Area Life

Jude Law stars in HBO’s ‘Young Pope’

NEW YORK — In HBO’s absorbing new drama “The Young Pope,” Jude Law plays the title character, American-born Lenny Belardo, who, through divine intervention or woeful human error (this will be hotly debated), is made Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church at the tender age of 47. A ...

Chef brings attention to Slovenia

By Verena Dobnik The Associated Press NEW YORK — A master chef is bringing attention to the cuisine of Melania Trump’s homeland. Ana Ros (pronounced ROSH), who starred last year in an episode of the “Chef’s Table” Netflix series, runs what some consider Slovenia’s ...

60 years since publication of famous travel guidebook

NEW YORK — This year the legendary travel guidebook writer Arthur Frommer celebrates 60 years since the publication of his 1957 book, “Europe on $5 a Day.” Frommer began writing about travel while serving in the U.S. Army in Europe in the 1950s. When his book of travel advice for ...

St. Petersburg defends transfer of landmark

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — In the latest scandal involving the powerful Russian Orthodox Church, authorities in St. Peters-burg last week defended a controversial decision to give a city landmark cathedral to the church. Museum experts and locals in Russia’s former imperial capital were ...

From down under: Former Men at Work singer Hay coming to State College

If you’re not familiar with his music by now, Colin Hay isn’t worried about it. “If someone is not aware of what I’ve been doing for the last 35, 40 years, I don’t have a problem with that,” he said. “There may be a reason for it. I’m not really going to try to sum up 40 years ...

Earth Matters: Memories of a personal hero still inspirational

The inspirational and heroic people in our lives sometime come from unexpected places. Three decades after his passing fighting a fire here in Altoona on a frigid January morning in 1987, Ken Steel remains an important voice in my life. Memories of my time with him still bring a smile to my ...

Group helps loved ones of deployed

When their son or daughter graduates from boot camp, military moms are so proud. But that pride can be overshadowed by a heartsick feeling when that child is deployed. Willing to make sacrifices to keep America free, young men and women can be assigned to fight on foreign soil within ...

Packages, treats lighten load throughout the year

By Linda T. Gracey lgracey@altoonamirror.com For Valentine’s Day, hundreds of deployed service personnel will get some sweet treats from the Military Families Ministry. It is one of several care packages men and women serving the United States in harm’s way ...

News can often hit hard when orders come down

By Linda T. Gracey lgracey@altoonamirror.com Remembering how different life became when their children joined the military, Tracie Ciambotti and Paula Parker, co-founders of Military Families Ministries, make an effort to reach out to other mothers as well as wives in military ...

Heating up: Chili Fest & Wings to feature at least 15 contestants

Duncansville Police Chief Jim Ott likes a little kick to his chili, but too much heat can ruin the taste. “You must have enough spice in it to have pizazz, but too much ... destroys the flavor. And I’m all about flavor,” Ott said. He should know; he has won first place six times in ...

Locals help bring TV show to action: Extra work pays off for would-be actors

Background. Fill-ins. Extras. Whatever they’re called, they make the camera shot better and fuller, and they just might get on TV when the WGN America cable network premieres the second season of its original series called “Outsiders” later this month. “We’re all background, ...

Lynx stroll past crowds in rare sightings

DENVER — Some elusive and charismatic lynx have been parading past awe-struck Colorado residents and visitors this winter, electrifying social media and giving biologists reason to smile. One of the rare, fluffy-looking cats strolled nonchalantly across the Purgatory resort in southwestern ...

Free book giveaway: “The Glory of Gable’s: Deluxe Edition”

From time to time, the Mirror receives complimentary copies of books, and we like to share these with our readers. This week, we are giving away “The Glory of Gable’s: Deluxe Edition,” by Robert Jeschonek. For many, many years, Gable’s was one of the most popular destinations in ...

Gallagher to perform at Steelers playoff game

Josh Gallagher has been busy since taking fourth place on the popular television singing competition show “The Voice” on NBC last month. Stepping up his Nashville and national gigs, the Cresson native is scheduled to sing the pre-game National Anthem and the half-time program at the ...

Garden Notes: African violets do well in shade, warm temperature

That brassy, flaming red Christmas poinsettia on the coffee table is starting to get on my nerves. I can’t wait for it to stop spreading Christmas cheer. It’s no longer “a bright spot of color.” It’s more like a speck in my eye. I need softer colors to go into hibernation for ...

‘Girls Only’ comedy on stage: Tyrone theater presents show

TYRONE — Women who want to have fun will enjoy a night out at the Iron Bridge Dinner Theatre here when the company presents “Girls Only — The Secret Comedy of Women” in a run of shows that begins Jan. 12, artistic director and owner Drew Baker promised. “‘Girls Only’ is so ...

Obama ends reign as pop culture king

WASHINGTON — From his campaign fist bump to his theatrical mic drop at the last White House correspondents’ dinner, Barack Obama ruled as America’s pop culture president. His two terms played out like a running chronicle of the trends of our times: slow-jamming the news with Jimmy ...