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At her home in  Lyme, N.H. Carola Lea hands Innocent Mpoki some curry for a dinner he was making on Aug. 21, 2014. Mpoki stayed with Lea this summer while he worked at Loch Lyme Lodge to make money for college.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

New School, New Challenge: Zimbabwean Student’s Journey Continues at Middlebury 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Innocent Mpoki begins classes today at Middlebury College, one of 660 students in the class of 2018, of which 73 are international students; Mpoki also …

Cardigan Mountain Teacher Goes to Camp

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Canaan — Cardigan Mountain School science department Chairman David Auerbach spent part of late July at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., …

Anti-Hazing Program Seeks ‘Full-Scale Culture Change’ in High Schools

Monday, September 1, 2014

Seattle — As an eager, if nervous, ninth-grader, Anya Meleshuk allowed several older girls to blindfold her one afternoon, put her in a car and …

‘The Cosmopolitans’ Leads the Pack of New Amazon Offerings

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Here comes the third round of Amazon pilots, even before we’ve seen the fruits of the second. The first gave the world Garry Trudeau’s (neologism alert) Republicom Alpha House, whose second season began filming in July. Jill Soloway’s Transparent, one of four green-lighted pilots from the last batch, …

Pierce Brosnan Returns to Espionage

Saturday, August 30, 2014

On his 60th birthday in May 2013, Pierce Brosnan woke up in Belgrade, Serbia. In three days he was to start shooting a new action-thriller called The November Man, playing a world-weary but still lethal ex-CIA agent, the …

A Loyal Soldier’s Campaign Journal

Friday, August 29, 2014

November’s Gladiators , by Terry Baxter; Langdon Street Press, 274 pages, $27.95 The vast piles of books generated by political campaigns tend to be about the decisions of strategy and tactics that led to victory. All those books …

Novel About Race Debuts at a Critical Time

Friday, August 29, 2014

Your Face in Mine: A Novel by Jess Row; Riverhead Hardcover 384 pages, $27.95 Jess Row’s provocative new novel arrives at a time when the talk we once heard about a post-racial America has sputtered (Google “Ferguson, Missouri” if you’re unsure why). Race is the impossible subject, the …

William Deresiewicz Waves His Red Flag at the Ivy League

Friday, August 29, 2014

St. Louis — In his introduction to Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, former Yale professor William Deresiewicz describes today’s Ivy League as a highly competent zombie factory, one …

Iraq Spurs Catholic Debate on Warfare

Friday, August 29, 2014

“Never war! Never war!” Those were the words of Pope Francis very recently, marking the centennial of the outbreak of the cataclysmic First World War. “I think most of all about children, whose hopes for a dignified life, a future, are dashed.” But sometimes, according to Roman Catholic …

Jolie, Pitt Make It Official

Friday, August 29, 2014

New York — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s reigning royal couple, have tied the knot. Despite two years of feverish scrutiny, the pair managed to keep one of the world’s most anticipated …

Editorial: High School Fatigue; Teens Need More Sleep

Friday, August 29, 2014

Teenagers need more sleep. They also need more time in school. A national push is now under way to address the first problem, which is encouraging — but the second one is no less important. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced this week what a growing body of …

Column: Fore, and Against: Should Obama Play Golf?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nothing infuriates President Obama’s adversaries more than his golf outings, which have become so frequent that even his sympathizers have started to mutter about the unseemly symbolism of a commander-in-chief who practically lives on the links. In all …

Column: Attack Ads Aren’t as Bad as You Think

Friday, August 29, 2014

Negative campaign ads appear to be on the rise with the approach of this fall’s congressional elections and the 2016 presidential campaign. Hardly anyone has a good word to say about them. The standard critique — that they …