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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 in Nyack Hospital on July 13, just days before his 90th birthday. He had been in failing health, Concepcion said. One of … 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 experts said that newly available data from all U.S. states made it possible to examine … 0

Beetles devour LA tree planted in memory of George Harrison

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the truth is stranger than fiction department, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge told Pop & Hiss over the weekend that the pine tree planted in 2004 in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original tree died as the result of an insect infestation. Yes, the George Harrison Tree was killed by beetles. Except for the loss of tree … 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

Conductor Maazel dies at 84

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, who began his career as a child prodigy and went on to conduct many of the world’s great orchestras, has died at age 84. Maazel died Sunday in Virginia. He had been at his home, Castleton … 0

A Look Back

Sunday, July 13, 2014

50 Years Ago ■ A crane today took the first bite in the demolition of “Studes” building, a Smith College landmark since 1903. Razing of the building is part of the work preceding the erection of a $6.5 million Science Center, which is scheduled for occupancy in September … 0

Tommy Ramone, last original Ramone, dies

Sunday, July 13, 2014

NEW YORK — The Ramones always seemed too fast. Their songs rushed by, often two minutes or less of pure adrenaline. Their influence outstripped their sales. And now, with the death of drummer Tommy, all four original members … 0

Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash

Sunday, July 13, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. — Former “Saturday Night Live” star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said … 0

Preserved lemons, easy to make, make any dish special

Friday, July 11, 2014

If you close your eyes, you can imagine you are wending your way through the crowded streets of the casbah, with the camels and the open-air markets and the heady aroma of tagines cooking over charcoal fires. A … 0