Life & Times

John Brown, of Bristol, Vt., racks for the next game during the weekly 8-ball tournament run by Bob Moreau at Railside Tavern in Randolph, Vt., on Nov. 17, 2014. The winner always racks the next game. Around fifteen people usually show up for the league, which runs from Labor Day to Memorial Day. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Are You Ready for Some 8-Ball?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Randolph — With near freezing temperatures and relentless rain, Monday’s weather was downright junky. But it didn’t dissuade more than a dozen people from showing …

Story Brings Apocalypse to Upper Valley

Friday, November 21, 2014

When I was in high school, one of my English teachers had us read William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Delivered in December 1950, it …

Dartmouth Graduate’s Iraq War Novel Wins National Book Award

Friday, November 21, 2014

At the 2014 National Book Awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, author Ursula K. Le Guin stole the show. The next morning, speaking by phone from …

Elementary Schools Develop Early Lessons on Data Literacy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Elementary school teacher Lisa Parisi is trying to teach her students a new kind of literacy. By the time fifth-graders enter her class at Denton Avenue School in New Hyde Park, N.Y., they are about 10 years old …

‘Distress Thermometer’

Monday, November 17, 2014

Philadelphia — When the staff at Abington Memorial Hospital handed the breast cancer patient its new “Distress Thermometer” questionnaire, she instantly felt conflicted. How could she, an early-stage patient with a good prognosis, say how she was really …

Living Under The Cloud of Ebola Virus

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hanover — Even though Liberian activist Patrice Juah has never contracted Ebola, her nationality — and her skin color — have marked her for prejudice. A few days ago, at an African arts conference in Morocco, Juah ventured …

Teens’ Use of E-Cigarettes Worries Officials

Monday, November 17, 2014

Washington — More high school students are using electronic cigarettes, according to new findings, raising concerns among health officials that the growing diversification of tobacco products could get more young people addicted to nicotine. While a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that …

Cardiac Clinical Trials Short On Diversity

Monday, November 17, 2014

Women, racial minorities, and people over 75 are underrepresented in the clinical trials that help determine the way all cardiac patients are treated, a study from Lankenau Medical Center researchers has found. This means that the recommendations that doctors use to treat heart problems may not be the …

Life Insurance Firms Could Ask for Access to Genetic Test Results

Monday, November 17, 2014

So you’re thinking you might like to check out one of those inexpensive new tests that would give you some insight into, say, the health implications of your ethnic heritage. It may, incidentally, turn up findings you may or may not want — say, on your Alzheimer’s disease …

Hollywood Film Awards, Dubious History Land in Prime Time

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two years ago, Quentin Tarantino sheepishly walked onto the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s ballroom to collect a Hollywood Film Awards screenplay prize for his gonzo western Django Unchained. The movie wouldn’t arrive in theaters for nine more weeks. “It’s strange to get an award while I’m …

Just My Style

Monday, November 17, 2014

Alexis McKay, 4, of Bradford, Vt., shows a dress she picked out to her stepfather Wayne Sarll during the Upper Valley Community Clothing Swap’s fourth annual fall and winter swap at Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction …

Audio Slideshow: The Cowboy And the Celt

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bethel —To set the scene at his concerts, cowboy singer and fiddler Skip Gorman sometimes places a fake campfire onstage. But he didn’t need that prop for a recent house concert with renowned Celtic singer Connie Dover, where …

The Souls Of Birds

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Floyd Scholz, one of the world’s leading bird carvers, lives atop a mountain in Hancock, Vt. The view from his house looks south down the narrow White River Valley. It’s the kind of panorama a hawk would have …