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School psychologist Patricia Urgo talks with Andrew Smith-Hinson, 18, who suffers from explosive anger disorder, in the sensory room at the Felician School for Exceptional Children in Lodi, N.J. The room, which utilizes soft furniture, special lights, optics and other features, is designed to help disabled children calm down. (Chris Pedota/The Record/TNS)

Rooms for Altering Moods

Monday, November 24, 2014

In the dimly lit room, Tiara Santos lounged on the beanbag chair, stared at the bubble tubes and played with glow-in-the-dark toys, and then slowly, …

New Hampshire Leads Nation In Average Student Debt Load

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington — It may house some of the most esteemed colleges in the country, but if you want to graduate without backbreaking debt, steer clear …

Taking Up Pen and Paper to Say Thanks in a Season of Gratitude

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences …

Cast a Fly

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ezrael Comicho fly fishes in a pond amid a heavy fog at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita, Kan., this weekend. Milder temperatures across the Midwest and into the Northeast replaced the cold from earlier last week. ap — …

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 up at the Railside Tavern for the weekly 8-ball tournament, which starts in …

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 remains the most soaring statement about the power of literature, and a sharp …

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 a Manhattan hotel, Le Guin was feisty, smart and pointed, speaking about the …

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 …