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The Rise of Climbing – The New York Times

Photo Credit Brecht Vandenbroucke SAN FRANCISCO — IN the summer of 1989, when I was 21 years old, my father and I went rock climbing with a family friend named Peter Mayfield, a professional mountain guide. As we walked through lush meadows and then waded barefoot in the cold Tuolumne River, Peter talked about raising investment capital for an indoor ...

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Movie Listings for July 24-30

Photo Ryan O’Neal, far left, in a scene from “Barry Lyndon,” part of the “This is Celluloid: 35MM Encore” series at Anthology Film Archives. See listing below. Credit Warner Bros Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases: nytimes.com/movies. ★ ‘Alleluia’ (No rating, 1:30, in French) The expression “amour fou” ...

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Namibia by Bike and Train

Photo Credit BikeTours.com A safari from BikeTours.com will offer travelers an opportunity to see Namibia’s wildlife from two perches: the saddle of a bicycle and a chartered train. The 13-day, 12-night journey, which debuts next summer, departs fromWindhoek and includes the Fish River Canyon in the south as well as Etosha National Park in the north. Adventurers will pedal through ...

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The Housing Market Still Isn’t Rational

Home prices have been climbing. They have risen 27 percent nationally since 2012, even more in places like San Francisco. But why worry? If you accept the efficient markets theory — and believe that real estate is an efficient market — then these prices are based on “new information,” even if you don’t know what that information is. The problem ...

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In Kenya, Obama Hails Africa’s Growth and Potential

Photo President Obama spoke at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times NAIROBI, Kenya — President Obama declared Saturday that “Africa is on the move,” opening his first visit in office to his father’s home country with a testimonial to the continent’s growth and potential and calling on the rest of ...

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A Panoply of Products to Improve the Daily Commute

Photo A bicycle from Haibike outfitted with the Bosch eBike System. Whether you are commuting to work by train, car or bike, the trip can become monotonous. But with the right mix of technology, there are plenty of ways to keep the travel time from dragging. Here are some notable gadgets to make your daily commute less of a grind. ...

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New Drug Sharply Lowers Cholesterol, but It’s Costly

Photo Leonard S. Schleifer, left, chief of Regeneron, and Elias Zerhouni, head of research at Sanofi. The companies developed Praluent. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times Federal regulators on Friday approved the first of a new class of drug that can sharply lower cholesterol levels, offering a new option for millions of Americans suffering from cardiovascular disease, the ...

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‘Hunger Games’ Screenwriter Wins Academy Run-Off

Photo Billy RayCredit Charley Gallay/Getty Images for WGAw LOS ANGELES — And the winner is, Billy Ray. Mr. Ray won a run-off election, to join Phil Alden Robinson and Robin Swicord in representing screenwriters on the 51-member governing board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization said on Thursday. Mr. Ray, whose screen credits include “Captain ...

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