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John Higgins, Executive Director of the Ledyard Charter School works with Carolyn Freese, his assistant, in his office at the school in Lebanon, N.H., on Sept 19, 2014. Valley News- Jennifer Hauck

Ledyard Charter School’s New Leadership

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lebanon — Between trips toting furniture to the Ledyard Charter School’s new digs on the third floor of the Whipple Block one day this past …

Colleges Worry About Attracting Students in Tech-Savvy World

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Indianapolis — Every year, high school students stress over whether they’ll get into their top-choice college. But this week, college admission officers from across the …

Two Weeks Without Diabetes

Monday, September 22, 2014

As 7-year-old Zara Cheek packed her bags for her first sleep-away camp this summer, she found herself looking forward to more than just swimming, going …

‘Gotham’ Before Batman

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Don’t Miss Gotham — The new TV season revs up in earnest this week and no freshman series arrives lathered in more hype than this fun, visually gorgeous Batman-origin story. It delivers viewers to a grimy, corrupt city where a rookie cop (Ben McKenzie) is taking the first …

Women on War

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Denver — There is little blood but a lot of guts in Helen Thorpe’s new book Soldier Girls, about three women in the Indiana National Guard who went to war together and gave a brutally honest account of …

Cat Stevens Announces Five-City U.S. Tour

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York — New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the Peace Train back on the road. He announced Monday that he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December, …

‘Three Cups’ Author Plans To Return

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bozeman, Mont. — Greg Mortenson doesn’t want to talk about his best-selling Three Cups of Tea book, but everybody else does — including his own charity. Three years ago, 60 Minutes and author Jon Krakauer alleged that Mortenson fabricated much of the book and mismanaged the charity he …

Intelligent Engineering, at a Cost

Sunday, September 21, 2014

It was welcome relief after time with the beast. It took me to and from where I wanted to go and did so comfortably, efficiently, quietly and safely. It was attractive in a friendly sort of way. People, …

2015 Acura TLX

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bottom line: The 2015 Acura TLX 2.4-liter with Technology Package is a very good fit for families shopping for an upscale sedan that’s thoroughly updated in terms of safety and environmental engineering. But they might also find similar engineering — certainly identical build quality — at a lower …

Making the Indoors Safe From Allergens

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Although the thought of sleeping with millions of dust mites — microscopic arachnids that feast on flakes of skin — is just plain gross, it’s something most people can handle without worry. After all, our bodies are inhabited by multitudes of bacteria, to which we seldom give a …

Horse power gains favor among small-scale farmers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Marathon, n.y. — While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules. …

Quechee Man Resurrects an Orchard

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Terry Dorman stands in his orchard at the top of a steep, south-facing hillside in Quechee. The morning’s showers have tapered off and the mountains to the south look azure in the patchy afternoon sunlight as the rain …

How Could ‘This’ Not Be a Funny Film?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

When you’re making a comedy about a dysfunctional family, shouldn’t it at least pass a simple genetics test? This Is Where I Leave You, a misanthropic misfire adapted from Jonathan Tropper’s novel of the same name, wants viewers …