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The Wrap / Ron Judd

What was wrong with ‘Puyallup Fair’?

The Wrap by Ron Judd

UPDATE - 11:13 PM

Cyclist killed on Seattle’s notorious 2nd Ave. bike lane

Friday’s fatal bicycle crash happened less than two weeks before Seattle was about to improve the bike lane into a protected route.

Danny Westneat

Right wing launches misguided protest against Labor Day

Of all the things to protest: Labor Day? Workers have it hard enough, so leave their one day alone.

$1M from Bloomberg group to background-check campaign

The big donation to the state I-594 campaign from billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun-violence prevention group is part of a wider effort targeting more than a dozen states.

Bellevue now denies drain filters caused flood damage

The city of Bellevue says it is not responsible for flooding in Factoria that damaged two businesses and seven condominiums, but one business owner begs to differ.

New WSU health clinic won’t be restricted by Catholic directives

The American Civil Liberties Union had expressed concern about the clinic’s bylaws and asked Washington State University regents to address the matter at their Sept. 11 meeting.

Oregon spotted frog gains protection as threatened species

Twenty-three years after it was first proposed for protection by the Endangered Species Act, the Oregon spotted frog is being listed as a threatened species.

Pierce County judge upholds Fife ban on pot businesses

A Pierce County judge upheld the city of Fife’s ban on marijuana businesses, in a case the state attorney general foresees will wind up in the state Supreme Court.

At UW, computer games studied as a serious cultural form

The Critical Gaming Project was founded by a group of graduate students in English, sociology and information science who were interested in thinking critically about games from humanistic and social perspectives.

SPD officers say city ‘playing politics’ with their lives

A group of SPD officers in revolt against new use-of-force policies has ramped up the language of its lawsuit.

Jerry Brewer

Chris Petersen’s first UW game: Prepare to be impressed

Chris Petersen owns Saturdays. He tolerates the rest of the week, at least when it comes to publicity. From Sunday through Friday, he’s a rigid coach with a high standard for preparation. On Saturdays, he has as much fun as any coach in America.

Raiders 41, Seahawks 31: Three things we learned

The Seahawks will set their final 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon and open the season on Thursday. Before putting the preseason completely to bed, here are some final impressions of what we learned the last month.

Chad Barrett making most of chance with Sounders

Chad Barrett, who scored just three MLS goals in 2012 and 2013, has been a key player for the Sounders, after being reunited with coach Sigi Schmid.


49ers linebacker Aldon Smith gets 9-game suspension from NFL

Standout linebacker Aldon Smith, 24, of the San Francisco 49ers has been suspended for nine games by the league because of a series of off-field legal issues.

UPDATE - 11:52 PM

Colorado State beats Colorado

Dee Hart, a transfer from Alabama, rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns in his Colorado State debut to help the Rams rally for a 31-17 victory over Colorado in Denver.

UPDATE - 11:19 PM

Detroit’s Justin Verlander has solid outing in Chicago

Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander continued his mastery of the White Sox, helping the Tigers beat Chicago 7-1. Detroit is one game ahead of the Mariners in the battle for the second AL wild-card spot.

UPDATE - 11:24 PM

Phoenix Mercury beats Minnesota in Game 1 of WNBA Western Conference finals

Brittney Griner collected 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Phoenix Mercury defeated the defending league champion Minnesota Lynx 85-71 in the opener of the best-of-three Western Conference finals.

Ryan Palmer shoots a 63 to lead PGA Tour event

Ryan Palmer needed a mere 21 putts and birdied half of the holes at TPC Boston, giving him an 8-under-par 63 and a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley after the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Seahawks 2014 schedule: Breaking down all 16 games

Seattle opens against Green Bay on Sept. 4 at CenturyLink Field. The game will be televised on NBC.

Tony Stewart reads statement about fatal crash

Tony Stewart read a statement about driving the sprint car that killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, on Aug. 9. Later, Stewart was 12th in qualifying for a race at NASCAR’s highest level Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

UPDATE - 11:06 PM

Washington volleyball opens with win

Washington’s volleyball team made its season debut with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-16 defeat of Portland State on Friday night in Boise, Idaho. Six Huskies made their collegiate debuts.

Emerald Downs entries

Racing handicaps for Saturday, Aug. 30

UPDATE - 11:13 PM

Jesus Montero’s season over after altercation with scout in Boise

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said the team is disappointed in Jesus Montero and scout Butch Baccala, who were involved in an altercation Thursday night in Boise. Montero’s season is finished, Zduriencik said Friday.

NEW - 11:36 PM

Tacoma belts four homers in 9-7 victory over Fresno

The Tacoma Rainiers hit four home runs, powering a 9-7 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies in a Pacific Coast League Game on Friday night.

