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5 not-so-obvious fireworks safety 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 claims...

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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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 →

Ageless Ichiro poised to pass Rose's mark for hits

Former Seattle Mariner Ichiro Suzuki is now just one hit away from tying Pete Rose's all-time record of 4,256 hits in professional baseball.
     One hit. At age 42.
     This, after getting three hits and scoring two runs in the Marlins' 13-4 win over the Padres yesterday, raising his batting... read more →

Anderson built empire wrangling cattle and customers

Another Northwest icon has left us, a man who once described himself as "the Colonel Sanders of steakhouse ads."
     Stuart Anderson, founder of the Black Angus restaurants that bore his name, died June 6 at his Rancho Mirage, Calif., home at age 93. At one time the Tacoma-born,... read more →

Alaska jets fly with blend of biofuel

Alaska Airlines has moved well beyond the experimental phase and is now powering passenger flights with biofuel made from nonedible corn.
     On Tuesday, two Alaska flights – one Boeing 737 bound for San Francisco, the other for Washington, D.C. – burned a mixture of standard jet fuel and... read more →