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Watched by her classmates and Instructor Gary Hutchins, Karen Roy of Lebanon, N.H., cuts metal during a class day dedicated to learning different types of cutting metal, and TIG welding in the Welding for Women Class at Hartford Area Career and Technical Center in White River Junction, Vt., on Jan. 12 2015. Valley News - Sarah Priestap <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

We Can Weld It! Class Helps Women Gain Metalwork Experience in Comfortable Setting

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hartford — Soul music pouring from the shop speakers competed with the clanging of a hammer on metal and the electric sizzle of welders on …

Days of Change and Growth

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Of all the odd places to sit down for an interview, the McDonald’s on Route 12A might be the oddest. But in the case of …

For Art’s Sake, an Old Rallying Cry Returns: ‘Take Back Vermont’

Friday, January 30, 2015

Last week, in a startlingly random context, I came across something I thought only the people where I’m from remember. Among the listings I receive …

Isaac Shines in ‘Violent Year’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Set in New York’s outer boroughs in 1981 — a year of record crime rates in the city — J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year is an absorbing urban drama about honor, ambition, loyalty and ethical calculations, all …

In ‘Almanac,’ Teens Time Travel, With Predictable Results

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Time travel meets “found footage” in Project Almanac, a tale about pretty teens tampering with things temporal. A couple of ingenious wrinkles distinguish this Back to the Future from Looper and its other cousins. It’s not as moving as the best films of the genre, but it boasts …

‘Mortdecai’ Stars a Bumbling Depp

Saturday, January 31, 2015

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 …

‘Gotham’ Star Taylor Delights Fans With His Penguin Villainy

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New York — Although filmed in the real Gotham City, Fox’s Gotham inhabits a New York all its own. What resides here is part reverential mythmaking (it recounts Batman’s genesis), part free-floating film noir (whose 1940s manners coexist …

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Daughter’s Discovery: Memoirist Draws From Her Father’s Diary of Mental Illness

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mimi Baird was 6 when her father went away. She didn’t know where he’d gone, or why. Questions to her mother went unanswered; a wall went up where her father was concerned. He no longer lived with them, …

Has America Killed Off Satire and Turned Into a Spoof of Itself?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Did postmodernism kill literary satire? I’ve been wondering about this in the wake of the terror attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, known for its caricatures of the prophet Muhammad; one appears on the cover of the first issue after the attack, brandishing a placard that …

Book Notes: New Works by Local Authors and Readings Scheduled, Including Bookstock 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Best-selling author John Vaillant will be talking about his new novel, The Jaguar’s Children, on Saturday afternoon at Woodstock’s Norman Williams Public Library. Vaillant, who lives in Vancouver, B.C., is the son of Woodstock resident Nan Bourne. He …

New Jewish Leader Seeks Policy Influence

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — A plaque in the conference room at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism spells out the group’s storied history: Drafted here, it says, were the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act …

Blogger Andrew Sullivan Decides That It’s Time to Stop Dishing

Friday, January 30, 2015

With bold opinions and a witty and erudite writing style, Andrew Sullivan has long been one of the most important British imports among the American pundit class. He has also been a media pioneer, becoming a successful blogger before the term was widely known and an entrepreneur who …