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Religion

W.Va. bishop knowingly employed pedophiles, authorities say

West Virginia authorities on Tuesday accused Michael J. Bransfield, a former Roman Catholic bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., and his predecessors of "knowingly employing pedophiles" – including some priests cited in last year's Pennsylvania grand jury report examining decades of clergy sex abuse and cover-up.

Family

Ex-etiquette: Explaining the ‘Put the children first’ rule

Q: You always say, "Put the children first" is the primary rule of good ex-etiquette. I've been in my bonusdaughter's life since she was a year old. My husband and his ex share equal custody. When my bonusdaughter was four she asked if she could call me "mom." It was completely her idea, but her mother absolutely forbid it. My bonusdaughter was in hysterics. So, we sat down with her and listened why it was so important. Her mother didn't care. Your advice concerning this topic according to your book, Ex-etiquette for Parents," is "It is inappropriate for a child to call a bonusparent "Mom" or "Dad" unless the biological parent is comfortable with that choice." I don't see how that is putting the child first. I'm confused.

Living

Brie Larson looked super at ‘Captain Marvel’ premieres

So, what do you wear to your big premiere(s) when you're the newest Marvel superhero? Brie Larson, who stars in "Captain Marvel," went two different routes. For the London premiere, Larson looked dramatic in a royal-blue, off-the-shoulder Valentino; voluminous, sure, but nothing a superhero can't handle. On the red carpet in Los Angeles, she went for a quieter version of movie-star glam: a neutral-toned Rodarte gown, given life by its sparkly star pattern (my favorite detail of the look: the constellation dangling from her ear). I think I like the blue one better – it looks like it could tell stories. But why is it matching the blue carpet? And did that enormous gold star follow her around all night? I hope so.

Home & Garden

So you’ve Marie Kondo’d your closet. Now: How to take care of the clothes you have left?

A few weeks ago, inspired by watching all those people getting cheerfully tidied up on Netflix, I Marie Kondo'd my closet. (Yes, it's a verb.) All my clothes were taken out and piled on the bed in a soft, haphazard mountain – it looked as if a small and very dark-color-favoring boutique exploded – and only those that sparked joy, to use Kondo's term, got returned to the closet. I hope the Goodwill shoppers in North Seattle are enjoying my '90s Elaine Benes blazers (which I of course, as Kondo advises, thanked for their service).

Home & Garden

Design Recipes: 7 tips for spring home selling

With the winter thaw comes the red-hot spring selling season. When it comes to properly preparing a property to sell, many experts argue that successful home staging is the key to the most lucrative sale in the shortest amount of time. Stumped as to where to begin to get your home sale ready? Here are seven expert home staging selling tips.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: ‘Wonder Park,’ imaginative, intense adventure addresses some big issues

Parents need to know that "Wonder Park" is an animated adventure about an imaginative girl named June (voiced by Brianna Denski), who's spent years dreaming up a magical amusement park named Wonderland with her mom (Jennifer Garner). Their fancies become reality when June stumbles across a rundown version of the park deep in the woods and must help its animal custodians save it from destruction. As a result, she and her friends do battle against hordes of weapons-wielding "chimpanzombies" (which look cute but have murderous intentions) and try to protect the park from getting broken apart and sucked up into scary purple clouds of darkness. So you can expect plenty of action (including explosions, peril, and more), as well as the looming presence of worry and sadness, since June is dealing with the fact that her mom has a serious illness. There are a couple of flirty comments ("I burn for you, baby!") and one quick kiss; language is limited to one "oh, jeez" and a couple of swearing stand-ins like "son of a woodchuck." The film celebrates imagination, curiosity, and perseverance and underlines the importance of not letting fear stop you from being yourself and doing what you love.

The ABCs of safe sleep, every sleep

Did you know that newborns sleep about 16-17 hours a day? Since your baby will spend so much time sleeping in his first year of life it is important to know the ABCs of Safe Sleep for infants.