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Unease about Oregon first lady stalks governor’s re-election

With ethical questions surrounding the conduct of his first lady, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is campaigning to win an unprecedented fourth term. The controversy chips away at the reputation of one of the Northwest’s most prominent politicians of the past generation.

Tips on talking to children about school shootings

Tips for parents to help kids cope with tragic events.

What’s with all the mysterious art on Denny Way?

All Rise, a 14-month rotating installation of public art on Denny Way in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, looks to engage passers-by.

Work on Bertha’s repair pit halted after discovery of shells

It may take a week before archaeologists investigate the soil, where a deposit of shells stopped work on a repair pit for tunnel machine Bertha.

Games, road work mean slow weekend traffic

Road construction and home games for the Sounders and Huskies are expected to slow motorists in several Seattle-area locations this weekend.

Serbian FA:|UEFA awards Serbia 3-0 win over Albania but deducts 3 points

Serbian FA:UEFA awards Serbia 3-0 win over Albania but deducts 3 points .

UPDATE - 11:09 PM

UW QB Troy Williams will get first start against Arizona State

Redshirt freshman quarterback Troy Williams will make his first start for Washington on Saturday, against Arizona State at Husky Stadium. Sophomore QB Cyler Miles exited last week’s game at Oregon with a concussion.

UPDATE - 11:10 PM

Bryan Walters to miss Seahawks-Panthers game due to concussion

After one of the toughest games in a long time for the usually reliable Seahawks special-teams unit comes another challenge — the loss of returner Bryan Walters due to a concussion.

Joe Maddon opts out of his contract as manager of Tampa Bay Rays

After discussions on a new deal with the Tampa Bay Rays bogged down, manager Joe Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. He guided the low-payroll Rays to the playoffs four times in his nine seasons.

Offenses likely to light it up as Arizona visits Cougars

Two of the game’s most up-tempo offenses will try and pack as many plays as possible into four quarters of football Saturday at Martin Stadium. The Wildcats average 87.8 offensive plays per game. The Cougars nearly keep pace with the Wildcats, averaging 81.6 offensive plays per game.

Federal Way 35, Beamer 7

Chico McClatcher scores three touchdowns as Federal Way wins the SPSL 4A Northwest title.

    Percy Harvin says he’s happy to be in New York

    Percy Harvin was asked if he was ready to make his debut Sunday with the New York Jets against the Buffalo Bills.

    UPDATE - 11:10 PM

    Auburn Mountainview 17, Auburn 13

    Bitner Wilson scores with 31 seconds left to lift Auburn Mountainview.

    GameDay: Washington vs. Arizona State

    A closer look at Saturday’s UW-Arizona State matchup.

    Junior Ngauamo leads Kennedy Catholic past Foster, 49-0

    Junior Ngauamo rushed for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns as 10th-ranked Kennedy Catholic defeated Foster, 49-0, in a Seamount league matchup Thursday night at Highline Memorial Stadium. Kennedy must now beat Hazen on Oct. 31 to clinch a playoff spot in Class 3A.

    UPDATE - 11:50 PM

    Marcus Mariota leads No. 6 Oregon past California

    Marcus Mariota matched his season high with five touchdown passes and set the Oregon record for career passing yards in the No. 6 Ducks’ 59-41 victory over California in a Pac-12 game Friday night.

    UPDATE - 11:06 PM

    Newport 54, Mount Si 27

    Paul Wells scores four touchdowns as Newport clinches a KingCo 4A playoff berth.

    UPDATE - 11:08 PM

    Rafael Nadal to have season-ending appendicitis surgery

    Tennis ace Rafael Nadal, ranked No. 3 in the world, will have season-ending appendicitis surgery next month, ruling him out of the upcoming Paris Masters and the ATP finals in London.

    Russell Henley gets his putter going, takes a one-shot lead

    Playing for the first time since Sept. 14 at the Tour Championship, Henley one-putted 10 greens on the Seaside course at Sea Island and tied his personal best on the PGA Tour with a 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead into the weekend.

    U.S. women qualify for 2015 World Cup in Canada

    Carli Lloyd scored two goals for the United States in a 3-0 semifinal victory over Mexico, securing a trip to next year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada and a spot in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship final Sunday against Costa Rica.

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    UW volleyball sweeps Utah, improves to 20-0

    Libero Cassie Strickland had a career-high six service aces as third-ranked Washington beat Utah 25-22, 25-13, 27-25 Friday night before 2,958 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

    UPDATE - 11:18 PM


    Vancouver Canucks lose at Colorado

    The Vancouver Canucks lost 7-3 to the Avalanche in Colorado after getting outscored 6-1 in the last two periods. Jarome Iginla had two goals and an assist for the Avs.

