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Oso community will hear Easter message of resurrection, hope

Churches in the Stillaguamish Valley will celebrate Easter like they normally do this Sunday. But the message of resurrection and hope will have a special resonance for those affected by the massive Oso mudslide.

With more prison visits, fewer repeat offenders?

Oregon prison officials have taken a cue from a study showing more visits means less recidivism, with visits from siblings, in-laws, fathers and clergy found to be the most beneficial.

Western officials discuss taking land from feds

Officials from nine Western states, including Washington, say it’s time they take control of federal lands within their borders.

Nurse-visit program for families faces uncertain funding

A federal program authorized by the 2010 Affordable Care Act sends nurses, social workers and others into homes where outside help might improve a child’s future. The expiration of the nurse-visit program has been looming at the end of the current fiscal year in September.

Danny Westneat

Petitioning wrong party on wage issue

It used to be businesses and workers negotiated pay and other benefits among themselves. Now they’re both going to government for leverage — with taxpayers squeezed in between.

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Sounders rally to win on road again

Seattle fell behind early to Chivas USA, only to rally for a 2-1 win, aided by a late red card to the hosts and fueled by two Clint Dempsey assists in front of 7,499 at StubHub Center.

Jeff Lindquist shines but UW quarterback competition to continue

In the spotlight for the first time at Husky Stadium, Lindquist soaked it all up Saturday afternoon. The Mercer Island product threw four touchdown passes, with one interception, during the scrimmage portion of the Huskies’ spring game, and he was the last to leave the field afterward.

Jerry Brewer

3 NBA playoff coaches carry banner of 1996 Sonics

Nate McMillan, Terry Stotts and Dwane Casey, three disciples of George Karl, have success and let us remember a Seattle success story 18 years ago.

Boston, one year later, even stronger than we imagined | Bud Withers

Monday’s Boston Marathon will honor the courage the city showed last year, but the violence of 2013 is a painful reminder of the vulnerability at major sports events.

Mariners go down meekly to Marlins

Dustin Ackley broke up a perfect game bid from Miami starter Henderson Alvarez in the sixth inning but that didn’t stop Alvarez from shutting down and shutting out the Mariners in a 7-0 win at Globe Life Park. It was the Mariners’ fifth straight loss.

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California avoids sweep, beats Huskies in baseball

Washington dropped just its second road game of the season 7-1 in the final game of a three-game series against California on Saturday in Berkeley.

UW’s Trevor Simsby starring again after overcoming slump

UW golfer Trevor Simsby is enjoying his senior season after struggling a year ago.

Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry

Canuck has been hunting for the right wedding spot

Vancouver Canucks left wing David Booth announced plans for a June wedding in Montana — in the same remote locale where he once shot a 12-point buck.

Interlake’s Connor Garnett on course for third straight state tennis title

Interlake junior Connor Garnett will focus on his third state title next month, but stays busy helping manage the girls tennis team as well as teaching tennis.

Larry Stone: It’s a new world at Montlake with UW coach Chris Petersen

The most interesting transformation, and the hardest to yet evaluate, involves more esoteric realms. “They really want us to be a family,’’ sophomore tight end Darrell Daniels said.

Michelle Wie wins her 3rd LPGA Tour event

Michelle Wie, playing in her home state of Hawaii, won the LPGA Lotte Championship — her third LPGA Tour victory and first since 2010.

Brandon Maurer says he’s ready for his chance

If Maurer lasts more than four innings that would be a good first start for the young right-hander by comparison.

Good trout fishing expected for opening day

And just like last season, anglers should like what they find lurking in more than 500 lakes and ponds, with a more sizable batch of fish planted.

Emerald Downs

Emerald Downs results and entries

Racing results for Saturday, April 19; handicaps for Sunday, April 20

Friday’s prep tennis results

Tennis results for Friday, April 18

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In Profile: Entrepreneur Rich Barton a believer in power to the consumer

Rich Barton has repeatedly succeeded with Internet startups that provide consumers information previously held close by business insiders.

Sunday Buzz

Potato king’s heirs seek to raise $48M in IPO

Descendants of Eastern Washington potato baron Peter Taggares II plan to launch a company to buy Pacific Northwest orchards and vineyards. Also, something different is brewing at Tully’s Coffee.

Complex ownership history behind U.S. plane seen in Iran

Buffeted by questions about why an American plane was in Tehran, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the plane had been used to transport top Ghanaian officials as part of a broader push to expand cooperation between the two countries.

Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.

Iran proposes limiting plutonium production

Iranian state television quoted Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi as saying that Iran has proposed to redesign the Arak plant to produce one-fifth of the plutonium initially planned for it.

Lottery is forcing Slovakia’s shop owners to pay sales tax

The idea of Slovakia’s tax lottery is to enlist average citizens to collect receipts from their purchases and register them with the government, creating a paper trail for transactions and forcing restaurant and shop owners to pay the sales taxes they owe.

Jon Talton

Many still stuck in idle as job growth plods along

The Great Recession has changed the composition of the labor force.

When delight turns to reality, it’s bye-bye, Easter bunny

Easter is a trying time for the House Rabbit Society, given the tradition of presenting baby rabbits to children as holiday gifts.

