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Women whose pens proved mightier

Michelle Dean compiles the biographies of a group of “sharp” 20th-century women writers.

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Marriage and the pursuit of happiness

“Wife, Inc.: The Business of Marriage in the Twenty-First Century” explores how American women look at and experience marriage.

Report: Chicago police not reporting mentally ill gun owners

Chicago’s inspector general says police are failing on a requirement to tell the state when people are mentally unfit to carry a gun.

Joanna Gaines

‘Fixer Upper’ star Joanna Gaines debuts cookbook, talks post-show plans

Even though her show has come to an end, the home design guru is still going strong.

More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, with some experts thinking it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children.

love letters

I found naked pictures from 2015

I was using the computer in our house and I saw a folder in his email called “photos.”

A limited-edition poster for BU’s “Game of Thrones: The Virtual Final Season.”

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‘Winter Is Coming’ to Boston University

In staged readings this weekend, students imagine how “Game of Thrones” will end.

Mulberry Wine Bar features shareable snacks and American-crafted libations with

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Mulberry Wine Bar, a pop-up with a purpose

On a Tuesday afternoon, Branch Line, in the Watertown Arsenal, transformed into Mulberry Wine Bar, featuring shareable snacks and American-crafted libations with a casual vibe.

Shoes by Nic + Zoe.

Fashion

Feeling comfortable, looking cool in Nic + Zoe’s new shoes

The Natick-based women’s clothing maker, which built its reputation on breezy day-to-night tunics and tanks and cozy pants and leggings, now does footwear.

Miss Conduct

Advice: How to politely reject a request for help applying sunscreen

Plus, how to respond when you’re cut from the list for a family wedding.

Shelby Pagan posted this selfie on the Kat Von D website to show the crispness of her eyeliner after a car accident.

This ER nurse got in a car accident, and her eyeliner didn’t budge

A 25-year-old ER nurse from Boston found humor in a scary situation when she used the accident as an opportunity to test out the power of her waterproof eyeliner.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘I was excited her name is Emily because that’s one of my favorite songs’

With so much in common, will this nurse and salesman be a match?

Love Letters

He dumped me, then wanted me back when I found someone new

How do I stop second-guessing my last breakup and move on with the great guy I’ve met?

Then-president-elect Donald Trump and rapper Kanye West posed for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York in December 2016.

Kanye West went on a tweetstorm about Trump — and Trump responded

After tweeting praise for “my brother” Donald Trump, West posted that his wife — Kim Kardashian West — asked him to clarify that he doesn’t “agree with everything Trump does.”

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I’m supporting his family

At this point, I have to decide if I want to stay with him, which would consist of me supporting him, his kids, and his ex-wife ...

In this hidden alley, a museum of modern art

Cambridge’s Richard B. Modica Way, an 80-foot stretch of constantly changing street art, turns 10.

The FBI has solved the mystery of the identity of a 4,000-year-old mummy, after extracting DNA from its tooth. The MFA’s Rita Freed holds a resin model of the skull, while the mummified head now believed to be that of Governor Djehutynakht can be seen in the background.

The MFA, the FBI, and the 4,000-year-old mummy

If an advanced method of genetic testing could work on an ancient mummy, it could work on some of the FBI’s more difficult criminal cases.

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 13, 2018 shows polar bear Inuka sitting on a sand bed inside its enclosure at the Singapore Zoo. Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, was put down on April 25, 2018 after a rapid decline in health, with Singapore Zoo mourning the loss of one of its best-loved animals. / AFP PHOTO / Roslan RAHMANROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images

Singapore euthanizes aged polar bear, first born in tropics

The 27-year-old bear suffered from age-related ailments including arthritis. Its limbs were too weak to support a more than 1,100-pound frame.

Ask Amy

Grandparents explode over pot paraphernalia

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Spokesman: George H.W. Bush responding and recovering

Former President George H.W. Bush was “responding and recovering” to treatment at a Houston hospital on Tuesday for an infection that had spread to his blood, according to a family spokesman.

The thundering beauty of Niagara Falls.

Beyond the falls: the delicious tastes of Niagara

As the Niagara wine industry has flourished, this compact peninsula on the southwest corner of Lake Ontario has quietly grown into a top foodie destination.

Captain Jefferds Inn

These hotels are the cat’s meow

Dogs get a lot of love in hotels — room service menus, gourmet treats, even in-room doggie DVDs. Cats, though, have a pet peeve: They aren’t always welcome.

Newport, R.I., is the only North American stopover on the Volvo Ocean Race.

Nautical and nice in Newport as Volvo Ocean Race comes sailing in

There’s no denying that this Rhode Island outpost is one of the most sail-centric of US cities, especially when the Volvo Ocean Race comes to town. Newport is the only North American stopover on this event, considered to be the world’s most grueling ocean race.

