Area Life

Earth Matters: Slower speeds increase fuel efficiency and save lives

Challenging problems seldom have simple solutions. So when the first energy crunches came to the United States in the ’70s, we came to realize that the problem had to be confronted on multiple fronts. We were shocked into action by oil embargoes in 1973 and again in 1979. For the first ...

Review: ‘American Idiot’ marks the ‘time of your life’

Combining stagecraft and a rock concert is hardly a new idea. But “American Idiot” gives the concept fresh life, not to mention a fresh audience. Penn State Centre Stage’s rendition of this rock musical, under the direction of Erin Farrell Speer, brings together the elements one might ...

SAMA plans trip to Philly

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona is planning a bus trip to the 2017 PHS Phila­delphia Flower Show on March 14. The cost is $110 per person, with a $50 non-refundable deposit due with reservations, which are due Wednesday. Departure is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. from Lowe’s ...

Abbie Adams Blair County Christian School Student of the month

Name: Abbie Adams Age: 16 Grade: Junior Family: Parents: Kim and Jeff Adams, siblings: Hannah, Caroline, Josiah and Luke Future goals: Attend college for music, perform my music, travel the world and bring glory to God. Achievements: I’ve been accepted into all-state choir three times, ...

Uncork the Alleghenies: Savor samples and help a cause

Patrons at this year’s Uncork the Alleghenies Wine Festival on March 18 can choose from among nearly two dozen wineries, two distilleries and 50 vendors of food, jewelry, cigars and other products, say organizers. The seventh annual event at the Blair County Convention Center offers a free ...

Ligonier looks back on iconic movie ‘Slap Shot’

LIGONIER — Former Ligonier Mayor Chick Cicconi was a bit star-struck one morning 40 years ago when Art Newman, brother of Hollywood legend Paul Newman, walked into his office in town hall. “Art looked identical to his brother except his head was shaved like Yul Brynner. Art said Paul ...

Jay Z to become 1st rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame

NEW YORK — Jay Z will become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when he enters the prestigious organization in June. The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday that songwriting heavyweights in the industry, including Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Max Martin and ...

Playwright who inspired ‘Moonlight’ wins PEN award

NEW YORK (AP) — The playwright who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie “Moonlight” has won a prize from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. Tarell Alvin McCraney received an award for best mid-career playwright, PEN announced Wednes-day. McCraney’s “In Moonlight ...

New SAMA president looking to future

LORETTO — Jim Cayce of Hollidaysburg was recently elected to the president of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Board of Trustees. The two-year term began Jan. 1. Cayce, who grew up in Dayton, loves architecture and art. He earned a bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from ...

Gaffigan coming to Jordan Center

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University is bringing in Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan for a performance on April 8. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets range from $35.75 to $69.75 and can be purchased in person at the Bryce ...

From Seoul to Portage to Wall Street: Hard work pays off for Nikki Anderson

All through school, Nicole Anderson persevered on the Portage Area High School girls’ basketball team, mostly warming the bench because she was barely 5-foot-1 and, by her own admission, not very good. During one game — she thinks it was her senior season about two decades ago — her ...

Bieber under investigation for fracas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles authorities say they are investigating a report that Justin Bieber head butted a man during an argument at a Sunset Strip restaurant. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department says a witness reported seeing Bieber fighting with two bartenders at a West Hollywood ...

No ‘Jersey Shore’ redux; beach town wary of new reality show

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Some residents of the New Jersey shore town stung by MTV’s “Jersey Shore” are wary about plans by a bar featured in that series to hold a casting call for a new reality show. The Bamboo Bar in Seaside Heights is looking for “loud and fun” single people ...

Nicole Kidman reveals past engagement to Lenny Kravitz

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Nicole Kidman has revealed that she was once engaged to musician Lenny Kravitz. Kidman confirmed the engagement with the rocker in a recent interview with Net-A-Porter’s magazine “The Edit,” in which she was discussing her upcoming HBO series “Big Little ...

Museum removes artwork as protest

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — A museum at a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts has removed or covered dozens of artwork produced by immigrant artists or donated by foreign-born collectors to illustrate their contribution to the cultural wealth of the United States. The Art-Less project ...

Best sellers

Hardcover Fiction 1. “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman (W.W.Norton) 2. “Echoes in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s) 3. “Never Never” by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Little, Brown) 4. “The Whistler” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 5. “Right Behind You” by Lisa ...

Jewish film festival begins

Choosing the right selection of movies to show at the 18th annual Altoona International Jewish Film Festival takes a lot of research, but this year’s lineup features two Academy Award winners and a selection of historical films, dramas and comedy. Greater Altoona Jewish Federation executive ...

Casting Oscar: Foundry creates each statuette as work of art

ROCK TAVERN, N.Y. — Every Oscar fist-pumped or tearfully cradled by Academy Award winners is first cast, buffed and fussed over at a foundry far from Hollywood. Workers at the Polich Tallix fine art foundry, about 50 miles north of New York City, began work in late September on the awards ...