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After announcing he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek was adamant that he would continue hosting the quiz show as long as he possibly could even as he continued chemotherapy.

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Over the last 10 years, fine arts programs in school districts across the country have been cut or severely reduced due to budget issues.

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There was a time when Shakespeare’s Hamlet was the most coveted and difficult role; a part so daunting and daring, it would be reserved exclusively for the most renowned actors in the world.

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Some sustainability experts who are looking to the future, predict that humans will soon derive some of their daily protein needs from insects.

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I’m not a huge pet or animal fan, but, boy howdy, is there anything that will make you smile more quickly than seeing a dog riding in the front seat of a car? Not like on someone’s lap, but one of those big dogs that somehow just sits in the front passenger seat like a little person. I chall…

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The seasons have changed and cold weather is on the way. I officially declare it soup season. Start the season off right by turning on your stove and making your favorite soup from scratch. You might be thinking, why bother to make homemade soup when you can just buy a can from the store and…

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Recent cases of severe lung illnesses and at least nine deaths, as well as a persistent epidemic of youth use, have prompted lawmakers across the country to propose legislation that would ban flavored vaping products.

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I have to admit, I haven’t really been following the Democratic debates too closely. I’ll pay attention to the sound bites and video clips the morning after, but have figured my time is better spent mowing the lawn or taking a nap.

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There are some people who enjoy keeping an exotic animal as a pet. Some exotic pets can be very unpredictable and occasionally there is a news story about an exotic pet that has injured someone or even caused a death.

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I don’t know what it is about space epics, but there’s something thrilling about them, isn’t there? Perhaps it’s the all-too-real CGI that makes it seem like you’re actually in space. Maybe it’s the journey to the unknown. Either way, the latest space epic, “Ad Astra,” checks both boxes in i…

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The first-of-its-kind research defined and measured positive development of youth. The comprehensive findings from the 4-H study of positive youth development is a model that is driving innovative thinking and approaches to youth development around the world.

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I have to admit, I haven’t really been following the Democratic debates too closely. I’ll pay attention to the sound bites and video clips the morning after, but have figured my time is better spent mowing the lawn or taking a nap.

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September is National Food Safety Education Month. CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Those that are at highest risk of food poisoning are children under 5 years old, pregnant women, adults 65 years and o…

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Honey is a sweet, thick fluid made by honeybees from flower nectar that is used to feed the members of a bee colony.

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With Halloween remarkably just around the corner, it’s about that time for the horror to accompany the upcoming cool fall air. After Stephen King’s “It” terrorized and thrilled audiences in 2017 to domestic and commercial success, the sadistic clown, Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), also known as…

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I suppose I’m not alone in wondering where did the summer go? Even Labor Day, that last hurrah of summer, is history. I fondly remember when I was a kid that Labor Day was the last chance for a swim at Peony Park Pool in Omaha. Now most of the pools close in mid-August and the schools have b…

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Frogs are slimy, smooth-skinned animals that are called amphibians because most species use both land and water in their life cycles. Although frogs possess lungs, most frogs also breathe partly through their skin, which needs to be kept damp.

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Beaten down by the game, physically and mentally, 29-year-old Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck recently announced his retirement during the NFL preseason. Without the context as to why he was retiring, some Colts booed Luck as he left the field after the exhibition. In retrospect, …

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There’s plenty of negative news, sad things that have happened in our area recently, and political talk, which seem to dominate the news cycle throughout the year. So, I’d like to briefly change course. To celebrate the start of football season, here’s my favorite things about this particula…

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The Dead Sea and its surrounding area is one of the most extraordinary places on Earth — plus, this entire region has a rich biblical history.

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It’s officially that time of the year, back to school. Packing lunch for your kids every day can be quite the grueling task. Not only does it take time and planning, but there is always that chance that the meal you put all your love into comes home at the end of the day untouched.

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It isn’t often that an R-rated version of “The Goonies” and “Stranger Things” graces the silver screen with four-letter words and inappropriateness galore, but that’s exactly what audiences are getting with “Good Boys.”

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There are an estimated 14 million birds living in captivity across the United States. A great majority of them are classified as parrots.

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I normally try to keep my columns on the lighter side, but I have to admit, this one has a heavy feel. There are many heavy hearts across the country these days after the shooting tragedies in Gilroy, Calif., El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Once again, it brings the gun control conversatio…

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Known for their velvety integument, velvet worms are considered to be close relatives of the Arthropoda — insects, spiders, crabs, etc. They belong to a small phylum of elongated, soft-bodied, worm-like animals that possess numerous walking legs.

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After falling into the sea on his first attempt in July, French inventor Franky Zapata successfully crossed the English Channel with his jet-powered hoverboard Aug. 4. Zapata made the hoverboard himself with grant money from the French army. Though the use of jet-powered hoverboards for the …

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Our house is generally pretty tidy, but, twice each month, we do a bit of a deep clean. Obviously, you know that things are going to get dirty eventually again. That’s part of living in a house. But, for the life of me, I cannot figure out how or why, without fail, I cannot NOT make mess imm…

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When the first “Fast and Furious” film released in 2001, few, if any, would’ve thought the franchise would still be going. Crazier yet, no one thought the franchise would be releasing spin-off films, but here we are in 2019 with “Hobbs and Shaw.”

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In the 12th century, the rabbit was brought to England from southern Europe by the Normans. They were kept in captivity in warrens as a source of meat and fur. Eventually some escaped into the wild and eventually became so common that farming them was no longer economical.

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Self-driving cars are not mainstream yet, but many say they’re coming. Today’s vehicles have a lot of automated assistance that some feel will make us even more complacent behind the wheel. Are automated driving features a good thing that help keep us safe or are we putting too much faith in…

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The Mongol Empire existed during the 13th and 14th centuries and was the largest contiguous land empire in history. It was founded by Genghis Khan in 1206. Its territory extended from the Yellow Sea in eastern Asia to the borders of eastern Europe.

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The ninth film for the mad scientist, the innovative storyteller and director, Quentin Tarantino, mixes the late 1960s with pop culture galore of real life and fictional events in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

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On occasion, the topic of year-round school comes up. With summer break getting shorter, some people believe it's inevitable. But, in some states, school districts have gone in the opposite direction, opting to ditch the traditional five-day schedule for a four-day week. Many have done so to…

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The Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Operating Policies of Little League Baseball contain an important comment about the overall organization: Little League is a program of service to youth. It is geared to provide an outlet of healthful activity and training under good leadership in…

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On Saturday, America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and Neil Armstrong as the first person to walk on the moon.  If you are a Baby Boomer, I can’t imagine that you would not remember where you were and what you were doing on that historic night.

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In 1796, Edward Jenner inoculated a healthy 8-year-old volunteer with cowpox material to protect that individual from smallpox. Ever since that monumental event, vaccination has been the "gold standard" in our fight against many dreaded diseases.

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Hot summer days can lead to a dip in the pool, pond or lake.  Do you prefer the cool comfort of a swimming pool, or does a dip in a pond or lake float your boat?  Front Office Manager Shauna Gerke and Press Manger Chris Clark share their thoughts.

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The fungi — molds, yeasts and mushrooms — are a vitally important life form that most people know very little about.

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After a slumping summer box office, leave it to a Marvel superhero film to save the day in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

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During the last few days of my month-long adventure through the Northwest, I drove along U.S. Highway 2, which parallels the Canadian Border. My plan was to end my trip as I began by visiting historical forts, battlefields and other points of interest.

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