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The Games Of Summer The Nintendo Generation Is Missing Out On The Great Old Games That Older Generations Played All Summer Long

Sharon McKay remembers playing it mostly in the spring. Sometimes in the fall. Certainly all through summer vacation. And most definitely she and her childhood friends played it at a certain time of day. "Always after dinner, right?" she says. "It was always so dark you could hardly SEE each other. It always had to be after dinner. I could never remember playing that game in the daytime, and I don't know anybody else who did."
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Washington Travel Guide West Centric

Daniel Jack Chasan, Matthew Chasan and John Doerper are all Washington residents whose book "Washington" (Compass American Guides, 331 pages, $17.95) is part of the Fodor's Travel Publications series. And if you didn't know the three authors lived on the West Side, a quick look at the book would tell you so.
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Gary Oldman Plays Punk To Classic

If you walk down the aisles of the Lincoln Heights Hastings store, you're bound to notice a couple of things. One, the three copies of "Oleanna" seem always to be rented. This is strange, considering the littleknown film, which is based on an obscure David Mamet play, never had a wide theatrical release. Two, "Sid and Nancy" is on the wall with the other "best-renters."

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Powerful Legacy

Above, civil defense leaders and newspaper men are lighted by the flash glare of a desert atom bomb test explosion in 1953. At right, another atomic test explosion. This one at the Bikini Atoll site in the South Pacific in 1956. Photos by Associated Press
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Children’s Corner Reluctantly Moving From Skywalk Home

What with all the changes to the Skywalk section of River Park Square, you might not have heard that The Children's Corner Bookshop is moving. Now situated at 814 W. Main, the city's only just-for-kids bookstore is in the process of relocating one block east to 714 W. Main, which will place it between The Bon and Nordstrom in the spot formerly held by Women's World. The move is scheduled for July 15, but co-owner Susan Durrie describes that date as tentative. "Certainly by the end of July," she says.
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‘Before The Rain’ A Quilt Of Stories With Too-Loose Seams

For the past couple of years, the internecine warfare in and around the former Yugoslavia has been a prominent part of our daily news reports. But how many of us know what's really going on there? Furthermore, how can we even begin to understand the passions and long-held hatreds that would cause one nationalistic group to so willfully murder another? "Before the Rain" provides some answers.

‘Discoverers’ Worthy Subject In The Wrong Theater

One of the ways that we traditionally celebrate humanity is to honor those who, for whatever reason, seek something new. Until recently, the subject of the search wasn't considered important. Neither were the negative effects of the process. Whoever looked over the next rise, metaphorically or literally, was thought to be worthy of respect.
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Reading Up About Lawyers May Help You Avoid Them

Everybody likes to pick on lawyers, even other lawyers. (Ever read a John Grisham book?) And why not? Since the time of Solomon, those who profit from the misfortune of others haven't exactly been welcome at the dinner table.
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Retreat Emphasizes Masculine Tradition

Michael Meade is a former New York boy who, through a lifetime of self-examination, has become a man to whom other men tend to listen. He brings a traditional sense of masculinity to a movement that has taken pains to redefine the very notion of manliness. Meade is a role model for men who might otherwise equate vulnerability with wimpishness. A storyteller, drummer and author ("Men and the Water of Life"), Meade will co-lead a summer retreat for men called "Bound for the Sacred" on Aug 5-7 on the Kitsap Peninsula. Meade's co-leader will be Malidoma Some, a West African native, scholar and author ("Ritual: Power, Healing and Community").
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Femme-Fatale Fiorentino Has A Killer Role In ‘Last Seduction’

You may remember her as the older lover of high-school wrestler Loudon Swain (Matthew Modine) in the film version of "Vision Quest." How about the older lover of the college student played by Anthony Edwards ("E.R.") in "Gotcha"? Or you may remember her from any number of other small roles she's played over the past decade, from "The Moderns" to "After Hours." But however you've seen her, chances are you've noticed Linda Fiorentino.
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‘Cheap’ Guide Valuable For Seattle Trips

It's a wonderful city, Seattle. Sitting there on the Sound, Mount Rainier in one direction, the Olympic Peninsula in another, Seattle is a veritable urban jewel. Sometimes on a clear day, especially at twilight, the city's beauty very nearly matches San Francisco's. Or, at the very least, Ritzville's. Just kidding. I love Ritzville.
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‘Farinelli’: Film Doesn’t Live Up To Voice

When it comes to great art, suffering tops the list of requisites. Or so some art lovers want us to believe. Yet nothing is more tiresome than watching an angst-filled artist alternately preen and hyperventilate between aweinspiring performances. It's the performance, after all, that we pay to see, not neurotic posturing.
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Sex Abuse Victims Not Always Women

When someone is said to be a victim of sexual abuse, the natural assumption is that the victim is a woman. But men are and have been victims, too. That's the reason for the World Interdisciplinary Conference on Male Sexual Victimization, the sixth version of which is scheduled for Oct. 5-7 in Columbus, Ohio.

Inquisition, Plague, Royal Intrigue: 16th Century Was A Barrel Of Fun

Set in the late 1500s, the French historical saga "Queen Margot" is an opportunity for us to look back with relief at what we don't have to face today - plagues, religious intolerance, conniving political types... On second thought, maybe there isn't much difference between then and now, except for the degree to which such societal currents affect the overall population.