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Area Life

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright, dies

NEW YORK — Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Oscar-nominated actor and celebrated author whose plays chronicled the explosive fault lines of family and masculinity in the American West, has died. He was 73. Family spokesman Chris Boneau said Monday that Shepard died ...

Motorcycle trips empower women

A year ago Alisa Clickenger helped organize a cross-country motorcycle trip for women to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of a most amazing ride by two sisters from Brooklyn, New York. The Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride honored the exploits of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, who in ...

Hobby has travelers looking for spots where 3 states touch

THOMPSON, Conn. — Brian Butler is a tripointer. The 63-year-old lives in Holliston, Massachusetts, about 20 miles from the Connecticut and Rhode Island borders. That’s where he picked up the unusual hobby of visiting spots where at least three states or three Canadian providences ...

Rare birds, wildflowers: California ‘secret garden’ opens after century

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Pink and yellow wildflowers burst from a lush bed of grass hidden from public view for more than a century. Towering trees and snow-capped mountains encircle the wild meadow, beckoning visitors to a largely untouched piece of California’s Sierra Nevada. Conservation ...

Rare J.M. Barrie play recently published

NEW YORK — As mysteries go, “The Reconstruction of the Crime” is especially light, a stage farce billed as one “Sensational Scene” in which a man identified only as “The Victim” asks the audience to help find the culprit. J.M. Barrie, the co-creator, was known for playing to the ...

Sarah Silverman’s show asks divided US to give love a chance

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Sarah Silverman is out to show that Americans can bridge even their deepest differences and enjoy a laugh as well. Speaking to a TV critics’ meeting late last week, Silverman said that’s the goal for her fall Hulu series, “I Love You, America.” Silverman ...

Linkin Park singer’s wife opens about husband’s death

NEW YORK — The wife of late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington says she’s feeling the love from the rocker’s fans but she’s also feeling the loss. Talinda Bennington said in a statement last week she wants “to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. ...

Robots, race cars and weather: Girl Scouts offer new badges

NEW YORK — Girl Scouts from tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors may earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering and math. It’s the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA. The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and also nudges girls ...

Grapevine

Stars buy gifts for fans LAFAYETTE, La. — Married country stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are sharing the love by handing out wedding gifts to fans. Jude and Jamie Blanchard attended Brooks’ show in Lafayette, Louisiana, last month with a sign that read: “Best Week Ever. Garth ...

Garden misfortunes: Program points out problems that can pop up with plants

HOLLIDAYSBURG — After defeating Carthage in the Third Punic War, ancient Rome salted the earth of the Phoenician city-state to wipe out fields and further destroy the enemy. Whether or not it’s a true story, don’t put salt in your garden today, said Tom Ford, a commercial horticulture ...

Earth Matters: Forty years ago, ride to remember one flood preceded another

My old bicycling friend Ken Steel was a self-taught naturalist and historian, and our rides often included fascinating lessons of local geology, biology or history. When the 88th anniversary of the 1889 Johnstown Flood approached in the summer of 1977, Ken thought a ride to Johns­town (and ...

Shoe bank soothes soles

As the summer wanes, parents start thinking about the essentials their kids will need to start a new school year. Sneakers are often among the “must have” items for kids who find that shoes that fit in the spring are too snug for comfort a few months later. For families on a limited ...

Spiritual notes

Vacation Bible School “Discovering Jesus” vacation Bible school will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 7-11 at the Juniata Church of the Brethren, North Ninth Ave. and Third Street. Bible lessons and scripture memory verses will center on the ministry, miracles and life of Jesus Christ as ...

Let Jesus be your cup of tea

I have a confession to make. I’ve been unfaithful. I never meant to stray. It started out innocently enough, with just a need to try something a little different from the same old thing. Before I knew it, that “something different” soon became all-important, consuming my thoughts and ...

Organizers offer tips for dealing with old photos

Take a survey of your home, and consider all the spots where you have old photos. Perhaps youáll find baby pictures in albums in the living room, vacation snaps in tattered envelopes tucked into a bookshelf, milestone moments in old frames, and older relative’s fading photos in dusty boxes ...

Bomer plays whiz kid in ‘The Last Tycoon’

NEW YORK — When he landed the lead in Amazon Prime’s “The Last Tycoon,” Matt Bomer had never read the timeless F. Scott Fitzgerald novella on which the series is based. But by chance, he had just finished another celebrated novel set in 1930s Hollywood, Nathanael West’s “The Day of ...

Blind Aboriginal musician, 46, dies in Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — A blind Aboriginal musician renowned for singing in his native Yolngu language with a heart-rending voice and a unique guitar-playing style has died, his recording label said Wednesday. He was 46. Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, whose is now referred to by local media as Dr. G. ...

Grapevine

Phelps defends Shark ‘race’ Don’t expect an apology from Michael Phelps to TV viewers who were disappointed with his race against a simulated great white shark for a Disco-very Channel Shark Week special. The winningest athlete in Olympic history was bested by two seconds Sunday ...