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Suburbs’ red tape can shut out tent cities

Religious leaders say the fees and restrictions imposed by some Eastside cities on tent encampments discourage faith communities from hosting the encampments and violate their religious freedom.

Jerry Large

Nation can use some of NFL’s finer points

Football has a few lessons for the rest of America.

Openly carried weapons banned in Capitol hearing rooms

The ban on openly carried weapons in the House and Senate public viewing areas at the state Capitol also applies to public-hearing rooms, Capitol officials say.

UW, WSU argue about using education funds for new medical school

Washington State University can start its own medical school but not with $5.9 million set aside to expand medical programs in Spokane by the University of Washington, UW officials told legislators during a hearing in Olympia.

VA Puget Sound to get $22M for hospital network

An overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs passed by Congress last summer will deliver $22 million to hospitals in the Puget Sound region to help the network catch up with its rapidly expanding patient population.

Weapons of the future: ‘Smart guns’ would fire only for owner

“Smart guns,” weapons that can be fired only by the owner, so as to reduce shootings by children, by suicidal people or by a criminal who wrests away a cop’s sidearm, were the topic at a symposium Wednesday at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.

UPDATE - 12:44 AM

Head of NCAA enforcement: Academic misconduct on rise

The head of NCAA enforcement says academic misconduct is on the rise in college athletics and his department is currently handling 20 open investigations.

Storm trades leading scorer Camille Little to Connecticut

The trade, which also sends forward Shekinna Stricklen to the Sun, yields the third and 15th overall picks in the WNBA draft and veteran guard Renee Montgomery.

Eastside Catholic boys earn victory over Seattle Prep

No. 4 Crusaders move into tie for first in Metro League Mountain Division with 60-50 victory over Panthers.

Huskies could add running back Chris Warren to recruiting class

Son of Seahawk running back of the same name will visit UW this weekend and announce his choice among the Huskies, Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State on signing day next Wednesday.

UPDATE - 11:44 PM

Stanford proves too much for Huskies, who play first game minus Robert Upshaw

Stanford takes advantage inside against UW — which played without dismissed 7-footer Robert Upshaw — and secures 84-74 victory after leading by as many as 26.

Central Winter chinook fishery to close after big catch

State Fish and Wildlife has decided to close the fishery Thursday, and reopen this Friday to Sunday and Feb. 6-8. They will review catch data soon after to see if additional fishing days can be offered.

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. may transfer to Oregon

Adams says he has a scholarship offer from the Ducks and will visit Eugene this weekend.

Jerry Brewer

How Pete Carroll-John Schneider’s partnership spawned the Seahawks’ unique culture

Pete Carroll’s vision drives the Seahawks’ organization and Schneider’s talent evaluation fuels it. They’ve created an place for individuals to thrive in the ultimate team concept.

Jerian Grant leads No. 8 Notre Dame men past No. 4 Duke

Jerian Grant had 23 points and 12 assists and No. 8 Notre Dame made two shots in the final 67 seconds as the shot clock ran out to beat No. 4 Duke 77-73 on Wednesday night.

UPDATE - 11:46 PM

Kyrie Irving scores 55 points as Cleveland wins its 8th straight

Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight victory. It was the highest-scoring game by an NBA player this season.

UPDATE - 11:50 PM

LPGA Tour season opens in Florida

Jessica Korda shot a 6-under-par 66 at the LPGA Coates Golf Championship and was part of a three-way tie with fellow American Stacy Lewis and Azahara Munoz of Spain. All three teed off in windy conditions and finished in chilly temperatures just before dark in Ocala, Fla.

Seahawks dread this call: Hey, bro, can you buy me a Super Bowl ticket?

Seahawks can buy up to 15 tickets at $1,500 each, but telling family or friends no is one of the toughest things about going to the Super Bowl.

UPDATE - 11:59 PM

Seahawks kick-started careers of Patriots’ Alan Branch, Sealver Siliga

Both Alan Branch and Sealver Siliga played for the Seahawks before going to the New England Patriots.

Seahawks’ Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman appear healthy in practice

Seattle coach Pete Carroll says the team is “really fortunate to be this healthy” entering Sunday’s Super Bowl.

UPDATE - 11:38 PM

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova advance to Australian Open final

Top-ranked Serena Williams of the United States and No. 2 Maria Sharapova of Russia advanced to the final of the Australian Open.

Shaquielle McKissic helps Arizona State beat Oregon State

Shaquielle McKissic, a former Edmonds Community College player, scored 17 points and host Arizona State beat Oregon State 73-55.

Larry Stone

The Earl Thomas paradox: Seahawks safety radiates love, grace and ferocity

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is the most inscrutable of all Seahawks, and as Super Bowl XLIX approaches, his positive energy is almost blinding.

