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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

‘Dark Aemilia’ a treat for Shakespeare lovers

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sally O’Reilly’s wildly romantic novel Dark Aemilia is a pleasure for anyone who enjoys well-crafted historical fiction and a special treat for Shakespeare lovers. Drawing on the biography of a real-life woman proposed by some scholars as the … 0

‘The Mockingbird Next Door’ a world caught just in time

Sunday, July 20, 2014

There are many reasons to be grateful for The Mockingbird Next Door, Marja Mills’s wonderful memoir of Harper Lee and her sister, and being enticed to reread To Kill a Mockingbird is just one of them. Improbable as … 0

Author of ‘Unruly Places’ reminds us we can still be explorers

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Now that we all carry around constantly updating, infinitely detailed maps on our cell phones, the world should feel small and brightly lit, right? Not so, says Alastair Bonnett, a “psychogeographer” at Newcastle University, which is somewhere off … 0

Three tales of women’s struggles and secrets

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In three new summer novels by best-selling authors, women handle struggles and secrets in different ways. Shea Rigsby doesn’t just love football, she lives football. Specifically, Walker University football. In Emily Giffin’s The One and Only (Ballantine, $28), Shea recites obscure stats and cheers for the Texas team … 0

Lee objects to new biography of her by Mills

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Call in Atticus Finch. Only the scrupulously fair lawyer at the center of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, could get at the truth in the latest conflict over the reclusive author’s privacy. The clash erupted again with Tuesday’s release of The Mockingbird Next Door: … 0

Made in the shade: Plants for sun-challenged gardens

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Too much shade! It doesn’t seem possible on a hot July day, but that is the complaint of many gardeners. They just don’t get enough sun in their yards to grow the things they want to grow. Rather … 0

Ray Duckler: Bond forged years ago draws NYC man back to his 'other' family in Concord

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Read the text, from a man who once raced down a dangerous road in life faster than a New York City cabbie, and you begin to understand. “If I ever become rich beyond my wildest dreams I’ll be … 0

The Insiders: Time to spruce up your garden for our next (incognito) visit

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday is a good day to spend in your garden. And we should know – we’re outside in your garden right now. Just go to the window and, yup, that’s us waving at you. Of course, that’s not … 0

PHOTOS: Pittsfield Old Home Day Car Show

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sleek convertibles lined up with towering monster trucks for the “Off to the Races" car show at Pittsfield Old Home Day on Saturday. The variety of vehicles more than doubled last year’s turnout, which was the first time … 0

On the Move: Bird photography is a rewarding retirement hobby

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Retired and in mid-70s, clinical psychologist Udo Rauter has become an avid birder and an avid photographer of birds, two hobbies that evolved from different beginnings. Rauter was born and grew up in Germany. In his teens, when he knew nothing about photography, his father gave him his … 0