Booming: Back to School

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September 1943: First-grade pupils at the blackboard.

First Days of School Through the Decades

With classes beginning in New York City on Wednesday, The Times looks back at education in the city – from air raid drills to standardized tests.

Janice Eiler, 58. Her husband died in November 2013, and she has been juggling her life with one less income.

Retiring

New Widows Have Another Concern: Their Finances | The household income for widows declines 37 percent after a spouse dies. Experts say women need to prepare better financially for those years.

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The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., where Stephen King stayed in 1974, inspired

Hotel That Inspired ‘The Shining’ Builds on Its Eerie Appeal | The owner of the Stanley Hotel, where Stephen King had a nightmare in 1974 that inspired his novel, built a labyrinth in homage to the one used in the film.

Your Money

The Many Pitfalls of Private Student Loans | Federal loans for education often offer options to ease onerous repayment terms. Not so with private loans, as some borrowers have learned to their dismay.

State of the Art

Hacking Victims Deserve Empathy, Not Ridicule | Many victims of the Ashley Madison extramarital affair website breach have been plunged into despair, some even to the point of contemplating suicide.

TomAndre Jones in 2014 on his graduation day from Edwin Denby High School in Detroit.

Video Feature

The Detroit Graduates | Video Feature: Attention shifted away from Detroit after the bankruptcy. But for five high school students, life has moved on, sometimes in unexpected ways, as the city struggles to get back on its feet.

Stephen Colbert outside the window of his office, which overlooks Broadway and his new marquee at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Stephen Colbert, the Late Night Hope | Mr. Colbert (the real one, not the character) has spent the summer preparing to assume command of “The Late Show.” Will he become the Letterman successor CBS needs him to be?

Erica Jong’s ‘Fear of Dying’ Defies the Sunset of Sex | Forty-two years after her wildly successful “Fear of Flying,” the author’s new book challenges another taboo.

Customers cruised by McCauley Pond in the Adirondacks last week, using a rail bike from Rail Explorer.

Rail Biking Arrives in Adirondacks, but Future of Track Is in Doubt | A new company called Rail Explorers has attracted thousands of visitors to ride a six-mile stretch of abandoned railroad track, but the state has targeted the railroad for demolition.

Judy Carne, second row, far left, in an undated photograph with members of the

Judy Carne, ‘Sock It to Me’ Girl on ‘Laugh-In,’ Dies at 76 | Ms. Carne rocketed to pop culture fame on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” before her career was derailed by drug arrests and a near-fatal accident.

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Unhitched

Divorce: Share Your Experience | Unhitched, a column appearing in the Vows pages of The New York Times, tells the story of a relationship, from romance to marriage to divorce to life afterward. If you are divorced and you and your ex are willing to be interviewed, please fill out the form at: nytimes.com/weddings.

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