UPDATE - 11:45 PM

U.S. men squander lead, lose in Chile

Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75th minutes, rallying host Chile to a 3-2 exhibition victory over the United States. It was the first match of the year for the U.S. team, which is on its first five-match winless streak since 2007.

What’s another Super Bowl worth for Seahawks?

Seahawks should see another small bump in brand loyalty and spending because of their second straight Super Bowl appearance. But marketing experts say the team remains a middle-of-the-pack regional brand and, so far, lacks a player with true national stature.

UPDATE - 12:00 AM

Richard Sherman vs. Darrelle Revis debate resurfaces

The discussion about which cornerback is better cropped up again this week during Super Bowl media interviews.

Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith maintains perspective on diminished role

Last year’s Super Bowl MVP is trending back toward obscurity, having barely played the past two months of the season — he got 25 snaps in Seattle’s last six regular-season games and has played just two in the playoffs.

UPDATE - 12:00 AM

Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch again fulfills media obligation in his own way

The running back continued to answer Super Bowl media questions with the same response Wednesday. His line of the day was, “You know why I’m here.”

Renting out homes for Super Bowl can bring big bucks

Hundreds of people gather each year to hobnob with A-list celebrities at a charity bash in the Super Bowl's host city. But instead of sending this year's guests to a trendy nightclub or swanky restaurant, organizers are throwing the party at a private home.

On the Patriots’ roster, plenty of brains to go with their brawn

Impressive collection of graduates highlight New England’s team.

Vanderbilt rape verdicts signal support for assault victims

The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction.

Wary Super Bowl advertisers won’t go on offensive

Advertisers have to find a balance between grabbing people’s attention and not going too far to shock or offend a broad base of more than 110 million viewers. They want to be sure to make the estimated $4.5 million they’re spending for a 30-second Super Bowl ad worth it.

Black Hawk Helicopters and X-ray machines added to Super Bowl security

Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort.

UPDATE - 11:07 PM

Statewide prep basketball scores

Basketball scores for the week of Jan. 26

Brier Dudley

In Paul Allen’s world, these are the glory days

Seahawks owner Paul Allen, in the midst of his own winning streak, talks about his championship team, unique players and memories of his first Super Bowl win.

Boeing cash flow impresses investors

Boeing shares soared 5.6 percent Wednesday after the company released fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations and showed a surge in cash flow.

Bill Boeing’s 1930 yacht up for sale

The 125-foot Taconite has been owned for nearly 30 years by Canadian Gordon Levett, who is asking just under $2.5 million.

Clue hunt yields Super Bowl tickets for Bothell resident

Curtis Lu followed the tweeted clues from T-Mobile to find the object of his quest at Westlake Park.

Japanese airline files for bankruptcy after failed Airbus A380 deal

Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third-largest carrier, filed for bankruptcy protection after running short of cash, highlighting the failure of growth plans that climaxed in the ill-fated purchase of six Airbus A380 superjumbos.

Boeing to build Air Force One replacement

The Air Force will let Boeing. build the replacement for Air Force One without competition but will require bidding on specialized equipment for the new presidential aircraft.

Amazon rolls out email and calendaring for businesses

Amazon Web Services, which rents computing storage and services to businesses, will debut WorkMail by June to help compete with Microsoft and Google.

Nintendo's nine-month profit jumps on cheap yen

Nintendo reported a nearly six-fold increase in profit for the first three quarters of the fiscal year Wednesday and raised its earnings forecast as a cheap yen masked weak sales.

Alibaba spinoff likely to increase scrutiny on Yahoo CEO

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is losing a precious security blanket now that she is spinning off the Internet company's prized stake in China's Alibaba Group.

Big Sea-Tac expansion plans bring big headaches over money, logistics

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is looking at huge expansion options to accommodate the expected boom in passengers over the next 20 years. But designing and funding the projects won’t be easy, if Tuesday’s meeting about the plans is any indication.

First-day frenzy forces Vegas White Castle to close

A 24-hour White Castle location on the Las Vegas Strip that opened to long lines of the burger chain's fans had to close for more than two hours to restock after its grand opening.

Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport.

Ford recalls cars, vans for door latch and seat belt trouble

Ford is recalling more than 221,000 cars and vans to fix problems with door latches and seat belts.

Nissan recalls SUVs to fix electrical shorts, hood latches

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires.

Environmental groups target Port of Seattle plan to lease Terminal 5

Environmental groups object to the Port of Seattle leasing Terminal 5 to company that is working for Shell’s Arctic oil drilling fleet.

Russian government details spending cuts in view of crisis

The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except military and social programs.

What! Facebook's down? No storm selfies during brief outage

No storm selfies, hookups, status updates. With Facebook and Instagram down for nearly an hour overnight, what were legions of users to do?

