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Richard Patterson nears the top of Tuckerman's Ravine on Mount Washington Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Richard, James Patterson's brother, agreed to accompany him on his long-standing goal of hiking the highest mountain in the northeast. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Summer Journey: A Long Climb to the Summit of Mount Washington

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mount Washington is the tallest peak in the Northeast, at 6,288 feet. It holds the record for the highest sustained winds in our hemisphere, at …

Battling an ‘Orphan’ Illness

Sunday, July 26, 2015

To: Francis Collins Director, National Institutes of Health Dear Dr. Collins, You might recall the last time we spoke. It was January 2013, and I …

A Fairly Good Time, Year After Year

Sunday, July 26, 2015

North Haverhill — Hours before the gates opened to the public Wednesday afternoon, the North Haverhill fairgrounds were abuzz with people putting the finishing touches …

Jake Gyllenhaal Made Himself Tough to Recognize for ‘Southpaw’

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you thought Jake Gyllenhaal’s transformation for last year’s Nightcrawler was extreme — losing weight and gaining a creepy intensity to play a feral freelance video cameraman trolling the streets of L.A. — look at the actor in …

Final Round

Friday, July 24, 2015

Nick MacDonald, of Lebanon, hits his drive on the 16th tee during the final round of the New England Amateur Championship at Baker Hill Golf Club in Newbury, N.H., on Thursday. MacDonald finished in the top ten, with …

Bill Would Block GMO Labeling

Friday, July 24, 2015

Washington — Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday. The House bill is backed by the food industry, which has fought mandatory labeling efforts in several states around the country. The legislation, which passed …

Opera North Stakes Its Claim to Summer

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Opera North, which opens its season at the Lebanon Opera House on July 31 with a production of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story , has been rightfully hailed for a 30-year-history of bringing operatic and musical theater classics …

Dr. John Dreams of Satchmo

Thursday, July 23, 2015

With all the streams and strains and spirits of New Orleans running through his veins and his music, Dr. John always revered Louis Armstrong, but never performed with the godfather of jazz and met him only once, briefly, …

In the Footsteps Of Saint-Gaudens

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Shellburne Thurber is a well-known Boston photographer who takes interior shots of buildings and houses without p eople in them. She’s not aping the kinds of photography you’d see in Architectural Digest , but is trying to evoke …

‘The Strain’ Is Silly but Has a Serious Message About Crises

Thursday, July 23, 2015

When it comes to TV-watching, I loathe the phrase “guilty pleasure.” The idea of feeling “guilt” about anything one watches on television, of all media, strikes me as a waste of emotional bandwidth. But I’m not sure how else to describe my love for FX’s The Strain. It’s …

Newly Discovered Seuss Book on Pets

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman isn’t the only rediscovered manuscript getting some buzz recently. Another book, but one geared to a much younger audience, is also highly anticipated. A newly discovered Dr. Seuss book goes on sale …

By Any Other Name...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Will Radler was still just an amateur rose breeder — a basement hobbyist, really — when he walked out of his home in Milwaukee carrying that fateful baby rose in a soil-stuffed cup. He didn’t realize it then, …

Raise Your Glass: A Perfect Wine For Spritzers

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Frontera, 2014 Chile, Central Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 1.5 Liters, $11 I don’t often write about what some would derisively call “industrial wine,” but Frontera, the big-batch line from Concha y Toro, is an exception. However, I’m not going …