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Emotional funeral for school shooter draws more than 1,000
The funeral service inside a sprawling gymnasium overflowing with crowds and grief was a farewell to a 15-year-old member of the Tulalip Tribes who was loved by his family, tribes and community despite his final murderous acts. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 09:16 PM
Remember to inspect Halloween treats; SPD doubts many pot tricks
Seattle police say to watch your children’s Halloween candy closely, but don’t be too concerned about pot-infused treats sneaking in. Thu, 10/30
 
NEW - 09:28 PM
Sound Transit floats $15B plan to expand mostly rail service
Big projects and big taxes are on the menu as Sound Transit prepares for the 2015 Legislature and a likely 2016 regional ballot measure. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 10:38 PM
Truth needle: Gun-rights ad misrepresents law enforcement
Opponents of background checks air a TV ad that scrolls a list of police associations — even after a law-enforcement umbrella group asked them to stop. Thu, 10/30
 
Washington Supreme Court shifts burden in rape cases
The Washington Supreme Court says the state cannot require rape defendants to prove, to escape conviction, that an alleged victim consented. In a 6-3 decision, the justices reversed what they described as the court’s “incorrect and harmful” earlier rulings. Thu, 10/30
 
After probe, Ferguson seeks limits on former AG staff lobbying
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday he’s asked his staff to research legislation adding new restrictions on lobbying by former employees in his office. Thu, 10/30
 
Environmental groups sue over impact of reactor on Columbia
Three environmental groups are suing a state agency over the impacts of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 10:07 PM
Sarah Stuteville
Islander communities left out of food-assistance loop
Marshall Islanders are able to travel, live, work and attend school in the United Sates indefinitely and without visas. But if they need food help, their status suddenly becomes second-class. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 09:42 PM
More than 750 people turn out for meeting on oil-train study
Hundreds of people concerned about the increasing number of oil trains traversing the state came to a Thursday evening meeting in Olympia to comment on the preliminary findings of a state study on oil-train safety and spill response. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 10:26 PM
Seattle DOT creates information for those on the go
Seattle has unveiled the first of several big screens that display real-time information on transit schedules and the availability of Car2Go and Pronto bikes nearby. Thu, 10/30
 
Senator critical of FBI creating fake news story
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has written U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concerns that the Seattle office of the FBI created a fake news story to trap a teenage bomb-threat suspect. Thu, 10/30
 
Source: Murder-suicide that killed 3 linked to abuse accusation
The 11-year-old Seattle girl who was killed Monday night, along with her mother and grandfather who had shot them, had written a blog post that said “this touching thing has been going on for a long time. This is the time when my grandma finds out.”  Thu, 10/30
 
Anti-violence activists charged in vicious attack
Two "Stop the Violence" organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Thu, 10/30
 
Federal Way State Rep. Roger Freeman dies at 48
Federal Way State Rep. Roger Freeman, 48, died Wednesday morning after battling colon cancer. He remains on the Nov. 4 ballot. Thu, 10/30
 
Seattle weighs ‘game changer’: millions more to help homeless
Seattle officials are exploring ways to solve the city’s homelessness problem, but finding the money is a challenge. Thu, 10/30
 
High above city, crane workers get a million-dollar view
A visit to the top of a crane in Seattle’s bustling South Lake Union neighborhood finds workers with no fear of heights (but one who says he’s afraid of boats) and who take pride in their jobs and find the views are unbeatable.  Thu, 10/30


 

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 11:22 PM
Trooper ambush suspect caught, death penalty eyed
A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals near an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt that had rattled the nerves of area residents. Thu, 10/30


 
NEW - 10:27 PM
Bentley, officially Ebola-free, set to reunite with nurse
The Cavalier King Charles spaniel’s stool and urine were tested for Ebola one final time before the end of his 21-day quarantine and came back negative. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 09:51 PM
Control of U.S. Senate could turn on 2 independents’ moves
After the results of midterm elections are known next week, it’s possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate: Maine Independent Sen. Angus King and Greg Orman of Kansas, an independent candidate trying to oust Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Thu, 10/30
 
