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Local News

UPDATE - 11:19 AM
9th Circuit tosses child-porn evidence, cites Navy snooping
9th Circuit judges say Naval Criminal Investigative Service has routinely probed the computers of civilians in Washington and elsewhere looking for evidence of crimes. Thu, 9/18
Jerry Large
John McKay thinks Ireland’s experience might help Palestine
Seattle U professor finds lessons for the Middle East in Irish history. Thu, 9/18
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn pleads guilty to DUI
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kittitas County to driving under the influence after driving his pickup into a ditch last month. Wed, 9/17
Magnitude 4.0 quake shows early-warning system works
The Northwest’s biggest quake of the year rattled nerves early Wednesday from Seabeck, in Kitsap County, to Seattle. More than 500 “felt it” reports were filed with the U.S. Geological Survey. Wed, 9/17
Bezos’ Blue Origin plans 21st century rocket engine
Jeff Bezos’ private aerospace company, Blue Origin, agreed to develop its rocket engine in partnership with Boeing and Lockheed Martin, an alliance that could reduce Russia’s role in U.S. orbital flights. Wed, 9/17

Metro belt-tightening to save 150,000 hours of bus service
King County Metro Transit has found enough savings to limit planned bus cuts, news that comes as Seattle voters consider new transit taxes. Wed, 9/17
VA gets earful from vets: "I was told: 'Don't call us, we'll call you'"
Puget Sound-area veterans had a chance to sound off Wednesday night about their struggles to get medical care when the Department of Veterans Affairs held a town-hall meeting. Wed, 9/17
Tribal canoe journey likely to take 1-year hiatus
A large annual event that celebrates the Pacific Northwest's Native American culture with a tribal canoe journey and ceremonies is expected to take a one-year hiatus in 2015 because no tribe has stepped up to host it, officials said. Wed, 9/17

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 12:55 PM
Scots decide future amid excitement, apprehension
Excitement vied with apprehension as Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to dissolve a union with England that brought great prosperity but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling. Thu, 9/18

