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State lands chief breaks vow, takes timber-industry money

TIMES WATCHDOG: During his successful 2008 campaign to become state lands commissioner, Peter Goldmark pledged not to accept timber money. But he has collected about $100,000 from those companies, and environmental supporters are concerned he is growing too close to the logging industry.

Majority Leader Rodney Tom will exit, heating up battle for state Senate

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat who joined with Republicans to give them control of the chamber, announced Monday that health and family concerns will force him to drop his re-election bid.

State Medicaid audit suggests $17.5M overpaid

An audit of the state Health Care Authority says the program may have racked up an estimated $17.5 million in overpayments by contracted managed-care organizations to care providers.

Vet with no left leg to run in Boston Marathon

The first six times Edward Lychik told his physical therapist he wanted to run again, she was noncommittal, and with good reason.

2 women sue Boise State over sexual-assault response

Two women who were track and field athletes at Boise State University have sued the school, saying their complaints about sexual harassment from a star male athlete were ignored.

Twisp-area woman fined over theft of dog left out in cold

An Okanogan County woman must pay a fine and serve 100 hours at animal shelters as her sentence after she made off with a junkyard dog that was chained outside on an icy December night, then lied to police.

From slipping through the cracks to the college track

Between crisis management and clerical duties, school counselors — once the conduit to college — have little time to help students navigate a complex maze of higher-education requirements. The fix? Look beyond the schoolhouse.

Washington State Fair building destroyed by fire

One of the oldest buildings on the grounds of the Washington State Fair was destroyed by fire early Monday, just hours after the spring fair concluded Sunday night, spokeswoman Karen LaFlamme said.

Larry Stone

Replay is the right call for baseball, even if it’s taking a while to get it right

The new replay system is off to a rough start with delays and the wrong calls still standing, in some cases. But in the end it’s the right thing for baseball.

Mariners manager remains confident in Kyle Seager despite bad early numbers

Despite hitting .121, Kyle Seager says he’s confident his swing is close to producing.

Assistant coach promoted to take over Gonzaga’s women’s basketball program

Lisa Fortier gets head coaching position after being an assistant for seven seasons

How much better can Bubba Watson get?

By winning second Masters in three years, Bubba Watson will enjoy another green jacket but also face questions as to just how good his game can become.

Michael Phelps to return to competitive swimming

The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon expected to enter NBA draft

Gordon is projected as the No. 8 pick in the June NBA draft by Draft Express. If he’s drafted in that spot, he will receive about $5 million guaranteed over his first two seasons under the NBA’s rookie salary scale.

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Emerald Downs results

Racing results for Sunday, April 13

People in sports / Von Miller

After a rough 2013 season that began with a six-game drug suspension and ended with a blown out knee in December, the Denver Broncos pass-rusher showed up for his foundation’s inaugural event at Sports Authority Field Monday night 20 pounds lighter and with a rediscovered smile.

Seattle Times prep athletes of the week

Bainbridge soccer player Will Economy, Holy Names sprinter Imani Apostol and the Skyline boys soccer team are honored as preps of the week.

Sun gets Chiney Ogwumike, then gets rid of Tina Charles

The Sun acquired the Liberty’s fourth choice this year which turned out to be Alyssa Thomas as well as Kelsey Bone and New York’s first-round selection next year. Charles had told the Sun that if she wasn’t traded she’d sit out this year.

Ow, Canada: U.S. retailers get the cold shoulder

Target’s difficulties expose the challenges of doing business in Canada that have bedeviled other retailers. Some of the problems are old, like the web of costly regulations. But there are new ones, such as a slower Canadian economy and increasing competition.

Chances of getting audited by IRS lowest in years

As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.

L&L Energy seeks delisting from Nasdaq

L&L Energy, the Seattle-based operator of Chinese mines whose CEO was charged with fraud last month, says move could clear way for resumed trading.

Man with 1st name 'God' sues credit rating agency

A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God.

Cost of fighting warming 'modest,' says UN panel

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.

Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed'

The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview that aired Sunday.

Alaska Airlines is favorite among business travelers

Survey find Delta and United carry more business travelers, but they prefer Alaska

April 15 tax deadline no big deal for most

About three out of four taxpayers get refunds, and only those who owe money need worry about penalties for late filing and failure to pay.

In many cities across the U.S., rent is growing out of reach

An analysis for The New York Times by Zillow found 90 cities, including Seattle, where the median rent — not including utilities — was now more than 30 percent of the median gross income.

