What's Up With That?

Kelly Hatley, 63, proudly displays characters from “King of the Hill” in Freeland on Whidbey Island. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Why are there ‘King of the Hill’ figures in the front yard?

Freeland resident Kelly Hatley tries to explain the tribute to Hank Hill and cartoon sidekicks.

 

Chemistry professor causing a stink on campus — for good

Lori Robins leads a research project at UW Bothell to improve sanitation in developing countries.

 

Captain Walmart isn’t make-believe, he’s a real superhero

Worker Isaiah Owens wears a cape as he saves the day for shoppers in the checkout universe.

 

The 1,000-pound great pumpkin of Everett could squash you

Gary Baldwin bought special seeds on the internet to supersize his pumpkin-patch produce.

Sisters Allyea Hernandez, 8, (left) and Amaya, 10, make slime at their home in Marysville. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This craze has stuck: Sisters in slime make it all the time

Allyea, 8, and Amaya, 10, whip up batches of the gooey gunk that kids love. Teachers, not so much.

Sisters Allyea Hernandez, 8, (left) and Amaya, 10, make slime at their home in Marysville. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Meet the man behind the junk mail statue at the post office

Woodpalooza on Whidbey Island is an annual Labor Day event where artists come out of the woodwork.

Lindsey T.H. Jackson, right, and her children, Cohen, 6, left, and Taylor, 4, center, pose for pictures in front of the butterfly wing art installation in Langley. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mural whodunit: Langley mayor points the finger at fairies

Butterfly wing art that mysteriously appeared is a social media magnet in a busy tourist town.

Lindsey T.H. Jackson, right, and her children, Cohen, 6, left, and Taylor, 4, center, pose for pictures in front of the butterfly wing art installation in Langley. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
After his Class of 1972 Snohomish High School reunion, Mike Carver had 18 speakers built into his truck and drives it around town and in parades, blasting music and trailing bubbles. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

He drives that cool music-blaring, bubble-blowing old truck

Mike Carver loudly cruises Snohomish streets in a ’67 Ford — a rolling tribute to his class of 1972.

After his Class of 1972 Snohomish High School reunion, Mike Carver had 18 speakers built into his truck and drives it around town and in parades, blasting music and trailing bubbles. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Professional sign painter Mack Benek puts the finishing touches on the windows of an Edmonds building undergoing a transformation. The owner wanted the building to look good while it was empty. Benek, 72, has hand-lettered many signs on windows and businesses in Edmonds and Seattle. (Bob Sears)

Lost art or just old school? A sign-painting star in Edmonds

Whether it’s boat names or frolicking pancakes, artist Mack Benek has done it all in 50 years.

Professional sign painter Mack Benek puts the finishing touches on the windows of an Edmonds building undergoing a transformation. The owner wanted the building to look good while it was empty. Benek, 72, has hand-lettered many signs on windows and businesses in Edmonds and Seattle. (Bob Sears)
After being connected through home DNA tests through a relative, Lorna Fischer, 54, of Redmond and Bob Monize, 76, of Camano Island, went to Any Lab Test Now in Everett for a DNA paternity test. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

54 years later, DNA test gave answer to ‘Who’s your daddy?’

A Camano Island man and Redmond woman’s mother didn’t recollect being together that summer of 1963.

After being connected through home DNA tests through a relative, Lorna Fischer, 54, of Redmond and Bob Monize, 76, of Camano Island, went to Any Lab Test Now in Everett for a DNA paternity test. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Theron Murphy, of Orem, Utah, kisses his wife, Jody, in front of the John L. Scott Real Estate office in Langley. People stand on the sidewalk on the heart, kiss, then make a hash mark on the chalkboard. The office keeps a tally and posts the monthly and yearly count. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Pucker up! Kiss your mate or dog or date

A chalkboard tally makes sure every smoocheroo counts on the streets of Langley.

Theron Murphy, of Orem, Utah, kisses his wife, Jody, in front of the John L. Scott Real Estate office in Langley. People stand on the sidewalk on the heart, kiss, then make a hash mark on the chalkboard. The office keeps a tally and posts the monthly and yearly count. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Firefighter Travis Smith gets ready to slide down the fire pole at Everett Fire Department Station 1. The pole is the only one remaining at an Everett firehouse. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Stairs are safer but not as cool as Everett’s last fire pole

Video: In the days of horses, poles became common at fire houses. Then along came risk managers.

Firefighter Travis Smith gets ready to slide down the fire pole at Everett Fire Department Station 1. The pole is the only one remaining at an Everett firehouse. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

One of the last video stores in Everett has 15,000 titles

Silver Lake Video has kept its doors open since 1985, but don’t expect to find any VHS tapes.

Becca Selin and her son, Brody, share a laugh with Erik Marty during Taco Tuesday at Sol Food Bar and Grill in Everett. Marty put out a question looking for a dining companion on a Facebook dining page. Within 90 minutes, Selin answered and brought along Brody, 7. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Holy guacamole! He found a Taco Tuesday date on Facebook

Not wanting to eat tacos alone, he turned to a social media group dedicated to restaurant reviews.

Becca Selin and her son, Brody, share a laugh with Erik Marty during Taco Tuesday at Sol Food Bar and Grill in Everett. Marty put out a question looking for a dining companion on a Facebook dining page. Within 90 minutes, Selin answered and brought along Brody, 7. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Today’s Pub Night Talk at McMenamins will be all about crows

Like humans attracted to beer and pizza, thousands of black birds descend on Bothell every night.

Seahawks and other frosted cookies by Schwartz Brothers Bakery​ are among the many Washington products sold on the ferries.​ (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Eat, drink and be merry with gourmet grub on the ferry

Washington State Ferries are a floating food court of favorites from all over the state.

Seahawks and other frosted cookies by Schwartz Brothers Bakery​ are among the many Washington products sold on the ferries.​ (Andrea Brown / The Herald)
Titus Will of Snohomish received a bill from The Everett Clinic for $1.36 million for a visit to a walk-in clinic. Other Everett Clinic patients also received bills with miscalculated balances that were corrected. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

$1.36 million for a doctor’s visit to The Everett Clinic?

Some patients got sticker shock when they opened their May bills. Another was for $3.6 million.

Titus Will of Snohomish received a bill from The Everett Clinic for $1.36 million for a visit to a walk-in clinic. Other Everett Clinic patients also received bills with miscalculated balances that were corrected. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Amir Sultan repairs a phone in a dorm room at the University of Washington in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

When cracks get in the way of your smartphone addiction …

… toothpaste is likely not the answer. But we know this repair guy who makes house calls …

Amir Sultan repairs a phone in a dorm room at the University of Washington in Seattle. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Shannon Dey performs with her handmade hoops on the first day of the Snohomish Farmers’ Market in Snohomish on May 3, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

There’s plenty of hoopla to go around

… and around, and around. Just ask Gold Bar hula hoop creator Shannon Dey Zuanich.

Shannon Dey performs with her handmade hoops on the first day of the Snohomish Farmers’ Market in Snohomish on May 3, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Roxy and Illiad Gesler have a chainsawed Stanley Cup model carved of cedar atop a stump in the front yard of their home on May 10, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett couple posts a declaration of their love for hockey

They are taking NHL fandom to new heights with a carved replica of the Stanley Cup.

Roxy and Illiad Gesler have a chainsawed Stanley Cup model carved of cedar atop a stump in the front yard of their home on May 10, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)