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Fall frolic

Cows, classic rock, and décor at Easteigh Farm this weekend

A group of people watched as pigeons took flight on Okaloosa Island near Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Friday. With Tropical Storm Nestor brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, curious onlookers in this Florida panhandle community came out to see the effects of the storm as it approached.

NESTOR RAMOS

What do you do when the next big storm shares your unusual first name?

If you’re called Karen or Bob, then sharing a name with a storm is no big deal. When your name is Nestor? Not great, Bob.

Vaping-related illnesses in the United States are still rising, though at a slightly slower pace.

Vaping-related illnesses still rising, though at slower pace

Health officials Thursday said there have been 1,479 cases and at least 33 deaths in the mysterious outbreak.

Tables

Big news at Banners; a pop-up doughnut shop gets a permanent address

Restaurant news you can use.

20marblehead - Marblehead may be densely packed, but it offers plenty of spots to relax and watch the world go by. (Diane Bair)

TANK AWAY

A heads-up: In Marblehead, some things never change (and hooray for that)

If merchant prince/ship owner “King” Robert Hooper, who lived in town in the mid-1700s, landed here today, he’d probably feel right at home. And that’s a good thing.

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Ben Affleck slashes price on island mansion to $7.6 million

The Cambridge native has dropped the price on the four-bedroom, 4½-bathroom Greek Revival plantation in Riceboro, Ga., he’s owned since 2003.

A great day in Maine inspired by Olive Kitteridge

With Maine on my mind upon the release of “Olive, Again,” I decided to take a road trip with my son in honor of the character and books I love.

20mini - Rabbit Hill Inn. (Jumping Rocks Photography)

5 great spots for a mini moon

They are mostly adults-only and feature romantic amenities like couples’ massages, rose petal turndowns, in-room champy, fireplaces, and gourmet meals for culinary-focused newlyweds.

Adam Butler is in his third year with the Patriots.

The vip lounge | Adam Butler

The VIP Lounge with Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler

Butler, a Dallas native, is in his third season with the Pats. We caught up with the Vanderbilt University product, who has a 5-month-old daughter, Grace, to talk about all things travel.

Catrinas gather by candlelight during the Day of the Dead festivities in Pátzcuaro, Mexico.

Coming to life for the Day of the Dead

Pátzcuaro has become the go-to destination for travelers from throughout Mexico and the Americas seeking something more meaningful than candy and tacky Halloween costumes as October slides into November.

The Club Med resort in Cancun, Mexico, offers pre-paid “all inclusive” packages.

A family vacation with something for everyone

I scoffed when a friend told me we should look at Club Med for our biannual trip with the kids and grandkids. But it turns out they were right: None of us had to cook and there was so much to do. Or nothing to do — which is just as good.

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 file photo, 6-year-old elementary school students go through the lunch line in the school's cafeteria in Paducah, Ky. Nearly a million students could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that's expected to reduce the number of people who get food stamps. In October 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an analysis finding as many as 982,000 children could be affected by the change. (Ellen O'Nan/The Paducah Sun via AP)

Trump rule may mean 1 million kids lose automatic free lunch

The US Department of Agriculture has released details of an analysis that found that as many as 982,000 children could be affected by the change.

Ask Amy

Wonderful guy mismanages his anger

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

20hte - The 31st annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. (Bill Gallery/Go Providence)

Here, There, and Everywhere

Here, there, and everywhere

Travel news — and gadgets — you can use.

The Langham, built in 1922, will feature a new look, with a more residential feel to the rooms (a rendering above).

Christopher Muther

Staying power: Boston is in the midst of a luxury hotel boom

The Langham is being transformed, Raffles has broken ground, and The Whitney and a second Four Seasons opened this summer. When all the construction and renovations are complete, the number of luxury hotel rooms in Boston will have doubled.

A rendering of the inside of the Roche Bros. Brothers Marketplace store in Kendall Square, which will open Nov. 12.

A new Roche Bros. grocery store will open in Kendall Square next month

A long-awaited supermarket is finally opening in Cambridge’s One Broadway.

A rendering of the Hub Hall food hall coming to Hub on Causeway near TD Garden.

A running list of the 18 food vendors coming to Hub Hall near TD Garden

A new food hall is coming to Boston this winter, and already the lineup is looking delicious.

Your silence tells me all I need to know

In the third installment of the (Unsent) Love Letters series, a young woman waits for her former partner to choose.

Love Letters

My mom and my boyfriend aren’t speaking

I feel I have to sort through their individual problems and the problems they have with each other. It’s leaving me drained, exhausted, and very much alone.

The Banded Brewery Company in the Pepperell Mill Campus.

Five reasons to visit Biddeford, Maine

Locals are calling it “the Biddessance,” the rejuvenation of downtown as young chefs, artists, and entrepreneurs, who can’t afford the rising prices in neighboring towns (Kennebunkport, Portland) relocate here to start businesses and raise families.

Postwar Liberians are demanding better mental health care

More than a decade after back-to-back civil wars ravaged Liberia its people still await justice for countless abuses, and many say the lack of accountability is worsening a mental health crisis.

California to ban smoking on state parks, beaches

California will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Oct. 12, the 285th day of 2019. There are 80 days left in the year.

