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Local News

UPDATE - 05:32 PM
Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle
An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Fri, 7/25
 
Utilities hope to restore power to much of the Methow Valley
Lightning strikes that might have fueled the Carlton Complex wildfire never materialized Wednesday and Thursday, allowing emergency responders a moment to sigh in relief. Fri, 7/25


 
UPDATE - 03:56 PM
Earthquakes jolt 4 different areas of Alaska
Earthquakes jolted four different parts of Alaska on Friday. Fri, 7/25
 
2.8 earthquake near Duvall felt east of Seattle
A small earthquake near Duvall was felt in the area about 20 miles northeast of Seattle. Fri, 7/25
 
Washington state competed for Tesla factory
State officials say Washington competed to win a massive battery factory for Tesla Motors electric cars, but didn't make the list of finalists. Fri, 7/25
 
Oregon poised to ban smoking on beaches
Smoking already banned at most other state parks; would diminish cigarette-butt litter on beaches and protect wildlife  Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:32 PM
Teen gets 8 years in prison for raping 8-year-old
A judge has handed a nearly eight-year prison term to a teenage boy who beat and raped an 8-year-old girl in Kent last fall. Fri, 7/25
 
Once-common marine birds disappearing from our coast
From white-winged scoters and surf scoters to long-tailed ducks, murres, loons and some seagulls, the number of everyday marine birds here has plummeted dramatically in recent decades. The reasons are often complex, but for many the loss of forage fish like herring might hold a clue. Thu, 7/24
 
Bellevue BNSF site is choice for Sound Transit rail yard
Sound Transit decided its preferred location for a light-rail maintenance facility is in Bellevue, across the street from the planned mixed-use urban village known as The Spring District. Thu, 7/24
 
Derailment intensifies concerns over oil transport through state
A few cars in a 102-car train carrying crude oil went off the track beneath the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle on Thursday, but no oil was spilled. Thu, 7/24
 
Fight over Seattle parks plan heats up as Aug. 5 election nears
Supporters say Seattle’s Proposition 1 is necessary to properly fund the park system for the future, as well as knocking out a $267 million maintenance backlog. But opponents argue the plan gives too much discretion to City Council members and lacks routine community input.  Thu, 7/24
 
Report: Coal trains planned for state carry issues, bring jobs
Puget Sound politicians call for investments in overpasses to keep traffic moving in the event 18 daily coal trains pass through the area someday. Thu, 7/24
 
Investigator: Children’s hospital ex-hearing judge was untruthful
A report says an administrative judge in the state insurance commissioner office was untruthful and misleading about events that led to her suspension; her lawyers say the investigator cherry-picked facts and wrongly castigated Patricia Petersen for standing up for judicial independence.  Thu, 7/24
 
Governor set to announce landslide commission
Gov. Jay Inslee and Snohomish County Executive John Lovick are scheduled to announce a commission to make recommendations on how to better avoid and respond to a landslide like the one that happened at Steelhead Haven. Thu, 7/24
 
2 critically injured in shooting outside bank in Central Area
A bank security guard and a 30-year-old man were critically injured Thursday morning during a fight over the guard’s handgun in a hallway outside a Bank of America branch in Seattle’s Central Area. Thu, 7/24
 
269 children from border surge taken in by Northwest states
Two hundred sixty-nine unaccompanied immigrant children have been sent to sponsors in Washington, Oregon and Idaho between Jan. 1 and July 7, federal officials say.  Thu, 7/24
 
Federal Way man accused of threatening Obama to stand trial
A federal judge says Anton Caluori has been restored to competency and can stand trial for allegedly threatening President Obama and assaulting a Secret Service agent with a loaded shotgun. Thu, 7/24
 
South Park man charged in deaths of mother, stepfather
A 45-year-old man with a history of mental-health and addiction issues was charged on Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his mother and stepfather in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood last week. Thu, 7/24
 
Man to face murder charge in Redmond stabbing
A man charged with fatally stabbing a 17-year-old girl in Redmond threatened to stab the next person he saw, according to court documents.  Thu, 7/24
 
Feds ease concerns about migrant kids who might come to JBLM
If migrant children from Central America do come to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, local communities would not be responsible for their welfare, federal officials told local representatives Wednesday. Thu, 7/24
 

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 05:37 PM
What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed
It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Fri, 7/25


