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ACT’s 50th season: new works, old favorites

ACT Theatre in Seattle will celebrate its 50th season in 2014 with reprises of plays by Tennessee Williams and Tom Stoppard and contemporary works — including a world premiere.

Highway 99’s coming 4-day closure: Be prepared for a mess

The four-day closure of Highway 99 in Seattle will bring big slowdowns into and out of downtown, especially for detoured buses.

Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system

Mechanical problems, errors and personnel issues are prompting lawmakers and others to discuss how to fix the Washington State Ferries system.

Ethics board votes to limit free meals for lawmakers

In a preliminary vote, the Legislative Ethics Board in Olympia has voted to restrict legislators to 12 free meals from lobbyists per year. A final vote is likely later this year.

More than 300 attend panel on diversity in theater, post-‘Mikado’

A panel of theater artists as well as more than 300 others took part in the Artistic Freedom & Artistic Responsibility Forum in Seattle, organized in response to controversy around a local production of “The Mikado.”

Danny Westneat

Seattle no place to look for a Ferguson solution

About the last place to go looking for how to stop the riots in Missouri would be Seattle.

U.S. judge grants Seattle police more time to meet key reform

Before revealing his decision to give the Seattle Police Department nine months to seek proposals for a new computer system, U.S. District Judge James Robart said events in Ferguson, Mo., caused him concern over the delay.

Malcolm Smith picks up with Seahawks just where he left off in the Super Bowl

In first full practice since ankle surgery, Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith returns an interception for a touchdown.

Mo’ne Davis, a 13-year-old girl from Philadelphia, has captured the nation’s attention

Davis, who will pitch against Las Vegas on Wednesday in the Little League World Series, has become an overnight sensation, landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, talked about on social media and being coveted by fans and major media outlets.

Bud Withers

Rich Rodriguez, Arizona remain uncertain at quarterback

The consuming sporting passion in Tucson these days — other than speculation over who will be the next all-planet basketball recruit to commit to Arizona — is debating who might win the Wildcats’ quarterback job.

In trying to replace Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Huskies may go with by-committee approach

Joshua Perkins and Darrell Daniels appear to be in the lead for the starting tight end job, but the Huskies will likely rely on a by-committee approach at the spot once occupied by Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

John Riegger is back to defend his Boeing Classic title

For 51-year-old John Riegger, last year’s Boeing Classic was his first victory on either the PGA or Champions Tour and it made him exempt for this season, something that was not a given when he came to the Boeing Classic last season.

Cleveland holds off on naming starting quarterback

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he is not ready to pick between rookie Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer for season opener against Pittsburgh.

Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Derek Jeter corn maze? If you grow it, they will come

Updated scouting report on Derek Jeter: good hit, big field. The Yankee captain’s face is the subject of a 5-acre corn maze on VonThun Farms in South Brunswick, N.J., and while it won’t make anyone forget “Field of Dreams,” it has a certain aura about it.

Husky coach Chris Petersen joins Twitter to keep up with recruits

Washington football coach Chris Petersen became the last Pac-12 coach to join the social-media service Twitter. He joined on Monday and by Tuesday afternoon had almost 4,000 followers.

Matt Pentz’s MLS power rankings

Matt Pentz ranks the MLS teams.

New York Islanders will be sold to investment group

Islanders owner Charles B. Wang will sell team to Jonathan Ledecky, a former owner of a minority stake in the Washington Capitals, and Scott Malkin, a London-based investor. They will become majority owners in two years as team moves to Brooklyn.

Broadmoor’s Tim Feenstra a stroke behind in Northwest Open Invitational

Assistant pro fires a 69 at Wine Valley Golf Club

Cougars land a top quarterback

California’s Tyler Hilinski expects to graduate early, join WSU in the spring

Mariners notebook: Robinson Cano shows his appreciation to old mentor Larry Bowa

Seattle second baseman presents his former coach with a Rolex

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller out for season

Quarterback reinjures right shoulder and will need surgery, dealing blow to Buckeyes’ Big Ten and national title hopes.

Pacific Little League stays alive at World Series with 7-5 win

The Northwest Region champions from Edmonds and Lynnwood avoided elimination with a 7-5 win over Rapid City, S.D., on Saturday afternoon.

Ballmer’s sole role at Microsoft now is investor

His decision to step down from the board of directors sheds the last of the former CEO’s management ties, ending a 34-year leadership role with the software giant.

