Area Life

Queen Latifah to be honored as entertainment icon

LOS ANGELES — Queen Latifah will get the royal treatment at the upcoming American Black Film Festival Honors. The Oscar-nominated actress is set to receive the Entertainment Icon award at this year’s ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles on Friday. The star of “Star” on Fox says she is ...

‘La La Land’ composer finds himself in spotlight

LOS ANGELES — For “La La Land” composer and songwriter Justin Hurwitz, it’s been a long, laborious ride from dreaming up the musical with his old college roommate Damien Chazelle over six years ago to becoming the toast of awards season. His catchy score and songs have broken through, ...

Uncovering musical roots: Documentaries on tap for Penn State Altoona

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Jerry Zolten was mesmerized with rural, early 20th century American music, called roots, for its influence on and evolution into all of today’s major genres, from country to rock and roll and rhythm and blues. Zolten wanted to be a rock and roll star, but he ended ...

Tasty Words: Sausage gravy, biscuits becomes a dad’s best breakfast

For as long as I can remember, my husband’s favorite breakfast dish has always been sausage gravy over warm flaky biscuits. While we were dating, Bryan frequently suggested a trip to Bob Evans so he could get this cherished hot dish. I, too, became a lover of the meal, quickly sneaking a ...

The AP predicts this Grammy showdown

NEW YORK — Though dozens are nominated at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, we all know the real showdown is between Beyonce and Adele. Both are nominated for the top three prizes — album, song and record of the year. Adele won all three honors with “21” and “Rolling In the Deep” in ...

Tales from a train: Travelers tell stories of their journey

Editor’s note: Associated Press Tampa, Florida, correspondent Tamara Lush spent 15 days traveling via train across the U.S. as part of Amtrak’s residency program, designed for creative professionals to spend time writing on the rails. She spoke with dozens of people — fellow travelers, ...

Oprah plans cruise in Alaska in Holland America partnership

The Associated Press Oprah Winfrey will take a cruise this summer in a place sheás never been before: Alaska. The trip launches a partnership between O, The Oprah Magazine, and Holland America Line, according to an announcement Thursday by the cruise company and Hearst magazines. The ...

Counting birds: Enumerators encountered soggy mess during annual event

The weather was miserable for the latest Juniata Valley Audubon Society bird count, compelling the feathered creatures to hide from the volunteer enumerators. But the results showed the continuing trend of finding more non-native than native birds in Blair County, according to Laura ...

Earth Matters: Examination brings clarity to regulation argument

Reform of regulations of any kind can be a sticky business, but is especially so for environmental guidelines. As some complain regulations are bad for business, it would seem we sometimes forget they are intended to save lives, prevent workplace injuries, avoid serious pollution and ...

Happy Galentine’s Day, ladies!

NEW YORK — Move over Friendsgiving. Galentine’s Day is on the way. Designating Feb. 13 for the ladies has endured since 2010, when Amy Poehler’s “Parks and Recreation” character, Leslie Knope, declared the fictional holiday her favorite day of the year on the NBC show: “Ladies ...

Create cards with quilling: Paper craft perfect for Valentine’s Day hearts

Want to add a little panache to your Valentine’s Day cards? Learn how to roll a few quilling shapes — hearts, teardrops and petals, for starters — to convey your love. Quilling — an ancient craft also known as paper filigree — doesn’t require any special tools to get started. ...

Ghosting, shade hit Merriam-Webster website

NEW YORK — Attention, word nerds: This is your bonus round, courtesy of Merriam-Webster. In addition to elevating “surreal” in 2016 to word of the year, the dictionary company on Tuesday added about 1,000 new words and new definitions to existing listings on its website, ...

British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, 45, found dead

LONDON (AP) — Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, former London party girl and a god-daughter of Prince Charles, was found dead at her London home on Wednesday. She was 45. The prince said in a statement that he and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, were “deeply saddened” by news of her ...

TOTA adds new event: Three-day show features TV’s Adam Richman

Television food celebrity Adam Richman will demonstrate how he makes his Gyro burger at the 2017 Taste of the Alleghenies (TOTA) event later this month. The three-day show sponsored by the Altoona Mirror is Feb. 16 through 18 at the Jaffa Shrine Center and will include the usual Restaurant ...

American Airlines opens office in Cuba

HAVANA  — American Airlines formally opened an office in Havana last week, and an executive said the company will move ahead with its plans for Cuba despite uncertainty over what President Donald Trump’s administration will bring. The inauguration came two months after American Airlines ...

Nevada casinos win $11.3 billion in 2016

LAS VEGAS  — Casinos in Nevada won $11.3 billion from gamblers in 2016, marking a second consecutive year of gambling revenue gains but still missing the pre-recession record set in 2007, state officials said last week. The statewide amount that casinos took in was up 1.3 percent compared ...