(Charles Krupa / AP)

Bang: The troubled legacy of toy guns

A Cleveland youth’s death at the hands of police who mistook his toy for a weapon confronts the nation with unsettling questions about power, commerce and the modern realities of childhood.

Style

**FILE** In this March 2, 1988 file photo the rap group Run DMC poses at the 31st annual Grammy Awards in New York City. From left, Joseph 'Run' Simmons, Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels, and the late Jason Mizell 'Jam Master Jay.' Run DMC are among the nine nominees for next year's hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday Sept. 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan,File)

Christmas hits don’t grow on trees

No superstar has managed to turn a seasonal hit into an evergreen classic since Mariah Carey in 1994.

Magazine

MG-INMEMORIAM - ONE TIME USAGE Kadian cycling along C&O canal near Shepherdstown West Virginia (Charlie McCormick) 2009- Hi Res

‘Kadian Journal’: A father’s story of losing his son, 14

How do you mourn a life, and all its beautiful promise, cut so short?

Food

WASHINGTON, DC- DECEMBER 10, 2014:  Russian Dressing   (Photo by Deb Lindsey for the Washington Post).

Whatever happened to Russian dressing?

America loved its spicy condiment — until Thousand Island came along.

Wellness

SLUG: FD-COOKIES09 DATE: 11-18-2009 NEG#: 210780 PHOTOG: Jonathan Ernst/FTWP LOCATION: Studio  CAPTION: Hazelnut-Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies for the 2009 holiday cookie feature.  Freelance Photo imported to Merlin on  Mon Nov 23 06:49:01 2009

Enjoy holiday treats without guilt

Eating cookies is a way to take in the holiday spirit. Strike a healthful balance so you can enjoy them.

KidsPost

WASHINGTON, DC- DECEMBER 11:  Kelly Mullen, age 5 is the winner of the Annual KidsPost wrapping paper contest. Photographed in Washington, D.C. on December 11, 2014.    (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Pint-size painter is this year’s gift wrap contest winner

Five-year-old Kelly Mullen’s nature-themed design reminded judges of a winter garden.

Advice

Carolyn Hax: A good way to behave after getting dumped

Say thank you to the dumper for any non-spiteful candor, don’t try to score points, and don’t beg to reconcile.

Reliable Source

Sheryl Crow is a Ruth Bader Ginsburg fangirl

The country/rock star meets the justice-about-town at a performance of the new musical ‘Diner.’

Travel

DHARAMSHALA, HIMACHAL PRADESH - DECEMBER, 01, 2014: High street in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala. Himachal Pradesh, India. (Photo by Poulomi Basu/VII Mentor/For The Washington Post)

Exiled group’s culture thrives in Dalai Lama’s town

Free your mind in yoga classes, Buddhist teachings and hikes to Hindu temples in India’s Dharamsala.

Travel coverage

Home & Garden

Using chard in lasagna instead of noodles.

Move over kale, chard is the new glamour crop

Easy to grow and nutritious, this leafy green might be the next big thing.

Fashion

American glamour, from Halston to the Kardashians

It’s an ineffable, impossible to define magic, but three new fashion tomes make an attempt.

Parenting

A recipe for taking better kid photos

We’ve all become photographers of sorts. Here are 10 good tips to help you take amazing photos of your kids