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Local News

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The Wrap / Ron Judd
737s — and corporate duplicity — keep rolling at Boeing
The Wrap by Ron Judd Sun, 4/20
 
First mudslide claims filed; more likely, lawyer says
The attorney who filed $3.5 million in claims on behalf of a woman whose husband was killed in the March 22 Oso mudslide said more claims may be coming from families that lost homes or loves ones. Sat, 4/19


 
Mudslide donations showcase power of crowdfunding
In the wake of the Oso mudslide, dozens of crowdfunding pages have been set up online to help survivors financially as they move on with their lives. The sites are an easy, personal way to help, but using them is not without risk. Sat, 4/19
 
Prop. 1: Isn’t there a better way to fund transit?
Voters are being asked for a third time since 2000 to increase sales taxes to fund King County Metro Transit. Is this a sustainable way to do business — and does anyplace else have a better idea?  Sat, 4/19
 
Seattle’s maximum debate on achieving $15 minimum wage
The committee trying to come up with a recommendation to raise Seattle’s minimum wage is down to its final few days of negotiations. A possible compromise would allow for a phase-in, with employees who don’t earn tips or benefits making higher wages during that time. Sat, 4/19
 
Surging oil traffic puts region at risk
The amount of oil leaving Prince William Sound is a quarter of what it was when the Exxon Valdez spilled 10.8 million gallons of crude in Alaska. But as the energy industry transforms the Pacific Northwest into a fossil-fuel gateway, tanker traffic could explode. Sat, 4/19
 
Oso community will hear Easter message of resurrection, hope
Churches in the Stillaguamish Valley will celebrate Easter like they normally do this Sunday. But the message of resurrection and hope will have a special resonance for those affected by the massive Oso mudslide. Sat, 4/19
 
Truck slams into McDonald's patio; 4 to hospital
Police in Longview, Wash., say a pickup truck that ran a red light collided with two other vehicles and then ran up onto a fence surrounding an outdoor eating area at a McDonald's restaurant. The pickup driver, a woman seated at an outdoor restaurant table and two others were taken to a hospital. Sat, 4/19
 
With more prison visits, fewer repeat offenders?
Oregon prison officials have taken a cue from a study showing more visits means less recidivism, with visits from siblings, in-laws, fathers and clergy found to be the most beneficial.  Sat, 4/19
 
Western officials discuss taking land from feds
Officials from nine Western states, including Washington, say it’s time they take control of federal lands within their borders. Sat, 4/19
 
Nurse-visit program for families faces uncertain funding
A federal program authorized by the 2010 Affordable Care Act sends nurses, social workers and others into homes where outside help might improve a child’s future. The expiration of the nurse-visit program has been looming at the end of the current fiscal year in September. Sat, 4/19
 
Danny Westneat
Petitioning wrong party on wage issue
It used to be businesses and workers negotiated pay and other benefits among themselves. Now they’re both going to government for leverage — with taxpayers squeezed in between.  Sat, 4/19
 

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Nation & World

Divers pull bodies from sunken ferry; toll tops 50
The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just the beginning of a massive and grim recovery effort. Sun, 4/20
 
Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Sun, 4/20
 
Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help
A Malaysian official met Sunday with relatives of passengers who were aboard the missing jetliner and discussed ways of providing them with financial assistance, as an unmanned submarine continued to search for any signs of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Sun, 4/20
 
Orthodox Patriarch: Syria's Christians won't yield
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Syria says Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists who attack "our people and holy places." Sun, 4/20
 
Archived papers reminder of combative nature of Clinton White House years
The release of more documents from the Clinton White House years did not uncover much new ground about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s role as first lady but they again illustrated the combative fashion in which the Clinton administration drove its agenda, and its obsession with adversaries. Sat, 4/19
 
Boston wonders if massive security will mar Marathon Monday
Boston residents are waiting to see how much of the traditional carefree spirit of Marathon Monday will remain after officials implement security measures to make the 26.2-mile route “the safest place on the planet.” Sat, 4/19
 
