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Margaret Raymond, director of the Family History Center at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial, pages through a binder full of her family history in Royalton, Vt., on Feb. 25, 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>

Links in the Chain

Friday, February 27, 2015

A ll families have mysteries . For the last 30 years, Shelia Mitchinson has been researching a puzzle in her husband’s family history. His grandfather …

3,000 Miles With the Kids, On a Roadtrip To Boredom

Friday, February 27, 2015

Last July my kids and I drove from our house in New York to my hometown in Montana. My one rule: No screens. John, 6, …

A Fraternity Brother, not a Frat Bro, Combats College Rape

Friday, February 27, 2015

Indianapolis — When Matt Leibowitz got ready to re-enter the world he loves — the world he so deeply wants to change — he dressed …

A Saw-Whet Owl Stops By for Breakfast

Friday, February 20, 2015

One morning last week, after preparing our usual breakfast with tea, I started for the basement door and my walk down the driveway to fetch the Valley News for me and my wife, Kathleen. But as I reached …

‘Birth of a Nation’ Debate Endures

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury. D.W. Griffith’s three-hour Civil War epic, The Birth of a Nation, was released in April 1915 after a …

Romance Writers Get Some Love

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washington — Who among us, even in the dyspeptic climate of Capitol Hill, does not yearn for the HEA? For the cool of heart and the calculating of temperament, the Happily Ever After is the delicious denouement expected …

Lawmakers: Allow Pets To Ride Amtrak Too

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washington — It all began with Lily, a 15-pound snowball of a French bulldog with the face of a tough guy and the personality of a princess. She and her owner, Rep. Jeff Denham of California, take the …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: A New Chess Queen

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Win the Queen There is a new queen of chess. With a third-place finish (after tie-breaks) in the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival in Caleta, England, 20-year-old Hou Yifan has made a giant step forward. A prodigy of rare talent who learned to play the game …

Idaho’s Sun Valley Is the Birthplace of Heliskiing

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Ketchum, Idaho — If you want to see grown men giggle with joy like sugar-addled schoolgirls, you could go to the Super Bowl, a Home Depot clearance sale or a movie theater showing an early Jim Carrey marathon. …

On Fashion: Why Are Designers Afraid of Women’s Sex Appeal?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — Making a woman look and feel sexy is one of fashion’s enduring pursuits. The most reliable and straightforward way to achieve this goal is by revealing some skin — but not too much. Everyone knows that part of what makes for a sexy entrance is …

Miss Manners: Don’t Discourage Children From Showing Respect

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: My son is a polite, respectful and kind-hearted child. As my mother before me, we only use the terms “Yes, ma’am” and “No, ma’am” to much older ladies and gentlemen. A simple “yes” or “no” spoken in kindness was always sufficient. In my nephew’s home …

Pawscars Honor Top Animal Actors

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Los Angeles — Honoring actors brings out red carpets, couture and — sometimes — creatures. A monkey who’s starred in 25 movies over two decades was top dog at the sixth annual Pawscars, the animal version of the Oscars. Waving a statue over her head in triumph, a …

To Your Good Health: For Some Terminal Patients, Routine Procedures Can Be Unnecessary Care

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother has stage 4 cancer. She just went to a dermatologist, who performed Mohs surgery on her nose. I am BEYOND upset by this unethical behavior. The country is already deeply in debt, and Medicare is paying for this? Unconscionable! Not to mention the …