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Puyallup Tribe cancels Nugent shows, citing racist remarks
The Puyallup tribe cancels Ted Nugent’s August 2 and 3 shows at Emerald Queen Casino, citing the rocker’s racism. Sat, 7/26
Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle
An employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Sat, 7/26
Fire’s updated toll: 300 homes, ‘horrifying’ devastation
About 300 homes — twice as many as previously estimated — have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday after visiting the burned areas. “It looks like a moonscape,” he said. Fri, 7/25

Monorail proposition on fall ballot
Seattle voters will decide in November whether to fund planning for a monorail between Ballard and West Seattle — some nine years after an earlier monorail project imploded. Fri, 7/25
Bellevue refocuses vision for Bel-Red Corridor after setback
The city of Bellevue is beginning to refocus its vision for a dense, public transit-oriented Bel-Red Corridor around a Sound Transit rail-yard location it opposed.  Fri, 7/25
Cold-case killer gets 14½ years in prison
Convicted sex offender Michael Halgren was sentenced Friday for the 1980 slaying of a 19-year-old woman in Bellevue. Fri, 7/25
Earthquakes jolt 4 different areas of Alaska
Earthquakes jolted four different parts of Alaska on Friday. Fri, 7/25
South Lake Union Park pond provides the perfect cup of tea
Seattle lighting designer and artist Yuri Kinoshita created “Furyu” (“Light Breeze”), a floating teahouse, for the South Lake Union model boat pond; it will only exist for two days, an oasis of calm in a busy urban area. Fri, 7/25
Commission will study how to avoid another landslide
A dozen men and women will study how to better avoid and respond to landslides such as the Oso landslide that killed 43 people in March.But the commission won’t be determining who was accountable for the permitting and planning lapses that occurred leading up to the landslide.  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
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
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
The Wrap / Ron Judd
Click here to donate to the Beast Mode Relief Fund
The Wrap by Ron Judd Fri, 7/25
Duo nets prison time for elaborate 2013 wine theft
Pair get prison for elaborate “Mission Impossible”-style theft of nearly $650,000 in rare wines from a Sodo storage facility Fri, 7/25
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. 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

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Nation & World

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. Sat, 7/26

Gazans survey destruction as 12-hour lull begins
Gaza residents used a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire on Saturday to stock up on supplies and survey the devastation from nearly three weeks of fighting, as they braced for a resumption of Israel's war on Hamas amid stalled efforts to secure a longer truce. Sat, 7/26
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. Sat, 7/26
Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids
Police were searching for two men who carjacked an SUV and plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing three kids and critically injuring their mother and the carjacking victim. Another woman was hurt but is in stable condition. Sat, 7/26
Police still investigating after burglar killed
Prosecutors Friday were waiting 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. Sat, 7/26
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. Sat, 7/26
Hospital shooting suspect had history of violence
A psychiatric patient who killed his caseworker -- and grazed his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back -- has a lengthy history of gun arrests, violence and mental health problems, authorities said. Sat, 7/26
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. Sat, 7/26
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. Sat, 7/26
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. Sat, 7/26
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
U.S.: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine
Rather than scale back its military intervention in Ukraine after the Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down, Moscow is instead devoting even more firepower to the pro-Russian separatists’ cause, in the face of international condemnation and toughened U.S. sanctions. Fri, 7/25
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
12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza planned
The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning. The military says in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time and end at 8 p.m. local time. Fri, 7/25
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
Fast-food workers convention to serve new wage demands
The convention comes as President Obama and many other Democrats across the country have attempted to make a campaign issue out of their call to increase the federal and state minimum wages. Fri, 7/25
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
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
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
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
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
Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster
Industry analysts and safety experts shake their heads at the seeming randomness of the tragedies, saying they can find no common themes. Nor do they think the events indicate that flying is suddenly becoming less safe. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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Business & Technology

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. Sat, 7/26
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. Sat, 7/26

Boeing 737 fuselages scrapped by Montana recycling firm
Damaged in a Montana train derailment earlier this month, fuselages for six 737s were crushed and bailed this week, and their remains were expected to be removed by Saturday. Fri, 7/25
Boeing’s McNerney apologizes for remark about ‘cowering’ workers
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney apologized Friday in a companywide message for telling analysts 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
A smartphone screen that takes the fall
The glass used to make smartphones these days is so tough that putting the device in a case may be superfluous unless the case is there to make a design statement. Fri, 7/25
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
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
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
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
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

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Felix Hernandez throws another gem, but the Mariners drop a 2-1 decision to Baltimore in 10 innings
Felix Hernandez sets a standard better only by Tom Seaver Fri, 7/25

New Mariners Kendrys Morales gets a hearty welcome from his new manager
Lloyd McClendon welcomes slugger with a choice cigar, and a start in the cleanup spot Fri, 7/25
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
QB Johnny Manziel admits to ‘rookie mistakes’
Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel knew questions about his off-field behavior were coming, so he brought up the topic first. “I’ve made some rookie mistakes,” the first-round draft pick from Texas A&M said. Fri, 7/25
Report: Los Angeles Lakers are negotiating with Byron Scott to be their coach
The Los Angeles Lakers are getting closer to hiring their third coach since Phil Jackson left their sideline in 2011, engaging in negotiations with Byron Scott, a source told the Los Angeles Times. Fri, 7/25
Tour de France time trial is Saturday
Ramunas Navardauskas gave Lithuania and his American team, Garmin-Sharp, a stage victory at the Tour de France. Cycling’s great showcase, which ends Sunday in Paris, seemingly has been reduced to a race for second place behind Italian Vincenzo Nibali of the Astana team. Fri, 7/25
Jimmy Shane drives Oberto to top qualifying mark during the Columbia Cup hydroplane races
In golf, Washington’s Corey Pereira runs away with Pacific Coast Amateur Fri, 7/25
Course-record 63 vaults Jim Furyk
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor still close after a 67 puts him in a tie for third Fri, 7/25
Giants call up Dan Uggla to start at second base
Uggla called up from Class AAA Fresno a week after being released by Atlanta and days after signing minor-league deal. Fri, 7/25
Jay DeMerit of MLS Vancouver Whitecaps retires
Center back Jay DeMerit, the first player signed by the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps in 2010 and the Major League Soccer team’s first captain, has decided to retire. “About six weeks ago, when I tore the new tendon in my ankle, I knew I was up against it,” the 34-year-old said. Fri, 7/25
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
Tacoma Rainiers blast 12 hits in beating Sacramento 7-0 in PCL play
Justin Smoak gets two hits and two RBI for Tacoma Fri, 7/25
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
Live chat with Sports Radio KJR's Mitch Levy
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Jerry Brewer
Marshawn Lynch holdout appears to not faze Seahawks
As the defending champion Seahawks opened training camp Friday, with Marshawn Lynch in Holdout Mode and nowhere to be found, there was an eerie feel to the team’s mild-mannered reactions to his absence. The message was clear, if subtle. Fri, 7/25

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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
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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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
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
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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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NEW - 04:03 AM
Editorial: Open-court issues in the spotlight with state Supreme Court ruling
The state Supreme Court waded into sticky questions of privacy in the digital age, and ruled wisely.  Sat, 7/26
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
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
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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