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The Johns Hopkins Hospital complex in Baltimore

US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

Doctors at Johns Hopkins University say the patient had the highly experimental transplant last month in a 14-hour operation.

Kuhn-Rikon’s Gripper Jar Opener

Gripper Jar Opener will give you a (strong) hand in the kitchen

With its long handle to provide more leverage, the Gripper fits around grooved and smooth-sided caps from 1 to 3½ inches.

Blake Hill Preserves’ Meyer Lemon with Cardamom marmalade won a Gold Sofi Award from the Specialty Food Association.

New England’s 2018 specialty food winners

The honor is equivalent to an Oscar for an artisanal food maker, only the gold statue is of a chef holding a chafing dish.

Auntie Dalie’s pasta lives on

Maureen and Jon Haynes started business a year ago to earn extra money to go camping. As it turns out, they bought a pop-up camper, but now they’re too busy to get away.

Getting Salty with Jason Tom of Night Market

Mutual funds weren’t lighting Jason Tom’s fire, so he begged for a job in a restaurant kitchen. Thankfully, he got one.

By the Glass

Distinctive Spanish pours are a breath of fresh air

When you taste wines that sing with distinctiveness, you can bet that the people behind them have a story to tell.

Joshua David Stein

Q&A with Joshua David Stein, editor of the North America section of ‘Where Chefs Eat’

“Where Chefs Eat” covers 70 countries and 145 locations in the United States. It has almost 1,000 listings for breakfast spots alone. Boston is well represented.

Food historian Ken Albala removes cooked noodes from boiling water.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Noodle Soup? Cricket Noodle Soup? Noodle soup cocktails?

In Ken Albala’s new book “Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession,” the emphasis is, perhaps, on that last word.

Bird Sightings

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Ask Amy

Grandparents explode over pot paraphernalia

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Ask Amy

Husband rejects son and now wants him to leave

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Kathrine Switzer in Boston before this year’s Marathon.

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Boston Marathon trailblazer Kathrine Switzer runs London Marathon, in number 261

In 1967 she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official number, also 261.

Spring is a good time to plant strawberries, but you also can do it in late summer or fall.

Gardening: quick and easy strawberries

Given how quickly strawberries begin to bear fruit and how easily they are grown, it’s a wonder that strawberry beds aren’t as common in backyards as lawns are in front yards. | realestate.boston.com

Irish leader launches bid to ease abortion restrictions

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Ireland’s May 25 referendum on abortion is a vote about compassion.

The recent brawl centered around Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and Yankees DH Tyler Austin has inspired the “Evil Empire Weekend” May 5 and 6 at McCoy Stadium, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

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PawSox bring MLB rivalry to McCoy Stadium

The ballpark in Pawtucket, R.I., will hold “Evil Empire Weekend” when the Yankees’ Triple-A team visits May 5 and 6.

BAC spring gala co-chairs Taniya Nayak and Eric Roseff (center) with fellow designers Vani Sayeed (left) and Atsu Gunther.

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Boston Architectural College holds spring fling

The event raised more than $380,000.

An empty frame at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum publishes its own book about 1990 heist

“Stolen” is the first book about the theft of 13 works of art that’s authorized by the museum.

Going glam with your home decor without going too far

We’ve asked N.Y. designer Young Huh, Los Angeles designer Jessica McClendon and Massachusetts-based interior designer Kristina Crestin for tips. | realestate.boston.com

U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston as the top summer vacation destination in the United States, and the third best in the world.

Boston tops list of best summer vacation spots in the US

It also ranked third on the list of best summer vacation destinations in the world (behind Paris and Florence!) and fifth for best family summer vacations.

Connections | Magazine

When you’re not so outgoing, you need the befriender types

I’ve benefited from their welcoming ways my whole life.

Miss Conduct

My friend’s husband is a candidate, but I don’t want his sign on my lawn

They want to put his campaign sign on my lawn, but I don’t like his views. Plus, distancing from a bothersome cousin.

Style Watch

Jackets that are ready for April showers

Try these weather-appropriate jackets in springtime colors.

Love Letters

Should I miss him more?

The first week was really tough, but since then I’m basically living as I did when I was single — except now I get correspondence every day.

A young Eunice Kennedy.

book review

The formidable Kennedy sister

Difficult and driven Eunice Kennedy Shriver used her prickly personality for the lasting benefit of others.

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It’s a man’s world — even in the myths

Madeline Miller unspools a feminist retelling of the tale of Circe

An HQ Trivia screenshot.

