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In the heat of summer, think of fall

Burnt out on summer? Start thinking fall — vegetables, that is. It seems like summer just started, but it’s time to begin work on the fall vegetable garden. Transplant seedlings for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and celery. Indoors, plant seeds for leaf lettuce, chard, kohlrabi and other fall crops, to be transplanted later.

Ken Burns delves into a dynasty

LOS ANGELES — Ken Burns is used to telling stories that have been told before. That comes with the territory when you work on documentaries covering momentous points in history, including the Civil War, World War II and the Prohibition era. But for his new seven-part, 14-hour documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” Burns and his longtime collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward have managed to find new material on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt that many people have never seen.

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With new musical, Sting’s “Ship” comes in

NEW YORK — Sometime around 2004, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting, a rock star with 16 Grammys and more than 100 million records sold, found himself with a severe case of writer’s block. It wasn’t that he stopped touring (he didn’t), making money (he still made plenty) or even recording (there were albums of other people’s songs and a new symphonic treatment of his past material), but he found, to his chagrin, he could not write any new songs.

“Stars” author: Blessings and sorrow

Back in 2012, John Green didn’t know that his young-adult novel “The Fault in Our Stars” — the achingly sad love story of two teenagers with terminal cancer — would become an international bestseller and later, a major motion picture. He also didn’t know that he would have to spend the next 2 1/2 years talking at length about some of the most grim subjects imaginable: Teenagers who have cancer. Kids who are dying. What it might be like to die. How people think about death.

“Fault” vaults into weekend box-office spotlight

LOS ANGELES — The 20th Century Fox snifflefest “The Fault in Our Stars” took in $48.2 million in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend, according to an estimate Sunday from distributor Fox, surpassing early projections and easily beating the new Tom Cruise sci-fi epic “Edge of Tomorrow.”

Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” captivates in second season

Piper Chapman, the fictional inmate at the center of Jenji Kohan’s magnificently layered and wickedly seamy Netflix dramedy “Orange Is the New Black,” has been sent to one of the Litchfield women’s correctional facility’s solitary confinement cells, a.k.a. “the SHU” (Special Housing Unit), after giving another inmate a good pummeling at the end of the series’ first season.