Greek leader: negotiating debt solution a priority

Greece's new leftist prime minister says his government's top priorities are negotiating with creditors to resolve the country's debt problems and dealing with what he describes as a humanitarian crisis.

UPDATE - 12:53 AM

Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch faces more grilling Thursday as she moves closer to an expected confirmation, following a daylong hearing in which she testified to her independence from President Barack Obama and willingness to work with the Republican-led Congress.

UPDATE - 12:42 AM

FACT CHECK: Both sides in Keystone XL debate bend facts

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, say the privately funded, $8 billion project is a critically needed piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs and make the U.S. dependent on oil from friends, rather than foes.

UPDATE - 12:38 AM

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations

Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

Charles Townes, 99, dies; his laser helped transform society

Charles Townes was a visionary physicist whose research led to the development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices, measure time precisely, reattach retinas, survey planets and galaxies and witness the birth of stars.

Inquest: Sydney cafe hostage killed by police bullet

A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer's gun as authorities stormed in to end the 16-hour standoff, a lawyer told an inquest on Thursday.

TV star's plastic-surgery disaster tests Brazil

Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans.

Moderate earthquake strikes Northern California coast

A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 has struck off the coast of Northern California.

Boko Haram killing people 'like rams,' no troops to stop them

Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday.


Nigerian water shortage bigger killer than Boko Haram

While the terror campaign claimed more than 4,000 lives, the shortage of potable water and poor sanitation led to about 73,000 deaths, according to WaterAid, a London-based nonprofit.

North Korean president to visit Russia in May

A Russian spokesman confirms that North Korean President Kim Jong Un will visit Russia in May.

Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

Most Americans including significant numbers of Republicans would want lawmakers to restore federal aid for buying coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court annuls some of the subsidies, according to a poll released Wednesday.

N. Korea demanded $10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leader

Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10 billion and large-scale shipments of food and fertilizer, a former South Korean president said in a memoir to be published next week.

Drunken drone driver highlights White House security problems

It was 42 degrees, lightly raining and pitch black near the White House when an inebriated, off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to test-fly his friend’s quadcopter.

Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in fatal Md. fire

An electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree prompted a blaze that reduced a 16,000-square-foot riverfront mansion near Maryland's capital to ruins, killing a couple and four of their young grandchildren, investigators said Wednesday.

At farewell, Obama praises Hagel as 'true American patriot'

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a true American patriot who devoted his life to the United States.

Five days after burial, Bart the cat crawls out of his grave

Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead.

Snail facials are slimy sensation in Thailand spas

The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.

After killings by police, a debate over grand jury secrecy

For centuries, grand juries have held some of the criminal justice system's best-kept secrets. But their private process has come under extraordinary public scrutiny after recent decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed men.

Democratic US Rep. Ryan says he now supports abortion rights

A Democratic congressman who is weighing a U.S. Senate run in politically divided Ohio has publicly switched his position to supporting abortion rights, saying Wednesday the decision is deeply personal and unrelated to any political aspirations.

Detroit officer won't go on trial 3rd time in girl's death

Authorities won't pursue a third trial against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a nighttime raid that was filmed by a reality TV show, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Gold heist: How robbers held up the stagecoach museum

Thieves who rammed a stolen SUV into the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco and swiped historic gold nuggets worth roughly $10,000 could face a tough time selling the loot.

Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges

Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange.

NY Assembly speaker to vacate post amid criminal charges

Sheldon Silver, the longtime leader of the New York state Assembly, will relinquish the position he has held for 21 years in the wake of federal corruption charges, a top lawmaker announced Tuesday.

Oklahoma executions on hold as US Supreme Court reviews drug

Executions are on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state cannot perform executions using a specific drug while the justices consider a challenge over whether the sedative ensures prisoners won't suffer.

UPDATE - 11:45 PM

Prosecutor questions Lindsay Lohan's community service

A prosecutor on Wednesday raised doubts that Lindsay Lohan had completed the terms of her community service sentence in a reckless driving case that is the final criminal case the actress faces for years of bad behavior.

Rare Sierra Nevada red fox spotted in Yosemite park

The first confirmed sighting of a rare Sierra Nevada red fox in Yosemite National Park in nearly a century has been confirmed by park officials.

Utah parents showed troubling signs before deaths

Benjamin and Kristi Strack often talked about the apocalypse and wanting to leave the evil they saw in the world, but friends and family thought that meant they would one day move somewhere remote and live off the grid.

Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks

The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.

Denver airport bans sale of pot-themed souvenirs

Airport executives fear tacky T-shirts or boxer shorts with marijuana leaf could damage state’s image.

Father of boy with leukemia asks school to bar unvaccinated students

The father of a 6-year-old boy with leukemia has asked the superintendent of his Marin County school district in California to keep unvaccinated children out of school.

