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#FollowFriday: 10 of the most stylish accounts on Twitter

Twitter is a huge fashion and beauty resource.Credit: Wikimedia CommonsWhether your style is haute couture, normcore or somewhere in between, Twitter can be a great place to window shop, get advice, and stargaze.1. Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine)The Bible of Fashion (but not infallible -- nearly...

Friday, May 23, 2014, 10:21 PM

The end of Vowing to Get Healthy — and a new beginning

Introducing the happy couple, Mr. and Mrs. Magdalenski.Credit: Victoria Duffy PhotographySo, I didn't lose 30 pounds in three months — I lost 25 — but I consider that a success, not a failure. I lost 25 pounds! And I also didn't lose my mind.When I started this challenge at the end of January, I...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 4:04 PM

#FollowFriday: The top 5 foodies to follow on Twitter

You can almost taste these Almond Oat Banana Crepes, posted by @ItsFoodPorn, one of the top food accounts on Twitter.Credit: @ItsFoordPorn via TwitterWarning: Following these foodies on Twitter will make you hungry.1. Foodie (@Foodie)Fridge to bowl in 4 hours. Apple butter ice cream w/chocolate...

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:43 PM

Pedestrian hit by commuter rail train in Framingham

A commuter rail train hit a pedestrian Friday morning in Framingham.Credit: Wikimedia CommonsA person was hit by an MBTA commuter rail train in Framingham Friday morning.The incident took place around 7:20 a.m. near Route 135 and Route 126 as the Framingham-Worcester line train was leaving the...

Friday, April 25, 2014, 2:18 PM

'Stressed' is 'desserts' spelled backwards

Must. Resist. (This looks amazing.)Credit: Google ImagesBy this time next week, I'll be up in Boston, just days away from getting married. There are so many things to do that it feels like every time I cross something off my list, two more pop up.Finding time to get to the gym is getting...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:03 PM

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Twitter isn't just a time-waster. You can learn a lot, too.Credit: Amanda Art/METROSpending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow:1. Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson)The astrophysicist, author and host of "Cosmos" makes science...

Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:35 PM

How losing weight is improving my overall health

Losing weight isn't just about looking better -- it's also reducing my risk for other health conditions.Credit: Google ImagesOne of the main reasons I decided to lose weight and eat better was to improve my health overall -- it hasn't been about looking better. After two-and-a-half months, I know...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7:29 PM

#FollowFriday: The 5 funniest Twitter accounts

Credit: Google ImagesPeople use Twitter for all sorts of reasons, following friends, celebrities and strangers. If you're looking for a few laughs in your feed, follow these five Twitter accounts.1. @PourMeCoffeeExcellent at collecting some of the most bizarre stuff out there and adding a shot of...

Friday, April 11, 2014, 10:46 PM

Create your own DIY workout, no equipment required

You don't need lots of equipment to get a great workout -- you just need to do it.Credit: Wikimedia CommonsIt's happened over and over: I join a gym, go for two weeks, and then start making excuses and never go back. It seems like I'm really good at starting a fitness program, but lousy at...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 5:11 PM

Brides band together to get fit

The brides-to-be in the class are all trying to look our best on our big day.Credit: Google ImagesThey say there's strength in numbers — going through a process with other people can help you be successful. That's the idea behind "Fit to Say I Do," the "bridal bootcamp" I'm doing at New York...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 3:58 PM

Move it! Working out to take off the weight

I'm getting myself into the habit of exercising several times a week, but it's tough for someone as lazy as I am.Credit: Chris MagdalenskiAfter decades of being sedentary, working out three or more times a week is a big adjustment. I'm getting used to being sore almost all the time, but I already...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 8:40 PM

Turnpike shut down after massive collision

Rescue and fire personnel assist on the scene of a 100-car pileup on the eastbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Feb. 14 in Feasterville. Credit: Getty ImagesAt least 16 people were hurt in a series of collisions on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Friday morning that involved up to 100...

Friday, February 14, 2014, 5:06 PM

Getting back up when you fall down

Credit: Brittany Carlson/Wikimedia CommonsSo I mentioned that I'm the clumsiest woman in America, right? My first Zumba class proved it.I've been hearing for years how great Zumba is, with friends who swear it's the best workout and others who even teach Zumba classes. My two left feet and I made...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 4:38 PM

Vowing to Get Healthy: Taking the rust off

One spin class did not make me look like this, but at least I survived.Credit: Google Images. Walking into a gym for the first time in years is intimidating. Working out is even harder -- Where do you even start? But hard or not, I had to do it.February in New York is starting out to be brutal,...

Monday, February 3, 2014, 11:49 PM

Vowing to Get Healthy: Starting the weight-loss journey

My "before" picture. Let the losing begin!Credit: Lenyon Whitaker/MetroConfession No. 1: I have horrible eating habits, and I’m a certified sugar addict.Confession No. 2: I’m a couch potato (read: lazy).Confession No. 3: My body mass index is almost as high as my age.Why does this matter to me?...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 7:14 PM

One dead, six wounded in shooting at Los Angeles airport

People leave terminal 2 after a shooting incident at Los Angeles airport (LAX), California, on Nov. 1. Credit: ReutersA Transportation Security Administration employee was killed and at least six other people were wounded in a shooting Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport."An...

Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:46 PM

Lincoln Memorial vandalized with green paint

U.S. Park Police said vandals splashed green paint inside the Lincoln Memorial early Friday morning.Credit: Google ImagesThe Lincoln Memorial was closed to visitors Friday after vandals splashed green paint on the statue of President Abraham Lincoln and the floor.U.S. Park Police told several...

Friday, July 26, 2013, 2:15 PM

Libel suit filed against NY Post for marathon bombing story

This New York Post cover story on April 18 pictured two people who were questioned but not charged in the Boston Marathon bombings.A Massachusetts man and a teenager have filed a lawsuit against the New York Post for running photos and articles that falsely alleged them to be suspects in the...

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 2:47 PM

Feds order Lucky Star bus shut down

The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered the Lucky Star bus company to shut down. Credit: FlickrLucky Star buses between Boston and New York were shut down Wednesday, after an inspection by the U.S. Department of Transportation.The bus company posted a message on its website which read, "Per...

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 1:40 PM

Deadline to register for Senate vote as candidates debate

Democrat Ed Markey, left, and Republican Gabriel Gomez will face off in the June 25 U.S. Senate special election.Wednesday is the last day to register to vote in the U.S. Senate special election as the candidates prepare for their first debate tonight.Voters who want to cast ballots in the June 25...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 2:32 PM