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  • SPARC veteran wins national Broadway contest

    Richmonder Jason Marks will soon be giving his regards to Broadway. The office manager and resident instructor at the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community just won the nationwide “Big Broadway Break” contest, which means he’ll spend six months in New York to pu...



  • Hugh Hefner offers to take Playboy private

    Playboy said Monday that Hefner has lined up backing from a little-known private equity firm to buy the shares of the media empire that he doesn't already own and take the company private in a deal that values the organization at $185 million.

  • Spicy Shrimp Pasta

    • 1 pound tube pasta • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 tablespoons butter • 1 small shallot, finely

  • IN MY SHOES: A gift of food is really a gift of selfView Video

    Part of the allure of cooking and baking is offering edible gifts to those you care about, whether you're a home cook or a French chef.

  • Dr. Donohue: Mono will run its course

    DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My son is home from his first year at college. He was supposed to start work three weeks ago, but he got sick with a fever and sore throat. I insisted he see a doctor. The doctor tested him for mono, and he has it. He's not taking any medicine. Should he be? How long does recovery take? -- R.K. DEAR R.K.: Infectious mononucleosis -- mono for short -- has three distinctive signs: fever, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes, particularly nodes in the neck. Mono takes away a person's energy. A blood test shows an increase of lymphocytes, one of the white blood cells, and the mono blood test is positive.

  • Miss Manners: Deflecting the girlfriend question

    DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a 26-year-old man living near my family, with whom I have very close relationships. This often brings me into contact with their friends, many of whom I have never met or are acquaintances at best. What is a polite way for me, as an openly gay man, to address their questions about girlfriends? I've been "out of the closet" for years and feel it is appropriate to be known for who I am. I've been accused of "pushing an agenda," which annoys me, because I've never proceeded with these people to divisive topics like gay equality. I've also never told children (of friends, cousins, etc.) of my sexuality when asked similar questions, as I assume most people would appreciate my discretion in these instances.

  • The Best Chocolate-Chip Cookies

    • ½ cup butter-flavored Crisco • ½ cup brown sugar • ½ cup sugar • 1 egg • ¾

  • Savvy Senior: Tips and tools to help you make a smart move

    Q:My wife and I will be retiring in a few years and are interested in relocating to a smaller house in a sunnier climate but could use some help. Answer: Whatever your dream retirement location might be, you need to do your homework and learn everything you can about the area. Here are some things to consider: The three Cs: Also known as crime, climate and cost of living. For most retirees these are high priorities. To research these areas go to, a Web resource that offers climate profiles, crime statistics, a cost-of-living calculator and more, and lets you compare cities side-by-side. You also can click on the "Cost of Living" tab, plug in your annual income, and find out how much you'll need to maintain your current standard of living. Also see

  • People's Pharmacy: Serotonin syndrome results from mixing drugs

    Q:I take Zoloft (sertraline) for depression, but I had a frightening experience recently. To relieve a cold, I took one dose of a cold formula that contains dextromethorphan. About an hour later, I began to experience chest pain, shortness of breath, shaking and tingling. Paramedics were called and found my EKG and blood pressure were fine, but my heart was racing.

  • KB's Summertime Five-Bean Salad

    Makes 8 to 10 servings. • 1 15-ounce can cut green beans, drained • 1 15-ounce can yellow wax

  • Dear Abby: Friend's daughter shows different face(book)

    DEAR ABBY: I have just learned that a friend's 16-year-old daughter has two different Facebook profiles. One is a "nice" profile to which she has invited me, her family and friends from her days at a Christian academy. The other she uses with her new "wild" friends from public high school. The second includes explicit details about her sexual exploits and drinking parties. Should I keep my nose out of it or let her parents know? -- VIGILANT IN EVERETT, WASH.

  • Combating summer boredom

     During a recent visit to Atlanta, my family stayed with friends whose daughters are the same ages as my two children. I returned to their home one afternoon after a short time away and was informed that my son had said a "bad" word. Before I could clutch my chest in horror or find him and render punishment, the mom chuckled and explained that in their home, using the word "bored" is a no-no. Her daughters heard my son slip in a moment of down time and immediately reported him.