 
UPDATE - 05:37 PM
US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine
Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:34 PM
Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad
The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:37 PM
Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall
Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel might soon expand its Gaza ground operation "significantly." Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:57 PM
Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings
Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said. Fri, 7/25
 
Michigan dog owner may be charged in fatal attack
The owner of two dogs that fatally mauled a man as he jogged along a rural Michigan road could be charged after the attack, which was the third since 2012 involving canines from the same property, officials said. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:34 PM
Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help
Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:57 PM
Police still investigating after burglar killed
Prosecutors were waiting Friday for the results of a police investigation into the killing of a burglar by an 80-year-old California homeowner who says he shot the woman in the back as she fled his home and ran down an alley, the district attorney's office said. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 04:40 PM
After teen pilot's crash, how young is too young?
The deadly crash of a teenager on an around-the-world flight brought new attention to the dangers of record-setting youth adventures, and questions about how young is too young to fly a plane. Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 05:13 PM
Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees
A fungus is felling trees across the Everglades and the damage may be leaving Florida’s fragile wetlands open to even more of an incursion from exotic plants. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 04:28 PM
House votes to boost child tax credit for some
More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 04:05 PM
Kansas court overturns brothers' death sentences
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of killing four friends who were robbed and forced to engage in sex acts before being shot to death and left in a snow-covered Wichita field. Fri, 7/25
 
Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band
Having forced out a beloved football coach and watched its president retire after a series of verbal gaffes, Ohio State University again finds itself grabbing headlines with the firing of a celebrated marching band director accused of ignoring a "sexualized" culture of rituals among band members. Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 05:00 PM
Pelvis-photo victims must recount trauma to share $190M
Thousands of women may qualify to share in a $190 million settlement from Johns Hopkins Health System, but to do so they must describe exam-room trauma at the hands of a doctor who used a tiny camera to photograph patients’ genitals. Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 03:49 PM
Police chief pleads no contest in tea party flap
A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge that he signed a local tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites. Fri, 7/25
 
Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban
Pot may be legal in some states -- but the neighbors don't have to like it. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:31 PM
Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area
A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. Still, no marriage licenses will be issued for gay couples in either county any time soon to allow for appeals. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 04:44 PM
UPS driver charged with stealing dozens of guns
A Southern California UPS delivery driver was arrested Friday for stealing dozens of shipped guns that were sold on the black market, federal prosecutors said. Fri, 7/25
 
US fighter jets escort plane back to Toronto
Two U.S. F16 fighter jets escorted a Panama-City bound plane back to Toronto on Friday after a passenger threatened the aircraft. Fri, 7/25
 
Air travel a leap of faith for passengers
Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel. Fri, 7/25
 
Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas
Police say a 10-month-old girl has died after being left in a hot car outside a house in south Wichita. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 04:38 PM
Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate
A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report. Fri, 7/25
 
Honey bees sting Texas man about 1,000 times
A North Texas street department worker has been stung about 1,000 times by aggressive bees that also attacked two co-workers who tried to help him. Fri, 7/25
 
Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists
Iran confirmed on Friday that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two freelance photographers, but did not disclose details about why they were being held. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:14 PM
Large Sandy-struck family splits $20M lottery win
A lottery-playing tradition started by the matriarch of a large New Jersey shore family paid off for her 17 children this week when the group won a $20 million jackpot that will partly be used to help family members recover from 2012's Superstorm Sandy. Fri, 7/25
 
Lawyer: Claims of botched circumcision are untrue
Two doctors deny claims by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during what was supposed to be a routine circumcision, one of their lawyers said Friday. Fri, 7/25
 
Lifetime drops reality TV show on Texas mortuary
The Lifetime TV network says it dropped a reality show about a Texas mortuary after eight decaying bodies were found at the facility and the co-owners were charged with corpse abuse. Fri, 7/25
 
Little sunlight as Obama raises super PAC dollars
For years, President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections. Fri, 7/25
 
Obama aide says impeachment threat taken seriously
One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:57 PM
Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others
A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:37 PM
Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash
Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and apparently disintegrated on impact. Fri, 7/25
 
Aaron Hernandez loses effort to dismiss charges
A judge has rejected a motion to dismiss charges against Aaron Hernandez stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near Hernandez's home. Fri, 7/25
 
Son of South Korean sunken ferry owner detained
South Korean police detained the eldest son of the sunken ferry owner Friday after two months on the run, three days after his billionaire father was confirmed dead. Fri, 7/25
 
