Great American festivals this season include bug summits and bull runs

Lentil. General admission is free of charge. Walker Art Centers Internet Cat Video Festival August 28, Saint Paul, Minnesota Now in its second year, the cats out of the bag when it comes to this frisky festival that highlights the Internets best cat videos. Crowds will be treated to a collaboration of films and live music as winners will be announced in several cat-egories, all leading up to the crowning of the coveted peoples choice for the Golden Kitty award, which will be followed by a dazzling display of fireworks. Reserved seating tickets are $10 (attendees must also purchase entrance to the Minnesota State Fair).
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Tom Bihn’s Synapse 25 is the perfect starter professional backpack

The other two pockets are found on the center of the outer flap. One is a simple shallow space for pens, keys, or other small objects. The last pocket however is big enough to hold a 1 liter bottle, making this pack perfect for bikers who don’t want their water hanging off a mesh side pouch. Functionality I took the Synapse 25 with me on several weeks worth of travel around the country. Even when completely stuffed the straps remained comfortable on my shoulders during long walks or waits in line. Getting through security checkpoints with my laptop was a breeze, as I simply needed to slide the Cache case out of my bag on its rails instead of taking it out and messing with another x-ray bin. When I was done with the check point my Cache slipped right back into my bag. Trying to reassemble yourself after a checkpoint can be a hassle.
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Weed Warriors fight invasive plants at Presque Isle

The program is funded by Pennsylvania Sea Grant. Pluta cut Oriental bittersweet alongside Weed Warriors Tuesday and later mapped their progress so that Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources crews can come in to spray herbicide on vines cut away from the trees by volunteers. “It’s the component that involves the community as stakeholders in the plan,” Pluta said. DeCrappeo, a retired computer technician, has been a Weed Warrior since 2012 but has been aware of Oriental bittersweet spreading through Presque Isle for some time. “About 10 years ago, when I was riding my bike out here,” DeCrappeo said, “I noticed these brown tendrils that seem to want to grab you.” The vine is believed to have been introduced to Presque Isle State Park about 50 years ago, Pluta said. DeCrappeo leads Weed Warriors to Oriental bittersweet strongholds at Presque Isle each Tuesday and Thursday, and one Saturday each month. “We’re all here because we want to give back to the peninsula and free up the trees,” she said.
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State of Decay Review (Xbox 360)

State of Decay made me terrified of losing even a single individual because I understood this lesson, and thus its as perfect a simulation of a zombie apocalypse as it needs to be. State of Decay was developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft Studios. It is available for the Xbox 360 through the Xbox Live Arcade. Dennis Scimeca is a freelance writer based in Boston, Massachusetts. His work has appeared on Kotaku, Ars Technica, Gamasutra and The Escapist.
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