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Local News

Seattle’s waterfront park to reflect region’s rich tribal heritage
Seattle officials are reaching out to local Indian tribes as they develop ideas for a planned remake of the Seattle waterfront. Fri, 8/22
Effort to restore grizzlies in North Cascades gets rolling
Nearly 40 years after the grizzly bears were declared threatened, the federal government will start environmental analysis of restoring the species to Washington. Fri, 8/22

NEW - 01:49 PM
Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website
The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle Corp. and several of its executives over the technology company’s role in creating the troubled website for the state’s online health insurance exchange. Fri, 8/22
Kent slaying suspect alleges racial slurs led to shooting
The Burien man accused of killing two men at a Kent gas station on Wednesday told police he opened fire after a group of construction workers directed racial slurs at him and a friend, according to a court document. Thu, 8/21
Local NAACP rallies in solidarity with Ferguson over Michael Brown’s shooting
About 100 people attended the NAACP Seattle King County’s gathering Thursday in solidarity with Ferguson, Mo. Thu, 8/21
Court rules against state in health-benefits case
The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court’s ruling that says that damages to be paid to part-time state employees who were wrongfully denied health benefits must take into account more than actual out-of-pocket costs. Thu, 8/21
In retrial, former Medina police chief loses discrimination case
Former Medina Police Chief Jeffrey Chen lost a racial-discrimination case against the city Thursday, but more court battles may lie ahead.  Thu, 8/21
Mural mystery cracked; Skagit family plans to keep, share it
The mystery of the Bill Cumming mural that turned up in a Skagit County barn appears to have been solved. The family that owns the work, valued at a quarter-million dollars, plans to keep it and hopes it can be displayed for others to enjoy. Thu, 8/21
Sarah Stuteville
Sherpas weigh role at Everest after deadly avalanche
Members of the Northwest Sherpa community are collecting money to aid the families of Sherpas killed in April’s big avalanche on Mount Everest, and some are rethinking their careers as mountain guides Thu, 8/21
City, federal monitor move to dismiss suit by SPD officers
Attorneys for the city of Seattle and a federal monitor asked a federal judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by more than 100 Seattle police officers, who are seeking to block new use-of-force policies imposed under court-ordered reforms. Thu, 8/21
Why didn’t the Kent shooting story mention race?
Many readers ask why The Seattle Times doesn’t routinely report the race of criminal suspects. Here are the reasons. Thu, 8/21
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. Thu, 8/21

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 02:30 PM
West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct invasion," and the U.S. and NATO condemned it as well. Fri, 8/22
UPDATE - 02:30 PM
New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?
Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer? Fri, 8/22
UPDATE - 02:29 PM
US won't let borders hamper fight vs. extremists
The United States has avoided military involvement in Syria's three-year-civil war thus far. Faced with an Islamist extremist group making gains across the region and the beheading an American journalist, the Obama administration's resistance may be weakening. Fri, 8/22

