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Kicking it in England

I've been a fan of the Liverpool Football Club since college, so I didn't expect to be excited as I walked through the players' tunnel at Old Trafford, holy ground for fans of rival Manchester United.

Travel

East Tennessee vacation haven still thriving in wake of wildfires

It's a spectacular drive northward along Highway 441 from small town of Cherokee on the North Carolina side of Smoky Mountains National Park to Gatlinburg on the Tennessee side. In the lower elevations, the spring wildflowers of mid-March - mostly trillium - pop from the ground, offering bits of color that soon disappear the higher we climb toward 5,046-foot Newfound Gap at the center of the park. At the highest elevations, patches of snow and ice among the fir and spruce trees prove that winter still hangs on.

Family

Game review: 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' has positive messages amid mature content

Parents need to know that "Mass Effect: Andromeda" is a sci-fi role-playing game with mature themes involving sex, drugs, alcohol, and profanity, as well as a good deal of bloody violence where the player's character wields a variety of guns, both traditional and fantastical. It stars a hero (or heroine) faced with many difficult situations and decisions that rarely have black and white answers. The choices made by the player inform a complex, multi-linear narrative that explores a broad range of themes to do with politics and betrayal, family and friendship, courage and responsibility.

Home & Garden

Wallpapers from Brett Design pack serious punch

Take one look at Brett Beldock's dramatic wallpaper, and it's no surprise to learn the New York-based interior and product designer has a background in fashion. In fact, an eye for color, texture, material and scale clearly informs all her work for Brett Design, from luxe seating, tables and casegoods to a line of custom rugs for Doris Leslie Blau.

Family

Head off to summer camp with these kid-approved essentials

Summer is right around the corner, which means children all over will soon be preparing to head off to summer camp. To help parents get a head start on their packing list, we've rounded-up a few of our favorite camp essentials to make sure your child has the best summer ever.

Home & Garden

5 small household changes that will reduce your carbon footprint

Environmental awareness is becoming more and more of a priority to most Americans. We bring canvas bags to the grocery store, ditch paper towels for washable cloths and use ride share transportation apps. Regardless, our society is slowly shifting towards more environmentally-friendly ways with the mentality that if we don't take care of our world, who will?

Videos

Making chicken rice in the old days

L.W. Paul Living History Farm gave a demonstration Thursday to the public on how farm families made chicken rice from 1900 to 1955. Farm staff also showed wood cutting tools. The simple dish consists of chicken, rice, water, lard, onion, salt and pepper.
Aria Hangyu Chen ahchen@mcclatchy.com / Twitter: @aria_chy
Making chicken rice in the old days 2:17

Making chicken rice in the old days

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy 2:42

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy

Thanksgiving dinner table: food and gratitude 2:00

Thanksgiving dinner table: food and gratitude

Frying turkeys: how to do it safely 1:14

Frying turkeys: how to do it safely