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Ask Dr. Universe: What are the strings inside a pumpkin?

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 17, 2021

If you open up a pumpkin, you would see all kinds of different things inside. Some people call all this gooey stuff the pumpkin’s “brains” or its “guts.” There’s the meaty orange flesh, sticky pulp, lots of seeds and, of course, all those little strings.

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The Full Suburban: Are mom jeans back in fashion? No!

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 17, 2021

About four years ago, I went to a party where everyone was supposed to dress up in clothes from the era in which they graduated high school. For me, that was the 1990s. Pre-party, I went to the thrift store hoping to find an outfit that exuded the unflattering ’90s chic.
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House Call: Assisting seniors aging in place

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 13, 2021

One of the many challenges older adults face as they age and inevitably start to fail to cope with daily living is how and where to get help to maintain functional independence. I’ve been navigating this challenge personally with several declining family members in the past year.
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Dad Daze: Why children need mental health days off from school

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 10, 2021

Why would energetic kids, of all people, need a hiatus from class? Well, it's appropriate that John Hughes' native state, Illinois, where all his teen films were shot, is allowing students as many as five mental health days off from school per year starting in January.
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The Full Suburban: The sound of silence can lead to inspiration

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 10, 2021

As a rookie reporter for the student-run newspaper when I was studying journalism at Brigham Young University, I learned a lot of useful reporting skills. For example, I learned that Robert Redford does not want to be bothered by a nervous cub reporter when he’s traveling.
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Creative costuming offers families many Halloween treats

If your kids love Halloween, but expensive costumes leave you spooked, you might want to gather up the goblins and explore local thrift stores for a creative holiday change. It’s difficult to justify $40 or more for a new costume that is likely to be ripped or outgrown.
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Upcycled Life: Floating candles

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 9, 2021

Upcycling materials for holiday decorations is a great way to opt out of single-use decor. These floating candles made out of cardboard tubes will be sure to impress your wizard-loving friends. Find toilet paper or paper towel tubes and cut them to your desired length.
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Ask Dr. Universe: Why can’t we breathe in space?

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 10, 2021

On Earth, humans have oxygen to breathe. But there’s very little oxygen to breathe in space. Space is actually a kind of vacuum, which means there isn’t a whole lot of matter, or stuff, out there between the planets and the stars. Oxygen is an essential part of life.
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Halloween coloring contest is baaack – boo!

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 11, 2021

Autumn has arrived, which means it’s time for our annual Halloween coloring contest. The contest is open to children ages 12 and younger. Entries will be judged by a panel of The Spokesman-Review staffers who will select winners in three divisions.
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Treehouse wins national award for supporting foster youth

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 4, 2021

Seattle-based Treehouse supports the extra needs of foster children and operates Graduation Success to increase high school graduation rates and the newer program, Launch Success, for college students. Treehouse has programs in nine counties statewide.
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Ask Dr. Universe: Why does sleep feel so short?

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 3, 2021

Why does sleep feel so short? That’s a great observation. When my friend Ashley Ingiosi was a kid, she remembers how napping in the car during a 4-hour drive to her grandparents’ house seemed to make the time fly by. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience.
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Author Jason Reynolds helps spotlight Banned Books Week

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 3, 2021

Students in Pennsylvania scored a victory last week in a battle to allow books about diversity and racism to be used in schools. The Central York School Board last fall "froze" teachers' and students' access to books about Rosa Parks, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and more.
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Bees use natural GPS to return home at night

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 3, 2021

Go to a park on a hot summer day, and you will not be surprised to see bees buzzing in and out of flowers. They drink flower nectar and collect flower pollen. Then, depending on what kind of bees they are – we know of 20,000 species – they fly back to their hives or nests.
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Dad Daze: From my cradle to their grave

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 3, 2021

A parent's responsibility never ends. Even though my daughter Jillian, 22, is off my payroll living and working in Manhattan, I'm aware that she still has needs only a parent can meet. I've always wanted the best for my children and to never burden my two sons and two daughters.