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Mastering the art of serious play

At Rose’s Luxury, Aaron Silverman shows how much work it takes to seem so laid-back.


    This photo released by Netflix shows Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in season 2 of Netflix's 'House of Cards.' Wright is nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role as Underwood in 'House of Cards.' The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards are held on Monday, August 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)

    Netflix, again, wins no major Emmys. What’s going on?

    Even host Seth Meyers had everyone primed to think Netflix was about to have a big night. Not so.


    WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 1: Tania Latin journeyed from Guatemala to live with   her father and step-mother. Photographed in her home on August 1 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

    Faces from the frontier: Central American kids in D.C.

    Thousands of Central American children recently made the journey to reach family in the Washington area.


    WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 26,  2013: Pickles of Gordy's Pickles. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)

    Chat Leftovers: Don’t toss that pickle juice

    When the last gherkin is gone, put the rest of the bottle to good use in lots of other ways.

    Weddings & Romance

    They talked about wills on their first date.

    Metro mishaps, monument visits and lawyer talk: This was a very D.C. date.


    Helen Lederer next to a statue of Hodge the Cat at the launch of Talking Statues in central London, Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014. Statues of some three dozen historical and fictional characters in London and Manchester are coming to life thanks to a new interactive project that gives them a voice to tell their stories. Passers-by can swipe their smartphones on a tag or type in a web address to get an instant call from the characters depicted. Actors including Patrick Stewart and Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville perform the monologues, which lasts a few minutes each. (AP Photo/PA, Philip Toscano) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

    Statues in London talk to visitors

    New program allows smartphone users to hear messages from historical or fictional characters.


    Carolyn Hax: Mother should drop the smoke screen with her daughter

    Explaining a nicotine addition can be instructive to a child, but lying about the habit sends a harmful message.

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    Names & Faces: Aaron Paul, Young Jeezy, Hayden Panettiere and Kim Kardashian West

    Aaron Paul plugged his wife’s charity during his heartfelt Emmy acceptance speech, Young Jeezy got arrested in California and Kim Kardashian West will guest star on the CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls” in October.


    1st PLACE WINNER. Oregon Inlet, NC -- Camera: Nikon Df. Settings: 38 mm (taken with the Nikon 24-70), ISO 200, f/10, 1/250

    Winners and finalists in the 2014 Travel photo contest

    Fifteen photos make the final cut in the 2014 Travel photo contest.

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    Photo taken by Deb Soule of a Monarch butterfly on a Tithonia blossom in her garden. She said it is fine to use the image free of charge both in the paper and over the wires. Please note that the name of the butterfly  is spelled MONARCH.

    The power of flowers

    They bring pollinators, and thus life, to the garden.


    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25:  Actress January Jones attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Emmys red carpet: Fashion and product placement

    What happens when — horrors — a starlet forgets who made her diamonds?


    Automakers never developed technology to stop hot car deaths. Parents and teens are doing it instead.

    Often with little or no funding, would-be problem-solvers have been trying to come up with inventions that might prevent hot car tragedies.