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Sunday, February 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Ask Dr. Universe: What are the lives of bunnies like?

Bunnies are hopping all over our planet. Some hop through snow and deserts while others hop through wetlands and woods. There are lots of different kinds of rabbits, and they are all a little different. For the most part, a bunny hops, or actually runs, anywhere between 25 and 45 mph. That’s even faster than most house cats can run.
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Planning family or medical leave next year? Here’s a short primer

Planning to start a family next year or a stint as caregiver for an aging parent? New family and medical leave benefits for workers in Washington state start in 2020, but premiums are coming out of paychecks now to help pay for the statewide program. Here are a few highlights.
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Ask Dr. Universe: Shifting plates cause earthquakes

These massive plates move very, very slowly – about one or two inches a year. But when plates slip over or under each other, collide or break away, an earthquake happens. Usually, they last just a few seconds but really big quakes can often last anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds.
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What are your eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions?

A recent U.N. panel’s report estimates we have about 12 years to get global carbon emissions under control. Its call for “rapid and far-reaching” change seems overwhelming. Here are some realistic ideas for families, maybe marked as your eco-friendly 2019 resolutions.
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Family’s miracle: Winning No. 1 prize at Christmas Tree Elegance

Vladislav and Svetlana Khashchuk won the Tree No. 1 package with $4,500 cash at Christmas Tree Elegance, just a month after launching a GoFundMe to help pay for diabetes treatments for two of their four children. Two sons have Type 1 diabetes, including their youngest child recently diagnosed, and the parents hope to pay for new stem cell treatments after learning about some positive results.
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Less waste, more cheer: How to rein in holiday excess

According to the Environment Protection Agency, 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. Holiday excess isn’t limited to plastic toys and plastic wrap, though. Every year, Americans throw out an incredible amount of food – about 200 million pounds of turkey meat over Thanksgiving alone, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy nonprofit.