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Designer in dispute over Pitt chateau

PARIS — A French lighting designer has won a $600,000 court ruling in a dispute with Brad Pitt over the re-design of the chateau in Provence that he and Angelina Jolie shared. But designer Odile Soudant isn’t stopping there. Soudant says her business went under and her career was ...

Popular film series revived: Showings open to the public as well as students

A 2016 film about an interracial couple that defied 1950s segregation laws and a 1940s classic comedy about women poisoning their lonely tenants during Halloween are just two of this year’s selections of the Penn State Altoona Downtown Film Series. Suspended in late 2015 due to finances, ...

Sisters finally working together

NEW YORK — Shelby Lynne has a succinct explanation for why she and her sister Allison Moorer had two decades of successful solo careers before making a disc to-gether. “Timing,” she said. The Alabama-bred sisters have forged their own identities skirting the Americana music world. The ...

Turkey bones may trace fate of cliff dwellers

DENVER — Researchers say they have found a new clue into the mysterious exodus of ancient cliff-dwelling people from the Mesa Verde area of Colorado more than 700 years ago: DNA from the bones of domesticated turkeys. The DNA shows the Mesa Verde people raised turkeys that had telltale ...

Charlie Cox, Finn Jones on 2 Marvel-ous ‘Defenders’ roles

NEW YORK — Maybe you know them as Iron Fist and Daredevil. But now Finn Jones and Charlie Cox, who star as these Marvel superheroes on the Netflix series “Iron Fist” and “Daredevil,” have joined forces with Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”) and Krysten Ritter (“Jessica Jones”) for a ...

National Park Service ends ban on disposable water bottles

PHOENIX — The federal government announced Wednesday it will eliminate a policy that allowed national parks like the Grand Canyon to ban the sale of bottled water in an effort to curb litter. The National Park Service said in a statement it made the decision to “expand hydration options ...

Showing the Love: Cambria County art center exhibiting late artist’s work

A respected artist who was instrumental in founding the Com­mu­nity Arts Center of Cambria County is the subject of an exhibition currently on display through Aug. 25. The Joe Love Collection includes more than 90 pieces by the late artist whose family donated them to the CACCC after he ...

Garden Notes: Society suggests alternatives to grass for your lawn

Edwin Budding, an Englishman, invented the lawnmower in 1830. Around the same time, Justus Liebig, a German, invented a chemical fertilizer to encourage longer, thicker grass. Improving on the Budding design immediately became a challenge for all engineers and inventors. The cast iron ...

Summer festival offers fun for all

The folks at the Altoona Alliance Church have been busy the past few months preparing for a community outreach event to be held next weekend that will fill some of the parking lots around the church, located in the former Value City building, beside Planet Fitness, at 3220 Pleasant Valley ...

Spiritual notes

Polish picnic Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly, will host a Polish picnic from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature ethnic and American food from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Charlene’s School of Dance will perform from 1-2 p.m., followed by The Hallmarks, with Polka ...

Are you paying attention?

Pay attention! Sorry, that came across as a bit harsh. It seems to me, though, that most folks go through life not paying much attention to the people, places and events all around them. It’s true in my husband, Bob’s, case. Bob, you see, is a one-thing-at-a-time kind of a guy. This is ...

Chris Robinson Brotherhood to play State Theatre

The band carries the name of the former front man for the Black Crowes, but the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is a lot more than that popular 1990s rock band. “There is a nice blend of Chris’ previous style of music mixed with a psychedelic side that feels influenced by Pink Floyd,” said ...

Fold an old book into a piece of art

Books have more uses than might be obvious. Sure, you can press flowers in a heavy one and set out the pretty ones as decoration. You can read the darn things. But have you tried turning a book into three-dimensional sculpture? The process can be quite simple; the result a beautiful ...

Watch the eclipse online or on TV

LOS ANGELES — Ronald Dantowitz has been looking forward to Monday’s solar eclipse for nearly 40 years. An astronomer who specializes in solar imaging, he’s been photographing eclipses for more than three decades, and will be using 14 cameras to capture the Aug. 21 celestial event. ...

Health-O-Rama Friday at Logan Valley Mall

The 2017 Annual Health-O-Rama Health and Wellness Expo will return to the Logan Valley Mall on Friday, featuring health screenings, hearing and blood pressure testing, healthcare and nutritional information, samplings and giveaways. The 13th annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

Grapevine

Silent song popular NEW YORK — No, the volume is just fine. It’s the song. An unusual tune has found its way onto the top 50 on the iTunes charts, alongside Ed Sheeran and Keith Urban hits. The song is completely silent. “A a a a a Very Good Song” costs 99 cents for just under 10 ...

Tasty Words: Try vegetable fried rice for an easy, at-home ‘take-out’ meal

One of the joys of life that ties my husband and me together is definitely food. I love to cook and he loves to eat. We also enjoy sampling new foods and visiting local restaurants wherever we go. Although our opportunities to embark on food excursions now is limited with our growing family, ...

Exploring Wopsy: Trains to the top of the mountain ran for three decades

Shortly after Elaine Conrad and her husband, Tom, moved into a rental house on top of Wopsononock Mountain in 1972, a neighbor casually mentioned that a hotel once stood in her backyard and a train ran through the front. Conrad’s family ended up building a house nearby and living there for ...

Fear ‘N’ Beer debuts Oct. 14

Whether you are looking for something spooky or something hoppy this October, Fear ‘N’ Beer Brewfest has got you covered. The first Fear ‘N’ Beer Brewfest will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Field. “The Altoona Mirror’s Event Marketing team and Altitude ...