UPDATE - 12:55 PM
Senate ready to support Obama on rebel aid
Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional approval Thursday of President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:53 PM
Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot
Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said. Thu, 9/18
Josh Powell's family to appeal trust ruling
Josh Powell's family is appealing to the Utah Supreme Court a recent ruling that cut them out of a trust that has $2 million in life-insurance proceeds. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:53 PM
'Three Cups of Tea' author plans reluctant return
Greg Mortenson doesn't want to talk about his best-selling "Three Cups of Tea" book, but everybody else does -- including his own charity. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:55 PM
Rob Ford releases audio statement from hospital
Just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer, a rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement from his hospital room on Thursday urging people to vote for his brother for mayor. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:55 PM
Man arrested in fast-growing California wildfire
A man has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday. Thu, 9/18
NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force to deter Russia
NATO's new rapid-reaction "spearhead" force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:55 PM
Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating outbreak. Thu, 9/18
46 years later, owner to get stolen Jaguar back
Forty-six years ago Ivan Schneider, successful Manhattan lawyer, bought himself the Jaguar convertible that would feature in a most unusual tale of unrequited love. Thu, 9/18
U.S. to train 50,000 veterans to install solar panels
The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. Thu, 9/18
Yellen says US families need to boost savings
The Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are "extraordinarily vulnerable" to financial setbacks because they have few assets to fall back on, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday Thu, 9/18
APNewsBreak: NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer
North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 11:43 AM
Border Patrol to test wearing cameras
The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing body-worn cameras on agents next month, the head of its parent agency said Thursday, a step toward seeing if the technology should be used in the field as the government seeks to blunt criticism about agents' use of force. Thu, 9/18
NEW - 12:53 PM
France to carry out airstrikes in Iraq
France has agreed to carry out airstrikes requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group's fighters who've captured swathes of the country, President Francois Hollande said Thursday. Thu, 9/18
Over 2,000 homes threatened in California fire
An out-of-control wildfire in Northern California threatened more than 2,000 homes and consumed huge swaths of timber land east of Sacramento while another town near the Oregon border took account of the damage done by a wildfire that burned 200 homes earlier in the week. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:16 PM
Tropical storm spares Arizona's metro areas
A tropical weather system that sent Arizona residents frantically stocking up on sandbags spared the state's metro areas of any major rainfall, and residents went about their business Thursday amid dry streets and sunny skies. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:17 PM
Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 pct
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of nearly 10 percent from last year. Thu, 9/18
Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk
Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers -- partly because of the city's reputation for being windy. Thu, 9/18
Warrant: SC dad feared 5 slain kids would kill him
A South Carolina father who authorities said killed his five children believed the kids "were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs," according to an unredacted arrest warrant released Wednesday. Thu, 9/18
43 accused of running cybersex ring in Philippines
Philippine authorities arrested 43 suspected members of a syndicate that runs a lucrative online cybersex operation catering to clients worldwide, officials said Thursday. Thu, 9/18
Nigeria: death toll in building collapse is 80
An official in Nigeria says the death toll in a building collapse at a televangelist's church complex has risen to 80. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:53 PM
Emergency landing for JetBlue flight in California
A JetBlue airliner experienced engine problems and returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after a short flight that ended with passengers evacuating onto the runway using the plane's emergency slides. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:35 PM
IS group seizes 21 villages in northern Syria
Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have captured 21 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the extremists sweeping through the area, activists said. Thu, 9/18
2 men have 1993 convictions overturned
A state appeals court has overturned the guilty verdicts of two men convicted in 1993 of kidnapping a 16-year-old Brooklyn girl. Thu, 9/18
A look at key developments in NFL controversies
The NFL is under pressure from sponsors, fans and lawmakers for its handling of domestic violence allegations against several players. At issue is whether the league is acting swiftly enough to investigate or discipline players. Thu, 9/18
AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops
Iraq's new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday for inaction in Syria and lamenting the "puzzling" exclusion of neighboring Iran from the coalition being assembled to fight the Islamic State group. Thu, 9/18
Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words
Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he used a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders as "Shylocks," and a prominent group that fights anti-Semitism called it a teachable moment about the harmful effects of stereotypes. Thu, 9/18
Cardinals quick to deactivate Dwyer after arrest
The Arizona Cardinals say they first learned of the domestic abuse accusations against backup running back Jonathan Dwyer on Wednesday afternoon. Thu, 9/18
Drag queens dress down Facebook over names
San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. Thu, 9/18
Fed increases estimate for key rate at end of 2015
Federal Reserve policymakers have slightly increased their estimate of what the Fed's benchmark interest rate should be at the end of 2015 compared with their estimate three months ago. Thu, 9/18
Online sleuths aid probe into gay couple's beating
Police searching for a group of people suspected in the beating of a gay couple got an outpouring of help from Twitter and Facebook users, who located a photo of the clean-cut young men and women at a restaurant and helped match names to faces. Thu, 9/18
Police step up security in Los Cabos after Odile
Police stepped up patrolling overnight in the resort area of Los Cabos, where looters stripped many stores of goods and tens of thousands faced a fourth day without water or power Thursday in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile. Thu, 9/18
Police trooper killed in ambush to be laid to rest
Hundreds of mourners, including law enforcement officers from around the country, are gathering in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the funeral of a state trooper amid a mood of grief and fear as a manhunt continues 40 miles away for the killer, identified as a self-taught survivalist who hates police. Thu, 9/18
Syrian air force attacks IS-held northern town
Activists say Syrian government helicopter gunships have attacked a northern town held by Muslim militants, killing at least a dozen people and wounding dozens more. Thu, 9/18
USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds
The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. Thu, 9/18
Vikings reconsider, put Peterson on paid leave
Adrian Peterson has had the potential to be that rare post-modern NFL running back playing productively into his 30s. After that extraordinary comeback from knee reconstruction, Emmitt Smith's career rushing record became a realistic if daunting target. Thu, 9/18
Apple update keeps data private, even from police
Apple said that its latest software system, iOS 8, included protection so complete that it has become technically impossible for it to comply with government warrants asking for customer information such as photos, email, messages, contacts, call history and notes to be extracted from devices. Wed, 9/17
‘Dying in America’: U.S. needs better plans for end-of-life care
“Dying in America” says its recommendations would improve the quality of care and better satisfy more patients and families. It also says the changes would produce significant savings that would help make health care more affordable. Wed, 9/17
Air Force: 'So help me God' in oath is optional
Airmen taking their enlistment or officer appointment oaths can omit the words "so help me God" if they choose, Air Force officials announced Wednesday. Wed, 9/17
FDA panel calls for limits on ‘Low-T’ hormone products
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said that prescribing language on blockbuster testosterone treatments should be revised to make clear they have not been shown to reverse common aging issues such as low libido, fatigue and muscle loss. Wed, 9/17
Police: Video shows man used banana to rob store
Police in Philadelphia say a man used a banana he swiped from a convenience store counter to simulate a gun while he robbed the place. Wed, 9/17
U.S. military role in Iraq raises combat questions
Clearing up some of the confusion over the U.S. mission in Iraq. Wed, 9/17
Natural gas alone isn’t magic weapon against climate change
Natural gas is no long-term fix in the effort to shield the world from the most severe effects of climate change or meet the difficult goal set by world leaders to keep global temperatures from rising no more than 2 degrees Celsius. Wed, 9/17
Scots’ inventions are fuel for independence debate
If Scotland exits the United Kingdom after a referendum this week, it can stake a claim to inventions that transformed modern life, from surgical anesthetic and penicillin to TV, the telephone and even the flush toilet. Wed, 9/17
Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race
The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course Wednesday for his investigation to stretch deep into a 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seems likely to enter. Wed, 9/17
Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee
The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday. Wed, 9/17
NASA's Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend
Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. Wed, 9/17
Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary
It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: "Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?" Wed, 9/17
Principal resigns post after Wyoming hazing skit
A skit at a Wyoming high school in which new staff members were hazed with sexually suggestive words and actions has resulted in disciplinary action against some employees and the resignation of the principal. Wed, 9/17
Study: Americans endure unwanted care near death
Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday. Wed, 9/17
Texas executes woman for starvation of boy, 9
A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening. Wed, 9/17
US scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne
It's incredibly unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn't is to stop the epidemic, a top government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday. Wed, 9/17

