36 Hours: 36 Hours in St. Louis

Before travelers could fly there, St. Louis, on the Mississippi River, was a natural point of continental convergence for rails, trails and sails, the gateway to the West in the 19th century. That traffic, and the industry that grew up around it, created a legacy of wealth and power that is reflected in the city’s…

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Mind: Beyond Biden: How Close Is Too Close?

On Thursday afternoon, former vice president and potential presidential candidate Joe Biden released a video in which he discussed the importance of personal space. “Social norms have begun to change,” he said. “They’ve shifted, and boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset — and I get it.” Mr. Biden was responding to allegations by…

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Shaken? Stirred? Sorry, Your Martini Has Already Been Mixed

The martini is a simple cocktail achieved by complex means. Choices along the way include gin or vodka, shaken or stirred, olive or twist, bitters or no, wet or dry. At Abigail Hall, a new restaurant in Portland, Ore., the order is accomplished in only two steps: Grab bottle of martinis from the freezer. Pour…

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Hungry City: Simply Cooked Seafood Turns Luxurious at Taverna Kos

An important omission on the menu at Taverna Kos in Astoria, Queens, is the enormous plate of feta you may see passing your table en route to a smarter party of people. Heaps of the imported cheese, which the restaurant buys in 28-pound containers, come flecked with dried oregano and slicked with olive oil, and…

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Encounters: Wyatt Cenac Has a Thing for Slot Car Racing

Wyatt Cenac was lapping the competition. He was speaking softly in paragraph-long thoughts about his HBO show, “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas,” his love for animation and his relationship with his modest fame. Simultaneously, he was winning an unspoken competition at Buzz-a-Rama, the only place in New York City where a comedian can destroy all takers…

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Cj Hendry Is an Instagram Hit. But Can She Woo the Art World?

Let’s say you’re scrolling through Instagram. That tantalizing green salad? You’ll fly by it. Ditto the photo of the mysterious-looking woman on the beach or that candid shot of a friend of a friend. Oh, and look — a puppy. Then your thumb stops, mid-scroll, on a work by Cj Hendry. The image has left…

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Medical News Today: Health benefits of olive leaf extract

Olive leaf extract may have several potential health benefits, such as helping lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Although scientists have conducted much of the research in animals, the extract is also beginning to show promise in some human trials. People in the Mediterranean region have long used olive tree leaves as part of their diet…

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A Diet to Ward Off Gum Disease?

The right diet may improve gum health, a small study has found. German researchers studied 30 people with gingivitis, the inflammation of the gums that can cause redness, swelling and bleeding. A dentist measured the severity of their gingivitis and their levels of plaque, the bacteria-laden film that builds up on the teeth and can…

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You Asked: How to Perk Up Your Breasts

I’m in my 20s and really love my boobs and would like to keep them perky for as long as possible. (They’re kind of big, so I’m fighting gravity.) I heard that soaking them with cold water firms the tissue. Is that legitimate? Are there other nonsurgical things to do (aside from wearing a supportive…

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