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Artist Coralea "Corky" Wennberg stands among her "River Paintings" at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H., on Oct. 21, 2014. Wennberg's paintings will be on display through Nov. 14. (

Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

Art Notes: Time With the River; Coralea Wennberg’s Paintings of the Connecticut at AVA

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The artist Coralea Wennberg, whose show of vibrant landscape paintings is currently on view at the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, began her …

A Film and Concert to Honor Ruby Dee

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were married for 57 years, and in that time they forged an extraordinary union that fused both art …

Entertainment Highlights: Symphony Or Solo, Carpenter Does It All

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last weekend, Mary Chapin Carpenter was performing her hits in movie-soundtrack style with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in the capital city of Canada’s Alberta province. …

Snyderman Faces Credibility Issues

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New York — The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren’t over for NBC News’ chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits …

Affordable Care Act Refutes Cost Prediction

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — Business groups said soon after the health-care act became law in 2010 that the sweeping health-care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses. Three years later, with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, none of the most …

HBO Streaming Will Just Make TV Harder to Keep Up With

Monday, October 20, 2014

By the time the next season of True Detective rolls around, we may be able to watch without shelling out big bucks to a cable company — or, you know, “borrowing” a password from our friends who do. Yes, HBO streaming will be a reality without a Comcast …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who …

Dan Mackie: Zombie ‘Car Talk’

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Car Talk radio guys make me laugh, but not as much as they make themselves guffaw, tee-hee, chortle, snort and wheeze with delight. I often listen to them as I head to the dump on Saturday, or …

Distance and The Bonds Of Friendship

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This was the first time I’d watched her onstage in over two years. One of my closest childhood friends, she goes by “Katherine” or “Kat” now, but I still call her “Katie.” The last time I had seen her had been in April at her father’s funeral. Barely …

Pop Art Can Pack Big Design Punch

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home decor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art decor plays well off …

As Winter Gets Closer, Time to Organize the Garage

Sunday, October 19, 2014

With fall here and winter on its way, it might be time to straighten out the garage, so you can at least find the snow shovels when you need them. “Will it be another bad winter, Al?” you ask. I’ll tell you when it’s over. In the meantime, …