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Local News

Progress, challenges as Medicaid rolls swell in state
One of the most successful initiatives in the Affordable Care Act has been the effort to sign up patients to be covered by Medicaid under an expanded program. Now comes the hard part: facing up to challenges brought on by having so many more people in the program. Thu, 4/17

Charges added against Seattle lawyer accused of rapes
King County prosecutors have filed two additional charges of attempted second-degree rape against Danford Grant, a Seattle attorney who now faces a total of nine felony counts in connection with alleged attacks on Asian massage therapists.  Thu, 4/17
Portland reservoir to be flushed because of urinating teen
“The basic commandment of the (Portland) Water Bureau is to provide clean, cold and constant water to its customers,” bureau administrator David Shaff said. “And the premise behind that is we don’t have pee in it.” Thu, 4/17
University in Bellingham too white, says president
Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard says he was trying to “provoke some attention” to the issue of attracting minority students, but some find his comments insensitive. Thu, 4/17
Fishing, boating bans lifted on Lake Quinault
Quinault Indian Nation officials reopen recreation on the popular Olympic Peninsula Lake.  Thu, 4/17
Local volunteers provide help like no other at the mudslide
Nikki and Corey Stinson’s family is part of a core group of local volunteers who’ve taken days off regular jobs to be at the Oso mudslide site, running the fire-department kitchen, hosting out-of-town workers and doing many other tasks.  Wed, 4/16
Broadview man targeted for second time in home robbery
An elderly man who was robbed and assaulted at gunpoint while in bed Tuesday night was robbed at gunpoint inside his Broadview home just over a year ago.  Wed, 4/16
Jury awards $1.5M to school stabbing victim
A King County jury awarded $1.3 million to a Snohomish High School student who was stabbed in a school bathroom by an unstable classmate. Wed, 4/16
Search for SPD’s next chief down to 10, all from out of state
The only internal applicant, Assistant Chief Nick Metz, was removed from a list of 20 applicants reviewed on Friday by Mayor Ed Murray’s search committee, according to sources. Wed, 4/16
Seattle police say they are ready for May Day
Seattle police say they are prepared to deal with May Day violence, as they did last year when they deployed bike officers and blast balls of powdered pepper spray against an unruly crowd. Wed, 4/16
Tom Robbins, Ken Jennings in 2014 Bumbershoot arts lineup
Bumbershoot announces all of its arts programming for the 2014 festival. Wed, 4/16
At 50, Ford Mustang still revs the hearts of owners
The car that starred in the classic Steve McQueen chase scene in “Bullitt,” the Ford Mustang, is 50 and still rocking. Wed, 4/16
State sees healthy jump in individual insurance coverage
Nearly 325,000 Washington residents are now enrolled in individual insurance plans, the first significant growth in the market in four years.  Wed, 4/16
Jerry Large
The way we treat workers won’t work
When people don’t matter, bad things happen to the economy. Wed, 4/16
Salmon swim past Wanapum Dam
Modifications to the fish ladders at Wanapum Dam are allowing safe passage to upstream migrating adult salmon and steelhead. Wed, 4/16

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 02:29 PM
Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry
There was chaos and confusion on the bridge of a sinking ferry, with the captain first trying to stabilize the listing vessel before ordering its evacuation, a crewman said Thursday. Thu, 4/17

