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American Life in Poetry: ‘With Spring in Our Flesh,’ Don Welch

Early each spring, Nebraska hosts, along a section of the Platte River, several hundred thousand sandhill cranes. It’s something I wish everyone could see. Don Welch, one of the state’s finest poets, lives under the flyway, and here’s his take on the migration. His most recent book is “Gnomes” (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2013).

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Creating a doorway in a concrete block wall

I live in a very common home here in Florida. Most are built from concrete block. Twenty years ago, a room was added to the home and the rear exterior concrete block wall became an interior wall. A window was removed to create a pass-through to the room addition. Now we want to transform the concrete block under this pass-through into a real door opening. Can you help me figure out how to finish the uneven inside cores of the concrete block?

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The Slice: The name sounds familiar

One week ago, I asked how often someone with the same name as you shows up in The Slice. I was thinking, of course, of Slice readers and their names. But a few days later, I heard from Paul Turner. ...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

In this May 19, 2013, file photo, Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)

Did Prince die of an overdose? Death raises questions

Prince’s final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It’s possible the innovative musician’s demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America.

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Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ coat is up for auction

CALABASAS, Calif. – A rare piece of movie memorabilia from Prince’s 1984 classic film “Purple Rain” is hitting the auction block. Prince donned the black-and-white blazer with leather sleeves while riding a motorcycle with co-star Apollonia Kotero. “It’s definitely the ...

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Keegan-Michael Key, left, and Jordan Peele in a scene from "Keanu." (Steve Dietl / AP)

Movie review: ‘Keanu’ is a real, funny movie

If you watched the trailer for “Keanu” – starring Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key of Comedy Central’s beloved series “Key & Peele” – and wondered “is this a real movie?” you’re not alone. In fact, it’s one of the auto-searches on Google.

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This image released by Open Road Films shows Kate Hudson, left, and Sarah Chalke in a scene from "Mother's Day." (Ron Batzdorff /Open Road Films via AP) ORG XMIT: NYET137 (Ron Batzdorff / AP)

Movie review: ‘Mother’s Day’ aims to ruin another holiday

It seems there’s no stopping Garry Marshall’s terrifying cinematic rampage on our nation’s treasured holidays. Having ruined both “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve” with his star-packed omnibus projects, the director has burned his way through the calendar, landing on “Mother’s Day” as his next victim.

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In thisimage released by Gramercy Pictures, from left, Captain Qwark voiced by Jim Ward,  Ratchet voiced by James Arnold Taylor, Clank voiced by David Kaye, Cora voiced by Bella Thorne and Brax, voiced by Vincent Tong, appear in a scene from, "Ratchet and Clank." From the reviled 1993 live-action rendition of "Super Mario Bros." to last year's loathed arcade-inspired "Pixels," big-screen interpretations of games have almost always failed to score with critics and audiences. With four films based on popular interactive series set for release in 2016, this could be the year a video game movie wins over filmgoers. (Gramercy Pictures  via AP) ORG XMIT: NYET652 (AP)

Movie review: ‘Ratchet & Clank’ jumps from video games to big screen

Based on a popular Playstation game, the sci-fi animated feature “Ratchet & Clank” seeks to capture the kid-friendly audience this weekend, as well as the gamer crowd who have a familiarity with the space-based game characters. The film is a basic hero story about Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor, also the voice in the video game), a young lombax (a cat-like creature) who dreams of joining the Galactic Rangers, only to find that the hero business is much more complicated than it seems.

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The Slice: Relationships built to last

The Slice asked about long-term relationships. Specifically, the question dealt with cars and trucks bought new and never resold. Here are just a few of the answers. Clarence Trout has a crew cab one-ton 1973 Chevy pickup. “I’m proud of ...

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Robby French as Gabe, Morgan Keene as Natalie and Mitch Heid as Henry in the "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" scene from Spokane Civic Theater's “Next to Normal.” (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

A ‘Newsies’ homecoming for Morgan Keene 

“Newsies” began life as a big-budget movie musical starring Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margaret and a teenage, pre-“Dark Knight” Christian Bale. Based on the 1899 newsboy strike against newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the film opened in 1992 to middling reviews ...

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Too Many CooksHappy hour tea

This week's Spokesman-Review Food section is all about afternoon tea, based on the book "Afternoon Tea at Home" by Will Torrent. The book doesn’t include tea cocktails. But that doesn’t ...

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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