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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 …

HBO Streaming Will Just Make TV Harder to Keep Up With

Monday, October 20, 2014

By the time the next season of True Detective rolls around, we may be able to watch without shelling out big bucks to a cable company — or, you know, “borrowing” a password from our friends who do. Yes, HBO streaming will be a reality without a Comcast …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who …

Dan Mackie: Zombie ‘Car Talk’

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Car Talk radio guys make me laugh, but not as much as they make themselves guffaw, tee-hee, chortle, snort and wheeze with delight. I often listen to them as I head to the dump on Saturday, or …

Distance and The Bonds Of Friendship

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This was the first time I’d watched her onstage in over two years. One of my closest childhood friends, she goes by “Katherine” or “Kat” now, but I still call her “Katie.” The last time I had seen her had been in April at her father’s funeral. Barely …

Pop Art Can Pack Big Design Punch

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home decor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art decor plays well off …

As Winter Gets Closer, Time to Organize the Garage

Sunday, October 19, 2014

With fall here and winter on its way, it might be time to straighten out the garage, so you can at least find the snow shovels when you need them. “Will it be another bad winter, Al?” you ask. I’ll tell you when it’s over. In the meantime, …

In Old Montreal, It All Seems to Happen on St. Paul Street

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Montreal — St. Paul, the oldest street in one of North America’s oldest cities, runs through the heart of Old Montreal. It’s barely a mile long, but its first cobblestones predated American democracy, and its restaurants, shops and …

A New Game for Dogs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Youngsville, n.c. — With shouts of “point” and “drive” from her handler, the 3-year-old German shepherd charges into the triangle of brightly colored rubber orbs, scattering them with her nose like a cue stick breaking balls on a …

How to Find the Perfect Diamond

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but it can be difficult to figure out which diamond that is. Every diamond is classified by its carat size, color, cut and clarity — and the key to picking the best is finding a good combo of all four that …

To Your Good Health: Son Is Skeptical of Dad’s Unusual Remedy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In one of Dr. Donohue’s columns years ago, he wrote about pain in the rectum that he said was caused by “trapped gas” (as well as I can recall), and he recommended sitting on a baseball (or some kind of ball) for a bit and …