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SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016

In this photo provided by Overstock.com, bedding with a fun flamingo print is shown and is an easy way to introduce tropical decor. (Overstock.com via AP) ORG XMIT: NYLS140 (AP)

Home decor goes tropical this summer

If there’s one decor trend that hits summer’s sweet spot, it’s tropical style. Furnishings and accessories made of tropical plant and tree fibers started to appear in the fall, in modern vintage and midcentury pieces. That trend has expanded for ...

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Alchemilla mollis, or lady’s mantle, looks beautiful after it rains but needs to be deadheaded after blooming to prevent self-sowing. (Susan Mulvihill / The Spokesman-Review)

Some plants set on dominating the garden 

I’d like to say I’ve never met a plant I didn’t like, but a few have worn out their welcome in my garden. It all started out innocently enough: I saw them in a nursery and they insisted I take them home. I’m certain once they were planted, they quickly plotted their strategy for taking over the flower beds.

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Annie’s Mailbox: ‘Family Mistake’ draws sympathy

Dear Annie: I read the letter from “The Family Mistake,” the 12-year-old boy whose nearest sibling is 29. He hates his life, saying people assume he’s the grandchild, and his parents call him a “mistake.” He said his parents are in their 50s. My husband and I are in our 50s. We have three kids between the ages of 9 and 13. No one has mistaken our children for our grandchildren. Also, a lot of our friends are in their mid or late 50s and they have kids the same age as ours. There is nothing unusual about having children later in life.

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The downspout drain line under the sidewalk is leaking and causing erosion and possible foundation leakage. (Stacie Noall)

Faulty downspout installation causes drainage problems

My home is less than 2 months old and I already have a problem with my downspout drainage. Where the sidewalk comes up to my front porch a black corrugated plastic pipe extends through the concrete. The soil under the sidewalk has now eroded and each time it rains I can see water bubble up from under the sidewalk. How can this be fixed, and what can be done to prevent foundation damage?

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The Slice: Warning: This might date you

Larry Krueger wondered how many Slice readers remember Sunday blue laws. Let’s see a show of hands. Hmmm. I thought so. A lot of gray hair out there. If you have no idea what they were all about, that means ...

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016


iTunes: J.T., Radiohead claim top spots

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending May 12, 2016: Top Songs 1. “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! (Original Song From DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Trolls’),” Justin Timberlake 2. “One Dance” Drake with Wizkid & Kyla 3. “H.O.L.Y.” Florida Georgia Line 4. ...

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Miss Manners: ‘Honorary hostess’ short for bill payer 

DEAR MISS MANNERS: A stranger, who is a friend of a co-worker of my husband’s, called to invite me to be an honorary hostess for the couple’s engagement party. The caller told me I was to pay a certain dollar amount to help with expenses and to be a greeter. And bring a gift.

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Carolyn Hax: Annoyed neighbor has sound point 

Dear Carolyn: My family is very lucky to live in a big house with a big front porch, backyard, and a second-floor back porch. My preteen daughter especially loves that back porch. In the summer she spends whole days out there listening to the radio and yakking on her cell phone. This is great for the rest of the family – she is not bothering her brothers and sisters, or nagging me to drive her to the movies. And my daughter is happy! My neighbors (behind us) tell me that the way the porch is built, it acts as a huge megaphone or band shell. They say that even normal conversation or music played at a reasonable volume is broadcast loud and clear to their backyards, through their open windows, and even to their front porches!

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The Slice: The dual-personality holiday

How do you acknowledge the solemn reason for Memorial Day while also getting in the spirit of blowout sales, a day off from work and start-of-summer cookouts?


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Too Many CooksFree pizza for moms

MOD Pizza is offering moms free pizza on Mother’s Day. Moms can receive one free 11-inch pizza or hand-tossed salad during regular business hours at MOD Pizza locations nationwide Sunday. ...



ClarksvilleMel McCuddin: The Art of Darkness

Inside a downtown gallery maybe two decades ago – that’s where I first got McCuddined. I recall strolling through the vast array of art when one canvas stopped me cold. ...




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