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Antlions are motley-looking insects that are gray or brown, have an oversized head, spiny jaws, short legs and a soft body covered in bristles.

Naturally Curious: Sept. 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Antlion — the very name conjures up visions of an improbable combination of two distinctly different creatures. In fact, the name is derived from the …

Shaping The Minds Of the Young

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dallas — A generation or so ago, even the best day care centers were mostly about keeping little kids clean and fed and away from …

North Pomfret Farm Family’s Two Sons Return for the Summer to Help Make the Cheese

Sunday, August 31, 2014

North Pomfret — Between haying, cheesemaking and the myriad chores required of a dairy farmer, warm weather days at Thistle Hill, an organic farm in …

Superheroes Invade the Upcoming Fall Television Lineup

Monday, September 1, 2014

Los Angeles — Holy comic book heroes! Not since the late 1970s has there been as many network TV shows based on the super-powered characters from the colorful pages of comic books. Joining the already established Arrow on the CW and Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC on …

‘Celebrating Working by Not’

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day was first suggested in America in the 1880s to promote the goals of fledgling labor unions. One early labor leader described it as an honor to those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all …

Elmore Leonard Shoots His Way Into the Library Of America

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The new Library of America volume of four Elmore Leonard novels from the 1970s has a winner on just about every page. Flipping . . . let’s see . . . here. From Fifty-Two Pickup : Harry Mitchell’s …

Why My Fiancee Was at My Bachelor Party

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vail, Colo. — Strippers and all-night binge drinking weren’t going to cut it for my bachelor party. Getting married at 36, I figured my days of debauchery — the few days that ever existed — were long gone. …

Reading Ferguson: Race, Police and Protest

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Nearly a half century before Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson crossed paths on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, a 21-year-old man named Marquette Frye was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol, just outside of Watts. Both incidents unfolded on an August day, with a crowd of …

Pampered Piglet Gains Worldwide Popularity

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Akron, Ohio — As divas go, Miss Piggy’s got nothing on this porcine princess. A natural ham, the piglet poses for pictures as she munches on pears in her positively pink bedroom. But her favorite food is, of …

Glory Days Festival Features Trains, Music

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hartford — The 22nd annual Glory Days Festival is set for Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown White River Junction. The free festival celebrates railroading and other modes of transportation. It will feature model train and Lego train shows; displays of engines and vintage …

Randolph Program Serves 1,700 Meals

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Randolph — A pilot program for needy children served more than 1,700 lunches this summer in Randolph. More than 60 percent of the children in the Randolph area are eligible for free school lunch, organizers said in a recent news release. To help counter the loss of school …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Don’t Miss Houdini — “Fear is how I know I’m alive,” the title character of this two-part miniseries says as he explains what motivated him to spend his life defying death. Oscar winner Adrien Brody stars as the escape artist who rose from humble circus sideshows to become …

Memoirs Aplenty Coming in Fall

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — So many memoirs are coming out this fall, written in so many ways. Neil Patrick Harris, for instance, decided that his early 40s was too young for a “life” story, even for a Tony- and …