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Once-common marine birds disappearing from our coast
From white-winged scoters and surf scoters to long-tailed ducks, murres, loons and some seagulls, the number of everyday marine birds here has plummeted dramatically in recent decades. The reasons are often complex, but for many the loss of forage fish like herring might hold a clue. Thu, 7/24
 
NEW - 09:44 PM
Bellevue BNSF site is choice for Sound Transit rail yard
Sound Transit decided its preferred location for a light-rail maintenance facility is in Bellevue, across the street from the planned mixed-use urban village known as The Spring District. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 10:45 PM
Derailment intensifies concerns over oil transport through state
A few cars in a 102-car train carrying crude oil went off the track beneath the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle on Thursday, but no oil was spilled. Thu, 7/24
 
Fight over Seattle parks plan heats up as Aug. 5 election nears
Supporters say Seattle’s Proposition 1 is necessary to properly fund the park system for the future, as well as knocking out a $267 million maintenance backlog. But opponents argue the plan gives too much discretion to City Council members and lacks routine community input.  Thu, 7/24
 
NEW - 09:28 PM
Investigator: Children’s hospital ex-hearing judge was untruthful
A report says an administrative judge in the state insurance commissioner office was untruthful and misleading about events that led to her suspension; her lawyers say the investigator cherry-picked facts and wrongly castigated Patricia Petersen for standing up for judicial independence.  Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:21 PM
South Park man charged in deaths of mother, stepfather
A 45-year-old man with a history of mental-health and addiction issues was charged on Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his mother and stepfather in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood last week. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 09:22 PM
2 critically injured in shooting outside bank in Central Area
A bank security guard and a 30-year-old man were critically injured Thursday morning during a fight over the guard’s handgun in a hallway outside a Bank of America branch in Seattle’s Central Area. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:28 PM
269 children from border surge taken in by Northwest states
Two hundred sixty-nine unaccompanied immigrant children have been sent to sponsors in Washington, Oregon and Idaho between Jan. 1 and July 7, federal officials say.  Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 10:32 PM
Dire weather never materializes over wildfire; many still without power
Lightning strikes that might have fueled the Carlton Complex wildfire never materialized Wednesday and Thursday, allowing emergency responders a moment to sigh in relief. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 09:38 PM
Federal Way man accused of threatening Obama to stand trial
A federal judge says Anton Caluori has been restored to competency and can stand trial for allegedly threatening President Obama and assaulting a Secret Service agent with a loaded shotgun. Thu, 7/24
 
Governor set to announce landslide commission
Gov. Jay Inslee and Snohomish County Executive John Lovick are scheduled to announce a commission to make recommendations on how to better avoid and respond to a landslide like the one that happened at Steelhead Haven. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 09:44 PM
Report: Coal trains planned for state carry issues, bring jobs
Puget Sound politicians call for investments in overpasses to keep traffic moving in the event 18 daily coal trains pass through the area someday. Thu, 7/24
 
3 killed in Walla Walla crash not under influence
Toxicology results are in for three teens killed in a crash in May in Walla Walla, and the county coroner says they were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Thu, 7/24
 
Man to face murder charge in Redmond stabbing
A man charged with fatally stabbing a 17-year-old girl in Redmond threatened to stab the next person he saw, according to court documents.  Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:26 PM
Feds ease concerns about migrant kids who might come to JBLM
If migrant children from Central America do come to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, local communities would not be responsible for their welfare, federal officials told local representatives Wednesday. Thu, 7/24
 

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 11:29 PM
As inmate died, lawyers debated if he was in pain
The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor's office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:29 PM
France sends soldiers to guard Air Algeria wreck
French officials have dispatched a military unit to secure the site in Mali where an Air Algeria plane crashed in a heavy rainstorm with 116 people aboard. Thu, 7/24
 
Judge argues for return of firing squads
An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation's third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:29 PM
Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands
Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:29 PM
UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed
A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:29 PM
Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor
Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him. Thu, 7/24
 
