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FILE - This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week _ decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

Old smallpox vials unearthed

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box. The six glass vials were intact and sealed, and scientists have yet to establish whether the virus is dead or alive, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Still, the find was disturbing because for decades after smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, world health authorities said the only known samples left were safely stored in super-secure laboratories in Atlanta and in Russia. Officials said this … 0

Pause that refreshes

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Nash sees young people as saviors of the future

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NEW YORK — Graham Nash feels optimistic that young people will once again change America for the better. So while he’s frustrated by political ideals surrounding issues like global warming and marriage equality, he realizes “those powers against progress” will naturally run their course. “They will all die at one point and the … 0

your time Family Fourth Celebration at Look Park, Northampton

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Clear blue skies and bright sun made for perfect weather and a welcoming mood at the Family Fourth celebration, June 28 at Look Park in Northampton. Grown-ups socialized while kids enjoyed games, jumped in a bounce house, and … 0

War hero Zamperini dies at 97, lived ‘unimaginable drama’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Seventy years ago, the world was convinced that Louis Zamperini was dead. There had been no word of the track star and former Olympian since his World War II bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. … 0

Get Growing tips from Master Gardener Cheryl Wilson: Laburnum walk

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Among the delights of our recent English garden trip were, of course, the guided garden tours. At Barnsley House in Gloucestershire, head gardener Richard Gatenby shared his memories of the late Rosemary Verey who designed the extensive gardens. … 0

Thursday, July 3, 2014

◄ ​NORTHAMPTON​ — The best nature has to offer is visible from every window of this rustic, yet elegant, Cape. a 1.5-acre pond and streams are nestled amongst rocky outcroppings, woodlands and trails. The home features an open … 0

Living in a small space requires creativity and multifunctional furniture

Thursday, July 3, 2014

For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity. Take Meg Volk, a New York-based producer … 0

Tips to weigh before closing in on a fence

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Top-rated fencing pros tell our team that, based on the average price for material type, and a typical fence length of 200 linear feet, here’s what you could spend: • $2,600 for chain-link, at $13 a foot • $3,200 for wood, at $16 a foot • $6,000 for … 0

Herbs top off the summer’s produce

Thursday, July 3, 2014

This is the best time of year for people who love food because fresh corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, blueberries, watermelon and cantaloupe are plentiful. They’re delicious by themselves, but they can taste even better with a sprinkle … 0

‘McHale’s Navy’ star Hastings dies at age 89

Thursday, July 3, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actor best known from the 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” has died. Bob Hastings was 89. Allison Knowles says her grandfather died Monday in his Burbank, California, home after a lengthy battle with prostate … 0

Jewel divorcing husband after 16-year relationship

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Jewel and her husband are divorcing after a 16-year relationship. The 40-year-old writes in a letter posted on her website that she and Ty Murray want their separation “to be nothing less loving … 0

McCarthy and company are overserved in ‘Tammy’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It’s difficult to decide if the new Melissa McCarthy comedy “Tammy” is such a major disappointment because it’s so poorly written and acted or because it is such a monumental waste of talent. McCarthy — who has never … 0