Area Life

Gratitude: Oprah’s out with her favorite things

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey’s back with her longest holiday gift list ever at 102 of her favorite things. Ranging in price from free (downloads of her Super Soul Conversations podcast) to $2,000 (for a 55-inch TV that morphs into a painting), Winfrey’s annual list will be featured in the ...

‘God will find something for you’

Destructive storms, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, do more than destroy buildings and homes. They uproot lives. After the waters recede and the mopping up is done, the work is not over. Many people whose dwellings have been hit by violent winds or high water have to wait years before ...

Portage church celebrates 100 years

Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, 143 Church Road, Portage Township, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the parish on Sunday. There will be a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 3 p.m., with His Eminence, Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla celebrant. After the Divine ...

Glad to be a child of the King

All things considered, I’m glad to not be of royal descent. It just seems way too difficult. I’ve been mulling over the highs and lows of being a highness — a royal highness, that is — ever since watching a British TV show about King Henry VIII, the much-married medieval monarch. ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Nov. 3, 1967 Altoona native and former U.S. Congressman James E. Van Zandt was special guest at a Republican party rally at the Jaffa Mosque. Mr. Van Zandt served 22 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was a Navy veteran of WWI and WWII, retiring from the Naval Reserve ...

One email led to a chain of events that changed lives

There’s a first time for everything — first steps, first words or first new experiences. With each of those comes a feeling of uncertainty or fear, no matter how many times it’s pushed down or ignored. It’s a feeling that’s sometimes confusing, but can also help you gain a new ...

Hey Y’all: Lowcountry, Southern-inspired cuisine popular at Gigi’s

STATE COLLEGE — The exposed brick walls, ornamental wrought iron and chandeliers remind you of Charleston, South Carolina. The fish net draped from the ceiling, along with nautical-rope light fixtures, oyster shells and other coastal relics remind you of the Lowcountry and all the good food ...

Art show explores indigenous people

RENO, Nev. -- Romantic images of cowboys and covered wagons, railroad barons and Gold Rush-era prospectors that typically depict the settling of the American West play only supporting roles at best in a Nevada art exhibit with a broader perspective on Earth's "final frontier." The show ...

Add spiced smoked sausage to Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts lovers, you are in for a treat: a side dish that will threaten to steal center stage. Spanish chorizo, a wonderfully spiced smoked pork sausage, gets sauteed just enough to brown a bit and release its oils. Then fresh bread crumbs are sauteed in the same pan and set aside to ...

Regulators probing pesticide saftey

What happens when the safety of two of the nation’s best-selling toxic chemical pesticides are questioned? The world’s most widely used weed killer, Glyphosate, and one of the most commonly used bug killers, Chloropyrifos, have recently been placed under the regulatory ...

National parks seek fee hike

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- Visiting the country's most popular national parks would get more costly under a federal proposal released this week. The National Park Service says its goal is to cut down on the nearly $12 billion in maintenance projects that have been put off under budget ...

Tips for air holiday travel: How to find deals, when to book

NEW YORK — Booking air travel is stressful. How far in advance should you book? Did you get the best fare? That anxiety is magnified this time of year as travelers finalize holiday plans and look ahead to winter getaways and spring break. In an interview with AP Travel’s “Get Outta ...

Crossing a street in Honolulu? Don’t text to avoid a fine

HONOLULU — Of all the beautiful scenery to see in Honolulu, officials want to make sure residents and tourists get a good look at the street. Honolulu last week became the largest city in the U.S. to make it illegal for people to look at cellphones, tablets or video games while crossing a ...

Fowler says starring in ‘Superior Donuts’ sweet

NEW YORK — Jermaine Fowler is plenty pleased with his new CBS sitcom, “Superior Donuts.” A midseason entry last February, it starts its first full season Monday at 9 p.m., and Fowler is jazzed to be back. On the show, he plays a young go-getter reluctantly hired by a pastry chef who, ...

How to replace pizza, movie night with family fitness dates

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Family fitness dates are replacing the old school pizza and movie nights as more parents are realizing that the benefits of moving aren’t just about burning calories but setting an example for the next generation. We talked to three fitness experts to get a feel ...

Letters from Harper Lee to friend bring $12,500

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A batch of letters hand written by “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee has sold for more than $12,000. A statement from the Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders Auctions says 38 letters from the deceased novelist to friend Felic Itzkoff went for $12,500 in a ...

On a soul-searching path

Transitional ministers are far more than preachers who conduct Sunday services. As a matter of fact, they probably have more duties than a regular minister. Their role is not only to keep a church stable between pastors, but to help the members evaluate where it is going and what qualities ...

Martin Luther’s teachings celebrated

When Martin Luther penned “95 Theses” and posted them to the door at All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517, his action changed the course of religious and cultural history. A Catholic monk and scholar at the time, his central teachings were that the Bible is the ...