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Good morning. Straight talk, no malarkey: I don’t like New Year’s Eve. I grew up in New York City and work in Times Square, and my view of the holiday has always been informed by the crowds here and the fences that contain them, the way they wait and wait. Wake up, sheeple! It’s cold…

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Medical News Today: Cholesterol levels in young adults can predict heart disease risk

A recent study investigates the relationship between cholesterol levels in young adulthood and cardiovascular risk in later life — with interesting recommendations for further research. Share on PinterestA recent study looks at the long term impact of high cholesterol levels. Research has already well documented that high cholesterol levels can lead to heart disease, the…

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That Fenty Gent: Rihanna’s ‘Right Hand,’ Jahleel Weaver

At 33, Jahleel Weaver has pretty much won the celebrity-stylist lottery. As deputy creative director of Fenty, the women’s ready-to-wear and accessories line introduced by Rihanna in May, his days are spent working alongside a nine-time Grammy Award winner whose clothing brand is backed by LVMH, the French luxury conglomerate, and released to her passionate…

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Samoa Lifts State of Emergency After Deadly Measles Epidemic

SYDNEY, Australia — Samoa announced on Saturday that it would reopen schools and end restrictions on public gatherings as it lifted a six-week state of emergency in the aftermath of a measles epidemic that left scores of children and babies dead. Since September, more than 5,600 measles cases have been recorded in the Pacific island…

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Medical News Today: Mindfulness training may lower blood pressure

Long believed to be a calming activity, a new study provides evidence of the benefits of mindfulness in reducing high blood pressure. Share on PinterestA recent study uses mindfulness to address hypertension. There is anecdotal evidence that meditation and mindfulness training may be able to reduce high blood pressure and hypertension. However, clinical confirmation of…

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Christina Mandreucci, Robert Noel

Christina Marie Mandreucci and Robert Deane Noel Jr. were married Dec. 28 at the Ashford Estate, an events space in Allentown, N.J. The Rev. John M. O’Sullivan, a Catholic priest, performed the ceremony. The bride, 28, is the press secretary for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. She graduated from Saint Joseph’s…

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Nicole Quiterio, Matthew Wallenstein

Dr. Nicole Marie Quiterio and Dr. Matthew Ben Wallenstein were married Dec. 23 at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Rev. James Valladares, a Roman Catholic priest, performed the ceremony. On Dec. 28, the couple took part in a Jewish ceremony led by Rabbi Jonathan Prosnitat at the Cabot Lodge in Manapouri, New…

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Shannon Kahlden, Christopher Westerlind

Shannon Renee Kahlden and Christopher Roger Westerlind were married Dec. 27 at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land, Texas. Crawford Mayfield, a Universal Life minister, officiated, incorporating Christian traditions. On July 18, the couple is to have a religious ceremony at Karlstad Cathedral in Karlstad, Sweden. Ms. Kahlden, 26, is a law clerk at Cravath,…

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Jessica Hopfield, James Cleary

Jessica Hopfield and James Francis Cleary Jr. were married Dec. 23 at San Francisco City Hall. The Rev. Timothy Mills, a nondenominational minister, officiated. The couple each received an M.B.A. from Harvard, she with high distinction. Ms. Hopfield, 55, is an independent health care strategist now based in Boston, but starting in January she is…

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Siobhan Heekin-Canedy, Michael O’Hara

Siobhan Scott Heekin-Canedy and Michael Francis O’Hara were married Dec. 28 at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, Conn. The Rev. Pioter Smolik, a Roman Catholic priest, led the ceremony. The couple met at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., from which each graduated, she with distinction. Ms. Heekin-Canedy, 28, is…

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