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No mystery about legendary status of Cape Town's 'Nellie' hotel

It may remain a mystery as to which room Agatha Christie chose to reside in while at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, but no doubt she would have been perfectly at home writing her mysteries in my suite, albeit considerably updated since she was there in 1922. I can also well imagine Sir Winston Churchill smoking his cigar while soaking in a steaming bathtub during the Boer War (1900-1902) as he wrote, "It is the most excellent and well-appointed establishment which may be thoroughly appreciated after a sea voyage."

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Pinball as science? Game on at Chabot Center

So there I was, bouncing off the walls like a human ball in a room of bumpers, playing a 1999 "Attack From Mars" pinball game at Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, Calif. – unofficially known for the summer as the "Chabot Arcade."

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Artist haven, foodie heaven: The tiny paradise of Edison

Edison nestles into the watery-green Skagit County farmlands like a lazy bend in the slough. At 11 a.m. on a Friday, you could be the only person walking around the old-fashioned storefronts and tangled, art-filled gardens. But foodie journals and lifestyle blogs have been discovering Edison for years now: a tiny hamlet (it’s not officially a town) filled with more artists, artisans and chefs than you’d think possible, yet still keeping its offbeat, dusty-saddle charm.

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Canada’s First Nations return to Vancouver

Wearing a woven cedar headband that distinguished her from the other boots-and-backpack-clad hikers, Candace Campo guided a walk in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, last fall, pointing out path-side huckleberries and blackberries. She stripped a soft piece of bark from a fraying cedar trunk to demonstrate how it can be used as fiber for clothing, and detailed how to extract vitamin C from western hemlock needles by steeping them in boiling water.

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Searching for chimpanzees in the Mahale mountains

The dhow slowly makes its way south down Lake Tanganyika, the Mahale Mountains in the background. The captain keeps the boat moving extra slow, and his crew hands me sodas to combat my motion sickness. We are halfway through an adventure trip trough Tanzania — and I am focusing on the horizon to squelch the queasiness.

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Training to set a water fight world record

2,500 water warriors set out to break the world record for the largest Splash Ball fight on Aug. 5. Tacoma's portion will be at Fort Steilacoom Park.
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Training to set a water fight world record

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Doling out healthcare over the phone

Truck rolls over into oncoming traffic on I-5, injures 4 0:22

Truck rolls over into oncoming traffic on I-5, injures 4

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He's got Rainiers gear for every occasion