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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

James MacGregor Burns, historian, dies at age 95

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 his home in Williamstown, Massachusetts, his companion and fellow historian … 0

Northampton's Blackberry Lane throws block party to celebrate new generation on the street

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

City native Neil Sullivan is living proof you can go home again. For about a dozen years, Sullivan, 46, lived in North Carolina, where he and his wife, Andrea, had three children, Kate, 11, Jack, 9, and Allie, … 0

Balancing Act: The scoop on parental chitchat: Less is more

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It took one spectacularly lousy camp pickup to convince me of what I’ve long suspected: I talk too much. I have a vague recollection of parenting experts mentioning the folly of engaging your child in too many conversations. What kids need are decisions, they said, not questions. Instructions, … 0

Five tips for helping make family trips with teens more fun

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Family travel falls into three distinct phases. First, there’s the exhausting period of travel with crying babies who need diapers, bottles, strollers, car seats and naps. Then come the golden years, when kids can handle … 0

Study: Teens are drinking less, texting more

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they’re texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government’s latest study of worrisome behavior. Generally speaking, … 0

Family Finds: Science at the library, circuses, NOFA conference and more

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FREE DAY AT THE CARLE: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst offers free admission Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can view exhibits, and enjoy films, storytime, music, book signings and other activities … 0

Three new cable channels offer original drama series

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The TV industry calls them “emerging networks” - cable channels just starting up, expanding to more households or breaking through with a fresh identity. This month, three are loudly launching original dramas, making bold statements about their brand and ambition. How’s this for out-of-the-box wow? The lightly regarded … 0

Ann Curry reportedly eyed for ‘The View’

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Is Ann Curry destined to rub elbows every morning with Rosie O’Donnell? The former “Today” cohost — who tearfully exited NBC’s morning show in 2012 — is rumored to be in the running for a spot on ABC’s talk show “The View,” according to a report Sunday in … 0

A Look Back

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ While operating a payloader to remove old stumps in the West Wood section of Look Park earlier this week, Marvin Banister of Williamsburg unearthed a 10-pound ball of 11-strand black silk webbing buried under 20 inches of soil. The silk, in almost mint condition, … 0

Nadine Gordimer, Nobel laureate who chronicled apartheid, dies at 90

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — Nadine Gordimer, the crusading Nobel laureate for literature who won fame as the finest chronicler of apartheid in South Africa, died Sunday in Johannesburg after a short illness, her family said. She was 90. A prickly, … 0