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Valley News Staff Writer David Corriveau heads down the trail with the summit of Mount Cube over his shoulder after spending the morning at Hexacuba Shelter in Orford, N.H., Friday, July 25, 2014.
 A group of summer school students in the Rivendell Interstate School District had left a questionnaire for hikers, and Corriveau filled it out. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Summer Journal: A Path Leads to Many Answers

Monday, July 28, 2014

To: The nine 8th- and 9th-g raders-to-be from Rivendell Academy who are surveying hikers on the Appalachian Trail, as part of their work at summer …

River Valley Community College to Present Award to Hypertherm Exec

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Claremont — For her years of support of efforts to train and employ graduates of River Valley Community College in Claremont, and to generally widen …

Allergy Therapies Multiply

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Asha Patel knows more about what goes into your lungs than you do. Every weekday at 8 a.m., the researcher climbs onto the roof of …

‘And So It Goes’ Paints By Numbers

Monday, July 28, 2014

From its opening aerial shots of the picturesque waterfront of Bridgeport, Conn., And So It Goes feels familiar — to a fault. The late-in-life romantic comedy, starring Michael Douglas as a curmudgeonly real estate agent and Diane Keaton as the sweet-natured lounge singer who wins his heart, has …

Beach Ball

Monday, July 28, 2014

Playing around sunbathers, sand castle builders and wandering ducks, Sam Flint, 9, of Sunapee, plays baseball with a group of his friends at Dewey Beach on Lake Sunapee on July 21, 2014.  (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) …

in ‘Lucy,’ Scarlett Johansson’s Powerful Mind Is Unlocked and Ready to Kill

Monday, July 28, 2014

The theme of Lucy may be the potential of the human mind, but the less time any human spends thinking about its largely nonsensical plot, the better. The slickly executed bullet-riddler about brainpower can be enjoyed only by …

Dwayne Johnson Stars in ‘Hercules’

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Online, ‘All You Need to Know’ Can Mean Quite the Opposite

Sunday, July 27, 2014

On June 9, the data-journalism website FiveThirtyEight.com published its lead story previewing the World Cup. Its first two sentences read: “All you really need to know is this: The World Cup gets underway Thursday in São Paulo, and it’s really hard to beat Brazil in Brazil.” Could “all …

Camp for Camerawork: Young Filmmakers Learn the Ropes Through CATV

Friday, July 25, 2014

On a sultry Tuesday morning in White River Junction, one teenage boy chased another teenage boy, wearing a Boston Red Sox baseball cap, at top speed down Main Street past the Hotel Coolidge, and rounded the corner into …

Cult Hit ‘Sleep Dealer’ Could Lead to a New Distribution Model

Friday, July 25, 2014

A science-fiction thriller about immigration and drone warfare sounds like a mash-up ripped from today’s headlines. Except that director Alex Rivera started writing Sleep Dealer in the late 1990s. It premiered in 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival, …

James Garner Was The Perfect Fit in ‘Rockford Files’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

If all famous lives come down in the end to the lead sentence in an obituary, James Garner was put on Earth to play Jim Rockford, the life-sized private eye hero of The Rockford Files. There was more …

‘Now It Is Coming Together’: Sculpture Marking Claremont’s 250th Anniversary Taking Shape

Friday, July 25, 2014

Claremont — When his schedule and the weather allow, sculptor Ernest Montenegro drives over to Thermacut on the Charlestown Road and prepares his work area on the pavement just outside the warehouse door. He begins by clamping a …

‘Sinister Six’ Set for 2016

Friday, July 25, 2014

Spider-Man is taking a backseat to his rogues gallery. Columbia Pictures has scheduled The Sinister Six, a spinoff movie featuring an all-star lineup of Spidey villains, for a Nov. 11, 2016, release. As part of the move, the studio has pushed The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back two years, …