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An early map of the New England highway system, published in Sargent's Handbook of New England in 1916, shows the first layout of Route 12.

Summer Journey: New England’s Lost Highway

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Nothing buzzes like a summer road trip; windows down, ideally a sunroof open and a scenic two-lane road along the shore or through the woods. …

‘Rock Warehouse’

Monday, July 6, 2015

Menlo Park, Calif. — Hidden behind drab doors in a valley that celebrates all that is new, bright and beautiful is a scientific treasure: proof …

Outside Story: Gray Foxes Are Returning to Northern New England

Monday, July 6, 2015

When you think of foxes (if you ever do), you likely picture the ginger-coated red fox, like Mr. Tod from Beatrix Potter’s fantastical children’s tales, …

With overdose deaths at all time high, more hope for NH recovery

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Investigating drug deaths has become an increasing part of the daily routine in the state medical examiner’s office. In 2014, drug overdoses killed a record 326 people, and as of July 1, the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s office …

Movie Review: New ‘Terminator’ Is Part Man, Part Machine and Totally Confusing

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Much like the “cybernetic organism” played by Arnold Schwarzenegger throughout the Terminator film franchise, a movie critic is only part living human tissue; the rest is ruthless killing machine. The human part, at least in theory, is capable …

Movie Review: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Can’t Recapture Its Innocence

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s modest, playfully liberated comedy about male strippers that took multiplexes by storm three years ago, possessed that ineffable concentration of qualities of which so many surprise sleeper hits are made. Alternately steamy and wholesome, raunchy and childlike, Magic Mike reveled in the glistening, undulating, …

Movie Review: ‘Me and Earl’ Director Livens Up a By-the-Numbers Weepie

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It seems like just yesterday — or at least just last year — that we were bidding goodbye to a teen protagonist on his deathbed ( The Fault in Our Stars ) or hers ( If I Stay …

U.S. Airline Probe Needs Hard Evidence

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Washington — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Airlines routinely increase flights based on demand. A particularly cold winter in the …

Summer Readings Make Noise After the Fourth’s Fireworks

Friday, July 3, 2015

For bibliophiles who enjoy hearing authors and poets recite from their work in person instead of on tape (OK, iPod or CD), the options for summer reading series hereabouts come tantalizingly close to The Promised Land. How close? …

On Poetry: Looking Back on Nearly Four Years as the State’s Poet

Friday, July 3, 2015

This is, by my computation, my third to last column as Vermont’s poet laureate. I will be taking the summer off, as before, and my successor will be named in November, this four-year tenure seeming to have gone by, like most things at my age, in a matter …

Karolina Waclawiak Writes Novels From the Outside

Friday, July 3, 2015

Karolina Waclawiak wants to talk about class. We’re sitting at Stark Bar on the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It’s the end of the workday, and office workers and museum-goers alike are letting themselves …

Some Heroes Aren’t So Super

Friday, July 3, 2015

Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and Captain America have become giants in pop culture through comic books, TV shows and feature films. But, have you heard of Funnyman? What about Man O’ Metal, Mr. Muscles or Pat Parker, War Nurse? …

Author Garry Wills Sees a Pope Adapting to Modern Times

Friday, July 3, 2015

Pope Francis continually makes headlines for his progressive approach to ruling. Since being elected in 2013, many have taken issue with a number of changes he’s made, like opting not to live in the papal apartments and his …