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4 essential food safety tips for summertime gatherings

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Summer is a season of outdoor gatherings, barbecues and picnics, where food is often at the center of the festivities. However, the warm weather also creates ideal conditions for the growth of harmful bacteria, increasing the risk of foodborne illnesses.

It's critical that you follow food safety recommendations so you can enjoy hosting and ...Read more

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Steve Lopez: Perks of old age: Nobody says, 'Grandpa, would you please move this refrigerator?'

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Aging has its drawbacks, if you hadn't noticed.

But are there any benefits to getting older, other than the fact that it beats the alternative?

I asked that question of readers a few weeks ago, and apparently the answer is yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes again, according to the hundreds who chimed in.

"When I asked for pre-boarding on a flight ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: My date suggested a restaurant I can't afford -- What do I do?

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There’s so much to stress about when it comes to a first date — what to wear, what conversation topics to avoid, if you’re about to get catfished — that another big obstacle is often overlooked: the financial aspect of dating. Even grabbing drinks a few times a week can really add up over time, and the last thing you want is to turn down...Read more

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During the pandemic, women embraced their grays. Now, some are going back to the colorist.

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PHILADELPHIA — During the pandemic, Marilyn Frasier heeded the once-mandatory — then age-affirming — call to embrace her gray. So, she stopped coloring her naturally black hair a dark brown and put full trust in her salty white roots.

"I let it grow out," said Frasier, 72, who lives in Center City. "It looked OK. Everyone told me it ...Read more

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As South Florida heats up, ice immersion cools the body -- fast

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Deanna Young, 31, lowers herself into a 100-gallon tub filled with ice water at her Delray Beach gym. After 45 minutes of cardio and strength exercises in the intense Florida heat, she wants to cool off fast.

Submerging into the frigid water, her body instantly feels a cold jolt, but then relaxes as she concentrates on ...Read more

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The Kid Whisperer: How to handle a kid you're afraid to take on vacation

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Dear Kid Whisperer,

I have a 12-year-old son. His mother (my ex-wife) and I made a lot of mistakes with him, especially when he was much younger. He has been really disruptive in the house and even violent with his younger stepbrothers. We have a family vacation coming up in a couple of weeks and I’m thinking about not taking him. I would ...Read more

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Ex-etiquette: Is he cheating?

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Q. I think my boyfriend is cheating. We dated for about three months and then he moved in. We’ve been together for about 6 months now. Here’s the problem: A few months ago, he stopped coming home every night. When I ask him where he has been, he says he was drinking with friends and stayed at one of their homes. I think he should call me and...Read more

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Lori Borgman: The weather is always a hot topic

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Some people are drawn to social media apps -- I'm drawn to weather apps.

I check weather apps more frequently than I check news apps. Weather apps tend to be less alarming than the news apps. Even in tornado season.

I don't mean to brag, but I know the predicted highs, lows and percentage possibilities for rain for the next five days in three ...Read more

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In a hot LA neighborhood full of brown lawns, his DIY native plant garden thrives

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Water-hungry lawns are symbols of Los Angeles' past. In this series, we spotlight yards with alternative, low-water landscaping built for the future.

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LOS ANGELES -- The temperature was in the 90s in West Hills, but that didn't deter an astonishing number of monarch butterflies, hummingbirds and bees from feeding on the California-...Read more

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Jerry Zezima: Hair today, not gone tomorrow

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I don’t want to give lip service to elections, one of which is coming up in the fall, but I recently won a contest by a vote so overwhelming that it amounted to much more than a whisker.

That’s why, thanks to the support of my grandchildren, who are not too young to have cast ballots, I am keeping my mustache.

The issue came up when my ...Read more

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NY students banned from using phones first hated, then loved it

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Signs of withdrawal began to show immediately.

At a high school in upstate New York that had banned mobile phones, a student was constantly reaching for her nonexistent device and grabbing air. Hallways rang with the sound of kids trying to smash locks and get to their devices. At another school in the Bronx, students plotted a protest.

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More couples are hiring wedding content creators, so they and their guests can 'live in the moment'

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PHILADELPHIA — In the car on the way home from her wedding, Bayley Shanley's phone pinged with a notification from one of her vendors.

As her new husband drove, Shanley flipped through more than 500 candid photos and videos.

She watched her bridesmaids walk down the aisle, a moment she had missed, and relived the speeches. She sent her ...Read more

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At the this library, new treasures are still being uncovered

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BERKELEY, Calif. -- As a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, Giuliano Sidro is a serious expert on ancient writings, but his seriousness turns to silliness when he explains one of the findings in a nearly-4,000-year-old piece of papyrus.

“This right here,” he says, giggling, “is the earliest ever mention we have of ...Read more

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On Gardening: Tiara Pink a jewel of a Supertunia

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One of the plants that literally took your breath away at the plant trials this year was the new Supertunia Tiara Pink. Shoot, I am not even a pink flower guy in the least but this one had me mesmerized. Subsequently the ones made available to me in testing have been the same, a "Holy wow!"

I’ve recently posted a photo on my Facebook page and...Read more

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This country banned TikTok. What became of its influencers?

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Is there life after TikTok?

The question is front of mind for U.S. influencers and many small businesses as lawmakers threaten to ban the Chinese-owned social media app that's become a cornerstone of internet culture and e-commerce.

For an answer, they might turn to India, which has been surviving without TikTok since June 2020.

That month, ...Read more

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Forget upgrading the family car. These parents bought cargo bikes instead

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CHICAGO -- Kevin Dekkinga’s son was going to elementary school and the family faced a decision: buy a second car, or buy a new cargo bike.

His son would attend a Chicago Public Schools magnet school in a different neighborhood. His wife worked in the suburbs. And with CPS facing a bus driver shortage after the pandemic that left school bus ...Read more

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Pricey camps. Family favors. Early dashes from work. How do parents survive summer?

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LOS ANGELES — Kristen Dang’s tenuously planned child-care schedule is in full summer swing — a costly, worry-inducing logistical feat that has tested her maternal prowess. And she considers herself among the fortunate.

She nabbed a coveted six weeks of camp for her soon-to-be 9-year-old son, Brady, at the Reseda Recreation Center. Back in...Read more

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Heidi Stevens: What if the assassination attempt on former President Trump shifts the tide on gun laws?

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Two years ago, after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos walked into Robb Elementary School with his brand new AR-15 and killed 19 students and two teachers, surveillance video was made available to the public.

The Austin American-Statesman published the footage on its website, showing the ease at which the gunman entered the school and shot his way ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: How much time should you spend on dating apps? You might be surprised

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If you have screen time alerts on your phone, you already know that you probably spend more time than you are really willing to admit looking at that device. And if you’re anything like the rest of the population (or just me? Can’t be just me), much more of that time is spent browsing Instagram or playing sudoku than making phone calls or ...Read more

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These vibrant, bigger-than-life portraits turn gun death statistics into indelible stories

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PHILADELPHIA — Zarinah Lomax is an uncommon documentarian of our times. She has designed dresses from yellow crime-scene tape and styled jackets with hand-painted demands like “Don’t Shoot” in purple, black, and gold script. Every few months, she hauls dozens of portraits of Philadelphians — vibrant, bold, bigger-than-life faces — to...Read more