Andrea Brown

The Evolution of Language (Getty Images and Herald Staff)

UW’s ‘problematic’ word list: ‘crazy,’ ‘ninja’ — and ‘grandfather’?

Words matter. Inclusive language is the message of a guide that is spinning on social media.

The Evolution of Language (Getty Images and Herald Staff)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

‘White saviorhood’: Mukilteo schools end ‘Mockingbird’ requirement

The book is not banned in the school district. The last book brought before the school board was by Maya Angelou.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Christa Meyer, residential physical therapist in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, plays Wordle daily. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

What in the world is Wordle? It’s an online game C-R-A-Z-E

Solving the daily five-letter brain teaser in six tries is the latest social media obsession.

Christa Meyer, residential physical therapist in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, plays Wordle daily. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is no longer required reading in Mukilteo

The school board on Monday voted to remove it from the list for ninth-graders, at the urging of teachers and students.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Veteran Keith F. Reyes, 64, gets his monthly pedicure at Nail Flare on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Stanwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

No more gnarly feet: This ‘Wounded Warrior’ gets pedicures

Keith Reyes, 64, visits a Stanwood nail salon for “foot treatments” that help soothe blast injuries.

Veteran Keith F. Reyes, 64, gets his monthly pedicure at Nail Flare on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021 in Stanwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

Mukilteo School Board plans vote on the fate of ‘Mockingbird’

Speakers offered varying opinions on whether the novel should be required. The board is to decide Jan. 24.

"To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Jack Rice, left, gives his grandmother Carolyn Rice, a tutorial on her new tablet Saturday afternoon in Edmonds on November 20, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Need to Ring or Zoom? Edmonds teen comes to the rescue

Jack Rice, 17, started a free service to help seniors connect with tech. “He’s a hero around here.”

Jack Rice, left, gives his grandmother Carolyn Rice, a tutorial on her new tablet Saturday afternoon in Edmonds on November 20, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

‘Mockingbird’ could be cut from Mukilteo school curriculum

On Monday, the board considers removing the novel from ninth-grade required reading due to racism complaint.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Mukilteo Mayor-again Joe Marine on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine moves into his old office, 8 years later

He’s the city’s first mayor elected to serve three terms. Ten people applied to fill his City Council seat.

Mukilteo Mayor-again Joe Marine on December 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Ferries pass on a crossing between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island in August. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Speak up and listen up at virtual ferry community meetings

Officials will give updates on ferry delays and the alternate service plan.

Ferries pass on a crossing between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island in August. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)
Laird Will and Glenna Atkins share a laugh Saturday afternoon in Marysville on December 18, 2021. Will found out he had additional siblings through a DNA test. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Oh, boy! DNA test reveals Marysville mom’s 1957 secret baby

Shirley Howard, 86, has two other kids, ages 60 and 62. They didn’t know they had a big brother. They welcomed him.

Laird Will and Glenna Atkins share a laugh Saturday afternoon in Marysville on December 18, 2021. Will found out he had additional siblings through a DNA test. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
William "Bill" Jones and his wife, Otila, both died in a Nov. 26, 2021 car crash on West Mukilteo Boulevard in Everett. (Submitted photo)

Couple killed in Everett car crash known for art and caring

William Jones, 85, created a pair of pants with eyes that winked. They went viral. His wife Otila, 67, was a beloved CNA.

William "Bill" Jones and his wife, Otila, both died in a Nov. 26, 2021 car crash on West Mukilteo Boulevard in Everett. (Submitted photo)
Cindy Jensen, left, greets Auggie Doggie as his owners John and Lorna Landis walk around Alderwood Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

This dapper dog in a bow tie has business cards for his fans

An Everett couple pushes Auggie Doggie in a stroller and engages others to share their pet tales.

Cindy Jensen, left, greets Auggie Doggie as his owners John and Lorna Landis walk around Alderwood Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The ferry Suquamish leaving Mukilteo. (SounderBruce via Wikimedia Commons) 2020

Mukilteo’s next ferry, a hybrid-electric, will be called Wishkah

The name has ties to indigenous culture and a Nirvana album. In English, it means “stinking water.”

The ferry Suquamish leaving Mukilteo. (SounderBruce via Wikimedia Commons) 2020
Nolan Torres, 4, runs through the entrance to Wintertide Lights in the Everett Arboretum on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Free Everett light show lets kids prance and parents rejoice

The Wintertide display is nightly through Dec. 31 at Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens in Legion Park.

Nolan Torres, 4, runs through the entrance to Wintertide Lights in the Everett Arboretum on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The event room that will be used for speed dating events at Meatheads Smokehouse and Beer Works in Lake Stevens. (Andrea Brown)

Meet market: Speed dating at Meatheads in Lake Stevens

Singles have five minutes to see if there’s a spark during two old-school face-to-face dating events.

The event room that will be used for speed dating events at Meatheads Smokehouse and Beer Works in Lake Stevens. (Andrea Brown)
The back view of the 10,000 square foot home at 3727 Shore Ave. in Everett that's for sale for $4.9 million. (Norton Zanini)

For sale: A $5M mansion expanded with Alfy’s pizza dough

The marble-floored Everett estate is among several pricey pads for sale. A Woodway wonder is $16 million.

The back view of the 10,000 square foot home at 3727 Shore Ave. in Everett that's for sale for $4.9 million. (Norton Zanini)
Deven Boyce, 14, rode his bike more than 3,000 miles from the Mukilteo Lighthouse to the Statue of Liberty. (Submitted photo)

8 weeks, 3,000 miles for Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center

Mukilteo teen rode his bike across the country to help raise money for the center that helped him.

Deven Boyce, 14, rode his bike more than 3,000 miles from the Mukilteo Lighthouse to the Statue of Liberty. (Submitted photo)
Peyton and Parker Von Kleeck play with their dog Hazy after getting photos with Santa during the Paws With Cause Pet Night at the Everett Mall on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Paws With Cause raises money for shelter pets through art

Portraits put a face on rescue pets and give human painters of all ages a creative outlet.

Peyton and Parker Von Kleeck play with their dog Hazy after getting photos with Santa during the Paws With Cause Pet Night at the Everett Mall on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Joe Marine will vacate his seat on the Mukilteo City Council when he takes over as mayor in January.

Mukilteo City Council seeks applicants to fill open seat

The deadline to apply is Dec. 23. The last time there was an open seat, 20 people applied.

Joe Marine will vacate his seat on the Mukilteo City Council when he takes over as mayor in January.