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John Bayley, half of famed and devoted literary couple, dies at 89

Monday, January 26, 2015

As marriages go, John Bayley and Iris Murdoch’s was one for the ages - doting, dotty and undyingly tolerant. He was the eminent critic and Oxford don, who also was known to stuff his pockets with leftovers. She was the brilliant novelist and skinny-dipping libertine, whose philosophical treatments of love and freedom brought her the Booker Prize and an English title. In their more than 40 years together, they shared …

WHO adopts reforms after bungling Ebola

Sunday, January 25, 2015

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of WHO’s member countries approved a resolution aimed at strengthening the U.N. health agency’s ability to …

Travelers like plan for rail link to NY’s LaGuardia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Fiore knows what it’s like to sit in a taxi for as long as two agonizing hours, over bridges or through a tunnel, to travel a mere eight miles from midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport in Queens. The salesman who makes that trek about twice a month is among …

A wine to try: 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A wine to try 2012 Julien Sunier Regnie Region: Beaujolais Price: About $24 Style: Graceful and balanced What it goes with: Indian food, braised or roast lamb, lentil stew, a burger Beaujolais Nouveau is coming, and soon, but …

friends & neighbors

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Amherst Claire R. Thibodeau, a resident of Royal Oak, Michigan, was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. She is a senior in the school of art and design. A graduate of …

Family Wanted: Nicki, 10, is caring, compassionate

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hi. My name is Nicki. I like to make gifts for people I care about. I prefer fruits and vegetables. Caring and compassionate are two words used to describe 10-year-old Nicki. He is an imaginative Caucasian boy who …

Mushrooms can be a healthy piece of the Super Bowl spread

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Anybody who has kids will appreciate this milestone. My daughter ate an entire mushroom for the first time the other day! I had roasted it on a baking sheet alongside other veggies, knowing she would likely skip the …

Valley Bounty: Lamb

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lamb Lamb stews are wonderfully rich and warming. Use traditional New England stew fixings like carrots, onions and potatoes, or a mix of Middle Eastern spices, which bring out lamb’s complexity. Tagine, a lamb stew named for the clay pot it is cooked in, makes a fantastic meal …

Oven Chicken Wings

Saturday, January 24, 2015

(Adapted from thekitchen.com) 3 pounds of chicken wings and/or drumettes, the meatier the better 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper ½ cup hot sauce 3 tablespoons butter, melted Blue cheese or ranch dressing, for serving Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet or two with …

What cask beer drinkers know: Cold kills flavor

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Nothing screams American mass-market beer like that big silver “Coors” bullet train. TV spots show it rocketing through a winter blizzard, smashing huge glaciers into ice rubble before steaming into town like the Polar Express for the college …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou is feeling deflated

Saturday, January 24, 2015

For some unexplained reason, I’ve had a really deflating week. Woke up Monday morning and made English muffins. They came out under-cooked. Made scrambled eggs. They came out too runny. Seems the toaster and stove top were under-pressured. Not enough “psi.” What’s going on? Tuesday was no better. …

California measles outbreak expands to 78 cases; more likely

Friday, January 23, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The measles outbreak centered in California continues to expand, with officials now confirming 78 cases of the illness in seven states and Mexico. The California Department of Public Health said there are now 68 cases in the state — 48 that have been directly …