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Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

The spread of the hemorrhagic fever in Mbandaka raised alarm among health officials.

New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything.

love letters

Why a March letter writer might not have gotten a second date

I realized, he might be talking about me!

Missouri lawmakers approve measure regulating fake meat

Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat.

Poisoned former spy discharged from UK hospital

Sergei Skripal was discharged more than two months after he and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent.

Style Watch

Raspberry accents jazz up a formal living room

A burst of color lifts the mood in a Metro West Colonial.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘She almost told me “Avengers” spoilers ... It was a close call’

Will a date between Marvel fans lead to a blockbuster romance?

Connections | Magazine

Before video chat, calling my Deaf parents meant talking through a stranger

Talking to my parents on the phone in the days before Skype and FaceTime was a strange experience.

An artist's rendering of the packaging for the drug Aimovig, the first in a new class of long-acting drugs designed to prevent chronic migraines.

A monthly shot could help do away with your chronic migraines

A new drug, injected monthly just under the skin using a penlike device, could be welcome news for the 10 million Americans who get frequent migraines.

Rule would take US funds from clinics discussing abortion

The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday a new policy barring Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health organizations from providing or mentioning abortions at any facility that receives federal family planning funds, according to two White House officials and others familiar with the matter.

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Graphic novel’s battle between high, low art; celebrating youth writing and 826 Boston

Boston artist Karl Stevens’s new book is “The Winner.’’

book review

The one that got away

Melissa Broder’s witty, brooding debut novel traces a woman in an existential and romantic funk who finds her latest affair in an unexpected place.


Greater Boston author readings May 20-26

A weekly calendar of literary events.

Owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, east London, Claire Ptak (L) and head baker, Izaak Adams put the finishing touches to the wedding cake of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace in London, on May 17, 2018. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANNAH MCKAYHANNAH MCKAY/AFP/Getty Images

An early look at part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake

The three-part layered lemon and elderflower wedding cake for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have an ‘‘ethereal’’ taste and an unusual display, the baker said.

Performance pillows, starting at $149.99 at Bedgear Performance sleep shop.


Pillows get personal

Gearing up for a good night’s sleep with new technologies underhead

An al fresco yoga class at The Street Chestnut Hill.

hot ticket

Free al fresco offerings at The Street Chestnut Hill

Can’t make it to the beach? Go to Route 9 instead.

Maricela Salgado prepares guacamole at Blue Dalia.

quick bites

At Blue Dalia in Natick, there’s a margarita waiting just beyond the checkout lane

A look at Blue Dalia, a Mexican restaurant inside a Wegmans inside the mall in Natick.

The family resort company Beaches has provided sensitivity training in autism to all of its employees.


Travel industry takes another look at ‘all inclusive’ and begins to accommodate special-needs guests

Some travel providers are starting to accommodate families with children on the autism spectrum or whose parents suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s diseases. One reason is that it’s a big market.

Perspective | Magazine

Why do we fear plane crashes when the ride to the airport is more dangerous?

Our sense of danger needs a reality check.

Backyard Betty's will be opening in South Boston on May 18.


Hello Backyard Betty’s, goodbye Central Bistro

Restaurant news you can use.

Resin-cast pendants fashioned from discarded computer cords by artist Ani Avanian.


A fresh take on wearable tech

Artist Ani Avanian creates resin-cast pendants from discarded computer cords.


Massachusetts-made wine from Portuguese grapes

Montez could have sourced fruit from California, but looked instead to Transmontano, in northeastern Portugal, where his family’s vineyard and winery are located.

Miss Conduct

Advice: Is it OK to invite someone to a bridal shower but not the wedding?

Our daughter is paying for her event, and keeping it smallish. Lots of family members aren’t invited, but I’d like to include them in the shower I’m hosting.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after announcing their engagement in 2017.

Tell us your wacky relative wedding stories

With the buzz around Megan Markle’s offbeat relatives, we’ve been thinking about how we all have some crazy family wedding stories. Share some of your tales — from the funny to the outright weird — with us here:

Kitchen staff work in the Royal Kitchen at Windsor Castle in Windsor as they begin preparations for the wedding banquet for the marriage ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Say ‘I do’ to some classic British recipes

Any wedding viewing party should certainly come with festive royal food.

US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy

US birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday.

A spirit book — titled “Renewed Wisdom” — by Newburyport artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord.


