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Royalton Recreation Director Kerri Rogers talks with her 3-year-old daughter, Mabel Bailey, at the annual Trunk and Treat on the South Royalton green in Royalton, Vt., on Oct. 25, 2014. Children get to trick-or-treat, but they also had their costumes judged and ate free hot dogs, popcorn and cider. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

Family Fun for Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Michael Jackson’s Thriller blared from speakers set up on the South Royalton bandstand as children in costume collected candy around the village green with their …

Art Notes: ArtisTree Gallery Makes Good Use of Its New Home

Thursday, October 30, 2014

ArtisTree, the community arts organization and art gallery, gained more than increased exhibition space when it moved from Woodstock to its new headquarters in a …

Entertainment Highlights: Where to Celebrate Halloween

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The 24/7 news cycle is stalking us with Ebola and ISIS/ISIL, with shootings in schools and houses of parliaments, with millennial droughts and floods and …

Facial Recognition Helps Find Lost Dogs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Los Angeles — Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors’ doors hopes there’s a more scientific way to find a lost dog. That became a reality when facial recognition technology successfully reunited a pet at San Diego County …

How I Learned to Love RV-ing

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This is what it has come to, I thought grimly, as we steered our rented RV onto a gravel road, past a dimly lit, shuttered gas station and toward a dark, unseeable campsite. I am now a person …

Children’s Book Examines Atheism

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Washington — Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten is known for exploring morality in both somber and extremely silly ways, including an in-depth article on parents who mistakenly leave their children to die in hot cars and …

Humor in Pain, Pain in Humor: Author James McBride Finds the Funny in Slavery, Poverty, Abuse

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Good Lord Bird, James McBride’s 2013 novel about a young boy in abolitionist John Brown’s ragtag army, is probably the funniest book about slavery you will ever read. His 1996 memoir, The Color of Water, about his …

Designer Burch Offers a Look at Her Inspirations

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dallas — Tory Burch’s new book is all about color, a compilation of the influences that inspire her, from people to music to art to culture to travel to home design. “It’s this eclectic mix, and that’s really …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: No Compromises

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Force Checkmate Most of us steer a course between independence and conformity. Not so with Bobby Fischer, who defeated Boris Spassky in a now legendary 1972 world championship match in Iceland. Almost from birth, as few are able, he defined his own reality. As a …

To Your Good Health: On the Safety of Metal Joints and MRIs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am considering minimally invasive spine surgery. Almost 19 years ago, I had a right total-knee replacement, which still functions very well. I believe the replacement parts are made with stainless steel. No physician I have questioned about the danger of having an MRI with …

Ethics Debate: Deleting Negative Reviews

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York — Most consumers realize online reviews are not always trustworthy. But a recent magazine column raised new ethical questions about reviews when a traveler said he deleted a complaint after a hotel gave him a 50 percent refund. Did the hotel buy the reviewer’s silence? Or …

Miss Manners: Walk Away From Lewd Men on the Street

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dear Miss Manners : I was taken aback by my elders’ reactions to an anecdote about an encounter with a strange man who accosted me in a public place. I have suddenly found myself to be a young lady, gradually achieving independence in the world, and, I am …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Don’t Miss Death Comes to Pemberley — So much for the happily-ever-after that Jane Austen gave us in Pride and Prejudice. In P.D. James’ enticing mash-up of period drama and whodunit, Mr. Darcy (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Anna Maxwell) are six years into their marriage when a murder …