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FILE - In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, a scene is shown during a performance of Disney's "The Lion King," in Las Vegas. With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, "The Lion King" stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Darrin Bush, FIle)

‘The Lion King’ earns record box office

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Here’s something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: “The Lion King” is the top ticket of all time. With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, “The Lion King” stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history, The Associated Press has learned. …

Woman gives birth on California freeway shoulder

Monday, September 22, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marine Corps veteran Bolivar Vilchez was terrified as he helped his wife deliver their daughter on the side of a Southern California freeway. The Orange County Register reports that 29-year-old Sandra Vilchez of Riverside County was on the way to her mother’s home early Saturday when she delivered baby …

‘Walking Dead’ leads fall TV lineup on cable

Monday, September 22, 2014

Cable’s fall lineup boasts some big-time drama returns, led by ratings champ “The Walking Dead” and awards winner “Homeland.” But after their jam-packed summer season, these channels appear content to cede the fall spotlight to the broadcast networks. Maybe the cablers are stoking up to launch a serious assault in 2015? The new year is when we’ll see big arrivals like AMC’s “Breaking …

Dip into dukkah

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dukkah (pronounced DOO-kah) is a Middle Eastern blend of toasted nuts, sesame seeds and spices. The crunchy condiment served on olive oil-dipped flatbread is especially popular in Egypt, where nearly every family has developed its own version to …

Valley Bounty: Hot peppers

Friday, September 12, 2014

HOT PEPPERS Local hot peppers are ripe for the picking. Varieties from around the world — with heat levels ranging from mild to scorching — are grown right here, often by farmers with a passion for peppers. Be …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, September 12, 2014

TASTINGS Amherst Wine & Spirits, 308 College Street, Amherst Today, 2-5 p.m., Grand opening party, champagnes, red wine Liquors 44, 458-9 Campus Plaza (Route 9), Hadley Friday, Bluechair Rum, 5-8 p.m., WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main …

Opioid Task Force to meet Tuesday at Greenfield Community College

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — The renamed Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region will hold its first full meeting since spring next week, and its members have not been idle during that time. “We’re kind of turning the next corner on this thing,” said Franklin County …

Ebola survivor gives blood

Thursday, September 11, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American aid worker infected with Ebola has been given blood from a fellow doctor who battled the disease, and Nebraska doctors say the man has responded well to aggressive treatment in the past …

Style Stop: Chris Lott

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Style Stop team spotted Chris Lott’s matching pink outfit as he was crossing the street in downtown Northampton on a recent morning. Lott, of Pelham, was taking his girlfriend out to lunch at The Green Bean for …

Cheesesteak that’s delicious even minus the steak

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Like Philadelphia itself, there’s a lot to love about the city’s signature sandwich — the cheesesteak. But that delicious combination of beef, onions and cheese isn’t the sort of thing you want to pack away every day, unless …

ID: Sasha Berman

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sasha Berman exercises her love of self-expression in choosing her colorful style of dress and her jewelry — often her own creations. She’s someone, she says, who is “comfortable with too much.” Berman is an international folk dancer …

Sedative use linked to Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Older people who have relied on a class of drugs called benzodiazepines to reduce anxiety or induce sleep are at higher risk of going on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, new research finds, with those whose use of the medications is most intensive almost twice as likely to develop …

Melissa Soalt of Amherst takes self-defense instruction to India

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

As a lifelong practitioner of the martial arts, Conway resident Michael Haynack has had the opportunity to put his skills to use as a private security contractor, a professional bouncer and a police and special forces trainer. But …