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Painting by Numbers – NYTimes.com

I am an artist, and a colleague recently asked me to make her a painting. It will be an arduous process, and I’m charging her my usual freelance rate. In the next few months I must give a wedding gift to the same colleague, who is not a close friend. …

Airlines make less on checked bags last year

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines’ revenue from bag fees fell last year for the first time since they started collecting them. But that was no gift to fliers; there were just fewer people traveling. The Transportation Department said Thursday that the 17 largest airlines made $3.36 billion in bag …

Minority Report – NYTimes.com

My daughter’s biological father is Hispanic; the man I married when she was a year old, and who subsequently adopted her, is white, as am I. Now she’s a teenager. While filling out her school applications, I checked the box marked Hispanic. My husband felt that was dishonest, saying she …

A modern Falkland Islands, transformed by war

STANLEY, Falkland Islands (AP) — Falkland Islanders are still bristling over the invasion by Argentina 30 years ago, but they’re not complaining about its aftermath. The April 2, 1982, invasion led by Argentina’s dictators and the subsequent war with Britain launched a process that transformed the archipelago from a sleepy …