• Prepare for Ebola but don’t freak out - 10/23/2014 10:24 PM EDT
    Prepare for Ebola but don’t freak out

    10/23/2014 10:24 PM EDT
    Don’t panic. Those words, from Douglas Adams’ "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy," contain good advice. Sci-fi visionary Arthur C. Clarke once said those words contain the best advice that can be given to humanity. "The greatest danger," Mr. Clarke wrote in "The Songs of Distant Earth," "is panic. 
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    More after-school programs needed
    10/22/2014 09:46 PM EDT - With so many families today needing two incomes just to make ends meet, quality after-school programs play an important role in the lives of children, families and communities. "After school is a critical time for young people -- it is when they are least likely to be supervised and most likely to become involved in dangerous behaviors, such as drugs, alcohol, and crime," EducationBug. Full Story

    Cable and TV cord-cutters, rejoice
    10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT - Television viewers got a little more flexibility last week when HBO and CBS announced they would offer their own subscription streaming services. For too long, viewers have been held hostage by cable and satellite TV providers who refused to offer a la carte packages. To receive the coveted ESPN or HBO, viewers have had to buy packages with dozens of other cable channels they Full Story

    Remarkably generous when disasters strike
    10/20/2014 10:10 PM EDT - Americans are a remarkably generous people when it comes to natural disasters. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, private citizens gave an estimated $1.4 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. An estimated $2 billion poured in to help those displaced by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. But when it comes to man-made disasters, the giving drops considerably. Full Story

    Take back our democracy
    10/19/2014 10:43 PM EDT - There’s been a lot of talk lately about Vermont’s independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders making a run for president in 2016. Sanders himself has expressed both an interest in and misgivings about such a prospect and the political logistics involved. He’s motivated to help solve some of America’s most daunting problems -- not the least of which is the overburdened, Full Story

    ROSES & THORNS: Roses to UCS community forums on autism
    10/18/2014 11:01 AM EDT - ROSES to the series of community forums on autism held recently by United Counseling Services of Bennington County. The forums were geared to assist the agency's mental health professionals to develop autism programming that is sensitive to the needs of are children and families. "The more awareness about autism, the better off and more accepting the community is going to be," said Dave Full Story

    Sugary-beverage tax not such a sweet idea
    10/16/2014 09:21 PM EDT - Put down those Gummi Bears, spit out that soda and forget about the Ben & Jerry’s -- the feds don’t like you eating that kind of stuff. We’ve all heard debate about whether the government should serve as a "nanny state," dictating what types of behaviors should be subject to punitive action by the government. Full Story

    Standing up for the children
    10/15/2014 09:50 PM EDT - But when it was announced that Yousafzai was splitting the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, many people said "Who?" It didn’t take us long to learn that Satyarthi, a Hindu from India, was responsible for rescuing nearly 80,000 children from child labor. Yousafzai and Satyarthi are "Two sides of the same coin," wrote The Guardian’s Ben Doherty. Full Story

    Compassion Corps helps African nation beset with Ebola virus
    10/14/2014 10:23 PM EDT - When the Ebola virus began invading west African nations earlier this year, it seemed like a problem peculiar to developing nations, far from the cares of U.S. citizens. It became more of a reality when American doctors working in these nations became infected and were brought home for treatment. Full Story

    Money for retirement
    10/13/2014 10:00 PM EDT - Two separate reports out last week point toward a disturbing financial trend for senior citizens. AARP released a new survey that says more than half of working Americans over age 50 (55 percent) don’t think they’ll have enough money for health care as they reach the age they expect to retire. Full Story

    Man fighting charges for painting Main Street

    BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man will hire an attorney and fight a criminal mischief charge for painting the speed limit on a stretch of Main Street. Full Story
    John Denver gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Things are a little sunnier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the posthumous unveiling of a star for John Denver. Full Story
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    'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' canceled

    TLC axes show after evidence surfaces that star Mama June had resumed a romance with a convicted child molester.