What's Up With That?

A cryptic meme splashes the usually benign rock of Snohomish

“Epstein didn’t kill himself” was a far cry from the usual fare of high-school pep and community spirit.

 

‘Wolfman Jim’ rocks out for handouts on Lynnwood street corner

Drunk and homeless for decades, the well-known panhandler is performing his act clean and sober.

 

Want to see UFOs? Washington is a popular hangout

Our state is third in nation for alien craft encounters. UFOiTeam says it’s nothing to snicker about.

 

Rick Steves meets his Halloween doppleganger

The travel guru bumps into his scarecrow Franken side on an Edmonds porch.

Harmonica honcho Lee Oskar, 71, still rocks ‘Low Rider’

The Danish music legend from the hit band War lives in Everett and sells his harps worldwide.

The lice lady decimates the louse that infiltrates the locks

Lice Spies is a hair salon that targets those tiny 6-legged parasites that make us itch like crazy.

Mr. Pickleball takes his sport to parks and prisons

Roger BelAir teaches the art of the game with the funny name to inmates and at courts in Edmonds.

Rielley, a 7-year-old standard poodle, runs at Freeland Park on Whidbey Island. Owner Laurie Cecil, a pet groomer by trade, spends 10 hours a week doing the dog’s hair. She says it is therapeutic for both her and Rielley. He is her service dog and she takes him everywhere. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

He’s a chill dog with dreadlocks — unless Led Zeppelin’s playing

Poodle is more than groomer’s pet. “He’s my service dog, marketing director and best date I’ve ever had.”

Rielley, a 7-year-old standard poodle, runs at Freeland Park on Whidbey Island. Owner Laurie Cecil, a pet groomer by trade, spends 10 hours a week doing the dog’s hair. She says it is therapeutic for both her and Rielley. He is her service dog and she takes him everywhere. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Rigoberto Bastida waits on a customer at Taco-Book in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Facebook tells Everett mom-and-pop taco shop to rebrand

The power of the hyphen: The tiny taqueria changed its logo and colors and is now Taco-Book.

Rigoberto Bastida waits on a customer at Taco-Book in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Olushola Bolonduro recently started a goth social group called Dark Side of Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Calling all goths: Dark Side of Everett might be for you

A hospital tech has started a group for self-described misfits and outcasts who are into creepy things.

Olushola Bolonduro recently started a goth social group called Dark Side of Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Bev’s auto tabs: 45 years, 400 square feet, 3 windows, no a/c

Bev’s granddaughter is moving into the 21st century and a bigger space. But it’ll always be Bev’s place.

$200,000 scratch ticket softens the blow of family hardship

It will cover medical bills and buy a first vacation for an Everett family that was homeless six months.

Viva Las Langley! Lighting up Whidbey town like it’s Vegas

Artist Tim Leonard’s neon signs bring a pop of color to laid-back village by the sea.

Cliff Edwards, 65, the sexton at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery & Columbarium, picks up and carries memorial flowers on his mower as he cuts the grass around headstones on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in Edmonds, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

GRAVDGR: Edmonds cemetery sexton has deadpan sense of humor

Cliff Edwards has spent 46 years taking care of the final resting places of our loved ones.

Cliff Edwards, 65, the sexton at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery & Columbarium, picks up and carries memorial flowers on his mower as he cuts the grass around headstones on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 in Edmonds, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jake Sharpe, owner North Cascades Nursery, has been collecting used skis for his highly visible fence since 2007. (KevinClark / The Herald)

Is that a snow fence? No, a picket fence — of 1,450 skis

These used boards, 200 yards’ worth, have been dropped off over the years at a garden store in Sultan.

Jake Sharpe, owner North Cascades Nursery, has been collecting used skis for his highly visible fence since 2007. (KevinClark / The Herald)

Mom-and-pop shop hits the jackpot for selling a $12M ticket

When a player wins Lotto, the retailer also wins — in this case $122,000 for the little Brier Grocery.

Eve Dietrich, 82, of Bothell, was one of 480,000 households selected to answer the mandatory 2019 Census Test. Half of those surveyed were asked the U.S. citizenship question, including Dietrich, who was born in London but has lived in the U.S. since her 20s. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Are you a U.S. citizen? Census asked a select few 240,000

The 2020 question was blocked, but a Bothell woman was among those required by law to answer it.

Eve Dietrich, 82, of Bothell, was one of 480,000 households selected to answer the mandatory 2019 Census Test. Half of those surveyed were asked the U.S. citizenship question, including Dietrich, who was born in London but has lived in the U.S. since her 20s. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Holy steeple! Tiny chapel on U.S. 2 a sacred stop since 1962

Respite, weddings, un-immaculate conceptions are part of the legacy of the miniature Wayside Chapel.

Can the little guy survive the Lake Stevens Costco?

Turners Grocery has loyal customers, but the owner knows the general store’s days could be numbered.

His toaster opens a portal to other dimensions

Tim Ellis, 39, does weekly episodes of the improv comedy sci-fi that’s out of this world.

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