Summer Blockbusters

Good morning. I hate to be a bummer but daylight’s burning and the year’s half over and if this thing of ours were a rom-com, we’d be deep in Act II: rising action, higher stakes. Something’s gotta give! Before long, we’ll be buying the kids new Buster Browns and planning out school lunches, soccer practices,…

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Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

Image CreditVictoria Roberts Q. Why have bedbugs become such a problem? Are there any new ways to attack them? A. Scientists believe that bedbugs have developed resistance to some insecticides, and travel is helping to spread the resistant insects worldwide. Another major contributor is the failure of many hotels and residential landlords to identify infestations…

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Keeping the Fun in Children’s Sports

A new clinical report on organized sports for children, preadolescents and adolescents from the American Academy of Pediatrics keeps coming back to the question of fun. The report summarizes evidence on the many benefits of sports participation for children, from acquiring motor skills to developing positive self-image, from strong social interactions to higher levels of…

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Shopping for Bar Cabinets

A piece of furniture dedicated solely to drinks might seem like an extravagance. But when it comes to entertaining, a well-functioning bar cabinet can be useful for both host and guests. “It’s a matter of convenience,” said William Sofield, the interior designer who founded Studio Sofield in New York. “I tell everyone, ‘I’ll make you…

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Of Comic Books and Couture

Image Original sketches by Yves Saint Laurent of his comic creation, La Vilaine Lulu. In 1967, Yves Saint Laurent introduced La Vilaine Lulu, the beastly little star of a comic book — or bande dessinée — that he wrote and illustrated. Short and squat with a froggy face, wearing a beribboned boater and a scarlet…

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