    GameDay: Washington State vs. Arizona

    A look at Saturday’s WSU-Arizona matchup

    UPDATE - 11:10 PM

    Sounders-Galaxy features two sides of U.S. soccer debate: Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan

    Saturday’s Sounders-Galaxy showdown at CenturyLink Field could come down to a question that has defined an era of U.S. soccer, to the protagonists whose career choices have split fans for nearly a decade and whose divergent paths are intersecting for a grand finale. Clint or Landon?

    Failures in oversight worsened UNC academic fraud

    An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal's fallout.

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    Friday’s prep boys soccer results

    Boys soccer results for Friday, Oct. 24

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    Statewide prep football scores

    Football scores for the week of Oct. 20

    Thursday’s prep cross-country results

    Cross-country results for Thursday, Oct. 23

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    Friday’s prep swimming results

    Swimming results for Friday, Oct. 24

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    Friday’s prep tennis results

    Tennis results for Friday, Oct. 24

    UPDATE - 12:18 AM

    US stock market has best week in nearly 2 years

    The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies.

    New Apple tablets impress, but aren’t must-haves

    Apple’s new iPads, the iPaid Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, are the best tablets on the market today. Expensive, too.

    Decision time for Boeing pension-buyout offer

    Former Boeing employees who have not yet retired have until Oct. 31 to tell the company whether they want a lump-sum check in December or a monthly annuity payment that begins the same month, or reject both options.

    Jon Talton

    Europe’s economic woes are bound to hit home

    What happens in Europe can’t stay there, even in the Asian Century, because of the EU’s huge size and influence on the global economy.

    FedEx, UPS move to avert Christmas delays

    Last December, the delivery giants were caught off-guard by bad weather and a surge in last-minute online shopping. Preparations on under way to not go through that again.

    From sharp plunge to sharp rise; market ends strong week

    Volatility and sell-offs seen last week often provide a base for another move higher in stocks, market observers say.

    Low mortgage rates enticing, but impact could be limited

    This week the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 3.92 percent, and that is sparking a boomlet of homeowners looking to refinance. But it remains to be seen whether the uptick in refinancing will turn into an extended boom.

    Chiquita shareholders reject tax-inversion deal

    The vote against Chiquita’s plan to acquire Fyffes comes after a monthslong effort in which the banana producer tried to strike a tax-inversion deal, only to be foiled by the emergence of an unusual group of Brazilian bidders.

    Q&A with Patrick Marshall

    Consider better ways to back up your files

    Patrick Marshall offers advice on backup services and the pros and cons that come with them, and also answers a question about what may be a “trivial” issue or a malware problem.

    Enticing low rates, but impact could be limited

    With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing. It may even convince some Americans to buy their first home.

    Evenflo recalls infant seats to fix sticky buckles

    Evenflo is recalling more than 202,000 rear-facing infant seats because the buckles can become difficult to unlatch.

    Boeing shares fall on worries about 787 costs and cash flow

    The company’s third-quarter earnings came in almost 10 percent higher than the average forecast, but stock traders seemed focused on a couple of disappointing details.

    Chiquita holders reject plans to merge with Fyffes

    Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier.

    US new-home sales close to flat in September

    U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.

    3rd spacewalk in 3 weeks at space station

    Spacewalking astronauts doubled as trash men Wednesday, heaving an old science experiment and two antennas overboard at the International Space Station.

    Ebola fallacies spread more readily than the virus

    Flu viruses and Ebola viruses take different routes to the same biological goal: get into new hosts and replicate.

    UPDATE - 11:56 PM

    N.Y., N.J. governors impose mandatory Ebola quarantines

    Even before quarantine details had been worked out, a nurse who recently worked with Ebola patients in West Africa flew into Newark Liberty International Airport and was ordered quarantined; she was hospitalized after developing a fever.

    Parachuting Google exec sets record 135,890-foot fall

    Alan Eustace cut himself loose from a balloon near the top of the stratosphere and plummeted toward Earth at speeds that peaked at 822 mph, setting off a small sonic boom. “It was a wild, wild ride,” he said.

    Sweden ends sub search, closing book on intrigue-tinged episode

    Efforts to determine what caused the intrusion were to continue, including analysis of data collected from underwater sensors and sonars.

    NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror

    A brazen daylight hatchet attack against a group of police officers on a busy New York street was a terrorist act by a reclusive Muslim convert who ranted online against America but had no clear ties to international extremists, the police commissioner said Friday.

