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No small mission at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park

On a spring morning in high, dry southern Washington, a bright yellow bus rumbled to a stop in a lot at the Hanford Site near the Columbia River. The fourth-graders of Orchard Elementary School in nearby Richland, Wash., were about to see one of this nation's newest historical parks, surrounded by a valley filled with sagebrush, eagles and elk.

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Miami Beach � America's sexiest metropolis

This just may be America's sexiest city - a symphony of sand, surf and sherbet-colored sunrises set to a sassy salsa beat. It is palm trees and pulsating nightlife; torpid days and tropical nights; shimmering pools and shimmying revelers.

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Nuclear weapons timeline

"Nuclear weapon" is a broad term for any weapon involving a reaction among atomic nuclei. An atomic bomb is one kind of nuclear bomb; a hydrogen (or thermonuclear) bomb is another kind that's more powerful.

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One park, three sites

Besides the Hanford Site, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/mapr) includes two locations that are owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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History lessons at the Hanford Site

On our last family road trip to the Pacific Northwest, my wife and I drove a big loop with our daughter, then 6. We hit Seattle and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. On the way south toward Portland, we stopped at Walla Walla in southeastern Washington. Nice people, pleasant wineries.

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Former gymnast uses skills in Cirque du Soleil production

Thomas Hubener rehearses for his role in Cirque du Soleil show, “Toruk - The First Flight,” Thursday at the Sprint Center. Hubener, a gymnast now turned performer, uses many of the skills he learned as an athlete to thrill audiences. The performer allowed The Star to place a GoPro camera on him as he went through practice. The show was inspired by James Cameron’s “Avatar,” and opened Thursday at the Sprint Center and runs through Sunday. The show envisions a world set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film. The word Toruk, in the Na’vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx, the predator that rules the Pandoran sky.

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