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New England wild turkey 
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Wild Turkeys Become More Elusive With Winter Weather

Monday, November 24, 2014

By late October, with the summer birds long gone, I find myself growing ever more appreciative of the birds that stick around, including wild turkeys. …

Rhino-Horse Wandered Ancient India

Monday, November 24, 2014

A portly hooved animal about the size of a wild pig just might help solve a 55-million-year-old mystery of evolution and continental drift. The mammal, …

Scientists Are Building a Better Battery

Monday, November 24, 2014

Berkeley, Calif. — Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S — 265 miles — but at one-fifth the $70,000 price …

Master of All Mediums Mike Nichols Is Dead at 83

Friday, November 21, 2014

New York — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence. Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several …

About to Turn 3, ‘Lilyhammer’ Might Just Be the Future of TV

Friday, November 21, 2014

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt is not one of the first people I ever thought of in connection with the future of TV. But with the third season of his Netflix series, Lilyhammer, about to drop today, I am here to tell you he has become …

Indian Harvest

Friday, November 21, 2014

A veiled Indian woman talks to another as they harvest paddy at a rice field on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, on Thursday. About 60 percent of Indians work in the agricultural sector, contributing 16 to 20 percent …

Art Notes: A Niche in Lyme: Long River Studios Expands Gallery’s Offerings

Thursday, November 20, 2014

D a vid Celone, the owner of Long River Studios in Lyme, looks around the two rooms that make up the gallery space. “So much wonderful art, so little wall space,” he said. It’s true: the interior of …

Entertainment Highlights: Peter Rowan Stops at the Freight House

Thursday, November 20, 2014

One of these days, Peter Rowan will hunker down in his cabin on a bay north of San Francisco full time, the better to finish a memoir about his half-century in Americana music, to paint more pictures, and …

Concerto Commissioned for Claremont’s 250th Debuts Friday

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Claremont — Far from his native Syria and New York City home — both geographically and culturally — composer Kinan Azmeh nonetheless feels a close connection to the rural landscape of Northern New England. It was in New …

Has ‘The Daily Show’ Surpassed ‘SNL’ as Hollywood’s Farm Team?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

As Foxcatcher hits theaters Friday, everyone is buzzing about Steve Carell’s big dramatic debut, not to mention his prosthetic nose (which is how you know this role has Oscar potential). He plays the real-life character of John du Pont, a homicidal multimillionaire, who became obsessed with two wrestler …

Bloodshot Records Celebrates 20 Years

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chicago — Chicago’s scrappy country-punk Bloodshot Records observes two decades in the music business trenches this year. Celebrating that benchmark, the label released the ambitious compilation While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records this week. Bloodshot’s raw aesthetic has always been the antithesis of …

Stephen Colbert Will Host Kennedy Center Honors

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Washington — Stephen Colbert has been named host of the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, a gala celebration Dec. 7 that will spotlight singers Al Green and Sting, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride and comedian Lily Tomlin, the arts center announced Wednesday. Best known as the host …

Fallout Continues for Cosby as Number of Accusations Grows

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New York — NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of The Cosby Show, moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the …