Life & Times

This farm in Broome County is no longer operational, a sign of the dire economy in New York's southern tier. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Talk of Secession: N.Y. State’s Fracking Ban Fuels Look at Breaking Away 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Windsor, n.y. — From this village of dairy farms and friendly diners, Carolyn Price can see across the border into Pennsylvania, and it is a …

Outside Story: Nature Myths

Monday, March 30, 2015

Walking through the woods on a cool spring morning, I saw a barred owl in an old maple tree. I circled the owl three times …

The Winners

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A panel of Valley News judges looked at 405 entries for the 2015 Valley News Amateur Photography Contest, narrowing them down to 24 finalists. They …

Fido Helps Doctors Find Cancer

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Little Rock — Man’s best friend may have just graduated to oncologist’s best colleague. A group of Arkansas medical researchers have revealed a new study finding that scent-trained dogs can be used to detect thyroid cancer — with …

On Fashion: Millennial Guys Keen on Style Are Reshaping the Fashion Trade

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Los Angeles — The American male has long been judged a fashion dud. The uniform of the Silicon Valley guy, after all, is a hoodie and T-shirt. Khakis and golf shirts show up on days other than casual Fridays. But millennial guys in their 20s and 30s are …

Library Meeting Features Fiddler

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The Friends of the Springfield Town Library’s annual meeting on April 1 will feature historic musical humor. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at about 7 p.m. The free events will take place at the library on Main Street. …

Skating ‘Spectacular’ Helps Support CHaD

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hanover — A skating show at Dartmouth College last month raised $5,600 for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Matching funds will bring the total contribution to $11,200. The Skating Club at Dartmouth’s annual Skating Spectacular featured solos and group …

Column: The Effects of a Soda Tax Are Hard to Predict

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Obesity costs. A lot. The tab comes in obvious ways, like increased health-care costs, and less obvious ways, like decreased fuel efficiency. And we’re all paying. Looking just at Medicare and Medicaid expenses for obesity-related problems, we’re already north of $60 billion annually. If more taxpayer money is …

U.S. Registry Adds Calif. Artists

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With nods to the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers and Steve Martin, the latest selections to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry have a decidedly California slant. Each year the institution surveys more …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 29-April 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Outlander — Finally, it’s time to get back to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and the second half of Season 1 of this lavish drama that spans the genres of science fiction, history and adventure. Over the next eight episodes, expect more moody intrigue and, of course, …

How Will You Die if You’re a Rock Star?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There is much mystery surrounding the death of Tupac Shakur, killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Was Shakur’s murder gang-related? Was it part of the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry — perhaps related to …

Miss Manners: Send Thanks Rather Than Announcement to Former Professors

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I will be completing my graduate studies during the next college semester, and I’m unsure as to what the proper etiquette is regarding the mailing of announcements. I would like to share this accomplishment with the professors who guided me during my undergraduate career, but …

To Your Good Health: Increase in Prescription Price Can Be Hardship

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I had a partial thyroidectomy over 40 years ago due to an enlarged thyroid, which was benign. I have been on varying amounts of thyroid hormone replacement ever since — initially Armour, then Synthroid, and now levothyroxine 88 mcg. Until recently, the cost of levothyroxine …