Area Life

Sony buys Jackson’s half-share in music catalog

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's estate has agreed to sell its remaining stake in a lucrative music catalog to Sony Corp. for $750 million, the entities announced Monday.The agreement for Jackson's half-share of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog will give the company sole ownership of ...

Go green with a Greek shrimp salad

When my husband and I lived in Pittsburgh, we had many opportunities to visit and dine out with his aunt, Beth Chandler. She was much more well versed in cultural cuisines than we were, and she eagerly exposed us to her heritage, which included Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods.We ate some ...

UPMC doc raises funds for physician training program in Ethiopia

The first time Dr. Joseph Huang visited a new training program for doctors in Ethiopia, the intensive-care unit didn't even have running water or other basic medical supplies. The physician in the ICU at UPMC Altoona has set out to change that.It helps that he is an exceptional concert pianist, ...

Louis C.K., Russell Brand to perform at vets benefit

NEW YORK (AP) - Louis C.K. and Russell Brand will perform next month at a benefit supporting veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.Jim Gaffigan and Vanessa Bayer will also perform at the April 30 event at the New York City Center, the David Lynch Foundation announced last week.Tickets ...

Marvel Studios invites female Avengers to a science contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Calling all would-be female Avengers: Marvel Studios wants you.The Disney-owned company launched a national contest that invites girls in grades 10 through 12 to create science or technology projects that "could make the world a better place."Five finalists will win a trip to ...

Aubrie Sellers debuts gritty, raw garage country sound

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Aubrie Sellers' debut album, "New City Blues," introduces her as a musician that seamlessly links the indie rock enclave of East Nash-ville to her country roots in Texas. It's a sound she's branded "garage country," a blend of fuzzed-out electric guitars, high-energy rock 'n' ...

Buddy artists: Cambria County art center brings together friends’ artwork

JOHNSTOWN - They can't remember exactly when they first met, but it was their love of art that brought them together at art classes, workshops and similar events at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County here.Today, these friends' works share the walls at an exhibition at the center where ...

Earth Matters: Activist’s murder highlights Latin American unrest

Conflicts over land and resources all too often turn violent in Latin America. The murder of Berta Caceres, the co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPIHN), this past week was the latest bit of sad news from that part of the world.The murder did not garner much in the ...

Crown-ing glory: Pennsylvania International Pageant to be held at Jaffa

Cheryl Schrier, Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2015, took the crown in her first pageant after battling back from challenging odds: a cancer diagnosis and a 65-pound weight loss.Schrier, who had coached her daughter in several pageants in the past, said entering last year's pageant was a ...

Beatles’ producer Martin dies at 90

By Hillel ItalieThe Associated PressGeorge Martin, the Beatles' urbane producer who quietly guided the band's swift, historic transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolutionaries, has died, his management said Wednesday. He was 90.Manager Adam Sharp said in a statement ...

Sugartime in Somerset: Learn how to make maple syrup on the mountain

Weather permitting this weekend, the sugar water will be running and kettles will be afire. Visitors to the Somerset Historical Center can watch how maple syrup was made in the 18th and 19th centuries before touring 14 sugar camps to see how it's made today.The Maple Weekend Taste & ...

Garden Notes: We must learn our lessons about plant biodiversity

What's the saying? "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."It was an "anywhere but here" migration that brought Protestant refugees from the German Palinate region to Ireland.According to "A Short History of the Irish Palatines" by Tom Upshaw, when the Palatines were stranded in ...

Manilow starts instrument drive prior to BJC concert

UNIVERSITY PARK -?Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow hopes others will follow his philanthropic lead as he brings his Manilow Music Project to the Bald Eagle Area School District in Wingate.The pop icon plans to donate a Yamaha piano to launch a local music instrument drive. Anyone who donates a ...

Outside the (crayon) box: Aura Curiatlas to bring physical theater to Altoona

Imagine being one of the crayon box's unpopular colors - a slate gray, perhaps, or a khaki - ignored each time a child reaches his or her fingers in for a new color. How would you feel?Aura Curiatlas, a physical theater company, will explore that story and more at its performance in Altoona on ...

The View From Here: Putting together the pieces of life

Life is a puzzle that comes in a million little pieces. It doesn't come pre-assembled.If it did, there would be no mysteries and nothing to worry about because everything and everyone would already be where they're supposed to be.I was about 12 when my grandfather bought me my first "grown-up" ...

Earth Matters: Spirit of cooperation missing in current environment issues

The environment has often in the past been a unifying issue in politics. Many notable environmental laws have grown from bipartisan efforts. Disagreements still arose, especially on the details or the methods by which a goal would be met, yet compromise often occurred.Lyndon Johnson and Richard ...

Let’s dance! ‘Sesame Street Live’ encourages kids to get on their feet

For Bernie Punt and the rest of the staff at the Bryce Jordan Center, the best part of hosting "Sesame Street Live" productions is the excitement.Punt, the director of sales and marketing for the BJC, said staffers never get tired of hearing how happy the kids in the audience are."This does ...