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UPDATES: Adds FASHION-CALVIN KLEIN; UNPROVEN FLOSS; OLY-HIGH TECH OLYMPIC CLOTHING; SINGAPORE STATE DINNER-FIRST LADY’S DRESS; REFORMULATING FAST FOOD
UNPROVEN FLOSS — It’s one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there’s little proof that flossing works. The Associated Press looked at the most rigorous research conducted over the past decade, focusing on 25 studies that generally compared the use of a toothbrush with the combination of toothbrushes and floss. The findings? The evidence for flossing is “weak, very unreliable.” And after the AP asked why the federal government endorsed floss, the recommendation was removed from the latest dietary guidelines. By National Writer Jeff Donn. SENT Tuesday: 1,000 words, photos, video
OLY-HIGH-TECH OLYMPIC CLOTHING — NEW YORK — For the Rio Olympics, Nike used 3-D printing technology to develop small silicone protrusions for redirecting air flow around the runner. Body scanners helped Adidas design suits to keep swimmers in ideal form. Swiss cycling specialist Assos turned to wind tunnels to craft custom, form-fitting suits for the U.S. cycling team. Innovations in suits and shoes have sped up, thanks to advancements in how clothing is designed and tested — all as manufacturers get creative in working around rules enacted to prevent the apparel equivalent of doping. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. SENT Tuesday: 950 words, photos.
FASHION-CALVIN KLEIN — Calvin Klein Inc. has named Belgian designer Raf Simons as chief creative officer of the brand. SENT Tuesday: 130 words.
SINGAPORE STATE DINNER-FIRST LADY’S DRESS —What Michelle Obama wears at Tuesday night’s state dinner. By Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: 400 words by 10 p.m. Tuesday, photos.
MUTTS AND MERLOT — Wines and canines? A look at Napa Valley tasting rooms that welcome your dogs. By Michelle Locke. SENT: 500 words Monday, photos. Also running in travel.
HALLMARK-SUMMER KITTEN GAMES — As the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics nears, about 90 furry paw-thletes over at the Hallmark Channel are ready for some action of their own in the Kitten Summer Games, to coincide with the start of the real Olympics on Friday. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: 560 words by 2 p.m. Wednesday, photos, video.
FOOD-KITCHENWISE-BLT SOUP —Chilled BLT Soup is deeply flavorful and refreshing. Salt the tomatoes before cooking to help concentrate their flavor. By Sara Moulton. SENT Monday: 680 words, photos.
REFORMULATING FAST FOOD — McDonald’s, which is trying to shake its image for serving processed junk food, said Monday it’s eliminating some unpalatable ingredients from its most popular menu items. By Candice Choi. SENT Monday: 590 words, photos.
FOOD-DEADLINE-SHRIMP CASSEROLE — This Casserole of Shrimp and Hearts of Palm is perfect to tuck into during the Olympic Games. By Katie Workman. SENT: 620 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.
FOOD-HEALTHY-BAKED DOUGHNUTS — I make a doughnut in perhaps my favorite flavor of all time — peanut butter chocolate — that truly feels like a major indulgence, while it’s actually just a minor one, thanks to a few tricks. By Melissa D’Arabian. UPCOMING Wednesday: 640 words, photo.
FOOD-AMERICAN TABLE-GRILLED LOBSTER — Fabulous Food — the kind that deserves upper-case “F’s” — doesn’t have to be complicated. One example: Grilled lobster with Pastis creme, a dish that’s simple to prepare yet delivers big in the flavor department. By Elizabeth Karmel. UPCOMING: 300 words and a recipe by 3 p.m. Thursday, photos.
SPECIAL EDITION-FALL HOMES
FALL HOMES-COFFEE’S NEXT WAVE — Get ready for the next wave of coffee culture: Consumers are attending cuppings to learn how coffee is grown, roasted and prepared; they’re spending more for fancy beans and grinders; and they’re being asked to drink coffee black to experience its true flavors. By Beth J. Harpaz. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon Tuesday, photos.
FALL HOMES-DOWNSIZING — Downsizing can feel overwhelming, but these five tips from the pros can make the process easier. By Katherine Roth. SENT: 700 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.
FALL HOMES-DECOR TRENDS — This fall, decor continues to move in a more easygoing direction, with welcoming hues, softer profiles and a comfortable mix of materials and styles. Five trends. By Kim Cook. SENT: 600 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.