Ask Amy

Military spouse details home front struggles

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

My Instagram

My Instagram: Texas Manning

Clowns can be glam. At least that’s the goal of Texas Manning (@clown_glam), a 21-year-old student at MassArt who wears clown-inspired makeup every day.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘I was sad to see her go’

Will their shared experience as educators bond these daters?

The Kicker | Magazine

Congrats, parents. You’re ruining Halloween.

Remember when it used to be a fun night of sugary anarchy? It sure isn’t like that anymore.

Ask Amy

Lake house dust-up roils friendship

Advice from Amy Dickinson

Cement tiles with a Moroccan motif by Clé are a bold choice for the floor of Cecilia Casagrande’s Brookline bathroom.

Your Home | Kitchens & Baths

Drawing inspiration from her honeymoon, a designer gives her master bathroom a bold update

The starting point: Green tiles inspired by the color of an exotic hotel pool.

Anna (left) and Ella Gregory have a snack at the island. Like the furniture, the shelf above the range is made from rift-sawn white oak. The pendants are by Hector Finch.

Your Home | Kitchens & Baths

Designing a kitchen where it’s easy for family to come together

Even a concealed charging station helps encourage everyone to focus on each other and not their devices.

A blue lantern from Ballard Designs hangs above the café table and chairs, where homeowner Michael Botte prepares a salad.

Your Home | Kitchens & Baths

Would you let a designer hang funny fish wallpaper in your dining room? This guy’s glad he did.

A first-time homeowner learns that pushing the envelope pays off.

The wood look underfoot is a popular trend in bathroom design currently.

Your Home | Kitchens & Baths

Five trends in bathroom renovations for 2019: Enough with the white, already

Organic materials and patterned floors are among the most requested looks for homeowners updating a bath this year.

Homeowner Valerie Paric sits in the dining nook, which was designed by Boston-based firm Twelve Chairs a few years ago. Diane Burcz, who recently reimagined the kitchen, uses the color palette to inform the accents she incorporates. “A seamless transition was important,” she says.

Your Home | Kitchens & Baths

A Cambridge condo’s pint-sized kitchen gets a new design that maximizes space

Clever details like a flip-up butcher block and an adjustable storage wall turn this into a functional place to cook a meal.

Homeowner Julie Canniff inherited the painting of a Scituate marsh from her parents. The streamlined black and aged brass chandelier by Mitzi is a modern touch, as are the oak dining chairs from Lekker Home.

Your Home | Kitchens & Baths

Redesigning a condo kitchen so it feels new, but still you

Shelves that hang from the ceiling create an airy feel in this Charlestown home, and help keep the budget in check.

US urges shared decisions with pain patients taking opioids

Hot Ticket

Third annual Zoo & Brew comes to Seaport’s Sea Green

The Animal Affair Traveling Petting Zoo is the centerpiece of the event (cuddle bunnies and goats!), and kids can take mechanical animal rides around the green. And there’ll be beer.

Obsession

Denim season is in full swing

You’ve got more options for America’s favorite fabric on Boston’s favorite street.

Miss Conduct

Advice: How do I give presents without creating a sense of obligation?

I like to send thank-you gifts to family and friends who have helped me out, but don’t want them to think they owe me.

In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo, a woman using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Only two years ago e-cigarettes were viewed as holding great potential for public health: offering a way to wean smokers off traditional cigarettes. But now Juul and other vaping companies face an escalating backlash that threatens to sweep their products off the market. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

US vaping illnesses rise to nearly 1,300, cause still a mystery

The number of vaping-related illnesses in the United States continues to rise, now reaching about 1,300 cases and at least 26 deaths.

Jenny and Joby Kennedy just celebrated anniversary number 10, but he knows he’s on the waiver wire if the QB ever comes calling.

Globe Magazine

Would you ditch your spouse for Tom Brady? Survey says: ‘Abso-freakin-lutely’

We asked tailgating couples outside a Patriots game if TB12 could ever come between them.

Ask Amy

Groomsman says ‘I do’ to the bride

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Report reveals widespread abuse of women during childbirth

A new report says more than one-third of women in four low-income countries in Africa and Asia were slapped, mocked, forcibly treated or otherwise abused during childbirth in health centers and suggests that such mistreatment occurs worldwide.

Measles outbreak kills more than 4,000 in Congo this year

More than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world’s largest measles outbreak, the United Nations children’s agency said Wednesday.

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Cape Cod resident Martin W. Sandler announced as finalist for National Book Award

The book that has Martin W. Sandler under consideration in the category of Young People’s Literature is “1919 The Year that Changed America.”

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Sanders says he misspoke when he mentioned slowing campaign pace

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that he “misspoke” when he told reporters he may slow his frenetic campaigning pace after a recent heart attack.

Tables

Rochambeau opens, and Hub Hall names more names

Restaurant news you can use.

Special report

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/wiggs_ticks_97462[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.

PODCAST

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/10/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/17169_LL_Podcast_HP_Episode_4_Tease%20(1).png 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   |   Spotify   |   RadioPublic

 

Dining Out

Dining Out reviews

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/05/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/dining_out_90.jpg Where should you eat this week?

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

Design New England

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