UPDATE - 11:16 PM

Terrelle Pryor to be released by Seahawks

One of the biggest points of intrigue surrounding the Seahawks’ 53-man roster is settled: The Seahawks will release quarterback Terrelle Pryor, according to a league source.

UPDATE - 11:18 PM

UW vs. Hawaii: Chris Petersen era set to begin

New UW coach Chris Petersen begins his tenure with a road game against Hawaii, and he’ll be starting an untested quarterback in Jeff Lindquist.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll leads players with positive approach

Carroll, who led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory in his fourth year as Seahawks coach, has spent the past 15 years under an intense spotlight. When expectations peak, when pressure bubbles, Carroll handles it not with the expected ruggedness of his profession, but with the approach of a self-h

UPDATE - 11:18 PM

Michael Saunders working out again after severe illness

Michael Saunders was back at Safeco Field on Friday working out before the game. He is finally healthy for some physical activity, which is a good sign for the Mariners.

Seattle Times NFL predictions

Reporters Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks and columnists Jerry Brewer and Larry Stone pick this year’s NFL winners.

Yellow perch are fun to catch and taste good too

With ample feed and lots of room to grow in Seattle’s biggest urban watershed, state fisheries biologists claim its only a matter of time before a record-breaking perch will be brought to the Lake Washington scales.

Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous rip currents.

UPDATE - 12:29 AM

Stocks end higher following strong run in August

The Standard & Poor's 500 index delivered its fourth record high in five days Friday, ending with the biggest monthly gain since February.

What’s new in back-to-school tech gadgets

With the new school year comes a long lineup of tech devices that are filling the shopping basket. Here are some of them.

Sunday Buzz

Weyerhaeuser campus draws global admirers

The Federal Way campus that Weyerhaeuser is selling was a groundbreaking piece of 20th-century corporate architecture with open office layouts and thoughtful landscaping. Also, Boeing’s surplus carbon fiber builds “exoskeleton” protection for football players.

As stocks rise, so does anxiety: Time to get out?

Is it time to cash out of stocks?

McDonald’s faces test in Russia as politics bite into U.S. symbol

When its first Moscow restaurant opened in 1990, it was the biggest McDonald’s in the world — with 27 cash registers and enough seating for 700 people. Now regulators are shutting down outlets as a response to Western sanctions in Russia.

Startups offer banking for younger smartphone users

Moven and Simple say most of their users are between the ages of 25 and 36, an age group that is often ignored by bigger banks who are more concerned with customers who have more money in their accounts.

Tesla, Chinese firm plan 400 charging stations

Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China.

US economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2

After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated.

Survey: Americans' pessimism on economy has grown

Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.

FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions.

UPDATE - 12:16 AM

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history.

Federal judge blocks key part of Texas law on abortion clinics

The decision followed recent legal victories across the South for abortion-rights advocates, as federal courts have blocked measures that would have forced the closing of the only abortion clinic in Mississippi and three of five clinics in Alabama.

President speaks to Americans’ unease over world events

President Obama seems intent on reassuring Americans that the current crop of global challenges are manageable.

Jury finds woman guilty in silicone-injection case

A Mississippi woman has been convicted of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman's death.

Average full-time workweek clocks in at 47 hours

According to a Gallup Poll, just 42 percent of full-time employees work 40 hours a week, the traditional total based on five workdays.

Increasingly, retirees dump their possessions and hit the road

The numbers of U.S. retirees who are choosing a life of travel over a life of tending to possessions are rising.

Prosecutors charge Oklahoma officer with rape

An Oklahoma City police officer was charged Friday with 16 counts including first-degree rape and sexual battery after being accused of assaulting at least eight women while on patrol.

1K-pound alligator caught in Alabama sets record

A gigantic alligator caught by a family in Alabama earlier this month has set a Safari Club International world record.

Purchased pie crust could void state fair blue ribbon

Linda Horton is picky about the ingredients in her prize-winning buttermilk pie. That's what led her to use a store-bought crust before dropping off her entry to be judged at the Kentucky State Fair.

Comedian Tracy Morgan still struggling after crash

An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former "Saturday Night Live" actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead.

5-pound Pomeranian is world's fastest on 2 feet

Jiff was already cute, lovable and talented. Now he's proven he's speedy too.

3rd tourist cited for flying drone in Yellowstone

For the third time this summer, Yellowstone National Park rangers have cited a tourist for illegally flying a drone in the park.

Beer gardens helping Milwaukee County budgets

Oversized mugs of beer clink together as drinkers sitting under a canopy of trees in a Milwaukee public park listen to live accordion music and proclaim "Prost!" -- the German equivalent of "cheers."

Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.

Daughter: Joan Rivers is in 'serious condition

Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

HIV case proves false; porn moratorium called off

The advocacy group for the adult film industry has called off a production moratorium after just a day because a performer's HIV test turned out to be a false positive.