Fearing Ebola? Doctors say get a flu shot
Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola -- chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 09:48 PM
Former Navy SEAL investigated for best-selling bin Laden book
The lawyer for former SEAL Matt Bissonnette said the investigation was focused on whether he had disclosed classified information in the book, “No Easy Day,” published under the pen name Mark Owen in 2012. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 09:50 PM
Inmate freed in landmark capital punishment case in Illinois
Alstory Simon’s confession gained world attention in 1999, largely because of an investigation by a journalism professor and students from Northwestern University that helped secure Anthony Porter’s release less than 48 hours before he was to be executed for a double murder. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:22 PM
Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola
In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola. Thu, 10/30
 
Too much information: Political campaigns swamped
The Big Data era of politics has left some campaigns drowning in their own sophisticated advances. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:22 PM
Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting
Israel closed all access to Jerusalem's most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:18 PM
Terminally ill woman may postpone taking her life
A terminally ill woman who expects to take her own life under Oregon's assisted-suicide law says she is feeling well enough to possibly postpone the day she had planned to die. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:19 PM
Burkina Faso president won't resign after protests
Burkina Faso's longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament was dissolved. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:19 PM
Lawsuit: Surgical gowns let diseases pass through
A $500 million lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:19 PM
Malaysia Airlines sued by 2 boys over Flight 370
Two Malaysian teenage boys on Friday sued Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed by the family of a passenger of the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:18 PM
Ebola victim's fiancée struggles to rebuild life
The fiancée of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is struggling to recover after losing her future husband along with most of her personal belongings, and she says she is effectively homeless due to the lingering stigma of the virus. Thu, 10/30
 
Liberals, conservatives really are wired differently, study finds
The findings, published in Current Biology, show that the brains of liberals and conservatives may by wired differently — and shed light on the biological factors at play in political beliefs. Thu, 10/30
 
Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset
Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:18 PM
Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow
The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday. Thu, 10/30
 
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'
The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Tim Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Thu, 10/30
 
Viral video documents New York street harassment
A video recording the comments a woman hears as she walks around the nation's biggest city is a testament to the pervasiveness of street harassment women face, its creators said. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:22 PM
Chevy makes the best of exec's nervous speech
Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:20 PM
Giants' win turns violent, revelers turn on police
The celebration in San Francisco's streets following the Giants' World Series victory started off peaceful but quickly turned raucous and violent, as revelers vandalized police cars and businesses and pelted officers with bottles. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:18 PM
Relatives suspected poisoning in family's deaths
Relatives of five Utah family members found dead in a locked bedroom last month suspected the deaths weren't accidental, and revelations that poison likely killed them confirmed their suspicions, according to a statement released Thursday. Thu, 10/30
 
Senate control could turn on 2 independents' moves
After millions of Americans vote next week, it's possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate. Thu, 10/30
 
Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71
Thomas Menino, whose folksy manner and verbal gaffes belied his shrewd political tactics to govern as Boston's longest-serving mayor and one of its most beloved, died Thursday. He was 71. Thu, 10/30
 
Wait for daughter's body ends on her 17th birthday
Hwang In-yeol and his wife waited seven years to have a child, and then she was born on Oct. 29, 1997. After a ferry disaster in April that killed her and 303 others, the couple waited again for nearly seven months to see Ji-hyeon's body. The vigil ended Wednesday when divers retrieved their only child's body on her 17th birthday. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:19 PM
Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule. Thu, 10/30
 
Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season. Thu, 10/30
 
FTC accuses Gerber of false claim on baby formula
Baby-food maker Gerber is being accused by the government of claiming falsely that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children. Thu, 10/30
 
Jeb Bush swipes at Hillary Clinton in Colorado
In a possible preview of a 2016 presidential race, former Florida governor Jeb Bush took a swipe at Hillary Clinton on Wednesday evening as he stumped for Republican candidates in the vital swing state of Colorado. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 09:51 PM
Mexican governor confirms 3 US siblings found dead
Three U.S. citizens missing for more than two weeks have been found shot to death in Mexico near the border city of Matamoros, and authorities are questioning a local police unit about possible involvement, the attorney general in northern Tamaulipas state said Thursday. Thu, 10/30
 
Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked
A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman's Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday. Thu, 10/30
 
Russian deliver space station cargo after US flop
The company behind the dramatic launch explosion of a space station supply mission promises to find the cause of the failure and is warning residents to avoid any potentially hazardous wreckage. Thu, 10/30
 
Small Iraqi peshmerga force enters Syrian town
A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group of 150 fighters that the Kurds hope will turn back an offensive by militants of the Islamic State group. Thu, 10/30
 
Spain OKs 'Google Tax' demanded by news publishers
Spain's parliament has approved new intellectual property laws that allow news publishers to charge aggregators each time they display news content in search results. Thu, 10/30
 
Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors
Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly landslide Thursday, defying police orders after a top disaster official said there was no chance of finding more survivors at the high-elevation tea plantation. Thu, 10/30
 
Suge Knight, Katt Williams charged with robbery
Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged with robbery Wednesday after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera last month. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:18 PM
Town official: Halloween back on as manhunt ends
The successful end to a seven-week manhunt for a suspected police killer means some northeast Pennsylvania children will get to celebrate Halloween in the traditional fashion after all. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 09:24 PM
Brutal winter set to hit war-torn eastern Ukraine
Dark tunnels in the basement of a bombed-out hospital in the eastern city of Donetsk lead to a makeshift shelter. Opening the door hardly alleviates the gloom, for the only lighting inside is the flicker of handmade oil lamps. Thu, 10/30
 
Rocket explosion setback for commercial space
Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. Thu, 10/30
 
A Headless Ranger? Mystery at Colonial burial site
Sleepy Hollow has the legend of the Headless Horseman. Does a community 150 miles farther up the Hudson River have a Headless Ranger buried in an unmarked cemetery from the 18th century? Thu, 10/30
 
Q&A: Did the Fed's $4 trillion experiment work?
The $4 trillion experiment is over. Thu, 10/30
 
NEW - 10:21 PM
7-week hunt ends; marshals nab Frein
 Thu, 10/30
 
Court orders for Texas pastors' speeches withdrawn
Houston city attorneys have withdrawn subpoenas that sought speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents, the mayor said Wednesday. Thu, 10/30
 
Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents
Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections. Thu, 10/30
 
Dying woman, 29, completes ‘bucket-list’ Grand Canyon trip
Brittany Maynard, who has advanced brain cancer, has said she plans to take advantage of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act and end her own life Saturday, though she could change her mind Thu, 10/30
 
Elaborate FBI repairman ruse shown in videos
Wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman, an undercover government agent walked into a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and recorded everything he saw as part of a major international gambling bust. Thu, 10/30
 
Hawaii lava flow is slow, gentle yet unrelenting
Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii. People in the small town lying in its path say the lava will reshape the community yard-by-yard as it slides toward the ocean. Thu, 10/30
 
Residents: Islamic State group kills 30 Iraqi men
Islamic State group militants lined up 30 men in western Iraq and shot them dead Wednesday, an official and residents said, the latest mass killing carried out by the group since its advance across the country. Thu, 10/30
 
Showdown imminent over nurse's quarantine in Maine
State police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state's quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge's permission. Thu, 10/30
 
Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors
There was no hope of finding survivors after a mudslide tore through a tea plantation, a Sri Lankan disaster official said Thursday, amid widely conflicting reports about how many people had been buried alive under the mud. Thu, 10/30
 
Zambian president dies after long illness
Zambian President Michael Sata, once dubbed "Mr. King Cobra" for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country's acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader of a sub-Saharan African nation since 1994 when South Africa moved to majority rule. Wed, 10/29
 

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Business & Technology

L.A. watchmaker Cameron Weiss thinks his time has come
Cameron Weiss has entered a business that clings to conventions upheld by old-school firms like Rolex and Patek Philippe, whose hand-assembled timepieces are coveted for their intricacy and beauty, and he’s trying to restore American watchmaking to a place of prominence. Thu, 10/30
 
Starbucks shares slip after quarter’s sales miss projections
Sales in U.S. stores grew 5 percent on the company’s efforts to attract more later diners, but analysts had estimated a 6.2 percent increase in same-store sales. Thu, 10/30
 
