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Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network. The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live Sunday, bills itself as a “direct connection” for the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate with her supporters, with “no need to please the powers-that-be,” Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel’s home page. “Are you tired of the … 0

Take off your clothes to make it in TV

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A male contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn’t beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to … 0

Owner of Market Basket-related website wants company to take charge

Monday, July 28, 2014

Business was slow at Market Basket last week. Customers trickled into stores across the region as employees protested the ouster of beloved CEO Arthur T. … 0

Comic-Con’s dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend’s Comic-Con convention in San Diego, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue – allegations of sexual harassment at the annual pop-culture festival. Geeks for … 3

Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form. The mistake primarily stems from an online form change to the Free Application for … 0

An oncologist uses scorpion venom to locate cancer cells

Sunday, July 27, 2014

You know how people toss around the phrase “the cure is worse than the disease”? They should meet Jim Olson. Olson, a pediatric oncologist and research scientist in Seattle, has developed a compound he calls Tumor Paint. When injected into a cancer patient, it seems to light up … 0

‘Dry Bones’ a disturbing debut for Bouman

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tom Bouman is a serious writer – literate, understated, elegant – and Dry Bones in the Valley is an exciting and disturbing debut. His detective, Henry Farrell, comes alive in a way that pulls us into his story from our first glimpse of him barefoot on his porch … 0

Finding elephants and fancy food on Namibia safari

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Before setting out on a game drive across ruggedly beautiful northwest Namibia, we told the safari camp managers we were happy to take sandwiches. We were intent on finding the notoriously elusive desert elephant, and we didn’t want … 0

Group tours: How to pick the right one for you

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Group tours sound easy: Choose a destination and the tour company plans your trip, delivering you to hotels, restaurants and attractions. You don’t have to Google or organize a thing. But how do you find the right tour … 0

Dystopian ‘California’ amusing, if not convincing

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The environment is a disaster. Government has failed. Food is scarce. Untreatable viruses run rampant. Humans have lost the ability to reproduce. Welcome to the robust genre of post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction, otherwise known as “something really bad happened … 1

Another author boosted by ‘Colbert Bump’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The “Colbert Bump” is becoming contagious. Edan Lepucki, whose novel California became a best-seller thanks to a plug from Stephen Colbert, has in turn helped another book catch on. During an interview on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report … 0

Compelling characters in Atkins’s ‘The Forsaken’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sheriff Quinn Colson has been working to clean up corruption and injustice in Ace Atkins’s compelling crime fiction series, but he can’t change the past of Jericho, Miss., when he’s faced with a decades-old crime that leads to … 0

Burke fashions epic story in ‘Wayfaring Stranger’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Author James Lee Burke is a descendant of tough Texas lawmen. In fact, his maternal great-grandfather once tangled with some of the West’s most notorious gunslingers. Although Burke is most famous for hard-boiled crime novels featuring Louisiana lawman … 0