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Bringing the blues to Hollidaysburg: ‘The Reigning Queen of Beale Street’ to play Canal Basin Park

July 10, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — It may come across as an oxymoron, but blues singer Barbara Blue likes to make people feel good. “I have a little ministry. more »»

Dog agility races gaining popularity

July 10, 2014 LOS ANGELES — The Shih Tzu is a whirl of fur on a course studded with obstacles, flying through tunnels, leaping over bars, scrambling up bridges and zigzagging through poles as its owner tears... more »»

Visitors wait 5 hours for Potter ride

July 10, 2014 ORLANDO, Fla. — You might need a magic wand to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort. more »»

Groups help dying make farewell videos

July 10, 2014 SCARSDALE, N.Y. — Carolyn Ngbokoli doesn’t remember the sound of her mother’s voice. She was just 19 when her mom died, and no recordings were lef. more »»

Studies: Secondhand smoke as harmful to pets as people

July 10, 2014 LOS ANGELES — Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog’s mouth started bleedin. more »»

Paper says sorry after Clooney slams story

July 10, 2014 LONDON — Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper apologized to George Clooney on Wednesday for alleging his fiancee’s mother opposed the marriage on religious grounds — a story Clooney called both wrong and... more »»

Area experts offer tips for keeping hydrated in the hot summer weather

July 9, 2014 You may think you’ve heard it all before when it comes to staying hydrated in the summer, but experts say they have some things to say that you may not have heard before. more »»

Earth Matters: Despite some gains, toxic chemical problems still exist

July 5, 2014 The world of hazardous chemicals and poisons has changed profoundly in the last dozen years or so. more »»

‘Dani Girl’ will benefit foundation: Native brings musical close to his heart to the Mishler

July 3, 2014 When Altoona native Michael Kooman wrote the music to accompany “Dani Girl,” a musical about a 9-year-old girl’s journey to get her hair back after losing it to leukemia, he couldn’t help think of... more »»

Silence wins over chaos during illness

July 3, 2014 It’s around 5 a.m. A tangerine-orange sun bleeds through the backdoor on the first floor of my house, creeping into my bedroom. more »»

Husband-and-wife duo see dream come to fruition with Bedford restaurant

July 2, 2014 BEDFORD — Sara and Nick Letzo have dreamed about owning their own restaurant since they first met. “Nick and I actually talked about this place on our first date,” Sara said. more »»

Making time for a hobby: Altoona retiree repairs clocks for the challenge

June 28, 2014 If Glenn and Betty Campbell are running late, they can’t exactly get away with blaming it on a stopped cloc. more »»

Garden Notes: Boneset once sought as medicine, popularity rising again

June 28, 2014 It was 1959 or 1960 when Chuck asked me to dance as the band was playing the last song. I saw him at Staples yesterday. more »»

Return of Sci-Fi: Convention brings other worldly and more to the Jaffa this weekend

June 26, 2014 Sequels do not always live up to expectations, especially when the original is just so darn good. But a local sequel kicking off tomorrow has all the right elements in place to make it happe. more »»

Broadway Bound Kids to perform this weekend in Altoona

June 26, 2014 For years, experienced actor Greggory Brandt has coached young people and this weekend, some of those youths will showcase what they’ve learned in a production of Broadway hit. more »»

We all scream for ... tomato ice cream?

June 25, 2014 Coming soon to a freezer aisle near you — balsamic vinegar ice cream. Plus, hot sauce ice cream. And maybe even tomato. more »»

The pleasure of writing: Area native and award-winning author shares insight into her world of words

June 22, 2014 Jennifer Haigh spends a great deal of time sitting alone in a room. Don’t feel sorry for her, though. She likes it. more »»

Earth Matters: Marcellus Shale drilling a jumbled mix for environment

June 21, 2014 Both good news and bad news seems to be coming from the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently announced a $. more »»

‘Supreme’ music: Tribute to Motown greats to grace the Mishler

June 19, 2014 The sights and sounds of Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Motown are coming to Altoona. more »»

Leno to win nation’s top humor prize in DC

June 19, 2014 WASHINGTON — Newly retired from “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation’s top humor prize for following in the tradition of satire and social commentary of Mark Twain, the... more »»

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