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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Katy Perry arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge is scheduled to hear arguments on Thursday, July 30, 2015, about who has the right to sell a hilltop convent that is the subject of competing offers from pop superstar Perry and a local businesswoman. The dispute has pitted Los Angeles’ Catholic archbishop against an order of elderly nuns with only five surviving members, at least two of whom oppose selling their former home to Perry. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

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 the archbishop of Los Angeles over who …

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 …

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I recently played an interesting hand in a $1,500-buy-in tournament. Everyone started with 15,000 in chips. Blinds started at 50-100 with hour-long levels, meaning there was lots of time to wait for strong hands. I realized that everyone at my table was implementing that strategy, so I quickly adjusted and attempted to steal …

health events

Monday, July 27, 2015

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ PARENTING BREAST-FEEDING — The Birthing Center at Holyoke Medical Center offers breast feeding class. Upcoming dates can be obtained by calling the center. Pre-registration is necessary. Mothers’ partners are encouraged to attend, as both partners have a role …

Closing of 88-bed N.H. brain disorder center sends ripples across nation

Monday, July 27, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — When Tyler Richardson’s son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger …

Contract Bridge: The visualization factor

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Card-reading is the very backbone of good declarer play. To be able to visualize the opponents’ cards accurately is more than half the battle; to then take advantage of these conclusions is usually the easier part of the …

Gluten-free cookies? A Toll House fan has his doubts

Saturday, July 25, 2015

People with celiac disease know that a gluten-free diet isn’t a fad or avant-garde trend. A Gluten and Allergy Free Expo takes place Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester. The event is dedicated to “meeting the needs …

Amherst Regional High School Honor Roll

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Amherst Regional High School Third Trimester GRADE 9 Camryn Adams, Stratton Adams, Kale Allan, Cleiton Almeida, Liam Ashburn, Claire Basler-Chang, Theodore Bellak, Anya Benson, Isabel Bishop, Malcolm Blinder, Sadie Blumenfeld, Alvaro Borrell, Daniel Brennan, Lindsey Campbell, Rebecca Caraker, Eliza Carson, Anna Casagrande, Devan Chen, Peroum Chham Celia Child, …

You can make this stuff up! Creating your own nut butter, mustard, ketchup, cured egg yolks

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’m looking inside my refrigerator as I type this and what do I see? Individual glass jars filled with homemade foodstuffs: preserved lemons, refrigerator garlic/dill pickles, Thai chili oil, gravlox (cured salmon), hazelnut butter, schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) …

Your Photos

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Guy Bubbs, a 2-year-old Great Dane, enjoying the dog days of summer in his pool at home in Westhampton. Photo by Kristina Kulon of Westhampton HOW TO SUBMIT: The Your Photos feature showcases photographs shot by readers of …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s nice nachos

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I’ve always had trouble making nachos. They always seem to turn out as one big glop of gooey cheese covering up melded pieces of tortilla chips and salsa. And you better eat them fast before they cool off and turn into that thing you can fill a pothole …

coming up

Saturday, July 25, 2015

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer. AMHERST SENIOR CENTER Bangs Community Center 70 Boltwood Walk 259-3060 BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS — Tuesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. in …

Valley Bounty: Basil

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Basil Basil is a quintessential summer ingredient, providing big flavor in easy ways: topping slabs of tomato and fresh mozzarella, or chopped and mixed with butter and spread on corn-on-the-cob. It comes in a surprising array of varieties …