What's Up With That?

Twin sisters do makeover magic to local homes in HGTV series

New “Unsellable Houses” focuses on transforming modest Snohomish County homes into hot properties.

 

Grouchy Chef owner denies being grouchy — he’s focused on food

Chef’s manifesto: Sit up straight. No clinking crystal. No shoveling food in your mouth. NO jeans!

 

What’s up with these folks? Your favorite quirky 2019 stories

A flat-Earther, a He-Man and a naked man stood out this year in the world of What’s Up With That?

 

Best gift ever: Mail-order DNA test turns up a big sister

Kelly Howell, 53, of Mill Creek, was connected with her half-sibling in California by a 23andMe test.

Scientists at Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research Center in Wenatchee spent two decades developing the Cosmic Crisp apple tree seeds. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The juicy new starlet of the apple universe is Cosmic Crisp

They’re the first apples developed in Washington, and growers planted 12 million Cosmic Crisp trees.

Scientists at Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research Center in Wenatchee spent two decades developing the Cosmic Crisp apple tree seeds. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Score! 800-pound Ivan is a heckuva Seahawks 12th Man

The 8-foot chain saw chiseled dude with a mohawk and shouting mouth swivels around Arlington.

Meet Krampus: If you’ve been bad, this evil Santa is for you

Krampus Night in Europe is Dec. 5. The creepster is making the rounds in these parts as well.

She’s the curator of 200 crows at the goth house in Langley

Sharen Heath’s First Street home is an artsy haven for birds — and a year-round head-turner.

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.

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