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Barista-stand owner faces prostitution charge

The owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts, according to local prosecutors.

Taxpayers help workers plug into new job world

Chris Fering, of Seattle, is making a midlife career change to become an emergency-room nurse. Taxpayers are helping him make the switch.

Serial stalking? Man faces trial in 5th case, involving 5th woman

Ibrahim Adam has two convictions for gross misdemeanor stalking and one for felony stalking involving four different women he professed to love. He’s expected to stand trial this month for allegedly stalking his former defense attorney, who represented him in a stalking case last year.

Jerry Large

Young pair practice essence of citizenship

Two people turn angst to activism, continuing the tradition of students organizing for social change.

What’s open, closed for Labor Day

Here’s a guide to what’s open, closed or operating on different schedules on the Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 1.

Coastal quake risk: Japan on watch, Northwest ‘essentially blind’

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is as dangerous as offshore faults in Japan, but there’s a lack of earthquake-monitoring instruments on the ocean floor in the Pacific Northwest.

Nicole & Co.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: ‘I still jump into puddles in the rain’

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson retains a childlike love of the physical world. In advance of two sold-out nights at the Paramount Theatre, he talks stars, GMOs and his love of the night sky.

Dustin Ackley’s home run helps Mariners beat Nationals, 5-3

Dustin Ackley’s three-run home run in the fifth inning allows Mariners to salvage series finale against the Nationals.

Bud Withers

UCLA’s struggles, USC’s dominance highlight Week 1 in Pac-12

The Bruins, thought to be the class of the Pac-12 South, looked lifeless offensively with a couple of linemen missing in their 28-20 win at Virginia.

When Husky offense lags, the defense steps up

With the UW offense shut out in the second half, the Huskies’ veteran defense prevented this from being a lost trip.

For Bothell QB Ross Bowers, a big loss turned into a bigger gain

Bothell QB Ross Bowers worked hard after a sour performance in the state quarterfinals last year. It paid off. He has committed to California and this summer participated in EA Sports Elite 11, the nation’s premier QB camp.

Liberty running back Russell Boston wants to climb to the top

Boston led KingCo 3A/2A in all-purpose yards during the 2013 regular season with 1,028 yards. As a senior, he leads his team by example.

Fred Couples shoots a 61, then wins playoff in Champions Tour event

Seattle native Fred Couples won the 50-and-older Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta, in dramatic fashion. Couples chipped in for an eagle on No. 18 for a course-record, 9-under 61 and beat Billy Andrade with a tap-in birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Caroline Wozniacki outlasts Maria Sharapova in U.S. Open tennis match

Caroline Wozniacki beat Maria Sharapova 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first quarterfinal in a Grand Slam tennis tournament in more than two years.

No. 9 hitter Brad Miller gets things started for Mariners

Seattle’s scoring rallies Sunday afternoon began at the unlikeliest of sources: The No. 9 spot.

Sam cut from Rams, but may still have NFL future

Not long after Michael Sam waved to an adoring crowd at Missouri's season opener, he looked down at his cell phone.

Bellevue grad Stephen Schilling ‘pretty excited’ about making Seahawks’ 53-man roster

Stephen Schilling, the former Bellevue High and Michigan standout, earned a spot on the offensive line in part because of his versatility to play both guard and center.

Chicks Special Angel wins at Emerald Downs

Chicks Special Angel won the $64,530 Bank of America Quarter Horse Challenge at Emerald Downs in Auburn on Sunday.

2014 prep football preview: KingCo 3A/2A

With KingCo crown usually a formality, Bellevue is eyeing the school’s 13th state title.

2014 prep football preview: KingCo 4A

After losing a heartbreaker to Bellarmine Prep 20-17 in overtime in the 4A state quarterfinals, No. 1 Bothell is loaded and seeking to return to the title game for the first time since falling in both the 2006 and 2007 finals.

Emerald Downs results and entries

Racings results for Saturday, Aug. 31; handicaps for Monday, Sept. 1

Seahawks vs. Packers: A first look

Getting a first look at the Seahawks’ opening opponent, the Green Bay Packers

Yelp CEO reviews his own business after 10 years

Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman mused about Yelp’s past and present during an interview with The Associated Press as the San Francisco company prepared to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Brier Dudley

Drone groan: first Amazon — ­ and now Google

It seems if you’re a tech giant these days you need to have a drone-development program, lending to the notion that in the future we’ll see skies darkened by fleets of these devices. But is it all just for show?

FDA gets tough on tear-staining products

The FDA is cracking down on some makers of over-the-counter products that are marketed to remove the tear stains in dogs and cats because they are misusing an antibiotic.

Social-media stars find live performances click with fans

Move aside, Lady Gaga. Here come the big stars of today and if you’re older, you’ve probably never heard of them. But to younger people, these stars of YouTube, Vine and other social media are the bomb.

Walters named CEO at PetroCard

Notable hires and promotions

Video games hit the big league, with big money and real crowds

The games industry has set its sights on the lucrative realm of professional video-game competition, widely known as esports.

