For the first time this season, Kyrie Irving took the floor in front of his own team’s fans.

Regardless of where you fall on the side of vaccinations and mandates and rights and choices and whatever other hot-button issue that connects all those dots, normalcy finally returned to Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That cannot be denied. That is something everyone craved in this strange and divisive drama that swallowed one of the game’s finest talents for several months. And normalcy should always be celebrated and welcomed, right?

It’s no surprise, then, that Nets guard Kyrie Irving received precisely that reception from the thousands of judges inside the arena Sunday when his sneakers finally touched the home floor for the first time this season.

Yes, admittedly, those pro-Nets fans came with a not-so-hidden agenda — they want the Nets to win a title. And that’s not happening without Irving, a player

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Gardening tools are essential not only for your safety and comfort but also for productivity. With the right tools in hand, you’ll be able to work more efficiently and effectively, yielding bigger and healthier harvests.

What’s more, the ease and peace of mind they provide will allow you to reap all of gardening’s physical and psychological health benefits.

Designer gardening tools with turquoise blades
Sharp garden tools work more efficiently, effectively, and save you energy. (DepositPhotos)

As you move through this checklist of essential gardening tools, keep in mind that different products offer a wide selection of features, as well as varying degrees of quality.

How tall are you? Can you kneel to work? How large is your garden?

These are just a few questions to ask yourself as you move through all your options.

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Pay close attention to air and soil when gardening. (©maryviolet, Adobe Stock Photos)

1. Gardening Gloves

A good pair of

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FESTUS — Ciara McDonald likes to gather her thoughts away from the screaming masses.

When inside a stadium environment, with all the noise and chaos swirling around her, the Festus High sophomore can lose her focus.

But at the javelin throwing area Saturday morning during Festus’ McCullough-Douglas Invitational track and field meet, the serene nature of the environment helped calm the raging tempest in her mind.

“It’s actually really nice,” McDonald said. “I like to throw when it’s quiet.”

McDonald threw her way to the girls javelin title with a mark of 32.26 meters.

She was one of two throwers to break the 30-meter mark, beating Summit’s Kyleigh Villarreal (30.98 meters). 

“It was nice to get a win at home,” McDonald said. “Being a freshman last year, I was up against a lot of seniors and I had a lot of pressure. Coming out and knowing what I’m capable of

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The coughing. The sneezing! It can leave you searching for relief.

And eventually, it can lead you to look at your home as a source. What can you do to make your home a little more friendly towards keeping you feeling your best? A little research may lead you to your flooring – it’s a great place to start.

Hypoallergenic means a product contains few allergy-producing substances known as allergens. They have been proven not to trigger allergic reactions.

Combine it with flooring – hypoallergenic flooring – and you create a base that allows you to have a room you can live in all the while feeling your best.

Some flooring materials are better than others.

Getting to the root of the hypoallergenic movement

Before we start discussing hypoallergenic flooring choices, we thought we’d dive deep into understanding hypoallergenic a bit more, since it’s a relatively new term. You might

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Jared Smith’s reaction looked familiar. The senior sabre notched the fifth touch of his bout, clinching victory over Stanford’s Donghwan Park. He ripped off his mask, turning around with a yell to celebrate with fellow sabre and sophomore Luke Linder. Both Irish sabres were vocal all weekend, emitting loud yells upon each victory. So, from an onlooker’s perspective, not much changed. And for a second, it was business as usual for Smith.

Of course, he didn’t realize he had just clinched the national championship for the Irish.

“Funnily enough, I thought Luke clinched it the bout before. So I went in, cool and relaxed,” Smith laughed. “I just did my job, won my bout, and then [Irish epeeist] Stephen [Ewart] pointed out that it was the clinching bout, and it was an incredible moment.”

The true celebration followed a moment later, as Smith raised his arms out to the cheering

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