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Life & Times

 Keeping each other honest for 10 years, Goodie and David Corriveau combined have lost more than 100 pounds.

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive …

Affordable Care Act Refutes Cost Prediction

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — Business groups said soon after the health-care act became law in 2010 that the sweeping health-care overhaul would impose huge new costs on …

Fall Writing: Students Consider Leaves and the Woods

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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 in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. …

Parkour at the Park

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ian Keeffe, 11, left, and his friend Chance Nigriny, 10, both of Hanover, practice parkour, which is an obstacle-clearing sport, on the half-pipe at the skate park in West Lebanon on Monday. The two boys, along with another …

Why Some Kids Overcome Obstacles Others Can’t

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Leoandra Onnie Rogers is an exceptional person because she lives beyond the confines of expectations. Rogers, the first in her family to attend college, has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS), where …

‘Gone Girl’ Tops Box Office Again

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Los Angeles — An onslaught of new movies couldn’t make Gone Girl disappear from the top of the box-office charts. The David Fincher-directed thriller was the highest-grossing film in the U.S. and Canada for the second weekend in a row, beating out the fantasy adventure Dracula Untold, Disney’s …

Britain Leads International Emmy Nods With Six

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New York — Britain has picked up a leading six International Emmy nominations, including best actor and actress nods for Stephen Dillane and Olivia Colman. Dillane, best known for his role as Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones, is nominated for portraying an aging British police detective investigating …

Showtime’s ‘The Affair’ Provides Some Insight Into Infidelity

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New York — In an empty office space with sweeping views of midtown Manhattan, Dominic West and Maura Tierney are seated on a couch looking, well, miserable. “I could have had anyone I wanted when I was young …

Change in U.S. History AP Test Is Patriotic

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

During the 11 years Trevor Packer has run the College Board’s Advanced Placement program, teachers of AP U.S. history have bemoaned the wide-open nature of the AP final exam’s multiple-choice section. Questions could range across anything related to American history. It was hard to resist stuffing students with …

The Audacious, Clever Gray Jay Is Under Stress in Vermont

Monday, October 13, 2014

I have friends who live in the North Woods. Moose graze on their lawn. Loons call from the pond. And the gray jays line up on the deck railing for breakfast. They swoop in when they hear the …

Big Cats Approach Hunt as Science

Monday, October 13, 2014

Whether a fleet-footed cheetah or a lie-in-wait puma, a hunting feline’s survival balances on the point between how much energy they lose in hunting for a meal and the energy they gain from actually eating it. Now, two new studies in the journal Science follow these big cats …

‘Green Burials’ Are Rising

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jay Castano knows exactly what his funeral will be like. A few days after he dies, friends and family will gather in Washington, say a few kind words and put his unembalmed body straight into the Earth. “I …