The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


  • Women's war experiences compiled for documentary

    The soldier scanned the room of well-wishers during her homecoming from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. She caught sight of a young girl and remarked to someone nearby how cute she was.

    The veteran did not recognize her own daughter.

    The story is one of thousands JulieHera DeStefano heard while compiling interviews for her documentary, "Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home."

    January 21, 2013

  • Coca Cola Obesity_Denn.jpg Coca-Cola to address obesity for first time in ads

    Coca-Cola became one of the world's most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it's taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity.

    January 14, 2013 1 Photo

  • Pennsylvania Gets Str_Denn.jpg Pennsylvania gets strict on electronic device waste

    A new state law requiring the recycling of computers, televisions and other electronic devices will mean a little more effort on the part of residents but a big benefit to the environment, officials say.

    Pennsylvania's "Covered Device Recycling Act" goes into effect Jan. 24 and will prohibit many electronic devices from being discarded into landfills and incinerators. The law means residents will no longer be able to place their computers, monitors, keyboards, printers and a number of other electronics on the curb along with their trash for pickup.

    January 14, 2013 1 Photo

  • Online game asks players to design hospital of the future

    When officials at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto laid the groundwork for their first health care crowdsourcing game for the general public, they expected to get 200 or 300 players.

    More than twice that many logged in to play Future of the Hospital last week.

    For a 24-hour period starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in California, 637 people from around the world convened online to compete and share ideas about what hospitals might look like in the future.

    January 14, 2013

  • Argo.jpg ’Argo,’ ’Les Miserables’ win best-pic Globes

    “Argo” is in big with the Golden Globes, but not so much with the Academy Awards. “Lincoln” is sitting pretty with the Oscars but was mostly left out in the cold at the Globes.

    January 14, 2013 1 Photo

  • Oscar Nominations_Denn.jpg Ex-Gitmo inmates: Bin Laden movie excuses torture

    Two former Guantanamo detainees on Thursday condemned "Zero Dark Thirty," a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden whose brutal interrogation scenes have sparked a discussion over the use of extreme methods in the U.S. campaign against terror.

    Speaking at an event in London on the eve of the 11th anniversary of the opening of the U.S. prison camp in eastern Cuba, the pair said the film was an attempt to rehabilitate those guilty of human rights abuses.


    January 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • Academy Award.jpg And the Oscar nominees are ...

    The complete list of 85th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday:

    January 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • Gadget Show iPotty_Denn.jpg 'Smart' potty or dumb idea? Wacky gadgets at CES

    From the iPotty for toddlers to the 1,600-pound mechanical spider and the host of glitch-ridden "smart" TVs, the International CES show is a forum for gadget makers to take big — and bizarre — chances.

    A search for this year's strangest (and perhaps least useful) electronic devices yielded an extra-loud pair of headphones from a metal band, an eye-sensing TV that didn't work as intended and more. Take a look.

    January 9, 2013 2 Photos

  • TV on the Internet_Denn.jpg Review: Aereo makes it tempting to cut cable TV

    Broadcast networks make many of their shows available on the Internet, but you usually have to wait at least a day after an episode airs on television. A subscription service called Aereo breaks those shackles and makes network programs available right away.

    That sounds too good to be true, and in a sense it is. First, it works only in New York City for now, though Aereo said Tuesday that it will expand to 22 more U.S. regions this spring. Its channel selection is limited to 29 over-the-air channels and Bloomberg TV. It doesn't include the other cable networks I frequently watch.

    The biggest caveat is the fact that broadcast networks are suing to shut it down.

    January 9, 2013 1 Photo

  • Historical Torah undergoes restoration

    The patient rested on the table, ready to undergo an operation to fix the problems that have arisen through years of work.

    But instead of scalpels and surgical caps, this doctor came armed with a quill and an inkpot.


    January 9, 2013


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