Surgeons in India remove 232 teeth from teen
Dental surgeons in India's largest city say they have removed 232 small "tooth-like structures" from the mouth of a teenage boy with a rare medical condition. Fri, 7/25
 
Va. governor: Blessing more didn't die in tornado
Speaking a few dozen yards away from where two people were killed in a tornado that swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday it's a blessing more people didn't die in the storm given the short notice that campers had to seek shelter. Fri, 7/25
 
Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC
Top Palestinian officials have accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, filing a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Fri, 7/25
 
Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash
French officials dispatched a military unit to secure the site in restive northern Mali where an Air Algerie plane crashed with the loss of 116 people. France's interior minister said Friday that terrorism cannot be excluded as a cause for the tragedy, though it was likely due to bad weather. Fri, 7/25
 
House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit
Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written. Fri, 7/25
 
Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens
Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation. Fri, 7/25
 
Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant
Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, as Israel's Security Cabinet was to meet later in the day to decide whether to expand its operation or consider ideas for a cease-fire. Fri, 7/25
 
Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands
Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Fri, 7/25
 
Taiwan plane survivor crawls out, phones dad
The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home. Fri, 7/25
 
Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack
Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road overnight Friday, an official said. Fri, 7/25
 
Va. Gov. McAuliffe to tour tornado damage
Flattened trees, flipped-over RVs, scattered tents, and awnings ripped from trailers -- a scene of devastation awaited the visit of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe the day after a tornado ripped through a campground on the Chesapeake Bay. Fri, 7/25
 
Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress
A man who saw a plane flown by an Indiana teen who was killed during an around-the-world flight attempt says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off American Samoa. Fri, 7/25
 
Bring back firing squads, judge argues; guillotine also ‘foolproof’
An influential federal appeals-court judge says lethal injection was a “dishonest” attempt to disguise the brutal nature of capital punishment and properly trained firing squads are a “foolproof” way to quickly execute an inmate and avoid complications surrounding lethal inje Thu, 7/24
 
How did the Arizona execution go wrong?
Here is a primer to help understand the controversial execution in Arizona on Wednesday and how it has again put the question of capital punishment in the United States under a spotlight. Thu, 7/24
 
Texas getting wired for wind power
For years, the wind industry has been hampered by such a severe lack of transmission lines that when the wind is strong, a local power surplus forces some machines to be shut down. Now, Texas is conducting an experiment that might hold lessons for the rest of the U.S. Thu, 7/24
 
Feds cap fines for not buying health insurance
The figures are important because the White House has only provided theoretical caps in the past. Conservative lawmakers and groups that are critical of the Affordable Care Act encouraged consumers to skip buying insurance. Thu, 7/24
 
S. Korea lab fails to find out how ferry owner died
South Korea’s state-run forensic lab said it has failed to determine the cause of death for a fugitive billionaire blamed for April’s ferry disaster. Thu, 7/24
 
U.S. airlines to resume flights to Tel Aviv
 Thu, 7/24
 
2 Texas football players charged with sex assault
Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month. Thu, 7/24
 
Baldwin, LaBeouf share a role — defendant— in NYC
Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf never ended up sharing a Broadway stage as planned last year, but real-life dramatics landed both of them Thursday in a distinctly less celebrated venue: Manhattan criminal courts. Thu, 7/24
 
Ohio State band marches on after director's firing
The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director; a day after he was fired they're performing with the Columbus Symphony in what's often considered the band's unofficial season kickoff. Thu, 7/24
 

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Business & Technology

Report: At least four derailed 737 fuselages scrapped
Four of the six 737 fuselages caught in a Montana train derailment in early July have now been dismantled. Fri, 7/25


 
UPDATE - 05:00 PM
Boeing’s McNerney apologizes for remark about ‘cowering’ workers
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney apologized Friday in a companywide message for telling analysts this week that he won’t retire after turning 65 next month because “the heart will still be beating, the employees will still be cowering.” Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 12:00 AM
Circle the skies, from your smartphone or tablet
Apps focusing on realistic graphics, sophisticated controls and staged missions allow users to capture a bit of the delight of flight. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 06:00 PM
Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands
Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 04:28 PM
Red Lion puts Bellevue hotel on market
The Red Lion Hotel sits on six acres along the I-405 corridor and is adjacent to a planned East Link light rail stop at 112 Avenue Southeast and Main Street. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 04:12 PM
Symetra Financial stock up on Q2 results
Symetra, which sells annuities, employee benifits and life insurance, had total revenue of $547.1 million for the second quarter, up from $513.2 million a year ago. Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:57 PM
Worries about US consumers drag stocks lower
Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week. Fri, 7/25
 
Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare
The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller. Fri, 7/25
 
Ukraine detours likely to bring higher airfares
Flights are longer, more fuel is used as airlines on busy Europe to Middle East and Asia routes avoid Ukraine airspace — and ticket prices are expected to increase.  Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 12:00 PM
Q&A with Patrick Marshall
When backup hard drive needs a housecleaning
First check on what kind of backups — full or incremental — are being made and whether images of the entire hard drive are being saved, writes Patrick Marshall. He also advises a user struggling with display problems on a new high-def laptop. Fri, 7/25
 
Pacific Continental Bank CEO retiring
Hal Brown, who is retiring after leading the company for 12 years, will be replaced by president Roger Busse.  Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 05:57 PM
Orders for US durable goods up 0.7 percent in June
Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June after a May decline, helped by a recovery in demand in a key category that signals business investment plans. Fri, 7/25
 
Amazon shares sink as quarterly loss widens
The Web giant posted second-quarter revenue in line with expectations, while losses exceeded Wall Street projections. Thu, 7/24
 
Bakery, lunch and tea help lift Starbucks to record revenues
Starbucks’ growing ability to draw people into the store for items other than a latte brought in record quarterly revenues and higher-than-expected profit.  Thu, 7/24
 
Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar
Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. Thu, 7/24
 
Nokia sees brighter future without handset unit
There is life after mobile phones for Nokia. Thu, 7/24
 
White-collar union at Boeing files age-bias complaint
The union representing engineers and technical worker has filed charges with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging Boeing’s approach to more than 2,500 layoffs since last year “doubled, tripled, and quadrupled layoff vulnerability for older employees.” Thu, 7/24
 
After much movement, stocks end where they began
Only Wall Street could make the buying and selling of more than 3 billion shares look like nothing happened. Thu, 7/24
 

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Sports

UPDATE - 05:21 PM
Christine Michael happy to step in for Marshawn Lynch
With Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch holding out, Christine Michael and Robert Turbin will get their chances to play. Expectations are high for Michael, the Seahawks’ first draft pick in 2013. Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 05:11 PM
Sue Bird hopes to be in lineup for key Storm game Saturday
Storm star Sue Bird missed the team’s game Thursday with a neck strain. She hopes to return Saturday when the Storm plays Los Angeles, the team it is chasing for the final WNBA Western Conference playoff spot.  Fri, 7/25
 
UPDATE - 04:57 PM
Pete Carroll sees rules emphasis as compliment to Seahawks
NFL officials will focus on illegal contact and defensive holding this season. “I think we contributed to that,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.  Fri, 7/25
 
Live chat with Sports Radio KJR's Mitch Levy
 Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 04:57 PM
On the Air
 Fri, 7/25
 
Jerry Brewer
Marshawn Lynch holdout puts Seahawks in a tough position
Marshawn Lynch has decided to take his demand for a pay raise to another threat level. Lynch will be the dreaded camp holdout. Until this complicated situation is resolved, the Seahawks’ bid to win another championship is in a fragile state. Thu, 7/24
 
Huskies QB Cyler Miles suspended for Hawaii opener
Coach Chris Petersen tacks on one-game suspension for quarterback’s involvement in post-Super Bowl incidents.  Thu, 7/24
 
Mariners suffer third consecutive loss, fall 4-0 to Baltimore
Delmon Young hits a three-run homer and Baltimore scores all of its runs in the third inning to shut out Seattle.  Thu, 7/24


 
Mariners trade for Kendrys Morales
The Mariners traded 25-year-old reliever Stephen Pryor to Minnesota for Kendrys Morales, a first baseman-designated hitter who played last season for Seattle.  Thu, 7/24
 
Sounders’ Jalil Anibaba takes opportunity and runs with it
Filling in for injured or otherwise absent Sounders teammates, Jalil Anibaba has played all three positions across the back line this season. He’s appeared in nine matches this year and started seven, including the last four MLS competitions.  Thu, 7/24
 
Temeka Johnson triple-double not enough as Storm drops season-high fourth straight, 84-80
Temeka Johnson, filling in for an injured Sue Bird, gets 13 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Storm’s first-ever triple-double, but the Liberty prevails in overtime. Thu, 7/24
 