Fourth-generation oil producer Charlie Fairbank III had a mural depicting the beginning of Fairbank Oil in 1861 painted on his barn near Oil Springs, Ontario.

Black gold fever: Canada celebrates its 160-year oil heritage

In the heyday of Canada’s black gold rush, pumpjacks, spring-pole drills, and Canadian pole drilling rigs spread like a swarm of locusts across the gumbeds around Black Creek in Lambton County.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

Erich Bergen in London.

The VIP Lounge with Erich Bergen

We caught up with Erich Bergen, who will be in Boston on May 1 to emcee the 11th annual Music Heals the Soul fund-raiser at the Fairmount Copley Plaza, to talk about all things travel.

Ask Amy

Girlfriend wonders how to exit abusive relationship

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Castle Island’s Summer Beer Garden will debut beneath the Southeast Expressway.

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Here are four Boston-area beer gardens to start enjoying next month

No longer content to punt on creative outdoor drinking spaces, Boston will soon be the kind of city where you can sip a beer and play lawn games under a highway overpass.

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Chris Evans and brother Scott quizzed by Seth Meyers on ‘Late Night’

The two appeared together on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and played a game Meyers calls “How Well Do You Know Your Brother?”

The Skyrider 2.0, engineered by Italian aerospace interior design company Aviointeriors Group, was introduced at Hamburg’s Airplane Interiors Expo this month.

Near-standing ‘seats’ might be the awful future of flying

The next generation of airline seating involves standing in tight quarters.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital complex in Baltimore

US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

Doctors at Johns Hopkins University say the patient had the highly experimental transplant last month in a 14-hour operation.

Cardi B performed Sunday at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif.

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UMass Amherst bests Northeastern to win party with Cardi B

Students at 64 universities across the country went head-to-head in the “Tinder U Swipe Off” contest.

Britain's Catherine (L), Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge depart the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London with their newly-born son, their third child on April 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Kate left the hospital in stilettos less than 7 hours after giving birth — and other royal baby facts

In the event you weren’t glued to a live feed from the steps of the hospital, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about the royal arrival.

10/10/2014 - New Bedford, MA - Skeletons of whales hang in the entrance to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. For Address section feature on New Bedford, MA - Topic: 101914LocationPics. Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff.

Love whales? New map traces Massachusetts’ history and connections to the sea creatures

Those interested in exploring Massachusetts’ maritime history and the state’s connection to some remarkable sea creatures now have a route to follow.

Kuhn-Rikon’s Gripper Jar Opener

Gripper Jar Opener will give you a (strong) hand in the kitchen

With its long handle to provide more leverage, the Gripper fits around grooved and smooth-sided caps from 1 to 3½ inches.

Blake Hill Preserves’ Meyer Lemon with Cardamom marmalade won a Gold Sofi Award from the Specialty Food Association.

New England’s 2018 specialty food winners

The honor is equivalent to an Oscar for an artisanal food maker, only the gold statue is of a chef holding a chafing dish.

Auntie Dalie’s pasta lives on

Maureen and Jon Haynes started business a year ago to earn extra money to go camping. As it turns out, they bought a pop-up camper, but now they’re too busy to get away.

Getting Salty with Jason Tom of Night Market

Mutual funds weren’t lighting Jason Tom’s fire, so he begged for a job in a restaurant kitchen. Thankfully, he got one.

By the Glass

Distinctive Spanish pours are a breath of fresh air

When you taste wines that sing with distinctiveness, you can bet that the people behind them have a story to tell.

At haley.henry, smoked eels are served beside a dollop of aioli, lemon wedges, leaves of parsley, a pile of salt, and two rolls.

What She’s Having

A case of the Mondays, a tin of smoked eels

At wine bar haley.henry, every bottle has a story.

Joshua David Stein

Q&A with Joshua David Stein, editor of the North America section of ‘Where Chefs Eat’

“Where Chefs Eat” covers 70 countries and 145 locations in the United States. It has almost 1,000 listings for breakfast spots alone. Boston is well represented.

Food historian Ken Albala removes cooked noodes from boiling water.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Noodle Soup? Cricket Noodle Soup? Noodle soup cocktails?

In Ken Albala’s new book “Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession,” the emphasis is, perhaps, on that last word.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Ask Amy

Husband rejects son and now wants him to leave

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Kathrine Switzer in Boston before this year’s Marathon.

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Boston Marathon trailblazer Kathrine Switzer runs London Marathon, in number 261

In 1967 she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official number, also 261.

Spring is a good time to plant strawberries, but you also can do it in late summer or fall.

Gardening: quick and easy strawberries

Given how quickly strawberries begin to bear fruit and how easily they are grown, it’s a wonder that strawberry beds aren’t as common in backyards as lawns are in front yards. | realestate.boston.com