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Carolyn Hax: Apartment noise is families being families

Dear Carolyn: I live in an apartment building and a family with four kids lives in the apartment above us. They are so loud all the time and it drives me insane! My husband and I can hear them screaming, singing, crying, jumping and running. Sometimes it sounds like a marching band is practicing up there! We just had a baby and I find that I can’t nap because of all the noise. We’re not friends with them and haven’t really spoken to them much, but I’m ready to leave a note on their door to tell them to quiet down! Is there another way to handle this that isn’t so passive-aggressive and won’t create a very awkward situation? Do we have to just manage? – Need Some Peace and Quiet

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Hot tub

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I have moved into a new-to-us home that has a hot tub. Upon receiving an invite to come visit, people comment they will bring their bathing suits for the hot tub. The hot tub is known of only by looking at the realty listing pictures online. I have replied that we were not planning on using the spa that day. Should I just continue to repeat this with every person who offers to use our spa? We are not interested in using the tub with others. I imagine that people with swimming pools have a similar issue. Am I handling this politely?

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016


Seasonal Kitchen: strawberries

Tender-skinned and full-flavored, strawberries are among the first fruits to ripen during the Inland Northwest growing season. And they’re very different from grocery-store strawberries, which most likely were bred for size, looks and long truck rides from California. Sure, they’re ...

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FDA approves stomach-draining obesity treatment 

WASHINGTON – A new weight loss device offers a novel approach to cutting calories: draining them from the stomach before they are fully digested. The AspireAssist system consists of a thin tube implanted in the stomach, connecting to an outside ...

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Annie’s Mailbox: Poem perfect for Flag Day

Dear Readers: Today is Flag Day. We promised to print some of the patriotic poems that readers have been sending in for July 4, but we thought this one would be perfect for today. The author is Audrey Bashlor. Honor our flag of red, white and blue,

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Ask Doctor K: Advance in vaccines exciting

DEAR DOCTOR K: I heard on television about a possible new vaccine against HIV, Ebola and other terrible viruses. That sounds like very good news, or is it just hype? DEAR READER: You may well have heard about a new approach to creating vaccines. The approach is called “passive immunization with neutralizing antibodies.” It could revolutionize immunization against Ebola and other viruses, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and influenza (flu) viruses.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho,  waves during a photo shoot on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Simpson has lost more than 70 pounds in the past 18 months. Now the ninth-term congressman has started a “Hike with Mike” challenge, encouraging Idahoans to walk 2,963 miles over the next 14 months, which is equal to a trip from Washington, D.C., to Boise. (Tong Wu / Tribune News Service)

Idaho congressman lost 72 pounds walking. Now he wants everyone to do it

WASHINGTON – At 55, Brian Whitlock is like millions of Americans, getting far too little exercise. But he’s ready to do something about it, pledging to walk 2,963 miles in the next 12 to 15 months. “I joke that my wife wants me to get healthy, even if it kills me,” said Whitlock, president of the Idaho Hospital Association in Boise. “It’s something new. I tend to get engrossed in my work, and 12 hours later it’s time to go home and you forget to fit in exercise.”

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Is your hearing at risk? Protect your ears

Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. But noise-induced hearing loss is on the rise. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 15 percent of adults in the U.S. from 20 to 69 and 5 percent of children older than 6 are affected by noise-induced hearing loss.

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iTunes: Timberlake, Beyoncé sit at No. 1

Top Songs 1. “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” Justin Timberlake 2. “For Free” DJ Khaled with Drake 3. “One Dance” Drake with Wizkid & Kyla 4. “Just Like Fire” P!nk 5. “Don’t Let Me Down” The Chainsmokers with Days 6. “H.O.L.Y.” ...

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How to prevent blisters

It’s sandal season and running season, which means blisters are back in full force. But there are ways that your feet and your shoes can get along, even if it’s the first day that you’re wearing new footwear, said Marlene ...

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Achievements: Spring 2016 University Honor Students and Graduates

Students from the Inland Northwest have earned academic honors nationwide for the spring 2016 semesters. Grade-point averages (GPA) are calculated on a 4.0 scale, unless otherwise noted. Veradale resident Paige Dolsby earned a 3.5 GPA or more for the semester and was named to the dean’s list at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Luke Petersen has been named to the dean’s list, and received semester honors for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or more, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. In addition, Petersen graduated from the university this spring with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.Temple University’s College of Public Health in Philadelphia has named Kylie McLaughlin to the dean’s list. McLaughlin earned a GPA of 3.73 or more for the semester to be named to the dean’s list.Kathryn Combo, of Spokane, has been named to the dean’s list at the Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts in Macon, Georgia.The University of Memphis in Tennessee has named Corinna Rankin, of Colbert, to the dean’s list after she earned a GPA of 3.5 or more for the semester.

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The Slice: Look, nobody’s saying it’s a huge deal

I guess you might call it a first world problem. But sometimes, because of pipe noise and varied sleeping schedules, the timing of mail delivery, midday heat and other issues, figuring out just when to run the lawn sprinklers isn’t always as easy as it …

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Coloring pages

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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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