Dad charged after fallen dresser kills 2 toddlers
The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said Thursday. Thu, 7/24
 
Mother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast
A mother and teenage daughter have died of injuries they suffered in a fiery explosion inside their food truck earlier this month, authorities said Thursday. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 10:43 PM
House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit
Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written. Thu, 7/24
 
Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated
For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:24 PM
Ohio State band marches on after director's firing
The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director; a day after he was fired they're performing with the Columbus Symphony in what's often considered the band's unofficial season kickoff. Thu, 7/24
 
Alabama man claims penis mistakenly amputated
An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis, but a hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit. Thu, 7/24
 
Albuquerque agrees to court oversight of police
The city of Albuquerque has agreed to let both a court and an independent monitor oversee reform of its troubled police department, officials said Thursday.  Thu, 7/24
 
Arrest warrant issued for man with tuberculosis
Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who is contagious and has refused treatment, putting those around him at risk. Thu, 7/24
 
Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets
NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say. Thu, 7/24
 
Baldwin, LaBeouf share a role — defendant— in NYC
Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf never ended up sharing a Broadway stage as planned last year, but real-life dramatics landed both of them Thursday in a distinctly less celebrated venue: Manhattan criminal courts. Thu, 7/24
 
Bring back firing squads, judge argues; guillotine also ‘foolproof’
An influential federal appeals-court judge says lethal injection was a “dishonest” attempt to disguise the brutal nature of capital punishment and properly trained firing squads are a “foolproof” way to quickly execute an inmate and avoid complications surrounding lethal inje Thu, 7/24
 
How did the Arizona execution go wrong?
Here is a primer to help understand the controversial execution in Arizona on Wednesday and how it has again put the question of capital punishment in the United States under a spotlight. Thu, 7/24
 
Man run over by own truck during road rage
A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window. Thu, 7/24
 
Passengers tell Senate of rape on cruise ships
Passengers tell horror stories, from sexual assaults to major mechanical breakdowns, in hearing on cruise-safety bill.  Thu, 7/24
 
NEW - 10:41 PM
S. Korea lab fails to find out how ferry owner died
South Korea’s state-run forensic lab said it has failed to determine the cause of death for a fugitive billionaire blamed for April’s ferry disaster. Thu, 7/24
 
Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma
A skydiver from central Illinois was killed earlier this week while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers, authorities said. Thu, 7/24
 
Spate of plane crashes making 2014 deadliest year in a decade
Three crashes in the last week mean 2014 is becoming one of the worst for passenger fatalities since 2005.  Thu, 7/24
 
Texas getting wired for wind power
For years, the wind industry has been hampered by such a severe lack of transmission lines that when the wind is strong, a local power surplus forces some machines to be shut down. Now, Texas is conducting an experiment that might hold lessons for the rest of the U.S. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:29 PM
Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead
Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides. Thu, 7/24
 
U.S. weighs refugee status for youths from Honduras
The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. The plan would involve screening youths in Honduras to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. Thu, 7/24
 
Ukraine disaster in search of an investigation
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky one week ago on Thursday, thrusting at least 10 countries whose citizens were on board into the middle of a war between Ukraine’s government and pro-Russia rebels. Yet there is no sign of an investigation. Thu, 7/24
 
US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier
Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. Thu, 7/24
 
Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers
Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:24 PM
Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress
A man who saw a plane flown by an Indiana teen who was killed during an around-the-world flight attempt says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off American Samoa. Thu, 7/24
 
2 Texas football players charged with sex assault
Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:29 PM
Black boxes from Taiwan air crash investigated
Investigators on Friday were examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people. Thu, 7/24
 
Colorado gay marriage ban struck, appeal awaits
For years, gay rights activists in Colorado repeatedly said it would only be a matter of time before they would be allowed to marry. Thu, 7/24
 
JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins
President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins. Thu, 7/24
 
