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Editorial: Bundle up and shop local

In the news this week are phrases like “polar vortex” and “arctic air invasion.” It hit us with a blast when we got out Tuesday morning, and it appears we will see some frigid-for-November temperatures the rest of this week and weekend.

Editorial: Five hundred years and counting

Earlier this fall, the Palo Alto Longevity Prize was inaugurated by physician, life-enhancing advocate, and hedge fund manager Joon Yun. The goal of the contest is largely the same as Ponce de Leon’s expeditions during the sixteenth century: finding the fountain of youth. Of course the Palo Alto Prize is couched in modern medicine, not magic-infused waters, but the promise of it remains the same.

Editorial: Forget about Ebola, and go get a flu shot

We worry about the wrong things. We worry about shark attacks although we’re more likely to be killed by lightning. We worry about flying although we’re more likely to be killed in a car. We worry about Ebola, but we are far more likely to die from the flu. We worry about the inconvenience and discomfort of a flu shot, but without the shot as many as 20 percent of us may suffer the far worse symptoms of the flu this year.

Editorial: Passing of a fashion icon

Oscar de la Renta, the world renowned fashion designer, died this week at age 82. His clientele included Hollywood legends, First ladies and global royalty. He first gained wide exposure in the United States as one of the courtiers who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy.

Editorial: Meaning of Columbus Day changed over time

Today, the nation pauses to observe Columbus Day. This holiday occupies an odd place in our history. A generation ago, it was still common to hear Columbus referred to as the “discoverer” of America. As most folks now readily concede, the Vikings had set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland four centuries before Columbus.