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Local News

Arrest in Kent gas station double homicide
Kent police arrested one man and detained another Wednesday evening in connection with a double homicide that morning at a Kent gas station. Wed, 8/20
Defendant calls four slayings justified, charging papers say
King County prosecutors filed aggravated-murder charges on Wednesday against a self-proclaimed jihadist who claimed the shootings of the four men — including three in King County — were revenge for U.S. actions in the Middle East. Wed, 8/20
Mayor to seek levy to pay for police and fire services
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says a public-safety levy could help pay for police officers, fire equipment and a new Police Department computer system. Wed, 8/20
Mental-health official resigns after scrutiny of patients’ release
King County involuntary-commitment coordinator JoEllen Watson resigned this month after scrutiny of the release of hundreds of dangerously mentally ill patients. Meanwhile, the county is scrambling to comply with a state Supreme Court order to not temporarily detain patients in emergency rooms. Wed, 8/20

Feds order reinstatement of Hanford whistle-blower
A contractor at Hanford nuclear reservation has been ordered to rehire a worker the U.S. Department of Labor says was fired for expressing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety. Wed, 8/20
Jerry Large
Ferguson reveals a growing gap in a black and white world
Beneath the shooting and protests in Ferguson, Mo., one can feel the heat of two races moving apart. Wed, 8/20
NFL to kick off season in Seattle with free concert, other events
The NFL season will kick off in Seattle with a series of events in the days before the Seahawks take the field against the Green Bay Packers. Wed, 8/20
Seattle schools to review policies after alleged field-trip assault
Seattle Public Schools will review policies on sexual harassment and discrimination in response to concerns over how it handled an incident during a 2012 high-school overnight field trip. Wed, 8/20
State congressional delegation urges individual aid for wildfire victims
In a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Reps. Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert urged the agency to review a decision that kept federal aid from individuals who lost homes to Washington wildfires. Wed, 8/20
UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware
Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states. Wed, 8/20
WSU grizzly smarter than the average bear
A study at Washington State University is demonstrating that grizzly bears can learn to use primitive tools. Wed, 8/20
Clark County prosecutor dismisses charge in ‘Biden defense’ case
A man who planned to base his defense on a firearms charge on something Vice President Joe Biden said, now faces a different charge. Wed, 8/20
Lawmakers turn up the heat on troubled ferry system
Mechanical problems, errors and personnel issues are prompting lawmakers and others to discuss how to fix the Washington State Ferries system. Wed, 8/20

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 03:31 AM
Holder offers reassurance to people of Ferguson
To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race. Thu, 8/21

UPDATE - 03:32 AM
Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:29 AM
Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting
A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:32 AM
WHO officials to visit Liberian Ebola clinics
Officials from the World Health Organization are visiting two hospitals treating Ebola patients in Liberia, where authorities have sealed off entire neighborhoods in an effort to stop the outbreak. Thu, 8/21
Australia cites reporter's killing in law reforms
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday used the killing of American journalist James Foley to bolster his government's case for contentious counterterrorism reforms that have been rejected by some Islamic leaders. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:29 AM
Former Va. governor to address marriage at trial
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will answer questions about the state of his marriage when his public corruption trial resumes in federal court in Richmond. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:35 AM
Social media pushes back at militant propaganda
The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:32 AM
Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks
The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends left. Thu, 8/21
AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating
At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:32 AM
Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister
Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good -- to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:31 AM
Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants
The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage. Thu, 8/21
Militants use British killer as propaganda
Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message -- not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger. Thu, 8/21
Police: Room disagreement preceded Bali killing
Police investigating an American couple suspected of killing the woman's mother at a resort hotel on Indonesia's Bali island said Thursday the three had a disagreement over who was paying for the rooms, but that a motive for the crime has not been established. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:29 AM
Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:31 AM
US special ops tried but failed to find hostages
President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:32 AM
Group: Justice elusive year after Syria gas attack
One year after the deadly chemical attack on rebel-held areas outside Damascus, the victims and their families have yet to see those behind the mass killings held responsible, a human rights group said Thursday. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:32 AM
Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades
Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:32 AM
Some Fed officials want to slow economic help soon
Some Federal Reserve officials think the U.S. economy is improving fast enough that the Fed will need to act sooner than previously thought to slow the extraordinary support it's been providing through ultra-low interest rates. Thu, 8/21
36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide
Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said. Wed, 8/20
50,000 quarantined in Liberia slum to contain spread of Ebola
Over the weekend, residents angry about the placement of an Ebola center in Monrovia’s West Point slum attacked the facility, chasing away sick patients and carrying off bloody sheets and other, possibly contaminated items. Wed, 8/20
Indian guru B.K.S. Iyengar helped bring yoga to the West
A meeting in 1952 with violinist Yehudi Menuhin, an early yoga devotee, proved to be a turning point, and B.K.S. Iyengar began traveling with Menuhin, eventually opening institutes on six continents. Wed, 8/20
Slain journalist was drawn to conflict zones
James Foley, who was known as Jim, was the oldest of five siblings in a Roman Catholic family. He graduated from Marquette University and went on to work as an educator through Teach for America, He went back to school to get a graduate degree in journalism at Northwestern University. Wed, 8/20
Was recalled car fixed? Answer now a click away
The free search tool lets consumers quickly learn whether a vehicle they are thinking about buying has a safety problem that has not been addressed.  Wed, 8/20
Have a big wedding, live happily ever after?
Researchers Galena Rhoades and Scott Stanley emphasized that the choices men and women make long before they say “I do” seem to have a strong influence on their marriages years later. Wed, 8/20
Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk
After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city. Wed, 8/20
An 86-year-old Utah woman writes romance novel
An 86-year-old Utah woman became a first-time novelist by writing a steamy romance novel about a bored housewife. Wed, 8/20
Marijuana supplier named Pot Playboy gets 27 years
A Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said. Wed, 8/20
North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks
In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw." Wed, 8/20
Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area
Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of Phoenix. Wed, 8/20
Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys
An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises questions about how late after infection treatments might work. Wed, 8/20
High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia
The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia. Wed, 8/20
Lawyer: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wants to attend college
An Army sergeant held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years wants to attend college once the investigation into how he was captured by the Taliban is finished, his attorney said Wednesday. Wed, 8/20
Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store
Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. Wed, 8/20
Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer
Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's been treated for mouth cancer and blames the disease on using chewing tobacco for about 30 years. Wed, 8/20
Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race
Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. Wed, 8/20
No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook
Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. Wed, 8/20
$21,000 falls off money truck after casino pickup
Nearly $21,000 is missing after the cash fell from the roof of an armored truck that had picked it up from a soon-to-be-closed Atlantic City casino. Wed, 8/20
California Wildfire destroys 8 homes, 10 buildings
A wildfire northeast of Bakersfield burning in steep terrain has destroyed eight homes and 10 other structures, authorities said, but residents of some 200 homes under evacuation orders were allowed to return home Wednesday evening. Wed, 8/20
No-fly list rules get changes
The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. Wed, 8/20
German govt backs authors in spat with Amazon
Germany's top culture official has voiced support for hundreds of authors who claim they're being discriminated against by online retailer Amazon amid negotiations with their publisher. Wed, 8/20
Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe
Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square. Wed, 8/20
Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays -- "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Wed, 8/20
Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended
A police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them, police said Wednesday. Wed, 8/20
Protesters plant Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper
Protesters on Wednesday scaled one of Moscow's famed Stalin-era skyscrapers and painted the Soviet star on its spire in the national colors of Ukraine. The dangerous prank, which set Russian social networking sites abuzz, drew a harsh response from the police. Wed, 8/20
Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing
Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity is also gaining momentum. Wed, 8/20
Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe
Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire. Wed, 8/20
Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality
It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam. Wed, 8/20
Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard
An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds. Wed, 8/20
Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches
On these dating sites, a passion for pets will help you find more than just puppy love. Wed, 8/20

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Business & Technology

UPDATE - 03:32 AM
BofA's $17B settlement not as large as it appears
Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but not by a full $17 billion. Thu, 8/21

UPDATE - 03:32 AM
China manufacturing drags on Asia, but Europe up
Asian stock markets were dampened by a weak China manufacturing survey Thursday, but European stocks opened higher. Japan gained on the prospect of a stronger dollar after Fed minutes showed policymakers are leaning toward their first rate hike since the 2008 financial crisis. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:32 AM
Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high
Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. Thu, 8/21
Target cuts outlook as breach fallout lingers
Target Corp. slashed its annual profit outlook for the second time in three months as the retailer reels from a massive customer-data breach, a botched Canadian expansion and sluggish U.S. sales. Thu, 8/21
UPDATE - 03:32 AM
Why Bank of America deal might not cost it $17B
How much will Bank of America's expected $17 billion mortgage settlement cost the company? The answer is, almost certainly not that much. Thu, 8/21
Counterfeit Seahawks merchandise can be hard to tackle
As the new Seahawks season picks up speed, fans are showing their enthusiasm by buying jerseys, flags and anything else tied to the team or their favorite player. But there’s no shortage of websites selling counterfeits, or just scamming the fans. Wed, 8/20
State’s women-owned firms missing out on SBA loans, federal contracts
Washington women own almost 29 percent of all small businesses in the state, but they face a larger gender gap than women nationwide in access to business loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday. Wed, 8/20
B&N, Samsung unveil reading-focused Nook tablet
Barnes & Noble and Samsung unveiled a new reading-focused tablet that will replace the bookseller's own Nook tablets. Wed, 8/20
Cruise lines race to base newer ships in China
Royal Caribbean will base new $935 million Quantum of the Seas in Shanghai; Carnival will have four ships in Shanghai.  Wed, 8/20
Warren Buffett's firm to pay $896,000 penalty
Warren Buffett's company has agreed to an $896,000 penalty for failing to tell regulators about a December 2013 investment in wallboard maker USG Corp. beforehand. Wed, 8/20
24-inch tablet aims to build family togetherness
The idea is to prop up Fuhu’s 20-inch or 24-inch tablet on the floor or lay it flat on a table or a bed. From there, a mix of children and adults can read interactive books or play board games. Wed, 8/20
BofA reaches $17B settlement with U.S., report says
The bank will pay $10 billion in cash and provide consumer relief valued at $7 billion. The deal is the largest settlement arising from the economic meltdown in which millions of Americans lost their homes to foreclosure. Wed, 8/20
Going to Kansas City, to live, work and play
Twenty years ago Kansas City suffered from a yearslong exodus of residents, workers and shoppers to the suburbs. But over the past decade, Kansas City’s urban core has become known as a cool place to live instead of a dreary place to drive away from after eight hours at the office. Wed, 8/20
Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades
This year’s topic at the economic conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., is on labor markets so Fed Chair Janet Yellen is sure to spell out her latest assessment on the U.S. job market.  Wed, 8/20
US home construction jumps 15.7 percent in July
U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines. Wed, 8/20

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Kent State starting center dies at 21
Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday. Thu, 8/21
Sounders only manage a 1-1 tie with Earthquakes
The Sounders manage a 1-1 draw with the Earthquakes, as Chris Wondolowski cancelled out Chad Barrett’s second-half goal with one of his own in the 65th minute. Wed, 8/20

