Andrea Brown

Josh Otusanya, 27, former Lake Stevens high soccer star turned comedian, has 4.6 million followers on TikTok for his inspirational videos from his family's home. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

A funny local TikToker with 5M followers offers life hacks

Josh Otusanya, a Lake Stevens soccer star turned New York comedian, reinvented himself in his family’s basement.

Josh Otusanya, 27, former Lake Stevens high soccer star turned comedian, has 4.6 million followers on TikTok for his inspirational videos from his family's home. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Florence Zinman
(Submitted photo)

He spent a dime on Mom and feels her love 80 years later

David Zinman’s inexpensive Mother’s Day present to her became a priceless gift for him.

Florence Zinman
(Submitted photo)
Standing on a new ramp to his home, Doug Waddell shakes hands with Dennis Taylor and Dan Barmon on April 15 in Sultan. Taylor and Barmon built the ramp for Waddell in exchange for two apple pies. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

What does two apple pies buy? A $3,500 wheelchair ramp

The kindness of two strangers, and a pie baker, helps Sultan amputee come home.

Standing on a new ramp to his home, Doug Waddell shakes hands with Dennis Taylor and Dan Barmon on April 15 in Sultan. Taylor and Barmon built the ramp for Waddell in exchange for two apple pies. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A walk-on passenger uses the plank to board a ferry at the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. Monday was the first day for the new walk-on service as opposed to the previous method of boarding, using the car ramp ahead of loading cars. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Two legs or four: All welcome to board Mukilteo’s ferry ramp

The new overhead gangplank opened Monday. Four months after the terminal opened, traffic safety has improved.

A walk-on passenger uses the plank to board a ferry at the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. Monday was the first day for the new walk-on service as opposed to the previous method of boarding, using the car ramp ahead of loading cars. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
THE CIRCLE Lisa in season 2 of THE CIRCLE. Cr. Netflix ©2021

Everett gal catfishes as Lance Bass on Netflix’s ‘The Circle’

Lisa Delcampo, longtime assistant to the NSYNC pop star, poses as her boss on the hit reality show.

THE CIRCLE Lisa in season 2 of THE CIRCLE. Cr. Netflix ©2021
THE VOICE -- Season: 20 -- Contestant Gallery -- Pictured: Savanna Woods -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) 20210316

Vote for Stanwood singer Savanna Woods on Monday’s ‘The Voice’

The fate of the 26-year-old singer depends on votes in the four-way knockout round.

THE VOICE -- Season: 20 -- Contestant Gallery -- Pictured: Savanna Woods -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) 20210316
The passenger loading ramp at the Mukilteo terminal is expected to be fully operational on Monday. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

First time ever: Mukilteo ferry walk-ons get their own ramp

The new terminal’s passenger loading walkway opens Monday. Expect delays as road paving continues.

The passenger loading ramp at the Mukilteo terminal is expected to be fully operational on Monday. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
Officer Mark Brinkman (Lynnwood Police Department)

Community mourns death of Lynnwood officer Mark Brinkman, 55

He was a leader in DUI enforcement and known for his caring and kindness, even to those he arrested.

Officer Mark Brinkman (Lynnwood Police Department)
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Club president Zachary Nelson explains to a pair of students how the currency works while handing out free cryptocurrency at the University of Washington Bothell on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Crypto’s wild ride: It’s winning fans from here to Wall Street

Digital currency is worth trillions to traders betting on Dogecoin, Bitcoin and other blockchains.

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Club president Zachary Nelson explains to a pair of students how the currency works while handing out free cryptocurrency at the University of Washington Bothell on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
“We are still trying to figure out what to do with him,” said Everett Police Department property crimes Det. Adam Gage, who transports the statue back to a room using a rolling chair on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Everett, Washington.The Batman statue was recovered after it was stolen from an Everett comic book store last year.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Batman returns! Stolen Funko statue is in police custody

The supersized bobblehead was taken from Everett Comics in an October “smash-and-grab.”

