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FILE - This March 20, 2012 file photo shows Netfilx headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 announced it is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 in the U.S. and several other countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as "House of Cards" and other original programming. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Netflix raising U.S. price for most popular plan

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Netflix is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 for new customers in the U.S., Canada and some Latin America countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as House of Cards and other original programming. The new price of $10 per month for Netflix’s standard plan – its most popular – marks the second …

Despite lackluster foliage, Warner festival promises fun

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Many trees in Warner are still looking green, but the annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival is still on. The festival turns 68 this year, and its organizers expect thousands of leaf-peepers to descend on the small town this weekend to look at foliage and enjoy local music, road races, a parade, crafts fair …

A haunter’s dream come true

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

If a toy shop, a clown, hugs and shrieks of laughter all sound like a nice dream, you’d be terribly, terribly mistaken. This is more of a nightmare – just like the volunteers at the House in Haunted Hill want it. The House in Haunted Hill celebrated the start of it’s 20th season …

Elvis phones, candlestick phones – phones powered by acid – at one of New Hampshire’s best small museums

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Mourning old technology might be a fool’s game, but I defy anybody to try out a dial phone at one of the state’s most delightful museums and not feel at least a slight pang of loss. Go ahead, …

A reflection on race in America

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Susan Sontag once observed, “Great writers are either husbands or lovers. Some writers supply the solid virtues of a husband [while others have] gifts of a lover, gifts of temperament rather than of moral goodness.” She was writing …

A look back to when Detroit’s promise seemed boundless

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The city that remains synonymous with America’s auto industry has a newer identity as an emblem of urban decay. Its decline is all the more tragic when one looks in the rearview mirror to see how Detroit seemed …

Elizabeth Gilbert saws fear in half in ‘Big Magic’

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Over a lifetime committed to writing, Elizabeth Gilbert has learned that engaging fear is part of the creative process. In her new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, she offers tricks to make fear disappear, at least …

‘The Prize’ shows complexity of school reform

Saturday, October 3, 2015

No matter where you fall in the school reform debate, a new book makes it clear there are no easy answers and no quick fixes. The Prize, by former Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff, is a meticulously reported …

‘Black Flags’ traces the Islamic State’s rise

Saturday, October 3, 2015

‘Once, during a raid in Ramadi, the GIs rounded up several men from a suspected safe house and forced them to lie face-down on the concrete with their hands behind their heads. From inside the house appeared a …

Writing is sharp and precise in ‘Cop Job’

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Hamptons, a group of hamlets on Long Island’s south fork, is one of America’s most opulent summer colonies – one that is gradually crowding out what is left of the fishing villages and workmen’s cottages that once …

The National Toy Hall of Fame is working on new inductees – and the Monitor wants to hear your thoughts

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Did you know there’s a National Toy Hall of Fame? Neither did we. The joy in learning about this institution, which rests within The Strong: National Museum of Play, in Rochester, N.Y., is doubled when you discover what …

Producer: New Lauryn Hill album on the horizon

Friday, October 2, 2015

This is the sort of news for which the phrase “cautiously optimistic” was created. Lauryn Hill may be releasing a follow-up to 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Finally. If the planets and the stars align, and everything is perfect, and Ms. Hill finds herself willing to let …

New York: Clive Owen gives it everything he’s got

Friday, October 2, 2015

Clive Owen was looking to do a play after a long time away from the stage. He just wanted the right one. The one he picked would make many other actors run screaming into Times Square. The Closer …