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FILE - In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, a scene is shown during a performance of Disney's "The Lion King," in Las Vegas. With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, "The Lion King" stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Darrin Bush, FIle)

‘The Lion King’ earns record box office

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Here’s something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: “The Lion King” is the top ticket of all time. With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, “The Lion King” stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history, The Associated Press has learned. …

Woman gives birth on California freeway shoulder

Monday, September 22, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marine Corps veteran Bolivar Vilchez was terrified as he helped his wife deliver their daughter on the side of a Southern California freeway. The Orange County Register reports that 29-year-old Sandra Vilchez of Riverside County was on the way to her mother’s home early Saturday when she delivered baby …

‘Walking Dead’ leads fall TV lineup on cable

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cable’s fall lineup boasts some big-time drama returns, led by ratings champ “The Walking Dead” and awards winner “Homeland.” But after their jam-packed summer season, these channels appear content to cede the fall spotlight to the broadcast networks. Maybe the cablers are stoking up to launch a serious assault in 2015? The new year is when we’ll see big arrivals like AMC’s “Breaking …

Polly Bergen, versatile actress, singer, dies at 84

Sunday, September 21, 2014

NEW YORK — Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original “Cape Fear” and the first woman president in “Kisses for My President,” died Saturday, according to her …

A taste of tech: Devices changing the game for restaurants and patrons

Friday, September 19, 2014

From taco stands to sit-down restaurants, technology is changing the way we order, pay and even dine while eating out. Want to peruse the news or occupy your fidgety kids at the table? There’s a tablet for that. …

Want to be a better cook? Choose the right pan for the task at hand

Friday, September 19, 2014

Picking the perfect pan for cooking may seem simple enough. A frying pan for scrambled eggs and burgers. A huge pot for boiling pasta or sweet corn. If you want to cook well, though, choosing the right pan …

Lou & Lucy’s leftovers: Littlenecks

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just got back from vacation in Wellfleet — and boy, did I get a raw deal there. But this raw deal was a good thing and educational to boot. Last year a friend and I taught ourselves to shuck our own oysters. We sat a picnic table and …

Naming the Baby

Friday, September 19, 2014

WINNIE — Brooke Allison, daughter of Craig and Amy Winnie, of Easthampton, was born Aug. 7 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. Brooke has one brother, Austin. …

On the horns of a dilemma

Friday, September 19, 2014

It is certainly possible to stumble into a good result by accident. For example, consider this deal from a pair championship where North responded to his partner’s opening one-heart bid with one spade. This fancy footwork was intended …

Joel von Ranson & John Sublett

Friday, September 19, 2014

Joel von Ranson and John Edward “Teddy” Sublett are to be married Sept. 20 by Sag Harbor Village Justice Andrea Schiavoni at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York. Joel, 46, is a partner at the executive recruiting …

Saskia Sidenfaden & Zachary Schlappi

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dale and Diane Schlappi, of Sunderland, are announcing the engagement of their son, Zachary Schlappi, to Saskia Sidenfaden. The couple live in New York City. Zachary is the art director at Avalanche Studios in New York City, and …

School Lunch Menus

Friday, September 19, 2014

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Chicken nuggets, mixed fruit, carrot sticks, apple slices, oven-baked fries TUESDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, hash browns, carrot sticks, apple, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Cheesey stuffed breadsticks, marinara sauce, romaine salad with tomato, baby carrots and celery, diced pears, banana THURSDAY: Oven-roasted chicken, vegetarian baked beans, veggie …

Friends & Neighbors

Friday, September 19, 2014

To submit an item to Friends & Neighbors, send an email to newsroom@gazettenet.com or mail your news to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, Ma. 01061, c/o Friends & Neighbors. The Northampton High School class of 1954 will hold its 60th reunion on the weekend of Oct. …