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Beyonce, Streisand to headline Harvey relief telethon

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey will headline a one-hour telethon to benefit Hur-ricane Harvey victims that will be simulcast next week on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CMT. The event will be telecast live at 8 p.m. on Sept. 12, and ...

Philadelphia offers binge-watching opera festival

PHILADELPHIA — In a downtown theater, five teenagers take refuge at a site once occupied by members of the radical group MOVE. Across the street, a serial killer terrorizes Victorian London. Up the block, the bird-catcher Papageno longs for true love. A bit further afield, spectators at two ...

Saving seeds saves money, plant history

Seed saving is precisely that. Gathering seed saves money for the next planting season and also saves genetic strains that may have originated generations ago in family gardens. But it takes planning and good timing. “Seed saving has always been a common way to save seeds that were ...

Filmmaker Murray Lerner, who shot Dylan going electric, dies

NEW YORK — Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner, who captured Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and preserved legendary music acts like Jimi Hendrix and Leonard Cohen forever on film, has died, said his son, Noah. He was 90. Lerner died Sunday in New ...

Earth Matters: Meteorological events compound Harvey’s ferocity

Hurricane Harvey has been in the headlines for two weeks now. But very little attention has been given to explaining why the storm produced such enormous amounts of rain. Several factors can influence the amount of rain or snow in a weather system, but the two primary factors are the amount ...

Artist Hockney gives close-up look at self in exhibit

LOS ANGELES — The aspiring artist was 17 when he took pencil to paper in 1954 and sketched a stunningly mirror-like image of himself as a student at England’s Bradford School of Art. In the 63 years since, David Hockney has become world famous, not for self-portraits, but for colorful ...

Fall for Lake Tahoe’s secret season: Autumn

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Fringed by snow or gleaming cobalt blue under sunny skies, Lake Tahoe is a favorite in summer and winter. But there’s a third side to Tahoe: fall. As crowds thin out, the region seems to take a breath as it prepares for the seasonal switchover from camping and ...

Travel briefs

Nevada Desert hosts traffic, airport for Burning Man festival BLACK ROCK CITY — Tens of thousands have braved massive traffic jams to get to a remote stretch of Nevada de-sert for the annual Burning Man festival. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports festival goers spent between two and five ...

Local groups assist victims

Temple Beth Israel, Altoona, has joined with a coalition of Houston-area Jewish congregations of all denominations to immediately and directly help victims of Hurricane Harvey. “Out-of-town friends, Congregation Beth Israel will be assisting hundreds and hundreds of families in the coming ...

Chosen Women's Conference The Lighthouse, Morning Star Ministries, Route 240, Cherry Tree, will hold its second Chosen Women’s Conference, Waves of Glory, Sept. 21-23. The event is open to adult and youth women ages 12 years old and older, from all denominations. Cost is $45. Registration ...

Facing adversity together

There’s a lot to be said for togetherness, except maybe when it comes to being sick. Our family made this discovery when all three of us, my husband, Bob, daughter Val, and I came down with the 2017 version of the Bubonic Plague — at least it felt that way. It started with Val. At ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Sept. 1, 1967 The Altoona Area School District, Dr. Thomas R. Heslep superintendent, received an award from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Instruction for outstanding leadership in the development of computer instruction in mathematics and science. 25 YEARS ...

Catholic foundation announces distribution

Due to healthy investment returns, the board of trustees of the Independent Catholic Foundation recently approved a distribution percentage of 4.5 percent for each of its 250 permanent endowments. This percentage translates into a record amount of $1.1 million available to support specific ...

A timeline of art since WWII: Fred Staloff works on display at SAMA Loretto

The 50 paintings currently on display at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto are the perfect history lesson on art for the period since World War II, says a curator. Fred Staloff has “been painting for decades and every philosophy of art from World War II onward he has dealt ...

Courtyards, the original ‘outdoor rooms,’ get a new look

The trend toward outdoor living, which uses comfy seating, bright rugs and weatherproof art to extend the al fresco season at home, is bringing new attention to a centuries-old architectural feature: the courtyard. “It’s the original outdoor room,” said Philip Weddle, principal ...

Area native spotlighted in Redbook

Hollidaysburg native Rebecca Nori Wattenschaidt has always had her own sense of style, but she never dreamed someday her fashion savvy would land her on the cover of a national magazine. Wattenschaidt is one of six women featured on the dual cover of the September issue of Redbook, a monthly ...

Garden Notes: Protect your corn with sorghum

If deer have been enjoying more of your much-anticipated corn than you have, you might want to give sorghum a try. Tom Ford, PSU’s area commercial horticulture educator, said, “Farmers in Fulton County have routinely planted sorghum to protect their corn crops from foraging deer — and ...