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Dos and don’ts for treating your child’s fever

According to Charles I. Shubin, M.D., we have a condition in the U.S. that he calls a “fever phobia.” “We are scared of fevers,” says the Medical Director of Children’s Health Center, Mercy Family Care (a subsidiary of Family Health Centers of Baltimore). “We’re worried that if we don’t treat a...

Monday, March 5, 2012, 11:06 PM

Claire Bidwell Smith's unique take on dealing with grief

Claire Bidwell Smith is more than the author behind the incredible new memoir, “The Rules of Inheritance,” which chronicles a youth spent coping with the loss of both of her parents to cancer by the time she was 25. She is also a therapist specializing in grief in Los Angeles. She talked to Metro...

Monday, March 5, 2012, 10:27 PM

Cristina Alger's 'The Darlings' teaches us that more money means more problems

Cristina Alger, 32, has achieved more professionally than most people can dream of: An undergrad degree from Harvard, followed by a gig at Goldman Sachs, then New York University for law school, capped off with a stint as a bankruptcy lawyer at a white-shoe firm. All of her high-profile...

Monday, February 20, 2012, 11:57 AM

Whitney Houston: Looking back (PHOTOS)

1. This undated photo of a young Whitney Houston — perhaps when she was around 19 — shows her with the man who discovered her, Clive Davis.2. Houston and her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, visited MTV in 1986.3. A 1987 snapshot shows Houston at the filming of her music video, the ’80s classic...

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 12:03 PM

New York City: Isn’t it romantic?

The daily grind can make you forget we live in a city that is a fairytale to many, and that millions of people every year pay big bucks to experience the beauty of New York. So we asked a man who is very in the know — Maurice Dancer, the chef concierge of The Pierre — what he recommends the hotel’s...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 12:54 PM

Reasons to visit St. Pete/ Clearwater this winter

From Dali to animatronic dolphins, here’s a side of Florida you never knew existed. David Downing, from the area’s convention and visitor bureau, shares what’s hot this winter.Great for families “Parents magazine just rated our Fort DeSoto Park the No. 1 Family Beach in the USA,” Downing says. He...

Monday, February 6, 2012, 2:28 PM

What it takes to be a North Korean man

If you are unlucky enough to live in North Korea, your motivations and desires don’t matter. You are told who you are to be and if you resist, you will be sent to a labor camp where you will do hard labor until you die an early death. The state issues your clothing and shoes and ration cards.Thanks...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 9:56 PM

2012: All eyes on London

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games don’t kick off until July 27, but London has undergone a giant transformation since it was picked in 2005 as the event’s host site. Metro talked with Chloe Couchman, Head of Communications for Business & Major Events for the London & Partners, the city’s...

Monday, January 23, 2012, 11:37 PM

Shalom Auslander: From ‘Foreskin’ to Frank

Shalom Auslander is not one to tackle safe subjects. In his critically acclaimed 2007 memoir, “Foreskin’s Lament,” Auslander waxed philosophically (and, at times, hilariously) on leaving his Jewish faith. Now he’s branching into fiction with his audacious new novel, “Hope: A Tragedy,” which...

Monday, January 16, 2012, 11:40 PM

Hot Chef: Jim Burke, from Philly with love

During his time in Philadelphia, chef Jim Burke racked up a ton of accolades, including being named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in 2008 and being nominated for the James Beard Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic award in 2009 for his creations at his restaurant, the fine-dining spot James. But that much...

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 12:39 AM

Going out trends for 2012

What will be big in dining and drinking this year? New York City’s epicurean elite share their predictions.Eduard FraunederCo-chef/owner, Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar www.seasonalnyc.com and Austrian tavern Edi & the Wolf www.ediandthewolf.com “In 2012, I see a continued focus on regional...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 11:53 PM

What’s in store for books in 2012

Just how will 2012 bring changes to what and how we’re reading? We asked Jason Boog, the man behind GalleyCat, a widely read blog about the publishing industry, for his predictions. 1. A push toward reading locally: Boog hopes the trend toward eating locally will extend to consumers supporting...

Monday, January 9, 2012, 10:35 PM

Leftover bubbly? Use it wisely

Still have a few bottles remaining from your New Year’s Eve fete? Spruceit up with these recipes.Holiday CheerIngredients:.5 oz. blackberry pureeChampagneDirections:In a champagne flute, add blackberry puree. Fill to top with champagne. Garnish with a fresh blackberry.Recipe courtesy of:Warwick New...

Thursday, January 5, 2012, 12:20 AM

The Word: What happened to Katy Perry and Russell Brand?

Without knowing either of the stars, please join me as I wildly speculate what drove Brand to file divorce papers last week after only 14 months of marriage.Too much, too soonThe two met in 2008 on the set of Brand’s 2010 comedy “Get Him to the Greek.” After meeting again at the MTV Video Music...

Monday, January 2, 2012, 1:38 PM

A year in tweets, now in book form

Out of the billions and billions of tweets sent out in 2011, which ones captured that certain moment in time the best? Instead of sifting through all of those to find the best ones, we luckily have author Kate Bussmann, who compiled the the book "A Twitter Year: 365 Days in 140 Characters," which...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011, 5:59 PM

'Other Desert Cities': ‘An embarrassment of riches’

Thomas Sadoski refers to his current gig as co-starring on Broadway’s “Other Desert Cities” as an “embarrassment of riches.”And that’s not hyperbole. His role enables him to work nightly with such acting heavyweights as Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, Judith Light, and Rachel Griffiths. But Sadoski...

Sunday, November 27, 2011, 11:38 PM

An exclusive chat with a master blender

It’s not everyday you talk to a master blender of scotch whisky. It’s also not every day you can buy a bottle of Johnnie Walker Double Black, as it’s only out for the holiday season.But luckily, in a rare interview, Metro was able to get master blender Jim Beveridge to discuss both — in his thick...

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:22 AM

Talking points

Pitt to quit acting?Brad Pitt says he wants to retire from acting at age 50. “Three years,” the 47-year-old actor declares to the Australian edition of “60 Minutes.” “I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together.” Pitt has apparently had the...

Monday, November 14, 2011, 10:19 PM

Susan Orlean: A woman and her dog

Best-selling author Susan Orlean keeps expecting someone to drop off a German shepherd dog at one of her readings any day now.“I keep assuming someone will show up with one,” she laughs. “But so far, no dog.”It would be a fitting gift for Orlean. After all, she is the mastermind behind the...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 10:21 PM

Talking points

Lohan serves the shortest prison stay yetLindsay Lohan checked into jail Sunday night to serve her latest sentence — and checked out less than five hours later, according to The Associated Press. The troubled actress was sentenced to 30 days behind bars but managed to avoid spending even half a day...

Monday, November 7, 2011, 10:24 PM