Amazing races: Find the perfect-themed 5K for you

Nowadays, a plain old footrace is sounding a little blah. In the universe of themed races, color is big. Color Foam is coming up in May, and so is the Color Run, the daddy of all painted races, which started way back in 2012. But it’s not only about color.

I’m buried in a mountain of college mail

Getting my kiddo set to apply to college has me more overwhelmed than ever. Everywhere I look in my house is a stack of letters and glossy, colorful postcards from colleges looking to entice my youngest.

An old, old hate raises its head among us

The Rev. Molly T. Marshall writes: “In this week Christians call holy, we confront once again the blood thirst that characterizes sinful humanity ... the ‘fall to violence.’ ”

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."

How Miley Cyrus fulfilled her destiny as a superstar

Miley Cyrus returns to the Sprint Center on Tuesday night with her worldwide “Bangerz” tour, which along the way has provoked the ire of some, shall we say, less culturally aware parents wondering whatever happened to that clean-cut child star who used to be on the Disney Channel. Check out the photos to see how that little girl has evolved into one of the most famous entertainers of her generation.

Staycation or bleisure? Travel loves made-up words

Hotels advertise “bleisure” packages. The Thai Tourism Authority is promoting “honeyteering.” And a Mississippi TV anchor told advocates of gay equality to “go on gaycation.” Whatever you’re doing on vacation, chances are there’s a made-up word to describe it.

Some deem 'Captain Underpants' too offensive for schools and libraries

The potty humor of "Captain Underpants" children's books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in "The Bluest Eye" would seem to have little in common. But among some parents, educators and other members of the general public who worry about what books are stocked at their local libraries, the works fall into the same category — they're just too offensive and should be restricted or removed from the shelves.