Death at border follows flood of minors being smuggled in
In the past three years, there has been a ninefold increase in the number of migrant children traveling on their own from abroad who have been taken into care by the U.S. government’s resettlement agency.  Sat, 4/19
 
Breaking tradition, China president begins corruption inquiry
China’s President Xi Jinping has targeted Chinese Communist Party leader Zhou Yongkang in an extraordinary corruption inquiry, a first for someone of Zhou’s rank, and put his family’s extensive business interests in the cross hairs. Sat, 4/19
 
California customers hit with $4,000 taco bill
Del Taco customer Michael Cole said he was surprised when he was charged $4,050 for one CrunchTada Pizza and two beef tacos.  Sat, 4/19
 
Complex ownership history behind U.S. plane seen in Iran
Buffeted by questions about why an American plane was in Tehran, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the plane had been used to transport top Ghanaian officials as part of a broader push to expand cooperation between the two countries. Sat, 4/19
 
Government documents detail another delayed GM recall
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration didn’t seek a recall of the Ion from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago and found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by a power-steering problem. Sat, 4/19
 
Iran proposes limiting plutonium production
Iranian state television quoted Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi as saying that Iran has proposed to redesign the Arak plant to produce one-fifth of the plutonium initially planned for it. Sat, 4/19
 
Lottery is forcing Slovakia’s shop owners to pay sales tax
The idea of Slovakia’s tax lottery is to enlist average citizens to collect receipts from their purchases and register them with the government, creating a paper trail for transactions and forcing restaurant and shop owners to pay the sales taxes they owe. Sat, 4/19
 
When delight turns to reality, it’s bye-bye, Easter bunny
Easter is a trying time for the House Rabbit Society, given the tradition of presenting baby rabbits to children as holiday gifts. Sat, 4/19
 

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Business & Technology

In Profile: Entrepreneur Rich Barton a believer in power to the consumer
Rich Barton has repeatedly succeeded with Internet startups that provide consumers information previously held close by business insiders. Sun, 4/20
 
Sunday Buzz
Potato king’s heirs seek to raise $48M in IPO
Descendants of Eastern Washington potato baron Peter Taggares II plan to launch a company to buy Pacific Northwest orchards and vineyards. Also, something different is brewing at Tully’s Coffee.  Sat, 4/19
 
Jon Talton
Many still stuck in idle as job growth plods along
The Great Recession has changed the composition of the labor force. Sat, 4/19
 
Mortgage loans meant to help seniors, push out their heirs
Under federal rules, survivors are supposed to be offered the option to settle the loan for a percentage of the full amount. Instead, reverse- mortgage companies are increasingly threatening to foreclose unless heirs pay the mortgages in full. Sat, 4/19
 
Seattle port commissioners tour Tacoma, talk peace
Tacoma and Seattle ports successfully sought antitrust immunity from the Federal Maritime Commission to begin those talks and information sharing as they moved to halt the erosion of their North American market share. Sat, 4/19
 
Your Funds
How to overcome bad decisions buying funds | Chuck Jaffe
The problem here isn’t funds, however, so much as human nature, but since a prominent study shows that basic investor behaviors aren’t changing, it’s time that fund investors figured out how to make the best of their bad thoughts. Sat, 4/19
 
Allure of vast oil reserves buried deep in Monterey Shale
To reach the crude using conventional methods requires oil companies to drill far-deeper wells, and more of them — a prohibitively expensive undertaking. Companies are busily drilling test wells, using various fracking and acidization techniques in search of cheaper solutions.  Sat, 4/19
 
FundTracker
 Sat, 4/19
 
NEW - 08:00 PM
Is spring the time to list a home?
The conventional wisdom is yes, but the answer is not so simple if you want to sell your house fast, and for the highest price possible.  Sat, 4/19
 
Money & Markets weekly review
 Sat, 4/19
 
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Investing
Taxing talk about Social Security benefits
A reader raises a question about the use of Social Security benefits by people with means. Sat, 4/19
 