UPDATE - 02:29 PM
Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions — for now
In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 01:28 PM
Putin admits Crimea troops were his, calls east Ukraine 'new Russia'
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:29 PM
Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B
A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. Thu, 4/17
Samples collected from oil slick not from plane
Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 01:32 PM
Ex-honor student gets 5 years in terrorism case
An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for Jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy
Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 01:33 PM
Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced
Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:29 PM
Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected -- a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:29 PM
Holder: Hate crimes 'an affront to who we are'
All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that hate crimes are "an affront" to the nation. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:29 PM
Little government response to bombing a year later
A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:29 PM
Police: Mom drove into river trying to kill 3 kids
Three New Jersey teens frantically used their cellphones to call for help from a sinking van after their troubled mother drove them into a river, their father said Thursday. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:29 PM
Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows
The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls
Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday. Thu, 4/17
Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured
Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided Wednesday in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15 people, including six firefighters. Thu, 4/17
Fund raises thousands for exonerated NYC man
A recently exonerated man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers who have contributed to an online fund for him. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:29 PM
Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite
Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday -- women and non-Catholics among them -- in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave." Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 01:10 PM
Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial
The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defense, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake. Thu, 4/17
Fears grow as Mideast virus spreads, but no travel restrictions yet
Deadly disease spreads to Southeast Asia via infected passenger flew from Saudi Arabia, and there are fears it could be a SARS-like event.  Thu, 4/17
Federal team on way to Tenn. plant explosion site
A special investigative team of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is on its way to Tennessee after an ammunition plant explosion. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 01:57 PM
UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade
Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday. Thu, 4/17
Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race
The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. Thu, 4/17
Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings
Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives. Thu, 4/17
Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry
An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday. Thu, 4/17
NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts
The move by New York City's new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering machinery built by his predecessor. Thu, 4/17
Robot sub finishes 1st full seabed search for jet
A robotic submarine completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, and investigators were analyzing the sub's data while also trying to identify the origins of a nearby oil slick. Thu, 4/17
Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not
Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. Thu, 4/17
uFly fires flight instructor who appeared on CNN
A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager. Thu, 4/17
Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack
Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior ministry said Thursday. Thu, 4/17
Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
Court records show Will Arnett has filed for divorce from Amy Poehler more than 18 months after the comedians announced their separation. Thu, 4/17
Armed robber was never told to report to prison
After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, a Missouri man was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. Wed, 4/16
Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling
Researchers reported sweeping progress in combating some of the most devastating complications of type 2 diabetes, finding that rates of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations declined sharply over the past two decades. Wed, 4/16
Court-ordered deportations plunge 43% in last 5 years
New deportation cases brought by the Obama administration in immigration courts have fallen steadily since 2009, and judges have increasingly ruled against deportations, leading to the steep drop.  Wed, 4/16
Detroit retirees cheer, creditors rip deal for less severe pension cuts
A day after Detroit scaled back from the large pension-benefit cuts it had once been proposing, the bankrupt city fended off charges from some that it had simply caved in to retirees in ways that could come back to haunt it. But it also felt the elation of many who had feared a more dire outcome. Wed, 4/16
Experts say video doesn't show Earhart wreckage
Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Wed, 4/16
N.Korea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster
North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair. Wed, 4/16
Fake grenade in luggage disrupts New York airport
A fake hand grenade in a passenger's luggage has disrupted operations at an airport in New York's Hudson Valley. Wed, 4/16
Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley. Wed, 4/16
New SAT: What will those questions look like?
Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students. Wed, 4/16
Political lies a crime? New law gets Supreme Court challenge
As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. Wed, 4/16
US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban
A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant. Wed, 4/16

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Business & Technology

Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27 pct
Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins. Thu, 4/17
Internet retailer Amazon to start collecting taxes in Florida
Floridians who rely on Internet giant will have to soon start paying taxes on their online purchases. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 01:12 PM
US stock market mostly higher as earnings pour in
Stocks edged mostly higher Thursday afternoon after spending much of the morning shifting between small gains and losses. Investors waded through a mixed crop of U.S. company earnings that drove up shares for Morgan Stanley and General Electric even as Google, IBM and UnitedHealth declined. Thu, 4/17

Court rejects bankruptcy protection for Mt. Gox
The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 02:28 PM
Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked
A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced. Thu, 4/17
Target expands subscription service tenfold
Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Thu, 4/17
NEW - 01:17 PM
Tough-charging Ryanair tries to be nicer
CEO Michael O’Leary, who once threatened to install pay toilets on planes, leads the warm and fuzzy charge in order to boost bookings on Europe’s biggest budget airline. Thu, 4/17
Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US
A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided. Thu, 4/17
Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip
Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas. Thu, 4/17
IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump
IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exacerbated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets. Thu, 4/17
Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants
Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs. Thu, 4/17
US stocks close higher for third day in a row
Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data. Thu, 4/17
Applications for US jobless aid edge up to 304,000
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase. Thu, 4/17
Air Jordans are blue chips in thriving young market
Thousands of teenage “sneakerheads” have formed a thriving subculture using Instagram, Facebook and weekend conventions to spot, sell and trade coveted, sometimes limited-edition, pairs of designer basketball shoes, sometimes earning a profit in the process. Wed, 4/16
State gains 6,700 jobs in modest pickup from fall slump
More people found jobs last month, but an increase in the pool of available workers kept the state’s unemployment rate at 6.3 percent. Wed, 4/16
Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job. Wed, 4/16
Eye to future, Google trips on earnings miss in present
Released after the market closed Wednesday, Google’s first-quarter earnings surprised Wall Street with revenue and profits that were not quite what was expected from one of its favorite companies. Wed, 4/16
High oil prices actually help airlines stay profitable
High oil prices forced the major airlines to do business differently, and that’s been good for profits. Wed, 4/16
Hot models at this year's New York Auto Show
With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the U.S. auto industry. Here are some of the vehicles debuting this year. The show opens to the public Friday. Wed, 4/16
Starbucks moving European headquarters to London
Starbucks, which has suffered withering criticism in Britain for avoiding taxes, said it would move its regional headquarters to London from Amsterdam and pay more to the British Treasury. Wed, 4/16
Venture investments show a sizable jump in first quarter
Fledgling companies in the state rake in more than $114 million, led by those in the information technology sector. Even with the increase, the quarter actually saw fewer deals than the previous year. Wed, 4/16
Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment
A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. Wed, 4/16

