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 Keeping each other honest for 10 years, Goodie and David Corriveau combined have lost more than 100 pounds.

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive …

Affordable Care Act Refutes Cost Prediction

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — Business groups said soon after the health-care act became law in 2010 that the sweeping health-care overhaul would impose huge new costs on …

‘Best of Me’ — More Treacle From Nicholas Sparks

Saturday, October 18, 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 …

‘Dreamcrushers’ Make Zonk Prizes for ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Los Angeles — Imagine getting paid to make bacon jewelry, build a nacho cheese hot tub, cover lawn chairs in sod. Five people in Los Angeles actually do. Carpenters, engineers, mad scientists — they create the zonk prizes …

A Perfect Kindness

Friday, October 17, 2014

E ldonna Edwards , the protagonist of the documentary Perfect Strangers , lives in San Luis Obispo, California, which is not only the happiest town in the U.S., but one of the friendliest — at least according to …

What Tolerating Online Harassment Costs Us

Friday, October 17, 2014

During the years that feminist video gaming critic Anita Sarkeesian has been subject to a torrent of violent harassment, one frequent response I have heard is that the threats are not “serious”; that is, the people making them do not actually intend to bomb the Game Developers Choice …

Director Brings Mexico’s Day of the Dead to His ‘Book of Life’

Friday, October 17, 2014

Face sweating, heart pounding, Jorge Gutierrez began to deliver the worst pitch of his career. It was 2012, and the Mexico City-born animator had arrayed skulls, flowers and ornate drawings around the San Fernando Valley backyard of his …

Latest Film From Lynn Shelton Opens At Hopkins Center

Friday, October 17, 2014

It’s not often that a film with such stars as Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell opens simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles and ... Hanover. But moviegoers will have the chance next Friday to check …

Entertainment Highlights: For Her Act, Comedian Paula Poundstone Still Banks on Life’s Travails

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Answering the phone at her home in California at 9:15 one morning this week, Paula Poundstone didn’t miss a beat at the opening question: Whether she was rising earlier than usual, for a traveling comedian used to late …

Theater Review: Production of ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ Shows Admirable Restraint

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Early on opening night of the Parish Players’ production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Kay Morton dashed any concerns about just how long the next three hours — not to mention the next three weekends — with …

Shaker Bridge Opens Season With a Sharp Take on Feminism

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello fellow Upper Valley 40-somethings. Have I got a date night suggestion for you. Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo’s 2012 play, now in production at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, is all about the painful reassessment of life at the dawn of middle age, in this case, 42. …

Art Notes: Long River Studios Shows the Colorful Cut-Paper Collages of Carol Santa Maria

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The artist C.A. Santa Maria lived in Mexico for 20 years, so it’s not a surprise that the vibrancy of its culture found its way into her paper collages that David Celone, the owner of Long River Studios …