Cleveland Cavaliers sign No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, who can’t be traded for 30 days
Andrew Wiggins, the first player drafted this year, has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one. The Cleveland Cavaliers signed him to a long-term deal that pays him $5.5 million this season and prevents him from being traded for 30 days. Thu, 7/24
 
Jim Mora says he never considered leaving UCLA
Bruins coach says that he never was in the running to replace Steve Sarkisian at Washington. Said Mora: “UCLA showed a tremendous commitment to me; they trusted me by hiring me. I love it here. I don’t want to go anywhere.” Thu, 7/24
 
Michael Putnam, who is from University Place, shares Canadian Open lead
Michael Putnam, who is from University Place, and Tim Petrovic shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open. Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor was tied for third at Royal Montreal. Thu, 7/24
 
Chuck Knoblauch charged with assaulting wife
Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with assaulting his wife, and as a result will not be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame on Aug. 23. Thu, 7/24
 
NW Briefs
Michael Almonte and Michael Butler lead West qualifier of Washington State Men’s Amateur
Almonte of Fircrest and Butler of Sammamish each shot 2-under-par 70 at Gold Mountain in Bremerton. Thu, 7/24
 
Ohio State fires marching-band director after investigation
Ohio State fired the director of its marching band, Jonathan Waters, after determining he ignored a “sexualized” culture of rituals, including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts. Thu, 7/24
 
NFL
Ray Rice of Baltimore Ravens is suspended for 2 games
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended for two games without pay for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy. Thu, 7/24
 
Vincenzo Nibali adds to lead by winning 18th stage of Tour de France
Astana cyclist Vincenzo Nibali of Italy won the 18th stage to add to his overall lead in the Tour de France, which ends Sunday in Paris. Thu, 7/24
 
Emerald Downs entries
 Thu, 7/24
 
Marshawn Lynch expected to hold out of Seahawks training camp, Michael Robinson says
Marshawn Lynch, who threatened to hold out during Seattle’s minicamp last June but then showed up anyway, is expected to be absent when the Seahawks begin training camp Friday. The news was revealed by former Seahawk fullback Michael Robinson, who is now working for the NFL Network. Thu, 7/24
 
Next time maybe you should try Tom, Kyle or Richard
 Thu, 7/24
 
Rainiers knock off 51s, 5-4, with sixth-inning rally
Ty Kelly’s go-ahead home run in the sixth inning powered the Tacoma Rainiers to a 5-4 victory over the Las Vegas 51s at Cheney Stadium on Thursday night. Thu, 7/24
 

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Entertainment

Book review
‘High as the Horses’ Bridles’: facing an apocalypse-tinged childhood
Scott Cheshire’s debut novel, “High as the Horses’ Bridles,” follows a man as he returns to help his ailing father and confront a past steeped in apocalyptic religion. Cheshire reads Tuesday, July 29, at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co. Fri, 7/25
 
Theater review
‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ and ‘Julius Caesar’ head outdoors
Reviews of Wooden O’s 2014 summer shows in Seattle-area parks.  Fri, 7/25
 
‘Y’all’ needs no translation: U.S. country music is big abroad
For decades country acts rarely toured outside the U.S., with exceptions for superstars such as Johnny Cash, but it’s now one of America’s hottest musical exports, thanks in part to younger country acts with a knack for marketing themselves on social media.  Fri, 7/25
 
Art review
A stroll through Bellevue’s ‘Bellwether’ installation
A reviewer walks through the “Bellwether 2014” installation in downtown Bellevue, comprising more than 30 works by regional artists, and finds a few gems. Fri, 7/25
 
Dining Deal
Sebi’s Bistro: Cozy European cuisine in an urban castle
Sebi’s Bistro on Eastlake offers a taste of the Old World with Polish fare and pizzas. Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 05:28 PM
Theater review
An uneven ‘Evening of One Acts’ at ACT Theatre
A review of ACT Theatre’s “An Evening of One Acts,” whose highlight is a Sam Shepard short play of 1969, “The Unseen Hand.” Fri, 7/25
 
July 25 TV Picks: ‘Funniest Wins’ on TBS
TV Picks for Friday, July 25, 2014, include “Funniest Wins” on TBS, “Crossbones” on NBC and “Moone Boy” on KCTS. Fri, 7/25
 
