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App reviews: Thumbly, a custom keyboard, and Kitchen Stories, for meal planning

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Single-handedly creating a custom keyboard for your phone Are you a one-armed bandit on your phone? To those who still type mostly with one thumb: There’s a keyboard out there for you: Thumbly. This custom keyboard fans the familiar QWERTY layout from the bottom corner of your phone, so you can type with one hand easily. The app works for righties and lefties, and the ambidextrous can switch between the …

How you talk to your baby now can impact their social skills later

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Think you have your hands full making sure your baby is fed and clean and gets enough sleep? Here’s another thing for the list: developing your child’s social skills by the way you talk. People used to think that social skills were something kids were born with, not taught. But a growing body of research shows that the environment a children grow up …

For sale in Bow: Glorious details, wonderful location

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The well-maintained colonial at 13 Buckingham Drive is situated in one of Bow’s most sought-after neighborhoods, Buckingham Estates. Sited on 2.35 acres of professionally landscaped grounds, this property offers a home with attractive curb appeal and views of the wooded surroundings. The home features 2,580 square feet of living space, three bedrooms and …

Pollard to be freed; US analyst spied for Israel

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jonathan Pollard, the former Naval intelligence analyst whose conviction of spying for Israel stoked fierce international passions, has been granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years. The decision to free Pollard …

Ex-prison guard accused of forcing inmates to have sex

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A former high-ranking corrections officer at a southeast Georgia women’s prison used his position of power to prey on inmates, targeting their vulnerabilities and forcing them to have sex with him, according to investigators. Over at least four …

New York prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A prison worker who was “in over her head” with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and …

Jail releases more footage of Sandra Bland before her death

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there. Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said such …

Authorities: California teen accused of killing 8-year-old

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday. Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin …

Can you tell the real Donald Trump from the fake Donald Trump? Try our quiz!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has vented his spleen on topics aplenty since the beginning of his presidential campaign. His press office’s news releases are marvels of thuggish vitriol, so The Forum decided to showcase five of them here …

$10 billion man may be worth about $2.9 billion

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The latest math on Donald Trump: $2.9 billion. An analysis by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, based in part on a 92-page personal financial disclosure form made public last week, revealed a portfolio dominated by skyscrapers and golf courses. The celebrity presidential candidate says he’s worth more than $10 …

George Washington University applicants no longer need to take admissions tests

Monday, July 27, 2015

George Washington University dropped its testing requirement for most freshman admissions Monday, becoming one of the largest and most prominent schools to declare that its applicants don’t have to take the SAT or ACT. The announcement from the private university in the nation’s capital reflects a growing belief …

Exodus from Puerto Rico could upend Florida vote in 2016 presidential race

Monday, July 27, 2015

Puerto Rico’s economic crisis meant Jeffrey Rondon, 25, struggled to find even part-time work, so he recently joined the growing exodus from his Caribbean island to Florida. Now he holds a full-time restaurant job and something that could upend the 2016 presidential election – the right to vote …

Officials hope 1st U.S. offshore wind farm will boost industry

Monday, July 27, 2015

Construction has begun off Rhode Island’s coast on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said …