Life & Times

Lyme resident Maggie Finley, 13, who plays Amahl, raises her crutch during a rehearsal of the final scene of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, N.H., on Dec. 16, 2014. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

‘Not One Wrong Note’: Opera North Performs ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It’s been more than 20 years since Opera North last staged Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors , which has become a classic …

Art Notes: Windsor Parish Weighs Selling Tooker’s Work

Thursday, December 18, 2014

For much of his long career, the artist George Tooker depicted what the poet W.H. Auden called The Age of Anxiety, painting unsettling images of …

Entertainment Highlights: Chandler Center Aims to Expand on Success of Playwriting Contest

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The first time Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts invited aspiring dramatists to enter plays in a writing contest, judge Richard Waterhouse found himself reading …

Spelman College Suspends Cosby Chair; Cosby Interviewed

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Spelman College, the historically black women’s college in Atlanta, suspended its Cosby Chair for the Humanities Sunday in light of more accusations of sexual misconduct levied against Bill Cosby. The position was one of the most prized in black academia, funded by a $20 million endowment given by …

Officials: Don’t Skip the Flu Shot

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — This year’s flu virus, in some cases, has changed, but infectious disease doctor Benjamin Chan’s advice has not. In September, just after the virus made its debut for the season in New Hampshire, the state epidemiologist …

Passing the Time

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Liz Stoneman and Paul McCarthy, both of Lebanon, read in the Lebanon Advance Transit bus shelter on Monday. Stoneman, who was waiting for the bus, said that she gets all of her books from the library. McCarthy said …

‘Oceans of Hope’

Monday, December 15, 2014

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — A 67-foot sailboat is making a first-of-its-kind journey around the world, using crew members diagnosed with multiple sclerosis to navigate through 33,000 nautical miles. The bright-orange vessel stopped at Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale …

Study Finds Drug Can Stave Off Breast Cancer

Monday, December 15, 2014

Taking the cancer drug tamoxifen for five years drives down the incidence of breast cancer in women at high risk for the disease by close to 30 percent, researchers have found. And the medication’s protective effects against breast cancer appear to last, unabated, for as long as 16 …

Bariatric Surgery as a Pill Takes a Step Forward in Obesity Fight

Monday, December 15, 2014

It is more of a glimmer of hope on the horizon than it is an actual drug right now. But an Indiana University lab has synthesized and fused a trio of gut hormones into a single agent and shown that obese rodents treated with the resulting molecule experience …

Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo’ Is a Travel Epic That Goes Nowhere

Monday, December 15, 2014

Watching Marco Polo, Netflix’s extravagant but stultifying period drama about the legendary 13th-century traveler, is about as exciting as discovering a new Pier 1 Imports in the strip mall. (That might be more exciting, actually.) Bearing the imprimatur of the Weinstein Brothers as executive producers and created by …

Identity Theft Brings Months Of Headaches

Monday, December 15, 2014

San Francisco — As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer’s free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit …

On the Rocks

Monday, December 15, 2014

Israeli fishermen cast their rods from a pier at the old port of Jaffa, mixed Jewish-Arab part of Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday. ap — Oded Balilty …

A Hearty Helping of Community

Sunday, December 14, 2014

West Fairlee — Everyone is welcome at the West Fairlee Congregational Church’s monthly soup suppers. But don’t expect to ladle up a bowl of delicate broth. “Most soups cost as much to make as a meal,” said Steve …