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House Call: What we know about vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 10, 2021

Last week, we got another tool to help keep our children protected and back in school – safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds. After intensive monitoring and studies, the Food and Drug Administration has authorized emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for this age group.

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Despite problems with sports, kids get big benefits from playing

It's been a tough couple of months for sports. The Summer Olympics were fun, but superstar gymnast Simone Biles dropping out of several competitions shows the extreme pressure some athletes are feeling. Then several American female gymnasts testified before Congress about how they were abused.
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Ask Dr. Universe: How did the first drop of water ever happen on Earth?

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 8, 2021

My friend Jen Adam co-leads the State of Washington Water Research Center. She told me the answer really goes “beyond physics.” She introduced me to her friend Michael Goldsby, a philosopher of science. Adam and Goldsby work together at Washington State University studying climate change and water.
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Dad Daze: Don’t hesitate, vaccinate children ages 5 to 11

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 7, 2021

It didn't take long for Kelli Hawkins to decide whether or not to vaccinate her 9-year old son. The public information officer for the Spokane Regional Health District recently asked her pediatrician a few questions about the vaccine before scheduling an appointment. "You have to inquire," Hawkins said. 
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The Full Suburban: Honoring the sacrifices made on D-Day and beyond

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 7, 2021

Logan and I, along with Logan’s brother and his wife, took the trip of a lifetime two years ago when we spent eight days in France and Italy. Of all the things I wanted to do on our trip, absolutely No. 1 on my list was to visit Normandy and the American Cemetery that overlooks Omaha Beach.
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Ask Dr. Universe: How did the sun form?

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 31, 2021

Our sun may be one of the billions of stars in the galaxy, but it’s the only star right here in our solar system. It keeps us warm and gives us light. To find out more about how stars like our sun form, I talked to my friend Jose Vazquez, an astronomer at Washington State University.
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The Full Suburban: Our children’s braces – three down, three more to go

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 31, 2021

The Ditto children are officially braces free! For now, at least. When you have as many kids as we do, orthodontic treatment is like the sunrise when you’re driving east: never-ending and kind of excruciating. Hopefully, we’ll get a year or two reprieve before we start another round with our three younger sons.
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Dad Daze: Films to experience with your children

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 1, 2021

I would rather watch an old film that's good than a new film that's bad is what I often say to my children when we discuss what movie we would like to stream. Unlike my childhood when the options were extremely limited, parents and children have a treasure trove of flicks at their fingertips today.
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Halloween coloring contest: Boo-tiful and spooky pumpkins

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 31, 2021

Nearly 240 children entered this year’s Halloween coloring contest, and The Spokesman-Review judges were really impressed by the kooky, spooky, creative and boo-tiful pumpkins. In the 0-to-4 age group, color ruled with the youngest children.

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