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Column: To live or to die trying

A few years ago, a firefighter in Sacramento, California, Mike DeBartoli, noticed his hands cramping up. He figured it was a symptom of the job.

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Column: So you want to go to Yale

On Sunday, I went to my local Queens bakery at 9, 11 and 2, and each time, I sat across from a friendly, open 18-year-old.

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Column: When squirrels attack

A squirrel chomped the leg of a senior citizen sitting on the porch of a retirement home in Deltona, Fla., last week. A TV station there, WESH, reports that the victim ran inside, furry felon still attached, whereupon it bit two or three more seniors.

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Column: When the robots take over

We don’t kill off our retirees just because they’re not working anymore, so don’t worry about our future robot overlords killing off us humans.

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Column: Children of the shrinks

"In 20 years, they can tell it to their therapist.” That’s a line parents hear – and say – a lot.

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Column: Crime and autism

The law professor stood at the front of the classroom and introduced Nick, his 30-something son, saying, “I’m very proud of him.”

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Column: About those clowns ...

Let’s face it; clowns are creepy. In a way, this current craziness has finally brought that fact out into the open, the way the word “frenemy” finally gave us a way to talk about something we all recognized but hadn’t acknowledged.

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Column: 3 a.m. tweets from history

Mummified_Tut: Crooked Cleopatra is an eating machine. Check out before-and-after hieroglyphics. #MissPiggy

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Column: Uncovering why women cover up

Religiously observant Muslims and Jews convened in Manhattan last week to discuss an item of vital interest to both: Headscarves.

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Column: Something old, something new

Your friend or niece or roommate is getting married, and you’re invited! To Hawaii. And you live in Maine. And so do the couple. What is the deal with these weddings set several time zones away from friends and family?

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Column: Why the lemons, God?

Does every cloud have a silver lining? Or are plenty of them filled with rain that slicks the highway and jackknifes the tractor-trailer?

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The pest years of our lives

To everything there is a season, especially if you’re a household pest.

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Halle Berry and the war on moms

The trailer for Halle Berry’s new movie shows beautiful Berry and her boy playing Marco Polo at a busy playground on a sun-dappled day. “Marco!” says Berry. “Polo!” chirps the boy, who looks to be about five.

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Adulthood 101: It’s time to grow up

As kids start leaving for college, it’s nice – or maybe just weird – to know that at least one university is offering a new class this fall: “Adulting.”

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Column: Pokemon predator panic in full bloom

New York has become the first state in the country to ban sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go, thus solving a problem that did not exist: Predators preying on kids via Pokemon.

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Column: Twitter feeds our lust for umbrage

Just a few weeks after the terror attacks of 9/11 Gilbert Gottfried took to the stage of the Friar’s Club and explained he had to leave early to catch a plane to California. “I couldn’t get a direct flight. We have to make a stop at the Empire State Building.”