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‘Celebrating Working by Not’

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day was first suggested in America in the 1880s to promote the goals of fledgling labor unions. One early labor leader described it as …

Elmore Leonard Shoots His Way Into the Library Of America

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The new Library of America volume of four Elmore Leonard novels from the 1970s has a winner on just about every page. Flipping . . …

Finding Nature in Hanover: Self-Published Guide Favors the Physical Book Over the Digital Ether 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hanover — For a good part of his day job, Steve Smith writes content for the social-media sites of Dartmouth College’s alumni-relations office. For his …

California’s Record Three-Year Drought Takes Toll on Honey Production

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Los Banos, Calif. — California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. The state is traditionally one of the country’s largest honey producers, with abundant crops and …

Despite Revolutionary TV, Emmys Are Trapped in a 2011 Rerun

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

If you believe everything written lately about television by its critics and outspoken fans, the shows have never been better, especially the newer ones. But if you watched Monday night’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, you saw that the medium is stuck in a loop where it’s always the …

Summer Journal: The Tranquility of the Night Sky

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I grew up in cities where the night sky is blotted out by the sheer wattage radiating from the urban grid. The web of city lights, with its dusky violet hues, has its own vitality but it’s not …

Study Finds Combining Vaccines Boosts Polio Immunity

Monday, August 25, 2014

Washington — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world’s most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity. World Health Organization (WHO) officials said …

Test Shows More Promise For Mystery Illnesses

Monday, August 25, 2014

Baltimore — William Smith’s disease has grim milestones. At 2, the Gambrills triplet known as Mick couldn’t walk or talk as well as his siblings. In kindergarten, he started losing language and motor skills. At 12, he needed a wheelchair and a feeding tube. Doctors at Johns Hopkins …

Peter Capaldi Steps In as ‘Doctor Who’ on a Confident Note

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Peter Capaldi has just landed in New York, the fifth stop in a worldwide tour promoting the new season of Doctor Who that began in the United Kingdom, continued with visits to South Korea and Australia and now, …

Mimicking Airlines, Hotels Turn to Fees

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New York — Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, “Are we there yet?” The real headache for many travelers is a quickly growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen …

‘Breaking Bad’ Wins Big at Emmys

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Breaking Bad may have been off the air for nearly a year, but it was fresh in the minds of Emmy voters. At Monday night’s 2014 Emmy Awards, the series won five statuettes, including for drama series, lead …

Noodles: Friend or Foe?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Seoul, South Korea — Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl …

The Equine Ennui of ‘Horsemen’; BBC’s Tepid Thriller ‘Intruders’

Monday, August 25, 2014

BoJack Horseman, a strange and somewhat delightful animated comedy that begins streaming Friday on Netflix, seems at first glance to have arrived several years late to the profane adult-cartoon genre. It’s about a horse who starred in a …