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SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016

Annie’s Mailbox: Throw party for gay son, husband

Dear Annie: In the past five years, I have attended 14 weddings (several were expensive destination weddings), hosted seven baby showers, four bridal luncheons, six wedding showers and purchased 36 presents for various friends and relatives. My son is gay. Thankfully, he and his wonderful partner of 11 years were finally able to legally marry last year. The exact number of gifts and cards they received from my family and friends? Six.

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Faith and Values: ‘I Refuse to be Your Enemy’

We all – I mean all –get angry, fearful, and those emotions play havoc with our deeper nature. That part of us can be buried beneath the fear, anger, woundedness, so much so that we don’t remember God creates us and sustains us as “good.”

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The builder is doing just about everything right installing this drain tile. (Tim Carter)

Ask the Builder: Proper drain tile installation will keep your basement dry

DEAR TIM: My last house had a basement that leaked water. I’m building a new home and want my basement as dry as the Atacama Desert. I’m confident that my drain tile was not put in correctly at my last house. What are the best practices when installing drain tile around a foundation? What materials would you use? What are the biggest mistakes you can make when installing foundation drain tile? –

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Raffles Hotel’s iconic sikh doorman stands in front of the hotel in Singapore in March 2007. (Wong Maye-E / Associated Press)

Singapore: colonial heritage, cool modern architecture, food

SINGAPORE – At 51, Singapore is shrugging off all symptoms of a midlife crisis and embracing travelers with more and better things to see, taste and experience than ever before. The tiny city-state with a living standard the envy of many nations recently celebrated 50 years of independence since being thrown out of the Malaysian federation. Back then there was no telling what the future held; the nation’s founder Lee Kuan Yew reportedly cried as he announced the split. But Singapore has emerged as one of Asia’s most prosperous, multicultural and stable countries. It’s also famously clean, with strict laws against littering.

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

Sir Mix-a-Lot is headlining Pig Out in the Park this year. (Courtesy photo)

Summer sounds: Music for the masses 

Trying to keep track of every upcoming summer concert is an overwhelming experience. The next few months offer an almost embarrassing wealth of music festivals, touring acts and outdoor concerts, as the weather gets warmer and local venues pull out their big guns. We decided to sort through everything and have compiled a list of some of the major shows to be on the lookout for in June, July, August and early September.

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Jim Kershner

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The SliceThe opposite of face time

These are times that can challenge even someone gifted at TV remotemanship. That's because some of us live with people who do not want to see certain politicians' faces. And ...

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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