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Author and sexuality educator Cindy Pierce, of Etna, has released the new book Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World. Pierce, 50, also speaks to parents, teachers and students on the topic. Tuesday, November 24, 2015.  (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Sex in a Pornographic Age

Monday, November 30, 2015

Before reading the book that she encouraged Etna resident Cindy Pierce to write, Vicki Hoefle thought she was well-versed in how young people struggle to …

Physician Shortage Changes Options For Care

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Association of American Medical Colleges projects that the nation will face a shortage of 12,000 to 31,000 primary-care physicians by 2025. So it’s no …

Coke Exec on ‘Adversarial’ Relations With Critics

Monday, November 30, 2015

New York — Coke says it wants to mend relations with critics of its sugary drinks. Sandy Douglas, president of Coke North America, said in …

Students Write About Confronting Ghosts in Their Daily Lives

Tuesday, November 24, 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 in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. …

Final ‘Hunger Games’ Opens at a Franchise Low

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Los Angeles — Mockingjay - Part 2, the final Hunger Games film, soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. For most films this would be a coup, but The Hunger Games had its own records to beat, and …

The Outside Story: This Fall, Bears Are Gorging Themselves on Apples

Monday, November 23, 2015

Last week, a black bear in a blaze orange collar showed up in our yard. Two cubs followed close behind. The sow paused to observe the house, then led her cubs up across our field and down into …

Three Scientific Breakthroughs We’re Going to Hear More About

Monday, November 23, 2015

Who said scientists can’t be world-famous celebrities? Earlier this month, nearly $22 million in Breakthrough Prizes were handed out to the world’s top researchers in physics, the life sciences and mathematics. The $3 million Breakthrough Prizes, at twice the dollar amount of the Nobel Prize, are the highest-dollar …

Helping Pets Find Their Way

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Claremont — When animal control officer Cathy Sullivan says she can never predict what her schedule will be on a given day, she isn’t exaggerating. Sullivan once took a call from a woman worried about a cat that …

Column: Americans Think America’s for the Rich

Monday, November 23, 2015

At first glance — and second, and third — Americans look to be marching off in two diametrically opposed directions. On immigration, Democrats and Republicans could not have more contrasting views; cities, which have become distinctly progressive bastions, are enacting a host of liberal ordinances, while the substantial …

Actress Changed Stripes for ‘Jones’

Monday, November 23, 2015

Krysten Ritter is quick to mention that she never fancied herself a superhero actor. She’s not even, she believes, what you expect a comic-book heroine to look like. But a casting director whom Ritter knew asked her to …

After Paris Attacks, Religious Liberties Under Strain for Muslims in France

Monday, November 23, 2015

Paris — The mournful sermon in the Mosque Tawhid at Friday prayers was about the attacks, because it is hard now to speak of anything else and dangerous to say nothing. “Islam is completely against this abomination. To kill someone is to kill all of humanity,” the preacher, …

Letting the River Roll

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Randolph — Among the 2,700 or so dams spanning the Connecticut River and the hundreds of tributaries that feed it, the one across the Third Branch of the White River in downtown Randolph looked relatively benign to the …

‘Spotlight’ Gets Abuse And Culture Just Right

Friday, November 20, 2015

In a conventional Hollywood movie, Spotlight, Tom McCarthy’s excellent new movie about the Boston Globe team that conducted the paper’s reporting on clerical sexual abuse, would end in a triumphant fashion. After a period of intense reporting that …