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American Life in Poetry: ‘Just Red’ by Anya Krugovoy Silver

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 4 p.m.

There are times when a single word in a poem is so perfect a choice that it pops like a firecracker, and I’ll let you guess which word did that for me. A hint: it’s a modifier. The poem is by Anya Krugovoy Silver, who lives in Georgia, from her new book, “From Nothing,” from LSU Press.

Granite countertop span needs support

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 3 p.m.

This granite top is doomed for failure the moment someone decides to sit on it, unless a support is put underneath it. (Linda Hewing)
DEAR TIM: My husband and I are just about at the end of an arduous and stressful kitchen remodel. Originally, in the planning phase, the general contractor said we didn’t need a support under a long peninsula countertop made with solid granite. Now the field construction manager feels very uncomfortable with the 50 inches of unsupported granite that spans between a cabinet and two decorative posts at the end of the peninsula. I like the clean look we have now with no supports. How would you solve this problem? – Linda H., Broomfield, Colo. DEAR LINDA: We can solve your conundrum and keep everyone happy. But, as with most things, there’s going to have to be some compromise.

A Kink, a former Spice Girl and a Vogue editor to get British honors

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 2:18 p.m.

Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year honors list focuses on sports stars, some luminaries from the world of fashion and entertainment, and a heavy helping of researchers, doctors and volunteers who have worked behind-the-scenes to improve the quality of British life.

Bellevue-bound: David Oshinsky’s history of America’s most storied hospital

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 10 a.m.

A fault line lies across the history of Bellevue Hospital so that the rumble of major social trends, political history and, less surprisingly, changes in scientific understanding create seismic waves that ripple through the iconic Manhattan hospital. In fact, when it comes to medical history, some of the waves begin at Bellevue.

In Hollywood’s golden age, no dancer rivaled Debbie Reynolds’s high-stepping joy

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 10 a.m.

Debbie Reynolds, pictured in 1959, had no dance training when she was cast as Kathy in “Singin’ in the Rain.” She learned from the best – Gene Kelly – and created a classic moment. (John Rooney / AP)
There’s no magic to how Debbie Reynolds outshone her “Singin’ in the Rain” co-stars, Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, in the blistering tap dance to the song “Good Morning.” Kelly drilled her day after day until her feet bled, and even the great Fred Astaire, who happened to visit the set, pitched in to help her.

After the holidays: a great time to rethink your decor

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, midnight

The days after the holiday guests have gone home and the decorations have been put away can be clarifying. Suddenly, rooms that have been crowded with people and gifts have empty space and breathing room. There’s something about the quiet weeks after New Year’s that can be perfect for rethinking basics like the location of living room furniture or whether bookshelves should be reorganized.

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s life, glamour, honored at funeral Mass

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, midnight

In this Aug. 15, 1986  photo, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor smiles in Los Angeles. Gabor was remembered at a funeral Mass Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at a picturesque Beverly Hills church not only for her fame, but also what a pastor called her lesser-known compassionate side. The Hungarian-American actress died Dec. 18, 2016, from a heart attack at age 99. (Associated Press)
Zsa Zsa Gabor was remembered Friday during a funeral Mass for being the epitome of Hollywood glamour, an elegant and attention-seeking actress who paved the way for future generations of celebrities.

With the loss of its celebrities, Gen X ponders mortality

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 7 p.m.

Flowers lie on a T-shirt signed by fans at a makeshift memorial for musician Prince outside the Apollo Theater in New York on April 22. The singer died at age 57. (Andres Kudacki / AP)
Carrie Fisher and Florence Henderson – and other icons of Generation X’s youth – are now gone, stolen by the cruel thief that is 2016. The year has left the generation born between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s wallowing in memories and contemplating its own mortality.

Column: The tragedy of losing Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher one day apart

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 4 p.m.

Carrie Fisher kisses her mother, Debbie Reynolds, on Sept. 10, 2011, as they arrive at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press photos)
The image is almost too much to take in, at the very end of a year hellbent on heartbreak and grief. As the news spread on social media Wednesday of Debbie Reynolds’ death at 84, one day after the death of her 60-year-old actress and author daughter, Carrie Fisher, a particular moment of brilliant symbolism captured by photographer Lawrence Schiller backstage at the Riviera Hotel showroom in Las Vegas, one night in 1963, was shared and reshared alike.

Elton John, Chris Martin pay tribute to George Michael

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 12:35 p.m.

Chris Martin of Coldplay covered George Michael's "Last Christmas" at a homeless shelter in London. Video of the performance was posted to Facebook on Thursday. (Michael Zorn / Invision/AP)
Two British rock stars paid tribute to the late singer George Michael with song. Elton John teared up while paying tribute to his friend George Michael during a concert in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

‘Cup of Joy’ ceramics exhibit still pouring at Trackside

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, midnight

“Cup of Joy” is a national invitational exhibit of artisan-made ceramic cup forms, one-of-a-kind interpretations by 30 ceramic artists shipped for exhibit from throughout the United States. Over 125 functional cup forms priced for personal collections or gift giving.

Let the kids enjoy New Year’s festivities 12 hours early

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, midnight

If staying up late isn’t your thing, but you still want to celebrate, head to a library. The Indian Trail, Shadle and South Hill branches of Spokane Public Library are hosting Noon Year’s Eve parties on Saturday.

Schwarzenegger: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ his show, not Trump’s

Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, midnight

This Dec. 9, 2016 image released by NBC shows Arnold Schwarzenegger, the new boss of "The New Celebrity Apprentice," at a press junket in Universal City, Calif. The latest season will premiere on Monday. (Paul Drinkwater / NBC)
In an epic mishmash of politics and celebrity, Donald Trump’s elevation from “Celebrity Apprentice” host to president-elect has created an opening for actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to become a reality TV star.

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