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Summer and diet damage your DNA

Today, your body will accumulate quadrillions of new injuries in your DNA. The constant onslaught of many forms of damage, some of which permanently mutates your genes, could initiate cancer and prove fatal. Yet all is not doomed: The lives we lead … more

How do you 'burn' fat?

Many of us may be considering "burning some fat" so we feel better in our bathing suits out on the beach or at the pool. What does that actually mean, though? The normal fat cell exists primarily to store energy. The body will expand the number … more

Don't miss local talent in Sumter Little Theatre's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

If you are looking for something to brighten your life, the Sumter Little Theatre production "Little Shop of Horrors" may be just what you need. Opening night's crowd rewarded the actors with plenty of laughter and applause. It is local little … more

Fashion firms go digital focusing on speed, trends

NEW YORK - Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was a hot style in sneakers and wanted to quickly jump on the trend for dressier shoes. It put a poll up on its website asking shoppers what style they liked, and based on … more

12th-annual Sumter Art in the Park set for Saturday

The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association will welcome fall with the 12th annual Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Park. More than 80 artists and crafters will display and sell their work in the largest of the events yet, … more

Attract more birds to your backyard this fall and winter

Food, water and shelter are the basic requirements for attracting birds to your yard. But you can boost the number and variety of species that visit by taking an additional landscaping step: learning the birds' preferences. "Birdscaping" plants … more

The Kennedys: Rare photos of America's most famous family go online

BOSTON - It's an expansive and quintessentially Kennedy photo album. Here's a young, shirtless JFK, baring six-pack abs and smirking poolside while striking an un-presidential pose. There's Rose Fitzgerald not-yet-Kennedy in her Sunday best, long … more

Sumter gallery presents 2 contemporary artists

Sumter County Gallery of Art will present exhibitions by two new artists with very different subject matter and process beginning with an opening reception Thursday evening. The public is invited to attend the 5:30-to-7:30 p.m. event at which … more

Suffering from an empty nest?

Eighteen years after Diana Sutera Mow gained an instant family with the arrival of her twins, her Southern California home "became an instant empty nest" when they flew across the country to begin college last year. Gone were the everyday sounds … more

Club Digest: Sumter Art Association

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association meeting was held Sept. 18 in the Parish Life Building of the Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone back after the summer break. She … more

Black horsemen, Mennonites share a dependence

BALTIMORE - At an inner-city stable in one of the grittiest areas of Baltimore, a vanishing breed of urban horsemen prepares for its weekly visit to Pennsylvania Dutch country, where Mennonite farmers are helping to carry on a merchant tradition … more

Sumter Civic Dance Company presents 19th contemporary dance concert

Contemporary dance is more popular than ever, and Sumter Civic Dance Company artistic director Andrea Freed-Levenson is more enthusiastic than ever about the future of the style. The company will present its 19th-annual contemporary dance concert … more

Next mission for women with military service: Run for office

WASHINGTON (AP) - A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. But nine years after being shot down in … more

Club Digest: Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

Sumter's Home Chapter, NSDAR On Aug. 8, at the first-year teachers' orientation for the Sumter School District, Sumter's Home Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution presented each of 12 teachers two $25 gift … more

Reef cemetery is now home to new life

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A year after Will and Daniel Payne lost their mom, and nearly two decades since their father's death, it was time to follow their wishes for the afterlife. As they board a boat with three generations of family, the brothers … more

How old is my pet in dog years or cat years? A veterinarian explains

Mississippi State UniversityThe Conversation"Just how old do you think my dog is in dog years?" is a question I hear on a regular basis. People love to anthropomorphize pets, attributing human characteristics to them. And most of us want to extend … more

USC Sumter presents works by 3 artists

SUBMITTED The University of South Carolina Sumter has artwork by three artists on display for the public to enjoy through Oct. 31. George Gregory's "Ply-Wonder" can be viewed in the University Gallery in the Anderson Library on the USC Sumter … more

Serbian makeup pro knows art of illusion

SMEDEREVO, Serbia - It took Mirjana Milosevic less than an hour to transform into a zombie. The Serbian makeup artist also can turn into a skeleton or a genie and make body parts disappear. Milosevic, 36, has attracted fans around the world for … more

Parenting in age of electronic home assistants has some challenges

Hey parents: What if there was a machine that could respond to your kids' every command, never tiring, even if they ask it to tell jokes for two hours or answer all their homework questions? It's a blessing and a curse for moms and dads that … more

Why is it fun to be frightened?

John Carpenter's iconic horror film "Halloween" celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Few horror movies have achieved similar notoriety, and it's credited with kicking off the steady stream of … more
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