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The Statues of Liberty exhibit at the Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Vt., features images of the work displayed in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C., including sculptures of Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln in the background. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

Monuments to the States

Friday, July 25, 2014

Strafford — Justin Morrill is best known for drafting the legislation that created the nation’s system of land-grant colleges and for being a co-founder of …

Let’s Not Cast Blame on Messy Homes

Friday, July 25, 2014

I was building shelves in my garage when a neighbor girl, one of my 4-year-old daughter’s friends, approached me and said, “I just saw in …

Online, ‘All You Need to Know’ Can Mean Quite the Opposite

Friday, July 25, 2014

On June 9, the data-journalism website FiveThirtyEight.com published its lead story previewing the World Cup. Its first two sentences read: “All you really need to …

In Texas, the Native Art Really Rocks

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Even to a claustrophobe, the narrow cave between two giant boulders felt strangely inviting. When I squirmed into the dim coolness on my belly and flipped over onto my back, I could see why: This was a sacred …

‘The Mockingbird Next Door’

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What ever happened to Harper Lee? The Alabama native was 34 when her first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published in 1960. This tale of childhood innocence and racial injustice in the Depression-era South won the Pulitzer …

Lee Objects To Biography Of Her By Mills

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Call in Atticus Finch. Only the scrupulously fair lawyer at the center of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” could get at the truth in the latest conflict over the reclusive author’s privacy. The clash erupted again with Tuesday’s release of “The Mockingbird Next Door: …

Pets’ Amenities Rising Trend For Homebuilders

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Los Angeles — These homes are set apart by their amenities — for dogs. Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling these homes in 27 of its 190 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be …

Tips to Affordably Care for Your Pet

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It’s a shame furry friends can’t pay for themselves. Though wagging tails after a long day at work may make pet ownership seem worthwhile, a happy pup won’t stop those bills from rolling in at the end of the month. Thankfully, quick and easy ways exist for dog …

Philly’s Ikire Jones Makes Jackets With Feel of Africa

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Inside his sunlit apartment studio space, Sam Hubler, menswear company Ikire Jones’ sole tailor, spends hours on boldly printed jackets. The brand, founded by Wale Oyejide, has a clear mission to offer unique, handcrafted jackets for every type …

Miss Manners: Presents Big and Small All Require Acknowledgment

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: The parents of a recent college grad mentioned that she needed a car (to drive to a new job, hopefully) and maybe related family members could pull together and find her suitable transportation. One thing grew into another — aunts and uncles dropped out of …

Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet for Stars of Country Rap

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. — When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn’t find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an unlikely mix …

Clear Channel’s ‘On the Verge’ a Hit

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It’s harder than ever these days for a new singer to break into the music industry. But things just got a little easier for a lucky few: Those who land a coveted spot in the iHeartRadio “On the Verge” program run by Clear Channel, which has the largest …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Every Move an Event

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Better Than 1. Rxc3 Magnus Carlsen is the supreme monarch of the chess world. His recent victories in both the World Rapid Championship and the World Blitz Championship in Dubai confirm his towering, practical strength. Before Dubai, he already held the World Classical title, which …