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In this Thursday, March 19, 2015, photo, Koby Harris, brewery production manager, left, and Sandra Cain, assistant director of retail operations, present their freshly brewed beers at Innovation Brew Works in the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Pomona, Calif. Although the beer made on Pomona's campus is sold at the university's pub, school officials say the effort isn't about providing product for boozy frat boys. It's about responding to a booming craft-beer market by giving students the skills to compete for jobs in a rapidly expanding section of the hospitality industry. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Brew University

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pomona, Calif. — A bachelor’s in beer? A master’s in malt? Not quite. But these days some colleges are teaching students to make beer as …

America’s Most Challenging High Schools: Public elites

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools list is designed to recognize schools that challenge average students. These top-performing schools, listed in alphabetical order, …

Tucked Away in an Attic, Hidden Stories for Young Writers

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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 …

A Solitary Quest

Saturday, April 25, 2015

John Graham can count on the fingers of one hand how many American academics have immersed themselves in studying the liturgical chant music of the Georgian Orthodox church. He happens to be one of them. In fact, he …

White House Staff Discuss Roles in Book

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Washington — Many of the men and women who have worked in the White House residence — serving presidents and their families in their private quarters — are breaking with a long-held tradition of silence: They are dishing …

Vt. Carbon-Cutting Challenge Set for May

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Vermont organization is encouraging people to take a bus, walk, bike, telecommute or carpool instead of driving alone in their cars between May 4-15. Way to Go! Vermont encourages New Englanders to reduce carbon emissions by using alternative transportation. It comprises more than two dozen partner organizations …

Riding Aside Instead of Astride

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Leesburg, Va. — The first riders appeared in the distance just before noon, dark silhouettes galloping along the crest of a hill in the bright April sunshine. It wasn’t until they closed in on the final jump that …

Talk on Therapy Dogs Planned in Woodstock

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Woodstock — A free talk about therapy dog work is set for May 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Norman Williams Public Library. The presentation is sponsored by Therapy Dogs of Vermont, based in Williston. Gordon Perkinson, TDV’s vice president, will explain what therapy dog work entails and describe …

Social Security Q&A: Finding the Right Age to Start Collecting Benefits

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Question: I’ve been planning my retirement throughout my career, and I’m finally nearing the age when I can stop working. What is the earliest age I can start receiving Social Security retirement benefits? Answer: You can receive Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62. Keep in …

On Fashion: Lilly Pulitzer May Be Good for Retail, But It’s Terrible Fashion

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The debut of the Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target was a spectacular feat of retailing that had very little to do with the quality of the fashion that the mass marketer was selling. Lilly Pulitzer is not fashion. It is clothes. The classic Lilly Pulitzer dress comes in …

Cats (Allegedly) Love Wearing These Hats

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It’s not enough to knit sweaters for our children and grandchildren — no. Dexterous fingers need more. They need to knit something smaller, faster: They need to knit hats for cats. What started as a lark — and …

Still Commanding ‘Respect’

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Aretha Franklin is riding on the freeway, or maybe it’s just I-70, on her way home to Detroit from Washington, D.C. She was in the nation’s capital to play for the president at the White House, but that’s …

Brian Wilson Reunites With Al Jardine

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — While Brian Wilson doesn’t plan to officially reunite with the surviving members of the Beach Boys, having an old friend sing on a new record certainly provided a comfort zone. Former bandmate Al Jardine, who …