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Coneflower (Echinacea), a fantastic native North American wildflower, has become quite popular in recent years, and for a good reason. These daisy-like flowers with raised centers have been tamed. Many breeders have worked hard to develop new varieties with different colors, shapes and sizes, making them invaluable for the perennial borders.Coneflowers are easy to grow, are long-lived and have few, if any, pests. Coneflowers prefer full sun but will grow in part sun. They like...

Updated at 8:35 AM

The other night, I had the strangest “nostalgia attack” — one of those times when something triggers an almost overwhelming memory of pleasant times. I was bored and channel-surfing and came across a nature...

Updated at 8:27 AM

When nine people were shot to death at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston on June 17, the news hit too close to home for a lot of Southerners.It seemed too much like repeated history, too much like the horrors experienced during...

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“Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy,” by Judd Apatow. Random House, 2015. $27. Since I usually review books I like, it’s a short hop, skip and jump to this: “Sick in the...

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Make the most of the holiday weekend with these helpful apps, gadgets and websites. Brett Larson rounds up the details.

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Looking to add a little detail to your look this Independence day? These patriotic nail designs will get you inspired! Krystin Goodwin highlights the best Fourth of July nail art posted to Instagram.

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As we now head into summer and vacations, life is getting exciting at the Knight and Belviy household. We are anticipating a visit soon from oldest son, Brian; his wife, Laura; and grandchildren, Isaac, 12, Sam, 10, and Paige 8, who live...

Updated at 7:34 AM

Everyday Food editor Sarah Carey shows you how to make a spectacular berry dessert that’s perfect for your July 4 party -- or any summer celebration.

Updated at 7:16 AM

We all love Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Parks and Recreation”), and now we love him even more after we found out he nailed a Jason Statham impression on “Saturday Night Live.” The sketch was cut from the...

Posted Jun 29, 2015 at 11:01 PM

If you're among those residents who dread the summer tourist season because of the parking crunch downtown, take heart. A group of residents and one City Council member are charged up about adding electric shuttles to the city's transit...

Posted Jun 29, 2015 at 11:01 PM

What are we doing?My current bumper sticker reads: "What am I doing to restore our Mother Earth? She is dying."We must each do something(s).Carola LacyAshlandMaybe butterfly was...

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