NEW - 08:00 PM
The Motley Fool: Every Sunday, useful tips on investing
 Sat, 4/19
 
What to do with tax paperwork
Anyone getting ready to throw out tax-related or other personal documents should take care to do it the right way to limit exposure to identity theft. Sat, 4/19
 
Money-fund assets fall, yields unchanged
The seven-day average yield on money-market mutual funds was unchanged at 0.01 percent from the previous week, according to Money Fund Report, a service of iMoneyNetin Westborough, Mass. Sat, 4/19
 

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Sports

Sounders rally to win on road again
Seattle fell behind early to Chivas USA, only to rally for a 2-1 win, aided by a late red card to the hosts and fueled by two Clint Dempsey assists in front of 7,499 at StubHub Center. Sat, 4/19


 
Jeff Lindquist shines but UW quarterback competition to continue
In the spotlight for the first time at Husky Stadium, Lindquist soaked it all up Saturday afternoon. The Mercer Island product threw four touchdown passes, with one interception, during the scrimmage portion of the Huskies’ spring game, and he was the last to leave the field afterward. Sat, 4/19
 
Jerry Brewer
3 NBA playoff coaches carry banner of 1996 Sonics
Nate McMillan, Terry Stotts and Dwane Casey, three disciples of George Karl, have success and let us remember a Seattle success story 18 years ago.  Sat, 4/19
 
Boston, one year later, even stronger than we imagined | Bud Withers
Monday’s Boston Marathon will honor the courage the city showed last year, but the violence of 2013 is a painful reminder of the vulnerability at major sports events.  Sat, 4/19
 
Mariners go down meekly to Marlins
Dustin Ackley broke up a perfect game bid from Miami starter Henderson Alvarez in the sixth inning but that didn’t stop Alvarez from shutting down and shutting out the Mariners in a 7-0 win at Globe Life Park. It was the Mariners’ fifth straight loss.  Sat, 4/19
 
California avoids sweep, beats Huskies in baseball
Washington dropped just its second road game of the season 7-1 in the final game of a three-game series against California on Saturday in Berkeley. Sat, 4/19
 

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New course in Brewster is worth the trip
An Okanogan County family with a long history in the apple, cherry and beef businesses is adding “gourmet golf” to the mix with a high-end golf course it hopes will become a destination. Sat, 4/19
 
Transfer rule has players wondering when a catch is a catch
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UW’s Trevor Simsby starring again after overcoming slump
UW golfer Trevor Simsby is enjoying his senior season after struggling a year ago. Sat, 4/19
 
Ask Smitty: Craig Smith answers your golf questions
Longtime golfer and golf writer Craig Smith answers technical, logistical and totally random questions about the game. Sat, 4/19
 
Boeing Classic turns 10, will remain at TPC Snoqualmie
The tournament has developed into one of the most popular and lauded stops on the Champions Tour. It has won one of the Tour’s major awards each of the past four years Sat, 4/19
 
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
Canuck has been hunting for the right wedding spot
Vancouver Canucks left wing David Booth announced plans for a June wedding in Montana — in the same remote locale where he once shot a 12-point buck. Sat, 4/19
 
How 3 visionaries brought the U.S. Open to Chambers Bay
Chambers Bay stunned the golf world by landing the 2015 U.S. Open. Here’s is the story of how a dreamer, a designer and a director made it happen.  Sat, 4/19
 
How to cure a slump
Play the game long enough and you’re bound to find yourself in a slump. Experts offer advice on how to get out of it. Sat, 4/19
 
Interlake’s Connor Garnett on course for third straight state tennis title
Interlake junior Connor Garnett will focus on his third state title next month, but stays busy helping manage the girls tennis team as well as teaching tennis. Sat, 4/19
 
Larry Stone: It’s a new world at Montlake with UW coach Chris Petersen
The most interesting transformation, and the hardest to yet evaluate, involves more esoteric realms. “They really want us to be a family,’’ sophomore tight end Darrell Daniels said.  Sat, 4/19
 
