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The blue whale is the largest animal known to have ever existed. The marine mammal is so large, in fact, that a grown man could swim through its largest blood vessels.

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On Nov. 1, 1512, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Italian artist Michelangelo’s finest works, is exhibited to the public for the first time. After demonstrating his mastery of sculpture, Michelangelo was called to Rome in 1508.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Caution dominates the Sheep’s monetary aspect this month. You might want to shear your big spending plans.

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The CW is preparing a reboot of “Walker, Texas Ranger” with “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki in the title role. Padalecki played Dean Forester in “Gilmore Girls” from 2000-05 and then went right into “Supernatural” as Sam Winchester for the past 15 seasons. This will be a taller, younger …

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Felting “acorns” using fluffy natural wool is a relaxing and enjoyable fall activity for all ages. It’s especially suited for young children who like to get their hands in soapy water to shape and change the structure of the soft wool into dense felted wool balls.

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Antique handmade game boards are popular as decorations in homes filled with folk art. Most are for chess or checkers, and the square boards look important in a group on the wall. But there also are game boards that are other shapes. The game “Pope Joan” was popular in the 18th century and s…

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Now in its 31st year, the Halloween Celebration at the Zoo provides  a safe, fun event for the whole family. Start a new tradition! Spend the day trick-or-treating together on October 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year, 100 percent of the profits will benefit the BioPark, which makes us so …

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Is it quartz, or quartzite? What’s the difference between a rock and a mineral? Or between a gem and a mineral? And just how old is that fossil? Find out from the experts what minerals, rocks or fossils are hiding in your collection. This free event occurs from 2 to 5 p.m. on the first Monda…

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Susie Tallman and Friends have another winner on their hands. The local singer’s latest album, “Spanish Songs for Children Learning Spanish,” has received the Parents Choice Gold Award, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and Creative Child Magazine’s Best CD of 2019. Twenty easy…

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Golfers beware: Don’t chew on the tees. One golfer who was in the habit of gnawing while he played overdosed on pesticides after playing 36 holes in one day.

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“The way to learn whether a person is trustworthy is to trust him.” — Ernest Hemingway

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On Oct. 4, 1918, German Chancellor Max von Baden sends a telegraph message to President Woodrow Wilson requesting an armistice between Germany and the Allied powers in World War I. After a difficult month of negotiations, World War I came to an end on Nov. 11, 1918.

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Need a dessert that is not only delicious but easy to make?  Try this recipe for Cinnamon-Apple Crostata.  You’ll have a hard time waiting to sink your teeth in to the flaky crust with a burst of cinnamon and apples. Find more delicious recipes at Culinary.net.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) An upcoming trip could create problems with your schedule unless you tie up as many loose ends as possible.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who ended “Veep” on a high note (despite taking time off to successfully fight cancer), will be heard but not seen in the Pixar animated urban fantasy “Onward” (in theaters March 2020), with superheroes Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, and “Help” Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer…

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Fall outdoor rituals are many during these lush months of color and cooler temps. You can celebrate the season and create new traditions right at your closest park or in your neighborhood. If the fall air beckons your family to get outside for a bike ride or a weekend walk, go for it. Observ…

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In today’s workplace, many employers have abandoned strict dress code policies, providing employees with more flexibility to dress casually.

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During the late 18th century, the very rich made a long trip to Europe to admire the architecture and art of Europe, including the ruins of past civilizations. The town of Pompeii was a major attraction. It had been covered with ash and lava in 78 A.D. and forgotten until 1748, when it block…

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Famously flamboyant country singer and songwriter Dolly Parton once entered a Dolly Parton look-alike contest — and lost.

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“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’” — C.S. Lewis

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The average American household now has nine Internet-enabled devices to connect to the Internet, watch movies or television shows, or “smarten” the thermostats, doorbells or nanny cams. These products let people save energy, buy groceries, connect with family members and access a seemingly l…

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Whether you’re hoping to make your dog an Instagram sensation or you just want a nice portrait for the mantle, you’ve likely discovered pets, in general, can be elusive around cameras.

