Check It Out: 'Comma queen' writes a lovely resource

Way back when, during my junior high school days (back when it was called "junior high" and not "middle school" as it is now), I, and every other junior high student, was forced to diagram sentences. I did not like to do this — not at all. To know me now — English major, librarian, writer of "Check It Out" — one might assume that all things language-related thrill me to pieces. Beautifully written sentences? Yes. Knowing the difference between a "compound predicate with direct objects" and a "compound predicate with one direct object?" Not so much.

Corks & Forks: Travel through the vines with Clark County Wineries Passport

Taking a cue from Portland's uber-popular Distillery Row Passport, several Clark County wineries and tasting rooms have teamed up to offer a passport of their own and it's already a slam-dunk with vino fans.

New location does Café Yumm proud

Why: Café Yumm recently opened its second Washington restaurant, which is also a second location for franchise owner Liz Smith, who owns Café Yumm at Portland State University. Located in the Mill Plain Crossing shopping center, the fast-casual cafe offers diners premium menu selections that fit in with a healthy lifestyle. More than 50 percent of the food used is certified organic. Most menu items may be modified, and Café Yumm has an online nutrition calculator to specially design your meal.

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You'll flip for mung bean pancakes

Mung beans have been a staple of the cuisines of India, China, Korea and Southeast Asia for thousands of years. And with good reason. They are a delicious and healthy source of protein and fiber.

Reality TV fisherman indicted on federal fraud charges

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A star of TV's "Wicked Tuna" has been indicted on federal fraud charges. The indictment says Paul Hebert claimed to be disabled and unable to work while he was catching fish and appearing on the National Geographic Channel reality show.

Downtown residents in the market for a grocery store

When Heidi Owens moved to Vancouver seven months ago, she chose a house in the Hough neighborhood because she could tell downtown was on the cusp of greatness. She loved the feel of her new home but noticed it was missing one thing.

Obama ivory crackdown leaves open California loopholes

SAN FRANCISCO — Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors besides store windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets this week, unfazed by President Barack Obama's announcement of proposed rules that the White House says go as far as the administration can go toward banning all U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants.

Live performances help Tori Kelly create buzz

NEW YORK — While music awards shows have dwindled in ratings throughout the years, for Tori Kelly, they have been a gold mine.

"Pastor Brooks" finds his next river to cross

What the Rev. Brooks Berndt did for his Hazel Dell church, he now hopes to do for many more congregations in the United Church of Christ family: get them actively fighting for environmental causes.



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