New Art Museum Adds to Sarasota’s Cultural Heritage

In Sarasota, the subtropics meet the South. Pressed up against the edge of the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, this city, long home to carnies and cowmen, is best understood as a study in contrast. Now the new Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College, which opened last month, aims to spotlight the city’s cultural…

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You Will Soon Know These Names: Taylor Russell and Jodie Turner-Smith

Two young black women face futures made precarious by sudden violence wrought by men in their lives. One is a shy Florida high schooler struggling to find solace as her family tears itself apart. The other is a disaffected lawyer on the run with a stranger turned improbable soul mate. Both journey through traumas that…

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Italian Vogue Won’t Publish Photos This Month

What is a fashion magazine without photo shoots? Without those glossy images of models, photographed in glamorous locales and produced by a small army of hairstylists, makeup artists, editors and assistants? It’s a more environmentally friendly magazine, for one. Or so says Italian Vogue, which aims to make a statement about sustainability this month by…

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Christian Health Cost-Sharing Ministries Offer No Guarantees

Eight-year-old Blake Collie was at the swimming pool when he got a frightening headache. His parents rushed him to the emergency room only to learn he had a brain aneurysm. Blake spent nearly two months in the hospital. His family did not have traditional health insurance. “We could not afford it,” said his father, Mark…

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Our Lives, Under Construction

Unloved and janky, scaffolding is New York City’s other architecture, its Tinker Toy exoskeleton. It has enraged and inspired its residents, while forever altering their behavior — there are those who cleave to its shelter during bad weather, or skittishly avoid it — as they continue to rail against its persistence and ubiquity, perhaps unaware…

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How to Make Friends Online the Old-Fashioned Way (Buying Clothes Together)

ImageKate Lindello, assessing.Credit…Riah Beth Photography Emily Useche, who is 27 and lives in Arkansas, had just put her baby down for a nap one afternoon when she decided to post some family photos on Facebook. But she didn’t simply upload them for friends and family to see. She also posted the photos to a private…

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36 Hours in Santo Domingo

Walking the vibrant streets of Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s capital, can be frustrating for the beach-seeking tourist — you’re tantalized by the sight of the sea but the best beaches, with that quintessential stretch of pristine sand, are miles away. But history, culture and nature abound in this cosmopolitan Caribbean city, where Christopher Columbus landed…

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Frederick’s of Hollywood Goes From Racy to ‘Real’

The director calls action and the merriment unfolds as four young women sip drinks by the pool, cavort on downy beds, muse about their futures and sprint along Hollywood Boulevard in pursuit of a vanished mystery bag. That pretty much sums up the doings in “Hollywood Dreams,” a 12-minute video produced by the Authentic Brands…

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Thanks for the Piece of Plastic?

Three friends gave me a gift card for my birthday several months ago. When I tried to use it recently, the balance showed zero. But that wasn’t possible; the card had never left my wallet. The store manager discovered that one of my friends (who purchased the card) went back to the store with her…

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Harnessing the microbiome to improve stroke recovery

Supplementing the body’s short chain fatty acids can improve stroke recovery, according to research in mice recently published in JNeurosci. Short chain fatty acid supplementation may be a non-invasive addition to stroke rehabilitation therapies. The gut microbiome influences brain health, including how the brain recovers from stroke. Short chain fatty acids, a fermentation product from…

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