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** FILE * Theodore Roosevelt, is shown speaking when he stumped the country for William McKinley during the Presidential Campaign of 1900. Roosevelt was McKinley's running mate on the Republican ticket. Speaking loudly and carrying on like. It's a rare part of the 2008 presidential campaign rhetoric that crosses party lines. Democrats and Republicans alike are frequently invoking the words of the nation's 26th president and renowned political maverick. (AP Photo)

A look at Teddy Roosevelt and the birth of the primary process

Sunday, February 7, 2016

If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president, over the strenuous efforts of party regulars to derail him, he ought to send a note of thanks to Geoffrey Cowan. Almost 50 years ago, Cowan led a campaign among the Democrats to strengthen the system of primary elections and reduce the power of party bosses. The campaign succeeded, giving the …

Looking for Valentine’s Day options? Concord has plenty to offer

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dating experts always advise couples to branch out on dates and shy away from the same-old, same-old of dinner, drinks or seeing a movie at …

App reviews: American Red Cross, Feast

Sunday, February 7, 2016

First aid at your fingertips It’s a scary world out there, and sometimes it would be nice to feel a little more equipped to handle …

Cam Newton took fancy pants where other pros dare not go

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl fashion Lots of athletes have style, but could they rock the Cam pants? Super Bowl 50 is here and it has a breakout star: the $849 Versace skinny pants of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Newton …

Sweet surrender: Why it’s so hard to cut back on sugar

Sunday, February 7, 2016

By now you’ve gotten the memo that cutting back on sugar is one of the best things you can do for your health. It’s something even the most ardently opposed diet gurus agree on, and it was one of the big take-home messages in the new Dietary Guidelines …

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ details dying doctor’s quest to find meaning

Sunday, February 7, 2016

In his posthumously published When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi gets straight to the sudden turning point in his life: the day the Stanford neurosurgery chief resident looked at a scan showing he had advanced cancer and likely …

A workaholic dad learns to adapt in ‘This Was Not the Plan’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Charlie Goldwyn’s life plan has gone awry. He didn’t plan on being raised by a single mother. He didn’t plan on his wife dying. He didn’t plan on relying on his twin sister to help him parent his …

‘The Language of Secrets’ an action-packed cop drama

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The hot-button issues of religion and culture – sometimes wrapped in controversy and suspicion – make a compelling foundation in Ausma Zehanat Khan’s second novel about Esa Khattak, head of Toronto’s Community Policing Section that handles minority issues. …

‘The Cowshed’ a stark reminder of dark time in China

Sunday, February 7, 2016

China doesn’t make it easy for its people to openly discuss sensitive issues. Some were surprised, then, when a professor at one of the country’s most prestigious universities published this memoir in 1998 of his abuse during the …

Author kicks off new series with ‘Orphan X’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Gregg Hurwitz delivers a masterpiece of suspense and thrills with his latest novel, Orphan X, that invokes the best of Batman, The Bourne Identity and The Equalizer films. The Orphan Program is a secret government program that takes …

New York moves to stop gay conversion therapy for youths

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people’s sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what’s known as gay conversion therapy. The Democratic governor’s move, announced Saturday, comes as gay rights advocates have …

Unmasking ‘Wrinkles,’ the mysterious, creepy clown who punishes misbehaving kids for cash

Saturday, February 6, 2016

He lingers on street corners, wanders local fairs and materializes outside of children’s bedroom windows. Those are some of the reasons that the creepy clown known as “Wrinkles” has been the talk of Naples, Fla., for the past few years. But beyond his unsettling stoicism and willingness to …

The Cult deftly climbs new heights on ‘Hidden City’

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Cult has had its ups and downs over the more than 30 years since its debut. Hidden City shows the band climbing new heights. Led by mystically inclined singer and lyricist Ian Astbury and down-to-earth, riff generating guitarist Billy Duffy, the band’s 10th album, Hidden City, rocks …