Cliff Avril could be set for a big payday
After battling injuries and learning new role in 2013, defensive end Cliff Avril could have an MVP-type season, according to linemate Michael Bennett. Wed, 8/20
High-school football practices get under way in the Seattle area
Prep football practices in the Seattle area started Wednesday and even Seahawks coach Pete Carroll acknowledged the day’s importance, tweeting: “Best wishes to all the Washington high school football teams getting started today! Compete to be your best!” Wed, 8/20
Huskies hope to do a better job protecting quarterbacks
Washington’s experienced offensive line would like to improve on pass protection this season. Last year, the Huskies allowed 30 sacks.  Wed, 8/20
Mariners frustrated after dropping game, and series, to Phillies
A series of mistakes on Wednesday cost the Mariners in a 4-3 loss at Philadelphia. Seattle lost two of the three games in the series. Wed, 8/20
Storm will find out Thursday where it will pick in WNBA draft
The Storm was just 12-22 this season, finishing out of the playoffs. The good news is Seattle has a chance to win the No. 1 spot in the draft. The draft lottery will be held Thursday.  Wed, 8/20
A primer for the new college football playoff
The college game has finally succumbed to the prolonged, anguished cries for a playoff, and it’s here, albeit in abbreviated four-team form. It won’t be like the full-blown chaos of basketball’s 68-team March Madness, but it’s a step toward rewarding competition. Wed, 8/20
Angels pitcher Garrett Richards suffers serious injury to left knee
Richards suffers patellar injury to left knee when he catches cleat in dirt. He will be evaluated further on Thursday. Wed, 8/20
Browns name Brian Hoyer starter
Brian Hoyer defied long odds — and stiff-armed Johnny Football — to keep his dream job. Wed, 8/20
Larry Stone
Developing a quarterback is Job One for Chris Petersen, Huskies
Chris Petersen doesn’t have an established, experienced quarterback. In that, the Huskies are a distinct minority in a Pac-12 Conference loaded with elite signal-callers. Wed, 8/20
Looking at freshmen who could play for Washington State
A quick look at six candidates who could see time early for the Cougars. Wed, 8/20
Mariners’ Mike Zunino leads AL in getting hit by pitch
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has been hit by pitches 14 times this season, the most in the American League and only five from tying the club season record. Wed, 8/20
Mo’ne Davis doesn’t have her best night
Mo’ne Davis didn’t have her best stuff when she and her Philadelphia teammates needed it most, and Las Vegas took advantage. Wed, 8/20
PAT experiment: 8 missed extra points
Reviews have been mixed around the league for the NFL's experiment with longer kicks on extra points. Wed, 8/20
Rick Fehr needs to win the Boeing Classic to stay exempt on Champions Tour
Seattle native Rick Fehr needs to win the Boeing Classic to preserve his status as an exempt player on the Champions Tour. Wed, 8/20
Salmon procession has turned it into a memorable fishing season
The salmon procession canvases the entire 157 mile coast in what has turned out to be one of the most memorable fishing seasons seen in a long time. Wed, 8/20
Stryker Phd is 5-to-2 favorite in 79th running of Longacres Mile
Trainers Sharon and Larry Ross won the Longacres Mile 29 years ago with Chum Salmon. They have a chance to win the Mile for the first time since then with Stryker Phd, a 5-year-old gelding who is the morning-line favorite.  Wed, 8/20
Utes hope return of QB Travis Wilson means a return to bowl game
Quarterback Travis Wilson was injured last year and it looked like his career might be over. But he’s back this season and Utah is hoping he can help turn around an offense that was one of the Pac-12’s worst last season. Wed, 8/20
UW men’s basketball announces nonconference schedule
Considering what’s ahead – the much-anticipated return of cross-state Gonzaga in 2016 or 2017 – you might understand why Washington men’s basketball fans aren’t overly excited about the 2014-15 nonconference schedule. Wed, 8/20
Amateur Carl Jonson wins Northwest Open
Jonson earns a one-stroke victory over Tim Feenstra. Wed, 8/20
Tacoma rallies for 6-4 victory over Omaha
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Tony Stewart to miss another race
Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the third Sprint Cup race he’s skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race. Wed, 8/20
On the Air
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Shaken Buckeyes: Time to move on
When star quarterback Braxton Miller cried out in pain and crumpled to the ground during No. 5 Ohio State’s practice Monday, coach Urban Meyer wasn’t certain what had happened. Wed, 8/20

