December 29, 2011 RSS feed / Living

Marriage optional

More and more adults in America staying out of the ring

NEW YORK A s a 20-something, Erin Turner feels she made all the right moves dating wise. More...

Gray wolves on the rebound

Their future is uncertain as federal protections end

ATLANTA, Mich.  After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving the gray wolf, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf protection business, leaving it to individual states — and the wolves themselves &mdas More...

The nativity gets update

LONDON  T here’s a beautifully groomed Mary in a blue party dress, a fashionable Joseph gazing adoringly at the baby, and wise men carrying a Faberge egg, a crystal bottle of perfume and a decorated skull.  More...

Merriam-Webster picks ‘pragmatic’ as Word of Year

When the time came for Merriam- Webster to pick its top word of 2011, its editors decided they needed to be pragmatic.  So they chose ... More...

Michigan gives Wis. mitten campaign the thumbs down

LANSING, Mich.   Michigan and Wisconsin have thrown off the gloves and are engaged in hand-to-hand combat in a debate over which of them looks more like a mitten.  More...

Charleston fire; first execution of Union deserter

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

In April 1861, the Civil War’s first shots were fired in Charleston, S.C.  More...

Getting someone’s attention without trying ... by crying

A s I stood by the side of the road next to the police cruiser, still crying and now wondering if my father was at all concerned that I had basically hung up on him abruptly after saying “I’ve got to go dad, there’s a cop,” I More...

The Union moves to enforce its blockade

President Abraham Lincoln announced a blockade of Southern seaports months earlier in 1861. More...

Concert offers new voices for old favorites

LEWISTON — The “Just Us” Entertainers will stage their Christmas show at 7:30 p. m. Saturday and 2 p. m. Sunday at the Franco American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St.  More...

The Trent Affair — Britain and U.S. in crisis

The Trent Affair, a diplomatic crisis involving the doctrine of freedom of the seas that brought Britain and the United States to their closest point of possible hostilities early in the Civil War, reaches a boiling point this week 150 years ago.&nbs More...

Florida yoga teacher named ‘world’s oldest’

PINELLAS PARK, Fla.  The yoga teacher in the front of the room lay on the floor, her hands resting on her upper thighs. She lifted her right leg high in the air, foot flexed. More...

Doctor in Auburn moves on from humorist to activist

AUBURN  A family doctor who targeted physicians’ funny bone with a humor magazine for doctors has ceased publication after a 10-year run, freeing him up to sharpen his focus on attacking changes in the health industry that he says come bet More...

Diplomatic crisis defused in Trent Affair

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

At the close of 1861, President Abraham Lincoln finds himself at war at home — and fending off a diplomatic crisis with Britain that threatens hostilities if not handled delicately.  More...

Company envisions floating startups

SUNNYVALE, Calif.   You’ve heard of tech companies starting in a Silicon Valley garage. More...

Jewish New York City

History, heritage, Hanukkah — and food

NEW YORK  M useums and historic sites, the world’s largest menorah, and a trendy new Tribeca restaurant inspired by an old-school Catskills resort. More...

Groups increase efforts to stop sales of pet store puppies

LOS ANGELES ( AP) — More puppies are sold at pet stores during the holiday season than any other time of year. More...

SKIING SANTAS

SOME OF THE 250 Santas participating in a fundraising event ride the chairlift at Sunday River Ski Resort this past Sunday in Newry. More...

Doolittle’s raid electrifies a world at war

NEW ORLEANS   Almost 70 years after the United States struck Japan in a bold bombing raid that did little damage but lifted the spirits of a Pearl Harborweary nation, Thomas Griffin relishes the role he played that day as a navigator in one of J More...

Arts in brief

West Bath artist hosts open studio   WEST BATH — Evelyn Dunphy will open her studio at 596 Fosters Point Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Paintings will be on view and for sale. More...

Aging in Place

A little help can go a long way

VERONA, N.J. Retirement communities may have their perks, but Beryl O’Connor says it would be tough to match the birthday surprise she got in her own backyard when she turned 80 this year. More...