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Travel Wise | Going on a summer vacation? Read the fine print first.

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 30, 2018, a sail boat maneuvers near a large cruise ship near Juneau, Alaska. The waterfront near downtown Juneau hums with activity this time of year, with cruise ships, sailboats and other vessels and float planes, used to ferry visitors to various activities. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer) OTK

Before you embark on your summer vacation, take a few minutes to read the fine print on your airline ticket, car rental contract, vacation rental contract — or any other contract the travel industry pushes in front of you. You’ll be glad you did.

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Monday, Sept. 16, 2019    Lines Only   LO    A Barred Owl sits on a downed tree roots above the pond at the Woodland Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum looking for prey.  Known also by the name, Hoot Owl, Barred Owl’s are native to the northern east coast but have expanded there territory to the west coast including Washington State.  211501

Ruling the roost

A barred owl, also called a hoot owl, draws curious onlookers Monday as it perches in the the Woodland Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum.