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CDC Cites Teen’s Death as Evidence of Dangers of Edible Pot

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing chilling new details about a 19-year-old college student who leaped four stories to his death at a Holiday Inn in Denver after eating a pot cookie. The case is Exhibit A in a stern warning about the dangers of edible pot that calls for clearer labels, better education and dosage guidelines that advocate limited portion sizes. “Although the decedent …

Boy Scouts End Gay Leader Ban

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — The Boy Scouts of America, facing litigation, shrinking membership and sweeping acceptance of gay rights, voted on Monday to lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders and employees. The national organization will no longer allow discrimination against its paid workers or at BSA-owned facilities. But local troops and councils will …

House, Senate Clash Over Highway Bill

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Washington — House Republicans rebuffed their Senate counterparts Monday over must-pass highway legislation, setting the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. As House members convened for their final days of work before an annual August recess, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy ruled out taking up the Senate’s highway bill, which …

A Great American Writer

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I met E.L. Doctorow only once. We were introduced by a mutual friend at the National Book Awards dinner a couple of years ago. A writer of his eminence is accustomed to praise, and I expected no more …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for July 26-Aug. 1

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don’t Miss I Am Cait — Fresh off her stirring speech at the Espy Awards, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) invites viewers into her life via this eight-part reality series. The show promises to tell her “intimate story” as she seeks out her “new normal” as perhaps the …

To Your Good Health: Adrenal Nodules Can Produce Hormones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband’s recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on both adrenal glands. It was suggested that he undergo a blood test to determine if the nodules are producing hormones. For the past 21 …

Miss Manners: Couple Canceling Vacation Offer Shouldn’t Cancel Thank-You

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: We accepted an invitation for a week’s vacation without cost in another couple’s condo with them and one other couple. There wouldn’t have been any additional charges to our friends for us being there. We intended to fly there, while our friends intended to drive, …

New Zealand Unspoiled

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand — Several items are essential for exploring the magical Southern Alps mountains that run across New Zealand’s South Island: insect repellent, rain gear and ear plugs. The repellent is to ward off sandflies, …

High-Tech Aerospace Exhibit On Tour

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington — With space shuttles now housed in history museums, innovators in aerospace are thinking of newer, better ways humans could reach space. One idea: What about a space elevator? This real idea is one simulation that’s part of a new high-tech interactive exhibition about the future of …

Crown Jewel of Connecticut State Parks: Expansive Hammonasset Beach

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Madison, Conn. — Downtown Madison, Connecticut, has the feel of a beach town, though the beach itself is nearly 2 miles away. In addition to shops and restaurants, the town has one of the best independent bookstores in the state and a century-old independent movie theater. For sand …

Fresh-Foods Era Has Campbell Soup Cooking Up New Products

Sunday, July 26, 2015

To understand the ideas driving the overhaul of Campbell Soup Co., it helps to consider how the packaged food giant describes the products it makes. Instead of “formulas and processing,” company leaders now talk about “recipes and cooking.” It is a subtle verbal cue that reflects what the …

Franchisees Fighting $15 Wage in N.Y.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New York — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to have it his way with New York’s fast-food industry — and restaurant owners aren’t loving it. Franchise owners say they’re considering a lawsuit against Cuomo’s plan to raise the minimum …

A Throwback Dairy Queen

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Moorhead, Minn. — The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead, Minn., has been thumbing its nose at corporate HQ pretty much since it opened in 1949, despite some efforts from the home office to have the store mind its Ds and Qs. And it’s a recipe that seems to …