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Business & Technology

Drag queens dress down Facebook over names
San Francisco drag queens are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:17 PM
Stocks creep higher on encouraging news
The U.S. stock market climbed to new record highs Thursday as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. The slight gains come a day after the Federal Reserve signaled that it's in no rush to raise interest rates. Thu, 9/18

Alibaba post-IPO structure gives insiders control
Control over Alibaba Group will stay in the hands of founder Jack Ma and other company veterans after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public on the New York Stock Exchange in a record busting share sale. Thu, 9/18
Alibaba symbol of China's new tech giants
Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:17 PM
Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.23 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates surged this week, marking their largest one-week gain this year. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:17 PM
Stock gains lift US household wealth to a record
Strong stock market gains and higher home prices boosted Americans' net worth in the April-June quarter to a record high, a trend that could encourage more spending. Thu, 9/18
World stocks higher after Fed as Scotland votes
World stocks were mostly higher Thursday as Scotland voted in an independence referendum that could shake the U.K. economy and markets. Sentiment was underpinned by the Federal Reserve's signal it is not rushing to raise interest rates. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:17 PM
Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:53 PM
Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable
Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:17 PM
Volatile apartment sector reduces US home building
U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction, a larger and more stable portion of the market, fell only modestly. Thu, 9/18
Yellen: Fed balance sheet to take years to shrink
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says "it could take until the end of the decade" to shrink the Fed's record investment portfolio to more normal levels. Thu, 9/18
Novo Nordisk may base obesity-research drive here
Novo Nordisk, which closed a Seattle research hub two weeks ago, is hinting the location could become its chief site for a broad new initiative targeting obesity and employing many scientists. Wed, 9/17
Starbucks updates Android app to add tipping function
Starbucks said Wednesday it has updated its Android app to allow tipping, matching the improvements made to its iPhone app earlier this year. Wed, 9/17
State’s unemployment steady, but local rate edges up
The statewide unemployment rate in August was 5.6 percent, the same as in July, but the rate for the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett area increased slightly to 4.8 percent. Wed, 9/17
Amazon expands gadget lineup, offers Fire tablet for kids
The online retail giant adds new Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets to its family of products. But for all the technical improvements and new features built into these devices, one principle remains prominent throughout — price matters. Wed, 9/17
Amazon’s hardware chief says price still guides company
The head of Amazon’s hardware business talks about the importance of price, expectations of customers, what those on the Kindle staff like and other subjects. Wed, 9/17
FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs
Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 extra workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries. Wed, 9/17
Local consumer prices dip as inflation reverses course
Consumer prices in the Seattle area dropped slightly in July and August, in parallel with a national decline for the first time since April 2013. Wed, 9/17
US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August
U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control. Wed, 9/17
US homebuilder confidence soars in September
U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years. Wed, 9/17

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UPDATE - 12:33 PM
Larry Stone
Seahawks’ Richard Sherman gets a laugh out of on-field challenges, off-field insults
“It’s really funny,” Sherman says of chatter after the loss at San Diego, when Keenan Allen caught five passes. “Especially when you have little guys like the Chargers guys talking about how they exposed something.” Thu, 9/18