Man who killed son now charged in 1st wife's death

A man imprisoned in New York for killing his son to collect on his life insurance is now charged with murdering his first wife in 1991 for the same reason.

Ex-Myanmar beauty queen accused of stealing crown

Myanmar's first international beauty queen has absconded with her $100,000 crown after being stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, organizers said Friday.

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly

Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system.

Miley Cyrus' date turns self in, posts bail

The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night.

Museum to display 6,500-year-old human skeleton

The public will soon get to see an ancient human skeleton recently rediscovered in a Philadelphia museum's storage room.

Texas abuzz about possible Perry-Cruz 2016 battle

Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 Republican campaign trail big enough?

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.

A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea

For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.

Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside.

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks -- some weighing hundreds of pounds -- zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."

Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls

Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke.

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.

UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.

US warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the militants' capability.

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David Brooks / Syndicated columnist

What makes for good character in office jockeys

Thinking well under a barrage of information is a character challenge, writes syndicated columnist David Brooks.

Editorial notebook: What are your discoveries, disasters about moving to Seattle?

Recent arrivals are encouraged to share their stories of Seattle discovery — good and bad — with Times columnist Robert J. Vickers. He’ll periodically share some to keep the conversation going.

Guest: Coping with the angst of dropping off your child at college

A generation of parents around the country are getting ready to drop their kids off at college. Angst remains, despite all the orientation on campus, writes guest columnist Kent Hickey.

Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist

The smallness of being in economy class

The airplane scuffle about reclining seats is a symptom of the shrinking stature of the middle class, writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop.

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Community Corner: Aug. 30-31

Evergreen State Fair and Bumbershoot top the weekend list.

Bumbershoot 2014: More than 100 visual artists to explore

Yes, there’s art to look at in the Fisher and Fountain pavilions, but you’ll see and do a whole lot more in this exploration of creativity by more than 100 artists at Bumbershoot.

Restaurant review

Il Terrazzo Carmine: Old-school Italian is definitively delivered

Il Terrazzo Carmine, an Italian restaurant in Pioneer Square, was and still is unapologetically old school.

Bumbershoot 2014, Words and Ideas: The Onion, The Simpsons

This year’s offerings at Bumbershoot’s “Words and Ideas” stage include inside chat from the writers of “The Simpsons,” Tom Robbins in elegiac mode, messages from The Moth and a how-we-do-it session with the staff of The Onion.

Bumbershoot 2014: Theater

Comedy, fairy tales and gory stories are among the live theater shows being performed by local artists at Bumbershoot 2014.

Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood's reigning royal couple, have tied the knot.

Dining Deal

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers: Aloha vibes by Green Lake

An offshoot of a Hawaiian mini-chain, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers on Green Lake brings island vibe to the American classic.

Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in New York City

Joan Rivers is in a New York City hospital, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

NEW - 11:11 AM

Fit for Life

There’s much to know before you row

But once you’ve had lessons, you get more strong, stable and serene stroke by stroke.

NEW - 11:02 AM

The Natural Gardener

Garden Design magazine returns (in print)

As their model, the new owners looked to “Surfer’s World,” which for 25 years has survived via the support of readers; no advertising. Subscribers pay more of the cost of the magazine, but because ads aren’t taking up space, there’s more room for content.

NEW - 12:13 PM


Greek yogurt you’ll swear came from the gods

Sweet, tangy, dreamy, creamy, Ellenos is spooned out at a growing number of Seattle-area farmers markets, supermarket kiosks and corporate cafeterias. It’s trucked to lucky ZIP codes via Amazon Fresh and flown overnight nationwide.

The Grapevine

L’Ecole No. 41 gets global praise for its local focus

While much of L’Ecole’s production relies on grapes from the 11 million-acre Columbia Valley, Marty Clubb is narrowing his focus on Walla Walla Valley grapes.

Saying goodbye to a best buddy

The loss of a dog after more than 14 years is a tragic loss indeed.

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Northwest Living

This Lake Union home really, ah-hem, floats their boat

Architect Dan Nelson designed a contemporary-meets-wharf-warehouse box that stands up to the city-code 21-foot height limit. He opened the main living spaces at water level with two garage doors.


Mexico City: Soldiers use modern means to honor the past

Every Sept. 16, the country celebrates its independence from Spain through a battle that began in 1810.

Now & Then

A view of Seattle Steel, 1905

As soon as William Pigott announced his factory plans in 1903, the small neighborhood on Pigeon Point began to boom with mill workers moving into new but modest homes.

NEW - 06:15 AM

Dear Carolyn

Reader views on helicopter parents, a parent’s death

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax’s readers offer their views while she is away.