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Teacher Jessica Cosmo works with Kaleb Jamieson, a fourth grader, during a writing workshop for third, fourth, and fifth graders at Chelsea School in Chelsea, Vt., on April 15, 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>

School Notes: Donor Provides Chelsea Elementary With Windfall of Books

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Something in the way Chelsea Elementary School teacher Jessica Cosmo wrote her online request spoke across the miles and the years to Vermont native Susan …

Colleges Grapple With Cheating

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Los Angeles — Stanford University’s honor code dates to 1921, written by students to help guide them through the minefield of plagiarism, forbidden collaboration, copying …

Young Writers Project: When a Bad Idea Turns Out to Be Great or Maybe Not So Good

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences …

Movie Review: ‘Unfriended’ Drags More Than It Clicks

Friday, April 17, 2015

Unfriended, a horror thriller from the Russian producer-director team of Timur Bekmambetov and Levan Gabriadze, is part of a long, proud tradition of visual gimmickry pressed into service on behalf of genre, from the seemingly unbroken single take of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and Robert Montgomery’s subjective camera in …

Movie Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Offers a Revolution in Cuteness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. So while it’s got plenty of cute macaque monkeys, playing and cavorting, there’s also a little social commentary in the mirror the monkey movie holds up …

‘Child 44’ Delves Into Soviet Darkness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Child 44 is involving despite itself. At times awkward and self-conscious, this despairing police tale starring Tom Hardy and set in the USSR during the last days of dictator Josef Stalin, manages to muster enough punch to hold …

On ‘Orphan Black,’ Hard-Working Actress Gets Some Company

Friday, April 17, 2015

Meryl Streep needs to step up her game. Those three Oscars and two Emmys are little more than impressive paperweights. She can slip into numerous accents, but so could Rich Little. If the so-called Hollywood queen really wants to earn her tiara, she’ll have to take an acting …

Hanging Out

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jon Gover, 13, relaxes in a tree at dusk in East Bethel on Thursday. Valley News — James M. Patterson …

Painting for Puppies

Friday, April 17, 2015

At the Country Animal Hospital in Bethel, South Royalton High School freshman Aliza George puts finishing touches on a panel she has painted for a mural in the dog day care and training facility at the animal hospital. …

‘The Hunting Ground’ Plays Out Like a Campus Horror Movie

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Hunting Ground , a documentary about sexual assault on American college campuses that will be screened Saturday at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth College, looks and sounds like a horror film. There are scenes of …

Art Against Extremism: Abderrahmane Sissako to Receive Dartmouth Film Award

Friday, April 17, 2015

The presentation of the Dartmouth Film Award to Mauritanian-born director Abderrahmane Sissako on Tuesday is timely. The award acknowledges the rise to artistic prominence of film directors from Africa, which is a little like saying the rise to …

Six Reasons To Watch ‘Other Space’

Friday, April 17, 2015

The expectations for Other Space are unfairly high. Paul Feig wrote the series, and the last time he set his sights on a television show, it was the completely genius, utterly underappreciated Freaks and Geeks, which lasted one …

Different Religions Can Take a Heavy Toll on Relationships

Friday, April 17, 2015

In the United States, which has been referred to as the “great melting pot” for generations, it should come as no surprise that with all these different kinds of people has come practically as many ways of believing in a higher power. What may be surprising is that …