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Attorney: Robin Williams’s wife wants his wedding tuxedo

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The wife and adult children of Robin Williams agreed yesterday to meet outside court to try to resolve their dispute over a tuxedo he was married in, photographs taken on his 60th birthday and other items belonging to the late actor. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Andrew Cheng told lawyers for both sides during a hearing to meet before April …

Who is Trevor Noah, and how will he do as Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ replacement?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Um . . . who? That was the question for a lot of people when Comedy Central told the New York Times that Trevor Noah …

End of ‘Mad Men,’ but show’s relics find new life at museum

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don Draper is making his exit with Mad Men this year, but his image as a 1960s advertising man will live on at the Smithsonian …

Explore Ian Fleming’s Jamaican retreat

Sunday, March 22, 2015

James Bond is a British icon, but the fictional spy hero really was born in Jamaica, just as the Caribbean island gained its independence from the waning British empire. The relationship between Bond’s author, Ian Fleming, and the …

‘Sapiens’: a struggle of morality versus existance

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Yuval Noah Harari is an emerging rock-star lecturer operating at the nexus of history and science. In a recent talk at Google on “Silicon Prophets,” he stunned the audience by convincing them that the most interesting place in …

Art heist history detailed in ‘Master Thieves’

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Twenty-five years ago this week, as Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day revelries eased into the wee hours of March 18, 1990, two men impersonating police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and made off with 13 works of …

All fads must end

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Fads come and go – coonskin caps, hula hoops, pet rocks, the Rubik’s Cube – but few matched the mania and money surrounding the Beanie Babies in the 1990s. Originally intended as children’s toys, Beanie Babies sparked a …

Literary Hub wants to save literary culture

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Listening to Morgan Entrekin is a shot of adrenaline for anybody concerned about literary culture. “Independent publishing is the healthiest I’ve ever seen it,” said the president and publisher of Grove Atlantic, who recently passed 60 like a marathoner in the third mile. Far from planning his retirement, …

For our family, American Girl dolls are money well spent

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My daughter just got her fifth American Girl doll. She bought the latest doll, 2015 Girl of the Year Grace Thomas, using her own money; $120 plus tax, since we went to the American Girl Doll store in …

If a senior you know is taking ‘retirement’ literally . . .

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Miriam Schottland, 79, can bench press 90 pounds, putting women half her age, including the one writing this story, to shame. It wasn’t always this way. Although Schottland, an auto racing instructor, has been hitting the gym for …

Diet soda may lead to more belly fat as you age

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I admit it: I drink a Diet Pepsi just about every day. I love the stuff – with a meal, after a long run or when I’m just really thirsty. I’ve always justified the habit with the idea that at least I’m not consuming the huge amounts of …

Is there any recourse for victims of online photo memes?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Those pilfered, captioned and shared photos that make us either cringe, rage or laugh out loud are as old as the internet itself, but in these wild online times, is there any recourse for their victims? Memes, by …

Airline world’s tiny secret: love of model planes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes. When airlines start flying to new cities, make …