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GM President Mark Reuss during an unveiling event for the GM 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sports car in Tustin, Calif., on July 18, 2019.<br>Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Corvette gets a radical makeover as the stick shift makes way for a touchscreen

With the all-new Corvette, which GM's Chevrolet division showed off outside Los Angeles late Thursday, the sports car born in the 1950s is getting a radical makeover to shove it into the modern era.


Summer brings parade of what some consider to be long, miserable days

The annual summer solstice -- when the northern pole on our ever-twirling planet achieves its maximum tilt toward the mighty sun -- marks the arrival of the year’s longest day and the year’s shortest night. It’s an enchanted moment, surrounded by many other nearly-as-long days and nearly-as-short nights, a miraculous excess of bright sunlit hours that conspire to push darkness into retreat. And to celebrate this bounty? The birds warble at 5 a.m., your neighbor mows his lawn at 9 p.m., and your kids beg to stay up way too late. Rude brightness wakes you up at a God-awful hour and, later, tricks you into remaining at your office well past the point when you should be asking to see the menu.


Couple offers tips on how to handle a stressful industry

Ashley and Andy Williams of HGTV's "Flip or Flop Fort Worth" are well acquainted with stressful work. The two military veterans, who were stationed overseas in Baghdad, are now running a real estate business in Texas.

Author Fredrik Backman reflects on fatherhood in funny, heartfelt new essays

Fredrik Backman became a dad, had no clue how to handle it and ended up on the floor of a grocery store, defeated by a dozen types of formula looming on the baby food shelf overhead. Those who find the experience familiar will appreciate his analysis of new-parent whiplash: “We actually haven’t got a clue to what we’re really doing — having kids is in many ways like trying to drive a bulldozer through a china shop,” he writes in his new essay collection, “Things My Son Needs to Know about the World.” “With broken legs. Wearing a back-to-front ski mask. While drunk.”


Museums explore different ways to show paintings, photos to blind people

As people at the American Alliance of Museums’ trade show passed their hands along the raised figures in touchable versions of a Vietnam War photograph, small metal sensors touched off recordings to explain whose picture they were touching and what had happened to him. At a nearby booth was a flat reproduction of a Van Gogh self-portrait with slightly raised, slicker areas to show both outlines and how brush strokes swept or swirled within those outlines.


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Sea of Solitude explores the terrors of loneliness, what it means to be human

We’re accustomed to games, even the most nuanced, beginning with a clear problem: an outlaw on the run, a world in peril, a loved one kidnapped and held hostage by a gorilla. Sea of Solitude, however, starts with an overwhelmed plea, a phrase spoken with equal amounts of desperation and hopelessness: “Change me.”




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the meat and potatoes of life

A tribute to summer sellers of soft serve

A few months ago, I was cursing my place in the world. I mean literally, the actual spot where we live here in “Rhode Iceland.” After my husband retired from the Navy, I thought I could handle the harsh, bitter, seemingly endless New England winters, but every time it snows in April (and it does every year), I curse the ground it falls upon.