News A man walks along a snow covered Cass Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. The first major winter storm of 2014 bore down on the US northeast on Thursday and Friday with heavy snow, Arctic temperatures and strong winds

A second storm is set to hit the region over the next few days that could be even worse, just as the clean up begins

How the Death Bear hopes to heal Brooklyn's broken hearts

Reminders of your ex-lover all over your flat? No problem – just call Nate Hill. David Usborne meets the man behind the mask

A new age of Aquarius

Michael Coveney danced on stage at the hippie musical Hair, and his love beads are back out for a revival

US school children warm to chic Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy turned up the heat on her first trip to Washington as France's first lady, visiting a school in a poor neighbourhood and lunching at Ben's Chili Bowl.

Emilie de Ravin -She's busy making up for Lost time

Emilie de Ravin doesn't crave the spotlight, but her latest film role alongside man-of-the-moment Robert Pattinson may make it hard to avoid. By Rosamund Witcher

Christopher Browne: Investment fund manager whose questions led to the fall of Conrad Black

Christopher Browne was the Wall Street investment-fund manager who first raised the questions that would lead to the downfall and imprisonment of the publishing mogul Conrad (Lord) Black, the former owner of The Daily Telegraph. With 18 per cent of shares, Browne's firm, Tweedy, Browne Company was the largest single outside investors in Black's umbrella company, Hollinger International Inc, but in 2001 Chris Browne, their senior partner, became suspicious as to how Black and his wife, Barbara Amiel, were able to finance their lavish lifestyles.

Album: Dvorak, Symphonic Poems, Czech Phil/Mackerras (Supraphon)

Of the symphonic poems Dvorak wrote after his return from New York, only The Golden Spinning Wheel has become a regular fixture.

Ice and glass fall into NYC building atrium

Fire officials say ice has broken through a glass atrium at the Sony Building in New York City and 10 people have sustained minor injuries.

Kia to launch new Magentis At New York

Korean manufacturer Kia will show off its new Magentis for the first time at the New York International Auto Show in April. The choice of venue for the launch probably reflects the fact that company's medium-large saloon is more popular in North America than here in Europe.

Chastened, By Hephzibah Anderson

One Valentine's Day, the literary critic Hephziabah Anderson went to bed with a pile of escapist novels, reminding herself that "though I felt lonely, I'd felt lonelier in the past with a lover by my side".

Salinger caught the attention of the world – then hid from it

The extraordinary man who wrote 'The Catcher in the Rye' has died aged 91

Caught in the Net: Rise of Rose and LoneLady

Other than the ubiquitous Ellie Goulding and the oft-mentioned Coco Sumner, there are some unusual female indie acts looking for their chance to make it big this year.

Curtains for New York's crucible of kitsch

New Yorkers mourn the passing of the Tavern on the Green, which took bad taste to stratospheric levels

Midwest master: Garrison Keillor on 35 years at the heart of Lake Wobegon

Keillor has spent 35 years at the heart of the American Midwest, poking fun at his neighbours' mores, even as he himself has adopted them. But, he tells David Usborne, it's almost time to leave Lake Wobegon behind

Thomas Hoving: Maverick museum director who transformed the Met in New York

In the public imagination, museum directors should be donnish and discreet, impeccably tasteful and thoroughly proper. That wasn't quite how Thomas Hoving saw the job.

The Company They Kept, Edited by Robert Silvers & Barbara Epstein

"A memoir of a talented friend risks sentimentality," warns Robert Silvers, (editor of The New York Review of Books who edited w ith its co-founder, Barbara Epstein, until her death in 2006) in his preface.

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