Michelle Wie wins her 3rd LPGA Tour event
Michelle Wie, playing in her home state of Hawaii, won the LPGA Lotte Championship — her third LPGA Tour victory and first since 2010. Sat, 4/19
 
MLS-leading FC Dallas beats Toronto FC
Second-half substitute Blas Perez scored in the 88th minute to lift FC Dallas to a 2-1 Major League Soccer victory over Toronto FC. FC Dallas leads MLS with 16 points. Sat, 4/19
 
Nationals manager Williams pulls Harper for lack of hustle
 Sat, 4/19
 
NHL
St. Louis Blues beat Chicago in overtime again
Vladimir Tarasenko scored the tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation and Barret Jackman got the winner in overtime as St. Louis beat Chicago 4-3 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven, first-round playoff series. Sat, 4/19
 
Top-seeded Indiana loses playoff opener at home
Jeff Teague scored 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93, taking a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven, first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Sat, 4/19
 
Brandon Maurer says he’s ready for his chance
If Maurer lasts more than four innings that would be a good first start for the young right-hander by comparison. Sat, 4/19
 
Golf calendar
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Good trout fishing expected for opening day
And just like last season, anglers should like what they find lurking in more than 500 lakes and ponds, with a more sizable batch of fish planted. Sat, 4/19
 
Local golfers on pro tours
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Novak Djokovic loses, plans to take time off to let injury heal
Roger Federer ousted defending Monte Carlo Masters champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-2, and the second-ranked Djokovic said he plans to take a break to let his injured right wrist heal. Sat, 4/19
 
PGA Tour of Canada adds an event in Vancouver
The Canadian Tour is entering its second season as a branch of the PGA Tour. The tour is now called PGA Tour Canada. At the end of the season, the top five golfers on the tour’s Order of Merit (money list) receive cards for the Web.com Tour. PGA Tour Canada has added three tournaments and now  Sat, 4/19
 
Ex-Mariner Harang flirts with no-hitter
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Emerald Downs
Emerald Downs results and entries
Racing results for Saturday, April 19; handicaps for Sunday, April 20 Sat, 4/19
 
On the Air
 Sat, 4/19
 
Friday’s prep tennis results
Tennis results for Friday, April 18 Sat, 4/19
 
Saturday’s prep lacrosse results
Lacrosse results for Saturday, April 20 Sat, 4/19
 

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Entertainment

Book review
‘Living with a Wild God’: a brave and unsettling memoir
Barbara Ehrenreich’s remarkable new memoir, “Living with a Wild God,” reveals the mystical encounters and sorrow-filled childhood of this hard-nosed investigative reporter. Sun, 4/20
 
NEW - 06:15 AM
Organ rock star Cameron Carpenter in Seattle on April 25
Organist Cameron Carpenter, who cites filmmaker Werner Herzog as an influence, comes to Benaroya Hall on April 25. He’ll play a program of Mozart, Dupre, Bach, Demessieux and Liszt. Sun, 4/20
 
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Lit Life
Spring brings bounty of new titles for book lovers
A shortlist of notable books that will be published in May and June, including the highly anticipated memoir by Hillary Rodham Clinton, novelist Stephen King’s latest, and a story collection by David Guterson. Sun, 4/20
 
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Sunday Best: ‘Atonement’s’ gossamer green gown
One of the most memorable movie costumes in recent memory, Keira Knightley’s vivid green dress from “Atonement” has a personality of its own. Sun, 4/20
 
Book review
‘Otherwise Engaged’: a killer with a wedding-dress fetish
Amanda Quick’s new novel, “Otherwise Engaged,” tells the lively story of resourceful Amity Doncaster, whose Caribbean voyage is interrupted by the search for a serial killer who dresses each of his victims in a wedding gown.  Sun, 4/20
 
Book review
‘The Boom’: the promise and perils of fracking
Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold’s new book, “The Boom,” is an evenhanded look at the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking. Sun, 4/20
 