Judge: Why wasn't child murder suspect in jail?
A judge says an ex-convict accused of fatally shooting a 2-year-old girl in front of her father in suburban Detroit should have been behind bars at the time. Thu, 7/24
 
NYC police investigate another apparent chokehold
The New York Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after a video surfaced of another officer using an apparent chokehold on a suspect during an arrest. Thu, 7/24
 
US airlines to resume flights to Israel
The U.S. airlines serving Israel will resume flights there Thursday, following a two-day hiatus caused by combat in the Gaza Strip. Thu, 7/24
 
2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan
Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists. Thu, 7/24
 
Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance
The figures are important because the White House has only provided theoretical caps in the past. Conservative lawmakers and groups that are critical of the Affordable Care Act encouraged consumers to skip buying insurance. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:25 PM
Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens
Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation. Thu, 7/24
 
U.S. airlines to resume flights to Tel Aviv
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Woman: Backyard near turnpike is not a rest stop
A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols. Thu, 7/24
 
Gunmen kill female tourist on Kenya coast
A female tourist was shot dead in the coastal town of Mombasa, the second foreigner shot in same area this month, police officials said Thursday. Thu, 7/24
 
CBS event marks civil rights anniversary
A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division. Thu, 7/24
 
Alaska tourist train halts runs after derailment
A vintage rail company that hauls hundreds of thousands of tourists every year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush has suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that injured nine people. Thu, 7/24
 
Boss of company in China meat scandal apologizes
The chairman of an American meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald's and KFC. Thu, 7/24
 
Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel and Hamas. Thu, 7/24
 
Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing
A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death. Thu, 7/24
 
Democrats stand by senator amid plagiarism claim
Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on post-Iraq war trauma. Thu, 7/24
 
Egypt judge: Al-Jazeera team did "devil's" work
An Egyptian judge released his reasoning for harsh sentences issued against three Al-Jazeera journalists, saying they were brought together "by the devil" to destabilize the country. Thu, 7/24
 
FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport
The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. Thu, 7/24
 
Family: Teen pilot who crashed in ocean knew risks
The family of an Indiana teenager who crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight says he knew the risks and had prepared for them. Thu, 7/24
 
Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts
Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire. Thu, 7/24
 
Plane with Malaysia Airlines bodies leaves Ukraine
A Dutch military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday and a second prepared to go, while Australia's government dispatched 50 police officers to London to prepare to join a proposed U.N. team to secure the scattered wreckage. Thu, 7/24
 
Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge
Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones. Thu, 7/24
 
Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall
The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much the changes will cost and how they should be paid for. Thu, 7/24
 
Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work
After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Thu, 7/24
 
Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash
Stormy weather trailing behind a typhoon was the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people on board and injured 10 on the plane and five on the ground, the airline said Thursday. Thu, 7/24
 
US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade
Federal wildlife officials recently proposed strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species in an effort to prevent them from being introduced into the wild. Thu, 7/24
 

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Business & Technology

Amazon shares sink as quarterly loss widens
The Web giant posted second-quarter revenue in line with expectations, while losses exceeded Wall Street projections. Thu, 7/24
 
Bakery, lunch and tea help lift Starbucks to record revenues
Starbucks’ growing ability to draw people into the store for items other than a latte brought in record quarterly revenues and higher-than-expected profit.  Thu, 7/24
 
White-collar union at Boeing files age-bias complaint
The union representing engineers and technical worker has filed charges with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging Boeing’s approach to more than 2,500 layoffs since last year “doubled, tripled, and quadrupled layoff vulnerability for older employees.” Thu, 7/24
 
Zillow reportedly in talks to buy biggest rival Trulia
A deal would combine the two most-visited U.S. real estate websites. The news, from people with knowledge of the talks, pushed Zillow and Trulia’s stock up sharply. Thu, 7/24
 
Immune Design raises $60M in IPO
Seattle biotechnology company Immune Design said early Thursday its initial public offering of stock was priced at $12 per share, for an offering total of $60 million before costs. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:23 PM
Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare
The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller. Thu, 7/24
 
Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad
President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies. Thu, 7/24
 
Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.13 pct.
Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:23 PM
After much movement, stocks end where they began
Only Wall Street could make the buying and selling of more than 3 billion shares look like nothing happened. Thu, 7/24
 
Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit
AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US. Thu, 7/24
 
Dick's Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
The Dick's Sporting Goods chain has laid off 478 Professional Golfers' Association teaching pros months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 09:28 PM
Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar
Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. Thu, 7/24
 
Morgan Stanley paying $275M to settle SEC charges
Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $275 million to settle U.S. civil charges that it misled investors about risky mortgage bonds it sold ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 09:28 PM
Nokia sees brighter future without handset unit
There is life after mobile phones for Nokia. Thu, 7/24
 
US new-home sales plummet in June
Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy. Thu, 7/24
 
US unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in more than eight years. Thu, 7/24
 

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Sports

UPDATE - 10:13 PM
Jerry Brewer
Marshawn Lynch holdout puts Seahawks in a tough position
Marshawn Lynch has decided to take his demand for a pay raise to another threat level. Lynch will be the dreaded camp holdout. Until this complicated situation is resolved, the Seahawks’ bid to win another championship is in a fragile state. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:15 PM
Huskies QB Cyler Miles suspended for Hawaii opener
Coach Chris Petersen tacks on one-game suspension for quarterback’s involvement in post-Super Bowl incidents.  Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:27 PM
Mariners suffer third consecutive loss, fall 4-0 to Baltimore
Delmon Young hits a three-run homer and Baltimore scores all of its runs in the third inning to shut out Seattle.  Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:08 PM
Mariners trade for Kendrys Morales
The Mariners traded 25-year-old reliever Stephen Pryor to Minnesota for Kendrys Morales, a first baseman-designated hitter who played last season for Seattle.  Thu, 7/24
 
Sounders’ Jalil Anibaba takes opportunity and runs with it
Filling in for injured or otherwise absent Sounders teammates, Jalil Anibaba has played all three positions across the back line this season. He’s appeared in nine matches this year and started seven, including the last four MLS competitions.  Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:28 PM
Temeka Johnson triple-double not enough as Storm drops season-high fourth straight, 84-80
Temeka Johnson, filling in for an injured Sue Bird, gets 13 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Storm’s first-ever triple-double, but the Liberty prevails in overtime. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 11:17 PM
Cleveland Cavaliers sign No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, who can’t be traded for 30 days
Andrew Wiggins, the first player drafted this year, has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one. The Cleveland Cavaliers signed him to a long-term deal that pays him $5.5 million this season and prevents him from being traded for 30 days. Thu, 7/24
 
Jim Mora says he never considered leaving UCLA
Bruins coach says that he never was in the running to replace Steve Sarkisian at Washington. Said Mora: “UCLA showed a tremendous commitment to me; they trusted me by hiring me. I love it here. I don’t want to go anywhere.” Thu, 7/24
 
Michael Putnam, who is from University Place, shares Canadian Open lead
Michael Putnam, who is from University Place, and Tim Petrovic shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open. Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor was tied for third at Royal Montreal. Thu, 7/24
 
NEW - 09:35 PM
Chuck Knoblauch charged with assaulting wife
Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with assaulting his wife, and as a result will not be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame on Aug. 23. Thu, 7/24
 
NW Briefs
Michael Almonte and Michael Butler lead West qualifier of Washington State Men’s Amateur
Almonte of Fircrest and Butler of Sammamish each shot 2-under-par 70 at Gold Mountain in Bremerton. Thu, 7/24
 
UPDATE - 10:45 PM
Ohio State fires marching-band director after investigation
Ohio State fired the director of its marching band, Jonathan Waters, after determining he ignored a “sexualized” culture of rituals, including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts. Thu, 7/24
 