Top Amazon ad exec leaving at end of week
Lisa Utzschneider, vice president of global-advertising sales at Amazon Media Group, had reportedly been recruited by Yahoo. Thu, 10/30
 
Boeing sees rocket blast hastening end to Russia-engine reliance
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Expedia tops analysts’ 3Q forecasts
The Bellevue company exceeded Wall Street’s profit and revenue expectations. Thu, 10/30
 
FCC chief wants to open pay-TV industry to online distributors
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed expanding the definition of a pay-TV distributor to include companies that transmit TV programming via the Internet. The move should give tech companies access to some of the most popular channels in television. Thu, 10/30
 
For-profit programs face 'gainful employment' rule
For-profit colleges with graduates unable to pay back their student loans could soon face scrutiny by the federal government. Thu, 10/30


 
UPDATE - 11:22 PM
Japan stocks soar 5 percent, yen falls on stimulus
Japan's stock index surged 5 percent and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery. Thu, 10/30
 
Average US 30-year loan rate up to 3.98 pct.
Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates arrested their five-week decline this week but the benchmark 30-year loan remained below 4 percent. Thu, 10/30
 
As Fed ends bond buys, Yellen to expand influence
When the Federal Reserve announced the end of its landmark bond buying program Wednesday, it also signaled the start of something else: Thu, 10/30
 
Strengthening US growth reflects help from Fed
The U.S. economy powered its way to a solid annual growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the developed world and appearing on track to extend its momentum through this year and beyond. Thu, 10/30
 
Stocks mostly gain after Fed ends stimulus
World stock markets mostly rose Thursday, taking in stride the Federal Reserve's announcement it will end a stimulus program that was as massive as it was controversial. The dollar strengthened after the U.S. central bank hinted at an eventual interest rate hike. Thu, 10/30
 
Applications for US jobless aid tick up to 287,000
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market. Thu, 10/30
 

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Sports

Jerry Brewer
Seahawks need to find fun again
For all the sophisticated analysis about the Seahawks’ struggles, a portion of their problems is rather simple. They haven’t been loose. The Percy Harvin debacle weighed heavily on them. The scrutiny has bothered them. They weren’t used to the limelight being so harsh. Thu, 10/30
 
Huskies say they feed off Cyler Miles, and he’s back in charge
Miles will return as UW’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s 10 a.m. game at Colorado as the Huskies look to end a two-game slide. Thu, 10/30
 
Seahawks rookie linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis makes a quick impression
Seahawks rookie linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis played 33 percent of Seattle’s defensive plays against the Panthers, and showed the speed that had coaches and scouts raving about him during the combine and draft. Thu, 10/30
 
Bud Withers
WSU football has a tall task in salvaging 2014 season
WSU’s season has descended to 2-6, which means to return to the postseason, the Cougars would have to win four games in which they’ll be underdogs. That’s not realistic, but what is important is that they salvage every possible crumb out there so they don’t lose momentum from Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 10:19 PM
Florida State rallies to beat Louisville, remain unbeaten
Jameis Winston threw three touchdowns to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory over Louisville on Thursday night. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:17 PM
New York spoils Cavaliers’ party
LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didn’t look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 10:50 PM
Saints take charge in NFC South with win over Carolina
Drew Brees and the Saints proved they know how to win big games on the road. Thu, 10/30
 
Baseball’s business season starts anew
Baseball’s business season began Thursday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Thu, 10/30
 
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
Blocked by Jordan, and then he dunks in your face
You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, and you don’t talk trash with Michael Jordan. Thu, 10/30
 
Defending champ Ryan Moore fires 68, 3 shots off lead
Defending champion Ryan Moore from Puyallup finished his round with four successive birdies, shooting a 4-under 68 on Thursday in the opening round of the CIMB Classic. Thu, 10/30
 
Hisashi Iwakuma is coming back to Mariners for 2015
Hardly a surprise, but his contract option was automatically exercised at $7 million. Thu, 10/30
 
NEW - 09:39 PM
Lane Pederson scores twice and Thunderbirds win 5-2
Seattle next hosts Vancouver on Saturday night. Thu, 10/30
 
