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  • By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press
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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors heading to the Grand Canyon lately know they are going to get two things when they arrive: breathtaking views and long waits, whether it is to get into the national park itself or to find a parking spot inside. A few frustrated tourists have …

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  • BY SUZI BARTHOLOMY MESSENGER-INQUIRER
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In a few weeks, parents, who might still be paying off their summer vacations, will be thinking about where to take the kids for fall break that runs from Oct. 12 -16.

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  • By Maura Judkis The Washington Post
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You don't need to do a cleanse. You don't have to Instagram it with the hashtag #cleaneating or #fitspo. You don't have to say a word about toxins or inflammation or "rebooting your system." And for God's sake, no one wants to hear you utter the word "colonic." You can just drink it: It's juice.

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On May 11, 2015, my friend Blake emailed, "A good friend of mine is walking through your town this week. Could you buy him a beer for me?"

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  • By ROGER SCHNEIDER Associated Press
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YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — With their appealing slides and wave pools, splashing around at waterparks is an increasingly popular way to spend a summer day. But the shallow waters belie hazards that experts say visitors who are focused on the fun may be underestimating.

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  • By Ellie Krieger The Washington Post
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I don't think I could ever tire of sweet summer corn. Simply steamed or grilled and eaten right off the cob, it is the very essence of the season. But sometimes those golden kernels call out for special treatment, and this dish is exactly that.

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  • By Cathy Barrow The Washington Post
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There is a little panic in my DIY heart. Time's running out; frost will be here all too soon. Farmers markets and my own garden plot are overflowing with the most glorious fruits and vegetables. My fellow preservers and I know that putting up the season's best will return big dividends come …

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  • By Andrea Sachs The Washington Post
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Lee Abbamonte is known as the youngest American to have visited every country in the world. His second claim to fame should be "most efficient packer." Unless he needs expedition gear or a suit, the 36-year-old New Yorker totes a 22-inch Osprey Meridian wheeled bag and a North Face backpack.…

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  • By Whitney Pipkin The Washington Post
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ST. PAUL, MINN. - "If you watch, she'll start salivating," Sally Swift says from a control room in the Minnesota Public Radio studios. "It's really funny."

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  • By Nevin Martell The Washington Post
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PORTLAND, Maine — Staring down through the light jade Atlantic Ocean at its rippled sandy bottom, I could see a multitude of hermit crabs trekking across the miniature dunes. They looked like nomads carrying their domed homes on undersea journeys. After hesitating for a moment — could they p…

  • By Wendy A. Jordan The Washington Post
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After 11 years in their Annandale, Va., home, Mike and Cherie Jacobs were ready for something bigger and better. But sacrificing their super-low mortgage rate to pay for this was out of the question.

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A lunch from home is better for you than a school lunch, right? Not necessarily, says Angela Lemond, a dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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The weather pattern is beginning to change and autumn begins in a few weeks. Refresh your landscape with fall flowering plants. By planting pansies, chrysanthemums, flowering kale and flowering cabbage, you will have color in your garden throughout the fall. All of these plants perform very …

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There is plenty of organizing advice out there advocating one technique or another for de-cluttering your home and simplifying your life. Bits and pieces of that advice work for some people but not for others, often because they require a complete change or reversal in thinking. Here are thr…

  • By Ellie Krieger Special to The Washington Post
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On a family trip to Italy a few years back, I got to experience real aged balsamic vinegar — the kind from Modena that is barreled for at least 12 years — for the first time. It was a revelation. Strikingly different from the everyday balsamic we use on salads here, the good stuff was only s…

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  • By Dorie Greenspan Special to The Washington Post
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When I'm in the kitchen, I love to play around. I love riffing. I love tweaking. I love mid-recipe changes. And I love surprises. For me, it's not over until it's over, and then it's usually not completely done: I'll make something and, as I'm bringing the dish to the table, I'll think, "Nex…

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  • By Tom Sietsema The Washington Post
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Plenty of American cities pride themselves on their fine food and drink. None of them relish where they've been and what they have as much as New Orleans, a city founded by the French, ruled for 40 years by the Spanish — and nearly washed away a decade ago by Hurricane Katrina.

