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Kirk Douglas Publishes Poetry Book

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kirk Douglas may be one of the biggest actors of his era, with starring roles in 1960’s Spartacus, 1949’s Champion and 1951’s Ace in the Hole. But on a recent crisp morning, he was having a grand time simply reciting his poetry by heart for an audience of one. With a twinkle of his blue eyes, he proclaimed: Romance begins at 80 And I ought to know. I live with …

On Fashion: Ugly Christmas Sweater Season, When Grandma’s Trash Is a Nation’s Treasure

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Elbow deep in ugly, the Christmas sweater connoisseur is immersed in a daily ritual: bows and bears, sequins and shoulder pads, gold glitter thread woven into non-denominational holiday wishes, snowmen of the literal button-nosed variety and ... “I know it is here,” she says, digging to the bottom of the pile. Santa has a velvet rucksack. Carrie Kraft has black plastic trash bags. …

For and About Women’s Sections

Sunday, December 21, 2014

“For and About Women”: The very name of this daily and Sunday section that ran for decades in The Washington Post now draws patronizing smiles and, recently, worse. In appreciations of the late Ben Bradlee, justified praise for the snappy Style section he founded in 1969, which changed feature journalism throughout the newspaper …

Dogs Become Focus Of Mainstream Fashion

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Los Angeles — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work …

Tower Records Store Still Standing in Tokyo

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tokyo — In 2006, the Great American Group, no great American, won the right in court to liquidate the bankrupt Tower Records, despite other bidders who hoped to salvage the record business. For much of the U.S. — …

Comic Books Tackle Diversity

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Obama recently headlined …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 21-27

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don’t Miss: Homeland — We were so ready to give up on this spy thriller after a clunky Season 3 in which Brody met his maker. But Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and company have revived our interest with a turbocharged fourth season that, sadly, comes to an end …

Stanford Aiming to Bring Player Pianos Back to Life

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Stanford, Calif. (ap) — Stanford University wants to unlock the secrets of the player piano, which brought recorded music into living rooms long before there were cassettes, compact discs or iPods. Stanford researchers have launched an ambitious effort to restore and study instruments known as reproducing pianos that …

Consumer Confidential: Firms’ Don’t-Call-Us Policies Speak Volumes

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Expecting a company to actually speak with its customers is so 20th century. Call me old school when it comes to customer service. I believe that when you treat people fairly and respectfully, they’ll keep bringing you their business. That means reasonable prices and high-quality products. It also …

Miss Manners: Throw a Big Party, but Don’t Make It About You

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I am a 39-year-old wife, turning 40 in 2015. I am very happily married, moderately successful and childless. Since my wedding 16 years ago, I have not had an occasion to “ be celebrated,” and I think it’s about high time! No baby showers, no …

Maine’s LePage Cuts Food Stamps for 6,500 Residents

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Augusta, Maine — More than 6,000 Maine residents will lose their food stamps benefits next month under newly enforced rules that require some recipients to have a job, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said. Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration began in October to enforce …

Canada Man Finds Woman For Free Trip Around World

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Toronto — A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right. Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, …

The Holiday Shipping News

Sunday, December 21, 2014

San Jose, Calif. — This week will be a 24/7, backbreaking, sleep-deprived haul for couriers such as FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the U.S. Postal Service, the last connections to deliver many much-anticipated Christmas gifts. And there …