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Jacob Akers in his replica Dude sweater from The Big Leboswki on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Dude, you’re knitting some bodacious ‘Big Lebowski’ sweaters

Jacob Akers, 29, a Costco shelf stocker, knits cardigans made famous by the 1998 cult classic guy flick.

 

Shannon Session's high school photo decorates a signal box at Alderwood Mall.     (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Lynnwood blue’ eyeshadow, ’80s glam shots adorn new landmark

A signal box by Alderwood mall is a throwback to an era of big hair, lampooned on local sketch show “Almost Live.”

 

A cat watches TV at PAWS in Lynnwood. The animal rescue is seeking TV donations for all the cat rooms. It helps the cats from feeling lonely and acts as a window of sorts for them to watch birds and squirrels. (Lynn Jefferson / PAWS)

Kitty TV: Shelter cats get a digital window to outside world

PAWS in Lynnwood seeks TV donations to keep all 30 of its cats happy and entertained.

 

Second grader Emma Bahboud jumps for joy after splitting  an apple in half using just heir hands during class at Penny Creek Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Apple-splitting TikTok lands Everett teacher on ‘Ellen’ show

Sean Reich teaches students, staff and Ellen DeGeneres how to halve apples with bare hands.

Second grader Emma Bahboud jumps for joy after splitting  an apple in half using just heir hands during class at Penny Creek Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

3 miles by ferry, but these days a round trip can take 5 hours

Reporter Andrea Brown commuted on the “20-minute” sailing between Mukilteo and Clinton. Service is taking a toll.

Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gene Simmons impersonator, Jack Murrin practices on there bass guitar at his storage building on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Murrin, 51, a firefighter and impersonator, is putting on a 2-hour KISS concert with 19 songs in front of his north Everett home on Halloween.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The Demon: Gene Simmons imitator hosts a free Kiss concert

Everett firefighter and paramedic Jack Murrin will return to the stage for a Halloween show at his home.

Gene Simmons impersonator, Jack Murrin practices on there bass guitar at his storage building on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. Murrin, 51, a firefighter and impersonator, is putting on a 2-hour KISS concert with 19 songs in front of his north Everett home on Halloween.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A $10,000 taxidermied grizzly bear for sale at the new Everett Consignment on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Oh my! An Instagram wonderland of loveseats, rhinos and bears

Everett Consignment in the former Bramble building has 60,000 square feet of new and vintage items.

A $10,000 taxidermied grizzly bear for sale at the new Everett Consignment on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Inside the Great Hall of the Monroe castle. All armor and weapons are included with the castle. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Home sweet castle: $2.3M buys a medieval marvel near Monroe

Swords, armor and collectibles are included. The 19-acre property has a gun range and 9-foot dragon.

Inside the Great Hall of the Monroe castle. All armor and weapons are included with the castle. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A lone white Costco shopping cart at the Woodinville Costco has achieved celebrity status first as Blanco and now Dash. It is the only white cart in the fleet of gray carts and has a cult following inside the store and on social media. (Neil Enns / Dane Creek Photography)

Lone white Costco cart formerly known as Blanco is celebrity

The only non-gray cart at a Woodinville Costco got a name change but kept its job — and its magical powers.

A lone white Costco shopping cart at the Woodinville Costco has achieved celebrity status first as Blanco and now Dash. It is the only white cart in the fleet of gray carts and has a cult following inside the store and on social media. (Neil Enns / Dane Creek Photography)
Evan Wiederspohn, a 15 year old from Arlington, who won the blind-judging Put It On The Menu category in a recent BBQ contest hosted by Famous Dave's. His bacon wrapped mac and cheese bites with burnt BBQ ends will go on the appetizer menu in November. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

BBQ whiz kid: At 15, he’s getting a dish on Famous Dave’s menu

Evan Wiederspohn of Arlington won a competition and $250 for his bacon-cheese-burnt ends bites.

Evan Wiederspohn, a 15 year old from Arlington, who won the blind-judging Put It On The Menu category in a recent BBQ contest hosted by Famous Dave's. His bacon wrapped mac and cheese bites with burnt BBQ ends will go on the appetizer menu in November. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
David Boushey is a retired former stuntman and member of Hollywood's Stuntmen's Hall of Fame. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This hometown fall guy is a legendary Hollywood stuntman

The illustrious career of David Boushey, 79, includes falls, fisticuffs and David Lynch flicks.

