Preparing your teen for college dorm life? Don't over-pack

A student finalist dorm room in Sellery Residence Hall at the University of Wisconsin that was part of the their annual Best Room Contest. (Joel Ninmann/UW-Madison University Housing via AP)

Preparing your teen for college dorm life? Send love, not more stuff

Six US budget vacation destinations offer bounty for the frugal

Seaside houses soak in the sun in South Walton, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Visit South Walton)

We stuck to places we'd actually want to go, with mid-to-high-quality lodging for about $175 or less per night — based on searches for a three-night stay from Sept. 6 to 9 — reasonable proximity to a decent-size airport and a solid range of free or affordable attractions.

Lighthouse book also tells the stories, sometimes tragic, of the keepers

Ledge Light, New London, Connecticut (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Built in 1909, Ledge Light survived the Hurricane of 1938 — as did the keeper in residence, Howard B. Beebe, who recounted later how waves flooded the building's second story.

Book tip — Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent

Book tip Flight or Fright — 17 Turbulent Tales Edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent There's a great line in Peter Gent's novel "North Dallas Forty" where the narrator, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Phil Elliot, explains why he likes to fly: "At 5,000 feet, I...

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Rick's List - "Back in the Tube" edition

I'm taking an online course from the Iowa Writers Workshop called "How to Create New Idiomatic Expressions." The hope is that, if I can get a PhD in Whimsical Colloquialisms, I might be able to find freelance work inventing quaint...

Breaking news: No escape from relentless reports on heat wave

“This is Faye Knooz, once again bringing you live team coverage of the season’s first heat wave that has crippled the region with nonstop reporting of weather-related news ..."

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BIG TICKET

Lindsey Buckingham — Nov. 29, Garde Arts Center; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Sat.; $55-$300

Tony Bennett — Oct. 4, Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $45.75-$65.75

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018 — Oct. 14, Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $29-$49

Jim Gaffigan — Feb. 22 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55-$135

Kevin Hart — Sept. 28, Toyota Oakdale Theater, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Friday; $65-$135

The Bouncing Souls — Oct. 20, Webster Theater, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $27.50-$30

Glenn Hughes — Aug. 28, Space Ballroom, Hamden; tickets on sale now; $40-$45



Lindsey Buckingham — Nov. 29, Garde Arts Center; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Sat.; $55-$300

Tony Bennett — Oct. 4, Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $45.75-$65.75

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018 — Oct. 14, Mohegan Sun Arena; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $29-$49

Jim Gaffigan — Feb. 22 at Foxwoods' Grand Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $55-$135

Kevin Hart — Sept. 28, Toyota Oakdale Theater, Wallingford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Friday; $65-$135

The Bouncing Souls — Oct. 20, Webster Theater, Hartford; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. today; $27.50-$30

Glenn Hughes — Aug. 28, Space Ballroom, Hamden; tickets on sale now; $40-$45