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Library of Congress honors Billy Joel

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian James Billington said Tuesday the singer-songwriter, whose hits include “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl,” will receive the prize in Washington in November. The Gershwin Prize honors a living artist’s lifetime achievement in music. Previous recipients include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, the songwriting duo of Burt Bacharach and the … 0

‘Fargo’ the series will return to FX with a new cold case

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ah, geez, get that snow gear cleaned. “Fargo” the series is returning. The acclaimed TV reboot of the acclaimed Oscar-winning Coen brothers film will come back for a second 10-episode installment. Series creator Noah Hawley is working on an all-new “true crime” story that will feature an all-new cast of characters, a new time period and a new case that will retain the … 0

ABC’s Faris gets weekend anchor job

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Faris is replacing the departing Bianna Golodryga as the news anchor on the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” ABC News said Monday that Faris will start Aug. 8. The “World News Now” anchor joined the network in 2012 from the NBC affiliate in Chicago, and was recently given exposure as ABC News’ reporter at the World Cup. … 0

Your Time: Holyoke Canoe Club, Holyoke

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Holyoke Canoe Club, on Old Ferry Road, has changed over the years — but kept its name. Founded 125 years ago by local sportsmen interested in canoe racing, the club today offers swimming, tennis and boating, along … 0

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices … 0

Texas blues guitarist Johnny Winter dies at 70

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GENEVA — Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. … 0

ABC puts focus on diversity

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — ABC is taking a bold step this fall to diversify prime-time television by prominently showcasing African-Americans, Latinos and other minorities on a scale never before seen on a major American network. The broadcast networks have traditionally cast white actors in lead roles, calculating that … 0

Weather Channel geeks talking shop

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A bunch of weather geeks sitting around talking shop is The Weather Channel’s idea for new programming. A weekly show will gather meteorologists and other experts to discuss topics like the merits of storm-chasing, how to fight droughts and whether machines or humans are … 0

Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use. Niacin is a type of B vitamin long … 0

A Look Back

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ The Three County Fair plans to construct a tunnel under the racetrack in the vicinity of the grandstand, at an estimated cost of $12,000. The passageway will be 110 feet long, 8½ feet high and 7 feet wide. ■ The Calvin Theatre is one … 0

French law stirs pot against bad restaurant food

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PARIS — Restaurant-goers in France will start seeing a funny little symbol on their menus this week: a skillet with a house on top, indicating your menu choice is made in-house. It’s part of a new law meant … 0

Bruce Watson: You got served: The people v. House Republicans for 'egregious neglect of duty'

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Now that House Speaker John Boehner is hoping to sue the president for acting when Congress refused to act, perhaps our litigious society can afford one more lawsuit. PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES v SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER AND … 1

James MacGregor Burns, historian, dies in Williamstown

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday at 95. Burns died at … 0