    Darth Vader hopes force with him in Ukraine polls

    One candidate in Ukraine's parliamentary elections hopes to bring voters to the dark side: Darth Alekseyevich Vader.

    Kerry says no apology to NKorea to free Americans

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged North Korea to release two detained Americans to build goodwill with the United States, but ruled out providing a U.S. apology to Pyongyang to win their freedom.

    4 consulates get suspicious packages in Turkey

    Turkish authorities say the consulates of Canada, Belgium and Germany in Istanbul have been evacuated after receiving suspicious packages Friday.

    Pro-Beijing lawmaker: Hong Kong leader should resign

    James Tien, leader of the conservative Liberal Party, has a reputation for being a rebel among conservatives.

    1st arrest made through use of pumpkin riot photos

    Keene police have made the first arrest as a result of asking the public for photos of the violent disturbances during a family-friendly pumpkin festival last weekend.

    Police: Man, 65, kicked 102-year-old woman in shin

    Police have charged a 65-year-old western Pennsylvania man with kicking a 102-year-old woman in the shin when he was visiting his mother in a nursing home.

    Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

    Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet -- though she kept things traditional, signing off with "Elizabeth R."

    Stone tools reveal ancient settlement very high in Andes

    The air was thin, the nights were cold, the sun could easily burn the skin. But about 12,000 years ago, small groups of hunter-gatherers found a home very high up in the Peruvian Andes.

    Hawaii lava flow speeds up, heads toward small town

    Molten flow from a volcanic cone within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is advancing upon the community of Pahoa.

    Miss Uganda contestants compete in farming

    When the Miss Uganda contestants arrived at this sprawling farm outside Kampala, they quickly realized their high-heels would not be useful. So they put on gumboots and strutted awkwardly as they took turns learning how to milk a cow.

    US to pay Philippines $2M after Navy damaged coral reef

    A Philippine official says the United States will pay 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef last year.

    WHO: Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready in 2015

    The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March.

    1st Ebola case in W. African nation of Mali

    Mali reported its first case of Ebola late Thursday, marking a major setback for West African efforts to contain the deadly virus that now has affected six countries in the region and left nearly 5,000 dead.

    After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

    A doctor who became New York City's first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation's most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.

    Canadians seek to understand Parliament shooting

    Government leaders gathered in a show of resolution a day after a deadly attack on Canada's Parliament, as authorities and everyday Canadians sifted through confounding shards of the gunman's life seeking to understand what motivated the man to storm the nation's seat of power.

    Cloning whistle-blower: little change in S. Korea

    The whistle-blower who exposed breakthrough cloning research as a devastating fake says South Korea is still dominated by the values that allowed science fraudster Hwang Woo-suk to become an almost untouchable national hero.

    Dad: White House jumper has 'mental health' issues

    The latest person to climb over the White House fence had the paranoid belief he was being watched by cameras and had previously been arrested at the executive mansion, his father said.

    NKorea signals US must apologize to free detainees

    After an American was released from North Korean custody, the attention has now focused on two other U.S. citizens still in its jails, and at least one North Korean legal expert has some unusual advice to offer: let Washington formally apologize to Pyongyang, and the country's leader will consider pardoning them.

    Solar flare knocks out some radio temporarily

    Federal forecasters say a brief but strong solar flare Wednesday morning temporarily blacked out a few radio communication systems before weakening.

    Swiss scientists determine comet's 'perfume'

    Rotten eggs, horse urine, formaldehyde, bitter almonds, alcohol, vinegar and a hint of sweet ether.

    UPDATE - 11:24 PM

    Eric Dunham, owner of celebrated winery

    Walla Walla winemaker Eric Dunham died Thursday in Cannon Beach, Ore., at age 44.

    Editorial: Another American released from North Korea, so why not Kenneth Bae?

    North Korea released one U.S. citizen this week. The reclusive regime should also return Kenneth Bae to his family. The former Washington state resident is nearing two years in captivity.

    Guest: Dispelling the myths of ageism ­— older workers are highly employable

    Urge Congress to place ageism on par with discrimination based on race, gender and religion, writes guest columnist Tony Provine.

    Guest: World must pressure North Korea on human rights

    North Korea’s release of American Jeffrey Fowle and other developments signals the government is concerned about how the world views it, write guest columnists Katrina Lantos Swett and Mary Ann Glendon.

    We have much to learn about homegrown terrorism

    The most chilling twist in the new cyber jihadism is: targeting young girls with the lure of false romance, writes Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez.

