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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/27/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. A cobra can bite and kill someone even 20 minutes after its head is severed. (Learn more at Daily Mirror) 2. Celebrity deaths do not generally come in threes. (Learn more at NY Times) 3. How rare is a blue lobster? One in 2 million. (Learn more at Associated Press) >> 12 Foods Sabotaging Your Sleeep 4. With the national unemployment rate at 6.2 percent in July, 20 U.S. cities are under 4 percent. …

Pierce Brosnan: Back in Bond-age

Posted on 08/27/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWhy is Labor Day at the movies such a cinematic Sahara? Because the movie studios clearly expect you to be out grillin’, not inside chillin’, all weekend long. Despite the slim pickings, you’ll still find an action flick that stars a familiar face and a film bio of the biggest movie star you’ve never heard of.   Cantinflas There’s no more beloved figure in the history of Latin American cinema than the Mexican comedian Cantinflas — known to U.S. audiences, …

Susan Sarandon: When Stage Mothers Go Wild

Posted on 08/27/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentSusan Sarandon plays the Stage Mother from Hell in her new movie, The Last of Robin Hood: Her character turns a blind eye when her 15-year-old daughter (Dakota Fanning) starts an affair with a middle-aged Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline). The movie is set in the late 1950s, but the Oscar-winning Sarandon says the Stage Mom Syndrome has, if anything, gotten worse. “There are some crazy moms out there,” Sarandon told me recently. “You see it on the set: Mothers who …

Head of Connecticut Health Exchange to Lead Healthcare.gov

Posted on 08/27/2014 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jeff Cohen, WNPR, and Diane Webber, Kaiser Health News This story is part of a partnership that includes WNPR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. Kevin Counihan, the head of Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace, will be the new CEO of healthcare.gov, the website that 36 states use to sell insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the administration announced Tuesday. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell tapped Counihan to lead the site as part of a revamped …

8 datos curiosos en el centenario de Julio Cortázar

Posted on 08/27/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolDesde sus más fieles admiradores hasta el buscador Google —que le dedicó un doodle—, pasando por un sinnúmero de lectores, el mundo literario recordó a Julio Cortázar este 26 de agosto, fecha de su natalicio y en la que el célebre escritor argentino cumpliría 100 años. Para rendir tributo al autor de esa obra maestra llamada Rayuela, he aquí una serie de datos curiosos y quizá poco conocidos de ese genio del relato que fue Cortázar: 1. Su nacimiento en …

A New Boomer Grandma’s Tips for Buying the Right Stuff

Posted on 08/26/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeOnly two weeks till I become a first-time grandmother — and I desperately need some baby basics. I’m told that the must-have item these days is the Pack ’n Play. That’s what we used to call a playpen, children, but now it’s a “play yard,” complete with options like “micro-fleece newborn napper station,” changing table attachment, night light (!), music player (!!) and detachable toy bar. As someone who came of age in the ’60s, may I just say: Shoot me now. …