Area Life

Discovery asks Shark Week viewers to be donors, too

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Discovery Channel wants Shark Week viewers to be donors as well. The channel’s annual celebration of all things shark will include requests to support Oceana, an advocacy group focused on ocean conservation. Viewers can use their smartphones to donate and also to ...

Britain’s Prince William and family start visit to Germany for 3-day trip

BERLIN (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Berlin with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, on the second leg of a European trip that comes as Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union. Prince William and his wife, Kate, held their children by ...

Pasta salad is a picnic favorite

Just like anyone, I enjoy a great pasta salad. My usual go-to ingredients are typical: Italian dressing drizzled over rotini pasta, with chunks of cheddar, mozzarella, pepperoni, salami, cucumber, tomato and bell peppers. It’s a delicious picnic classic. The recent Stanley cup victory for ...

Gazpacho with scallops is taste of Spain

Mother Nature has a sixth sense for when we’re reaching our temperature breaking point. At the very same moment your hot oven becomes unwelcome, a tomato is being plucked from the vine and a cucumber is being nestled into its stall at the farm stand. It feels rather serendipitous that the ...

Pink, Coldplay, Styles to perform at iHeartRadio fest

NEW YORK — Pink, Coldplay, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles will perform at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival this fall. IHeartMedia announced Tuesday that Kesha, Chris Stapleton, Lorde and David Guetta will also take the stage Sept. 22-23 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las ...

Prince William, Kate visit WWII camp in Poland

GDANSK, Poland — Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate were guided by two Holocaust survivors around the site of a former Nazi German concentration camp in Poland on Tuesday and then visited the historic city of Gdansk. The royal couple is on a goodwill trip to Poland and Germany ...

Try this healthy Spanish tortilla

Growing up in the Southwest, a tortilla was a thin flatbread used to wrap around grilled meat and make tacos. I was in my 30s before I visited Barcelona, Spain, and was served a Spanish tortilla — a completely different dish — and I fell in love instantly. A Spanish tortilla is something ...

Jessica Alba announces baby No. 3

The Associated Press Jessica Alba is expecting baby No. 3. The actress made the announcement in a picture on Instagram of herself and her two daughters. Her eldest daughter is holding up a balloon in the shape of a 1, her second has a 2 balloon and Alba is holding a 3 balloon with her hand ...

Jury: Railroad to pay $3.9M for train death of film worker

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A railroad owner plans to appeal a jury’s decision that it must pay $3.9 million to the family of a movie worker killed on a Georgia railroad trestle in 2014, a spokesman for the company said. The jury in Savannah decided in a civil verdict Monday that CSX Transportation ...

Exhibit shows Auschwitz through inmates’ eyes

WARSAW, Poland — A new exhibition in southern Poland shows the brutality of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz through the artistic work of its inmates. Some of the artworks are being shown publicly for the first time. The “Face to Face: Art in Auschwitz” exhibition opened last ...

Zinke suggests no changes to Idaho, Washington monuments

SPOKANE, Wash. — Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and the Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington state are no longer under review for possible modification, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday. The monuments were among 27 covered by President Donald Trump’s ...

Travel briefs

Massachusetts No quiet desperation at Thoreau observance CONCORD — The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. The rest are observing the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, the author who penned that line. The U.S. Postal Service marked the occasion Wednesday with a new postage ...

Bishop offers daily prayer for commuters

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop is offering prayers to New York-area commuters facing what’s been billed as a “Summer of Hell.” Long Island Bishop John Barres is posting daily one-minute spiritual messages on a video blog . Maybe it’s working. So far, few ...

Earth Matters: Centuries later, Thoreau’s wisdom still resonates

I was introduced to Henry David Thoreau when I was in high school, more than a century after his death. Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott were the most well-known of a group of 19th century writers/ philosophers that espoused simplicity, self-reliance and a reverence for ...

Communication is the key

There’s a lot to be said for communication. I realized this a few days ago when I went to a nail salon for a manicure. Owned and operated by Vietnamese folks, most of the people working there do very well with the English language. This never fails to impress me, because I can’t imagine ...

Kistler, Calder to speak during Bible conference

The 97th Annual Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference will be held July 30-Aug. 4. Services will be held at 6 p.m. July 30 at the Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, 315 40th St., and at 4 and 7 p.m. July 31 through Aug. 4 at The Casino in Lakemont Park. Dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. for ...

Spiritual notes

Community flea market St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., will host a community indoor/outdoor flea market, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Space is available for $10; tables are an additional $5. The kitchen will be open for hot dogs, soda, water and coffee. For ...

Historic schools form one body

At the exact midpoint of the 500th anniversary year of Martin Luther’s initiation of the 16th Century Reformation, two American theological seminaries with deep roots in Pennsylvania became one school. At the stroke of midnight, July 1, Gettysburg Seminary and The Lutheran Theological ...