SAN FRANCISCO - When people hear the name Ed Hardy, they likely think of the flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing that rocketed to popularity in the 2000s, appearing on the likes of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and cast members from the reality TV show "Jersey Shore."

JOENSUU, Finland - Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland.

FRANKFURT - Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It's the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning eight decades since 1938.

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On the wings of the adage “build it and they will come,” downtown Penticton’s newly opened coffee shop and kitchen, Wayne and Freda, hit the ground running.

There’s nothing like summer in the Okanagan, am I right? Long, lazy, sunny summer days spent at the beach, in the hammock under a tree in the backyard or relaxing with a cold drink on the deck.

The Okanagan Rail Trail between Lake Country and Coldstream was a busy place last weekend with not only hundreds of hikers and bikers but trail ambassadors with the Friends of Okanagan Rail Trail (FORT) and a dog control officer with the North Okanagan Regional District.

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Christy Fox snapped this stunning photograph of Penticton’s waterfront from near the end of the Kiwanis Walking Pier while visiting this week from White Rock.

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Winners from the Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival did well after they advanced to the Performing Arts BC Festival in Chilliwack recently, where they competed in music, dance and speech arts with performers from all parts of the province.

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Allan Gee, an announcer at EZ Rock, won the celebrity rib sauce competition at the Penticton Rotary Ribfest. Here is his winning recipe:

OVERVIEW: Fiery Mars enters the sign of Leo so we will see strong egos trying to capture the spotlight as they see themselves as entitled to do so.

Wednesday was National Canoe Day so it was appropriate that a close relative of the canoe was the focus of the past week’s outdoor activities.

PARIS - Chanel's new chief Virginie Viard merged the worlds of two of its most famous couturiers, those of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, for a cerebral couture show in Paris set inside a huge circular library.

Wednesday was National Canoe Day so it was appropriate that a close relative of the canoe was the focus of the past week’s outdoor activities.

CHATSWORTH, Ont. - Seeking solace in enormous homemade cheeseburgers, coolers of cold beer and handfuls of Advil, eight old friends were nursing their wounds from the day's 36-hole marathon, the midway point of an annual three-day golf grudge match in southern Ontario known as the Chatsworth Cup.

OVERVIEW: Its a good idea to sleep in a bit longer if you need to recover; this will be a lesson for those who should cut back or quit. Discuss it with those affected by your behaviour. Take off rose-coloured glasses if you are expecting them to change. Know when to move on. There is still t…

Years ago, I nearly made a bad decision. I was asked to attend a pain conference and initially declined. The meeting was about treating pain and other medical problems with low intensity light therapy (LILT).

Almond, coconut, cashew, hemp, soya, rice, oat, flax, and, of course ,dairy. All types of milk, but which one(s) promote health and which promote health problems?

Sound of drums filled the air with young men in colourful traditional attire and women in multi-coloured saris greeted us as we entered Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji train terminus to board the luxurious seven-day Deccan Odyssey.

The Okanagan Rail Trail was dusty on Monday as our Okanagan E-bikers Plus group cycled the 53 kilometres from Woodsdale Road in Lake Country to Coldstream and back. The Trek Powerfly 5 e-bike and its panniers were so dirty that they got a water spray wash at home, but quickly dried in the hot sun.

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In the Middle Ages – long before the 4th Earl of Sandwich purportedly brought two slices of bread together to encase ingredients – the open-faced sandwich was preferred. Its influence still resonates today in versions traditional and nouveau.

PORTLAND, Ore. - So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace.

PARIS - The French capital, in all its splendor and architectural beauty, was the star of Paris Fashion Week Thursday as houses put on elaborate outdoor displays in some of the city's most iconic squares.

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