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Sidney Rice set to re-sign with Seahawks
Sidney Rice, Seattle’s tallest experienced receiver, mending from knee injury, is back with team but at a lower salary.  Thu, 4/17
At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish
Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours. Thu, 4/17

Damore’ea Stringfellow gets sentenced to five days on work crew in assault
UW wide receiver also must pay $693 and attend anger management classes after pleading guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault in altercations after Super Bowl.  Wed, 4/16
Larry Stone
Washington’s softball stars of today still learning from the program’s previous hero
Huskies’ top-line pitchers owe some of their success to former star Danielle Lawrie Wed, 4/16
JC transfer guard Quevyn Winters officially signs with Huskies
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Mariners blow game in bottom of the ninth to ruin another gem from Felix Hernandez
Brad Miller’s error, and Fernando Rodney’s wildness help Rangers score twice for a 3-2 victory Wed, 4/16
A Top Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Inquiry
The case involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who would go on to win the Heisman Trophy. Wed, 4/16
Gonzaga’s Alice Kim claims WCC women’s golf title
Alice Kim helps Gonzaga take second as a team Wed, 4/16
Kevin Durant scores 42, Thunder earns No. 2 seed
Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference after beating the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night. Wed, 4/16
Manning holds on to heartache of Super Bowl
Broncos fans may want to move on from Denver’s Super Bowl debacle. Not Peyton Manning. He’s holding on to the heartache to stoke his competitive fire. Wed, 4/16
Penguins rally to win playoff opener
Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Wed, 4/16
Recent plantings should help anglers at local lakes
Pierce and Thurston lakes get big boosts Wed, 4/16
Tanaka allows just two bunts, strikes out 10 against Cubs
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On the Air
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Rainiers rally past Salt Lake with seven-run fifth inning
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UCLA’s LaVine, Anderson commit to NBA draft
UCLA guards Zach LaVine from Bothell and Kyle Anderson and are leaving early for the NBA draft. Wed, 4/16
Franklin gets call, and will be busy
Nick Franklin back in the big leagues, will help Seattle in a number of ways Wed, 4/16
Wednesday’s prep golf results
Golf results for Wednesday, April 16 Wed, 4/16
Wednesday’s prep lacrosse results
Lacrosse results for Wednesday, April 16 Wed, 4/16
Wednesday’s prep tennis results
Tennis results for Wednesday, April 16 Wed, 4/16
Wednesday’s prep water polo results
Water polo results for Wednesday, April 16 Wed, 4/16
Monday’s prep tennis results
Tennis results for Monday, April 14 Wed, 4/16
Tuesday’s prep tennis results
Tennis results for Tuesday, April 15 Wed, 4/16

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Movie review
‘Transcendence’: a cyber drama that’s slow to upload
A two-star movie review of “Transcendence,” a disappointingly ho-hum sci-fi drama from Christopher Nolan’s much-respected cinematographer, Wally Pfister. It stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Morgan Freeman. Thu, 4/17
5 TV shows worth a binge
You’ve likely heard of all the usual suspects that make for good binge-watching: “24,” “House of Cards.” Now, technology and availability make all kinds of new shows easy to watch — ones you may not have considered. Thu, 4/17
Seattle Rep hires new managing director from D.C.
Jeffrey Herrmann, managing director of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., has been hired by Seattle Repertory Theatre as its new managing director. He replaces Ben Moore, who announced his retirement last year. Thu, 4/17
Book review
‘Marijuana Nation:’ the long view on pot’s pros and cons
UW emeritus professor Roger Roffman has been studying marijuana for more than four decades. In his new book “Marijuana Nation” he tells what he’s learned. Roffman will discuss his book Thursday April 17 at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co. Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 12:37 PM
Diana Krall takes fresh twist on forgotten tunes | Concert review
Diana Krall’s show at the Paramount Theatre brought some multimedia twists — as well as stellar musicianship — to forgotten tunes from the 1920s, most of them drawn from her latest CD, ‘Glad Rag Doll.’ Thu, 4/17