UPDATE - 12:59 PM
Arrest of Cardinals player adds to NFL’s problems
Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals was arrested in a domestic-violence investigation Wednesday as the NFL continued to find itself under siege for its handling of such cases. Thu, 9/18
Huskies’ Kasen Williams off to slow start
Washington senior receiver Kasen Williams has caught just one pass the past two weeks. He says the slow start has nothing to do with the injury he suffered last season.  Wed, 9/17
Federal Way High football team hit by injuries
The Eagles have started 0-2 after coming into the season ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 4A. Wed, 9/17
Mariners get nothing in 5-0 loss to Angels
Justin Smoak’s fifth-inning single is only hit by Seattle in 5-0 loss as Angels clinch AL West. Seattle falls two games behind Kansas City and Oakland for wild card. Wed, 9/17
Oregon can expect to hear from Cougars’ Daquawn Brown
Chatty Cougars cornerback will have plenty to say to Ducks, as he does to every opponent and anyone who spends time with him. Wed, 9/17
Heisman winner Jameis Winston suspended for first half of Clemson game
Jameis Winston will be a spectator in the first half of Florida State’s showdown against Clemson on Saturday after making “offensive and vulgar” comments about women — the latest embarrassment in a growing list of poor decisions off the field. Wed, 9/17
Jason Terry traded to Rockets
The Houston Rockets acquired Jason Terry and draft picks from the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson. Wed, 9/17
Mariners likely to shut down Roenis Elias after elbow strain
Rookie left-hander left Tuesday’s game in the fifth inning. He will have an MRI Thursday in Seattle. Wed, 9/17
Prep football game of the week: Marysville-Pilchuck battles O’Dea
No. 3 Marysville-Pilchuck travels to face No. 2 O’Dea at West Seattle Stadium Friday in an early-season showdown. Wed, 9/17
Seahawks’ Robert Turbin grateful for increased role
Seattle running back Robert Turbin scored his first NFL touchdown in the Seahawks’ loss to San Diego. Family tragedies remind Turbin how lucky he is to be playing in the NFL.  Wed, 9/17
Umpire throws out foul-mouthed fan
Umpire Tim Welke heard a foul-mouthed fan heckling Bryce Harper and decided it was time for the man to go. Wed, 9/17
Peyton Manning mostly mum on seeking revenge vs. Seahawks
Manning doesn’t have much interest in reliving the past. Denver plays at Seattle Sunday. Wed, 9/17
Brian Thornton grabs leads at Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship
Teaching Pro at Meridian Valley shoots a 7-under 65 to take two-stroke lead over first-round leader Tony Robydek. Wed, 9/17
Coho season peaking on area waters
Strong numbers coincide with Everett Coho Derby.  Wed, 9/17
On the Air
 Wed, 9/17
Wednesday’s prep cross country results
Cross country results for Wednesday, Sept. 17 Wed, 9/17
Wednesday’s prep golf results
Golf results for Wednesday, Sept. 17 Wed, 9/17
Wednesday’s prep tennis results
Tennis results for Wednesday, Sept. 17 Wed, 9/17
Tuesday’s prep cross country results
Cross country results for Tuesday, Sept. 16 Wed, 9/17
Tuesday’s prep golf results
Golf results for Tuesday, Sept. 16 Wed, 9/17

