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Thursday, October 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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News >  Travel

Why fall is the best time of year to travel to Europe

Fall is a season for rejoicing, because while the weather cools off in the Northern Hemisphere and birds begin their long slog south, travel to Europe is at its best. Gone are the hordes of tourists in sweat-soaked tank tops. You’re looking at sweater weather. Better yet, you’re looking at European scarf weather.

News >  Health

Oregon approves six-month ban on flavored vape products

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 5:54 p.m.

Oregon regulators enacted a six-month ban Friday on the sale of flavored nicotine and cannabis vape products in stores and online statewide amid an outbreak of illnesses that has sickened nearly 1,300 people nationwide and killed 26, including two people in Oregon.
News >  Family

Family Fun: Art Salvage is recycling for the masses

Katie Patterson Larson sees potential where others might see trash. Case in point: On a recent tour of Art Salvage, the nonprofit she founded, she contemplated the colorful wires attached to a basement post, left behind from a former tenant’s phone system. “It’s so pretty,” she said, wondering if they could cut them out and sell them.
News >  Family

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we have nightmares?

You are running through the woods and a bear is chasing you, when all of a sudden you wake up in your bed and realize it was just a scary dream. Our nightmares can sometimes feel super scary, even if what’s happening isn’t real.
News >  Family

Feature creature: Gypsy

Gypsy is a very adventurous, playful dog who is a toy fanatic, according to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service in a news release. Refer to the pet’s ID number when contacting SCRAPS with questions about one of the adoptable pets. If you are interested in this dog or any animal there, call (509) 477-2532 or visit the shelter at 6815 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley. Dog adoptions cost $120 and include spay or neuter, the first set of vaccinations (including rabies) health check, microchip and first year’s license.
News >  Home and garden

Ask the Builder: Should a shed look like the house?

I want to build a deluxe shed. I’ve just retired and have plenty of time on my hands. I want to stop paying the outrageous offsite storage fees. First and foremost, what do you think of my shed matching my house? Is this a good idea or a waste of time?
News >  Health

Keep calm and vape on: UK embraces e-cigarettes, US cautious

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 28, 2019, 8 p.m.

While the U.S. scrambles to crack down on vaping, Britain has embraced electronic cigarettes as a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit. Health officials in the U.S. have been trying to reverse a surge in teenagers using e-cigarettes. Now, they are telling people to consider quitting vaping because of a recent outbreak of serious lung illnesses. One British scientist called it “complete madness.”
News >  Travel

At the Large Hadron Collider, a peek at the future of science

“Don’t lose sight of me.” Physicist Abhigyan Dasgupta – “Riju” to his family and friends – looks over his shoulder to caution our 12-member group as we prepare to descend 300 feet beneath the French countryside into the largest machine on Earth: the $4.7 billion Large Hadron Collider.
News >  Home and garden

Ask the Builder: Artificial stone is not waterproof

This will not be a usual column. I’m sitting in my man cave writing it several hours before I talk to a reader named Amanda on the phone. She lives in Oklahoma in a new home covered with artificial stone made from colored and textured concrete.
News >  Family

Christmas is many months of joy for holiday early birders

Holiday early birds, you know them. They already have most or all their Christmas gifts stashed. But with less than 100 days until Dec. 25, you might consider some steps now – especially around handmade creations or to update decorations. Here are some tips from a few early birders.