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FILE - In this June 1, 2005 file photo, former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee leaves the Washington Post building in Washngton. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washington Post.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Bradlee’s Sense of Style

Friday, October 24, 2014

“Hey, Tiger.” He said things like that. He had lusty greetings, exotic epithets and obsolete profanities he got away with. He was unabashed, uninhibited. Benjamin …

On Poetry: Children, Schools, Football and What We Value

Friday, October 24, 2014

This fall, our news, and not merely in the sports outlets, was filled with Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice’s brutal assault on his wife …

40 Years on, ‘The Power Broker’ Has Become Standard Reading

Friday, October 24, 2014

New York — Carl Weisbrod was two years out of graduate school, planning a career in law, when a new book about municipal builder Robert …

It Might Be Bye-Bye ‘Honey Boo Boo’ After Report About Relationship

Friday, October 24, 2014

TLC is “reassessing” the future of its hit reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo after a disturbing TMZ report that one of the stars, Mama June, is dating a convicted child molester. “TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very …

Librarian Longevity

Friday, October 24, 2014

On her last day of work, Enfield Library Director Marjorie Carr checks books out for Tomieka Childs, of Enfield, on Thursday. Carr is retiring after working for almost 50 years at the library. “She is wonderful,” Childs said. …

Teens: Rampant Abusive Dating

Friday, October 24, 2014

New York — From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America’s adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators. Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the …

Art Notes: Time With the River; Coralea Wennberg’s Paintings of the Connecticut at AVA

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The artist Coralea Wennberg, whose show of vibrant landscape paintings is currently on view at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, began her career, not as a painter, but as a lawyer. It’s the kind …

A Film and Concert to Honor Ruby Dee

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were married for 57 years, and in that time they forged an extraordinary union that fused both art and activism. From the 1950s through the 1970s they made their mark on …

Entertainment Highlights: Symphony Or Solo, Carpenter Does It All

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last weekend, Mary Chapin Carpenter was performing her hits in movie-soundtrack style with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in the capital city of Canada’s Alberta province. This coming Sunday night, the singer-songwriter will play what she calls a “very …

Shatner, Director Meet About ‘Star Trek’ Role

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New York — Star Trek may be the next frontier for William Shatner, again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he’s meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who’s directing Star Trek 3, to discuss reprising his Kirk in the rebooted franchise. “I had a talk with …

Breakout Star Bethenny Frankel Returns to ‘Real Housewives’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Listen, the only reason any smart person goes on a reality TV show is as a stepping stone to ... a career much better than being a reality TV star. It’s a long shot, but for years, hopefuls have at least been able to look to the shining …

Fresh Beets: They’re Fine Pickled, but Eat Them Now for The Best Flavor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shortly after my father’s family moved south from Ohio to Atlanta, a woman who was helping out with the cooking was overheard telling a friend over the back fence about the oddities of the northerner’s culinary habits. “They …

A Hearty Red, Perfect for Fall

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Domaine Bousquet 2013 Mendoza Argentina Malbec $8.99 As the temperatures have receded, the red wine season is upon us , and one of my favorites is Malbec. It’s a flinty wine, high in tannins, produced from gritty deep purple grapes grown at 4,000 to 5,000 feet above sea …