Arts & Life

10:52am

Fri January 10, 2014
The Salt

A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

After Grist's six-month-long series on genetically modified foods, some loyal readers accused the site of changing directions in the debate.
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A 26-part series on genetically modified food was not Nathanael Johnson's idea. And he didn't realize it would take six months, either.

Last year, Johnson was hired as the new food writer for Grist, a website for environmental news and opinion. Grist's editor, Scott Rosenberg, was waiting with an assignment: Dig into the controversy over GMOs.

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3:01am

Fri January 10, 2014
StoryCorps

Spalding Gray's Family Remembers A Man Who Was 'Never Boring'

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 10:45 am

Kathleen Russo (right) and daughter Marissa Maier visited StoryCorps to remember Russo's late husband, writer Spalding Gray.
StoryCorps

It's been 10 years since the writer and monologist Spalding Gray went missing from his home in New York. Two months later, his body was found in the East River in an apparent suicide.

The day he disappeared, his wife, Kathleen Russo, was leaving for work when Gray told her, "OK, goodbye, Honey."

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3:01am

Fri January 10, 2014
Movie Interviews

A 'Wolf' On The Loose, And Loving The Carnage

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 11:44 am

Other people's money: Leonardo DiCaprio plays high-living stock swindler Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Paramount Pictures

Leonardo DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles, an only child whose father worked in comics and named him after artist Leonardo da Vinci. DiCaprio began his career as a child actor, appearing in TV commercials and shows before transitioning to films.

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6:04pm

Thu January 9, 2014
The Salt

Food Firms Trim Trillions Of Calories From Packaged Treats

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 6:30 am

To make a more healthful version of Edy's Grand Ice Cream, Nestle developed a technology that could cut half the fat and two-thirds of the calories from the frozen treat.
Erik S. Lesser Getty Images

It sounds impressive: Major food companies have slashed 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods they sold in 2012 compared with 2007, a study reported Thursday.

But for each American, that number translates to about 78 fewer calories purchased each day, or the equivalent of cutting out one apple or 3 1/2 Hershey's Kisses.

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5:00am

Thu January 9, 2014
Arts District

Gene Kelly's Career: Evidence Mom Knows Best?

An iconic image from 'Singin' in the Rain.'
Image provided courtesy of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Hollywood history would be very different had Gene Kelly pursued his dream of playing shortstop for the Pittsburg Pirates. Born and raised in the Steel City, it was his mother who insisted he take dance lessons as a child.

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