Americans feel better about economy, loosening purse strings

Across the broad middle of the income spectrum, a bevy of indicators shows that ordinary Americans feel better about the economy and are loosening the purse strings.

Sprint abandons Framily plan, rolls out new data pricing

Sprint’s double-the-data theme applies to its new everyday pricing that mimics the big carriers’ plans and a new promotion that lines up in many ways with one now running at T-Mobile.

Hot weather takes toll on wheat crop

The Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday that farmers estimate this year’s crop is down an average 30 percent from last year’s yield and slightly below the 10-year average.

Blue Nile launches website in Arabic

Online diamond retailer Blue Nile is launching a site in Arabic for United Arab Emirates shoppers, as it pursues overseas growth.

Container shipping rise bodes well for world trade

The world's largest shipping company says it is sending more containers around world, a sign that global trade -- and possibly economic growth -- is picking up.

UPDATE - 11:14 PM

McDonald's to sell packaged coffee nationally

McDonald's plans to start selling its packaged coffee at supermarkets nationally by early next year, a move intended to help raise the profile of the coffee sold at its U.S. restaurants.

Busy bourbon makers don’t foresee sales on the rocks

Distillers are putting up the tab for millions of rounds of bourbon years before they are even ordered. The production poses a risk, but hitting the right moment could mean a serious payday for companies.

Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar

Dollar General isn't about to be left out in the cold. The discounter is starting a bidding war for Family Dollar with an approximately $8.95 billion offer as it attempts to trump a Dollar Tree bid.

USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock.

Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

UPDATE - 12:10 AM

Official: 4 of 6 child hostages freed in Harvey

Negotiators worked late into the night in an effort to persuade two men barricaded in a home in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey to end their standoff with police and release the last of six children and two adults they took hostage.

UPDATE - 12:20 AM

As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role

When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America's painful history on race, can be healed.

UPDATE - 12:15 AM

New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed groups in Syria and could easily be diverted to extremist factions.

Federal autopsy will show Brown was shot 6 times, source says

A U.S. military medical examiner has concluded a federal autopsy and it will show six gunshot wounds in the body of the 18-year-old shot by a police officer, according to a government source.

Climber proposes to girlfriend, falls to death in Yosemite hours later

A California man fell hundreds of feet to his death in Yosemite National Park just hours after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal.


Poor, isolated apartments in Ferguson a tinderbox for crime

The complexes in a small southeast corner of the Missouri city are a study of the slow encroachment of poverty and social distress into what had been suburban escapes.

St. Louis police fatally shoot man who brandished knife

Witnesses told police the man was yelling “Shoot me, kill me now,” during the encounter.

Teens arrested in plot after Web activities eyed

Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of airstrikes against the group's headquarters in the past two days.

African elephants’ plight worsens as poaching soars

A study by the world’s leading elephant experts found that illegal killings have climbed from 25 percent of all African elephant deaths a decade ago to about 65 percent today.

Reports: Italian military jets collide over Italy

Italian news reports say two Italian Tornado fighter jets have collided over eastern Italy during a training mission and crashed into a wooded area that caught fire.

A Castro breaks tradition with 'no' vote in Cuba

Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament.

Germany: Looted painting belongs to Jewish family

Investigators say they have determined a second painting that was part of a massive trove of art found in the Munich apartment of late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was stolen by the Nazis from its Jewish owner.

Iraqi troops attempt to retake Tikrit but forced to withdraw

The push to retake Tikrit, best known as the home of former dictator Saddam Hussein, came a day after pro-government Kurdish forces backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic State fighters from the strategic Mosul dam in northern Iraq.

Many communities still mistrust police

For one night, all was well in Ferguson, Missouri. After a change in police command, violent protests decrying the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson suddenly gave way to peaceful demonstrations.

Mississippi man shot after cross burning in yard

A Mississippi sheriff says a man was beaten and shot two weeks after calling authorities to report a cross burning in his yard, and investigators are trying to determine whether the attack was prompted by people being upset that the man was visited by his mixed-race grandchildren.

Prison for mom in boy's sippy-cup methadone death

A Utah woman whose 2-year-old son died after police say she inadvertently poured her methadone from a Gatorade bottle into his sippy cup will serve up to 15 years in prison.

Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace."

Thousands ignore warning as Pakistani protest escalates

A government minister, Saad Rafiq, said the prime minister allowed the protesters to enter the sensitive area to avoid bloodshed. The Pakistani army warned the protesters against entering parliament or any other installation.

