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Jon Bauer, Herald staff

Watching the waves roll in: A report by the National Research Council predicts that the West Coast will see the ocean rise several inches in coming decades. Most of California will see sea levels six inches higher by 2030, while Washington state will see a 4-inch increase in sea level.

But Western Washington residents shouldn’t notice the rise in sea level much as they stand in the 5 feet of rain that they’re already accustomed to.

When life gives you banjos: Communities along Georgia’s Chattooga River are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1972 movie “Deliverance,” about an ill-fated rafting trip, with the first-ever Chattooga River Festival. Some locals still wince at the mention of “Deliverance,” because of its portrayal of Appalachian people as uneducated hillbillies.

But the festival is likely to recall the movie’s more positive portrayals of the region, such as the river-rafting and banjo-playing, rather than the hog-calling.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1812, the British, unaware that America had declared war against it five days earlier, reversed a shipping policy that had been a major point of contention between the two nations.

The British, surprised when one of their ships came under attack, checked their email spam filter, found the declaration of war and returned fire.