Area Life

Going batty: Lincoln Caverns to host its 11th annual Batfest

Lincoln Caverns is inviting the public to come out of hibernation for its 11th annual Batfest on Feb. 11. The day — full of events, education and crafts — is perfect for both bat connoisseurs and bat novices. All ages are welcome to attend the event. Batfest includes a tour of Lincoln ...

Garden Notes: Bachelor’s Button an aggressive, but beautiful, flower

Long before Google and Facebook, young women had no trouble finding out if the new man in town had a wife. They just looked at his buttons. In medieval times, buttons were made of cloth, and if they weren’t kept mended, the cloth frayed. Tattered buttons were an indication the man didn’t ...

A touch of Indian culture: IUP brings Bollywood to Pennsylvania stage

Experience a Bollywood show and get up close to Indian culture as the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) brings “Taj Express: The Bolly    wood Musical Review” to campus on Valentine’s Day. The performance, sponsored by the university’s Lively Arts program, is at 8 p.m. Feb. ...

Friends add purpose and ‘family’ to life

When you’re young, you think things last forever. You don’t usually think about tomorrow and who’s going to still be there in the morning — or who’s not. You’re not worried about bills, responsibilities or the burdens of life. You just live in the moment, because that’s what ...

Actor says Mandela role ‘life-changing’

NEW YORK — There are a handful of roles that every good actor is more than honored to play. So when Laurence Fishburne was asked to portray Nelson Mandela in a new miniseries, he didn’t hesitate. At first. “I was offered the part. I said ‘yes’ immediately, was completely honored to ...

Police say Allman Brothers drummer Trucks killed himself

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks killed himself in front of his wife, police reports released Wednesday show. The 69-year-old Trucks shot himself in the head Jan. 27 at his home, the West Palm Beach police reports show. Trucks was one of two original ...

Jon Stewart criticizes Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart has stopped by former Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert’s show to needle one of his favorite targets, President Donald Trump. The former “Daily Show” host appeared on Tuesday night’s “Late Show” wearing a suit with an overly-long red power tie ...

Few wait for Hill

PITTSBURGH — Only a fraction of the audience had stuck around when singer-rapper Lauryn Hill took the stage in Pittsburgh more than three hours late. A disc jockey on the bill, DJ Motormane, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Hill was at Heinz Hall by 5:30 p.m. to rehearse for ...

Protest in spotlight at SAG Awards

Oscar season is looking more and more like one very well-dressed protest against President Donald Trump. In speech after fiery speech at Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, winners struck a defiant tone against Trump’s sweeping immigration ban. Their words varied from tender ...

Miss France crowned Miss Universe

MANILA, Philippines — A 23-year-old dental student from France won the Miss Universe crown Monday in a pageant held in the Philippines, saying her triumph will make the beauty contest more popular in Europe and help her efforts to put more underprivileged children in school. Iris Mittenaere ...

Female behind-the scenes Oscar nominees down 2 percent

LOS ANGELES — Women earned a number of barrier-breaking Oscar nominations this year, but overall representation of women in Oscar-nominated behind-the-scenes categories fell 2 percent, according to a report from the Women’s Media Center published Monday. The report, authored by awards ...

Nelson cancels two shows due to illness

LAS VEGAS — Country music icon Willie Nelson is canceling two Las Vegas shows due to illness. Nelson’s publicist, Elaine Schock, said Thursday that Nelson has a bad cold. He didn’t play Saturday and won’t perform tonight. He plans to play  Wednesday, Friday and Saturday — at The ...

Tomlin gets SAG Life Achievement award

LOS ANGELES — Lily Tomlin will be acting for the actors today, as she receives Life Achievement honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. “I feel like I’m a kid going to some grownups’ event,” she said in an interview. “I feel like I’m playing along with it.” Tomlin has been ...

Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award goes to Octavia Spencer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Octavia Spencer has another honor to go along with her Best Supporting Actress Oscar: Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Spencer accepted the honor late last week and used the opportunity to pay homage to Mary Tyler Moore and talk ...

Real places that inspired scenes in films

NEW YORK — A diner in Miami, a house in Pittsburgh and a pier in Los Angeles: All of them are real places where Oscar-nominated movies were filmed. Part of “Moonlight” was shot in Jimmy’s Eastside Diner in Miami. Scenic spots around Los Angeles featured in “La La Land” included ...

Man o’ War celebration planned

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Horse Park is planning a yearlong celebration to honor the great thoroughbred Man o’ War. The Lexington tourist attraction says it plans to open an exhibit featuring artifacts from Man o’ War’s illustrious career as a racehorse and sire. The exhibit ...

371-foot ship now artificial reef off Texas’ Gulf coast

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A 371-foot former cargo vessel named for a mythical sea monster has become an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas. The Texas Parks & Wild-life Department says the Kraken was sunk 67 miles off Galveston. It settled 140 feet below the ...

Earth Matters: Latin, South America environmental efforts in turmoil

Environmental scientists and advocates have been discouraged here in the United States by a political climate that suggests that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should be dismantled and that climate change is a hoax. These challenges pale in comparison, however, to the struggles and ...

Encouraging Bible knowledge

Betty Martin loves finding spiritual truths and special messages in the Bible, and she believes others can do the same. But Martin has observed that the big book is often not used because people are intimidated about where to begin, and if they do start reading, they may not understand why ...