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Antlions are motley-looking insects that are gray or brown, have an oversized head, spiny jaws, short legs and a soft body covered in bristles.

Naturally Curious: Sept. 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Antlion — the very name conjures up visions of an improbable combination of two distinctly different creatures. In fact, the name is derived from the …

Shaping The Minds Of the Young

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dallas — A generation or so ago, even the best day care centers were mostly about keeping little kids clean and fed and away from …

North Pomfret Farm Family’s Two Sons Return for the Summer to Help Make the Cheese

Sunday, August 31, 2014

North Pomfret — Between haying, cheesemaking and the myriad chores required of a dairy farmer, warm weather days at Thistle Hill, an organic farm in …

Iraq Spurs Catholic Debate on Warfare

Friday, August 29, 2014

“Never war! Never war!” Those were the words of Pope Francis very recently, marking the centennial of the outbreak of the cataclysmic First World War. “I think most of all about children, whose hopes for a dignified life, a future, are dashed.” But sometimes, according to Roman Catholic …

Jolie, Pitt Make It Official

Friday, August 29, 2014

New York — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s reigning royal couple, have tied the knot. Despite two years of feverish scrutiny, the pair managed to keep one of the world’s most anticipated …

Editorial: High School Fatigue; Teens Need More Sleep

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teenagers need more sleep. They also need more time in school. A national push is now under way to address the first problem, which is encouraging — but the second one is no less important. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced this week what a growing body of …

Column: Fore, and Against: Should Obama Play Golf?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nothing infuriates President Obama’s adversaries more than his golf outings, which have become so frequent that even his sympathizers have started to mutter about the unseemly symbolism of a commander-in-chief who practically lives on the links. In all …

Column: Attack Ads Aren’t as Bad as You Think

Friday, August 29, 2014

Negative campaign ads appear to be on the rise with the approach of this fall’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign. Hardly anyone has a good word to say about them. The standard critique — that they …

Entertainment Highlights: A Young New World; Liz Carroll Sees Vigor in Traditional Music

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aside from the sheer need — artistic, karmic, intestinal, commercial — to play the fiddle, Liz Carroll goes to music festivals to reassure herself that younger musicians are tinkering with folk traditions, blazing their own trails and maybe …

Artist From Power-Broker Family Wields Power Tools

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — Emilie Brzezinski knows more than most political wives about power tools. She owns six chainsaws. All made by Stihl. And all designed for different jobs. “The 360, it’s for big things,” she explains, pulling out a …

Commentary: Time for Some Emmy Reform

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The only thing to do after the prime-time Emmys are over (quick, before everyone conveniently forgets who won what) is to gripe about the shut-outs and snubs. Exasperated True Detective fans are unsatisfied with Monday’s night’s Breaking Bad sweep, even if we can all agree that Breaking Bad …

Amazon Seeks to Reach More Viewers With ‘Hand of God’

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Los Angeles — Dana Delany had an urge. While playing the take-no-prisoners wife of a law-bending judge in the upcoming Amazon pilot Hand of God, an indecent inclination by the veteran actress conflicted with the instincts she’d developed …

Thursday, August 28, 2014