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In this Sept. 4, 2014 photo, a leather-and-metal 2010 Chanel shoe is placed alongside a silver candle from 1897 at an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe" highlights heels from the 1600s to the present and is open from Sept. 10 through Feb. 15. (AP Photo/Rachelle Blidner)

Brooklyn Shows Its ‘Killer Heels’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — Manhattan may have hosted Fashion Week, but Brooklyn’s got “Killer Heels.” A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the elevated shoe as a design object, from platform shoes dating to about 1600 to a contemporary — and lethal — 8-inch dagger stiletto. “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” runs through Feb. 15, after …

Social Security Q&A: Extra Help for Medicare Drug Costs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: I want to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Can state agencies also help with my Medicare costs? Answer: When you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug (Medicare Part D) costs, you also can start your application process for the Medicare Savings Programs — state programs that provide help with other Medicare costs. When you …

Nuts and Bolts: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bottom line: It is an excellent urban runner. It fits well in the city, can handle most small-to-moderate hauling chores and will do well in the Mid-Atlantic region’s generally moderate winters. It is built with Mercedes-Benz quality, but keep in mind that Mercedes-Benz also builds taxis and trucks used worldwide. If you are shopping for status, you might want to shop higher up …

Coffee and a Kitty

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Oakland, Calif. — Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland. Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle …

Money Talk: Disabled Nephew Has Student Loan Options

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: My nephew was persuaded by a recruiter to attend a for-profit technical college. Then, once he entered, his “advisers” persuaded him to take many, many classes — at full price — always handing him student loan paperwork to get more loans. Then they persuaded him to change …

Bob Hope’s Legacy More Than Laughs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — While today he may be thought of with misgivings, if at all, Bob Hope reigned for much of the last century as America’s wisecracking avatar of comedy. By the time he died in 2003 at …

To Your Good Health: Nutrition Has a Place in Preventing Disease

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you were asked what actions the writer could take, such as diet or medication, to maintain kidney function. I was disappointed to see that your response contained only advice regarding medications. I suppose I should not be surprised, given that the …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Reprieve or Breakthrough

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hint and Explanation: The Pawn Is in the Way As I write this column, game three of the current 12-game world championship match in Sochi, Russia, has come to a close. Before play began, it looked grim for the challenger Viswanathan Anand who had drawn the first and …

Consumer Confidential: CVS Program Isn’t Rewarding for Customers

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If companies want to reward customer loyalty, offer a real reward. Don’t make a nifty-sounding promise and then renege when the customer tries to cash in. Airlines are notorious for moving the goal posts. United, for example, announced in June that it would follow Delta in switching to …

Why It Matters That Modern Tech Culture Lacks ‘Humanity’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Startup culture, rarely known for its self-awareness or tact, appears to have suffered a particularly strong bout of poor judgment last week. First Mahbod Moghadam, formerly of lyric-explication site Genius, wrote a guide on shoplifting from Whole Foods for the notorious website Thought Catalog. (“I have probably stolen …

Reversing a Medical Procedure Gone Wrong

Sunday, November 23, 2014

St. Louis — A glass box engraved with “Another girl slayed by the sling slayer” sits outside the surgeon’s office. A patient was so grateful after Dr. Dionysios Veronikis removed her painful pelvic mesh, she gave the box …

Dow, S&P 500 Hit More Record Highs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The stock market closed out its fifth straight week of gains with another record high on Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index carved out all-time highs, extending the market’s gains for the week. It was the third record close for the Dow …

U.S. OK’d To Remain At War

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Washington — The United States will remain in an armed conflict in Afghanistan — essentially at war — after the end of this year under rules for combat operations the Pentagon requested, and President Obama approved, early this month. Senior administration officials said that Obama agreed that U.S. …