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FILE - In this March 7, 2015 file photo, a health worker, right, cleans a man's arm before injecting him with a Ebola vaccine  in Conakry, Guinea. An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday, July 31, 2015. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the world’s biggest outbreak began last year.  (AP Photo/ Youssouf Bah, File)

Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa

Friday, July 31, 2015

LONDON — An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Amherst Zoe Tessler, the daughter of Patricia Gorman and Richard Tessler and a rising senior at Hamilton College, is part of a research group at Hamilton studying the invasive garlic mustard plant. Tessler, an art and biology major, is a graduate of Amherst Regional High School. Belchertown Gabriel Norwood, a freshman majoring in history, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at …

Family Wanted: Energetic 10-year-old dreams of being a scientist

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dhamanjie or “D-Man” is an energetic 10-year-old African American boy who is always on the go. He enjoys playing outdoors. He has a good sense of humor and enjoys making others laugh. In his downtime, he enjoys reading and watching cartoons with his favorite superheros. Spiderman has been a long-time favorite. Dhamanjie loves …

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 …