  • Marinated bean salad stands up to summer's heat

    I suppose it's the searing temperatures that have left me with cold salads on the brain -- cider slaw, potato salad, pasta salad.

  • Child endangerment

    In the Bible, the king of Babylon sees the handwriting on the wall, a portent of doom. In “Last Writes” (290 pages, Signet, $6.99), Sheila Lowe’s fourth mystery featuring forensic graphologist Claudia Rose, there’s handwriting, a religious sect and a potentially doomed little girl. Claudia’s fri...

  • Pat Benatar remembers Richmond

    Just caught Pat Benatar on “The Joy Behar Show” promoting her new autobiography, “Between a Heart and a Rock Place,” and she spent a chunk of the interview talking about Richmond. If you don’t already know the story (which is, apparently, in the book), Benatar was atte...

  • Miss Manners: "Ladies first" does not always apply

    DEAR MISS MANNERS: I was walking across a beach, sunny, lots of people around. Ahead of me, to one side, was a pretty girl walking on a course at right angles to my course. It became apparent that if we continued walking at the same rate, we would run into each other; one or both of us had to pause or change our course. My instinct was to slow down, allowing her to pass ahead of me. I did that, and everything was fine.

  • Ask Martha: Taking care of your pruning tools

    Q:How should I clean and care for my pruning tools to keep them in top form? Answer: Garden tools work better and last longer if they are cared for properly. Late winter or early spring is a good time to give them a going-over -- especially if you didn't do so before you put them away in the fall -- so they're ready to work when you are.

  • If it's not a swap, taxes due on home sale profits

    Q:We are planning to sell our vacation home in Virginia and then purchase another one as soon as possible. How long do we have before paying taxes on the profit from the sale? -- Colin Answer: Unfortunately, unless you do a Starker (Section 1031) "like-kind" exchange, where you swap one investment property for another, you will have to pay capital-gains tax.

  • Health Notes for July 10

    CLASSES Communication and Visits with People with Dementia, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Elmcroft of Chesterfield ...

  • Dr. Donohue: Visualization could help your game

    DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This summer I have taken up tennis. I'm 55 and never played it before. I have played many other sports. I really like tennis, so I've started taking lessons with a young, local pro. He played college-level tennis, and he's a good instructor. He tells me I can improve my game by "visualizing" myself hitting the ball. I find this somewhat hard to believe. -- B.R.

  • Gardening Q&A: Ailing tomatoes could be collateral damage

    Q:My tomatoes are doing horrible. Starting on the tops of the plants, they are curling up and dying. Could this be from a bug or a fungus? Answer: My first thought would be that someone has used lawn weed killer in your yard or a yard near you. Volatile herbicides turn to a gas when the temperatures get above 85 degrees. This gas can drift for several hundred feet and tomatoes are very susceptible. The major symptom is curling of the upper leaves. If you prune the affected area out, the plants may well recover.

  • Things to love about the Emmy nominations

    Things I love about the Emmy nominations: 1. Those 12 long overdue nods for “Lost,” particularly Matthew Fox’s, which has been deserved for at least the past three seasons. Also great to see Elizabeth Mitchell getting recognition - as a “guest actress” - fo...

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    This Weekend 7/9View Video

    RICHMOND, VA -- Find the best happy hour deals in town, catch The Machine at The National or Sting at Manassas, or see Steve Carrell get animated in "Despicable Me."

  • Book Bag Blog: A burning question

    Last year, a prominent newspaper in the Northeast praised Christine Barber’s debut novel, “The Replacement Child,” as a fine regional mystery. True, but confining.

  • A burning question

    Last year, a prominent newspaper in the Northeast praised Christine Barber’s debut novel, “The Replacement Child,” as a fine regional mystery. True, but confining. Barber’s book certainly had regional interest — it’s set in Santa Fe, N.M. — but it transcends place as a compelling whodunit. Barbe...


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  • SPARC veteran wins national Broadway contest

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