Kiev deadline for disarming in east Ukraine passes

Pro-Russian separatists on Monday seized a police building in yet another city in Russian-leaning eastern Ukraine, defying government warnings that it was preparing to act against the insurgents.

Feds to pursue effort to end dispute with rancher

A day after blinking in a showdown on the range, federal land managers pledged to pursue efforts to resolve a conflict with a southern Nevada rancher who has refused to pay grazing fees for 20 years.

Disgraced former city manager gets prison

The disgraced former city manager who became the face of a multimillion dollar corruption scandal in the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell was sentenced in federal court Monday to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion.

UPDATE - 11:14 PM

Judge considers staying Ohio gay marriage ruling

A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states says he's inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal, meaning most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate tangible expansion of their rights.

Drivers in California crash had clean records

Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records.

Pakistan police arrest 2 suspected of cannibalism

Police in central Pakistan arrested a man Monday suspected of cannibalism after finding body parts including a skull that may have belonged to a child in his house, officials said.

UPDATE - 11:03 PM

Police: Suspected killers wore GPS devices

Two convicted sex offenders dutifully checked in with police every month and wore their GPS trackers around the clock -- the rules of parole that are designed to tip off authorities if a freed felon backslides.

Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo

Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base.

Dutch arrest girl whose tweet threatened American Airlines

Post said it cam from an al-Qaida member in Afghanistan but had young woman’s photo, name

Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld

An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday.

Surge in use of opioid painkillers during pregnancy

Doctors are prescribing opioid painkillers to pregnant women in astonishing numbers, new research shows, even though risks to the developing fetus are largely unknown.

Ukraine seeks peacekeepers from U.N. for insurgency fight

A confused and passive response from Ukraine underscored Kiev’s limited options in challenging pro-Russian fighters and their backers in Moscow.

Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever tightening noose.

Feds revisit safety rules after Calif. bus crash

Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.

Official says sub will be used in search for jet

Search crews will for the first time send a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to try to determine whether underwater signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes, the leader of the search effort said.

UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

The U.N. Security Council met late Sunday in emergency session as violence escalated in eastern Ukraine, hours before a Monday morning deadline for pro-Russia protesters to lay down their arms or face Ukrainian troops.

Window opens on secret camp within Guantanamo

Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise the route on the scrub brush-and-cactus covered military base.

Editorial: Benjamin Nuñez-Marquez’ deportation highlights need for immigration reform

An Orcas Island community's fight to keep a trusted sawyer from being deported shows why Congress should pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Editorial: Scrub state PCs of data before selling

A spot-check of surplus state computers offers a caution to anyone who junks an old computer — data can linger even after a delete.

Guest: Map the runout risk for landslides like Oso

The long runout of the Oso landslide surprised geologists who knew of the slide risks. Guest columnist David Montgomery considers lessons from this Snohomish County tragedy.

What we’ve missed from the Boston bombing

Deep thinking on how we can confront the threat of terrorism is in order for the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop.

Dance review

PNB fields a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ team

A review of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which it has now performed more than 100 times.

Lit Life

A new bookstore owner for Greenwood, and a new home for ‘Lit Life’

Mary Ann Gwinn shares some literary news, including that in the print edition of The Seattle Times, the Lit Life column is moving from Mondays to Sundays, and that Jeopardy champion and author Tom Nissley is purchasing Santoro’s Books.

UPDATE - 11:41 PM

Aw, geez, 'Fargo' is on TV with Billy Bob Thornton

After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put "Fargo" on series TV.

UPDATE - 11:41 PM

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch'

Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch," already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country's top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia."

Restaurant week a tempting deal for college students

Seattle Restaurant Week is a chance for budget-minded college students to sample some of the city’s fancier fare.

April 14 TV Picks: Season finale of ‘Mom’ on CBS

TV picks for Monday, April 14, 2014, include “Mom” on CBS, “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC and “Bones” on Fox.

UPDATE - 11:41 PM

Judge: Michael Jackson's mom should pay costs

Michael Jackson's mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday.

Recipes: Passover would not be complete without matzo balls

Matzo balls are one of the unofficial joys of the Passover Seder.

NEW - 06:15 AM

Dear Carolyn

Kid-fatigued parents need friends’ understanding

But those who “just can’t leave the little one with anybody else” are taking it too far, Carolyn Hax agrees. She recommends some give-and-take on both sides when it comes to social get-togethers.

 

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