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Movie review
‘The Maze Runner’: Well-cast thriller outpaces the book
A movie review of “The Maze Runner,” a smart and fast-paced rendering of James Dashner’s 2009 young-adult best-seller set in a dystopian future. The young cast and set design are its greatest strengths. It got three stars out of four.  Thu, 9/18
Movie review
‘This Is Where I Leave You’: a likable family reconnects
“This is Where I Leave You” is a family-forced-to-be-together dramedy that jells better than most thanks to its funny cast, which includes Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda. It got 3 stars out of 4. Thu, 9/18
Theater review
‘The Mountaintop’: MLK as man, not myth
A review of Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop,” which is making its Seattle debut at ArtsWest with Reginald Jackson as the famed civil-rights leader.  Thu, 9/18
Md. teacher wins $1M on 'Wheel of Fortune'
A Silver Spring teacher has become the third contestant to win more than $1 million on "Wheel of Fortune." Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 12:29 PM
Darrell Hammond takes over for Don Pardo on 'SNL'
A familiar face -- former cast member Darrell Hammond -- is taking over for a familiar voice at "Saturday Night Live." Thu, 9/18
NEW - 12:54 PM
‘Sesame Street’ going strong at 45 with mission to teach kids
And as research shows that helping children keep their bodies calm and their emotions in check will benefit their future learning, this season, which kicked off Sept. 15, Cookie Monster will help little ones learn about “self-regulation.”  Thu, 9/18
Movie review
‘Tusk’: Kevin Smith’s pointless house of walrus horrors
A movie review of “Tusk,” about a sensationalistic podcaster (Justin Long) taken prisoner in backwoods Manitoba by a serial killer (Michael Parks) infatuated with walruses. It got 0 stars. Thu, 9/18
Movie review
A grim ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’
Liam Neeson is a private eye taking “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” a thriller that isn’t quite as good as his character is. 2.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 9/18
Commentary: Samuel Hunter a worthy ‘genius grant’ recipient
In naming the Idaho-born playwright a fellow, the MacArthur Foundation has made a wise investment in the American theater’s future, says Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty.  Thu, 9/18
Oktoberfest, free museum fun, Bug Blast | Weekend Preview
Activities for the weekend of Sept. 19-21, 2014, include Fremont Oktoberfest, Free Day at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and Bug Blast the Burke Museum. Films opening “This Is Where I Leave You” and “The Skeleton Twins.” Thu, 9/18
Sept. 18 TV Picks: ‘The Biggest Loser’ on NBC
TV picks for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, include “The Biggest Loser” on NBC, “Project Runway” on Lifetime and “You’re the Worst” on FX. Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 11:56 AM
With ‘Bosch’ in production, Amazon revs up Web-TV foray
The detective drama, based on the series by author Michael Connelly, is filming in L.A. and was a natural choice for Amazon. “Michael’s books have done very well on Amazon,” said Roy Price, vice president of Santa Monica-based Amazon Studios.  Thu, 9/18

Weekend Highlight
Fremont Oktoberfest rolling out the brews
Annual festival also includes a number of Sunday kid events. Thu, 9/18
Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Sept. 19-25, 2014. Wed, 9/17
UPDATE - 12:33 PM
Happy Hour
Happy Hour reader questions: free jazz and pre-ferry cocktails
We answer readers’ Happy Hour questions. Wed, 9/17

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Ciscoe Morris
Q&A: stubborn Japanese iris, scary looking squash
Garden writer Ciscoe Morris on a Japanese iris that has stopped blooming, and a zucchini grown from saved seeds that produced oddly shaped, multicolored fruit. Thu, 9/18
NEW - 12:09 PM
Dog missing from Pennsylvania found in Oregon
A good Samaritan this month spotted the 7-year-old dog wandering in a Portland suburb, and brought her to an animal shelter, where her microchip was read. She’d been missing since April. Thu, 9/18
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Age isn’t necessarily guarantee of chronological maturity
 Thu, 9/18
Recipe: Cheesecake Brownie Bar Cookies
The Los Angeles Times tries to duplicate the Cheesecake Brownies at Starbucks. Thu, 9/18
Recipe: Madonna Inn’s Carrot Cake
This carrot cake is moist with a hint of tang from crushed pineapple and rich cream-cheese frosting.  Thu, 9/18
Recipe: Phyllo Pastry with Fresh Figs and Ricotta
Lightly sugared, baked and drizzled with honey, this dessert is a cross-cultural pleasure, almost like a French tartlet, but with Middle Eastern undertones.  Thu, 9/18

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Travel & Outdoors

Hiking a new family-friendly trail at Mount St. Helens
The gentle, mile-long Volcano View Trail has opened in Washington’s Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.  Thu, 9/18
UPDATE - 11:46 AM
Scientists monitoring Hawaii lava undertake risks
Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have been monitoring every twist and turn of lava creeping unpredictably toward communities in a rural and isolated district on the Big Island. Thu, 9/18

Primal sights as Hawaii lava flows — and threatens
Kilauea is erupting in two places, and the newer lava flow threatens to close an important road on Hawaii Island.  Wed, 9/17
Reader's Lens
Flying the moon
Seattle Times reader Leia Maminta Smith’s photo of a plane that looks like it’s lifting the full moon.  Wed, 9/17

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Editorial: How the Ray Rice incident can help stop domestic violence
A video of Ray Rice hitting his now wife sparked a national conversation about domestic violence, opening up an opportunity to address the issue. Wed, 9/17

Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist
A rough month in America for women
Between the Bob McDonnell and Mark Sanford stories emerged the video of football star Ray Rice punching his girlfriend, now wife, cold in an elevator and then dragging her limp body out, writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop. Wed, 9/17

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