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Josh Hartnett returns to monstrous role on Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) PASADENA, Calif. - The first season of the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful” pushed Josh Hartnett to extremes both emotionally and physically. Hartnett portrays Ethan Chandler, an American handy with a six-shooter who is recruited by Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) to help him to deal with all of the evil that roams the streets of Victorian London. At the same time, Ethan had to …

‘Invisible Chains’: Amherst psychologist’s new book sheds light on emotional abuse

Monday, May 4, 2015

In her recently published book, Amherst psychologist Lisa Aronson Fontes writes of a couple, Mandy and Tom, who were married after a whirlwind courtship featuring gifts of flowers and cards. But following their wedding Tom began complaining about Mandy talking with her sister and mother on the telephone, and obsessing about how she …

Check it out: Area health briefs

Monday, May 4, 2015

Compiled by Debra Scherban dscherban@gazettenet.com Coping with kids The Gateway Family Center and Center for Women & Community in Huntington is hosting a free workshop on children’s behavior Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Teaching Boundaries to Children and Other Strategies to Prevent Abuse,” will cover addressing behaviors, communicating prevention messages and teaching boundaries to children It is open to the public. …

Living Smart: 4 tips to keep your dishwasher from breaking

Friday, May 1, 2015

Dishwashers are prone to breaking down and even conking out if not maintained correctly. Here are four ways appliance technicians say you can prevent premature dishwasher repairs. 1. Don’t Overload Do you ever end up with too many …

Get growing: Savoring daffodils’ early burst of color

Friday, May 1, 2015

Daffodils make me smile. They are so cheerful nodding in the breeze and so resilient. A snow flurry or even a gale won’t deter them from blooming merrily. At my former garden in South Amherst I had dozens …

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Mid-States Poker Tour rolled through Colorado recently, and I made my obligatory donations to the prize pools. Early in the first event — a $360-buy-in, no-limit tournament with a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool — I called off most of my stack on the turn with a measly …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: A drink named for a pro

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Last month, I decided to watch the “back nine” of the Masters Golf Tournament at the Grill ’N Chill at 127 Elm St. in Hatfield. Before I headed over, I went online to see if the Masters has …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Getting my fix of ‘Law and Order’

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One of my favorite early computer-related cartoons was this: A dog sits in front of his computer saying, “The great thing about the Internet is that no one knows you’re a dog.” One of the great things about the Internet for me is that up until now no …

Your Time: Teaching Creatures, Gaylord Memorial Library, South Hadley

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A group of young children and their parents were able to see and learn about reptiles and amphibians Saturday during a presentation by Rae Griffiths at Gaylord Memorial Library in South Hadley. Griffiths, the owner of Teaching Creatures …

Black Lab bounds into ‘Supraman’ water polo player’s fight against cancer

Thursday, April 30, 2015

By George Diaz Orlando Sentinel (TNS) ORLANDO, Fla. — Ian Supra has endured all sorts of bad medicine while battling esophageal cancer. Insidious chemotherapy pumped into his veins. Cocktails of other treatments administered through needles, catheters and IVs. Holistic treatments. Conventional treatments. Clinical trials. But now, good medicine …

Man who created Ultron enjoys seeing his character hit movie screens

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

By Joey Holleman The State (Columbia, S.C.) COLUMBIA, S.C. - St. Matthews, S.C., resident Roy Thomas got to walk the red carpet two weeks ago for the Hollywood premiere of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” He saw his name in the credits as the co-creator of the Ultron …

‘Ridiculous 6’ flap exposes Sandler’s mean side

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (TNS) In the 2007 comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” one man’s quest for decent health insurance leads to a sham romantic coupling of the heterosexual firefighters played by Adam Sandler and Kevin James. For an hour the movie is one …

Judge tells state to OK pot dispensary

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has ordered state regulators to allow a medical marijuana company once headed by former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt to move ahead with plans to open dispensaries in Mashpee and Plymouth. The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that a Suffolk Superior Court judge found …