Seahawks practice with Patrick Lewis as only healthy center
With Max Unger and Stephen Schilling out with injuries, the Seahawks practiced with one healthy center, Patrick Lewis. There were other injury updates, including Malcolm Smith, who appears unlikely to play on Sunday. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 10:38 PM
Tahoma beats Jefferson, 10-7, to earn playoff berth
On a rainy night when it was tough to hold onto the football, Tahoma managed to secure a 10-7 victory over Jefferson Thursday at Federal Way Memorial Stadium to earn the SPSL North’s fifth and final berth into the Class 4A preliminary playoffs. The Bears will play second-ranked Camas. Thu, 10/30
 
Larry Stone
As Smoak era ends with Mariners, reflecting on what never was
To be a Mariners’ fan is to live in mortal fear of every discarded prospect blossoming into stardom in another uniform. It doesn’t happen quite as often as you think, but it sure seems that way because of a few spectacular examples. Justin Smoak could be another one. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 10:36 PM
N.Y. Red Bulls eliminate defending champ Sporting K.C.
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice in the final 13 minutes to rally host New York to a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Thursday night, eliminating the defending MLS Cup champion from the playoffs and sending the Red Bulls to the conference semifinals. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 09:50 PM
Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei in eye of MLS playoff storm
Stefan Frei, like Sounders goalkeepers before him, knows all eyes will be on him as his team enters the MLS playoffs. But with Seattle the top seed, the pressure could be intense.  Thu, 10/30


 
On the Air
 Thu, 10/30
 
NEW - 09:58 PM
SPU’s 15-match unbeaten streak snapped
The Seattle Pacific men’s soccer team lost at Northwest Nazarene. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:01 PM
Thursday’s prep swimming and diving results
Swimming results for Thursday, Oct. 30 Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:00 PM
Thursday’s prep water polo results
Water polo results for Thursday, Oct. 30 Thu, 10/30
 

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Entertainment

Movie review
‘Nightcrawler’: Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is strange, mesmerizing
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a strange and mesmerizing performance in the thriller “Nightcrawler.” Rating: three stars out of four. Thu, 10/30
 
Restaurant review
Shiro’s: How does Seattle’s most talked-about sushi spot hold up?
In a “Second Helpings” review, our restaurant critic revisits Shiro’s Sushi — now without Shiro — to see if it lives up to its reputation. Thu, 10/30
 
Theater review
‘Blood Countess’: a tale of a vampire vamp
Seattle playwright Kelleen Conway Blanchard's new horror fable “Blood Countess” is about a mythical vampire countess. Thu, 10/30
 
Movie review
‘Citizenfour’: a gripping look at Edward Snowden, surveillance
A review of “Citizenfour,” an absorbing and thrilling documentary on how Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, leaked documents on the agency’s top-secret surveillance programs. Rating: four stars out of four.  Thu, 10/30
 
‘Sumo-size’ Rolling Stones art book to cost $5,000 — and up
There’s a $5,000 collectors’ edition; art editions at $10,000 each; and six separate ultra art editions, the first of which has sold out and was said to have cost either $15,000 or $20,000. Thu, 10/30
 
Movie review
‘Whiplash’ is an acting tour de force, and all that jazz
The jazz-based film “Whiplash” stars Miles Teller as a student drummer and J.K. Simmons as his malevolent teacher. 3 stars out of 4. Thu, 10/30
 
Theater review
Some merrymaking, little romance in ‘Twelfth Night’
Seattle Shakespeare Company’s latest version of the comic romp “Twelfth Night” makes a little merry, but fizzles out on romance. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:22 PM
Taylor Swift gets a Bronx cheer as NYC Ambassador
Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift! The locals are kvetching about you already. Thu, 10/30
 
Orson Welles' last film may finally be released
Orson Welles's last film may finally be nearing release after decades as one of cinema's most storied unfinished creations. Thu, 10/30
 
Movie review
‘Art and Craft’: Portrait of an art forger
A review of the documentary “Art and Craft,” which delves into the strange history of Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in the country. Rating: 2.5 stars out of four. Thu, 10/30
 
