September 17, 2015 RSS feed / Living

In Kentucky

Where labor wars once raged ... no union mines left

HARLAN, Ky.  K entucky coal miners bled and died to unionize.  Their workplaces became war zones, and gun battles once punctuated union protests. More...

Rural Foard County

It’s a part of Texas the ‘good times’ bypassed

CROWELL, Texas   The big black-and-white photos on the walls of the tightly packed Fire Hall Museum show off Crowell and Foard County back in the 1950s and ’60s when sharp-finned cars filled the angled parking spaces around the county squa More...

Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum

In The County, an exhibit of the people, by the people

LITTLETON  O n a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, the mowed field in front of the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum was crowded with antique automobiles, trucks and farm equipment for a oneday show. More...

Bike shop restores, sells classic rides

LOUISVILLE, Ky.   Victor Miller describes his business, Vic’s Classic Bikes in the Highlands, as “a hobby run amok.”  More...

War on deadly drugs

Lab’s chemists on the front lines in Maine

AUGUSTA  I n the basement of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, chemist John Bangeman inspects a roll of white powder compressed inside a small sheet of paper. More...

Couple’s Monroe farm is taking root

MONROE   Early on a recent morning, Noami Brautigam and James Gagne sat at their kitchen table planning out their work for the day at Dickey Hill Farm in Monroe. It was about 6 a.m. More...

Bond author sorry for Elba remark

LONDON (AP) — The author of the new James Bond novel apologized on Tuesday after he said that British actor Idris Elba is “too street” to play 007.  In an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper published over the weekend, Anth More...

HOOVER DAM, LAKE MEAD

... two places worth the trip from Vegas

BOULDER CITY, Nev.  L as Vegas is a must-see destination, luring visitors from around the world with its bright lights, gambling and flamboyant shows.  But even the most die-hard revelers can get worn out from the never-ending party.  More...

Strong friends: 2 lifters bond

ROY, Utah   In the long list of things that get put off when life gets tough, hitting the gym is usually among the first things to get cut out.  Frank Brown, who has a litany of health issues and devotes time to caring for his ailing father More...

Thomas the cat roams rural courthouse

BRECKENRIDGE, Texas   In its storied history, Thomas likely is not the first fat cat to stroll the halls of the Stephens County Courthouse. But he’s probably the first to do it on four legs.  More...

Marietta, Georgia

A century after lynching, town still wrestles over history

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By train, two continents, from Beijing to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia   It was the realization of a dream from a childhood obsessed with trains: taking one of the world’s longest train rides, on the Trans Mongolian Express and Trans Siberian Railway.  More...

England’s Derbyshire

... industrial history and ‘Pride and Prejudice’

DERBY, England   More...

Cohousing developments on the rise in U.S.

MADISON, Wis.   About 40 people — toddlers, divorcees, young couples and teenagers — crowd into a massive dining room, where enticing smells drift out of a restaurant-grade kitchen.  More...

Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: I am a 50- year-old gay man, out of the closet for 10 years. Throughout my life I have had to deal with low self-esteem and other issues. When I came out, my life changed dramatically for the better. More...

Bound for Quebec?

Don’t sweat the language barrier

DOLBEAU-MISTASSINI, Quebec  D uring weeks of travel in parts of Quebec where few speak much English, I only encountered one problem arising from the language barrier. It happened when I broke into a guy’s house.  More...

Scuba diving in Montana reveals underwater frontier

MARION, Mont.   The calm evening sheen of McGregor Lake filled the backdrop as Mike Ferda climbed into a burly waterproof suit bristling with hoses and valves. More...

Trump sues celebrity chef

WASHINGTON   Donald Trump's organization is suing celebrity chef Jose Andres for backing out of a hotel project in Washington.  Andres had planned to open a restaurant at the Trump International Hotel. More...

Pets pick up on cues to comfort the dying, grieving

LOS ANGELES   For those who are dying, it's clear why all dogs go to heaven.  They provide comfort not just in death, but in other difficult times, whether it's depression, job loss or a move across country. More...

Jackalope Tattoo

Minneapolis ink shop boasts all-female staff

MINNEAPOLIS  W hen many people think of getting a tattoo, they likely expect to go to a shop run by men.  That’s not surprising, because male tattoo artists in the United States vastly outnumber their female counterparts.  But th More...