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Review: This ‘Spider-Man’ is high school hero

One of the brilliant things about “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (and there are several) is that it doesn’t even try to be an origin story, as both 2002’s “Spider-Man” and 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” did. Peter Parker bitten by a radioactive spider? It’s only mentioned in passing. All that by now unnecessary set-up is jettisoned to get to the fun stuff.

Spiderman 2 more competent than ‘Amazing’

If there’s a tie that binds most of the characters of the Marvel Universe together, it’s the mutability of the supposedly immutable human body. Characters are poisoned by radiation, zapped by electricity, bitten by spiders, broken, crushed, ruined or whatever. And as Spider-Man cracks in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” just “shake it off. It’s just your bones, muscles ...”

Glacier Peak Wilderness trek

Visiting the 566,430-acre Glacier Peak Wilderness is a remote experience no matter how you approach it. Glacier Peak, elevation 10,541 feet is the fourth highest mountain in Washington and the most remote of the state’s five active volcanoes. These photos show the famously rugged and diverse landscape Spokane Mountaineers savored Aug. 9-12, 2013, in a classic four-day loop of nearly 50 miles including side trips (see story). The trek started at Trinity Trailhead (near Lake Wenatchee) to Buck Creek Pass, out to Image Lake, back over Cloudy Pass and past Lyman Lakes. From there it went up and over Spider Gap before descending through Spider Meadow to Phelps Trailhead (followed by a three-mile road hike back to Trinity). The loop is beautiful AND it's tough with considerable elevation gain and loss. In some conditions, ice axes and even crampons are required for safety in descending the snowfields at Spider Gap. The route is described in several hiking guidebooks. Most of the route, with the exception of a stretch to Image Lake, is shown on Holden Map 113 by Green Trails. Enjoy this armchair tour of photos and captions by Outdoors editor Rich Landers.

Shawn Vestal: Our cultural narrative of violence

Shooting. Punching. Killing. If you were to judge us by what we find entertaining, you would conclude these are our holy trinity. The things we believe in more than any other things; the things we will watch and watch and watch and watch some more; our story of who we think we are.

Warm, late-summer days sure to bring spider mites, other bugs

The warm days of late summer always bring out the bugs. This year is no exception. The warmer weather is likely to bring on the spider mites. These are tiny, yellowish, greenish or reddish eight-legged mites that are found most often on the underside of leaves of a number of different plants. The presence of a fine web may be the first clue they are there.

Kershner: Chongo thrived on monkey business

A few weeks ago, in our “This Day in History” column, we learned about the escapades of Chongo the spider monkey. In 1961, Chongo slipped her chain in north Spokane, sauntered boldly into someone’s kitchen, frightened a pair of sisters and then rudely stuck her little monkey fist into a butter dish.