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April 20 TV Picks: ‘Silicon Valley’ on HBO
TV picks for Sunday, April 20, 2014, include “Silicon Valley” on HBO, “Once Upon a Time” on ABC and “The Good Wife” on CBS. Sun, 4/20
 
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‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ tops hardcover fiction sales
Mary Higgins Clark and Michael Lewis top national best-sellers list  Sun, 4/20
 
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Local readers favor ‘Flash Boys’ and ‘Paris: the Novel’
“Flash Boys” and “Paris: the Novel” are top sellers at Magnolia’s Bookstore. Sun, 4/20
 
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The Week Ahead: Pet Expo, Regina Carter, Miriam Pawel
Local happenings for the week of April 20: Sun, 4/20
 
Theater review
‘Bethany’ at ACT: A mom whose life has crashed — hard
A review of Laura Marks’ “Bethany,” at ACT Theatre, about a struggling mom who needs one big break to get her daughter, and her life, back. Through May 4, 2014. Sat, 4/19
 

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Living

NEW - 06:15 AM
5 tips for women who are trying to get pregnant
Many women don’t know when they’re fertile and don’t understand how health matters can affect their ability to conceive, say women’s health practitioners. Sun, 4/20
 
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Fit & Fun
Climb a tree to celebrate Arbor Day
Canopy Climbers, owned by an arborist, will kick off its third tree-climbing season with an “open” climb on Sunday, April 27. Sun, 4/20
 
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The People's Pharmacy
Could stethoscopes be spreading germs?
People’s Pharmacy on dirty stethoscopes; vitamin D deficiency and hip and leg pain; and “milk-alkali syndrome.” Sun, 4/20
 
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Rant & Rave
Cheers for Sounders boosters, boos for route-clogging walkers
Times readers weigh in on running etiquette to good neighbors. Sun, 4/20
 
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Dear Carolyn
Stop stressing over kids’ behavior on vacation
Columnist Carolyn Hax tells a mom to forget the doomed assignment of trying to present a seamless, seven-day performance of best behavior by her high-energy boys, ages 4 and 6, on a family trip. Sun, 4/20
 

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Travel & Outdoors

Your own private Idaho
Enjoying the peace and quiet on trails and at a ranch near Stanley in the Sawtooths.  Sat, 4/19
 
Slowing down in Mexico’s Loreto
For decades, the Baja California seaside town has been marked for major tourism development, but it hasn’t happened yet. And for some visitors, that’s a good thing. Sat, 4/19
 
Travel Wise
How to avoid mosquito bites — and diseases
Mosquitoes can transmit debilitating diseases, including malaria, yellow fever and dengue, and they pounce upon travelers in many of the world’s most beautiful destinations.  Sat, 4/19
 
Geo quiz: How many states are there in Mexico?
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Opinion

Leonard Pitts Jr. / Syndicated columnist
Race and Obama news coverage
Some say race has played no role in the treatment of President Obama? Fine. What would it look like if it did? writes syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. Sun, 4/20
 
Editorial: Seattle needs to ease up on the rush to a $15 minimum wage
Seattle should tread carefully in implementing a higher minimum wage. Sat, 4/19
 
Guest: The decline of labor unions and the rise of the minimum wage
Against this historic downturn, labor is working on re-establishing itself in Seattle, leading a campaign to raise the minimum wage, writes guest columnist Jake Rosenfeld. Sat, 4/19
 
David Brooks / Syndicated columnist
A circus descends on Common Core
The attacks on Common Core have less to do with substance and more to do with talk-radio bombast and interest group resistance to change, writes syndicated columnist David Brooks. Sat, 4/19
 
Paul Krugman / Syndicated columnist
Salvation gets cheap
There is one piece of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment that is surprisingly, if conditionally, upbeat: Its take on the economics of mitigation, writes syndicated columnist Paul Krugman. Sat, 4/19
 
Kathleen Parker / Syndicated columnist
Does the U.S. get Vladimir Putin yet?
he new “agreement” between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered, writes syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker. Sat, 4/19
 


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