Dracut High cheerleaders are national champs

DRACUT -- From a blizzard of confetti to a blizzard of snow -- and congratulations. Sixteen members of the Dracut High School cheerleading squad and their coaches triumphantly returned home Monday after being declared the No. Full Story
SPORTS
Williamson, a four-year Parker captain, reaches 1,000-point mark

SHIRLEY -- Parker Charter Essential School girls' basketball head coach Ben Benoit knew the moment point guard Katie Williamson stepped onto the floor that he had a special player on his hands. Full Story
HEALTH
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5 places you might start seeing calorie counts

Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes? Full Story
ENTERTAINMENT
Mish Michaels to visit UML Saturday

LOWELL -- On Saturday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m., UMass Lowell presents Emmy Award-winning meteorologist Mish Michaels, best known for her broadcasting days in Boston and on The Weather Channel, during a free, public event at University Crossing, River Hawk Shop, 220 Pawtucket St. Read More >>
SPORTS
POP WARNER TEAMS IN PLAYOFFS

Four teams from the Dracut Pop Warner Association have concluded their regular seasons and are moving onto the Merrimack Valley League playoffs. Full Story
LIFESTYLES
Food pantry receives contribution

The latest winner of Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union's "Give a Click" campaign, located on its website, WeShareACommonThread. Full Story
COMMUNITY
WHAT'S HAPPENING

Items can be sent to What's Happening by e-mailing sdion@lowellsun.com. Photo attachments in JPEG format are also welcome; items can be sent to What's Happening by regular mail to: What's Happening, The Valley Dispatch, c/o Suzanne Dion, 491 Dutton St. Full Story
Dog saved from euthanasia dies after cancer diagnosis

KANAB, Utah (AP) — A Utah animal sanctuary says a dog that escaped death in Indiana — a result of an ultimatum in the will of its late owner — has died. Full Story
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Kevin Spacey skips award shows to help aspiring Arab actors

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kevin Spacey skipped the Screen Actors Guild awards, which handed him a win for his wildly popular role on "House of Cards", to watch 34 young actors from across the Arab world perform a play as part of his foundation's Home Grown initiative supporting local talent. Full Story
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Benedict Cumberbatch sorry for racist remark

“The Imitation Game” actor was trying to address racial inequities in the film business when he referred to “colored actors” during a TV interview.