Mortgage loans meant to help seniors, push out their heirs

Under federal rules, survivors are supposed to be offered the option to settle the loan for a percentage of the full amount. Instead, reverse- mortgage companies are increasingly threatening to foreclose unless heirs pay the mortgages in full.

Seattle port commissioners tour Tacoma, talk peace

Tacoma and Seattle ports successfully sought antitrust immunity from the Federal Maritime Commission to begin those talks and information sharing as they moved to halt the erosion of their North American market share.

SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.

US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 pct in 2013

U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell last year, as increases in circulation revenue weren't high enough to make up for shrinking demand for print advertising, an industry trade group said Friday.

Your Funds

How to overcome bad decisions buying funds | Chuck Jaffe

The problem here isn’t funds, however, so much as human nature, but since a prominent study shows that basic investor behaviors aren’t changing, it’s time that fund investors figured out how to make the best of their bad thoughts.

Allure of vast oil reserves buried deep in Monterey Shale

To reach the crude using conventional methods requires oil companies to drill far-deeper wells, and more of them — a prohibitively expensive undertaking. Companies are busily drilling test wells, using various fracking and acidization techniques in search of cheaper solutions.

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Is spring the time to list a home?

The conventional wisdom is yes, but the answer is not so simple if you want to sell your house fast, and for the highest price possible.

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Taxing talk about Social Security benefits

A reader raises a question about the use of Social Security benefits by people with means.

What to do with tax paperwork

Anyone getting ready to throw out tax-related or other personal documents should take care to do it the right way to limit exposure to identity theft.

Money-fund assets fall, yields unchanged

The seven-day average yield on money-market mutual funds was unchanged at 0.01 percent from the previous week, according to Money Fund Report, a service of iMoneyNetin Westborough, Mass.

5 features an Amazon phone might offer

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

Archived papers reminder of combative nature of Clinton White House years

The release of more documents from the Clinton White House years did not uncover much new ground about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s role as first lady but they again illustrated the combative fashion in which the Clinton administration drove its agenda, and its obsession with adversaries.

Boston wonders if massive security will mar Marathon Monday

Boston residents are waiting to see how much of the traditional carefree spirit of Marathon Monday will remain after officials implement security measures to make the 26.2-mile route “the safest place on the planet.”

Breaking tradition, China president begins corruption inquiry

China’s President Xi Jinping has targeted Chinese Communist Party leader Zhou Yongkang in an extraordinary corruption inquiry, a first for someone of Zhou’s rank, and put his family’s extensive business interests in the cross hairs.

California customers hit with $4,000 taco bill

Del Taco customer Michael Cole said he was surprised when he was charged $4,050 for one CrunchTada Pizza and two beef tacos.

Discover graphene, the wonder material of the future

A form of carbon, graphene is flexible, conducts electricity, is 200 times stronger than steel and so thin a single ounce of it could cover 28 football fields. It has many potential uses, but it’s in the electronics world where it could change the industry.

Government documents detail another delayed GM recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration didn’t seek a recall of the Ion from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by a power-steering problem.

Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings

After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings that wounded three people.

MIT honors officer slain after bombs went off

Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life -- and then died doing it, becoming a central character in the gripping hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine

Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev.

Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors

With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's great races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

Malaysia asks world to pray for missing plane clue

A Malaysian official on Saturday asked the world to "pray hard" for a clue to help find Flight 370, while authorities said a robotic submarine was expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty.

Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance.

Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.

The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending April 19.

Editorial: Seattle needs to ease up on the rush to a $15 minimum wage

Seattle should tread carefully in implementing a higher minimum wage.

Guest: The decline of labor unions and the rise of the minimum wage

Against this historic downturn, labor is working on re-establishing itself in Seattle, leading a campaign to raise the minimum wage, writes guest columnist Jake Rosenfeld.

David Brooks / Syndicated columnist

A circus descends on Common Core

The attacks on Common Core have less to do with substance and more to do with talk-radio bombast and interest group resistance to change, writes syndicated columnist David Brooks.

Paul Krugman / Syndicated columnist

Salvation gets cheap

There is one piece of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment that is surprisingly, if conditionally, upbeat: Its take on the economics of mitigation, writes syndicated columnist Paul Krugman.

Kathleen Parker / Syndicated columnist

Does the U.S. get Vladimir Putin yet?

he new “agreement” between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered, writes syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker.

Theater review

‘Bethany’ at ACT: A mom whose life has crashed — hard

A review of Laura Marks’ “Bethany,” at ACT Theatre, about a struggling mom who needs one big break to get her daughter, and her life, back. Through May 4, 2014.

Book review

‘Limber’: essayist has a gift for the language of nature

Angela Pelster’s new essay collection, “Limber,” showcases her gift for language and her original view of the natural world.

Swimming, sailing, Earth Day | Community Corner

Community events for the weekend of April 19-20, 2014, include April Pools Day, Youth Sailing Open House, and Earth Day celebrations at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle and in Newcastle.

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Dear Carolyn

Boyfriend has immature reaction to her sexual history

Columnist Carolyn Hax says he needs to get past your past, or find someone else who is not threatened that you’ve had a life.