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SPD officer in golf-club case stole pot, ex-girlfriend alleges

The Seattle Police Department, already investigating an officer over controversial actions that suggest biased policing, is reviewing a new allegation that in 2005 she took marijuana from evidence for her personal use.

Danny Westneat

520 toll payers’ lawsuit not exactly a surprise

The steady drumbeat of 520 bridge toll horror stories has finally boiled over into a class action lawsuit, exactly as a judge predicted it would, five years ago.

Cigar aficionados light up new effort to allow smoking rooms

For the fourth time since Washington state’s indoor smoking ban took effect, making restaurants, places of employment and other public places smoke-free, there is an effort to give cigar lovers state-regulated places to smoke indoors.

For math teacher, solving puzzles a perfect pursuit

A math instructor at Washington State University’s Vancouver branch campus was part of the 40-member team that, in January, won one of the puzzle-solving world’s most prestigious prizes.

Higher catch limits for halibut recommended

The International Pacific Halibut Commission is recommending higher catch limits in U.S. and Canadian waters for 2015, a 6 percent increase over last year.

Longest stretch of Eastside Rail Corridor opens in Kirkland

On Saturday, the longest stretch of trail on the Eastside Rail Corridor officially opens in Kirkland. It’s now open to pedestrians and bicyclists, but someday they may be sharing the space with public transit.

Simmering anger over Carlton Complex fire

With memories of a bad wildfire season still fresh, officials are seeking more funding and changes in approach.

Jerry Brewer

If Seahawks repeat, they’ll do what no Seattle pro team has ever done

The Seahawks are young, talented and cocky, but it takes luck to win back-to-back championships. How hard is it? No Seattle pro team has ever pulled it off.

Lynnwood’s Mikayla Pivec crafty, on and off the court

Royals’ 5-foot-10 guard is just as good at pranks as she is at honing her outstanding game. She’s enjoying an all-state kind of season for 15-1 Lynnwood and is averaging 21.2 points, 12 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.4 steals.

California smashes UW women

Reshanda Gray scores 27 points and California thumps Huskies 82-58.

Gonzaga women win their 11th game in a row

Sunny Greinacher scored a game-high 18 points as the Gonzaga women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to 11 games with an 85-63 victory over host Portland.

12 thoughts on the big game, now that it finally has arrived

In sifting through the rubble, here are some final notes, quotes and thoughts --- 12, in fact.

A glimpse of Patriots’ Tom Brady through eyes of teammates

The New England quarterback is lauded for his work ethic and attention to detail.

American Serena Williams wins her 19th major singles title

Top-ranked Serena Williams beat second-seeded Maria Sharapova to win the Australian Open — her 19th major singles title. Williams has defeated Sharapova 16 times in a row.

Boston writer compares the Super Bowl cities ...

And gives the edge to Boston, naturally

Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields elected to Hall of Fame

Class also includes contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf and senior selection Mick Tingelhoff.

Patriots’ Darrelle Revis takes long road to Super Bowl

The All-Pro cornerback from Aliquippa, Pa., is among the few players competing in the big game for the first time.

Pete Carroll, Seahawks focused on Patriots, not legacy, entering Super Bowl

With a win Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, Seattle would become the eighth franchise to capture consecutive Super Bowl titles -- the first since the 2004-05 Patriots.

Jerry Brewer

Russell Wilson vs. Tom Brady: They saw this Super Bowl collision coming

Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, despite their obvious differences, have a lot in common. On Sunday, Wilson will try to become the youngest quarterback to win two Super Bowls.

Seahawks back in the big game after dealing with many challenges

Repeating as champion is rarely as easy as it might look in retrospect.

Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor appears OK for Super Bowl

Coach Pete Carroll says the strong safety, who injured his left knee during Friday’s practice, “looked great” Saturday and is probably for the big game.

Secret to Seahawks’ cornerbacks success? They don’t dance

Seahawks’ cornerbacks have perfected an innovative step-kick technique that allows them to keep receivers in front of them and not react to their moves.

Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Super Bowl short of tickets and five-star recruits

Not one starter in Sunday’s Super Bowl was considered a so-called five-star recruit coming out of high school, according to 247Sports.