Movie review
‘Before I Go to Sleep’: Promising premise fades away
A review of “Before I Go to Sleep,” starring Nicole Kidman as an amnesiac who must relearn her identity each morning. Rating: Two stars out of four. Thu, 10/30
 
Theater review
‘Dogfight’: Macho games, tender romance at ArtsWest
“Dogfight,” a musical based on a 1991 film about the tentative romance of a young Marine and a waitress, plays at ArtsWest through Nov. 22. Thu, 10/30
 
Movie review
2014 Sundance Film Festival shorts: 2 programs kick off
Two programs of short films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival — one program animated, the other live-action — are a mostly successful batch of high achievement. Rating: three stars out of four. Thu, 10/30
 
Halloween fun for little ones and grown-ups | Weekend Preview
Activities for the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014, include Costume Carnival at Seattle Children’s Museum, Dia De Muertos at Seattle Center and Capitol Hill Historical Ghost Tour. Films opening include “Nightcrawler” and “Whiplash.”  Thu, 10/30
 
Oct. 30 TV Picks: ‘The McCarthys’ series premiere
TV picks for Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, include the new “The McCarthys” on CBS, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on ABC and “Parenthood” on NBC. Thu, 10/30
 
UPDATE - 11:01 PM
Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland
Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski on Thursday at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor. Thu, 10/30
 
Movie review
‘Missionary’: Thriller gets into trouble after first kiss
A movie review of “Missionary”: Mitch Ryan is well-cast in the title role of this Southern Gothic thriller about a murderous religious fanatic who gets involved with a lonely single mother. Rating: two stars out of four. Thu, 10/30
 
NEW - 10:05 PM
Movie review
‘Young Ones’: Visuals, machine outshine humans in sci-fi drama
A movie review of “Young Ones,” a spare but potent tale of a small rural family struggling during a drought in a near-future America.  Thu, 10/30
 
Weekend Highlight
Honoring the dead with joyous celebrations
Dia de Muertos, Nov. 1-2, Seattle Center; Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 1, Phinney Center, Seattle; and Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda Exhibit Opening and Celebration, Nov. 1, El Centro de la Raza, Seattle. Thu, 10/30
 
At a Theater Near You
In the mood for big-screen aliens, zombies and monsters?
Some events during the week of Oct. 31: Longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker comes to the Seattle Art Museum for screenings of “Black Narcissus” and “Raging Bull”; the “Into the Black: Great Outer Space Films” series begins at SIFF Cinema Egyptian; and more. Thu, 10/30
 
No Bollywood at this festival, but plenty of compelling films
The Seattle South Asian Film Festival starts Friday, Oct. 31. Thu, 10/30
 
Movie bargains
Here are some movie theaters offering discounted ticket prices during the week of Oct. 31. Thu, 10/30
 

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Living

Ciscoe Morris
Q&A: Problems with beautiful clivia and beastly liverwort
Garden writer Ciscoe Morris on how to encourage the Amaryllis relative clivia to bloom and how to attempt to eradicate the stubborn moss relative liverwort. Thu, 10/30
 
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Let last will tell in-laws they won’t get your kids if you die
Your decision on who will and who won’t raise your kids in the event you die doesn’t need to be shared in advance with all of the above. Thu, 10/30
 
X-ray shows sick tortoise swallowed turtle pendant
The source of a sick tortoise's discomfort became clear after a south Florida veterinarian took an X-ray: The animal had swallowed a turtle pendant. Thu, 10/30
 

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Travel & Outdoors

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Opinion

Editorial: Find the money to keep Public Health — Seattle & King County’s Auburn site open
Women's health has become a recurring theme in local campaigns, yet a lack of funding for public health clinics means new mothers are at grave risk of losing birth control and maternal services in King County.  Thu, 10/30
 
Guest: How the Seattle City Council could help underwater homeowners
To help Seattle families whose homes financially are underwater, the city must adopt a program to recalibrate local mortgages based on current market value, write guest columnists LeeAnn Hall and Will Pittz. Thu, 10/30
 
Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must go
Let’s properly assign blame for the recent financial mess, writes syndicated columnist Froma Harrop. Thu, 10/30
 


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