Life & Times

John Brown, of Bristol, Vt., racks for the next game during the weekly 8-ball tournament run by Bob Moreau at Railside Tavern in Randolph, Vt., on Nov. 17, 2014. The winner always racks the next game. Around fifteen people usually show up for the league, which runs from Labor Day to Memorial Day. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Are You Ready for Some 8-Ball?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Randolph — With near freezing temperatures and relentless rain, Monday’s weather was downright junky. But it didn’t dissuade more than a dozen people from showing …

Story Brings Apocalypse to Upper Valley

Friday, November 21, 2014

When I was in high school, one of my English teachers had us read William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Delivered in December 1950, it …

Dartmouth Graduate’s Iraq War Novel Wins National Book Award

Friday, November 21, 2014

At the 2014 National Book Awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, author Ursula K. Le Guin stole the show. The next morning, speaking by phone from …

Brooklyn Shows Its ‘Killer Heels’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — Manhattan may have hosted Fashion Week, but Brooklyn’s got “Killer Heels.” A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the elevated shoe as a design object, from platform shoes dating to about 1600 to …

Hungry? Grab a Snorkel and Dip Into the Gulf for Scallops

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bayport Park, Fla. — We zip along at about 30 knots, not another boat in sight. A glance at the GPS device shows that the little line we’ve been following for the past half-hour will soon end at, …

Coffee and a Kitty

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Oakland, Calif. — Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland. Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle …

Bob Hope’s Legacy More Than Laughs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — While today he may be thought of with misgivings, if at all, Bob Hope reigned for much of the last century as America’s wisecracking avatar of comedy. By the time he died in 2003 at …

University Builds Dylan Collection

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Philadelphia — The question has lingered in song since it was first posed in the 1960s: How many roads must a man walk down — before he becomes the subject of a major university archive devoted to helping …

To Your Good Health: Nutrition Has a Place in Preventing Disease

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you were asked what actions the writer could take, such as diet or medication, to maintain kidney function. I was disappointed to see that your response contained only advice regarding medications. I suppose I should not be surprised, given that the …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 23-29

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Don’t Miss The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — Marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, celebrities and giant balloons that, thankfully, are way more bloated than our bellies. The holiday spectacle returns in all its festive glory as the three-headed Today show crew — Matt Lauer, Al Roker and …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Reprieve or Breakthrough

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hint and Explanation: The Pawn Is in the Way As I write this column, game three of the current 12-game world championship match in Sochi, Russia, has come to a close. Before play began, it looked grim for the challenger Viswanathan Anand who had drawn the first and …

Hike Organized to Draw Attention to Veterans services

Sunday, November 23, 2014

By Dan Majors Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Veterans and military families know all too well that navigating the paths to services and assistance can be an uphill climb. Perhaps a brutal trek through the woods can help. Jared Souder, the founder and executive director of Checkpoint, announced plans for a …

Miss Manners: Why Invite Thankless People to Thanksgiving?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: My husband and I have invited a few friends over for Thanksgiving dinner. I was asked by some guests how many turkeys would I be preparing, and also was told how they prepared their stuffing and how much they like it that way! After I …