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Dear Annie 9/28

Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 10 years, and we’ve been together for 12 years. I love this guy, but his hygiene is atrocious. I admit that he was like this before we married, but I thought I could change this habit. My mistake. We’ve had endless discussions about this, and he always says he’ll get better. He seems to be worse than ever. We just got back from visiting my children, and he has not shaved for over a month. It’s disgusting. We aren’t intimate. He has issues with impotence. But I refuse to kiss him goodnight with a beard that has food, sneezing and coughing in it.
A&E >  Books

Water Cooler: Celebrate banned books week

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

The end of September is the perfect week to celebrate the coming, chilly seasons of cozying up with a book while merrily exercising your First Amendment rights. Why? The last week of September is Banned Books Week, a national awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read.


Miss Manners 9/28

Dear Miss Manners: How can one respond when someone apologizes for something that really warrants an apology? An automatic response for many people is to say, “That’s OK.” But these responses suggest that whatever was done or whatever happened is acceptable.
News >  Family

Dad Daze: Kids, be careful what you wish for

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 28, 2020

When my son Milo begged to take a Spanish class over the summer, I thought there was a hidden camera and I was part of a reality-TV show. Forgive me for wondering what was going on since for Milo, books are akin to kryptonite. I've tried so often to find interesting tomes in his wheelhouse.
News >  Family

Ask Dr. Universe: Masks are like an obstacle course for germs

Whenever I go out and about, I make sure to wear my face mask. Like you, I wanted to find out exactly how they work. First, I talked to Marian Wilson, an assistant professor and nurse at Washington State University who is curious about how face masks protect people.
News >  Family

STAR treatment: Adoptions and hope are up at the Spokane Humane Society

Now that the dog days of summer are over, Spokane Humane Society director Ed Boks is looking back at a phenomenal season. "Adoptions are booming," Boks said. The Shelter, PetSmart at Northpointe and Bark, a Rescue Pub, which opened in mid-August, have eclipsed expectations, particularly the latter.

Ask the Doctors 9/26

Dear Doctor: I know that processed foods aren’t good for me and should be avoided, but I still have some questions. Could you please explain why they are unhealthy and provide some specific examples of such foods?

Dear Annie 9/24

Dear Annie: My wife’s brother-in-law, “Mike,” is the family character, always quick with a quip, just a fun-loving guy, seemingly without a care in the world. He has a few flaws, which are mostly tied to his excessive drinking, but they have always been overlooked, because, well, that’s just Mike.
A&E >  Art

Spokane Arts Awards: Celebration is online Saturday for the first time

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 26, 2020

In years past, the Spokane Arts’ annual awards parties celebrating local artists and cultural organizations have often been raucous affairs. Artists and audiences have shown up with loud costumes, strong cocktails and questionable dance moves. (This is what I’ve been told, anyway.)