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Remembering the Waver

It’s more than a little touching that hundreds of Nevadans attended a memorial in Reno last week for Ed “The Waver” Carlson, who spent nearly 30 years walking the highway between Reno and Carson City, waving and smiling to passersby. Carlson may have died at his home in Iowa, but based on the outpouring of affection, a big part of him will always be in Nevada. –Ken Miller

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Closing another chapter

The bald guy in the red sweater is staring at the “This Barnes & Noble has closed” sign, but he’s still tugging at the doors at the closed Maryland Parkway location. Two old women in a black Elantra point at the boarded-up windows, before they park, approach and give the doors a tug. Yet another woman says, “I’m upset they didn’t say anything. And now I’m stranded. I can’t sell my house. And the only good thing I had was this bookstore.” –Rick Lax

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Free your photos

Buried on my computer are pictures of my best friend dressed as a pageant princess, my dog leaping San Diego tide pools and my boyfriend in a bow tie. Polaroid wants to set them free. At CES this week, the company is announcing its new Fotobars, retail stores where customers can turn camera phone pics and digital archives into works of art printed on canvas, metal or even bamboo. When the Vegas location opens later this year, my pictures folder is going to have a field day. –Sarah Feldberg

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