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‘Fifty Shades’ sends a poor message

March 16, 2015 Dear Straight Talk: My women friends, many who are mothers, rave about “Fifty Shades of Grey.” I found the film appalling. more »»

Queens on the stage: Local drag performances growing in popularity

March 15, 2015 When Renata Serafina takes the stage, people notice. She’s tall and leggy, with long brown curls and sky-high heels. She can pull off outfits even some of the most daring of women wouldn’t touc. more »»

Uncover the area’s history with us

March 15, 2015 How well do you know your history? That’s what we’re going to be investigating over the next few months. more »»

Building solutions: More older homeowners take action to ‘age in place’

March 14, 2015 More and more homeowners are getting their washing machine out of the basement, bringing that master suite down to the first floor and adding a second full bath on the main floor, according to local... more »»

Earth Matters: ‘Complicated’ railroad question has very simple answer

March 14, 2015 Passenger rail transportation remains the most efficient mechanized way to move people, about 45 percent more efficient than the private automobil. more »»

Max still reveling in his colorful, pop-art vibe

March 13, 2015 LOS ANGELES — If you haven’t seen one of Peter Max’s paintings or drawings today, chances are you haven’t opened your eyes yet. more »»

Titleholders recall their year: Nearly blind Miss Teen counts her steps to the crown

March 12, 2015 When Brielle Corrente competed for Miss Teen Pennsylvania International a year ago, she couldn’t see the brightly lighted runway. more »»

Whip up some champ for St. Paddy’s

March 11, 2015 By Sara Moulton The Associated Press With St. Patrick’s Day looming, let’s whip up some champ, a rich and rustic Irish dish of mashed potatoes flecked with scallions and topped with butter. more »»

‘Deliciously comforting’

March 11, 2015 Chicken and dumplings is a wonderfully simple, deliciously comforting dish — a thick, meaty stew bubbling away beneath a patchwork of moist, pillowy dumplings. more »»

Skip the drive-thru — make mint shakes at home

March 11, 2015 I’m ashamed to admit this, for I am no fan of fast food, but I’ve always had a soft spot for McDonald’s shakes. It doesn’t matter that I know what’s in them. more »»

Try an easy tapenade, no anchovies needed

March 11, 2015 Twenty-five years ago, when I started writing a food column, I would have avoided saying I didn’t like a particular food. more »»

I.W. Harper returning to US after taking a 20-year hiatus

March 11, 2015 I.W. Harper would like very much to be the next Pappy Van Winkle, that cultishly popular bourbon that sets the liquor world alight and commands thousands of dollars per bottle. And it isn’t alone. more »»

ASO, AAHS ensemble shine on Italian works

March 10, 2015 The Altoona Symphony Orchestra played a concert of works by Italian composers at the Mishler Theatre in?downtown Altoona on Saturday night as an homage to our Italian heritag. more »»

Get ready for Superhero Day

March 8, 2015 “When you decide not to be afraid, you can find friends in super unexpected places,” said Ms. Marvel. more »»

Looking for the look: Prom season starts in earnest as students search for perfect dresses

March 7, 2015 Maria Ruggery already had another dress on hold when she encountered the perfect one — a periwinkle gown with plenty of beading. more »»

Garden Notes: Green Man has mysterious origins, invokes coming spring

March 7, 2015 The first Green Man I saw was in a pub in Ireland. His face was carved into the frame of a mirror behind the bar. more »»

‘Down on the Farm’ exhibit features local artists’ works

March 5, 2015 More than 70 rural scenes, from a rooster in watercolor to a barn in a verdant valley, have been captured for display by the Mount Aloysius College Art Alliance. more »»

Mirror phone system working

March 5, 2015 Telephone service to the Mirror generally has been restored, although there remain some brief temporary periods where calls cannot get throug. more »»

Frustration can result in change

March 5, 2015 Frustration is perhaps one of the strongest forces in the world. It’s the result of too many things gone wrong or something going unnoticed for too long. more »»

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