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5 not-so-obvious fireworks tips

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 230 people on average go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries on each of the days around July 4.
     This week we've posted tips advising people how to protect themselves, and their homes, from fireworks. Over lunch yesterday, a... read more →
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Despite bans, fireworks caused many 2015 fires

July 4 is just days away, and being an insurance company, naturally we’re warning residents how to protect their homes from fireworks.
     Understand, this isn’t just overly cautious insurance speak. Each year serious damage stems from revelers lighting illegal fireworks or using “safe and... read more →
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Maryhill Stonehenge duplicates England's original

A few months ago, I confessed in this blog that despite being PEMCO's "Native Northwest Guy," I had identified six popular tourist attractions in Washington I've never visited. There likely are more.
     Last Thursday, I knocked one of them off my must-see list: the Stonehenge replica at Maryhill,... read more →
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Summer concert do's and don'ts

Summer concerts give us the chance to sit back, relax, and leave our worries at home – unless you aren’t familiar with the proper etiquette. Different genres of music call for different concert norms, but we’ve consulted our experts (including the Gorge Groupie) to gather the basics and help make...

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Apple settlement reimburses Kindle users

If you own a Kindle or buy e-books with an Apple account, you might be slightly richer today.
     Apple has settled a $400 million class-action lawsuit, and consumers are receiving credits for purchases made between April 2010 and May 2012.
     Yesterday my wife got an email saying she's received a... read more →
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Rainier avalanche took 11 lives 35 years ago

June 21 marks the 35th anniversary of America's deadliest mountaineering accident, when 11 climbers died on Mount Rainier.
     It happened on Father's Day in 1981 when an immense wall of ice nearly 100 yards wide snapped off the Ingraham Glacier and roared downhill, sweeping 10 novice climbers and... read more →
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Six summer driving tips: Don't be 'that guy'

Driving home from Spokane last week, I passed a car broken down alongside I-90 with a flat tire. The driver sat inside with the hood up, waiting for help.
     I'm unsure whether he didn't know how to change his tire, or if his car had no spare. According to AAA, 36% of new models don't – they're...

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Five tips for your first NW naked bicycle ride

As summer approaches, bicyclists across the region are gearing up and stripping down for not one, but two naked Northwest rides. 

The attention these bare bikers seek is not on their bodies, but rather on society’s dependence on fossil-fueled travel. They use nudity to draw attention to their cause:...

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The real story behind ‘more cowbell!’

The Historic Everett Theatre welcomes classic rock artists Blue Oyster Cult on January 28, and seeing the ad stirred memories of a cult favorite Saturday Night Live skit that aired in 2000.
     If you don’t grasp my reference, check out this YouTube video starring Will Ferrell and Christopher... read more →
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5 ways to break your teen’s (and your) smartphone habit

New research by nonprofit Common Sense Media supports the reality of digital addiction when it comes to teens and their cell phones.

The research shows that 50% of teens feel addicted to their devices, and 72% feel the need to immediately respond to texts, social media messages, and other...

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