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Personal influences revealed in art exhibit

The two current Sumter Gallery of Art exhibits offer interesting observations on artistic vision and technique. Though there are many differences in the two shows, there is a common sense of commitment to pieces that reveal personal convictions and … more

Do go chasing waterfalls: You can see 250 of them in western North Carolina

BREVARD, N.C. - Some are big. Some are small. Some are wide. Some are narrow. Some crash down. Some are a slow trickle. And some, you can slide right down. There are at least 250 waterfalls in Transylvania County, North Carolina, about halfway … more

When should kids start helping in the kitchen? Now is good.

As the author of family-oriented cookbooks, I am often asked these two questions: "When is a good time to have your kids start helping in the kitchen?" Answer: Now! And, "Which tasks can kids do at what ages?" Answer: Depends on your … more

Dirty money is an understatement

Pennsylvania State UniversityThe ConversationWe live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches. We pass these tiny organisms to each other when … more

Before "screen time," parents still had concerns

nEW YORK - When Stephen Dennis was raising his two sons in the 1980s, he never heard the phrase "screen time," nor did he worry much about the hours his kids spent with technology. When he bought an Apple II Plus computer, he considered it an … more

In Jamestown, a reckoning about American slavery's beginnings

JAMESTOWN, Va. - On a recent afternoon, tour guide Justin Bates pointed to the spot where historic Jamestown's legislature first convened in July 1619. He then gestured toward another nearby spot where some of the first slaves in English North … more

In reenactments, where are blacks and women?

BOSTON - A Massachusetts living history museum that depicts life in the early 19th century is looking to overhaul the way it presents the past in an effort to stay relevant to a 21st-century audience. Old Sturbridge Village has received a $75,000 … more

Sumter Community Band seeking new musicians

The Sumter Community Concert Band doesn't begin its 2018-19 performance season until Oct. 7, but rehearsals start Thursday, and spokesman Rick Mitchum said musicians with experience in high school or other bands are invited to join the band at its … more

Green beer that looks like algae? It's all for clean water

TOLEDO, Ohio - There are spicy beers and even peanut butter beers, made to stand out on crowded shelves. Then there's a murky, green brew that looks a lot like algae. It's making a statement on the one ingredient brewers can't do without - clean … more

Homegirl Cafe offers 'platos' by ex-gang members with hope

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In a different time, at another place and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two … more

Sea-life sculptures are made from ocean's plastic trash

NEW ORLEANS - Huge sculptures of sea life are dotted about New Orleans' aquarium and zoo, all of them made from plastic trash that washed ashore. There's a great white shark made partly of bottle caps and beach toys and a jellyfish made mostly of … more

African refugee grows homeland's eggplants in Vermont

COLCHESTER, Vt. - After surviving refugee camps in Africa, Janine Ndagijimana settled in Vermont and began to dream of farming. When she considered what to plant, she thought back to her time in Tanzania and settled on the African eggplant, also … more

Organic dairy farmers vow to compete

FAIRFIELD, Iowa - Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business as large, confined-animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the … more

Baseball's offensive tweeters teaching moments for parents

NEW YORK - At 13, Charlie Fish in Cincinnati has just been given the parental go-ahead to use social media for the first time. He's also a competitive golfer, avid "SportsCenter" watcher and well aware of the attention received by offensive tweets … more

Hemingway story from 1956 published for 1st time

NEW YORK - The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine and the scars of battle. But the story itself has been little known beyond the scholarly community for decades: "A Room on … more

Newly restored Fireproof Building is only the container for treasures found inside

According to Architectural Digest, the new South Carolina Historical Society Museum is one of The 15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening This Year, and it is opening Saturday, Sept. 22, in downtown Charleston. The museum is … more

'Petticoat Affair' topic at Sumter Genealogical Society meeting

Historian and University of South Carolina Professor Emerita Patricia McNeely returns Monday to address the Sumter County Genealogical Society and guests on the topic "Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and the Petticoat Affair," also the title of her … more

'Not my child'

CHICAGO - Ayrial Miller is clearly annoyed. Her mother is sitting with her on the couch in their Chicago apartment, scrolling through the teen's contacts on social media. "Who's this?" asks Jennea Bivens, aka Mom. It's a friend of a friend, … more

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

Out of the shadows: Babies of Rohingya rape survivors arrive

UKHIYA, Bangladesh - Tucked away in the shadows of her family's bamboo shelter, the girl hid from the world. She was 13, and she was petrified. Two months earlier, soldiers had broken into her home back in Myanmar and raped her, an attack that … more
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