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Keeping life simple can be complicated

Life can be ironic. It can be simple, complicated, crazy and calm all at the same time. It may seem impossible to find the line between sanity and chaos — or to tell yourself, ‘I’m going to keep things simple. You try your best to do everything that needs done, be on time and wear every ...

Perry dies at 52 after massive stroke

LOS ANGELES — Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said. He was 52. Perry was surrounded by family and friends when he died, publicist Arnold Robinson said. ...

Spielberg’s Oscar comments hit a nerve

LOS ANGELES — When Steven Spielberg speaks about the business of Hollywood, everyone generally listens and few dissent. But reports that he intends to support rule changes that could block Netflix from Oscars-eligibility have provoked a heated, and unwieldy, debate online this weekend. It has ...

Depp sues ex-wife for $50 million in defamation suit

FAIRFAX, Va. — Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, in a $50 million defamation lawsuit, citing a piece she wrote for The Washington Post about domestic abuse. The complaint, filed last week in the Circuit Court of Fairfax, Virginia, said that, while Depp was not ...

Making a difference: Pennsylvania International Pageant at Jaffa March 16

The International Pageant System has defied stereotypes since inception and focuses on contestants’ desire to make a difference and raise awareness on various topics. The 2019 Miss PreTeen, Teen, Miss, & Mrs. Pennsylvania International Pageant takes place March 16 and the winners will ...

Concerts moved to Sundays

Lent, which begins Wednesday, is a 40-day period of repentance, fasting and preparation for Christians. For at least 18 years, Asa W. Carns, a church musician from Clearfield, has offered an opportunity for people to meditate during the Lenten season through weekly concerts featuring various ...

Spiritual notes

St. John’s Reformed Church, 906 Maple Avenue, will host the Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program Saturday and again on March 9. Soup, sandwich, bread and butter will be provided, as well as desserts and beverage. There is no charge; an offering will be accepted. The Free Soup Program is ...

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross are prayed at parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown during Lent. The following is a schedule of Blair County parishes. All are welcome. Altoona parishes Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament — Fridays at 7 p.m. Holy Rosary — March 15, March 29, April ...

Injecting faith into our doubt

Soon after Jesus had resurrected, we find a beautiful passage found in John 20 that is a wonderful example of how much God loves us and wants to encourage us. The friends and family of Christ were gathered together after his horrific crucifixion and were grieving over his death when all of a ...

Student of the month: Sarah Zakrzwski, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School

Age: 17 Hometown: Warriors Mark Grade: Senior Accomplishments: Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award from Catholic Charities; Altoona Sunrise Rotary Scholarship; member of National Honor Society; President’s Award for Educational Excellence; attending state competition for Poetry Out ...

Nominations invited for ‘20 Under 40’

The Mirror is accepting nominations for its 12th edition of 20 Under 40, which will recognize 20 deserving community members younger than 40 years old in the June edition of Blair Living. Criteria for nomination include business success, entrepreneurial spirit and community service of those ...

Remembering ‘The Sopranos’: Creators look back at a TV show that slayed

NEW YORK — Back in 1997, then-up-and-coming actor Michael Imperioli was mulling two work offers: a cable TV show pilot and a small role in a Woody Allen film. The script for the TV show didn’t initially seem so special to him. “I was not blown away by the pilot,” he admitted. On the ...

Jackson’s brothers say accusers’ film neglects facts

LOS ANGELES — The family of Michael Jackson had a feeling the years-old child molestation allegations against the pop superstar would resurface at some point. So they say they weren’t entirely surprised to learn that a forthcoming HBO documentary would feature two of his accusers. “I ...

Tips for freezing all kinds of foods

Do you think of your freezer as an extension of your pantry? You should. Yes, we know the freezer is a marvelous holding pen for emergency frozen dinners, packaged frozen vegetables and ice cream. But it also can store a wide range of spare ingredients to have at the ready. Many foods that ...

Tips for pruning flowering shrubs

Deciduous shrubs — those that lose their leaves each winter — are always sending up new stems at or near ground level. This makes them forgiving plants to prune. New growth, wherever needed, can eventually correct any mistakes. Still, there’s no reason to butcher these plants. Forsythia ...

Real joy of movies is still in theaters

NEW YORK — Sure, it’s easy to Netflix and chill these days. Or Prime and recline. Or Hulu and ... well, whatever. But if you really want to savor a film, there’s still no substitute for a movie theater. Turns out that there are few better ways to rediscover the joy of heading to the ...

‘Green Book’ win leaves many frustrated

LOS ANGELES — The decision to hand the best film Oscar to “Green Book” continued to be debated Monday, long after the last Champagne glass had finally been emptied. Rarely in Oscar history, after all, has a winning movie prompted a noted guest in the audience, who had just won his first ...

Blige, NAS, Pharrell on tap for Essence

NEW ORLEANS — The 2019 Essence Festival will feature headlining performances by Mary J. Blige and rappers NAS, Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri and Missy Elliott as Essence Magazine’s “party with a purpose” turns 25 this year. Festival producers announced a partial lineup Monday, listing more ...

‘Green Book’ wins best picture

LOS ANGELES — The segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” was crowned best picture at the Academy Awards, handing Hollywood’s top award to a film seen as a feel-good throwback to some but ridiculed as an outdated inversion of “Driving Miss Daisy” by others. In a year where ...

King stuns in white and Close dons queenly gold

NEW YORK — Regina King brought Old Hollywood alive on the Oscar red carpet Sunday in a romantic white gown with a touch of sparkle and a long train, while Jennifer Lopez stunned in silver adorned with mirror shards and Lady Gaga sported one of the world’s largest yellow diamonds. Constance ...