Area Life

Overwatch championship to air on ESPN

Esports are coming to ESPN. The network will air the inaugural Overwatch League Grand Finals in prime time this month as part of a multiyear agreement to bring esports to the biggest sports platform on American television. Disney and Blizzard Entertainment announced plans last week to ...

Camping on NYC island redefined by luxury

NEW YORK — Just imagine it, a luxurious room on an island, with chef-prepared meals and a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Hotel? Not exactly. It’s actually a campground of high-end tents on New York City’s Governors Island, the latest outpost for glamping, or ...

‘The Rock’ joins disabled rights group

BOSTON — Dwayne Johnson plays an amputee in his latest movie. Now he’s jumping in to help people with disabilities in real life. Johnson, who plays a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller “Skyscraper,” said Thursday he’s joining the Boston-based Ruderman ...

$1.1M awarded to preserve African-American historic sites

NEW ORLEANS — Grants totaling $1.1 million will help support important African-American heritage sites including the homes of jazz musician John Coltrane and playwright August Wilson, a Virginia location central to the slave trade and civil rights locations in Birmingham, a preservation group ...

Rebel Wilson returns to courts

MELBOURNE, Australia — Rebel Wilson has applied to Australia’s highest court to increase the comic actress’s payout from a defamation case against a magazine publisher. The 38-year-old, best known for parts in the “Pitch Perfect” and “Bridesmaids” movies, was awarded in ...

Latest TV reboots lose out on nominations

NEW YORK — Television executives and many viewers love the idea of reviving series and ideas from the past. Emmy voters? Not so much. “Roseanne” quickly became television’s top-rated comedy upon its return, until ABC pulled the plug following star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet. The ...

Americana music mixer

Telling a story through song defines Americana and bluegrass musical traditions and Blair County leaders hope an upcoming music festival will entice visitors to Blair County — once the “first frontier” of the national western expansion after the American Revolutionary War. The Altoona ...

Mixing music and fellowship

A time to be with friends while enjoying lunch and listening to the sounds of a gospel trio can make for a relaxing and fun Sunday afternoon. JD Promotions LLC is making that idea possible when it presents Sunday Gospel Barbecue at 1 p.m. July 22 at The Casino at Lakemont Park. It will ...

Put faith in Jesus, not luck

Today is officially Friday the 13th, but the bad luck that’s supposed to accompany it came to my house a few days ago. It all began when my husband, Bob, and I took some time off from work — Bob to host a summertime kids’ club in our neighborhood, and myself just for the opportunity to ...

Wedding anniversary liturgies planned

The Family Life Office of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese has announced the scheduling of the Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgies honoring couples celebrating their 1, 5, 10, 25, 40, 50, 55 and 60-plus anniversaries within the 2018 calendar year. Couples and their families may attend the ...

Women’s conference planned

“I Am Enough In Christ” women’s conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Real Life Church, 621 W. Pitt St., Bedford. Wendy Leppert, author of the children’s book, “Ladder of Hearts,” will host the event. Leppert is the president and founder of T.R.U.E. Body & ...

Spiritual notes

Altoona Aglow will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Center City Church, 801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. The teens from Center City Church will talk about their recent missions trip to inner city Baltimore. Men and women are welcome to attend the meeting. Bottled water will be provided. For ...

Good Charlotte to headline concert for 5 slain

NEW YORK — The city of Annapolis will hold a benefit concert featuring Maryland-based rockers Good Charlotte to honor the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom. Mayor Gavin Buckley said Wednesday the event dubbed “Annapolis Rising: A Benefit for The Capital ...

Preparing your teen for dorm life? Don’t over-pack

You’ve shared a home for a lifetime and felt secure knowing that child of yours was just a bedroom away. Now, you’re shipping your teenager off to begin a new chapter in an unfamiliar place, possibly hundreds of miles away — all without you. Dropping a child off at college for the ...

Dwayne Johnson honors amputee community

NEW YORK — Dwayne Johnson hopes to honor the amputee community by playing a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller “Skyscraper.” In the film, Johnson plays the security consultant of a Hong Kong skyscraper who must save his family and the city from harm when ...

Will LA mean LeBron grows acting career?

LOS ANGELES — “Space Jam 2?” A whole new “House Party” franchise? With the leadership of LeBron James, anything is possible. As James comes from Cleveland to Los Angeles looking to take the Lakers to more championships with a blockbuster $154 million contract announced this week, he ...

UK police probing six assault claims against Kevin Spacey

LONDON — British police are investigating six claims of sexual assault or assault by Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, three more than previously disclosed. British media reported earlier this year that London’s Metropolitan Police force was investigating three allegations against ...

Sister-in-law says producing Houston doc hit close to home

NEW YORK — Whitney Houston’s mother had no clue about allegations that her son and superstar daughter were molested as children until the making of the new documentary “Whitney,” says the film’s executive producer. Patricia Houston, the sister-in-law of Whitney, is responsible for ...