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Author to visit library, remotely
Members of the Fractured Fairy Tales Book Club at the public library will get to speak with the author of their featured book next month, but he will not be there in person. Instead, the library has arranged for Christopher Healy to meet with the club members – children in roughly the third through sixth grades and their parents – by Skype. Healy will participate in a half hour question-and-answer session, part of the club’s overall hour-long monthly meeting on Sept. 29, according to Leslianne Costello, the youth services librarian. The club’s September book is Healy’s “The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.” “I’m so excited to kick off the new year of our Fractured Fairy Tales Book Club with a Skype meeting with this author,” Costello said. She learned of the opportunity to host the Skype visit when she was exploring activities for the September meeting and noticed on Healy’s website that he is available to meet with groups through that remote technology. Costello said the club welcomes new members and that the Sept. 29 event is open to all.
Mixed success in controlling health costs, report says
Spending at the state’s biggest health insurer and health care provider helped drive spending well above inflation last year.
Boston works to reclaim status as a runners’ mecca
The Boston Athletic Association and New Balance are helping the area re-emerge as a training ground for world-class runners.
Elegy for Jim Foley
Poet Daniel Johnson began writing a piece for Foley after his friend was taken captive. Now it is set to be published.
Mass. police forces lag in racial diversity
The state’s eight most ethnically and racially diverse communities are policed by a predominantly white corps of officers.
As vote nears, many unsure who’s on ballot
Voters just don’t seem to know the candidates who are running for statewide office on Sept. 9, except one – governor.
Students’ old gear gets a recycling push
Programs are springing up at local colleges to sell former students’ leftover furniture to incoming students so that those items don’t head for landfills.
BU, Northeastern, Wellesley sue state over cleanup work
The trio claim the state unfairly denied them millions of dollars in tax credits for environmental clean-up work done.
Smaller military hospitals said to put patients at risk
Small and underused military hospitals are the focus of an evolving Pentagon plan to scale back its system of 40 hospitals — entirely separate from the scandal-plagued veterans health system — by converting some into outpatient clinics or birthing centers. The hospital system’s conflicting missions, according to many people interviewed, put not just the Pentagon’s coffers at risk, but also the quality of care and patient safety.
NATO to create a rapid-response force for Eastern Europe
WASHINGTON — NATO leaders meeting in Wales this week are expected to endorse their most concrete response yet to increased Russian military intervention in Ukraine: establishing a rapid-reaction force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe, officials of the alliance said.
The new force of some 4,000 troops will be supported with logistics and equipment prepositioned in Eastern European countries closer to Russia.
Book review: ‘What I Know for Sure’
The book’s contents span 14 years, lending a sense of evolving consciousness to the dozens of short essays.
Depositors block bank’s plan to convert to a publicly traded stockholder business
Depositors at tiny Beverly Bank blocked a plan by executives to convert to public ownership.
City officials confront problem properties during student move-in day in Allston
Mouse droppings. Exposed wiring. Water leaks. Missing smoke detectors. External padlocks on bedroom doors. A toilet not secured to the floor. A second-floor porch tilting at a precarious angle.
Nick & Knight, ‘Nick & Knight’
Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight from NKOTB team up for a mini-boyband summit on their new album.
Study says low-carb diet leads to reduced body fat
NEW YORK — People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows.
The findings are unlikely to be the final salvo in what has been a long and often contentious debate about what foods are best to eat for weight loss and overall health.
3 Americans held in North Korea plead for US help
SEOUL — North Korea granted two US news organizations interviews with three incarcerated Americans on Monday, with all three prisoners apologizing for violating its laws and beseeching Washington to send a high-level emissary to negotiate their release.
The three had been interviewed before. But Monday was the first time the North Korean authorities permitted the two US news organizations to speak to all three in the same location
Insiders big winners when mutual banks go public
Most community banks that convert to public companies will disappear in a matter of a few years. It’s not hard to see why.
Maroon 5, ‘V’
Adam Levine and his Maroon 5 bandmates chase the latest pop trends to tiring, tiresome, and occaisonal successful effect on “V.”
UN backs inquiry of Islamic State’s alleged crimes
GENEVA — The United Nation’s top human rights body on Monday overwhelmingly approved the Iraqi government’s request for an investigation into alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq.
Diplomats agreed by unanimous consent to approve a nearly $1.2 million UN fact-finding mission at a special session of the 47-nation Human Rights Council.
US eating habits improve a bit, except among poor
CHICAGO — Americans’ eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.
On an index of healthy eating where a perfect score is 110, US adults averaged just 40 points in 1999-2000, climbing steadily to 47 points in 2009-10, the study found.