Indian Pacific still chugging along 50 years on

The 50th anniversary of Australia’s longest rail journey, the Indian Pacific coast-to-coast crossing, is being marked with special surprises along the way for about 230 travellers. More than 10,000 people lined the East Perth Terminal on February 23, 1970 to witness the historic completion of the first “unbroken” transcontinental train …

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Medicare’s Private Option Is Gaining Popularity, and Critics

The agency declined a request for an interview. But a spokesman replied that its enrollment communication efforts included a “robust and multifaceted outreach campaign that encourages consumers to review their Medicare coverage, compare alternatives and make an informed decision about options for the incoming year.” How is Americans’ health affected? …

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How an Amputee Dancer Spends His Sundays

Until three years ago, Donald Lee had no interest in dance. Now, he is an emerging force. Mr. Lee, who lost parts of his legs after a car accident more than 20 years ago, performs with and without his wheelchair for the Heidi Latsky Dance Company. He has also become …

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Tobi Tobias, Longtime Dance Critic, Dies at 81

Tobi Tobias, whose dance criticism for New York magazine and other outlets made her an influential voice in the genre for decades, died on Feb. 13 at her home in Manhattan. She was 81. Her husband, Irwin Tobias, confirmed the death. He said she had been in declining health for …

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Creamy Pasta Forever – The New York Times

Hello, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Sometimes the quickest meals are also the richest, because ingredients like cream, cheese and butter are shortcuts to satisfaction. Fat carries flavor, so you don’t need a ton of other ingredients to build a dish, or a long cooking time to develop rounded …

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