FALL HOMES-DINING SETS — When it comes to choosing the right dining table and chairs, there are no rigid rules; think of mixing and matching pieces instead of buying a perfectly matching set. By Solvej Schou. SENT: 700 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.
FALL HOMES-WOOD WALLS — The phrase “wood walls” should no longer conjure up images of gloomy paneled basements or dowdy, knotted-pine cabins. Today’s wood walls are riding high on the decor trend curve. By Kim Cook. SENT: 480 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.
HOME & GARDEN
GARDENING-TREE OF HEAVEN — Although it sometimes grows in stately elegance, tree-of-heaven is a weed tree that shows up everywhere, from forests to cracks in urban pavement. By Lee Reich. SENT: 550 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.
HOMES-DESIGNER-KIDS AND GROWNUPS — Parents of young children often find that toys and baby gear quickly take over the house. Three design experts discuss how to create kid-friendly spaces without sacrificing grown-up style. By Melissa Rayworth. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 p.m. Wednesday, photos.
CRAFTS-WHICHCRAFT-SUGAR SCRUBS — CONCORD, N.H. — It’s not too late to get smooth skin in time for the end of summer, and it’s easy to make your own sugar scrubs using common kitchen ingredients. I tested three tutorials for making small, sugar scrub cubes to see which works best. By Holly Ramer. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m. Wednesday, photos.
MUTTS AND MERLOT — Wines and canines? A look at Napa Valley tasting rooms that welcome your dogs. By Michelle Locke. SENT: 500 words Monday, photos. Also moving in pets.
THE SPRAIN IN MAINE — Plans for an active vacation of biking and kayaking in Maine were sidelined by an ankle injury, but even with limited mobility, a visitor was able to find plenty to do, from scenic drives to a lighthouse cruise. By Warren Levinson and Debbie Galant. SENT: 800 words Monday, photos.
AMERICAN REVOLUTION-HALF SHIP — A 45-foot-long ship will soon invite visitors to climb aboard and explore maritime involvement during the Revolutionary era. The Museum of the American Revolution will feature one-half of a life-sized privateer ship as one of its primary immersive exhibits when it opens in Philadelphia’s historic district in April. By Megan Trimble. SENT: 430 words Monday, photos. Relayed from Pennsylvania lines.
HARLEM’S NEW RENAISSANCE — The opening of the Clara Francis Gallery this week in a renovated Harlem storefront is another step in the development of the neighborhood as New York City’s latest art gallery district. The neighborhood is still a long way from replacing Chelsea or Brooklyn as the epicenter of the city’s art scene, but Harlem is now home to about a dozen galleries. By Ula Ilnytzky. SENT: 600 words Monday, photos. Relayed from New York lines.
RIO TRAVELERS-HEALTH Q&A — How to stay healthy if you’re heading to Rio for the Summer Olympic Games. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 800 words Monday, photos. Relayed from health and science lines.
TRAVEL BRIEFS NEW AND NOW — New Dali museum, new Australia WWII attraction, PBS travel show. By Beth J. Harpaz. SENT: 600 words by noon Tuesday.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT (stories from week of July 25)
GENERAL LIFESTYLES: SPA TRENDS
FASHION: LESS GENDERED CLOTHING; LESS GENDERED CLOTHING-GLANCE; FRANCE-LVMH-DONNA KARAN
PARENTING: PARENTING-USAIN BOLT’S MOM
FOOD: FOOD-KITCHENWISE-SUMMER SQUASH PASTA; FOOD-DEADLINE-GRILLED LAMB CHOPS; FOOD-HEALTHY-MOROCCAN SPICED CARROTS; MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM;
HOMES: GARDENING-UNLIKELY EDIBLES; HOMES-RIGHT-COOL STOOLS; GARDENING-MOSS
TRAVEL: POKEMON GO-DISCOVERING HISTORY; JAPAN-ANIME TOURISM; MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM; CUBA-AMERICAN HOTEL; SPA TRENDS
UPCOMING IN LIFESTYLES:
August: Fall Homes, Labor Day, Fall travel
September: Fashion Week (NY, London, Milan, Paris)
October: Halloween, Thanksgiving
SPECIAL EDITIONS CALENDAR 2016:
Sept. 6 — Cars
Oct. 4 — Baby Boomers
Nov. 15 — Holidays
Dec. 6 — Weddings