Area Life

Tips for air holiday travel: How to find deals, when to book

NEW YORK — Booking air travel is stressful. How far in advance should you book? Did you get the best fare? That anxiety is magnified this time of year as travelers finalize holiday plans and look ahead to winter getaways and spring break. In an interview with AP Travel’s “Get Outta ...

Crossing a street in Honolulu? Don’t text to avoid a fine

HONOLULU — Of all the beautiful scenery to see in Honolulu, officials want to make sure residents and tourists get a good look at the street. Honolulu last week became the largest city in the U.S. to make it illegal for people to look at cellphones, tablets or video games while crossing a ...

Fowler says starring in ‘Superior Donuts’ sweet

NEW YORK — Jermaine Fowler is plenty pleased with his new CBS sitcom, “Superior Donuts.” A midseason entry last February, it starts its first full season Monday at 9 p.m., and Fowler is jazzed to be back. On the show, he plays a young go-getter reluctantly hired by a pastry chef who, ...

How to replace pizza, movie night with family fitness dates

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Family fitness dates are replacing the old school pizza and movie nights as more parents are realizing that the benefits of moving aren’t just about burning calories but setting an example for the next generation. We talked to three fitness experts to get a feel ...

Letters from Harper Lee to friend bring $12,500

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A batch of letters hand written by “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee has sold for more than $12,000. A statement from the Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders Auctions says 38 letters from the deceased novelist to friend Felic Itzkoff went for $12,500 in a ...

On a soul-searching path

Transitional ministers are far more than preachers who conduct Sunday services. As a matter of fact, they probably have more duties than a regular minister. Their role is not only to keep a church stable between pastors, but to help the members evaluate where it is going and what qualities ...

Martin Luther’s teachings celebrated

When Martin Luther penned “95 Theses” and posted them to the door at All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517, his action changed the course of religious and cultural history. A Catholic monk and scholar at the time, his central teachings were that the Bible is the ...

Life lessons from a ventriloquist’s dummy

If you ask me, it doesn’t pay to be a dummy — a ventriloquist’s dummy, that is. For one thing, he’s made of wood, and for another, he spends his entire existence being manipulated by someone else. This occurred to me the other night while watching a movie from a few years ago ...

Spiritual notes

Prayer service Monsignor Michael Becker of St. John’s Parish, Lakemont, will hold a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Priests’ Circle, at the top of the hill at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona. The main entrance is across from Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School. The public is ...

Relating art to stories: Local artist features kin in SAMA show

An illustrator of children’s books for years, Deb Bunnell today paints with a story in mind. “There’s a story behind every picture,” she said, standing in the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in downtown Altoona where three dozen of her works are on display. “I hope that people ...

On this date

50 YEARS AGO: Oct. 27, 1967 Altoona City Assessor George Cump announced that the 30,000 property descriptions that were inscribed by hand in ledgers at City Hall were being transferred to computer punch cards, a task that was to take several years. 25 YEARS AGO: Oct. 27, 1992 The ...

ASO to present 1920s silent film with original music

Just in time for Halloween and for the first time in the United States, the Altoona Symphony Orchestra is treating patrons to the 1922 silent vampire horror film, “Nosferatu,” set to the original music once thought lost. While showing the story of love, death and neck-biting on a screen, ...

Argonautika’ sails on a universal quest

As locally the winds of autumn begin to swirl, the mythical voyage of Jason and his crew, the Argonauts, in their search for the golden fleece, gets a fresh creative wind in its sails via Penn State Centre Stage. PSCS seems to delight in setting larger-than-life tales in University Park’s ...

Producer sentenced for bilking investors with fake play

NEW YORK (AP) — A Broadway producer who admitted scamming friends and others into investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into a nonexistent play about opera star Kathleen Battle has been sentenced to six months in jail. Prosecutors say 42-year-old Roland Scahill scammed at least nine ...

Grapevine

Documents go on display NEW YORK — The American public is getting a chance to view newly discovered Jewish documents that had been presumed destroyed during the Holocaust. Ten documents on loan from Lithuania’s national library went on display Tuesday at New York’s YIVO Institute for ...

Rock ‘n’ roll’s Fats Domino, 89, dies

NEW ORLEANS — Fats Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner’s ...

A bright Halloween night with Michael Jackson

NEW YORK — Here’s a chance to trick or treat with the eyes and ears. Catch “Michael Jackson’s Halloween,” a for-all-ages animated special airing Friday at 8 p.m. on CBS. It costumes Halloween as a life-affirming way to explore hopes and dreams. “This is just for fun,” summed ...

Garden Notes: A spooky story of a good witch and a bad witch

This is the story of two witches. The good witch is called Molly the Witch. Gardeners have given her that name because they can’t pronounce her botanical name. She’s yellow or white and smells nice. The second witch rides in on her broom, gets stuck in a tree and then abandons her ...