NFL
Ray Rice of Baltimore Ravens is suspended for 2 games
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for two games without pay for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy. Thu, 7/24
 
Vincenzo Nibali adds to lead by winning 18th stage of Tour de France
Astana cyclist Vincenzo Nibali of Italy won the 18th stage to add to his overall lead in the Tour de France, which ends Sunday in Paris. Thu, 7/24
 
Emerald Downs entries
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Marshawn Lynch expected to hold out of Seahawks training camp, Michael Robinson says
Marshawn Lynch, who threatened to hold out during Seattle’s minicamp last June but then showed up anyway, is expected to be absent when the Seahawks begin training camp Friday. The news was revealed by former Seahawk fullback Michael Robinson, who is now working for the NFL Network. Thu, 7/24
 
Next time maybe you should try Tom, Kyle or Richard
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On the Air
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NEW - 10:50 PM
Rainiers knock off 51s, 5-4, with sixth-inning rally
Ty Kelly’s go-ahead home run in the sixth inning powered the Tacoma Rainiers to a 5-4 victory over the Las Vegas 51s at Cheney Stadium on Thursday night. Thu, 7/24
 

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Entertainment

Movie review
A ‘Boyhood’ wonder: Growing up, literally, before our eyes
A movie review of “Boyhood,” writer-director Richard Linklater’s unique and immensely satisfying tale of a Texas family of four who grow up on-camera over a period of 12 years. It got four stars on a scale of four. Thu, 7/24
 
Restaurant review
Chippy’s: Classic fish and chips go upscale in Ballard
Chippy’s, chef Ethan Stowell’s upscale spin on a fish-and-chips joint, is already attracting a big, diverse crowd in Seattle’s hip Ballard neighborhood. Thu, 7/24
 
Seattle ensemble gives voice, music to Japanese silent film
Meet the Aono Jikken Ensemble, providing traditional accompaniment (instruments, narration) to showings of silent Japanese films since 1997. Their next gig is Deco Night at Seattle Asian Art Museum — July 25, 2014.  Thu, 7/24
 
Movie review
‘Code Black’: a heart-stopping look at an ER
A review of “Code Black,” a harrowing look at the understaffed, overutilized L.A. County Hospital emergency room. 3 stars out of 4. Thu, 7/24
 
Movie review
‘I Origins’: a curiously scientific love story
A review of Mike Cahill’s ‘I Origins,” the most romantic movie you’ll ever see in which gene sequencing is exhaustively discussed. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald grants it three out of four stars.  Thu, 7/24
 
Movie review
‘Lucy’ shows the dark side of being superhuman
Scarlett Johansson continues her string of not-exactly-human roles in “Lucy,” a short and zippy thriller. It got three out of four stars. Thu, 7/24
 
Movie review
‘A Most Wanted Man’: Fugitive becomes a target of interest
A movie review of “A Most Wanted Man,” an adaptation of John le Carré’s 2008 novel that focuses on a Chechen/Russian fugitive whose hefty inheritance interests several Hamburg citizens. It got 2.5 stars out of 4.  Thu, 7/24
 
Movie review
‘Burning Bush’ captures fallout of 1 student’s ultimate sacrifice
A movie review of “Burning Bush,” Agnieszka Holland’s enthralling four-hour drama about the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviets. It got 3.5 stars out of 4.  Thu, 7/24
 
Movie review
‘Cannibal’: fashioning a killer drama about an enigma
A movie review of “Cannibal,” a drama from Spain about a handsome tailor (Antonio de la Torre) with a monstrous secret. The film, exquisitely photographed, got 3.5 stars out of 4.  Thu, 7/24
 
Movie review
‘Siddharth’: Father’s search for missing son shows real India
A movie review of “Siddharth,” a harrowing drama about a father’s search for his missing boy and a stark, authentic examination of lower-working-class life in India. It got three stars out of four. Thu, 7/24
 