NY took quick precautions after in-custody death

The police killings of two unarmed black men came barely three weeks apart, generating immediate and potentially volatile outrage.

Militias complicate situation on Texas border

On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed men in fatigues.

USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock.

Brita recalling children's water bottles

Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children's water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard.

Japan military holds drill as its role expands

Japan's military showcased its ability to defend remote islands Tuesday, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense policies instituted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that have divided the nation.

Thailand's military ruler dons a suit and tie

When Thailand's military ruler appears in public, he usually is seen in full military regalia.

National Guard enters Ferguson; police, protesters clash again

Missouri’s governor has called on the National Guard to help restore order in the community rocked by violent protests after the fatal shooting of an unarmed teen.

Strong DOJ response to Ferguson seeks truth, calm

The U.S. Department of Justice has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to the death of Michael Brown, from an independent autopsy to dozens of FBI agents combing Ferguson, Missouri, for witnesses to the shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

Woman shoots grandson; thought he was an intruder

Sheriff’s deputies in Florida say a 7-year-old boy is in critical condition after his grandmother mistook him for an intruder and shot him.

His 101st birthday present? Another day at work

Herman "Hy" Goldman turned 101 this weekend and won't quit after 73 years working at the same New Jersey job.

Navy says sunken wreck is USS Houston from WW II

Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the USS Houston, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese.

Blast in China coal mine kills 2, traps 25 miners

A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported.

Jackie Chan's son detained in Beijing drug bust

The actor-son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.

Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

Strategies to calm battered, tense Ferguson keep shifting

In the days since an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, was shot to death by a white police officer on Aug. 9, an array of law enforcement authorities has swerved from one approach to another.

Ukrainian govt troops inch closer to rebel city

The Ukrainian government has captured most of a town near Donetsk, tightening the noose around the key rebel-held stronghold, officials said on Tuesday.

Israelis, Palestinians resume talks on Gaza deal

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Cairo resumed indirect talks on Tuesday, trying to hammer out a roadmap for the war-torn Gaza Strip after Egypt announced a 24-hour extension of the cease-fire to allow more time for negotiations.

100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found.

Iraq military clashes with militants in Tikrit

A local official and a resident say clashes have broken out between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit.

Editorial: The Times recommends Reps. Steve Bergquist and Zack Hudgins in 11th District

The incumbents of the 11th District, Reps. Steve Bergquist and Zack Hudgins, get the nod, but voters deserve more robust options.

Guest: Enforce state’s mental-health parity law

What was promised in the state’s Mental Health Parity Act has not been delivered, according to guest columnists Sean Corry and Eleanor Hamburger.

The trouble with teacher tenure

There are perils to the current tenure talk: that it fails to address the intense strains on many teachers; that it lays too much fault on their doorsteps, distracting people from other necessary reforms, writes syndicated columnist Frank Bruni.

UPDATE - 11:01 PM

Obituary: Seattle television and arts writer John Voorhees

John Voorhees, who covered the arts and television for The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer for almost 50 years, died on Aug. 15 at 88. He brought a vast knowledge of the arts and a sometimes “curmudgeonly” wit to his coverage of the Seattle arts scene.

New DVDs

‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ ‘Fading Gigolo’

New DVD releases for Tuesday, Aug. 19, include “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”; the vampire romance “Only Lovers Left Alive”; and John Turturro’s “Fading Gigolo,” with Woody Allen.

NW books

A bed-and-breakfast mystery; Greywalker on the case

New books by Seattle-area authors: a new bed-and-breakfast mystery by Mary Daheim; Elizabeth George’s “Just One Evil Act,” new in paperback; the final installment of Kat Richardson’s “Greywalker” series; and a collection of writing about race relations on the Paci

Aug. 19 TV Picks: Series premiere of ‘Wizard Wars’

TV picks for Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, include “Wizard Wars” on Syfy, “Finding Carter” on MTV and “Perception” on TNT.

US won't reveal records on health website security

After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.

Want new wine choices? Look back to the Old World

Looking for a new wine? Wines from Bulgaria, Moldova and Croatia are now turning up on wine lists as producers all over the world make a play for U.S. palates.

NEW - 06:15 AM

Dear Carolyn

A mantra: ‘I don’t have to justify my life to my parents’

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax on the end of a short marriage.

Skirt steak is great on the grill

If you want glamour, grill a big, pretty rib-eye. But in the categories of succulence, taste and cost, skirt steak takes the crown, no contest.