John Kerry's connection to Dr. Joan Wheelis of Cambridge begins with Benedict Kohn. He was a beermaker who lived during the late 19th century in a town called Bennisch in the Austrian Empire, which today is known as Horni Benesov in the Czech Republic. Kohn's first wife, Rosa Winter, had a son named Bernhard Kohn. It is from this family that Joan Wheelis descends, a family the Kerrys had known nothing about. After the beermaker's first wife died, he married Mathilde Frankel, and they had a son named Fritz Kohn, who would be Kerry's grandfather.
Easy slice-and-bake cookie recipes for busy holidays
When you have more time — or unexpected guests at the door — slice, bake, and go.
The trick $3 gas plays on us
Lower prices at the pump have a way of making us feel suddenly rich. But don’t celebrate yet.
Turkey trots an emerging Thanksgiving tradition
Thanksgiving Day comes just before the heavy snows blanket the region, offering cool, crisp conditions.
Macau’s new stamps showcase 2,000 years of math, word puzzles
The most unique feature of the set is how alive the stamps feel.
Obama’s immigration plan. Can he do that?
What makes the president’s plan so controversial is that he is largely acting alone.
A Bill Cosby conundrum: Why did we look away so long?
Our own long-delayed response to allegations that have been out there for a decade might be scarier than Cosby’s career meltdown.
At Lyric Stage, an updated ‘Allergist’s Wife’
Actor and playwright Charles Busch’s career breakthrough, “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” gets an update at the Lyric Stage Company.
In Buffalo, ‘City of Good Neighbors’ withstands wintry onslaught
Though a storm dumped up to eight feet of snow on the Buffalo area since Tuesday, Buffalonians were not downcast.
No deal on Black Friday shopping
The holiday season brings attention to the problems facing retail workers.
What happened to those who ran for Boston’s mayor
Marty Walsh has been in the news nearly nonstop, but the others have largely disappeared from the public stage. Where’d they go?
Genzyme parent running at ‘full speed,’ chairman says
The chairman of Sanofi sought to reassure nervous investors only three weeks after chief executive Christopher Viehbacher was fired.
Transported by transportation at the MFA
“Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, takes a transporting look at transportation.
Bearing bad news: It’s all in the timing
Recent post-election revelations are a fairly thorough validation of Charlie Baker’s argument that one-party rule has consequences.
For Tyson, it’s been a long but rewarding trip to ‘Bountiful’
Cicely Tyson is in the midst of a two-year journey in a watershed role, playing Carrie Watts in “The Trip to Bountiful.”
In ‘Phèdre,’ troupe searches for the human connection
The Actors’ Shakespeare Project production is the result of an accumulation of various artistic perspectives.
Pro-union hotel housekeepers protest at Harvard
Dozens of housekeeping employees at the Hilton DoubleTree Suites hotel in Allston are holding a one-day strike on Thursday.
Twenty-five years ago, a key moment in gay rights fight
In 1989, Mass. lawmakers passed a law protecting gay and lesbian residents from discrimination. It was a 17-year effort.
A tour de force by Brooke Adams in ‘Happy Days’
Adams as Winnie in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production is one of the best performances this year.
Young faces for the Grand Old Party
Ryan and Stephanie Fattman are young, Republican, and — this month — victorious in their political campaigns.