Coldilocks, the oldest captive polar bear in the US, dies

‘‘She was really a great animal,’’ said Dr. Keith Hinshaw, director of animal health at the zoo. It was ‘‘spectacular’’ for Coldilocks to far surpass the average 23-year lifespan of a polar bear, he said.

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Kilometer 0.0 of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway is at the Rideau Locks.

A skater’s life atop Ottawa’s Rideau Canal

Every winter, Ottawa’s Rideau Canal turns to ice and becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway.

The writer and her father with their feathered friends at Ireland’s School of Falconry at Ashford Castle.

Watching her like a hawk until she was fed up

We were on a hawk walk. I was doing this walk in synchronicity with my dad, who had his own hawk on his arm beside me. This was my birthday present to him, on his first trip to Ireland.

Rick Thomson, cofounder of Thomson Safaris.

Rick Thomson went from fixing lawn mowers to Tanzania, and somehow it makes perfect sense

A Q&A with the cofounder of Thomson Safaris of Watertown.

Jackson Cannon in Chartreuse, France.

In the VIP Lounge with Jackson Cannon

We caught up with the cocktail expert to talk about all things travel.

Check out the islands of Tahiti aboard the four-masted Wind Spirit.

Out at sea, without the scene

Here are five cruises for couples who aren’t the life of the party.

Here, there, and everywhere

If you think that river cruises are exclusive to old fuddy duddys, think again.

A cook preparing lunch in the Moroccan desert.

Late to the table, tourist destinations begin to accommodate travelers’ food issues

On the road, people typically have to eat all or most of their meals at restaurants or hotels. On cruise ships and international flights, and at all-inclusive resorts, they’re practically held captive. When you’ve got dietary restrictions, that can make things difficult.

Travel Troubleshooter

He tried to book a hotel, so why did he end up with a timeshare pitch?

When George Feld booked a hotel in Orlando, he was transferred to the sales department for a timeshare.


Dropkick Murphys, Magic Hat create a beer for the barroom

The Dropkick Murphys have teamed with Magic Hat to debut a new brew just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

The Campfire at the Ritz-Carlton’s Avery Bar.

From the Bar

From the Bar: Get playful around the Campfire

Keep it drama-free between Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s.

A customer hold a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken outside a KFC restaurant, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Mountain View, Calif. Yum Brands Inc., which owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, reports second-quarter results after the close of regular trading. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Hundreds of UK Kentucky Fried Chickens run out of, well, chicken

About 470 of the fried chicken chain’s 900 UK restaurants remained closed Tuesday because of a chicken shortage, according to KFC officials.

Globe Magazine

How science fixed my wandering mind

Could a stint in a Boston lab change my brain? I was willing to find out.

Globe magazine

Can’t focus? Try these attention-hacking tips to stay on task

It’s not as hard as you might think.

Ask Amy

Man is cast in Tennessee Williams domestic drama

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

How 10 rotisserie chickens fared in a bird-to-bird tasting

A bird-by-bird taste test analysis.

Getting Salty

Getting Salty with Nick Frattaroli of Bodega Canal, North Square Oyster, and Ward 8

He will soon take over Amici on North Washington Street and turn it into an Italian restaurant “with lots of fresh pasta, cheeses, prosciutto. Stuff you could really find in Italy.”

Dry Cider crafted by Shacksbury in Vergennes, Vt.

Check out the local winners of Good Food Awards

The winners were recently announced at a ceremony in San Francisco and artisanal products from 14 New England companies got the coveted accolade, including three from the Bay State.

From left: BBQ, Texan, and Original Snappy Pattys sit on a table with a Fly Away cocktail at Snappy Pattys.

What She’s Having

Snappy Pattys, a cross between a patty melt and a slider, are sumptuous at this Medford spot

There are some chefs who touch food and all the flavors come alive. They’re not afraid to deliver heightened tastes. Nicholas Dowling of Snappy Pattys in Medford is in that group.

Winter fish stew with chorizo, white beans, and garlic toasts.

The confident cook

Recipe: Winter fish stew warms the soul with chorizo, white beans, and garlic toasts

In this pot, white beans and dried Spanish chorizo in a rich tomato broth with smoky flavors give winter fish stew some heft.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Dark milk chocolate blends the best of both worlds

It’s a marriage of the two — milk chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa.

Jeanne Stafford and Michelle LaRoche meet for business at Market Square Bakehouse in Amesbury.

Amesbury is carving out a spot on the north-of-Boston foodie map

Suzi Maitland says her restaurants are spreading north right alongside customers.

The best beans around Beantown

There’s a white kidney bean with a maroon marking resembling a soldier at attention. It’s aptly named Soldier. The red beans with beige strips are called King of the Early, and indeed, the crop matures early in the season. Have you heard of Jacob’s Cattle and Yellow Eye? They are also among the 20 types of dry beans Charley Baer cultivates on 40 acres in South Berwick, Maine — many are heirloom varieties indigenous to New England and were favorites in Colonial times. Marfax, tasty for soup, and Scarlet Beauty, deep red with beige strips and great for chili, are other unique choices — all packaged in one-pound bags labeled Baer’s Best ($4 to $7). Some look as if they were artistically painted and are rarely, if ever, found at markets. “People have forgotten about many of these because they’re not available. That’s were I come in,” says Baer, one of the few commercial dry bean growers in the Northeast. “I don’t have a lot of competition.” The beans he now sells were harvested and then dried in the fall, and because they are fresh they don’t need to pre-soak and cook relatively quickly. “Dried beans don’t last forever,” Baer says, which is contrary to what many believe. When bags of beans languish on supermarket shelves, they dry out and seem as if they can simmer forever and never soften. A retired chemist, Baer worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific for most of his career testing drinking water and water at plants all over the world and grew his crops part time. Now it’s his full-time job. You might find him and his wife, Carol, selling their wares at a farmer’s market. “I have so many colorful varieties for people to look at,” Baer says. “Sometimes they’ll look at them all but then just buy a bag of kidney beans.” Available at Siena Farms South End, 106 Waltham St., Boston, 617-422-0030; A. Russo & Sons, 560 Pleasant St., Watertown, 617-923-1500; Volante Farms, 294 Forest St., Needham, 781-444-2351: Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington, 781-862-3900; Idylwilde Farms, 366 Central St., Acton, 978-263-5943, and a guest vendor at Cambridge, Somerville, and Wayland farmers’ markets, or go to

