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Science teacher Suzan Locke looks over a picture that first-grader Faith Brown had drawn on Sept. 26, 2014. Locke is a teacher at the White River School in White River Junction, Vt.
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White River School Defies Odds With Above Average Test Scores

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

White River Junction — For Suzan Locke’s money, what she and her fellow science teachers in the Hartford School District learn about their students lesson …

Young Writers Project:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Young Writers Project last week launched a new digital literary magazine, The Voice, featuring the best writing, photography, audio and video from Vermont and New …

Naturally Curious: Feet Made for Climbing

Monday, September 29, 2014

F all finds a lot of creatures climbing for a lot of different reasons. Some species of spiders climb vegetation, on which they leave overwintering …

Ex-Rep. Frank Takes on Harvard

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. — After retiring from Congress at the end of 2012, Barney Frank sat down to write a political memoir. As one of the first openly gay members of Congress, and a lifelong fighter for LGBT rights, …

Academic v. High Court: Making a Case

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Erwin Chemerinsky has made an exemplary career out of teaching, writing and lecturing about the U.S. Supreme Court. And though he has strongly liberal views, he is widely admired for his ability to explain the work of the court in a way that is thoughtful, clear and fair. …

Watching Them Swim: Book Captures Puppies Underwater

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The blue eyes of Brando, an 8-week-old pit bull puppy, are open as he calmly watches air bubbles stream out of his nose. By contrast, the enormous brown eyes of 6-month-old Monty look wild and excited as the Cavalier King Charles spaniel chases a tennis ball through the …

To Your Good Health: The Mystery of Meat Allergies

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I heard that there is a sudden surge in people coming down with severe meat allergies. Is there any information as to why, after years of eating red meat, you suddenly can become extremely allergic? — E.V. Answer: Meat allergies are uncommon; however, there has …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Don’t Miss The zany cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back on the case. The Season 2 opener picks up six months after Detective Jake Peralta ( Saturday Night Live veteran Andy Samberg) admitted that he had a crush on squadmate Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero). Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Fox. …

Wings, Wheels, ‘Wonderful’: Event Showcases Lebanon Municipal Airport

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lebanon — A celebration of things wheeled and winged yesterday at Lebanon Municipal Airport featured helicopters, cars, a glider and, of course, planes. The inaugural Wings and Wheels attracted some 1,500 people, many with small children in tow, …

John Oliver Adds Reporting To His Comedy

Saturday, September 27, 2014

New York — In poking fun at the Miss America pageant on the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver reached for the comedic equivalent of low-hanging fruit. Then he veered into something wholly unexpected …

Lies of Siblings In ‘Skeleton’

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Within the first few minutes of the sibling dramedy The Skeleton Twins, there’s a phone call from a hospital informing a woman (Kristen Wiig) that her brother (Bill Hader) has just tried to slit his wrists. The news is so upsetting to her that it derails her own …

‘The Equalizer’ Squanders Its Star

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Anyone ancient enough to remember when The Equalizer was a terrific prime-time procedural — and to have harbored special feelings for Denzel Washington since his days on St. Elsewhere — will understand when I describe Antoine Fuqua’s big-screen …

‘The Boxtrolls’ Tells an Animated Orphan’s Tale

Saturday, September 27, 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 …