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Mattel designers’ work is all play for Comic-Con

When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky’s the limit for the designers at Mattel.

Fling or forever: Can summer romance last?

Popular culture would have us believe finding love in the summer is as easy as finding sand on a beach. Countless movies, novels and TV shows perpetuate the notion that when school’s out, the temperature is up and clothes are scarce, romantic encounters with attractive, thoughtful, chiseled strangers happen all the time.

Final Friday gallery crawl (July 25)

All events are Friday. Free admission unless otherwise noted; free trolley rides between most venues.

Use your melon for cool, refreshing taste of summer

You know you’re in the heart of summer when the melons come out to play.

Big milestone for Britain's little prince (VIDEO)

The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.

Beer of the week

Recommended by: Rob Miller, managing partner at Goebel Liquor, 352 S. West St.

Gig Guide (July 25, 2014)

Gig Guide

George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

A pine tree planted in a Los Angeles park to honor George Harrison has met its maker. Beetles killed it.

Research relies on people of all types

Blake Unrein probably doesn’t realize that how he responded to catching a ball or walking a line might help other kids in the future.

Gallbladder attack easily diagnosed and treated

Gallbladder attack can be frightening but is easily diagnosed and treated.

Got A fib? Get aggressive about losing weight

In “I Really Love You,” when George Harrison declared “my heart skips a beat,” he was describing a sudden heart flutter that signals a surge of romantic passion. But if your doctor says your heart is skipping a beat, it may mean you have (or are headed for) atrial fibrillation, or A fib.

Rethinking a healthy breakfast: a meal in a muffin

When fall rolls around and it’s back to school and work, wouldn’t you love to start your day with something tastier and more substantial than that all-too-typical bowl of cold cereal? It’s just so boring day after day. And that’s apart from the fact that most cereals will fail to tide you over until lunchtime.

'Weird Al' on his weirdly successful week in music (VIDEOS)

Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.

Backlash has begun against gluten-free dieters

The swelling ranks of Americans adopting gluten-free diets have given rise to another hot trend: people calling the whole thing a bunch of baloney. And then requesting that the baloney be sandwiched between two pieces of white bread. Served with a cookie for dessert.

How to beat the heat, look professional in the office

If only “suiting up” in the summer meant simply wearing a swimsuit. One can dream, right? But unless you’re a lifeguard or river raft guide, you probably have an office dress code to adhere to. And, sadly, that doesn’t melt away when the weather turns hot.

Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies at 86 (VIDEOS)

Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died at age 86.

When it comes to skin products, less is more

Dornechia Carter, a Dallas-area dermatologist, said she has had patients try several unusual methods in their quest to be all-natural.

Beware of changes that affect mind as body as you age

Those of us who live long enough will all go through the same changes. Some of these changes have become standard cliched jokes about aging, especially where vision and hearing are concerned.

Apps available for insomniacs with smartphones

“The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to,” said F. Scott Fitzgerald, and if you’ve spent more than a few nights watching the bedside digits click from 3:59 to 4:00, you’re probably frustrated and exhausted enough to agree.

Tips for taking a great selfie

Your selfie has 600 likes on Instagram. Too bad that 580 of them are because of that piece of spinach in your teeth.

'Apes' outmuscles 'The Purge' at box office

The summer box office continued to lack mojo, as the R-rated "Sex Tape" failed to turn on moviegoers over a weekend where "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" maintained its rule.

Goddard graduate hopes for permanent role in new-concept TV sitcom

Wichita native and Goddard graduate Cody Griffis is living his acting dream in California, where he was recently cast in a new-concept TV sitcom, “Bound by Ad.”

It’s back to the ’60s in MTW’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’

For Music Theatre Wichita’s Wayne Bryan, the Wichita premiere this week of “Catch Me If You Can – The Musical” represents a nostalgic trip to the 1960s that he grew up in.

‘Snowpiercer’ pioneering new method of movie distribution

There hasn’t been a “buzzier” movie this summer than “Snowpiercer,” a post-apocalyptic tale about survivors aboard a train who are all that is left of mankind after a failed climate-change experiment brings a new Ice Age and wipes out the planet.

Celebrate 45 years since man's first steps on moon (VIDEO)

Now's the time to get moonstruck.

Painting parties are part art class, part social hour (VIDEO)

Painting is not in my repertoire of talents.

Best-sellers from Watermark Books and Eighth Day Books (July 20)

Best-sellers

Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips

DENVER – Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out.

Five money-saving tips for exchanging currency

NEW YORK – Headed overseas for summer vacation? It’s easy to get hit with extra fees and expensive exchange rates when switching currencies.

‘Embrace of Unreason’ traces France’s political downfall between two world wars

“The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914-1940” by Brown, Frederick (Alfred A. Knopf, 345 pages, $28.95)

Trails, salmon viewing top free Anchorage events

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Most tourists making a summer trip to Alaska will pass through Anchorage on their way to cruises, Denali National Park and other scenic adventures. While in Alaska’s biggest city, also home to the state’s largest airport, there are plenty of free things to do. Here are a few.

Morning television full of information, not necessarily usable

It isn’t necessarily news you can use, but I’ll admit morning television can be food for thought. While I read the newspaper in the morning, a morning talk show gives me “pop news,” the weather everywhere but here (thank goodness for local cut-ins) and topics that will be discussed “around the water cooler.”

Urban farm grows budding gardeners

Legacy GardenWorks is a very small urban farm – or very large urban garden, depending on how you want to measure it, its manager says – that puts at-risk youth to work in paying jobs, distributes the produce at a farm stand for donations, and spreads the joy through farm-to-table brunches once a month.

Army chaplain tried to minister to condemned Nazi leaders at Nuremberg

“Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis” by Tim Townsend (William Morrow, 312 pages, $28.99)

Maize grad, former ‘Voice’ singer to perform in Newton

Kaleigh Glanton has learned a lot about what she wants out of her young singing career since appearing as a contestant on “The Voice” in the spring.

Three stories unfold in Paul Haggis’ ‘Third Person’

Paul Haggis is not a subtle filmmaker.

Gig Guide (July 18)

To submit information for Gig Guide, go to events.kansas.com/listings. Gig Guide listings must be submitted by noon Monday. Listings must include dates, times, cover charge, genre of music played and a daytime phone number. There is no charge.

‘Girls Night’ musical Saturday at Orpheum touts ‘every female anthem known to man’

It’s just like a night out with the girls – maybe a thousand of them.

Review: Marrakech Cafe brings Moroccan cuisine to northeast Wichita

In a city full of Mediterranean- and Lebanese-influenced restaurants, it only makes sense that there should be a Moroccan option, as the cuisines share many of the same influences. Enter Marrakech Cafe, which opened earlier this year. Here diners can find traditional food from the owner’s native Morocco.

Review: Female ‘Odd Couple’ tickles the funny bone

When Neil Simon rewrote his 1965 classic “The Odd Couple” about mismatched roommates for a female cast (Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno), he no doubt thought that the result would be the same. But that slob/neatnik battle doesn’t translate quite that easily.

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