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FILE - In this April 27, 2014 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally in West Des Moines, Iowa. Sarah Palin is starting her own subscription-based online network. The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, July 27, 2014, bills itself as a "direct connection" for the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate with her supporters, bypassing media filters. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Palin launches online subscription channel

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network. The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, bills itself as a “direct connection” for the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate with her supporters, with “no need to please the powers-that-be,” Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel’s home page. … 0

Ken Burns delves into the Roosevelt dynasty

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Ken Burns is used to telling stories that have been told before. That comes with the territory when you work on documentaries covering momentous points in history, including the Civil War, World War II and the Prohibition era. But for his new seven-part, 14-hour documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” Burns and his longtime collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward have managed … 0

Bundle of love

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Valley Bounty: Corn

Friday, July 25, 2014

CORN Corn, the sweet king of summer, is here! Strip back its husks and sink your teeth into its juicy kernels. Corn season will reign from now until a hard frost. In my house, corn is boiled for … 0

Style Stop: Sarah Andrews — ‘It’s all about comfort’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

As the temperature was approaching the 90s on a recent afternoon, the Style Stop team spotted Sarah Andrews in front of Faces in downtown Northampton, sporting a summery outfit appropriate for the weather. Andrews, of Canton, was spending … 0

ID: Ron Baranowski, weight lifter, body builder

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lifelong area resident Ron Baranowski is an entrepreneur, weight lifter and bodybuilder who describes himself as “hardworking and old-school trained.” He says that since childhood he’s always been eager to try new things, so after 34 years in … 0

A tuna sandwich by way of Mediterranean bruschetta

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of a long hot summer day is turn on the oven and make a meal. So here’s a delicious solution that requires no more heat than is … 0

What happens to your online accounts when you die?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

You’ve probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online? Grieving relatives might want access for sentimental reasons, … 0

Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stilts and stories, jugglers and games, homemade masks and an informal parade — all were part of the goings-on at “Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A Nineteenth-Century Children Circus,” held July 19 at the Emily Dickinson Museum in … 0

Troubled childhoods may prompt men to volunteer for military

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In the era of the all-volunteer U.S. military, men who served are more than twice as likely as those who never did to have been sexually abused as children and to have grown up around domestic violence and substance abuse, a new study has found. The analysis showed … 0

Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ to stay in NYC

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It’s not really a surprise, but it’s official anyway: “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” is staying in the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. When Colbert takes over from David Letterman sometime next year, the production will remain in the space that Letterman has called home for … 0

Novelist Berger dead at 89

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn “Little Big Man” and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89. Berger’s literary agent, Cristina Concepcion, said Monday that he died … 0

US HIV cases dropped 33 percent over the last decade

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cases of diagnosed HIV in United States dropped 33 percent over the last decade, declining for nearly all demographic groups except young men who have sex with males ages 13 to 24 years, according to health officials. In a research letter published Tuesday in JAMA, epidemiologists and HIV … 0