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Earth Matters: Problems need complete understanding, not sound bites

December 5, 2015 I was again reminded (from several unrelated sources) in recent weeks that many environmental issues are complex. more »»

Springsteen to open new tour in Pittsburgh

December 5, 2015 PITTSBURGH — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will launch The River Tour, a nine-week U.S. trek, on Jan. 16 at the CONSOL?Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Tickets to The River Tour go on sale Dec. more »»

Orchestra to kick off holidays at ‘home’

December 3, 2015 If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to this year’s Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s holiday program, you’re in for two new treats and a lot of old ones, said Maestra Teresa Cheung. more »»

Focusing on the positive side of life

December 3, 2015 In “Forest Gump,” Tom Hanks delivered two of the most memorable lines in cinematic history when he said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. more »»

Easy, needle-felted critters make cute gifts, ornaments

December 3, 2015 For holiday decorating and gift-making, fast and easy always win. Adorable doesn’t hurt, either. Needle felting hits all three targets. more »»

Lil Wayne coming to Bryce Jordan Center

December 2, 2015 Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling hip-hop music superstar, Lil Wayne, has officially announced The Dedication Tour, which he says is a personal thank you to all of his fans in cities h... more »»

Saint Francis University to host ‘Batman’ film festival

December 2, 2015 Saint Francis University invites the public to a “Batman” movie festival from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the JFK Lounge on the university’s campus. more »»

‘Carol,’ ‘Beasts of No Nation’ lead Independent Spirit nods

November 29, 2015 LOS ANGELES — The 1950s-set romance “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara collected the most nominations last week for the 31st Film Independent Spirit Award. more »»

Boston bombing survivors brace for movies on attack

November 29, 2015 BOSTON — Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works, causing decidedly... more »»

Groovy gabbing: SAMA curator to discuss psychedelic poster art

November 28, 2015 The 1960s counterculture, centered around San Francisco, produced some amazing art in the form of psychedelic posters that remain popular with collectors today and are part of the permanent... more »»

Garden Notes: Bayberries part of tradition around the holiday season

November 28, 2015 Between Black Friday ads, chestnuts roasting on open fires and the smell of bayberry candles, I’m on sensory overload, and it’s not even December! Northern bayberry, myrica pensylvanica, is a native... more »»

Making old new again: Green re-gifting can make Christmas special

November 26, 2015 Re-gifting at Christmas — or any other time of the year — has a bad reputation, but there are plenty of ways to give gifts from the heart — and the closet — that will delight the recipient,... more »»

Obama honors Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra, more

November 26, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation’s highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest... more »»

Student of the Month: Brynne Nagy, Central Cambria High School

November 26, 2015 Age: 17 Grade: Senior Family: Parents, Thomas and Wendy Nagy, both 52, and sister Kyrah Nagy, 22 Accomplishments: Four years in Central Cambria musical theater productions, including a role in this... more »»

’Tis the season: Personalize a gift basket with Blair County food

November 25, 2015 With the holiday shopping season about to kick into full gear, are you already looking for that perfect Christmas present for the hard-to-buy-for loved one? Or that relative who has moved away and... more »»

Theater review: ‘Good Kids’ examines effects of choices

November 24, 2015 Penn State Centre Stage’s “Good Kids” delivers a clear message in 360 degrees that’s both complex and simple. more »»

Making memories: Keep children's activities in mind when planning family gatherings this holiday

November 22, 2015 As the holiday season gets fully underway this week, plenty of family gatherings await. If you’re hosting one, then one of the things you’ll need to consider is how to entertain the little ones. more »»

Make these crafts at home with the kids

November 22, 2015 Looking for more ideas? Pick up a few parenting magazines like Family Fun or Parents. Some suggested craft ideas from those magazines have been reprinted below. more »»

The color of emotion: Penn State Altoona exhibits ‘sensational’ paintings

November 21, 2015 The vibrant colors in Clarissa Gerber’s artwork are there by design. They reach out and pull you into the emotion of the subject on the canva. more »»

Earth Matters: Missouri ghost town serves as tragic cautionary tale

November 21, 2015 Times Beach, Missouri, is a modern day ghost town. Three decades after its dissolution, it still serves as an environmental cautionary tale we would be wise to heed. more »»

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