opportunity of Monday's total solar eclipse to propose to his girlfriend, Rosalind Herkommer. The couple were in northeast Kansas to experience the eclipse's path of totality. During the 2 1/2 minutes of darkness caused by the moon's shadow, Canare got down on one knee and proposed. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

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Total eclipse of the heart? Man proposes to girlfriend

Dominic Canare used the unique opportunity of Monday's total solar eclipse to propose to his girlfriend, Rosalind Herkommer. The couple were in northeast Kansas to experience the eclipse's path of totality. During the 2 1/2 minutes of darkness caused by the moon's shadow, Canare got down on one knee and proposed. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

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Q: My boyfriend's ex texts him in the middle of the night. It's not romantic; it's usually something like, "Don't forget Jason's soccer game is tomorrow," but it drives me crazy. He doesn't see anything wrong with it and will not say anything to her. What's good ex-etiquette?

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