Scientists make love, war weapons in ‘Manhattan’
The World War II-era drama about the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb, premiering Sunday, July 27, 2014, is the second original series for WGN America, part of its initiative to expand beyond Chicago sports and broadcast network reruns. Fri, 7/25
 
Movie review
‘Hercules’: an aging Rock in ‘300’ lite
A one-and-a-half star review of “Hercules,” a B-movie directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson. It’s a brief, violent and narrowly-focused tale of a Hercules utterly removed from myth. Fri, 7/25
 
Movie review
‘The Fluffly Movie’: a victory lap for an agreeable comic
A two-star review of “The Fluffy Movie,” a concert film about less-than-edgy stand-up comic Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, a strong storyteller known for his funny voices. Fri, 7/25
 

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Living

NEW - 12:03 PM
PNW Magazine
With a camera, Matika Wilbur aims to bring Indian history to the here and now
To redefine our image of her people, photographer is out to show us every tribe.  Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 11:12 AM
Fit for Life
Dragon boating is a great workout with a beautiful view
Go once and Fit for Life columnist Nicole Tsong bets that you will be joyously paddling around Lake Union, declaring boats your new favorite mode of transportation. Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 11:02 AM
The Natural Gardener
Fresh, flavorful herbs put the delicious in dishes
Here’s some advice about what to do with them from chef Vincent Nattress of Whidbey Island, who is known for his fresh, vegetable-and-herb-rich cooking.  Fri, 7/25
 
Taste
Keeping bees: Get smart before you start
It will cost you money and a few stings, but the rewards are rich. Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 11:28 AM
The Grapevine
Merlot ice cream, anyone? Dessert wine is redefined
Gary Gougér, owner of Gougér Cellars, has been crafting small amounts of wine since 2009. One night, he awoke with a start, realizing he could make wine ice cream with no alcohol or added sugar. Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 12:12 PM
Northwest Living
With rooms remade and all kept simple, condo design shines
The homeowner allowed his architect, Prentis Hale of SHED Architecture and Design, to be his guide: “Contemporary and modern stuff can become kind of cliché and trendy. I didn’t want trendy. I didn’t want fussy. I wanted interesting.” Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 10:02 AM
Now & Then
When the circus came to town, ca. 1910
Three “big top” circuses were here between 1909 and 1913.The biggest, Barnum and Bailey, performed on this site in 1910, 1912 and 1914. The two others were the Sells-Floto Circus, and the Norris and Rowe Circus. Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Stop chasing love and slow it down a bit
 Fri, 7/25
 
Child becomes salmonella carrier after pets ate tainted food
Amy Hall turned 2 last month, battling a debilitating form of salmonella that, according to her parents, surfaces every two to three weeks and is expected to plague her for years to come. She got it from her family’s dogs. Thu, 7/24
 

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Travel & Outdoors

Alaska’s Klondike tourist train to resume after derailment
White Pass & Yukon vintage locomotives and passenger rail cars went off tracks; 23 people had minor injuries  Fri, 7/25
 
JetBlue considers fee for checking first bag
If JetBlue imposes baggage charge, Southwest Airlines would be the only major U.S. carrier not to charge passengers for a first checked bag.  Fri, 7/25
 
Coming up: Events across the region
A long-range calendar of festivals and fun beyond Seattle Fri, 7/25
 
Lufthansa, Air France to resume Israel flights
European airlines follow U.S. carrier in flying again to Tel Aviv airport because of safety concerns. Fri, 7/25
 
Taking a look at Hawaiian air travel
Smithsonian exhibit explores impacts on what was one of the most remote places.  Fri, 7/25
 
Turkey opens high-speed rail line
Passengers can travel between Istanbul and Ankara, the two main cities, at 155 mph.  Fri, 7/25
 

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Opinion

NEW - 04:03 PM
Editorial: State needs to do more to get girls interested in STEM learning
Washington state must ensure all students gain a better understanding of math and science if they stand a chance of competing for high-paying jobs in their own state.  Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 05:13 PM
Guest: Victoria’s sewage does not pollute Washington shores
Victoria’s sewage discharge does not pollute Washington shores, according to guest columnist Brian Burchill.  Fri, 7/25
 
NEW - 04:35 PM
Nicholas D. Kristof
An idiot’s guide to inequality
The rush to purchase Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” suggested that Americans must have wanted to understand inequality. The apparent rush to put it down suggests that, well, we’re human, writes syndicated columnist Nicholas D. Kristof. Fri, 7/25
 


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