Certain plants come into vogue and then slip off their pedestal. The daylily in all its rich variety was once the perennial to plant for its seemingly endless supply of showy blooms in the gathering heat of early summer. The deer love its succulent buds, which may have something to do with i…

BETHESDA, Md. — Researchers hooked Zach Ault to medical monitors as he slowly climbed onto a gym bike. An invisible disease is sidelining this once avid athlete and he knew the simple exercise would wipe him out — but Ault was pedaling for science.

Drug addiction help: The Living Recovery Group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 12:15 p.m., 8 p.m. daily and a 10 a.m. Saturday meeting for women at 3713 W. Marshall Ave. The group offers a weekly meeting for family members of addicts, Nar-Anon, at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at 3713 W. Marshall Ave. F…

CONCORD, N.H. — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she’s hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in Pittsburgh.

Longview Citizens on Patrol seeks volunteers to increase cooperation between residents and the Longview Police Department. For information and volunteer opportunities, email msandars@msn.com or call (903) 570-1480.

Expectant Heart Pregnancy Resource Center, 2440 S. High St., Longview, needs wipes, diapers, changing tables, strollers and Diaper Genie machines. For information, call (903) 931-3124.

Revive Recovery Benefit Concert: 3 to 10 p.m. Jan. 26, Revive Church, 3500 McCann Road in Longview. Join local Christian bands Torn Veil, Cross Ways, rap artist Jermaine Jackson, Dillon Loving, Jenn Ford and Darrin Morris performing to benefit the addiction recovery program. Tickets cost $10…

The Cook Islands — a cluster of tiny atolls and reefs in the vast expanse of the South Pacific — have never been on my bucket list of travel destinations. Their image as a tropical island paradise conjures up endless (and therefore boring) white sandy, palm-lined beaches with nothing to do b…

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The 16 United Methodist bishops and advocacy group leaders who negotiated a recent proposal to split the denomination explained their reasoning at an event this week streamed live by United Methodist News Service.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A group that wants to overturn Maine’s law eliminating religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations raised more than three times more money than supporters of the law, according to campaign finance reports.

It’s one thing to master “creature power suits” in “Wild Kratts,” the popular animated PBS Kids show. It’s entirely another to master the power of kids’ imaginations and fuel their curiosity about wildlife.

QUESTION: I am trying to find some information about the Rodden Building (3723 W. Marshall Ave.), particularly its age. It is surrounded by buildings that appear to be the same age and have unique brickwork. I have not been able to find anything on the internet about these buildings. I’m fro…

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One of the greatest joys and frustrations of cooking and eating at home is that it’s not the same as dining at a restaurant. On the one hand, you can make your food exactly how you want, save money, control the ingredients and even improve on what you might get when dining out. On the other …

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If you’ve had just one or maybe two minestrones in your life, you might be excused for thinking that they’re always the same — summer vegetables, say, with tomatoes and beans and tiny pasta. But the beauty of this Italian soup is that it is many things to many people, and it varies widely by…

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Winter tempts us to roast everything — even fruit. Roasted fibrous apples or almost-ripe pears fill crostatas and crisps, turn up next to meat and game, or get added (sometimes clumsily) to salads.