David Boushey is a retired former stuntman and member of Hollywood's Stuntmen's Hall of Fame. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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David Barney, owner of Barney's Pastrami on Evergreen, has changed the last names of the dozens of celebrities who's photos hang on the wall of his restaurant to Barney.  The newly named celebrities include Humphrey Barney, Uma Barney, Marilyn Barney, Olivia Newton-Barney and Stevie Ray Barney.  
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Where’s Barney? His pastrami shop has served its last hoagie

Even the Evergreen Way deli’s landlord is looking for him. David Barney has vanished.

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David Barney, owner of Barney's Pastrami on Evergreen, has changed the last names of the dozens of celebrities who's photos hang on the wall of his restaurant to Barney.  The newly named celebrities include Humphrey Barney, Uma Barney, Marilyn Barney, Olivia Newton-Barney and Stevie Ray Barney.  
Photo taken 11252014
Russell Struck, 63, started decorating his Chevy L5 about five years ago and never stopped and lives in his truck part-time. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

He keeps on truckin’ in a fabric-wrapped Chevy that’s his home

Russell Struck decorated his S-10 with 8 yards of flaming red cloth, holographic eyeballs and skulls.

Russell Struck, 63, started decorating his Chevy L5 about five years ago and never stopped and lives in his truck part-time. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
One of the two 5 inch diamond tennis bracelets that was found after sorting through five tons of trash at the Snohomish County Southwest Recycling & Transfer Station. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A dig through 5 tons of trash yields a gem

Workers came to the rescue of an Edmonds woman who tossed diamond bracelets from her hubby of 57 years.

One of the two 5 inch diamond tennis bracelets that was found after sorting through five tons of trash at the Snohomish County Southwest Recycling & Transfer Station. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Inside of a freshly peeled fig on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Every year he must figure out what to do with all the figs

Wally Harper didn’t know what to expect when he planted a tree in his Mukilteo yard 25 years ago.

Inside of a freshly peeled fig on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A person takes a photograph of the water from the new parklet while people dine at the new table additions at the parklet for Ivar's on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Spellcheck it: Former Mukilteo ferry ramp is now a ‘parklet’

Eat, drink, gaze, kiss: Plans call for the scenic spot by Ivar’s to be more than “just a bunch of asphalt.”

A person takes a photograph of the water from the new parklet while people dine at the new table additions at the parklet for Ivar's on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Laura Smith, with husband Tom, makes Danielle Lam laugh after being presented with a check for $10,000 from The Prize Patrol from Publishers Clearing House on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘Holy roses!’ A day in the life of the legendary Prize Patrol

Publishers Clearing House surprised a Mukilteo couple with a sweepstakes prize, flowers and balloons.

Laura Smith, with husband Tom, makes Danielle Lam laugh after being presented with a check for $10,000 from The Prize Patrol from Publishers Clearing House on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Joseph Lindell, left, Nathaniel Lindell, 19 and Jason Guzman, 18, next to one of Nathaniel's Bigfoot cutout on Friday, July 16, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Bigfoot sighting: Not in the woods, near the Everett Safeway

Here’s the story behind the Beverly Lane display of Sasquatch, flowers and flags.

Joseph Lindell, left, Nathaniel Lindell, 19 and Jason Guzman, 18, next to one of Nathaniel's Bigfoot cutout on Friday, July 16, 2021 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Up Up Up Inc., a traveling circus on a flatbed truck stage with a crane, performs Wednesday in Langley and Friday in Everett on its monthlong Pacific Northwest tour. Seen here at a show on Guemes Island. (Submitted photo)

Circus coming to Whidbey, then Everett, on a 30-foot crane

Theatrics include the world’s largest wedgie, a flying piano, human ceiling fan and a hair hang act.

Up Up Up Inc., a traveling circus on a flatbed truck stage with a crane, performs Wednesday in Langley and Friday in Everett on its monthlong Pacific Northwest tour. Seen here at a show on Guemes Island. (Submitted photo)
Arturo Salinas, 16, left, Ed Newsom, 63, and Johnryan Newsom, 16 were all together when Ed Newsom was pulled under a log while floating the Green River in Auburn where Arturo Salinas and Johnryan performed life saving measures to revive Ed Newsom. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

River rescue: A breath away from being a drowning fatality

Ed Newsom was saved by his son and a friend, both 16, after he was swept underwater while tubing.

Arturo Salinas, 16, left, Ed Newsom, 63, and Johnryan Newsom, 16 were all together when Ed Newsom was pulled under a log while floating the Green River in Auburn where Arturo Salinas and Johnryan performed life saving measures to revive Ed Newsom. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)