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Movie review
‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ lacks sharp edge of the original
A movie review of “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For”: This noir thriller feels a little flabby and self-satisfied when compared with the rough and angry 2005 original. It received two stars out of four. Thu, 8/21
Movie review
‘If I Stay’: Near-death tale lacks life
A movie review of “If I Stay,” a sappy retelling of Gayle Forman’s young-adult novel about a teen cellist (Chloë Grace Moretz) who experiences a terrible car accident with her family and wonders whether to live or die. Thu, 8/21
Theater review
First Seattle Beckett Festival off to promising start
A review of the works kicking off the Seattle Beckett Festival, being held at West of Lenin and other venues.  Wed, 8/20
TV Picks for Thursday: ‘Inside the Actors Studio,’ ‘Rookie Blue’ and ‘Project Runway’
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Weekend Highlight
Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Aug. 22-28, 2014. Wed, 8/20
Weekend Highlight
Evergreen State Fair returns to Monroe
Annual fair promises everything from thrilling rides to baby livestock to funny Bill Cosby.  Wed, 8/20

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Washington hop-grower Haas also brews beer
Yakima’s Haas Innovation Center includes the John I. Haas brewery, a laboratory and meeting space, plus a private taproom and beer garden. Wed, 8/20
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Commit before making stepfamily plans
Advice columnist Carolyn Hax on slowing down and keeping a child’s best interests in mind. Wed, 8/20
Corn-dog days of summer: Make your own
If you’re craving the distinctly American staple, you don’t have to trek to the nearest fairgrounds. You can make the carnival classic at home, impaling a hot dog on a chopstick, dipping it in cornmeal batter, then deep-frying it until the coated hot dog loosely resembles an ear of corn. Wed, 8/20
Recipe: Griddle Cakes with Spicy Salsa
These babies are so tasty, you could eat them plain. Wed, 8/20
Recipe: Sweet Corn and Squash Fritters with Avocado Crema
The corn makes everything bright with those little bursts of sweetness in every bite. And the crema feels rich and decadent but is nothing more than an avocado blended until creamy with yogurt and a squeeze of lime and salt. Perfect summer eating. Wed, 8/20

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Travel & Outdoors

Ready to make fire? Survival school teaches the basics
A weekend boot camp is just the beginning, from building a shelter from leaves and twigs to boiling water with hot rocks.  Wed, 8/20
Reader's Lens
Look into my crystal ball
Seattle Times reader Dale Johnson’s photo offers a new way of looking at the Discovery Park lighthouse. Wed, 8/20
Tourists evacuated from area near Iceland volcano
300 to 500 people moved away after intense seismic activity.  Wed, 8/20
Who will run lodging, restaurants at Grand Canyon?
Contract reopened for bidding to run — and renovate — hotels and other facilities on the very popular South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.  Wed, 8/20

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Editorial: Racial disparities are behind Ferguson, Mo., unrest
With just one black city council member and three black police officers, it’s no wonder the black majority in Ferguson Mo., has rioted since a white officer killed an unarmed black teen Aug. 9. Wed, 8/20
Guest: Bishop Blanchet expulsion of students for marijuana needs rethinking
With the new marijuana law recently taking effect in Washington, school administrators will have to navigate the uncharted waters of more easily available marijuana, writes guest columnist Nicholas O’Connell. Wed, 8/20
Thomas Friedman / Syndicated columnist
Collapse of the Middle East’s center
The notion that the only reason that the Islamist militias emerged in Syria is because we created a vacuum by not adequately arming the secular rebels is laughable nonsense, writes syndicated columnist Thomas L. Friedman. Wed, 8/20

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