Walnut-raisin bran muffins

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Satisfying bran muffins have everything you want in a morning bite

Simple, heart bran muffins are studded with walnuts and raisins and mixed with whole-wheat flour, honey, and buttermilk.

Roasted radishes with lime

Seasonal Recipes

Recipe: Roasting transforms fresh red radishes and tempers their spiciness

Fresh red radishes might be sliced and added to salads, or served raw with butter and salt (as they are in France). But since they’re root vegetables, they can also be roasted.

Ask Amy

Grieving parent wonders how to respond

A grieving father wonders how to respond to people inquiring about his children as he grapples with the loss of his daughter.

Pressure builds for state laws to keep threatening people from buying guns

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz, the accused Florida gunman, seemed to flash like neon signs.

Rosalynn Carter recovering from surgery in Atlanta

The former first lady had surgery Sunday to remove scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine.

Crime scene tape runs outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Authorities opened the streets around the school, which had been closed since a mass shooting on Wednesday. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Just a few states have gun laws targeting threatening people

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs. In Florida, that wasn’t enough to request a judicial order barring him from possessing guns.

A picture taken on February 16, 2018, shows a Syrian man receiving treatment at a hospital in the town of Afrin. Six men were treated for breathing difficulties in the main hospital in Afrin after shelling by a Turkish-led offensive on their village, the general director of the Afrin hospital said. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad Shafie BILALAHMAD SHAFIE BILAL/AFP/Getty Images

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation.

Ask Amy

Dad wants new wife and kids to meet

Advice from Amy Dickinson.


Cocoa loco

Spice up your winter: sip chocolate with a bite.

hot ticket

Assemble a new workout plan

Somerville’s Assembly Row: Home to shopping, restaurants, movies, and Legoland. But it’s possible to get healthy there, too. Really.

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Pictured: Moana.

7 school vacation week ideas for the kids

February Vacation Week has arrived and, as a parent, you have two goals: To keep the kids entertained — and flu free. So pack some hand sanitizer and head out.

Love Letters

She questions staying with passive-aggressive boyfriend

“Fast forward to my birthday, and he ignored me. Not a word. He didn’t message me.”

Left: The McHugh family — Michael Sr., Brooke, Michael, and Kari — shortly after his diagnosis. Top right: Dana-Farber nurses Margaret Julio (left) and Amanda Carnes visiting Mike at Children’s. Bottom right: Michael with Carly Moran, a nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Globe Magazine

‘Unforgettable nurses’ have plenty of company, readers say

A mother’s praise of her son’s caregivers spurs similar memories, and support.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 13, 2017 Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards in Brooklyn, New York. Raisman has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for the second-straight year, only this time she is doing it with an empowering message of survival. Raisman, who is dedicating her time to fighting sexual abuse, is shown posing with the words


Raisman responds to ‘devastating’ accusations of hypocrisy for SI swimsuit issue

‘‘I can’t even tell you how many people have told me that when they were raped, they were asked, ‘Well, what were you wearing?’ ” the Needham gymnast told People magazine.

Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday.

Nestor Ramos

Warren’s pledge to Native Americans is bigger than politics

The senator reckoned with her roots. Now she must deliver on her promise to champion issues affecting indigenous people.


Bringing a personal touch to plus-size fashion

Nadia Boujarwah knows that shopping for plus-size clothes can be difficult. But it was only while she was a student at Harvard Business School that she realized it was also an opportunity.

— Take part in one of the many cooking classes at The Public Market.

Take a mini vacation from your vacation

It’s school vacation week, and if you have time off, you’re probably spending it with your kids. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few hours just for yourself.

Tech Nomad

Tech Nomad: As apps get crowded out, browser extensions go mainstream

They are a mix of risk and reward.

Rendering of the new Warby Parker store in the Seaport District.


Sort of a new look for Warby Parker

The look and feel of the newest Boston store of the eyewear-seller is a bit more contemporary.

Lawsuit challenges ban on abortions due to Down syndrome

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said claims that the ban is an antidiscrimination effort are a masquerade.

love letters by meredith goldstein

Was it casual sex ... or more?

I thought the whole situation would take less than an hour. That would have been perfectly nice, especially considering the place I am in my life right now.

Chef Moe Kuroki prepares an order at Oisa Ramen.

By Devra First Globe Staff

Squeeze in, slurp up at Oisa Ramen

Barely bigger than a shoebox, it is downtown Boston’s tiniest new lunch option.

Terra restaurant at Eataly


Southern food comes to the South End

Southern Proper is set to open, as is Bootleg Special, which will serve Southern food with a Creole twist.