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SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016

Zoe Saldana, left, as Uhura and John Cho as Sulu in “Star Trek Beyond.” (Kimberley French / AP)

Why Sulu’s husband is Asian in ‘Star Trek Beyond’ 

Much has been made of the decision to reveal that the “Star Trek” character Sulu is gay in the latest franchise installment “Star Trek Beyond,” but for actor John Cho, one of the most important things was ensuring that Sulu’s husband was also of Asian descent.

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SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016


Take a three-hour kayak tour in the stunning fjord in Flam. (Tribune News Service photos)

Norway in a nutshell, from fjords to mountaintops

A recorded voice instructed me (in several languages, including Norwegian, Japanese and Italian) to get off the train and admire the massive waterfall, Kjosfossen, to my left. The roaring cascade was so large and close that the spray gave all of us a slight soak. Despite the powerful waterworks display in front of me, I was distracted by something else. Haunting music wafted from the mountainside. Suddenly, I saw her – some kind of bohemian witchy woman, swaying to the music, disappearing and reappearing in the mist.

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Age is not a barrier to LASIK surgery

DEAR DOCTOR K: I would like to have LASIK surgery to treat my nearsightedness. I’m 54 – is that too old to have this surgery? DEAR READER: LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) can correct common eye problems: nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) ...

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Beyonce’s latest album, “Lemonade,” surprised fans with its anger. (File Associated Press)

A kinder, gentler pop. What happened? 

When Beyonce released her album “Lemonade” this year, it took America by surprise, and not because it dropped unexpectedly on a Saturday evening or because it fueled speculation that the singer’s marriage was in trouble. It stood out because it was unapologetically angry.

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New co-worker has annoying habits

Dear Annie: I graduated college earlier this year, and after six months on the job hunt, I am finally employed full time at a large nonprofit as one of the receptionists. The problem is that I share the front desk ...

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016

Forty percent of couples used a friend or relative to officiate their 2015 wedding ceremonies, according to the Knot Real Weddings Study. (Tribune News Service)

More couples choosing nonclergy officiants for nuptials

As their 2014 wedding approached, Shannon Monte, 28, and Randy Johnson, 30, reviewed their to-do list. Flowers? Check. Venue? Check. Food? Check. Ceremony officiant? Um ... A member of the clergy was not an option, said the Kenosha, Wisconsin, couple, because they didn’t know a pastor well. So, they asked a friend, Claire Zautke of Milwaukee.

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Spotlight: Symphony names new chorale director

Kristina Ploeger is the new music director for the Spokane Symphony Chorale, the symphony announced Thursday. “Her personality and expertise will be instrumental in raising the voices of the chorale to a new level,” said Spokane Symphony Music Director Eckart ...

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The Slice: Look out below

It’s the age-old question. Do birds intentionally try to “bomb” convertibles that have their tops down? I don’t think anyone has actually conducted a study. All we have to go on is anecdotal evidence. That suggests the answer is clear: ...

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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2016

The regalia of fancy dancer Davey Madera, 17, is a riot of color in the dance arena Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the Julyamsh Powwow. This year’s powwow runs Friday through Sunday at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

7 Nights Out: A look at what’s on deck this week

1. Julyamsh 2016The Pacific Northwest’s largest outdoor powwow. The cultural celebration will bring scores of vendors, including food and beverage, arts and crafts and memorabilia. Fairgrounds facilities include 83 acres of camping, a spacious arena, staging areas and plenty of ...

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The SliceUps and Downs in Spokane

When traveling in a southerly direction, you can be said to be going down, right? That's certainly the way it looks if you stare at a map. But in Spokane, ...




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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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