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SAG Awards win sends ‘Birdman’ Oscar hopes soaring

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oscar hopes for Birdman got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner Boyhood. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor …

PHOTOS: Family ice time before the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Three Henniker families – the Owenses, Reynoldses and Olkonens – went skating on Whittier Pond on Friday. The ice was clear and smooth, perfect for …

Balloon crew launches in bid to break 2 major records

Monday, January 26, 2015

An international team has launched its helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route. Pilots …

Looking for a new winter hobby? Learning to knit can be easy

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When you’re stuck inside during a long, cold winter, working on a knitting project can be fun and rewarding. And although sweaters and lacy shawls can seem daunting, knitting is a fairly easy hobby to get started on. …

More schools serve students dinner as demand expands

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Many of the students at Kingsley Elementary School in a low-income neighborhood of Los Angeles eat breakfast and lunch provided by the school. For the nearly 100 enrolled in the after-school program, another meal is served: supper. The …

App Reviews: Trivia Crack, Super

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Quiz yourself and show off your smarts Are you a trivia buff? Do you live to prove your knowledge of the little things? Then it may be time for you to try Trivia Crack. Like the classic game Trivial Pursuit, the app challenges players with questions in a …

Travel Talk: Technology can help steer you in the right direction on a road trip

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With gas prices at an amazingly low level, I bet lots of you readers are planning road trips this year. And with technology advancing at warp speed and prices for tech gadgets dropping fast, I have no doubt that lots of you will rely on a GPS, whether …

It’s a hoot hanging out with owls at this Tokyo cafe

Saturday, January 24, 2015

In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can’t get enough of it. A pop-up cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations …

PHOTOS: New London celebrates its Winter Carnival in the snow

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A few hours of snow did not prevent residents of New London and neighboring towns from attending the Winter Carnival in New London yesterday morning. Events were scattered throughout the week, but the majority were scheduled for yesterday. …

Calling all Concords: Telecast hopes to bring together communities with the same name

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Doris Ballard wants to bring Concords together. That’s not a typo – Concords, plural. Ballard, the executive director of Concord TV, has contacted more than 55 communities named “Concord” across the country, and even outside the United States, in hopes of uniting them on air. The Concord TV …

The Insiders: Come for the science and stay for the, um, science (and the fun!) with The Amazing Nano Brothers

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Nothing gets a party started quite like nanoscale science and technology, amirite? We’re talking molecules and probe microscopy and probably some other kinds of scopys – you know, the kind of stuff that just screams FUN! And you think we’re being sarcastic – we’re actually just describing this …

Pacino: If I wasn’t an actor I’d probably be slinging hash

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Al Pacino has been acting for nearly half a century and during that time, he said he’s never really considered what other job he might be suited for – until now. Pacino said he thinks he’d be a …

Children’s TV activist Peggy Charren dies at 86

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children’s Television who waged a decades-long fight to improve the quality of children’s programming has died. She was 86. Charren, who had vascular dementia, died Thursday in Massachusetts, Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel in Providence, R.I., said in an obituary. Charren founded Action …