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The checkmate kid is 9-year-old Keshav Beegala of Bothell

The checkmate kid is 9-year-old Keshav Beegala of Bothell

Graduate third grade? Check. Learn rock guitar? Check. Become a chess champion? Checkmate.

The checkmate kid is 9-year-old Keshav Beegala of Bothell
Whidbey Island’s roadside red door is a portal to nowhere

Whidbey Island’s roadside red door is a portal to nowhere

The door on Cultus Bay Road has been a South Whidbey Island icon for 30 years. Here’s the story.

Whidbey Island’s roadside red door is a portal to nowhere
Life after ‘Hoarders’: 2 years, 250 tons lighter in Marysville

Life after ‘Hoarders’: 2 years, 250 tons lighter in Marysville

Andy and Becky Otter got a resurgence of fame when the A&E reality TV show was picked up by Netflix.

Life after ‘Hoarders’: 2 years, 250 tons lighter in Marysville
Everett’s Statue of Liberty welcomes weary travelers on I-5

Everett’s Statue of Liberty welcomes weary travelers on I-5

Steve Breeden bolted the replica to his deck for year-round patriotism and quirky fun.

Everett’s Statue of Liberty welcomes weary travelers on I-5
Need some scratch? Pig out on $5 bacon-scented lottery tix

Need some scratch? Pig out on $5 bacon-scented lottery tix

“Bring Home the Bacon” has a cute cartoon pig and porky smell. Top prize in the state game is $50,000.

Need some scratch? Pig out on $5 bacon-scented lottery tix
Greek cobbler at People’s Shoe Repair has left the building

Greek cobbler at People’s Shoe Repair has left the building

Mike Papadimitriou, 90, closed the shop his uncle started in 1934. He’s retiring, and will be missed.

Greek cobbler at People’s Shoe Repair has left the building
Will Phase 2 start a pandemic of yard sales?
Will Phase 2 start a pandemic of yard sales?
The drive-thru at Chick-Fil-A is open for business in Marysville on May 21. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

In the chicken sandwich wars, Chick-fil-A fans go bonkers

Is it FOMO — Fear of Missing Out — that makes us crave battered and breaded fun on a bun?

The drive-thru at Chick-Fil-A is open for business in Marysville on May 21. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Vandalism or art? Graffiti rocks at Howarth Park

Vandalism or art? Graffiti rocks at Howarth Park

It’s against the law to deface public property with spray cans, no matter how artful.

Vandalism or art? Graffiti rocks at Howarth Park
This ambulance has gone to the dogs, and the occasional cat

This ambulance has gone to the dogs, and the occasional cat

South Whidbey Animal Clinic vets primped up a 2007 Nissan Xterra for house calls and other services.

This ambulance has gone to the dogs, and the occasional cat
Everybody knows Gary, a QFC checker on the front lines

Everybody knows Gary, a QFC checker on the front lines

He was honored in the “2 minutes of gratitude” Mukilteo parade for COVID-19 heros. He rode his bike.

Everybody knows Gary, a QFC checker on the front lines
From the boardroom to the bedroom, Zoom is everywhere

From the boardroom to the bedroom, Zoom is everywhere

Smile — and wear pants. Virtual meetups can show too-candid moments if you’re not careful.

From the boardroom to the bedroom, Zoom is everywhere
Stimulus checks are going for guns, guitars and ganja

Stimulus checks are going for guns, guitars and ganja

The $1,200 coronavirus relief payments also provide much needed money for food, rent and bills.

Stimulus checks are going for guns, guitars and ganja
That hospital nurse on the COVID frontline is my son-in-law

That hospital nurse on the COVID frontline is my son-in-law

Why do healthcare workers and others put their lives and those of their families at risk?

That hospital nurse on the COVID frontline is my son-in-law
COVID home haircuts: A bad coif is better than a bad cough

COVID home haircuts: A bad coif is better than a bad cough

Watch your ear, wear a hat: DIY hairstyles flourish with “non-essential” barbers and salons closed.

COVID home haircuts: A bad coif is better than a bad cough
Turtle power! The pet shop where this tortoise lives is open

Turtle power! The pet shop where this tortoise lives is open

Raja the star sulcata has less company and walkers due to COVID-19. The dogs are getting hairier.

Turtle power! The pet shop where this tortoise lives is open
What’s essential? Cannabis, and sales are brisk in Washington

What’s essential? Cannabis, and sales are brisk in Washington

Pot shops stay open amid COVID-19, with curbside pickup. And stimulus checks are coming soon.

What’s essential? Cannabis, and sales are brisk in Washington
The last picture show: COVID-19 closes Blue Fox Drive-In

The last picture show: COVID-19 closes Blue Fox Drive-In

In days before the stay-at-home order, families took in movies. Now you have to get your popcorn to go.

The last picture show: COVID-19 closes Blue Fox Drive-In
HoneyComb Salon owner Julia Barbee gives Don Zimmerman a haircut in her studio inside Sola Salon Studios on Friday in Mill Creek. On Monday, the state ordered all salons closed for at least two weeks. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

No more pretty hair or feet: COVID-19 closes beauty salons

Cosmetology in the time of coronavirus pandemic halted as non-essential services. No tattoos, either.

HoneyComb Salon owner Julia Barbee gives Don Zimmerman a haircut in her studio inside Sola Salon Studios on Friday in Mill Creek. On Monday, the state ordered all salons closed for at least two weeks. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Coronavirus sparks rush on toilet paper — and condoms?

Coronavirus sparks rush on toilet paper — and condoms?

Stock the pantry and medicine cabinet, and get things to entertain the family and pets for 14 days.

Coronavirus sparks rush on toilet paper — and condoms?
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