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  • Viral Round-Up: The Weekend in YouTube

    The Kentucky Derby!  If you missed this thrilling one, an historic run that New York Times is calling downright restorative to a sport that's seen scant good news, watch above. The best part is that the announcer -- longtime race caller Tom Durkin -- seems to be caught unawares by the Mine That Bird win, and never alludes to his massive charge up the inside rail.In a performance in Connecticut, a "crazed" fan of Britney Spears' ambled up on stage and toward the blonde performer, in the middle of her rendition of "Womanizer." A bit funny that Spears was, at the time, attired like a police officer and wielding a club."American Idol" David Cook, who was an emcee on Saturday for D.C.'s Race For Hope, to benefit brain cancer research, announced in an emotional speech to the crowd that his brother Adam had passed away on the previous day, due to his long struggle with the disease. 
  • For Hotels, Breakfast is the Most Important Meal

    Even guests who never eat breakfast when they're home have trouble resisting a well-appointed breakfast buffet on the road. A recent survey of business and leisure travelers in Asia by Le Méridien hotel group showed that 60 percent of leisure travelers and 40 percent of business ones eat more than usual when traveling, and more than 80 percent favor the buffet breakfast. However, only 38 percent of travelers said they were extremely or very satisfied with what hotels are offering.Some hotels are trying to differentiate themselves by offering new takes on the breakfast classics. The St. Regis Bali offers guests Wagyu beef tenderloin and fried egg as an upmarket alternative to the traditional bacon and eggs, while the Cascade Café at ANA InterContinental Tokyo will start offering in July new breakfast items with a "Japanese" flavor, such as a buckwheat burger with deep-fried foie gras in tonkatsu sauce.Le Méridien has partnered with Jean-Georges Vongerichten to create a few Signature...
  • Why I Froze My Eggs

    I had just turned 35 when I started thinking about freezing my eggs. I'd always thought I'd have a husband and a kid or two by 35—that's the ominous year when doctors start stamping women's medical charts with the words "advanced maternal age" if they are pregnant, and some warn that fertility starts to drop off a cliff if they are not. But instead I was single, with an adventurous career, and concerned about my eggs. So in 2005, when I heard about a free seminar offered by a company called Extend Fertility, I thought this was exactly what I needed: a way to safeguard my eggs so I can relax until I meet Mr. Right. Extend had just begun marketing egg freezing as the newest choice among women's options: preserve your fertility and wait to have a child.Egg freezing is more technically known as oocyte cryopreservation, a technology by which a woman's eggs are surgically removed from her ovaries and frozen until she is ready to use them. It's still considered an experimental technology...
  • The Editor’s Desk

    It may have been the most productive coffee date in NEWSWEEK history. Almost a decade ago, after the death of Meg Greenfield, Rick Smith, the magazine's longtime editor in chief, reached out to one of the great voices of the boomer generation: Anna Quindlen, who had left The New York Times in 1995 to devote herself full-time to writing fiction. Anna was—and is—among the most sought-after journalists in the country: even her commencement speeches have become bestsellers. She was not looking for more work—far from it. But when Rick called to ask her to meet for a conversation on the Upper West Side, she graciously accepted. Anna was not interested, saying that she had given up the days when she would have to pull her car over to the side of the road to jot down urgent thoughts for a column. Rick, on his way to Tokyo, asked her to think it over.To the great good fortune of NEWSWEEK's readers, she did, and ultimately agreed to succeed Meg as one of our two LAST WORD columnists. She and...
  • Hotel Guests Serve as Mystery Inspectors

    At some point during Paul Watson's stay at a Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) property, the retired communications executive gets down on his hands and knees. "My favorite place to look for dirt is in the corners," he says. He expects the hotel staff to refer to him by name, the operator to pick up before three rings and the bartender to make small talk when pouring a drink. "I look for the same level of service no matter where I go," he says. "It should hit me in the face."Watson (not his real name) is not just an overly demanding hotel guest. He is one of about 175 volunteer travelers from around the world who have signed up for the Mystery Inspector program offered by SLH, a member organization of more than 500 independent hotels. In exchange for one or two nights on the house, the inspectors fill out a 32-page questionnaire, scrutinizing everything from the bellman's shoes to the bathroom towels. The oncea-year visits are anonymous, and usually coincide with a preplanned...
  • The Buckley Family

    The son of Pat and Bill Buckley may not have always been happy, but he was never bored.