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.
A family tree’s newfound branch
Leslie Uggams makes the most of her star turn in ‘Gypsy’
The actress doesn’t settle for pioneer status as the head of a fine multiracial cast at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
At North Shore, a buoyant ‘Little Mermaid’
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid” lands at the North Shore Music Theatre with a satisfying splash.
A portrait of a city beset by racial strife, before and after the levees broke
The documentary “Getting Back to Abnormal” — airing Monday night on PBS’s “POV” — offers a discomfiting view of New Orleans’s racial divisions.
Williamstown’s ‘Great Wilderness’ worth the trek
Samuel D. Hunter’s play, now at Williamstown Theatre Festival, is a flawed but affecting drama.
Cause of obesity epidemic remains elusive
In the two decades since obesity was declared a nationwide epidemic, researchers have been struggling to determine why 36 percent of American adults are now obese compared to fewer than 15 percent in 1990.
ADHD drugs lacking in safety studies, Boston researchers find
While drug manfacturer clinical trials clearly demonstrate that stimulant drugs — which include methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall) — work to alleviate ADHD symptoms, very few were designed to investigate the long-term safety of these drugs, according to a new study conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital researchers.
Half of Americans under high stress over past year, survey says
Nearly half of Americans experienced an earth-shattering, stressful event last year that completely altered their lives. Nearly half of the time, these events were related to a major health problem, either their own or a loved one’s. That’s the finding of a new survey of more than 2,500 Americans released last Monday by the Harvard School of Public Health, NPR, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Q&A with clinical psychologist Robert Franks
In a few weeks, clinical psychologist Robert Franks will take over leadership of the Judge Baker Children’s Center, a century-old Harvard affiliated center that addresses children’s mental health. There’s a lot more that can be done to support children’s mental health, said Franks, currently an assistant clinical professor at the schools of medicine at both Yale University and the University of Connecticut.
This day in history
Today is Monday, July 14, the 195th day of 2014. There are 170 days left in the year.
Man charged with assaulting woman on Orange Line
The victim was assaulted between the Jackson Square and Roxbury Crossing T stops, Transit Police said.
Man accused of driving wrong way on N.H. turnpike
The Mass. man is scheduled to be arraigned in Merrimack District Court on Monday.
Notebook: David Pastrnak gives Bruins another option
Rookie, 18, may get a chance to compete for a roster spot.
Andrew Dreyfus: The last health care reform optimist
As CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Dreyfus is convinced medical costs can be reined in.
In a briny preserve, fish and controversy thrive
Cashes Ledge, long closed to fishing, could reopen, but that’s setting up another battle.
Scathing study cites Bridgewater practices
The report demands reforms far beyond what Governor Patrick plans.
The Nantucket housing shuffle
From the largest mansion to the tiniest salt box, housing on Nantucket is simply more expensive.
A wave of infants lost in DCF families
A review found the risk of sudden infant death doubles in households monitored by state social workers.
Country star Stuart preserves, celebrates heritage
Country singer-songwriter and photographer Marty Stuart is on a mission to celebrate the genre’s heritage.
Opening a B&B can be risky but rewarding business
Susan Hodder and Michael Feldmann, two corporate professionals, transformed into novice Boothbay Harbor innkeepers in 2003.