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Chukar Cherries Offers A Year-Round Taste Of Summer

Washington state is famous for its cherries, but the juicy fruits are available for only a short time each year. Chukar Cherries, based in Prosser, Wash., uses 250,000 pounds of them annually in its dried cherry candies. Fans say Chukar's goodies let the sweet taste of summer last all year.
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This Election Season, Vote 'Sneaky Pie For President'

In the latest book in her Mrs. Murphy mystery series, Sneaky Pie For President, author Rita Mae Brown's feline protagonist puts the mysteries aside to make a run for the White House and unify all Americans under an animal-friendly agenda.
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Summer Wine: Look For Light, Bright And Affordable

Before the summer slips away, we raise a glass to hot August nights — and their perfect wine pairings. Whether you're on the beach, on the go or at the grill, wine expert Leslie Sbrocco has recommendations for affordable reds and whites under $25.
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In The End, There Will Be Chemistry

You are given the ends of the names of three things that are all in the same category. You name the category.
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Batman's Biggest Secret (No, It's Not Bruce Wayne)

Bob Kane gets all the credit for creating the superhero. But author Marc Tyler Nobleman argues that a long-forgotten writer, Bill Finger, created almost everything we now associate with the Dark Knight, from his cape and cowl costume to the name Gotham City.
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'This Will End In Tears': Soundtracks For Down Days

Author Adam Brent Houghtaling has put together an encyclopedia of the best music to pair with melancholy moments.
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Not My Job: We Quiz NASA Engineers On Mars Candy

On Sunday night, while the rest of us were ooohing and aahing over gymnastics, a bunch of propeller heads at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory were flawlessly steering a billion-dollar robotic space laboratory the size of a minivan to a landing on Mars.
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David Rakoff Saw The World In All Its Dark Beauty

Known for his sobering honesty and biting wit, David Rakoff said it was healthy to employ "a certain kind of clear-eyed examination of the world as it is." Rakoff died Thursday in New York City after a long battle with cancer. He was 47.
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Can NBC Get Its Fall Shows Into The Olympic Spotlight?

Commentator Andrew Wallenstein says that NBC is trying hard to use the Olympics to promote its fall lineup, but history demonstrates it's not going to be easy to find success with that strategy.
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'Age Of Desire': How Wharton Lost Her 'Innocence'

Jennie Fields' new novel, The Age of Desire, reimagines Edith Wharton's fling with a young journalist and the obsession that accompanied its fallout. Without that experience, Fields says, Wharton's The Age of Innocence would not have been the same.

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