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Saturday: Weekend

Sugar shacks fired up for maple syrup boils

By CHRIS GOUDREAU Associated Press HADLEY, Mass. — The sweet aroma of fresh maple syrup wafted through the air inside the North Hadley Sugar Shack last weekend as white smoke filled the room during a recent maple syrup boil. For Joe Boisvert, owner of the North Hadley Sugar ...

Returning to acting, Jagger plays man of wealth and taste

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK — Itís been nearly 20 years since Mick Jagger last acted, but as the new film ìThe Burnt Orange Heresyî shows, his chops have gathered no moss. In the film, which Sony Pictures Classics will release Friday, Jagger co-stars alongside Claes Bang ...

A blossoming understanding

For me, the beginning of March always represents hope. The days are noticeably longer, there’s usually at least a hint of light when I’m going to work in the morning and heading home at night; the air starts to take on that incredible early spring scent; patches of dry pavement, exposed ...

Matthews was inspired by his daughters to write a novel

NEW YORK — For his debut novel, Dave Matthews found inspiration close to home. He was recording music in New Orleans years ago when he started imaging the story of ìIf We Were Giants.î His twin daughters were 6. While they played in the trees, the singer-songwriter was overwhelmed by ...

Mystery Solved

By JENNY BERG St. Cloud Times ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — When Chuck Owen spent a summer in St. Cloud by happenstance in 1952, he stayed in a house with a wide front porch on a tree-lined street. Although some of his memories of that summer are fuzzy, Owen distinctly remembers ...

Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, Maren Morris among top ACM nominations

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay lead the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations for Dan Smyers and five for Shay Mooney and helped pop star Justin Bieber earn his first-ever ACM noms. In the nominations ...

Nazi cautionary dramas wade into political, factual disputes

By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES — Hollywood mustered its creative forces in the 1940s when Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany sought to conquer the world, with Humphrey Bogart standing up to the fascist regime in ìCasablancaî and director Ernst Lubitsch mocking it and its ...

Hidden stories

There’s quite a bit to love about secondhand items: The mysteries, the stories, the joyful coincidence of just the right object somehow finding its way to you, the chance to give something another use, a new life. Whether an item comes from a thrift store, a yard sale, an estate sale, a ...

Moving into the digital economy

MARQUETTE — Ray Johnson, CEO of Innovate Marquette SmartZone, is retiring. But the mission continues. Innovate Marquette SmartZone was created to help accelerate the creation and growth of technology-based start-ups and jobs in Marquette. Johnson was hired in September 2015 as its ...

Photographic memories

Albums. Boxes. Hard drives. Discs. Social media. The cloud. While all of these methods of storing photos have their relative benefits and drawbacks, I find nothing quite compares to flipping through an album or box of photo prints. For one, there’s the tactile experience of looking ...

‘Anatomy of a Start-Up’: NMU alumnus talks about business experience

MARQUETTE — Martin Heikel drew from his personal experience in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds to give business advice to Northern Michigan University students on Tuesday at the Northern Center. Heikel, a former Verizon vice president and founder/CEO of Flatiron Apps Company in ...

Kirk Douglas rose from poverty to become a king of Hollywood

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK — He was born Issur Danielovitch, a ragman’s son. He died Kirk Douglas, a Hollywood king. Douglas, the muscular, tempestuous actor with the dimpled chin, lived out an epic American story of reinvention and perseverance, from the riches ...

Curling up with a good book

Someone from a much warmer locale recently asked me what people here do to get through the winter. I told them about the wealth of winter recreation opportunities, such as fat tire biking, skiing, snowshoeing and winter camping. And although it hardly seems as exciting by comparison, I also ...

Kidman, Nyong’o, Peele talk 1st Oscar moment

By MIKE CIDONI LENNOX Associated Press LOS ANGELES — It happens in an instant: The envelope is opened, a name is called and the Oscar winner’s life and career are changed forever. To some, the first moments after an Academy Award win felt like an out-of-body experience — it came a ...

Key still making people laugh, flexing drama chops

By GARY GERARD HAMILTON Associated Press NEW YORK — Keegan-Michael Key is transitioning out of over-the-top comedies to focus more on dramatic films, and for him, itís no laughing matter. “We’ve been moving in a little bit of a new direction, where it’s a Keegan with a little ...

A day in the life of a snowplow driver

By RYAN PATTERSON Leader-Telegram EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — David Gotlibson remembers his first day plowing snow for Eau Claire County. A winter storm dumped 14 inches of fresh powder, so the newcomer had his hands full. “I learned what to do and what not to do,” Gotlibson ...

Winter blues?

It’s not exactly breaking news that it’s already been a long winter here in the Upper Peninsula. But still, a long winter — or any winter in the U.P. — is one of those topics that seems to always merit discussion. Maybe it makes the months of bitter cold and seemingly endless snow a ...

10 ads to watch on Super Sunday

By MAE ANDERSON AP Business Writer NEW YORK — This year’s Super Bowl won’t be a politics-free zone, as both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will air campaign ads during the game. But most other advertisers will offer escape from ...

One hit no more: Persistence pays off for Billy Ray Cyrus

By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Most people would say that Billy Ray Cyrus has been lucky to keep finding himself in the middle of massive pop culture moments over this three-decade long career in music and television. Between his auspicious 1992 debut with ...

Older actors find a Minnesota stage where age is no problem

By PETER COX Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. — On a Monday night, the start of the second week of rehearsals, a group of actors gathered in a circle, stretching and working through vocal exercises. They’re like actors putting together a show at any other theater, ...