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  • By Marcie Geffner The Washington Post
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VENTURA, Calif. — Fly over many urbanized areas in California and you'll see blue rectangles and ovals dotting the landscape, evidence of how ubiquitous swimming pools are in this state.

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Carbon-copy playgrounds. Cramped classrooms. "Car park" school grounds. Across the industrialized world, these are the environments in which most young children are expected to play and learn; zoo enclosures can look more enriched. Studies are emerging that reveal poor design as a hindrance …

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Spiders are concerning, but also fascinating. I explain to my twins that many of them are actually beneficial because they eat other insects. We do not want not handle a spider, but we do not have to be afraid of it. However, there are two spiders that we need to learn to identify because th…

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  • By Bonnie S. Benwick The Washington Post
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Tomatoes continue to reign as America's favorite food to grow, so sharing new ways to enjoy them is a no-brainer. Still, we weren't quite prepared for a certain subcategory of entries submitted to The Washington Post's ninth annual Top Tomato contest.

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  • By Adrian Higgins The Washington Post
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Most home gardens would be far more interesting and enriching if we simply upped the number of plants in them. We have too much lawn, too many areas of mulched beds and too limited a range of plants to carry the landscape through the growing season and beyond.

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  • By Deborah K. Dietsch The Washington Post
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Haiti, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Ukraine are just some of the places where Ethan Arnheim, 35, has worked as an adviser with the United States Agency for International Development.

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  • by MELISSA RAYWORTH Associated Press
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No matter his client's taste or budget, interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn follows this rule: For every large, manufactured item that he adds to a room, he also includes three handmade pieces.

  • By Annette Meyer Hesidorffer Horticulture
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What is the white, powdery looking material on dogwood leaves? The fungus covering the leaves is called powdery mildew.

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  • By Barbara Damrosch The Washington Post
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If there are bees in your car, the smart thing is to pull over, open the doors and let them out. Everyone will be happy.

  • By MICHELE KAYAL Associated Press
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When Samuel Kim was growing up, his mother often spiked the family's white rice with amaranth, barley, quinoa and other whole grains to boost its nutritional value.

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  • By Emily Horton The Washington Post
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I make at least two batches of ratatouille — that Provencal melange of eggplant, zucchini, onions, peppers and tomatoes — every summer. I prepare the first as the season's sweet red peppers begin to file in and the last as the zucchini trickles out, each batch a celebratory bookend to the se…

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Look on the shelves of almost any store or in any catalog selling plants and gardening equipment and you'll find "compost activators" offered. These mixtures contain beneficial microorganisms, nutrients, and/or more esoteric substances meant to speed composting or improve the quality of the …

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  • By Dorie Greenspan The Washington Post
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Every cook needs a frittata to call his or her own. A chubby, big-as-a-plate, well-done omelet with a generous amount of add-ins, the frittata is a cook's tabula rasa and a host's best friend.

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After cold weather in December and January, it is exciting to see flowers from spring flowering bulbs break through a black and white landscape! The variety of plants available allow for color to emerge in the landscape from February to May.

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  • By SARA MOULTON Associated Press
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This is the ultimate breakfast-for-dinner dish: bacon, eggs and toast (in the form of buttery crumbs), combined with spaghetti. Comfort food to the highest degree, it's especially satisfying after a stressful day at school or the office. And all of the ingredients, except for the bacon, are …

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  • By Michele Lerner The Washington Post
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When Madelyn Smith moved to her newly built house in McLean, Va., she knew she couldn't replicate the antique all-brick wine cellar tucked under a staircase in her previous home, but she needed specialized storage for the approximately 50 cases of wine she and her husband have purchased.

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A summer party is no time for mixing individual cocktails. That's what's called a buzzkill. Warm weather festivities demand easy food and even easier drinks. And we've got you covered.We suggest starting with six baking sheets. Cover each with tortilla chips. Now start piling on toppings. Sa…