January 12, 2012 RSS feed / Living

Galveston ferry ... possibly Texas’ best tourist bargain

Galveston’s Bolivar Ferry, Texas’ version of the famous New York Staten Island Ferry, may be the best tourist bargain in the Lone Star State.  More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Lincoln’s outspoken war secretary resigns

President Abraham Lincoln’s outspoken war secretary, Simon Cameron, a canny old-time political boss from Pennsylvania, resigns the all-important Cabinet post on Jan. 14, 1862.  More...

One year after Sugarloaf accident

The safety of ski lifts

It was a perfect day for skiing at Sugarloaf on fresh powder left by a December snowstorm the day before. But something seemed amiss as Rick Tonge and his son rode a chairlift up the mountain. First he heard some banging and clanging. More...

FBI range is popular deer hangout

Call it a playground for Bambi and G-Men, where imaginary criminals are hunted and deer are the spectators.  The 547-acre FBI academy, where some of the nation’s best marksmen fire off more than 1 million bullets every month, happens to b More...

Marriage optional

More and more adults in America staying out of the ring

NEW YORK A s a 20-something, Erin Turner feels she made all the right moves dating wise. More...

Gray wolves on the rebound

Their future is uncertain as federal protections end

ATLANTA, Mich.  After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving the gray wolf, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf protection business, leaving it to individual states — and the wolves themselves &mdas More...

The nativity gets update

LONDON  T here’s a beautifully groomed Mary in a blue party dress, a fashionable Joseph gazing adoringly at the baby, and wise men carrying a Faberge egg, a crystal bottle of perfume and a decorated skull.  More...

Company envisions floating startups

SUNNYVALE, Calif.   You’ve heard of tech companies starting in a Silicon Valley garage. More...

Jewish New York City

History, heritage, Hanukkah — and food

NEW YORK  M useums and historic sites, the world’s largest menorah, and a trendy new Tribeca restaurant inspired by an old-school Catskills resort. More...

Charleston fire; first execution of Union deserter

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

In April 1861, the Civil War’s first shots were fired in Charleston, S.C.  More...

New England Journal

200 years of medical history

Unhappy with today’s health care? Think of what it was like to be sick 200 years ago.  No stethoscopes, antibiotics, Xrays or vaccines. Bloodletting was a common treatment. More...

South Dakota twins born in different years

When they grow up, a set of newborn twins in South Dakota will be able to tell people they were born in different years.  Kylee Anthony was born a minute before midnight on New Year’s Eve, and brother John Jr. More...

Titanic artifacts headed to auction

The owner of the largest trove of artifacts salvaged from the Titanic is putting the vast collection up for auction as a single lot in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the world’s most famous shipwreck.  More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR Clamor for war; Union Navy fights

The year 1862 will open with the Union Army of the Potomac under Major Gen. McClellan facing popular and political pressure to engage in major combat with its Confederate foes. But McClellan has come down with typhoid and is ill in bed.  More...

Florida yoga teacher named ‘world’s oldest’

PINELLAS PARK, Fla.  The yoga teacher in the front of the room lay on the floor, her hands resting on her upper thighs. She lifted her right leg high in the air, foot flexed. More...

Doctor in Auburn moves on from humorist to activist

AUBURN  A family doctor who targeted physicians’ funny bone with a humor magazine for doctors has ceased publication after a 10-year run, freeing him up to sharpen his focus on attacking changes in the health industry that he says come bet More...

Diplomatic crisis defused in Trent Affair

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

At the close of 1861, President Abraham Lincoln finds himself at war at home — and fending off a diplomatic crisis with Britain that threatens hostilities if not handled delicately.  More...

Merriam-Webster picks ‘pragmatic’ as Word of Year

When the time came for Merriam- Webster to pick its top word of 2011, its editors decided they needed to be pragmatic.  So they chose ... More...

Michigan gives Wis. mitten campaign the thumbs down

LANSING, Mich.   Michigan and Wisconsin have thrown off the gloves and are engaged in hand-to-hand combat in a debate over which of them looks more like a mitten.  More...

Groups increase efforts to stop sales of pet store puppies

LOS ANGELES ( AP) — More puppies are sold at pet stores during the holiday season than any other time of year. More...