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Best way to see Niagara Falls is up close

Niagara Falls is nature at its mightiest. More than just a look at a waterfall, a visit is a full vacation surrounded by the natural beauty of the area and the luxury that has drawn tourists from around the world.

Living

The world's most beautiful boulevards find favor with 'flaneurs'

When my architect friend Westley visits Paris, he doesn't dawdle in the Louvre or climb the Eiffel Tower. Instead, he goes for a stroll. "I want to experience the city like the locals do," he once told me. "The idea of crowding around the Mona Lisa with a scrum of tourists just doesn't interest me." In other words, Westley is a boulevardier, a "flaneur," that great French word derived from the Old Norse verb "flana" or "to wander with no purpose."

Living

12 days to explore the ancient wonders of Egypt

Let's hope the "mummy's curse" isn't real. Because I'm sweatily crouching through a claustrophobic 125-foot-long tunnel inside Egypt's iconic Great Pyramid on my climb to its 4,500-year-old royal burial chamber. Dangling from my necklace is an amulet charm – the protective Eye of Horus – because you can't be too sure in this myth-mesmerizing land of powerhouse pharaohs and ominous gods.

Families

How to talk to kids about violence, war, and crime

Mass shootings. Nuclear weapons. A robbery at your local corner store. Where do you start when you have to explain this stuff to your kids? Today, issues involving violence, crime, and war – whether they're in popular shows, video games, books, or news coverage – reach even the youngest kids. And with wall-to-wall TV coverage, constant social media updates, streaming services that broadcast age-inappropriate content any time of day, plus the internet itself, you have to have a plan for discussing even the worst of the worst in a way that's age-appropriate, that helps kids understand, and that doesn't cause more harm.

Families

App review: Love Balls, despite being No. 1 on the App Store, clever puzzle game is ruined by overabundance of ads

Parents need to know that Love Balls is a clever physics puzzle game that's safe for all ages. Despite what the name might suggest, this has no inappropriate content. But it's very ad-friendly – there's always a banner ad running along the bottom of the screen, and full-screen ads pop up randomly after you finish some puzzles. You can also opt to watch ads if you want to earn some in-game currency. This currency, which you also earn by playing, is then used to buy new pens, balls, and backgrounds. Not surprisingly, there's an option to buy an ad-free version of the game. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

Entertainment

TV review: '13 Reasons Why: Season 2,' reveals more intense, dark subject matter teens may have difficulty navigating

Parents need to know that "13 Reasons Why" is an intense, dark Netflix drama based on the popular young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and is definitely not a light watch or for younger kids. The disturbing story explores a troubled teen's motivations for committing suicide, opening after the fatal event, with all appearances by deceased Hannah in the reflections of a boy who harbored a secret crush on her. Messages about treating people with respect and not taking others for granted are prominent, but the fact that Hannah blames others for her suicide is problematic and may send the wrong messages to some sensitive teens. The series doesn't shy away from mature issues, as Hannah's suicide is shown in great detail, as is more than one graphic rape scene involving a teenager. There's teen drinking, voyeurism (a boy circulates a picture of a girl in a compromising position after a sexual encounter), and lots of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and "a--holes"). While this challenging story could help parents start conversations with teens about issues like bullying, isolation, and depression, the way the series addresses these issues is complex and may be confusing for impressionable viewers.

Living

Get ahead of the summer heat with an air conditioner tune-up

With summer's higher temperatures just around the corner, now is the ideal time to schedule an air conditioning tune-up. Early air conditioner maintenance can prevent many small problems from becoming bigger, more expensive problems in the long run. Furthermore, scheduling your air conditioner checkup now will save you the long waits and higher prices that come with peak season heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) repair visits.

Living

A modern woman: pioneering architect Audrey Van Horne

SEATTLE – As a steadfast champion of straightforward simplicity – in architecture, and in life – Audrey Van Horne undoubtedly would appreciate it if we would just hurry up and get to the point already. Facts are facts. Complexity only clouds them.

Families

Game review: 'Trailblazers,' colorful, team-based racing game is super fun and unique

Parents need to know that "Trailblazers" is a downloadable sci-fi themed racing game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch consoles, as well as Windows, Mac, and Linux-based computers. While there's a solo campaign, the game has a heavy focus on working together with other racers as a team. In some cases, just helping your team get the win can be just as rewarding as actually being the first across the finish line. The game's easy to pick up and play for gamers of all skill levels, and is about as violent as a round of bumper cars. Parents should be aware that there are some bits of innuendo, with "damn" used occasionally in dialogue, along with some references to drinking, but otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: 'Deadpool 2,' nonstop violence, profanity, and adult humor in excellent sequel

Parents need to know that, like the original, "Deadpool 2" is bloody, raunchy, violent, and filled with pop-culture references that may go over even some teens' head. In other words, it's targeted specifically at older audiences. Expect tons of extremely graphic violence, much of which is close-up and very gory/gross: There's torture, decapitation, dismemberment, brutal hand-to-hand combat, and much, much more. Sympathetic characters die, and children are abused by authority figures. You'll hear "f--k" in nearly every scene, plus "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and a full range of other salty words. Adults also smoke, drink, and use drugs, and there are some sexual references, although fewer than in the first film (and there's no sexual nudity this time around – just glimpses of a bare baby butt and quick-flash shot of baby genitals, played for humor). Despite all of this, the story does ultimately promote teamwork, collaboration, empathy, and believing that people, particularly kids, can change.

Living

Ask Angie's List: What do I need to know when hiring a tree service?

The dawn of spring and approach of summer mean it's time to start hiring tree services to tidy up your yard. Of course, a good tree service company does more than just prune leaves and snip branches. Hiring the most qualified possible tree service professional ensures a longer life for your tree and a safer yard for you and your family.

Royal newlyweds leave the castle for procession through Windsor

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex departing from Windsor Castle for a short trip through Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, to the delight of thousands of well-wishers.
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