Paris Combo brings its eclectic, exotic sounds back to Seattle
Paris Combo, the French quintet that blends gypsy jazz, art song, Middle Eastern tonalities and the odd bit of psychedelia, brings its eclectic sounds and quirky humor back to Seattle. April 18, 2014. Thu, 4/17
Movie review
‘A Haunted House 2’: This sequel isn’t much of a scream
A 1.5-star review of the fright-film spoof “A Haunted House 2,” writer/star Marlon Wayans’ take on suburban ghost stories.  Thu, 4/17
UPDATE - 01:36 PM
Movie review
‘Bears’: sleeping and surviving in the Alaskan wild
A three-star movie review of “Bears,” the fifth installment in Disneynature’s series of wildlife documentaries that follows an Alaskan bear family over the course of one year. Thu, 4/17
April 17 TV Picks: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on ABC
TV picks for Thursday, April 17, 2014, include “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC, “Community” on NBC and “Vikings” on History. Thu, 4/17
NEW - 12:54 PM
Cannes Film Festival: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and more
Kicking off this year on May 14 with Nicole Kidman’s Grace Kelly film “Grace of Monaco” directed by Olivier Dahan, the Cannes Film Festival is both a bellwether for the state of U.S. and global cinema and a key launchpad for movies with Oscar and other ambitions. Thu, 4/17
Earth Day, bunnies and whales | Weekend Preview
Activities for the weekend of April 18-20, 2014, include Earth Day celebration at Olympic Sculpture Park and Welcome the Whales Day in Langley, Whidbey Island. Films opening include “Transcendence,” “Dom Hemingway” and “Bears.” Thu, 4/17
James Franco latest Broadway newbie who is a Hollywood star
Zach Braff is on “Bullets Over Broadway,” Michelle Williams is in “Cabaret,” and Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester are in “Of Mice and Men.” They fill seats with a strong fan base and social-media savvy, but there are also pitfalls to star casting.  Thu, 4/17
uFly fires flight instructor who appeared on CNN
A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager. Thu, 4/17
Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
Court records show Will Arnett has filed for divorce from Amy Poehler more than 18 months after the comedians announced their separation. Thu, 4/17
Happy Hour
Tom Douglas adds ‘Serious’ happy hour in South Lake Union
The South Lake Union location of Tom Douglas’ popular pizza joint, Serious Pie, has added Serious Bar, a beer-focused happy-hour haven. Wed, 4/16
Bluesman apologizes for St. Louis concert gone bad
Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures. Wed, 4/16
Q&A: Whoopi Goldberg on family and the power of stories
The co-host of daytime’s “The View” stars in the Lifetime original movie “A Day Late and a Dollar Short,” an adaptation of Terry McMillan’s best-selling novel. It airs Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m.  Wed, 4/16
Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, April 18-24, 2014. Wed, 4/16
Easter events galore, including at Woodland Park Zoo
Snohomish Easter Parade and Bonnet Contest, Snohomish; Woodland Park Zoo Bunny Bounce, Saturday April 19. Wed, 4/16
Miley Cyrus still hospitalized, cancels 2nd show
Miley Cyrus is canceling another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Wed, 4/16

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Ciscoe Morris
Q&A: Helping rosemary thrive, and using wood chips as mulch
Garden writer Ciscoe Morris answers reader questions on rosemary that dies over the winter and on where to find wood chips. Thu, 4/17
A slew of slaw recipes for spring
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Dear Carolyn
Caring always trumps not wanting ‘to pry’ into adult daughter’s life
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Travel & Outdoors

Curious about Palestine, some Israeli visitors return
Seeing the bustling Palestinian city of Ramallah during the Jewish holiday of Passover.  Thu, 4/17
A cheap and easy spring getaway to Mount Baker’s foothills
A rustic rental cabin at Silver Lake is your base for lowland hikes among the rivers and hills of Whatcom County. Wed, 4/16
Reader's Lens
Flower power
Seattle Times reader Kaylee Blaschke’s up-close photo of a simple daisylike flower in a park.  Wed, 4/16

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Leonard Pitts Jr. / Syndicated columnist
Dan Snyder’s attempt to buy off Native Americans over NFL team name
Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington, D.C., football team, makes transparent attempt to snooker Native Americans with a charity, writes syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.  Wed, 4/16
Guest: Consider health insurance in minimum-wage debate
Seattle should include health-care benefits in calculating hourly wage requirements while weighing whether to raise the minimum wage, writes guest columnist Dave Gering.  Wed, 4/16

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