The 5

Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” turned out the lights on one of the darkest shows in television history. Even as this drama cooked up storylines that celebrated evil and depravity, “Breaking Bad” gleamed with a bright side, too. There were plenty of positive messages for the viewer who acknowledged them during the series’ five-season run. Here are 5 lessons from the show.

v Stay in school: As Walter White demonstrated after he ditched teaching for producing crystal meth, you can make millions from a subject like chemistry.

v Family is important: “Breaking Bad” reminds you that entering the drug trade and messing with the wrong people in it can lead to danger and death for your family.

v A better product: Steve Jobs knew it. Jeff Bezos knows it. Walt White serves as a mythical champion of their kind of acumen: Offer a better product with an obvious advantage. Addicts who loved Walt’s super-potent “blue sky” crystal meth will beat a path to your door.

v Personal makeover: If you’re stuck in a rut, like Walter White at the start of “Breaking Bad,” consider a new look. Shave your head, grow a tidy beard and fit yourself with a black pork pie hat. Then come up with a new name.

v Lawyer up: Keep a shrewd lawyer on call, especially if you mean to routinely break the law.

“THE GOLDBERGS” (8 p.m., ABC): I am going to keep pushing this sweet and funny ’80s-set “Wonder Years” homage until every last one of you demands that I stop.

“LUCKY 7” (10 p.m., ABC): They struck it rich in the lottery. Now what? The new drama continues as fame beckons and reality begins to set in for our little gas-station crew.

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Afternoon of Arts set Sunday at YMCA


The Davis Family YMCA’s fifth annual Afternoon of the Arts will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. New this year will be a meditation walk and tea in the garden (weather permitting) and a juried art show.

The event, which is free and open to the community, will also feature artists at work, live performances, children’s art and activities, and light refreshments. Attendees will have the opportunity to add their fingerprints to the Global Art Project Peace Tree.

For information, call the Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road, at 330-480-5656 or email

Music at noon concerts at Butler


Brass, piano, tuba and much more are featured in five free Music at Noon concerts this month presented by Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, in collaboration with the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave.

The concerts are at 12:15 Wednesdays. Parking is free at the Butler.

Performances scheduled are: this week, Dana Choral Ensembles; Oct. 9, Dana faculty artist recital; Oct. 16, Brass Chamber Ensembles; Oct. 23, guest artist Avguste Antonov, piano; and Oct. 30, tuba/euphonium recital

For information call 330-941-3636. For a complete calendar of events, visit

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