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This undated photo shows one of Chris Ahalt's "balloon animals,"which are blown out of glass, and tethered to thin copper rods attached to small lead weights. With the pieces, Ahalt calls attention to the fragility and beauty of endangered species, in a whimsical way. (Chris Ahalt / AP)

Decor from glass artists

Chris Ahalt’s menagerie of blue whales, pink hippos and gold giraffes looks like a flotilla in a really fun dream. Their balloon-animal bodies are gathered at the point of attachment in a tight little knot, tethered to a tiny lead weight.

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Writer Neil Gaiman, shown at Comic-Con in 2013, has a new collection of nonfiction, speeches and other musings called “The View From the Cheap Seats.” (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Review: Neil Gaiman has a lot to say about a lot

Warning: This book may make you want to read a bunch of other books. Maybe even buy a comic. On my list, recommended by Mr. Gaiman: anything by Harlan Ellison, “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell,” the “Discworld” series by Terry Pratchett, “Lud-in-the-Mist” and Gaiman’s own “Sandman” series of graphic novels.

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The Slice: The Slice: Downloading the generation gap

Do you think young people ever tire of their elders’ assumption that kids automatically understand every aspect of each new consumer technology application or device? Or do you suppose presumably tech-savvy youth enjoy their status as go-to computer consultants? Let’s ...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016

Artists face off for ArtFest fundraiser

Last year, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture asked area artists to decorate birdhouses. The birdhouses were then auctioned off at ArtFest as a museum fundraiser. They’re doing it again this year, only instead of birdhouses, the artists are ...

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Summer reading opens doors to adventure

Author Rosanne Parry is sending families on a treasure hunt. She’ll be at Auntie’s Bookstore on Saturday with her most recent book, “The Turn of the Tide,” to help kick off the store’s summer reading program. The book, set in ...

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Annie’s Mailbox: Abuse isn’t always physical

Your husband doesn’t have to hit you to be an abuser. Controlling all the money, as well as access to your medications and doctors, is also a form of abuse. Please contact the National Domestic Violence hotline (thehotline.org) at 1-800-799-SAFE.

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Ask Doctor K: Swimming eases stress on sore joints 

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m overweight, and I want to exercise. But I have painful knees that make it difficult to walk. Is swimming a good alternative? DEAR READER: In terms of convenience, it’s hard to beat brisk walking as a form of exercise. You don’t need any special equipment or venue, and you can do it in many places. But during the winter, harsh weather can make walking outdoors unpleasant. And for some people walking may be uncomfortable.

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S-R intern Tyson Bird brought cookies to work on his last day with us. It has been a pleasure to have him here. I first printed a column submission from ...

Too Many Cooks“Walking with Peety”

Eric O'Grey, the Spokane Valley man whose story about losing more than 100 pounds with the help of a shelter dog went viral earlier this year, has a book deal. ...

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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