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SUNDAY, FEB. 28, 2016

Chris Rock will host tonight’s Academy Awards. (Charles Sykes / File Associated Press)

Chris Rock hosts 88th Oscars

DON’T MISS: The 88th Annual Academy Awards – Comedian Chris Rock is our host for Hollywood’s annual orgy of self-indulgence. Expect him to throw a few jabs at the academy for its startling lack of diversity. As for the movies ...

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The Slice: Who will help me fix this Sunday breakfast?

Almost everybody wants to enjoy a grand breakfast on Sunday. You know, waffles, bacon, omelets, biscuits and honey, strawberries, fresh squeezed orange juice ... the whole schmear. But often, it doesn’t happen. Why? Reasons vary. What’s yours? A) Family members ...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 27, 2016


Memoir captures friendship in snapshots

Author Joseph Haeger, 29, wrote the novella-length memoir while finishing up his English degree with an emphasis on creative writing at Eastern Washington University. The catalyst was the death Ryan Emery, Haeger’s best friend since sixth grade.

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This February 2015 photo shows the boardwalk along the mangrove trails in the Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama, part of the Bahamas in the Caribbean. The park includes Gold Rock Beach and also features sinkholes that open to large underwater caves. (Betty Adams via AP) ORG XMIT: NYET313 (Betty Adams / AP)

Consider Grand Bahama for a quiet island getaway

It’s one of the main islands of the Gulf Stream-warmed Bahamas archipelago of 700 islands, cays and inlets sprawling across the waters off southeastern Florida. Our February trip saw temperatures locked between 70 and 80 degrees, with an occasional spurt of rain at night.

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Ask Doctor K: Yoga and the relaxation response powerfully relieve stress

DEAR DOCTOR K: A friend is urging me to try yoga because I’m stressed out. I am suspicious of all these “touchy-feely” practices. Does yoga have scientifically proven benefits? DEAR READER: Yes, many studies have found that yoga can improve strength, flexibility and balance. It also is effective in relieving stress and anxiety. It has minimal side effects, although there are a few precautions I should mention.

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Yoko Ono hospitalized, but on the mend

NEW YORK – Yoko Ono has been hospitalized in New York City for flu-like symptoms, but her representative says the artist-singer is on the mend and should be released this weekend. Elliott Mintz told the Associated Press on Friday that ...

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Annie’s Mailbox: Doctors ignore opioid addiction

Dear Annie: I am livid about my 72-year-old mother’s physicians. Over the past few years, they kept writing her more prescriptions for opioid pain medication, despite our expressions of concern. When she ran out of pills before she could get another prescription, she experienced full-blown psychosis. We have spent uncountable hours over Mom’s opioid addiction. Last year, we were forced to hospitalize Mom involuntarily. In the interim, despite our communications, a psychiatrist wrote another prescription for one of the drugs. We thought having it written on all her charts was enough. It wasn’t. Needless to say, we changed all of her doctors.

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Truth takes a beating from certainty

The other day, I re-read the Declaration of Independence. Its most famous phrase, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” jumped out at me. I suspect that King George didn’t think the colonists’ “self-evident” truths were self-evident to him.

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It’s possible to grow a productive garden by avoiding rototilling and the use of chemicals. (SUSAN MULVIHILL Special to The Spokesman-Review)

In the Garden: First step is taking care of soil

How would you like to have a more productive garden with less work and expense? Have I gotten your attention? Ever since reading “Teaming with Microbes” (Timber Press, 220 pp., $24.95) by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis, I’ve been all ...

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This house is missing two things: the exterior siding and the interior vapor barrier and drywall. (Steven Zajchowski)

House wrap may trap water if improperly installed

DEAR TIM: I have a house wrap installed on my house over plywood sheathing. No clapboards are in place yet. I’m getting moisture behind the house wrap that is of concern to me. I don’t want my sheathing to rot away after I install the clapboards, so what can I do? What should have been done before winter set in?

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