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Lessons in compassion: Animal sanctuary teaches children, adults about care

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As a word, a touch or a piece of fruit brings humans and animals together, Jessie Miller gets to watch. When children and adults visit One EPIC Farm, her nonprofit’s 7-acre sanctuary on Jacksonville’s far north side, they meet animals up close. They meet ...

New at Peter White Public Library

What’s New at Peter White Public Library? Tired of hearing the words “Just be positive!” Looking for some sort of guidance during these unprecedented times? Well, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson is here to give some enlightenment. This is not a traditional ...

The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

NEW YORK — “No New ‘Movies’ Till Influenza Ends” blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding. A century later, during another pandemic, movies — quotes no longer necessary — are again facing a critical ...

In Santa’s mailbag, a peek into children’s pandemic worries

LIBOURNE, France — Jim, from Taiwan, slipped a face mask inside the greeting card he sent to Santa and marked “I (heart) u.” Alina, 5, asked in her Santa letter written with an adult’s help that he please use the front door when he drops in, because the back door is reserved for Grandma ...

What’s flying: Colorful birds light up a dark November in the U.P.

“If I could tell you about red I would sing to you of fire sweet like cherries burning like cinnamon smelling like a rose in the sun.” – Dixie Dawn Miller Goode November has sunk its teeth into all that color this fall. November is the gray of sky, the occasional pale of thin snow hoping ...

New at Peter White Public Library

New YA Graphic Novels “Displacement” by Kiku Hughes Kiku is on vacation in San Francisco when she finds herself displaced to the 1940s Japanese-American Internment Camp, with her late Grandmother, Ernestina. Displacements keep happening to Kiku until one she “stuck” back in time and ...

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ to debut in theaters and on HBO Max

“Wonder Woman 1984” isn’t skipping theaters or moving to 2021, but it is altering course. The last big blockbuster holdout of 2020 is still opening in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day but it will also be made available to HBO Max subscribers free of charge for its first month, Warner Bros. ...

What’s Flying: Nothing so precious as November sunshine

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house” — Nathaniel Hawthorne There seems nothing so precious as a day with sunshine in the Upper Peninsula in November. It seems weeks sometimes between glimpsing appearances, quite frequently it seems ...

Study suggests video games can improve mental health

LONDON (AP) — Time spent playing video games can be good for mental health, according to a new study by researchers at Oxford University. The finding comes as video game sales this year have boomed as more people are stuck at home because of the pandemic and many countries have once again ...

Suspect arrested in attack on actor Rick Moranis

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man was arrested Saturday in connection with an unprovoked assault against Rick Moranis that occurred as the 67-year-old actor was walking near Central Park in October. New York City police said 35-year-old Marquis Ventura, whom authorities listed as homeless, ...

Gillian Anderson brings uncanny ‘Iron Lady’ to ‘The Crown’

LOS ANGELES — Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of British political leader Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown” was built step by step, from distinctive voice to helmet-hair wig to padded wardrobe. Olivia Colman, who as Queen Elizabeth II goes coif to coif with Thatcher, found Anderson’s ...

First-time director explores mother’s murder in docuseries

By AMANDA LEE MYERS The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Madison Hamburg was 18 years old when he got the call from his sister: Their mother had been stabbed and bludgeoned to death outside her home in the affluent southeastern Connecticut town of Madison. Now 29, Hamburg has directed ...

A birthday to celebrate: Parade honors 101-year-old Black WWII veteran

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The boat crested a wave that seemed a mile high and then started to plunge. Romay Davis looked over the edge as the bow dropped. The trough looked bottomless. Davis had never been on the ocean before, now she was headed to France to serve in WWII as part of an all-Black, ...

Taking note: Kindness is key

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column originally ran in the March 14 edition of The Mining Journal. We all endure challenges and hardships that we don’t share with others. Sometimes because we feel ashamed of our struggles. Sometimes because we feel like others might not understand. Sometimes ...

New at Peter White Public Library

Disappearing Wilderness Living in the U.P. allows us almost unlimited access to nature. The woods and wildlife are never more than 10 minutes away in any direction. PWPL has several new books that focus on humans interacting with the wilderness. All materials, including new books, can be ...

The Weeknd to headline Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show

LOS ANGELES — The Weeknd will bring his popular falsetto vocals to the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday that the three-time Grammy Award winner will be the headline performer on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The ...

What’s Flying: Intrepid travelers are visiting the U.P. now

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Spring migration of birds is a most welcome event, with Baltimore orioles, ruby-throated hummingbirds, indigo buntings and rose-breasted grosbeaks bringing great joy, with all the colors they present after ...