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Beatrix the trapped beaver now awaiting new home and love interest

Friday, July 31, 2015

By Erik Lacitis The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — Feisty female seeks male with whom to build a home and have offspring. Interested? Please make yourself available to be trapped. Literally trapped. The universal search. For those who don’t live here, a month ago a beaver became a cause celebre in the Seattle area. It was caught, its life spared, and moved to a temporary home at the Tulalip Fish …

Katy Perry’s bid to buy LA convent in limbo

Friday, July 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Katy Perry’s dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have to wait a while longer. The convent, which Perry has wanted to buy to be her personal residence for several years, is in the middle of a legal fight between a group of elderly nuns and …

US health care, then and now

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance. “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine,” Johnson said at the bill signing. “No longer will illness crush and …

Your Time: Making books with Betsy, Chesterfield

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Children from Davenport Childcare Preschool and Bonnie’s Program for school-aged kids spent a Wednesday morning in the Chesterfield Town Hall learning how to create handmade books with Betsy Todd. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Chesterfield …

Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience

Thursday, July 30, 2015

LAS VEGAS — A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas’ Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said Wednesday as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the …

Jimmy Kimmel mourns Cecil the Lion, lashes out at animal’s killer

Thursday, July 30, 2015

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (TNS) What does it take to make Jimmy Kimmel cry? The death of Cecil the Lion, apparently. On Tuesday, the comedian lashed out at Walter Palmer, the formerly anonymous Minnesota dentist who became the scourge of the Internet for his reported role …

Camp Firewood is back in business in ‘Wet Hot American Summer’

Thursday, July 30, 2015

By David Martindale Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS) The cast keeps aging, but the joke never seems to get old. In “Wet Hot American Summer,” a 2001 movie now regarded as a cult classic, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper were among the actors portraying 16-year-old summer camp …

Reality TV show unveils life as a trainer of animal actors

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

By SUE MANNING Associated Press LOS ANGELES — For years, Bill Berloni has taught his dogs to play make believe. Now, he’s making it real. The trainer teaches rescue dogs to beg, bark and bow or sit, stand and shake for movies, TV and the Broadway stage. Once …

Reality TV fisherman indicted on fraud charges

Monday, July 27, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A star of TV’s “Wicked Tuna” has been indicted on federal fraud charges. The indictment says Paul Hebert claimed to be disabled and unable to work while he was catching fish and appearing on the National Geographic Channel reality show. The four-count indictment against the …

‘Ant-Man’ edges out ‘Pixels’ to retain No. 1 box-office spot

Monday, July 27, 2015

By David Ng Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — After receiving a Donkey Kong-style pounding from critics, “Pixels,” the ’80s video-game themed comedy starring Adam Sandler, was edged out at the box office on its opening weekend, failing to take the No. 1 spot from “Ant-Man,” which …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Hilltown health series The Hilltown Community Health Center is offering a free six-week series, “My Life, My Health” focusing on ways to manage on-going health conditions. Taught by certified trainers Diane Meehan and Janet Dimock, the workshops are designed to …

Fatherhood journey: Lesson learned: Dad doesn’t need to be fixer-upper

Monday, July 27, 2015

The conventional fatherhood box is tightly bound by roles of provider, protector and fixer-upper. I began my own fatherhood journey with this deeply etched in my psyche, joining generations of men who were raised to think this way. I also welcomed the role of father as caregiver, spending …

One in four people prescribed opioids progressed to longer-term prescriptions

Monday, July 27, 2015

Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first …