Life & Times

Doctors Kunihiro Matsushita, left, and Josef Coresh of Johns Hopkins have written about the relationship between kidney and heart problems and believe a kidney test could also be used to predict heart disease. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

Possible Red Flag

Monday, June 29, 2015

Baltimore — Simple tests used regularly to assess kidney function and damage also could help doctors predict who will suffer heart disease, the nation’s leading …

Advances Save Child Cancer Patients

Monday, June 29, 2015

Orlando — When Ben Watson, 14, had trouble breathing, his doctors suspected he had pneumonia and put him on a couple of rounds of antibiotics. …

Alcohol Before Dining Led Many Women in Study to Overeat

Monday, June 29, 2015

That mellow feeling that settles in when you kick off your shoes, pour yourself a drink and start making dinner should come with a warning: …

Ready the Wheel

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bill Ladd paints the wheel of a hay wagon that sat unused on his Cornish property for about 30 years on Tuesday. “In about a month or so you’ll see it in use,” he said of the International …

Indie Labels Join Apple

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shortly after Taylor Swift got Apple Inc., to change its mind on royalty payments, thousands of independent record labels have now voiced their support for Apple Music. Beggars Group, a consortium of labels, said Wednesday it endorses the new Apple Music deal. Merlin Network, which collects digital royalties …

‘Titanic’ Composer Horner Dead at 61

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Los Angeles — From the swelling-sea songs of Titanic to the space symphonies of Apollo 13 to the bagpipes of Braveheart, James Horner’s singular sound graced some of the biggest moments in the history of movies. It showed in the two Oscars he won and the 10 he …

Southern Lights: Dishes That Won’t Stop Your Heart

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When I was in high school, I used to tag along with one of my older brothers who was annually invited by a college classmate for a weekend of quail hunting in no rth Georgia. I had pretty …

Raise Your Glass: A Rose Without An Accent Tastes Fine

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cote Mas Sud de France Rose Aurore Languedoc, France, $8.99 One of my favorite wines for a warm summer evening is a crisp, dry rose, and yes, I know that it should have an accent aigu over the …

Some Plants Need a Pinch to Grow On Each Year

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I was presenting at an outdoor gardening event recently when a woman walked by wearing a T-shirt that said, “No Pinching!” Maybe she had young kids, or was a kindergarten teacher. Clearly she was not an experienced gardener. Pinching plants is good, and now is the time to …

Audrey Hepburn Kept a Humble Table

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New York — Think of Audrey Hepburn, and your mind will likely conjure up an extraordinarily elegant woman in a boat-necked black dress, huge sunglasses, gloves to the elbow and a chic updo. It’s doubtful you’ll picture a …

Organization Certifies Shows That Accurately Portray Veterans

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Military veterans have gotten sick of the same old story being told in pop culture: Men and women heroically go off to battle and return broken, unable to reintegrate into society. That’s where the 6 Certification comes in. The certification program was started by veteran advocacy group Got …

Once Politically Sacrosanct, Confederate Flag May Fold

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After decades of bitter debate over whether the Confederate battle flag is a proud symbol of regional heritage or a shameful emblem of this nation’s most grievous sins, the argument may finally be moving toward an end. South …

Ready to Work

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bob Jorgensen, of Canaan, carries a rake and hoe out to his 1,200-square-foot garden on Monday. Jorgensen planted some cold-hearty vegetables in the last few days of April. Valley News — Jennifer Hauck …