The Seattle perspective on this city vs. city silliness

Who wins? Let’s settle it on the field, boss

Big par-saving putt helps Martin Laird to a 68 and three-stroke lead in the Phoenix Open

Several young guns will be chasing the Scotsman in the final round at the Phoenix Open

More days to fish for Columbia chinook this year

This year’s fishing seasons are based upon a robust 2015 Columbia River spring chinook prediction of 312,600.

Jon Talton

Seattle vs. Boston on economic playing field

When it comes to the economy, Boston beats Seattle solidly, even though both cities are playing in the big leagues.

Seahawks taking a hit from Arizona’s ‘jock tax’

Arizona’s “jock tax” means the Hawks and Pats will need to pay up; Boeing founder’s yacht for sale; Sea-Tac airport passengers spend; and contest fan wins Super Bowl tickets.

What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend

There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Stocks sag at the close; January finishes on weak note

The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year.

Markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge

It's just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a strong earnings season into a weak one.

Shake Shack shares more than double in stock market debut

Wall Street went wild for burgers Friday.


Weekly spotlight on mutual fund performance.

Nation's Housing

Millennials jump into the mortgage market

New signs are emerging that first-time buyers are finding homebuying conditions are good and are getting them to shop and buy.

Money & Markets weekly review

Weekly roundup of stock market data


Will nursing care take all your money?

Columnist looks at the costs of long-term care, how far one couple’s assets would go, and the risk of not being insured for such care.

Your Funds

Would your fund win its Super Bowl bets?

The problem is that you could be waiting for prices to rebound, or prices to fall further, and there’s no clear way to know what is going to happen next.

India’s prime minister finds a partnership with U.S. suits him

Analysts say a closer partnership with the U.S. could help revive India’s economic growth and give it more leverage in dealing with China, the defining rivalry of this century in Asia.

Hedge-fund industry counters critics with data on performance gains

After management fees, hedge funds have made about $1.5 trillion for investors in the past 10 years, according to an industry lobby group.

Carl Djerassi, a father of ‘the pill,’ dies at 91

Carl Djerassi, a chemist who 63 years ago synthesized a hormone that changed the world by creating the key ingredient for the oral contraceptive known as “the pill,” died at his home in San Francisco on Friday.

Facing low ratings, Navy looks to boost its image

The Navy routinely places behind the Army, Air Force and Marines in Gallup surveys when questioned about which branch of the military is most important, so it’s taking a new approach to recruiting.

Hatfields, McCoys join to make legal moonshine in W. Virginia

Production of “Drink of the Devil” has been in full swing at a distillery on original Hatfield land in West Virginia, bringing batches to the nation’s store shelves using the original recipe of family patriarch William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield.

In digital-payment era, ‘suggested’ gratuities muscle in

The concept of tipping is expanding beyond the service industry, with new platforms that often force customers to give tips larger than the merited.

Sick sea lions in California washing ashore for third year

For the third year in a row, sick abandoned sea lion pups have shown up in alarming numbers on the beaches in California.

Unregulated backyard mining legalized in eastern Ukraine

In a region plagued by upheaval and misfortune, coal miners have found at least one silver lining in changes sweeping over their land. The rebel government has decided to allow private mining in Ukraine’s east.

Vatican initiative to study women’s issues has rocky start

A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women gets under way this week and will study women’s issues in ways that are utterly new for the Holy See.

White House seeks to limit health law’s tax surprises

Affordable Care Act supporters worry that the tax-filing season will generate new anger as uninsured consumers learn that they must pay tax penalties.

Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94

Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94.

Yemen president refuses to reconsider resignation

Yemen's president will not reconsider his resignation, despite pressure for him to do so by rebels who control the capital and who he says are holding him "at gunpoint," an official close to him said Saturday.

5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France

French authorities filed preliminary charges on Saturday against five men allegedly implicated in a jihadi recruiting network based in a small southern town from where about 20 youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Australian paper mocked for obit of ‘The Thorn Birds’ author

After an Australian newspaper’s obituary of Colleen McCullough opened not with a list of her myriad accomplishments, but with a description of her appearance, people across the world reacted.

