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Local fashion designer Amy Johnson, of KayOss Designs, has a glass of juice at her home in the Central West End neighborhood in St. Louis, Feb. 19, 2014. Her dog Chihuly is in the foreground. (Stephanie S. Cordle/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

‘Miracle Patients’ Studied Anew For Cancer Clues

Monday, April 21, 2014

The history of oncology is rife with reports of patients with advanced cancer who staged miraculous recoveries. Now scientists are starting to use sophisticated DNA …

A Cancer Patient Embraces Alternative Treatment

Sunday, April 20, 2014

St. Louis —As a vegetarian and daily yoga practitioner, Amy Johnson thought she was healthy before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last August. Now …

To Sleep Well, You May Need to Adjust What You Eat — and When

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sleep. Oh, to sleep. A good night’s sleep is often a struggle for more than half of American adults. And for occasional insomnia, there are …

Palestinian Rapper Tamer Nafar Aims for a Global Stage

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tel Aviv, Israel — Tamer Nafar, a 34-year-old rapper who has been described as the Chuck D of Palestinian hip-hop, was standing on a sidewalk dressed in a skin-tight black bodysuit and wearing a silky red wig. “Can …

Battling Dragons in Newport: Gamers Gather to Play, Slay ... And Stay All Day

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Newport, N.H. — Business owners usually have a pretty good idea of what time they’ll lock up shop on a given night. But not Paul DuBois and Reggie DuBois, brothers who own a gaming center on North Main …

At Another Level: Young Dancer Has Moved On From Lebanon to New York City

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Watching Theo Pilette leap, twirl and kick in midair, land with a whisper and kneel while arching backward at the Lebanon Ballet School the other day, director Linda Copp couldn’t help imagining her former student dancing in City …

Preserving The Fabric Of Life and Memories

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I am up at 4:30 again this morning, and the only sounds outside are my roosters crowing, a few Canada geese honking as they fly upriver, and the rumble of the Valley News delivery car as it slows by my mailbox. Benjamin Franklin said, “Early to bed, early …

In Proper Japan, Adultery Site Is Big

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tokyo — Ashley Madison, the world’s biggest online hookup site for married people, works only when monogamy is the rule on the surface but, deep inside, couples want to cheat. That’s why it is scoring big in Japan. …

Lowdown on Death Valley Heat

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Furnace Creek, Calif. — The perception of Death Valley is that it’s hot and desolate. The hot part is right, at least in the summer, when Death Valley is one of the hottest places on Earth. Even in …

Volunteer Spotlight: Orford Woman Leads Tight-Knit Group of Quilters

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Orfordville — To the best of her recollection, Sally Arcolio has been bringing together a small group of women for an hour and a half every other Saturday at the Orford Free Library for the last 12 years. …

Most Wild Kittens Taken To Shelters Will Be Killed

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Los Angeles — Wild kittens that will number in the tens of millions this year are starting to be born, but half of them won’t survive, an especially acute problem at overtaxed shelters forced to euthanize the millions …

Miss Manners: A Gift of DNA Swab Kits Is Relatively Unwelcome

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: A family member recently arranged to have two DNA swab kits sent directly to my husband and me from a well-known scientific organization. The organization apparently is in the process of conducting a worldwide hereditary study. We have no association with this organization and have …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Iceland’s Magic Dust Continues to Fall

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Find a Double Threat For Bobby Fischer, chess was transcendent. It animated his consciousness. It was a voyage of discovery. Each past and pending adventure on the chessboard was a moment to be savored and …