Area Life

Singer helps military veterans find a voice

By Mesfin Fekadu The Associated Press NEW YORK — There’s a date on Josh Geartz’s calendar that the former U.S. Army sergeant has been looking forward to for quite some time. Aug. 10 will mark Geartz’s fourth retreat with the nonprofit Songwriting With:Soldiers — his first ...

Thailand seeks control of films about cave ordeal

BANGKOK — Thailand’s military government wants to control how movies portray the ordeal of the young soccer players and their heroic rescue from a flooded cave that drew worldwide interest and the attention of foreign filmmakers. Culture Minister Vira Rojpochanarat said he will propose at ...

Reaching out

Organizers hope the Altoona First Frontier Festival July 28 draws new visitors from Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia to Altoona and Blair County. “Explore Altoona is very pleased to collaborate on this partnership with Altitude Entertainment, the Altoona Mirror and ABCD Corporation in ...

Proof that God does care

Does God really care about us? In times of sorrow or disappointment people sometimes ask that question. Something happened at my house the other day that illustrated the answer beautifully. It all began with a frantic phone call from my daughter Val. “Mom, there’s a bird on our back ...

Spiritual notes

The following churches have scheduled Bible school activities: The East End United Methodist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. July 31 through Aug. 2. There will be games, snacks, Bible stories and more. Participants will be taking a ride on the SS Yahweh as ...

Student recognized

Bishop Guilfoyle graduate Adam Spencer recently received a check from Dan Greiner, president of the William Penn Association, Branch 800, Altoona, and Dennis Greiner, WPA vice president. Each year the branch recognizes the male student who has attained the highest grade point average in ...

Opioid addiction special to air

PITTSBURGH — Cornerstone Television Network WPCB-TV40 will air a live one-hour special addressing the opioid crisis in western Pennsylvania. The television special, “Real Answers: Opioid Addiction” will be live on the Cornerstone Television Network from 8 to 9 p.m. today. Special ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: July 20, 1968 Eva Streight, one of the first two women sworn in as Altoona policewomen along with Ruth Amos in 1944 by Major H. Atlee Brumbaugh, was still working, being in charge of the police office window at City Hall. Amos retired last year. 25 YEARS AGO: July 20, ...

Comic-Con draws more than 130,000

Over 130,000 pop culture devotees are descended on San Diego’s Gaslamp District on Wednesday for the annual four-day comic book convention Comic—Con, the big, bright and very heavily branded confab of costumed superfans and the corporate sponsors vying for their attention — and ...

Rare Russian opera revived at Bard College

NEW YORK — Lonely demon meets beautiful girl and falls in love. Girl is ambivalent. Demon kills off girl’s fiance. Girl flees to convent. Demon pursues her. Girl dies and goes to heaven. Demon is condemned to eternal solitude. Stripped to its essentials, that’s the plot of Anton ...

Man starts walk across America, seeking the good in people

YORK HAVEN, Pa. — A little after 9 a.m. Monday, James Smith took a knee on the sidewalk outside the Rutter’s on West Market Street, at the intersection with Route 116, as a couple of friends worked on strapping a small backpack, containing his laptop and notebooks and such, to a larger pack ...

Williams documentary available on HBO Now

NEW YORK — When filmmaker Marina Zenovich sought to make a documentary about Robin Williams, she found that she could do it largely in the late comedian’s own voice. “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind,” uses a wealth of archival footage to put viewers inside his thought process — ...

An hour of meal prep on Sunday sets you up for a yummy week

What if you had a prep cook in your kitchen? A sous chef who made sure that all of the slicing and dicing and mincing and zesting was done for you, so that when it came time to make dinner, all you had to do was wash your hands and start cooking? Most of us aren’t going to get this in ...

Trimming and tidying: Perennials need care too

The great attraction in growing perennial flowers is that you never have to replant them, at least in theory. This doesn’t make all perennials care-free, though. Few of them let you just sit back to enjoy them year after year once they’re planted. Take coreopsis, for example, a wonderful ...

Rock icon Cliff Richard wins UK privacy case

LONDON — British rock icon Cliff Richard was awarded 210,000 pounds in damages Wednesday after winning a privacy lawsuit against the BBC for its coverage of a police raid at his home. Richard had sued the broadcaster for its coverage of the 2014 raid, when police were investigating alleged ...

The differences between dragonflies and damselflies

One night in 1992 I stayed up all night reading “Dragonfly in Amber” by Diana Gabaldon. By dawn I was so caught up in the perils of Claire and Jamie, I called in, held my nose to lend credence to my claim, said I had the flu and was too sick to come to work. I was within 100 pages of ...

Irving wins literary peace award

CINCINNATI — The author of novels such as “The World According to Garp” and “The Cider House Rules” that examine the complexities of sexual differences and other social issues is this year’s winner of a lifetime achievement award celebrating literature’s power to foster peace, ...

Grill shrimp without drying them out or busting your budget

Shrimp can turn from moist and juicy to rubbery and dry in the blink of an eye over the heat of a grill. While grilling shrimp in their shells can shield them from the coals’ scorching heat, any seasonings you add are stripped off along with the shells when it’s time to eat. For juicy, ...

Stevie Nicks and LeAnn Rimes share new duet

LOS ANGELES — Stevie Nicks cried on her living room floor when she first saw LeAnn Rimes perform “Borrowed” on her TV in 2013. The song, about an intimate, yet fleeting romance between Rimes and her lover, came out on Rimes’ “Spitfire” album when Nicks became enamored with it. The ...

Johnny Depp settles lawsuits involving former managers

LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp has settled lawsuits with his former business managers that put a spotlight on the actor’s lavish lifestyle. Depp’s representatives said on Monday that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star had settled litigation filed against The Mana-gement Group. Depp ...