A Newburyport artist brings her otherworldly books to the Arnold Arboretum

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord will be on the property for a free public opening reception May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Love Letters

I love her, but I feel like I’m her boy toy

Will his recently separated older girlfriend ever get serious about him?

Whether you hear Laurel or Yanny depends on many factors.

Some science behind why you heard Laurel or Yanny (or both)

Be honest: Which do you hear — Laurel or Yanny? Here’s why you heard what you heard.

Love Letters

We can’t bring each other home

We have spent one night at my house and one at his, when our families were out of town, but that was a rare opportunity. I think taking a step we aren’t ready for would ruin our relationship.

Harvard and Yale polo teams square off on the beach at Ocean House.

For an otherworldly splurge, beach polo at the Ocean House

You have to hand it to the Ocean House, the luxurious Relais & Chateaux seaside resort on the bluffs at Watch Hill. They come up with programming not readily seen anywhere else in the region.

Globe Magazine

An experimental cancer treatment cured this dog. Could it work for people?

Our pets get sick in the same way we do. Finding cures for them is proving useful for us, too.

California military base psychiatrist accused of rape

A psychiatrist hired by a U.S. Air Force base to help military veterans in California dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder has been charged with raping female service members who were in therapy for the crime he is now accused of committing — sexual assault.

The writer grabs the gun turret of the USS Kittiwake, about 33 feet below the ocean’s surface.

Kittiwake wreck dive and Stingray City are unforgettable adventures — even if you do get bit

I’ve been diving all over the Caribbean from Jamaica to Trinidad, but the Caymans are the best place to scuba dive by far. That’s because they sit on the edge of a geological formation known as the Cayman Trench.

The VIP Lounge with J.D. Martinez

We caught up with the Red Sox slugger to talk about all things travel.

The Kayak Centre of Rhode Island offers several tours that depart from Wickford.

Wickford Village worth seeking out

If you don’t know about Wickford Village — if you’re not deliberately seeking it out — there’s a solid chance you’d never just happen through.

President Trump said Tuesday that the first lady is ‘‘doing really well’’ and that he expected her back at the White House before the end of the week.

Trump pays return visit to hospitalized first lady

President Trump visited his wife, Melania, in the hospital Tuesday as she continues to recover after a kidney procedure.

Participants in the annual Gaspee Days parade which takes place this year on June 9.

Past is present in Warwick — at Rocky Point Park and during Gaspee Days fest

Two popular attractions in Warwick — the former Rocky Point Park and the annual Gaspee Days celebrations — are all about celebrating the past while enjoying the present.


A wick(ed) good time at this former candle factory

The Wick is a 55-room hotel is set in a former candle-and-soap-manufacturing facility, and there’s nothing cookie-cutter about the property.

European Waterways new experiential barge cruises

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

Travel Troubleshooter

Please fix the name on my baby’s airline ticket, Expedia

When Expedia truncates her daughter’s name on an airline ticket, Melissa Cassill’s Greece vacation is in jeopardy. Will she be able to fly with her baby?

Conductor Anthony Trecek-King led a rehearsal of the Boston Children's Choir.

Kids and professionals exchange ideas on what a better Boston would look like

Some wanted a city where nobody fought or argued. Others said a better Boston would be cleaner and greener, with better roads and friendlier drivers.

Andrew Morton’s “Meghan, A Hollywood Princess” is filled with fun facts about actress Meghan Markle, who weds Prince Harry this weekend.

5 things you didn’t know about Meghan Markle

Gleaned from royals biographer Andrew Morton’s recent “Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.’’

A poem imprinted on a Cambridge sidewalk. Several new poems will be added this fall.

Cambridge to imprint more sidewalk poetry this fall

Judges sifted through 139 entries from Cambridge residents ages 3 to 86.

St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, site of the royal wedding.

Common questions about the royal wedding

Here’s a nonroyal guide for the curious.

Clockwise (from top left): Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine; Block Island, R.I.; a Nantucket lighthouse; gingerbread cottages on Martha’s Vineyard.

Four New England destinations named hottest vacation spots for summer 2018

A survey of more than 3,000 TripAdvisor users found that the Northeast is the most popular region of the country for summer travel this year.

Special report

//[1].jpg Bitten by Uncertainty: A Globe report on Lyme disease in the Northeast

In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.


// The Love Letters podcast: Ditch the ex’s T-shirt, or wear it?

After a breakup, is it better to hold onto relics from the relationship, or to dump them?

Listen:   Apple Podcasts   |   Stitcher   |   RadioPublic


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// Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Design New England

// Second Life

An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.