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Urban Air Adventure Park is hosting a grand opening in Albuquerque on Saturday, September 7 at 3039 Pan American Freeway NE. More than a trampoline park, Urban Air lets you defy gravity in a variety of ways, including indoor skydiving, climbing walls, ropes, zip line, warrior course, battle …

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On Sept. 7, 1813, the United States gets its nickname, Uncle Sam, when a newspaper picks up on the story of Samuel Wilson, a meat packer who supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army. Wilson stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub …

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It’s no secret that New Mexico is a hotbed of film activity. If you want to get in on the action, here are a few ways you can. To be an extra on a film, you’ll first need a headshot and complete info/bio sheet. It also helps to register with local casting companies. Then keep an eye out for …

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There’s a new podcast in town,  dedicated to Albuquerque and all who love our city. Co-hosts Lindsey Dominguez and Ryan Freeman interview local business owners, artisans, dreamers, thinkers and lovers of the “Q.” Find out about all the cool spots to visit and new local businesses to support.…

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Competitive woodworking in the Duke City, because why not? You’ll have three hours to transform a five-pound box of scrap wood into a stunning product of woodworking genius. Compete for prizes and bragging rights, while you make something fun. The derby occurs September 21, from 3 to 8 p.m. …

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Changing your mind doesn’t come easily. But new facts could emerge that might persuade you to rethink your situation.

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Since Elvis Presley died in 1977, there have been five biography pics, four comedies and two crime dramas about him. Now the game’s about to change because Baz Luhrmann, Oscar-nominated director for “Moulin Rouge” (2002), will tell Elvis’ story from his rise as a poor singer to a global icon…

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Flowerpots are more than just containers for fragrant herbs, summer’s begonias or fall’s chrysanthemums. Grab a plain clay pot the next time you and your kids are at a nursery or garden center, hold it up and think of it as an artist’s canvas, waiting for your creative expression. Purchase s…

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This Mexican chair with its leather sling seat is known as a Campeche chair. The style was inspired by a Roman magistrate’s chair, which had a similar shape and sloping seat. More recent Campeche chairs were made in the 19th century in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, the Balearic Isles …

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“History has witnessed the failure of many endeavors to impose peace by war, cooperation by coercion, unanimity by slaughtering dissidents…. A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets.” — Ludwig von Mises

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Smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, GPS device — are you drowning in digital clutter? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spend more than 43 hours per week on a variety of devices, and nearly half (47 percent) have one or more devices they no longer use at all, a survey by Intel discovered. …

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Time is on your side this month. But anything left undone will need to be put into rush mode.

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I’ve seen pictures of the Dawson Mine for years: coal mine entrances, coke ovens, railroad coal cars ready to be sent the 137 miles to Tucumcari and the Rock Island Line. And I have seen old pictures of the town of Dawson, as well. And pictures are about all that is left. For this coal minin…

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The ancient Greeks figured out that Earth was round about 2,500 years ago. But the oldest surviving globe showing our planet was made in 1492 by Martin Behaim of Germany. The first globe to show the Americas was made in 1507. Early globes were made of paper glued to a sphere. The paper was c…

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I spent the first few years as a landcape designer learning plants and creating a plant list to use in my designs. But I’ve spent the past couple of decades removing plants from that list.

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After four decades in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning business, family-owned and operated Sunshine Plumbing & Heating Inc. has perfected their approach to business. “We treat our customers the way we would want to be treated — with fairness and honesty,” explains owner Joseph …

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When Dan Monaghan wanted to transform his backyard into his own personal oasis, he called the company he knew would serve him best — Southwest Greens, a local turf company run by brothers Scott and Steve Forster. And Dan’s experience with the skilled crew went beyond his expectations. “It wa…

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For many people pets are a part of the family. Owning a pet can be a rewarding experience, but also an important responsibility. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to help keep pets healthy.

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Many parents know that keeping kids’ rooms — and their stuff — sanitary can seem like a losing battle. Between the playdates, trips to the park and going back-and-forth from school to home, parents also worry about the amount of not just dirt, but also potentially harmful bacteria, living on…

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While most people might know that energy efficiency is an important consideration when purchasing appliances or mechanical systems for the home, you may care to consider how your interior design choices can also affect energy efficiency.

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Summer is a great time to ditch the gym and take your workouts outside to help you get into shape. Here are some tips to help you stay in shape and maximize your workouts this season:

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Clayton, in the far northeast corner of New Mexico and about 10 miles from the Texas border, is most famous for two things: the dinosaur trackway at Clayton Lake and the somewhat “botched” hanging of train robber Black Jack Ketchum. But the Hotel Eklund, a striking three-story stone structur…

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In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and …

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In today’s world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from.