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    UPDATES with MILAN FASHION WEEK WATCH; SAVING PETS-ATLANTA ; MELANIA TRUMP-HOME IMPROVEMENT;AIRLINE AGENTS-ABUSE.

    CHANGES move date of TRAVEL-HUNTING FOR SCORPION to Thursday.

    CRAFTS

    PAINTING NIGHTS OUT _ In recent years, the interactive painting industry has become a global sensation. Around the world, adults can spend their nights out learning to paint in a relaxed, BYOB setting. Thousands of franchises exist to help us all unleash our inner creative. One of the places where it began was in a little studio in Birmingham, Alabama. By Molly Sprayregen. SENT Wednesday, 800 words, photos.

    TRAVEL

    HUNTING FOR SCORPIONS _ From LOST DUTCHMAN PARK, Arizona: As the setting sun left a yellow tinge on dirt-colored cactuses as far as the eye could see, park ranger Anna Roberts gave instructions on what we were about to hunt. "Scorpions know they will not kill us because we are much larger,” said Roberts, explaining that the animals’ first instinct would be to escape, not sting, and that fatalities from bites in the U.S. were rare. “So, you don’t have worry about that.” The light-hearted preparatory chat also came with a serious message: Don’t be dumb with scorpions, which move quickly on eight legs and have strong pincers and curved tails that carry venom. Everybody needed closed-toed shoes; the critters should only be picked up with tongs; and they should not be played with, a message I made sure my boys, ages 8 and 9, heard. Feared, loathed and admired, scorpions are invertebrates that have roamed the earth for 450 million years and are central players in desert ecosystems. By Peter Prengaman. UPCOMING Thursday, 1,000 words, photos, audio link to GET OUTTA HERE podcast.

    AIRLINE AGENTS-ABUSE _ In a government survey, more than half of airline customer-service agents say they have been threatened by passengers in the last year. By David Koenig. SENT Tuesday, 470 words, photos.

    FASHION

    MILAN FASHION WEEK-WATCH _ Milan Fashion Week opens with runway shows for Spring-Summer 2020 by Prada, Alberta Ferretti and Jil Sander. By Colleen Barry. SENT Tuesday, photos.

    EMMY FASHION-JESSICA HECHT _ “Special” actress Jessica Hecht headed straight to the atelier of Herve Pierre to choose a gown for her big night as an Emmy nominee. The decision was down to three, but a black and pink column look with blue embellishment captured her heart. By Leanne Italie. SENT Monday, 1,000 words, photos, video.

    BRITAIN-LONDON FASHION _ Various SENT Monday and Tuesday. With photos, video.

    PETS

    SAVING PETS-ATLANTA _ A nationwide program is providing aid to pet owners in low-income neighborhoods to reduce the number of animals sent to shelters. The Pets for Life programs provide free or low-cost animal medical services, supplies and food to clients in at least 27 locations, including Atlanta. The program was launched nationwide in 2010 and came to Atlanta in 2012. By Andrea Smith. SENT Wednesday, 400 words, photos, video.

    HOMES

    MELANIA TRUMP-HOME IMPROVEMENT _ White House upgrade: First lady's done a lot with the place. By Darlene Superville. SENT Tuesday, 920 words, photos, video. New audience version sent Wednesday.

    RIGHT-DRAWN TO DECOR _ RIGHT AT HOME: Hand-crafted is popular these days, and that includes the unique look of illustrated prints on wallpaper, textiles and other home decorating fixtures. By Kim Cook. SENT Tuesday, 600 words, photos.

    FOOD

    FILM-MORGAN SPURLOCK _ Morgan Spurlock takes a second bite of the fast-food world with a newly released documentary about the chicken industry, “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!" By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT Monday, 1,000 words, photos and video.

    MEXICO-CHILES EN NOGADA: From MEXICO CITY _ The first bite of chiles en nogada, a traditional Mexican dish eaten around the country's independence celebrations, sends a shiver. The salty skin of the poblano chile crunches, the pomegranate seeds that dot it explode between your teeth and the flavors combine to dance in the mouth. Almost instantly, the creamy walnut sauce permeates the meat filling, and just when your palate asks, "What is this deliciousness?" the spices kick in and your senses ask for more. By Maria Teresa Hernandez. SENT Monday, 600 words, photos.

    CABBAGE IS COOL _ Cabbage, that taken-for-granted vegetable, that sturdy dense staple of many a poor nation's diet, is finally getting the respect it's due. By Katie Workman. SENT Monday, 740 words, photos.

    GARDENING

    MOVING PLANTS INDOORS _ Moving houseplants indoors for fall and winter takes time and planning. Houseplants are typically tender tropicals and will freak out if you simply run them inside and plunk them down on a windowsill. By Dean Fosdick. SENT Tuesday, 570 words, photos.

    PARENTING

    BOOK REVIEW-HOW TO RAISE A READER BY PAMELA PAUL AND MARIA RUSSO. Reviewed by Rasha Madkour. SENT Monday, 600 words, photo.

    GENERAL

    NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-RETIREMENT MISTAKES _ The 6 biggest retirement mistakes, and 1 defense. By Liz Weston of NerdWallet. SENT Monday, 850 words, photos.

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    FOOD COLUMNS ADVISORY: The Associated Press is no longer sending “America’s Test Kitchen” recipes. The AP plans weekly articles about food and the food industry.

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    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

    FASHION: NY FASHION WEEK various.

    HOMES: DESIGN-WRIGHT-TEXTILES; NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-MOVING FOR TAXES

    FOOD: SNACKS-HEALTH; EXCESS APPLES; SMOKEHOUSE; WALLA WALLA WINE (See Travel)

    TRAVEL: GET-OUTTA-HERE-AIR-POLLUTION-TOUR; SAZERAC COCKTAIL MUSEUM; FOOD-WALLA WALLA WINE; MACKINAC ISLAND HOTEL SALE

    GARDENING: BEST TOMATOES

    PARENTING: MAYOR’S BABY

    GENERAL: NERDWALLET-ETHICAL SHOPPING; TOY HALL OF FAME FINALISTS; FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW-ELECTRIC OFFENSIVE

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    SPECIAL EDITIONS CALENDAR:

    Oct. 1 _ Pets

    Nov. 12 _ Holidays

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