Tech Nomad

HQ Trivia and the honing of our online instincts

Questions and answers about the runaway hit game.

Erich Bergen will emcee the 11th annual Music Heals the Soul fund-raiser.

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Break out the show tunes

The concert and dinner benefit the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Zach Burrus (and Ernie the Dalmatian) 

Ernie was too busy for interviews, so instead we spoke with his owner, 33-year-old Boston resident Zach Burrus.

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Practical magic

Natural cleaning products made for the modern home

The Muraka's bedroom, below the sea.

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A hotel in the Maldives lets you sleep underwater — for $50,000 a night

The experience of sleeping 16.4 feet below sea level can be yours — beginning at $50,000 per night before taxes.

Choose from several versions of hummus at the Humaari pop-up at Wink & Nod, including the sauteed beef.

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Tavern Road chef Louis DiBiccari is now behind a hummus-centric pop-up

At Wink & Nod in the South End, Humaari showcases tahini and more.

The vegan leather pant from Brass.

Fashion

Corporate wear at entry-level prices

Longtime friends Jay Adams and Katie Demo launched Brass in 2014 with five basic, affordable dress styles.

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Tables: Whole Heart Provisions comes to Central Square, and trumpets and hip-hop fold into the Tapestry

Plus, kosher favorite Inna’s Kitchen returns to Newton this summer.

Guests go behind the scenes at a Kentucky horse farm.

Trendspotting

Tourists getting to participate in VIP experiences they once could only imagine

If you have the money to make it happen, it can happen: dinner at Hemingway’s table in Key West, private tours of the Sistine Chapel and the Louvre, or a look at Kentucky horse country.

The tap room of Lord Hobo in Woburn where dogs are welcome.

Woburn? Yes, Woburn. It’s finding a new groove

If there is a change, or a tilt, or whatever you care to call it happening in Woburn, it can all be traced back to when Ran Duan opened the Baldwin Bar inside his family’s Chinese restaurant in 2010.

The Four Columns Inn has hosted celebrities, including Nicole Kidman and Mick Jagger.

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Treats and retreats at the Four Columns Inn in Newfane, Vt.

Set on 138-acres, Four Columns Inn opened in 1960, first as a guesthouse and then as a lodge, now it’s completely refurbished, with 15 luxuriously appointed rooms, a private home that sleeps nine, a restaurant, spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, and gorgeous, landscaped grounds.

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‘John’ is really good for her but her heart belongs to Rafael

My parents adore John, but those who know a different side of me (best friend, sister, etc.) think I’m settling.

An exhibit at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw details the Polish government’s anti-Semitic campaign in 1968 that led to the expulsion of 13,000 Polish Jews.

Essay: ‘Nothing but growth’ and optimism

My recent visit to Warsaw convinced me that Poland’s tiny Jewish enclave will succeed in renewing the spirit if not the numbers of what was once the world’s biggest and most flourishing Jewish community.

Travel Troubleshooter

Flying in circles with Air Canada and LIAT. Will this case ever be resolved?

When Michelle Frederick’s flight from St. Vincent to Port of Spain, Trinidad, is two hours late, it threatens to delay her return home by a week. Thank goodness LIAT has offered to refund her ticket. Now, if it would only do what it says.

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

The new owners of the boxy home with floor-to-ceiling windows have restored the shading structure that gives the building its name.

The Umbrella House in Sarasota opens for monthly tours

Once described by Architectural Digest as “one of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-20th century,” the boxy home with floor-to-ceiling windows home has been under a renewed spotlight since the new owners restored the shading structure that gives the building its name.

Christie Prades on South Beach in Miami.

In the VIP Lounge with Christie Prades

We caught up with Prades, who is playing the role of Gloria Estefan in the national tour of “On Your Feet!” at the Boston Opera House through April 29, to talk about all things travel.

Love Letters

My homesick boyfriend said he was moving out, so I gave him a shove

I was hurt when he said he was returning to his old job back home. Now I worry I forced him out.

Necco’s Sky Bar

People are panic-buying Necco wafers. They’re freaking out about the wrong candy.

The Sky Bar is the perfect confection for our times, and soon it may be gone.

Get two-for-one fajitas at Olde Magoun’s Saloon on Saturday.

Dinner with friends gets tricky when you don’t have the same ‘economic bandwidth’

A budget doesn’t have to kill your social life if you address the issue early.

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Welcome spring with the Chrysanthemum Cocktail

It’s uncommon because it isn’t built on a standard base spirit (ie: whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, brandy, tequila). Instead, dry vermouth stands in as the foundation.