Area Life

‘Game of Thrones’ earns 32 Emmy nods

LOS ANGELES — HBO’s “Game of Thrones” slashed its way to a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season, leading HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service that bumped it last year from atop the increasingly crowded television heap. The ...

Meek Mill seeks new trial, judge after long probation

PHILADELPHIA — Lawyers for Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill will ask an appeals court to overturn a 2008 drug and gun conviction that’s kept the Philadelphia rapper on probation for a decade. The city judge who oversees the case and sent him to prison in 2017 on a parole violation has a ...

Moon landing was a giant leap for movies, too

NEW YORK — In 1964, Stanley Kubrick, on the recommendation of the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, bought a telescope. “He got this Questar and he attached one of his cameras to it,” remembers Katharina Kubrick, the filmmaker’s stepdaughter. “On a night where there was a ...

When is fruit ready to pick? Nature offers different clues

It takes just a twist of the wrist to determine when pears are ready to come off the tree. For plums and peaches, flesh firmness is a good way to verify maturity. Blackberries? Check the color. Nature offers a wide range of clues about when the time is ripe for harvesting fruit and ...

‘Albatross’ makes fresh an ancient tale

You could say “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” sounds like the stuff of erstwhile school days’ reading assignments. But one evening’s witnessing of the Penn State Centre Stage rendering of Matthew Spangler and Benjamin Evett’s “Albatross” visits one with much more than a tale. ...

Local author book signing event set for Six Mile Run

Local author Jeanne Sheeder Steele will be holding a book signing at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the pavilion at the Six Mile Run Church of God, Main Street, Six Mile Run for her book “Pets That Have Touched My Life.” The book is a compilation of stories that Steele tells in her own words of ...

New York locals worry about Woodstock 50 coming on short notice

VERNON, N.Y. — Holding the Woodstock 50 festival at a horse track on short notice could be a safety risk, a sheriff says, although promoters said Tuesday that they remain confident. Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol is among the local officials and residents expressing concerns about upstate ...

Rhythm to spare

Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors think of themselves “as a rock-style band with a much bigger rhythm section,” said Jim Donovan. “We have a Santana-sized rhythm section and we play a mix of original material and covers that is all positive and high energy. People get up and dance and ...

Spiritual notes

Area residents are invited to take part in a local Lights for Liberty rally at 7 p.m. today, Friday, July 12, on the Blair County Courthouse steps, Hollidaysburg. Lights for Liberty, a worldwide candlelight vigil, is being held to protest the inhumane treatment of refugees seeking asylum ...

Fear, glory for mounted bullfighters

NOAIN, Spain (AP) — Of all the traditions surrounding the world of bullfighting, the “rejoneo” — mounted bullfighting — is among the least understood. Those who love it consider it a skilled art form. Others see it as a cruel and bloody crime for the sake of entertainment. Some also ...

AP gets rare peek at famed Bolshoi Ballet

MOSCOW — Makhar Vaziev’s day begins before he sets foot inside his office in Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Theater. As he makes his way past the vast columns of the main building, the ballet director at the Bolshoi pauses to chide a dancer late to class, and then one of his senior coaches, ...

Sneak peek

The region will be treated to a headlining concert by the Grammy Award-winning, genre-defying Steep Canyon Rangers July 27 at the Mishler Theatre during the second annual First Frontier Festival. Steep Canyon Rangers, comprised of Woody Platt (acoustic guitar/lead vocals), Graham Sharp ...

Plain community abuse victims feel pressured to forgive

PITTSBURGH — Church leaders pulled Kay aside one Sunday and told her she was excommunicated for failing to forgive her husband. Her conservative Mennonite church demanded that she take a registered sex offender back into her home, that she forgive and forget what he had done to their ...

Spiritual notes

Donations of clothing and non-perishable foods will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren, 1028 Penn St. (Route 36). The church parking lot will serve as a collection site for the American Rescue Workers. Tax receipts available for those ...

The ultimate ‘Weeble Effect’

Does anybody out there remember Weebles? Dating back to the early ’70s, Weebles were little egg-shaped people with weighted bottoms that kept them from toppling over. The commercial slogan went something like this: “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down.” It was actually a pretty ...

Writing is more than a job — it’s a daily therapy

It’s often said that anything worth doing takes time. It’s easy to look at something beautiful and think, ‘I could do that! and ‘I wish I had that skill or talent!’ There might even be a moment when you get caught up in trying to make something as stunning as what you saw — or ...

Singer’s museum exhibit gives her time to reflect

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kacey Musgraves' career has been moving and changing fast over the last couple of years, leaving little time for reflection until she saw her life chronicled behind museum glass. Musgraves is the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that ...