Movie review
‘The Pleasures of Being Out of Step’: a Nat Hentoff tribute
A review of the documentary “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step,” a warm and informal portrait of the highly respected and venerable jazz writer and First Amendment specialist Nat Hentoff. It got three stars out of four. Thu, 7/24
 
Arts fests on the Eastside, cultural fests in Seattle | Weekend Preview
Activities for the weekend of July 25-27, 2014, include arts and street fests in Bellevue, Hispanic Seafair Festival and Pista sa Nayon. Films opening include “Boyhood,” “Lucy” and “And So It Goes.” Thu, 7/24
 
Bing Crosby's kids recall dad's duet with Bowie
David Bowie's duet with Bing Crosby on the entertainer's 1977 Christmas television special left an indelible impression on Crosby's teenage children. Thu, 7/24
 
July 24 TV Picks: ‘Project Runway’ Season 13 premiere
TV picks for Thursday, July 24, 2014, include “Project Runway” on Lifetime, “Foyle’s War” on KCTS and “Working the Engels” on NBC. Thu, 7/24
 
Movie review
‘And So It Goes’ misses the comic mark
A review of “And So It Goes,” a movie directed by Rob Reiner, who knows how to make funny movies, but for some reason failed to in this instance. Moira Macdonald rates it 1½ stars out of a possible four. Thu, 7/24
 
At a Theater Near You
Japanese silent-film ‘The Lady and the Beard,’ ‘Jaws’ and more
Screenings during the week of July 25 include the 1931 silent-film comedy “The Lady and the Beard” at Volunteer Park Amphitheater; David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” at SAM; and the documentary “Cowspiracy” at Pacific Place. Thu, 7/24
 
Movie bargains
Here are some discounted movies and outdoor films showing during the week of Friday, July 25. Thu, 7/24
 
Happy Hour
Reader Q&A: boozy slushies and private rooms
We answer reader questions on where to get the best grown-up slushy in Seattle and renting out a private party room on Capitol Hill. Thu, 7/24
 

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Living

UPDATE - 10:34 PM
N.C. toddler a salmonella carrier after pets ate tainted dog food
Amy Hall turned 2 last month, battling a debilitating form of salmonella that, according to her parents, surfaces every two to three weeks and is expected to plague her for years to come. She got it from her family’s dogs. Thu, 7/24
 
Ciscoe Morris
What’s up with clematis and hydrangeas that won’t bloom?
A Q&A with garden writer Ciscoe Morris on a clematis variety that looks healthy but has never bloomed, and on hydrangeas that bloomed for a year or two but then stopped.  Thu, 7/24
 
Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate
Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises. Thu, 7/24
 
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Accidental eavesdropper gets an earful — about herself
Should she confront the mother- and sister-in-law who tore her down? Tell her husband? Or just let it go? Thu, 7/24
 
Cooking in small spaces, strategically
We’re talking about boats, but the space may be no different in recreational vehicles, lake cabins, a campsite picnic table, even in the “tiny house” movement. Thu, 7/24
 

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Travel & Outdoors

Glitch crashes global U.S. passport, visa operations
The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. Thu, 7/24
 
Don’t go near bats, Grand Canyon warns visitors
Woman let bat crawl on her; creature later found to carry rabies.  Thu, 7/24
 
European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights
Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Thu, 7/24
 

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Opinion

Editorial: EPA acts to protect Bristol Bay
The Pebble Mine project is bad news for a vital Alaskan salmon fishery and the thousands of jobs its supports throughout the Northwest. Thu, 7/24
 
Guest: Where are the U.S. ambassadors?
Currently, more than 40 U.S. embassies around the world are without ambassadors, threatening national security, according to Los Angeles Times guest columnists Claudia Kennedy and Stephen A. Cheney. Thu, 7/24
 
Ann McFeatters / Syndicated columnist
Historians will recall leaders’ inaction
It’s difficult to justify our outrage over the failure of the Palestinians and the Israelis to act in the best interests of their people when Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill can’t do it either, writes syndicated columnist  Thu, 7/24