Area Life

Driver says he had KKK neighbors in Indiana

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — “Star Wars” actor Adam Driver is bringing his northern Indiana hometown’s hate group history to light after saying Ku Klux Klan rallies were frequent during his childhood. The Mishawaka native made the comments during a USA Today interview about his role in the new ...

Teens and parents feel tethered to phones

NEW YORK — Parents lament their teenagers’ noses constantly in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen time habits. A study out Wednesday from the Pew Research Center found that two-thirds of parents are concerned about the amount of time their teenage children ...

Grammy-winning country star Gretchen Wilson arrested at airport

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — Grammy-winning country music star Gretchen Wilson has been arrested at a Connecticut airport after police say she became “belligerent” toward troopers. The 45-year-old “Redneck Woman” singer from Lebanon, Tennessee, was charged with breach of peace Tuesday ...

Comic Carl Reiner jokes about Emmy nomination

LOS ANGELES — Ask 12-time Emmy Award winner Carl Reiner how it feels to be nominated again, and he fires back a wisecrack. “I’m impressed with myself,” says the droll, 96-year-old creator (or “96 and a half,” per his exacting count) of the TV classic “The Dick Van Dyke ...

Jagger-Simon duet found after 45-plus years

LONDON — A lost Mick Jagger duet with Carly Simon has been found more than 45 years after it was first recorded. The song, apparently never heard in public, appears to have been recorded in 1972 and was found recently on a tape owned by Rolling Stones collector Matt Lee. Believed to be ...

Jailed, beaten Ugandan pop star in ‘a lot of pain’

KAMPALA, Uganda — A pop star-turned-lawmaker is in “a lot of pain” after being beaten while in custody, the deputy speaker of Uganda’s parliament said Wednesday, as dozens of top musicians including Angelique Kidjo and Chris Martin condemned the “vicious” treatment. Pressure was ...

Brewfest benefits community theater

For one day, the spotlight will not be set on the stage, but will instead focus on the Railroaders Memorial Museum in Altoona. On Aug. 25, Altoona Community Theatre (ACT) will present its annual Rails & Ales event. Approximately 80 beer, cider and seasonal drinks will be on tap for the ...

Understanding scientific theories can be complicated

Many fundamental scientific principles can be easily explained and understood. But some science, like so many other topics and perspectives, can be complicated. While we have talked about this in the past, some recent developments and discussions should prompt us to revisit what separates ...

Queso dip great when fresh corn around

I have always loved the saying, “everything in moderation, including moderation.” This is how I think about cooking and eating in general; I usually like to cook and eat pretty healthily, but sometimes I like to just roll around in cream and butter and cheese. And not low fat cheese. This ...

Drake visits patient, 11, who invited him to her birthday

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago girl awaiting a heart transplant has danced her way into a meeting with Drake. The Canadian rapper visited 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez on Monday at the Lurie Children’s Hospital during his tour’s stop in Chicago. He shared photos on Instagram, saying they ...

Spicy skewers liven up summer festivities

When the weather is hot and shouty, then why not shout back with skewers of fiery meat? These steak skewers are not only cooked over a flame, they are also bathed in a heady lime and garlic marinade that tenderizes and infuses the meat with bold flavor and kicking spice. But don’t stop ...

Nabisco frees ‘Animals’ during redesign

After more than a century behind bars, the beasts on boxes of animal crackers are roaming free. Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, has redesigned the packaging of its Barnum’s Animals crackers in response to pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of ...

Trackers help fat pets on a diet

PRAGUE — When Czech entrepreneur Robert Hasek began jogging with his dog, Darwin, the three-mile runs were making the bull terrier sick with fatigue. Hasek was surprised, thinking his dog led a healthy lifestyle. To solve the mystery, he strapped a Fitbit to Darwin and discovered he was ...

Gretchen Carlson: Miss America’s claims cost pageant $75K

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson has struck back against the reigning Miss America, saying Cara Mund’s allegations that Carlson and others bullied her have led to a loss of $75,000 in scholarship money for this year’s contestants. In a Twitter post late ...

The Eagles snatch No.1 album of all-time from ‘Thriller’

NEW YORK — The Eagles’ greatest hits album has moonwalked past Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to become history’s best-selling album of all-time. The Recording Industry Association of America told The Associated Press on Monday that the Eagles’ album — “Their Greatest Hits ...

Culinary greats honor late French master chef Joel Robuchon

PARIS — Hundreds of people, among them scores of chefs and students of the culinary arts from around the world, gathered last week to pay their respects to one of the masters of French cuisine, the late French chef Joel Robuchon. The chefs, many wearing white uniforms but some clad in ...

Restoring a beauty: Mishler reopens after more than $400,000 of improvements

Altoona residents Ann Benzel and Christopher Cook admit they enjoy people watching at the historic Mishler Theatre. “I can tell the first-timers,” Cook said. “They ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ as they look around and, especially when they look up.” Benzel said, “I have to admit ...

Volunteers, businesses give Green Room a fresh look

An all-volunteer group of Altoona Community Theatre members raised money and secured materials from area businesses to improve a non-public space — called The Green Room — deep in the recesses of the Mishler Theatre. “It’s not unusual for there to be 60 or more people down there ...

From grief’s ashes

For Altoona native Tom Sweitzer the immense grief experienced when his beloved mother died served as a catalyst for creativity, a deep appreciation for human connectedness and gratitude for his hometown. “Porches,” a musical drama co-written by Tom Sweitzer and Merideth Bean McMath, will ...

Tyrone hosts Christian Family Faith Day

A biker who had no time for God, now talks to prisoners and motorcycle gangs about him. It was an encounter with God 33 years ago that changed the Rev. Al Paquette’s life. He said he was not even seeking God when it happened. Yet he was freed from multiple years of addiction to alcohol and ...