Now Damien Echols Will Teach You the Secrets of Magick

Outside afterward, a cluster of fans waited for Mr. Echols. Nearly everyone was dressed in black — “school colors,” someone joked — and several had tattoos of esoteric symbols drawn by Mr. Echols. One of them, Kimberly Bichko, told me that she had seen Mr. Echols perform a guardian angel ritual at a gallery last…

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Phys Ed: Are We Wired to Sit?

Are we born to be physically lazy? A sophisticated if disconcerting new neurological study suggests that we probably are. It finds that even when people know that exercise is desirable and plan to work out, certain electrical signals within their brains may be nudging them toward being sedentary. The study’s authors hope, though, that learning…

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cultural studies: The Wheel Thing

Once, roller skating was a family-friendly activity. At the height of the roller skating craze, during the 1970s and ’80s, you went to the roller rink and banged your feet against the wood while dancing to “Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra. Or maybe you went to the local theater just to stare…

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E.P.A. Places the Head of Its Office of Children’s Health on Leave

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday placed the head of its Office of Children’s Health Protection on administrative leave, in an unusual move that several observers said appeared to reflect an effort to minimize the role of the…

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Unbuttoned: The Continental Shock of the Kors-Versace Deal

PARIS — It’s official: America has its first global luxury group. Michael Kors’s purchase of the Italian brand Versace for $2.1 billion vaults the company — to be renamed Capri Holdings, after the Italian island — into the ranks of fashion conglomerates, a rarefied world defined by Kering and LVMH Möet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Everyone…

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Cancer Center Switches Focus on Fund-Raising as Problems Mount

At meetings and in online forums, patients and staff members have expressed concern about the institution and the way in which it interacts with the health and pharmaceutical industries. The hospital has announced a task force to study its conflict-of-interest policies and said Tuesday in a note to the staff that it would hire an…

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Frances Edelstein, Queen of the Polish Tea Room, Is Dead at 92

Frances Edelstein, a Holocaust survivor whose potato latkes, matzo ball soup and blintzes brought cholesterol-loving pilgrims to the Cafe Edison in the theater district of Manhattan for more than 30 years, died on Monday at her home in Manalapan, N.J. She was 92. Her granddaughter Lindsay Edelstein confirmed the death. With her husband, Harry —…

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