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Just published: ‘Deception’ and ‘The PeaceSeeker’

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Deception Dan Lawton of Belmont recently self-published his first book, Deception. The crime-thriller is set in Topeka, Kan., somewhere Lawton has never been. When officer Billy Lewis’s father, the sheriff, is killed by a group of hitmen, Lewis seeks out revenge, money and the heart of a Cuban immigrant. Lawton is a technical writer at Terex in Newton, Mass., and …

PHOTOS: The Hopkinton 4th of July parade winds through downtown Contoocook Saturday

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Hopkinton Fourth of July parade beat the rain this year as both the children’s and full parades finished just in time as sprinkles started …

San Francisco: $3 million restoration shines up Alcatraz

Sunday, July 5, 2015

More than a million people visit Alcatraz Island every year to see the shuttered prison sitting in the San Francisco Bay, made famous by Clint …

Start your day with a run

Sunday, July 5, 2015

We’re going to go ahead and call Sunday July 4 extended. There’s still plenty of time for barbecues and swimming and American Flag tank tops. And there’s at least one event that’s convinced it still is the fourth. Today at 9 a.m. is the annual 4K on the …

Hopkinton residents celebrate Independence Day with parade, festivities

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Matthew Clarner’s favorite part of the Hopkinton Fourth of July parade was the old cars. A few dozen classic Fords and Chryslers rolled down Park Avenue and Main Street on Saturday afternoon as part of the town’s Independence …

Concord 250 Watch:

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It’s a sure sign of summer when the Nevers’ Band begins their series of outdoor concerts in Concord and beyond. Concord 250 is thrilled the iconic band will play a starring role during Concord City Celebration Week, presenting a free outdoor concert on Friday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. …

Brave dog Leo honored with monument in Serbian town

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Normally, Leo would run away at the sight of a bigger dog. The small dachshund liked most to cuddle with his owners or ride in the back seat of the family car. But, one day Leo showed that …

New York City: Former hot dog-eating champion ousted

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Matt Stonie devoured 62 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to upset Joey “Jaws” Chestnut in the annual hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory. Stonie, who finished second last year, beat Chestnut on Saturday by two …

Secrets sizzle in Depression-era summer

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In 2008, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was celebrated by readers around the world. The heartwarming story centered on members of a clandestine book club living on the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands during World War II. …

Sherman Alexie explores new realm with picture book

Saturday, July 4, 2015

National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie – already a poet, novelist and short story writer – moves into a new realm with his first picture book set to be released in May 2016. Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner …

Science fiction and fantasy roundup

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tale with a twist Naomi Novik’s Uprooted is an enchanting twist on a tale from Polish folklore: A century-old wizard called the Dragon comes to a village to choose a young woman who will stay with him for …

Review: Fina Ludlow returns in Ingrid Thoft’s ‘Brutality’

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The challenge of belonging to a high-profile and dysfunctional family, yet establishing your own identity, continues to be the theme of Ingrid Thoft’s exciting series about Boston private investigator Fina Ludlow. The only non-lawyer of the high-powered Ludlows, …

Linked destinies

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Surely everyone knows, or should know, about the Cherokee Trail of Tears – an ordeal imposed upon thousands of Cherokees, who, after fighting and winning a judgment in the Supreme Court against their removal from the Eastern Seaboard, …