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Today in History

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2016. There are 324 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law favoring his Democratic-Republican Party — giving rise to the term “gerrymandering.” On this date: In 660 B.C., tradition holds that Japan was founded as Jimmu ascended the throne as the country’s first …

Climate change means more fleas, more heartworm for cats and dogs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Climate change doesn’t just affect habitats for wildlife. It’s also affecting cats and dogs. Fleas and ticks are getting smaller, but there are more of them, they eat more often, and they’re causing problems in what used to be the colder months. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes, but those mosquitoes …

VA hospitals compare well on death, readmission rates

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHICAGO — Veterans’ hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions. Chances for dying or being readmitted within 30 days of treatment for those conditions varied only slightly for patients hospitalized within the VA system versus at outside …

A LOOK BACK

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

50 Years Ago • Representatives of over 100 young people met with the Rev. Frank A. Danforth at the Methodist Church last night to formulate plans for a teen center. As an outgrowth of a Jan. 13 meeting, a petition had been drawn up and was presented by …

Beyonce’s Super Bowl show bringing both praise and criticism

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A day after the Super Bowl, people are still parsing over each frame from Beyonce’s halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The …

Today in History

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By The Associated Press Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2016. There are 325 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov lost the first game of a match in Philadelphia against an IBM …

Super Bowl sliders: A little beer is a lot of flavor in these mini burgers

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing’s more substantial than a burger, even in its mini form — the slider. Indeed, if you plan to serve a variety of dishes for the Super Bowl, …

‘Four Sundays in February’ honors pioneering rock ‘n’ roller June Millington

The official name is “Four Sundays in February.” But as Steve Sanderson sees it, it’s really a month-long arts party. The longtime event, produced by the Northampton Arts Council, has traditionally featured a variety of art performances, held …

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A mudroom is more than a place to store stuff

A great mudroom has its own heat source, gets natural light, is easy to clean and is well organized. With those four fundamentals it’s hard to go wrong and easy to find ways to let creativity flourish. Mike …

VA hospitals compare well on death, readmission rates

CHICAGO — Veterans’ hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions. Chances for dying or being readmitted within 30 days of treatment for …