California drought creating serious water-weed problems

California’s ongoing drought is causing yet another problem: Water weeds are choking the huge Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. Less cold mountain runoff warms the water to ideal temps for the weeds, and less current means the mats don’t get pushed downstream.

Libya oil production plummets as desert tribes clash

The tribal conflict over oil fields in Ubari is just one of many that have turned Libya into a caldron of warring factions in which the ultimate fight is between the victors and losers of the 2011 revolution — and who should claim the spoils.

Life of Italian nobility for sale, complete with regulations and taxes

Castles and historic mansions in Italy have long been family inheritances, but today dozens of them are for sale. Costs of living, owners’ shaky finances, cuts in government subsidies for historical properties and rising property taxes are ending an ancient tradition.

Navajo ‘Rez Metal’ bands look to uplift Native youth

In the small world of Navajo “Rez Metal,” Edmund Yazzie a member of the Navajo Nation Council, is a not only a participant but a leader, hosting concerts and touring with Testify, the four-man band he helped start in 2011. He’s the drummer.

New phase of space travel: to set sail on sunlight

It may sound as fanciful as the 19th-century Jules Verne novel that describes it, but sailing through space on the power of light has already been done, by the Japanese. In the U.S., the Planetary Society will test its technology in orbit this May.

Romney donors are being wooed to switch sides

With Romney out of the picture, Gov. Christie and former Gov. Jeb Bush begin the battle for money.

Texas billionaire pours millions into cure for rare disease

A Texas billionaire affected with a rare degenerative brain disease is funding an organized effort to develop treatments for it. With tens of millions to spend funding leading doctors and scientists, the Tau Consortium has made remarkable progress in five years.

Under Islamic State rule, life in Iraqi city takes grim turn

Seven months after Islamic State forces overcame and occupied Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, residents are living with mucky water, erratic electric power and a religious stranglehold on public life.

Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed.

Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author

Australia's main national newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight.

Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning.

Dueling narratives surround 'Suge' Knight in deadly run-in

As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder, dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law.

Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run

He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign.

The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Jan. 31.

Editorial: Legislature is at a crossroads for mental-health reform

Here are three ideas to improve Washington’s mental-health system that should gain traction in the Legislature.

Editorial: Senate’s Majority Coalition Caucus needs to be renamed

Stop the pretense of a “coalition” state Senate majority. Call it what it is: Republican control.

Guest: Peering into the depths of the Bering Sea canyons, it’s clear that protection is needed

Our oceans are in crisis even as we soak up their splendor on vacation, recreate in their waters and eat their fish. We must change course; we must act now, write guest columnists

Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist

The Internet of every damn thing

Potential problems arise with those very useful apps that need my personal information to do their job, writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop.

David Brooks / Syndicated columnist

The Middle East is not a chessboard

The Middle East is not a chessboard we have the power to manipulate. It is a generational drama in which we can only play our role, writes syndicated columnist David Brooks.

Trudy Rubin / Syndicated columnist

Ukraine needs military aid

It’s past time to provide Ukraine with defensive weapons to prevent further Russian aggression, writes syndicated columnist Trudy Rubin.

Concert review

Mike McCready, Chris Cornell and more: legendary lineup for symphony’s Sonic Evolution

The latest in Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution series was packed with a mind-bending bill of musicians and songs, writes Charles R. Cross: a reunion of Mad Season plus members of Temple of the Dog and a touching tribute to Layne Staley.

Book review

‘The Secret Wisdom of the Earth:’ hard truth in Appalachia

Christopher Scotton’s novel “The Secret Wisdom of the Earth” tells the story of a boy’s retreat to his grandfather’s Kentucky Appalachian town, and lessons he learned there about love, friendship and the nature of evil.

Rant & Rave

Love the “Go Seahawks” displays

Rave for loud and proud 12s; rant for rude high-school basketball fans

The game, Star Wars costumes, volcanoes | Community Corner

Community events for the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2015, include Family Football Day at the library, Star Wars and the Power of Costume opening weekend at EMP and Volcanoes of Washington opening day at the Washington State History Museum.

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Dear Carolyn

Godparent role needn’t be a child-raising obligation

If the unthinkable happens, it’s up to a godparent to make decisions in a child’s best interests — but that doesn’t have to mean becoming a substitute parent, Carolyn Hax writes.