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Players present classic drama with timeless quandaries

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may have been written in the 1950s, but the story line is as relevant today as it was then. It’s a family at odds, splitting apart from lies, deceit, greed, sex, alcoholism, indifference, love, hate, life and death - situations that have plagued mankind from the beginning.

Ballet star Violette Verdy dies at age 82

Violette Verdy, the French-born New York City Ballet star and one of the leading ballerinas of the 20th century, who was also the first female director of the Paris Opera Ballet and a distinguished dance professor, died Feb. 8 in Bloomington, Indiana. She was 82.

Black history month to be celebrated at expo

A celebration of Black History Month, including Gospel singing, praise dancing, poetry reading, fitness demonstrations, a style show, food booths and vendors, will take place at the Texomaland Black Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Sid Richardson Gymnasium at Austin College.

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Adolescents should be screened for depression too, says federal panel (+video)

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or to refer them to specialists who can.

Joe Alaskey, ‘voice of many childhoods’ as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, dies at 63 (+video)

Joe Alaskey lived through his characters. “Even at 3 years old,” he once said, “I was always looking for a pair of sunglasses or people’s cigar butts to grab to do characters, and that led into me working on impressions, and that led into theater.”

Getting to the ‘heart’ of sleep (+video)

Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don’t sleep enough are at higher risk for heart disease. One study that examined data from 3,000 adults over age 45 found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night. Sleep deprivation is a growing problem, with 28 percent of adults now reporting that they get six or fewer hours of sleep per night.