Armored truck overturns, spilling bags of money

Police say an armored truck overturned on a Rhode Island highway, spilling bags of money that quickly drew passers-by.

Partial building collapse in Paris suburb kills 2

A four-story apartment building in a northeastern Paris suburb partially collapsed after an explosion Sunday, killing a child and an elderly person, authorities said. Six more people were thought to be underneath the rubble.

Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace.

WHO: Senegal Ebola case 'a top priority emergency'

The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is "a top priority emergency," the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar.

EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.

Fairbanks spent $7k defending mayor's $37.50 fine

The city of Fairbanks, Alaska, has so far spent about $7,000 appealing a $37.50 election-law fine leveled on the mayor.

UPDATE - 11:18 PM

Israeli fire on Gaza town raises war crimes claim

The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah -- thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three days.

Northern California wildfires show slower growth

The U.S. Forest Service says cloudy skies and lower temperatures have slowed the spread of two forest wildfires that are threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

Al-Qaida group says it’s holding U.N. peacekeepers in retaliation

The Nusra Front has acknowledged that it captured 45 U.N. peacekeepers, in retaliation for what the al-Qaida group called the United Nations’ failure to help the Syrian people during the country’s civil war.

Native Americans raise cry over others wearing their regalia

Headdresses have deep spiritual and cultural meaning for Native Americans. But lately a lot of people have been playing dress-up in them, reigniting a longstanding debate about cultural misappropriation.

Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel.

5 things to know about 2014 governor's races

Thirty-six states choose governors in the November elections. Winning one of these races can take years of paying political dues and a grueling nomination battle.

5 things to know about House races

Here's a start of the school year lesson: History and geography are coming up aces for House Republicans.

5 things to watch in this fall's Senate races

The top prize of the November midterm elections is control of the Senate for the final years of President Barack Obama's administration. Republicans need six more seats to take over.

Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday.

Editorial: Thank you for helping students with school-supply drive

On this Labor Day, honor American workers by helping their children succeed. If education is the key to helping every child climb the social and economic ladder to prosperity, then they must have the tools of learning.

Guest: The Internet is not like an electric or water utility

Providing the Internet is nothing like supplying water or electricity, writes McClatchy-Tribune guest columnist Brent Skorup. That’s why broadband shouldn’t be regulated like a public utility.

Leonard Pitts Jr. / Syndicated columnist

An Uzi, a 9-year-old and American exceptionalism

What kind of shooting range allows a prepubescent girl to fire an Uzi? Only one in the gun-crazy United States, writes syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.

34 movies to look for this fall

Highlights of the fall movie season, as detailed by Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.

Book review

Richard Flanagan’s epic novel of horror and heroism in Burma

In “The Narrow Road to the Deep North,” Tasmanian novelist Richard Flanagan re-creates the ordeal of Allied POWS who worked on the Thailand-Burma “death railway” during World War II. Flanagan reads Sept. 8 at the Northeast branch of the Seattle Public Library, and Sept. 9 at

Book review

‘The Impulse Society’: driven by instant gratification

Leavenworth author Paul Roberts’ new book “The Impulse Society” is a brilliant and thought-provoking look at our drive for instant gratification and the societal costs. Roberts discusses his book Thursday, Sept. 4, at Town Hall Seattle.

Book review

‘The Language of Houses’: Buildings speak our language

Alison Lurie’s “The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us” looks at how buildings and humans interact, from the humblest of cottages to the most grandiose of mansions, from ivy-covered colleges to ultramodern megachurches.

Book review

Dark stories Down Under: Tasmanian Gothic, Aussie noir

David Wright of the Seattle Public Library rounds up a crop of recent Australian noir. Or is it Tasmanian Gothic? Dark stories from Down Under include works by authors Garry Disher, Rohan Wilson, Favel Parrett, Elizabeth Harrower and others.

Sunday Best: ‘Miss Julie’ is dressed to thrill

“Miss Julie,” starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell, builds high hopes for fans of costume dramas.

‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’ tops book-selling list

Books by Haruki Murakami and Dinesh D’Souza lead top sellers for week of Aug. 31, 2014.

‘The Boys in the Boat’ stays afloat atop local books list

Queen Anne Book Company reports “The House on the End of Hope Street” selling well locally.

The Week Ahead: Salmon, Birds, Louise Penny, Woopalooza

The week of Aug, 31 holds festivals that highlight comedy, music, drama and the environment.

Toronto Film Festival 2014: A first look

A look ahead to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off the prestige-picture season Sept. 4.

7 obstacles to a healthier you

Nutritionist Carrie Dennett identifies habits and attitudes that can get between you and your best intentions.

How to prepare your teen to leave the nest

Tips for parents of teens to help prepare them for life in college — and in the real world.

Fit & Fun

Pilates stretches not just for the young

Heather Scearce, owner of a Pilates studio in Madrona, says the principles can work for seniors, too, and is offering free introductory sessions through September.

Doctor prescribes more salt in patient’s diet

Public-health organizations have all recommended limiting salt intake in order to reduce high blood pressure, but sometimes these cuts can be too much.