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Eggs with hats: Our history with certain foods informs a lifetime of emotions

Sun., Dec. 18, 2016, 7 p.m.

Rachel Toor
You won’t find this dish on restaurant menus. Instead, sneak into a home where toddlers roam, piles of toys act as traps, and where outrageous requests, like “Please don’t put the dog’s foot in your mouth,” are greeted with desperate and angry shrieks. In the kitchen, a mother aimed at appeasement will know what to do.

There is not absolute right or wrong in parenting

Sun., Dec. 18, 2016, midnight

Hi, Carolyn: My husband and I are expecting our first child. It’s still many months away, but my husband has been escalating his talk of breastfeeding and how magical and important it is. Even pre-pregnancy, he’d sometimes say how our kid would get the absolute best immune system, etc. His mom breastfed him until age 2. At about the fourth comment, I asked if he could cut out the breastfeeding talk.

In defense of the last-minute shopper

Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 11:59 p.m.

 (Molly Quinn / The Spokesman-Review)
You people who finished your Christmas shopping long ago tend to look down on last-minute gift buyers. Don’t deny it.

Depictions of race get real, complicated on ‘Star,’ ‘This Is Us’

Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 7 p.m.

Sterling K. Brown as Randall in a scene from the NBC series, "This Is Us." (Ron Batzdorff / AP)
In the 1980s, the template for depictions of race on TV was largely black and white, as it is in “Hairspray.” But in “Star,” the new musical drama from Lee Daniels, who co-created “Empire,” black and white are only two points on a spectrum, and the skin colors in-between are only one of several elements that shape the identities that characters embrace.

Air has many ways to leak into house; you can solve most of them

Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 10 a.m.

If you’re building a new home, don’t forget to use a foam sill sealer that sits on top of the foundation and under the treated wood sill plate. (Tim Carter)
It’s very simple to stop a vast majority of air leaks in the average home during the construction process. I feel it doesn’t happen, unfortunately, because most workers don’t know how to do it – or the builder just doesn’t care to do what’s needed.

Secrets of a Big Apple Greeter: Tips for first-timers in NYC

Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 10 a.m.

This Sept. 15, 2016,  photo shows the Staten Island Ferry approaching lower Manhattan in New York. Riding the Staten Island Ferry is one of New York City’s greatest free attractions, with wonderful views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor. (Mark Lennihan / AP)
As a native New Yorker, a licensed city tour guide and a volunteer Big Apple Greeter, I’ve answered lots of questions from tourists over the years. Among them: “Is it safe to drink the water?” (Yes.) “What does ‘curb your dog’ mean?” (Dogs should not use sidewalks as a bathroom.) And my favorite: “Where are all the supermodels?” (I don’t know.)

McKellen-Stewart double act signs off with live screening

Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 9 a.m.

Ian McKellen, left and Patrick Stewart cap a West End run with “No Man’s Land.” (Associated Press)
LONDON – One of the great theatrical bromances of our time is coming to the big screen. Onstage co-stars and offstage pals Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have capped a West End run of Harold Pinter’s bruisingly funny “No Man’s Land” with a live broadcast to dozens of movie theaters around the world on this past Thursday. There are repeat screenings over the coming weeks as part of the U.K. National Theatre’s NT Live series.

Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s TV picks for Dec. 18-24

Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, midnight

DON’T MISS: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come” – We’re all invited to a fabulous birthday bash in honor of the beloved crooner. This two-hour special, recorded earlier at Radio City Music Hall, features tributes from a long line of prominent artists, including Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bubli, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Leslie Odom Jr., Rufus Wainwright and Stevie Wonder. Of course, Bennett will perform as well. 9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. Other bets:

‘Rogue One’ takes off with $29 million opening night

Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 9:49 a.m.

Diego Luna stars as Cassian Andor in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” The film collected $29 million in its opening night on Thursday. (null / Lucasfilm)
It’s the biggest Thursday preview of 2016, narrowly topping “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’s” $27.7 million and “Captain America: Civil War’s” $25 million. But it doesn’t hold a candle to last year’s Star Wars installment “The Force Awakens,” which brought in a record $57 million from Thursday night showings.

‘Carol Sing-Along’ aims to spread cheer in downtown Spokane

Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, midnight

There’s a 100 percent chance of snow Saturday on Wall Street. The Downtown Spokane Partnership is hosting caroling on the freshly revamped street between River Park Square and the old Macy’s building. And organizers aren’t leaving conditions up to Mother Nature: They’ll have a snow machine on standby.

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