Man hid cocaine inside prosthetic leg in his car, police say

Police say a Delaware drug suspect went out on a limb to transport a stash of cocaine, but he was busted when officers discovered the drug hidden inside his prosthetic leg.

LA jury awards $5 million to funk legend Sly Stone

Funk legend Sly Stone was awarded $5 million on Tuesday in a breach-of-contract suit that claimed his business partners and his own company cheated him out of royalties.

Airlines begin digging out from storm in northeastern US

Lingering snow and subfreezing temperatures mean that travel delays in the Northeast will extend through Wednesday, even if the storm wasn't as bad as expected.

Libyan Islamic State group affiliate claims hotel attack

A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans.

Mexico: Captured drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman to stay put

Captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will not be extradited to the United States anytime soon, Mexico's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

Mexico: Missing students' parents reject official account

Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general's declaration that investigators are certain the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero.

Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom

In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch.

Once easily recognized, signs of measles now elude young doctors

The virus is now so rare that medical schools don’t dwell on it at length. Lack of familiarity can make medical providers, the vast majority of whom have never seen a sickened patient, slow to recognize the potentially deadly, and highly contagious, disease.

Prosecutors promise thorough probe of police killing of teen

A passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities' account of her death, saying officers opened fire before one of them was struck by the vehicle.

Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.

Editorial: 3 ways the Legislature can help community-college students

Washington legislators should support the state's 34 community and technical colleges.

Seahawks and Obama are showing it’s all about how you finish

President Obama is playing for a legacy. If his finish matches the flourish of the last two months, the United States will resemble the country he envisioned in his State of the Union address.

Thomas Friedman / Syndicated columnist

Czar Vladimir Putin’s next moves

Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing terrible things to Ukraine, not to mention his own country, writes syndicated columnist Thomas Friedman.

Guest: Gov. Inslee’s capital-gains tax idea is dead on arrival

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to create a new state capital-gains tax will not be enacted, writes columnist Richard Davis. Pragmatism will prevail.

NEW - 12:05 AM

Movie review

‘Black or White’: Well-acted film gets into gray areas of race

A movie review of “Black or White”: Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner star in this melodrama about child custody and cultural perceptions of “blackness” and “the race card.” Star rating: 3 stars out of 4.

The man behind Henri le Chat Noir is now king of cat videos

Seattle filmmaker Will Braden, who created a video sensation in 2012 with a regal feline expressing the despair that only cats can feel, has landed on his feet; cat videos are now his full-time job.

Theater legend Joel Grey reveals that he is gay

Joel Grey has publicly announced at age 82 that he is gay.

Daily Rant & Rave: Thanks for saving a life

Help for man collapsed at Green Lake; bank won’t take cash deposit.

Dining Deal

Hints of sizzle at Kimchi House in Ballard

Korean comfort food in Ballard — don’t miss the kimchi fries.

Theater review

‘A Delicate Balance’: a booze-drenched drama in the round

Theatre9/12 stages Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance,” featuring a masterful performance by Terry Edward Moore.

Biographer of World War I hero Alvin York wins $5,000 prize

A biographer of one of World War I's most famous veterans, Sgt. Alvin York, has won a $5,000 prize.

For Mother Russia and family: ‘The Americans’ returns

Exciting, unpredictable and filled with terrific performances, the spy drama, returning to FX Jan. 28, represents scripted basic cable series at their best.

Jan. 28 TV Picks: ‘The Americans’ season premiere

TV Picks for Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, include “The Americans” on FX, “The Mentalist” on CBS and “Suits” on USA.

Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2015.

Wild kangaroos in Austria? At least 1, surviving in the snow

A kangaroo is on the loose in frigid and snowy Austria, hopping his way toward dispelling a famous slogan.

Expect tiny tuxes but no real puppy love at doggy weddings

When pet owners dress up their dogs in miniature white dresses and tiny tuxes, some believe the barks that signal "I do" reveal true puppy love.

Ohio judge orders state to return exotic animals to owner

A judge ordered the state to return a dozen exotic animals -- including several tigers and a lion -- to their owner on Wednesday, just hours after they were taken from an animal sanctuary near Toledo.

Raw, frozen pet food recalled over possible Listeria contamination

The newest recall includes J.J. Fuds’ duck strips and beef strips; the Indiana company did not specify how the products may have been compromised or with what.

Chili, just what the crowd ordered for Super Bowl

There may be as many ways to make chili as there are people who make it, but it is always good. Chili is perfect for game day and nearly impossible to make badly.

NEW - 06:15 AM

Dear Carolyn

Couple at odds about no-alcohol event

A husband disagrees with his wife, whose family members have drinking problems.