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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015 file photo, Katy Perry arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge is scheduled to hear arguments on Thursday, July 30, 2015, about who has the right to sell a hilltop convent that is the subject of competing offers from pop superstar Perry and a local businesswoman. The dispute has pitted Los Angeles’ Catholic archbishop against an order of elderly nuns with only five surviving members, at least two of whom oppose selling their former home to Perry. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Katy Perry’s bid to buy LA convent in limbo

Friday, July 31, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Katy Perry’s dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have to wait a while longer. The convent, which Perry has wanted to buy to be her personal residence for several years, is in the middle of a legal fight between a group of elderly nuns and the archbishop of Los Angeles over who …

US health care, then and now

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance. “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine,” Johnson said at the bill signing. “No longer will illness crush and …

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I recently played an interesting hand in a $1,500-buy-in tournament. Everyone started with 15,000 in chips. Blinds started at 50-100 with hour-long levels, meaning there was lots of time to wait for strong hands. I realized that everyone at my table was implementing that strategy, so I quickly adjusted and attempted to steal …

Your Time: Classic summertime fun: Eating ice cream and shooting golf balls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Eating ice cream any time of year is amazing, but in summer it’s a treat beyond compare. If you add outdoor seating, hot dogs, lobsters rolls and golf, you have the makings for an event. We took our …

Marietta Pritchard’s Slice of Life: Grateful to be swinging my racket

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Athletes, both great and small, need to learn how to lose as well as to win. Something like grace is called on to do either well. Maybe bragging is the accepted style for boxers — remember Mohammed Ali’s …

Report: Teens’ morning-after pill use climbs

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEW YORK — More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it’s easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive. A report released Wednesday shows teen use of the morning-after pill rose steadily …

Joy and sacrifice: Never a dull moment for the nine-member Coleman family of Easthampton

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

On a recent Monday evening, Nori and Joe Coleman stood on the back stoop of their Easthampton home and watched six of their seven children play basketball in the yard. Hannah grabbed a rebound and passed to her …

To-do list: Area events for families

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BIG TOP STOP Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Cirkus Smirkus is coming to town. Each summer, the Greensboro, Vermont-based youth circus troupe tours the Northeast, setting up their 750-seat, one ring, European-style big top in fortunate towns …

Moms should have a place to nurse at airports

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It was hours before our flight was scheduled to depart from O’Hare International Airport, in Chicago, and my husband and daughters waited for me in the suitcase-filled taxi on our driveway. I’d spent days carefully packing our family …

‘Ant-Man’ box office: How does it measure up to Marvel’s mightiest?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

By Oliver Gettell Los Angeles Times (TNS) One of Marvel Studios’ more obscure superheroes made the leap to the big screen this past weekend in “Ant-Man,” the story of a reformed thief (played by Paul Rudd) who dons a shrinking suit and communicates with insects to save the …

What does it mean to be a man? The Healthy Men and Boys Network of Western Massachusetts seeks answers, plans course for change

Monday, July 20, 2015

A young boy goes into a doctor’s office for his annual physical. It’s fall, and flu season is coming, so his mother request a vaccination for him. The boy looks frightened as the nurse prepares the shot, but …

Quinn on nutrition: How to court freedom from fractures

Monday, July 20, 2015

A friend and I were talking about our families and how our parents fared in their later years. “My mom was doing great,” my friend said. “Then she fell and broke her hip..” According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), one in two women and up to one …

‘Margarita dermatitis’: Limes plus sunshine can lead to painful burns

Monday, July 20, 2015

Be careful if you’re squeezing a lime into a drink by the pool. Lime juice, or juice from other drink adornments like lemons and celery, can mix with the sun to create painful blisters and burns. Dermatologists say …