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“The Residence” dishes tales of maids and butlers who served the first families in their private quarters. Illustrates BOOKS-WHITEHOUSE (category e), by Krissah Thompson © 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Monday, April 6, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Courtesy of Kate Andersen Brower.)

White House Staff Discuss Roles in Book

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Washington — Many of the men and women who have worked in the White House residence — serving presidents and their families in their private quarters — are breaking with a long-held tradition of silence: They are dishing about life behind the scenes at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For her forthcoming book, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, Kate Andersen Brower managed to elicit stories from domestic staff who witnessed up close the loneliness of President Richard Nixon as he faced impeachment, the weariness of Hillary Clinton as her husband’s sex scandal exploded, and other surprisingly intimate moments involving the first families. …

Riding Aside Instead of Astride

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Leesburg, Va. — The first riders appeared in the distance just before noon, dark silhouettes galloping along the crest of a hill in the bright April sunshine. It wasn’t until they closed in on the final jump that spectators at the finish line could see it — the way the riders sat high …

6 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Credit Repair Efforts

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Although the financial climate is improving and unemployment rates continue to drop, many consumers are struggling. Last year alone, U.S. courts reported nearly 1 million cases of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings. How does a financial hardship like bankruptcy affect your long-term credit health? For one, the damage can remain on your credit report for seven to 10 years. If your …

On Fashion: Lilly Pulitzer May Be Good for Retail, But It’s Terrible Fashion

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The debut of the Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target was a spectacular feat of retailing that had very little to do with the quality of the fashion that the mass marketer was selling. Lilly Pulitzer is not fashion. It is clothes. The classic Lilly Pulitzer dress comes in …

Cats (Allegedly) Love Wearing These Hats

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It’s not enough to knit sweaters for our children and grandchildren — no. Dexterous fingers need more. They need to knit something smaller, faster: They need to knit hats for cats. What started as a lark — and …

Still Commanding ‘Respect’

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Aretha Franklin is riding on the freeway, or maybe it’s just I-70, on her way home to Detroit from Washington, D.C. She was in the nation’s capital to play for the president at the White House, but that’s …

Brian Wilson Reunites With Al Jardine

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — While Brian Wilson doesn’t plan to officially reunite with the surviving members of the Beach Boys, having an old friend sing on a new record certainly provided a comfort zone. Former bandmate Al Jardine, who …

For the Love of Books, Go to Tumblr

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To express her love to Judy Blume, a 1970s tween would have had to write a letter. These days, a young reader enchanted by YA books — by, say, author Rainbow Rowell — can make nail art that matches a book cover and share it on Tumblr, where …

How to Protect Your Pup From the Canine Flu Epidemic

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Los Angeles — An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets. Experts blame the epidemic on a strain called H3N2 that is seen …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: A Fateful Meeting

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Exploit Queen-on-Queen In 1954, an American chess team suffered its second of three brutal postwar defeats at the hands of a group of Soviet players. The score was 20-12. Clearly, a powerful and unprecedented force had emerged in international chess. Watching thoughtfully from the audience …

To Your Good Health: Weakened Immune System Comes With Vaccine Rules

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My rheumatologist wants me to start Arava for my newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis. I have refused to start this medicine because the information sheet states to avoid contact with people who have recently received the oral polio vaccine. My 6-month-old grandson will be receiving his …

Turin Shroud Back on Display for the Faithful

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Turin, Italy (ap)— Turin’s archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth that some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again. The 14-foot cloth will be displayed through June 24. Pope Francis will …

Europe’s Cultural Powerhouse

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Vienna — It takes an empire to build a city like this. Like an immaculately tailored suit fresh from the dry cleaner, the historic core of Vienna suggests easy elegance and decorum. The cavernous palaces, treasure-stuffed museums, towering …