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Do, See, Taste

Downtown: Many merchants performed better during earlier Market Days

Sunday, July 5, 2015

For Gretchen Peters at Puppy Love Hot Dogs, Market Days is Christmas. Intown Concord’s annual street festival is her biggest weekend of the year, and this summer, the holiday was extra festive. “I had one of my busiest Market Days events ever, those three days in June,” Peters said. She credited the cooler weather in June, as opposed to the …

’Terminator,’ ‘Magic Mike’ fizzle at July 4th box office

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers …

rhode island: Mansion-side cliff walk now smoke-free

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Now that smokers can no longer light up on Newport, R.I.’s iconic Cliff Walk, the only thing breathtaking is the view. A new ban instituted …

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, …

Reliving migration that helped settle America’s West

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The “lunatic notion” to attempt a 21st-century journey in a mule-drawn covered wagon along the historic Oregon Trail may have been embedded in Rinker Buck’s DNA. After all, it was a longer, more arduous reprise of his “dream …

In ‘Keepers,’ film critic revisits a lifetime at the movies

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A theater up the street asks its employees to include the title of a favorite movie on their nametags. The choices of these teenagers and twenty-somethings can be anything from Fast and Furious 5 or The Hunger Games …

‘Piranha’ is great summer reading

Saturday, July 4, 2015

‘ P iranha, the latest in the Oregon Files series of novels by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, and proves to be the best yet. Juan Cabrillo and his team are experts in covert missions, and their ship, …