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Game review: 'Mega Man Legacy Collection 2,' boosts difficulty and introduces new challenges

Parents need to know that "Mega Man Legacy Collection 2" is a set of platforming action games. Unlike the first collection, there are four games included in this set, two emulated ports from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and two downloadable titles designed in the style of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games. The four games come with simple controls, but this long-running franchise is known for extreme spikes in difficulty that will easily frustrate some players. While battle constantly happens between jumping and level exploration sequences, it's all between robots that explode when destroyed without blood or gore. Parents should be aware that this is the latest game in a long running franchise, which spans cartoons, action figures, and other products.

Entertainment

Book review: 'Refugee,' powerful page-turner sheds light on child refugees

Parents need to know that "Refugee," by Alan Gratz is a historical novel that braids the stories of three young refugees in three different time periods and settings: 1938 Berlin, 1994 Cuba, and 2015 Syria. The circumstances of all the kids and families are dire, and their journeys are fraught with imminent danger. The publisher recommends this book for kids starting at age 9, but due to the level of violence and peril, we recommend it for 10 and up. Though all three protagonists survive for the length of the story, all lose family members. Josef the Berlin Jewish boy gets beat up, as does Cuban Isabel's father. Syrian Mahmoud's home is destroyed by a missile, and he sees a dead man floating in the sea, as well as a soldier with a bullet in his head. Some in the book almost drown. But the book isn't gratuitously violent. It paints a vivid picture of the plight of refugees, and the kids and families seem both real and relatable, making this a good book for sparking family discussion.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Girls' night out at Innisfree

Growing up in a small town, I love the feeling of a close-knit community, where folks look out for each other, and everywhere you go, you're greeted by a friend. When Dan and I moved to our little lake cottage, we were thrilled to discover that this special neighborhood was just like a small town. People are friendly and welcoming. And, best yet, they like to gather together and have fun.

Home & Garden

Got a moment? 6 small-space decorating mistakes that take just seconds to fix

When you live in a tiny home, it's hard to know where to put all your stuff. That new pair of heels? I guess they'll have to double as decor on the mantel. That massive accumulation of books? Say hello to a makeshift side table. If you find yourself living in close quarters, then we don't need to remind you how tricky decorating can be in a small space, where maximizing storage, utilizing square footage, and creative organization hacks are of utmost importance.

Living

Tips, tricks, and tools to get your kid ready for kindergarten

If you're spending the waning days of summer prepping your kindergarten-bound kid for the first days of school, you're not alone. Kindergarten is a formative year for families, as kids acquire the foundational skills they'll build on for a lifetime (and parents learn the value of healthy home habits and encouraging independence). Here are some handy tricks and tools to help your kindergartners – and you – get ready for the school year.

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: Try dramatic black bamboo in your garden

The ebony stems of black bamboo are the perfect accent for that Asian-inspired garden you've dreamed of. This amazingly architectural plant bears all black canes that contrast with the bright green foliage. Dramatic day and night against the planes of modern architecture and colored walls, it's time we rediscover Phyllostachys nigra for transforming spaces.

Videos

Looking back: Stinky Cheese Man on Springer stage

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales opens soon in McClure Theatre at the Springer Opera House. Showtimes are scheduled for July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:00 p.m. and July 9, 16, 23 at 2:00 p.m. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid
Mike Haskey The Ledger-Enquirer
Looking back: Stinky Cheese Man on Springer stage 2:04

Looking back: Stinky Cheese Man on Springer stage

Doctor delivers a Romeo ... and a Juliet. What are the odds? 1:11

Doctor delivers a Romeo ... and a Juliet. What are the odds?

National Puppy Day: Puddin' Pop goes from stray to Puppy Bowl superstar 1:45

National Puppy Day: Puddin' Pop goes from stray to Puppy Bowl superstar

National Puppy Day: Meet Walter the puppy and Julia, the girl who teaches him sign language 1:31

National Puppy Day: Meet Walter the puppy and Julia, the girl who teaches him sign language