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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.

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)


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.

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band bringing their zydeco sound back to Wichita

It has been four years since Chubby Carrier brought his accordion-laced dance party of a live show to Wichita, and he’s feeling it.

Wichita writer’s ‘John Wayne’s World’ has formula for fun

Carol Hughes, a longtime Wichita radio personality, has been writing slapstick satirical melodramas for nearly as long as the 15 years she’s been at KFDI-FM 101.3.

Gardener’s almanac (July 19, 2014)

Plant for a fall garden – Beans, carrots, beets, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.

Tomato Day is next weekend

While the height of tomato season is about to come upon us, just in time for Tomato Day next weekend at the Extension Center, the Legacy GardenWorks gardens had tomatoes by Memorial Day. The variety: heirloom Stupice.

This week in the garden: harvesting and freezing blackberries (VIDEO)

Master gardener Everett Price is harvesting blackberries from his garden in Haysville as they ripen, when their shiny surfaces turn dull. Everett puts a tall plastic container around his neck to leave his hands free for picking. The container has a hole punched into it at each side near the top, so that a cord can be tied to it for hanging around the neck.

Adopt a pet (July 19)

Nathan the Goofball, a 3-year-old male American pit bull terrier mix, is available for adoption from Kansas Humane Society.

Concerts coming soon to Wichita, central Kansas (July 18)

Josh Abbott Band, Friday, Cotillion ($18-$20, www.thecotillion.com)

For summer fun, these 20 flicks are for kids

Summer is here. Kids already bored and need some entertainment?

'Weird Al' Yankovic parodies 'Blurred Lines' with 'Word Crimes' (VIDEO)

"Weird Al" Yankovic's new parody album "Mandatory Fun" has a music video for the grammarian in all of us. He spins "Word Crimes" to the tune of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."

Video of Charlie Sheen drunk at Taco Bell goes viral

Why oh why does this kind of stuff never happen to us at the Taco Bell drive-through?

10 fresh ways to use fresh blueberries

There are muffins, of course. And pancakes. And the obligatory fruit salad. But then what? After all the usual suspects, how do you handle a seasonal abundance of blueberries?

Dude food: Grilling king Steven Raichlen talks man-made meals

Cooking may not be a gender-specific activity, but there are some characteristics that follow stereotypes more often than not (read on before you start to object).

Comedian Tracy Morgan makes first appearance since crash (VIDEO)

Former “Saturday Night Live” star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said.

Weight-loss stories: Four women share how they shed the pounds

Getting – and staying – motivated to lose weight can come from a variety of sources. For one woman, it was the desire to be a role model to her daughters. For another, the support of her friends and family helped keep her on track.

You may have diabetes and not know it

About seven million people in the United States are unaware they have a serious, incurable disease – diabetes.

Tips for preventing child deaths in hot cars

More than three dozen children die of hyperthermia in cars annually in the United States, and since 1998 more than 500 children have died in hot cars. Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees, and car interiors can reach well over 110 degrees even when the outside temperature is in the 60s.

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