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‘Maze Runner’ races past ‘Tombstones’ with $32.5 M

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate. The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson’s hardboiled private eye thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones and the $11.9 million opening for the ensemble-cast dramedy This … 0

How ‘The Cosby Show’ changed the game for blacks on television

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Thirty years ago The Cosby Show changed what was possible if you were black and on television, that you didn’t have to play to type … 0

Growing possibilities

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For years I have had a bad case of pergola envy. (If you are wondering, a pergola is a garden structure that looks like an … 0

On My Nightstand: ‘Pliney Fiske’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pliney Fiske, a young Concord man, stayed home to care for his ailing father, the local druggist. But now that the Civil War is over, those returning soldiers resent his nonparticipation and nickname him “Mama Fiske,” insinuating he … 1

The haunting of failures past

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Make no mistake. Empire of Mud, J.D. Dickey’s history of early Washington, is a bracing and graceful read, but upon finishing its calamity-laden pages, you may conclude that a lot of people had a lot of years to … 0

Mindful Reader: ‘Getting Schooled’ a behind-the-scenes look at teaching and administration

Sunday, September 14, 2014

‘ N ortheast Kingdom ” author Garret Keizer writes about his return, after 14 years, to teaching high school English in a small town in Vermont in Getting Schooled: the Reeducation of an American Teacher. Part memoir, part … 0

‘1954’: A glimpse of baseball’s dramatic changes

Sunday, September 14, 2014

As the pennant races head into the fall stretch, it’s worth remembering that 60 years ago the sport of baseball was changed permanently as African-American players began to establish their presence in the major leagues and would transform … 0

Will manual transmissions be extinct?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

When Marlo Dewing went shopping for a car last year, she only had one requirement: a manual transmission. “Any car that was only available as an automatic was a deal breaker,” said Dewing, 44. “I love to drive. … 5

Denim’s popularity fades

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Americans’ obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin. Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country. After all, not many pieces of clothing are so comfortable they can be worn daily, yet versatile … 0

Travel Talk: When traveling abroad, prepare for the worst

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A successful trip depends on a lot of planning and a bit of luck – luck of the good variety. And when the other kind of luck happens, that nasty wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time type, planning can make all the difference in the world. Now suppose the person traveling is a … 0

Right at Home: Sellers, give every room a role

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Many of us have one room in the house that doesn’t really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in a while for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or … 0

The Insiders: Fling something besides your frustrating clubs at this Beaver Meadow FlingGolf demo

Saturday, September 13, 2014

We’ve played fling golf plenty of times. You probably know it well, too – it’s when you hit a drive 18 feet to your right that lands in the golf course neighbor’s shrubs and you fling your club through their kitchen window. Isn’t it? Actually, no, it isn’t. … 0

PHOTOS: Concord Multicultural Festival

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Steady rain wasn’t enough to keep visitors away from the Concord Multicultural Festival on the State House Plaza yesterday afternoon. The annual event highlighted the diversity of Concord and surrounding areas and gave residents the chance to try … 0