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Will Smith turns 50 on Sept. 25, and he plans to bungee jump from a helicopter over a gorge just outside Grand Canyon National Park to mark the occasion. His birthday activity is the latest in a vast history of outrageous stunts staged in and around one of the world's seven natural wonders. <br>AP

Will Smith’s bungee jump: The latest stunt near Grand Canyon

At the end of the 1991 movie “Thelma & Louise,” the two leading ladies — fugitives cornered by authorities in the Grand Canyon — decide against surrendering and instead drive off a cliff. One of cinema’s most iconic endings wasn’t filmed in the national park in Arizona, but not for lack of trying.



These disposable straw alternatives all sucked, of course, but which worked the best?

Plastic straws are to 2018 as cigarettes were to the early 2000s in restaurants. And as cities and corporations have banned plastic straws, making it more and more gauche to use a disposable one — what are you, a sea-turtle murderer? — the market for reusable drinking straws has flourished as quickly as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


For Minnesota’s 'batch cooking boss,' food can be medicine that actually tastes good

Hundreds of people pay to get an email from Stephanie A. Meyer each week outlining a menu, grocery list and recipes for a week of meals good for those with food sensitivities.

For parents of teenagers in addiction, treatment is expensive, daunting -- and increasingly hard to find

Learning that their child is struggling with a substance-use disorder is any parent’s nightmare. But, especially if the child is still a minor, that realization is often coupled with another overwhelming question: Where can you turn for help? It’s a question without an easy answer.


Want to minimize jet lag? Here's what the doctors order.

An experimental psychologist who researched the military aviation community joins other experts to offer suggestions for fighting jet lag.


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games

‘Tomb Raider’ is a familiar thrill ride with new scenery

Lara Croft is one of a handful of characters the video game industry has produced who scarcely needs an introduction. Three Hollywood films and a slew of cultural criticism have served to fix her in the public imagination as a successful Indiana Jones clone and a metric of how the industry has (and hasn’t) shifted in its portrayal of women. As Josephine Livingstone wrote in The New Republic, Lara Croft’s recent incarnation in games and on the silver screen is “more human, less funny, more abs than boobs.” Basically, still incredibly attractive, but in a less juvenile way.



europe after hours

Bun-D a healthy option among Kaiserslautern community center’s fast-food eateries

I’m normally among the first to sample any new eateries around Vogelweh and Ramstein. I celebrated the debuts of Dunkin’ Donuts, Popeyes and P.F. Chang’s as I lamented the fiery demise of the parking-lot Burger King and the disappearance of Chili’s Too. I welcomed the expansion of Shawingz and Doener Time into Vogelweh’s Kazabra Club. I’m anxiously awaiting Boston Market’s attempt to succeed where Captain D’s failed and intend to contribute what I can to that success.



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the meat and potatoes of life

The lame duck in the chicken coop

In my 23 years as a military spouse, we lived in base housing four times, for a total of 11 years. Although living among sterile government buildings enclosed by fences sometimes made me feel like an inmate in an asylum, the social culture in military housing more closely parallels the behavior of chickens in a coop.