“We are still trying to figure out what to do with him,” said Everett Police Department property crimes Det. Adam Gage, who transports the statue back to a room using a rolling chair on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Everett, Washington.The Batman statue was recovered after it was stolen from an Everett comic book store last year.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Eric Adler, the mystery man who is on Twitter as @EdmondsScanner (E. Wong)

Revealed: The mystery man behind the @EdmondsScanner tweets

He’s a 50-year-old mail carrier who dusted off his English degree to curate 6,000 tales on Twitter.

Eric Adler, the mystery man who is on Twitter as @EdmondsScanner (E. Wong)
Washington's Lottery ticket display. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Want to get lucky? Washington’s Lottery lists Top 10 stores

One of the luckiest retailers in the state was a Safeway in Everett, as measured by $1,000-plus winners.

Washington's Lottery ticket display. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Stanwood singer Savanna Woods, 26, is a contestant on "The Voice." (Alexandria Lane Photography)

Stanwood singer, 26, is living her dream on ‘The Voice’

Savanna Woods advances to the next round after Monday’s battle duet on the hit NBC show.

Stanwood singer Savanna Woods, 26, is a contestant on "The Voice." (Alexandria Lane Photography)
A rendering of a proposed NOAA Mukilteo Science Center that apparently won't be built. (Hensel Phelps, Perkins Will, and Rolluda Architects)

Last-ditch effort can’t save NOAA’s Mukilteo research center

Bids to build a new waterfront building came in way over budget, so the site’s future is up in the air.

A rendering of a proposed NOAA Mukilteo Science Center that apparently won't be built. (Hensel Phelps, Perkins Will, and Rolluda Architects)
Leslie Davis (left) and her twin sister, Lyndsay Lamb, pose in the den of a house they remodeled in Snohomish, as seen on Unsellable Houses. (HGTV)
Leslie Davis (left) and her twin sister, Lyndsay Lamb, pose in the den of a house they remodeled in Snohomish, as seen on Unsellable Houses. (HGTV)
Kevin Ashe, right, and his daughter Carly Nations prep meat before opening on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Decades of family ownership ends at venerated Darrington IGA

The store, a hub after the Oso landslide, is changing hands. The new owner will keep all 25 workers.

Kevin Ashe, right, and his daughter Carly Nations prep meat before opening on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Andrew Ho flips through his book "How to Cook Like A Racist" inside his new juice bar and soup kitchen on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Name change: No Soup For You! replaces Soup Nazi Kitchen

Everett restaurateur Andrew Ho plans to sell food, juice and his books, including “How to Cook Like a Racist.”

Andrew Ho flips through his book "How to Cook Like A Racist" inside his new juice bar and soup kitchen on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
AMERICAN IDOL – “401 (Auditions)” – “American Idol,” the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return to airwaves during its season premiere SUNDAY, FEB. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard)
BENSON BOONE

Twist: ‘American Idol’ heartthrob from Monroe not on the show

Singer Benson Boone, 18, has veered from the usual plot. He’s seen on TikTok with an Imagine Dragons singer.

AMERICAN IDOL – “401 (Auditions)” – “American Idol,” the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return to airwaves during its season premiere SUNDAY, FEB. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard)
BENSON BOONE
Area code map of Washington. (NANPA)

Meet area code 564: The new kid in town is gaining ground

The newest area code in Washington has infiltrated 360 territory, and 425, 206 and 253 are next.

Area code map of Washington. (NANPA)
This longtime mural on a garage door in Mukilteo can be seen mainly from the Mukilteo Speedway overpass sidewalk. (David Welton/This is Whidbey)

This Yellow Brick Road leads to Ivar’s and the ‘Ferry of Oz’

The garage door mural hides in plain sight along Mukilteo Speedway. It’s been there a dozen years.

This longtime mural on a garage door in Mukilteo can be seen mainly from the Mukilteo Speedway overpass sidewalk. (David Welton/This is Whidbey)