    Book review

    Cyberpunk author William Gibson pens dazzling ‘Peripheral’

    William Gibson’s latest novel, “The Peripheral,” merges past, present and future, in the rural South and quasi-contemporary London, in a dazzling tale of murder and alternate realities. Gibson appears Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Seattle’s University Book Store.

    Mathew Wright ushers in new ArtsWest era with ‘Dogfight’

    Mathew Wright, the new artistic director of West Seattle’s ArtsWest Playhouse, opens the company’s new season with the musical “Dogfight.”

    Theater review

    ‘Vanya and Sonia ... ’ gives Chekhov a twist at ACT Theatre

    A review of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” by Christopher Durang, at Seattle’s ACT Theatre.

    Art review

    A taste of ‘Home Depot Baroque’ at Suyama Space

    A new piece at Suyama Space in Seattle’s Belltown, “Never Finished,” is alight with hundreds of fluorescent tubes that offer a buzzy contrast to the venue’s rustic interior.

    Bill Irwin visits Seattle Beckett Festival

    There are several events remaining in the citywide homage to dramatist Samuel Beckett, including an Oct. 27 lecture-performance by Bill Irwin.

    Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy solve a mystery in ‘Pemberley’ on PBS

    “Death Comes to Pemberley,” an adaptation of P.D. James’ 2011 mystery novel of the same name, plunges the now-married pair from “Pride and Prejudice” into murder. The 2-part drama airs on consecutive Sundays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, on PBS.

    Dining Deal

    Mary’s Kitchen: Move over Ezell’s, there’s a new head chicken in town

    The chicken at the new Cascade takeout window Mary’s Kitchen is among the best in town.

    NWSO season blasts off with ‘Planets,’ spaced-out images

    Northwest Symphony Orchestra will perform Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” on Oct. 25, with accompanying images on a big screen from NASA and local astrophotographer Andy Ermolli.

    A review of ‘Constantine’; Frank Langella joins ‘The Americans’

    A TV-news roundup: the new NBC comic-book hero drama is a show still in search of its soul; veteran actor Langella will join FX’s Cold-War drama; and “Gotham” tops Video on Demand ratings.

    Dance review

    Amy O’Neal transforms hip-hop dance to concert art at OtB

    A review of “Opposing Forces,” by Seattle choreographer Amy O’Neal at On the Boards.

    Oct. 24 TV Picks: ‘Constantine’ series premiere on NBC

    TV picks for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, include the new “Constantine” on NBC, “The Amazing Race” on CBS and “America’s Next Top Model” on The CW.

    SSO presents Mozart’s Requiem Oct. 30-Nov. 2

    Seattle Symphony, the Symphony Chorale and vocal soloists will perform one of Mozart’s best-loved and most heartfelt works on Oct. 30, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, 2014.

    NEW - 11:12 AM

    Fit for Life

    Stretches to ease the pain of flying

    Sitting for long periods is bad for us. It slows blood circulation to the legs, shortens hip flexors and weakens the back, core and glutes.

    NEW - 12:03 PM

    PNW Magazine

    South Africa aims to live the dream of equality for all

    The country’s new constitution bans discrimination, including against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people, making South Africa the first on this overwhelmingly homophobic continent — and one of the few in the world — to do so.

    NEW - 11:02 AM

    The Natural Gardener

    A guide to the 60 best Northwest gardens

    You’ll find not only a fine, concise introductory essay on the history of gardens in our region, but also photos, descriptions and details sure to lure you out to visit gardens new and familiar.

    NEW - 12:11 PM

    Northwest Living

    Home is the real treasure after traveling the world

    Photo safari leader Joe Van Os built for himself a home that screams “Eddie Bauer meets Godzilla.” As he says, “I wanted a Northwest home with a big Japanese influence.” Designed by architect Stephen Bobbitt.

    NEW - 12:11 PM


    Make a comforting casserole from South Africa

    Bobotie, a minced-meat casserole from South Africa, strikes a balance between nursery food and exotic dining in a way that will make just about everyone happy.

    NEW - 10:12 AM

    Now & Then

    Seattle’s waterfront after the Great Fire

    The city’s Great Fire of June 6, 1889, burned everything on the waterfront south of University Street. The fire was ignited by a volatile mix of upset boiling glue and carpenter’s shavings.

    NEW - 11:26 AM

    The Grapevine

    Stops still popular on the ‘Sideways’ trail

    Beyond the movie’s glow, Santa Ynez Valley wine shines.

    Dear Carolyn

    When is best time to tell kids they have another sibling?

    Husband is willing to reveal his secret, but wife doesn’t want to tell their children.