UPDATE - 02:10 PM
Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant on rate hike
If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message: Fri, 8/22
UPDATE - 02:29 PM
Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks
Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators. Fri, 8/22
UPDATE - 02:30 PM
Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 deaths
Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities. Fri, 8/22
MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout
Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. Fri, 8/22
6 soldiers hurt by lightning strike at Fort Drum
Army officials say six soldiers are recovering after lightning struck during a field exercise at Fort Drum in northern New York. Fri, 8/22
UPDATE - 02:11 PM
Fitbit to Schumer: We don't sell personal data
Fitbit, the maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices, said Friday that it does not sell personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. Fri, 8/22
SpaceX gets 10-year tax exemption for Texas site
Cameron County commissioners have agreed to waive 10 years of county taxes as part of an agreement bringing the world's first commercial site for orbital rocket launches to the southernmost tip of Texas. Fri, 8/22
UPDATE - 02:30 PM
Interpol seeks clues to Thai 'baby factory'
Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case: a 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more. Fri, 8/22
U.S. inspector finds Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba trip legal
The U.S. Treasury Department's inspector general has determined Jay-Z and Beyonce's fifth-anniversary trip to Cuba last year was legal under rules allowing educational travel to the island. Fri, 8/22
UPDATE - 02:01 PM
Un-bee-lievable: 50,000 bees living in NYC ceiling
A New York City woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees. Fri, 8/22
UPDATE - 02:10 PM
At Jackson Hole, central bankers eye varying goals
The central bankers meeting this week at their annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, aren't exactly in sync. Many are taking steps that clash with the policies of others. Fri, 8/22
American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak
As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus. Fri, 8/22
As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin
America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin. Fri, 8/22
George W. Bush takes ice bucket challenge
Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. Fri, 8/22
Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens
A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June -- the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip. Fri, 8/22
Hamas kills 11 suspected informers for Israel
Hamas said it shot dead 11 suspected informants for Israel on Friday, a day after an Israeli airstrike on a house in southern Gaza Strip killed three top Hamas military commanders. Fri, 8/22
His '90 murder rap tossed, man to be released
A former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled to walk out of a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania a free man, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science. Fri, 8/22
In rare move, Chinese man acquitted of murder
A Chinese court on Friday acquitted a death-row inmate who spent eight years behind bars for double murder in a high-profile case that observers say may be a rare exception in a court system riddled with wrongful convictions. Fri, 8/22
Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola
Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola. Fri, 8/22
Man in mystery selfie comes forward in LA County
The couple whose selfie was snapped with a Southern California burglary victim's phone has been identified, authorities said Thursday. Fri, 8/22
Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty
A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack. Fri, 8/22
Met Opera, remaining unions reach labor agreements
The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. Fri, 8/22
National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson
The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions were subsiding in the St. Louis suburb where unrest had erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. Fri, 8/22
Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup
U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Fri, 8/22
Russian aid convoy drives into Ukraine
Russia unilaterally sent an aid mission into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying its patience had worn out after a week of delays it blamed on the Ukrainian government. Fri, 8/22
Slaying of American reopens debate on ransoms
By rejecting demands for a nine-digit payment to save kidnapped American journalist James Foley, the United States upheld a policy choice that some European and Arab governments have long found too wrenching to make themselves: ruling out ransom to rescue any citizen held captive by militant organizations, in hopes the tough stand will make Americans safer from kidnapping and attacks by extremists. Fri, 8/22
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. Fri, 8/22
Va. man named Stoner arrested on pot charges
A Virginia man with the last name Stoner is facing drug charges after police found more than $10,000 worth of marijuana plants at his home. Fri, 8/22
Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer
The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. Fri, 8/22
Feds limit availability of painkiller hydrocodone
The rule places hydrocodone, the most widely prescribed painkiller in the United States, in a tougher, more restrictive category. Thu, 8/21
Questions and answers about use of force by police
Although officers aren’t technically under orders to shoot to kill, they are instructed to shoot the largest surface area on the body they can target.  Thu, 8/21
Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation
To most civilians, an 18-year-old unarmed man may not appear to pose a deadly threat. But a police officer’s perspective is different. And that is how an officer should be judged, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote in the 1989 use-of-force Supreme Court opinion. Thu, 8/21
Bergdahl swap illegal, top congressional lawyer says
Susan Poling’s opinion, which does not carry the force of law, revealed for the first time the price tag of the operation in which U.S. special-forces commandos whisked Sgt. Bergdahl away in a Blackhawk helicopter after he was freed in Afghanistan: $988,400. Thu, 8/21
Lawyer: Another person was burned by lye at Utah eatery
The attorney said a Dickey’s Barbecue employee burned her tongue July 5 after she stuck her finger in a sugar container to test if it had any lye in it and then licked her finger. Thu, 8/21
Israel’s targeted bombings limit civilian casualties in Gaza
A senior Hamas leader in exile admitted that Hamas was behind the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank, the group’s first claim of responsibility for the June attack that triggered an Israeli crackdown and eventually led to the Gaza war. Thu, 8/21
Connecticut toddler's death in hot car a homicide
The death of a 15-month-old boy who was left in a hot car in July has been ruled a homicide, the office of the state medical examiner said Thursday. Thu, 8/21
GPS devices find huge water loss in western US
About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday. Thu, 8/21
Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal
Indonesia's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any uncertainty around the victory of Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo. Thu, 8/21
Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes
There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles. Thu, 8/21
Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet
Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts -- in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards. Thu, 8/21
Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops. Thu, 8/21
Police: Couple wanted 2 Amish girls for slaves
A northern New York couple kidnapped two Amish sisters from their family farm stand and planned to turn them into slaves, but released them after becoming frightened by news reports, an investigator said. Thu, 8/21
Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter death
When she died, Alexis Rasmussen was a 16-year-old Utah girl trying to find her own identity, her mother said. Thu, 8/21
Thai army ruler named prime minister
Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power. Thu, 8/21
Woman pays fine for climbing into giraffe pen
A California woman who got kicked in the face after trying to climb into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo has paid a fine and apologized. Thu, 8/21

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Business & Technology

Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few
Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds -- $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief -- offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners. Fri, 8/22

UPDATE - 02:10 PM
Stocks are mostly lower as Ukraine tensions flare
The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation's most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months. Fri, 8/22
Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer
Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family Dollar's board said it supports its existing deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree. Fri, 8/22
UPDATE - 01:57 PM
Ice bucket challenge may change nonprofit world
The ice bucket challenge's phenomenal success is making other charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors. Fri, 8/22
Keurig strikes deal with Kraft on coffee brands
Keurig Green Mountain says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems in the U.S. Fri, 8/22
Met Opera, remaining unions reach labor agreements
The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. Fri, 8/22
McDonald's names new US president again
McDonald's named a new president for its struggling U.S. division on Friday, marking the second change in the high-profile spot in less than two years. Fri, 8/22
Asia stocks rise, Europe flat ahead of Yellen talk
Most Asian stock markets pushed higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that added to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength. European shares were flat as investors awaited a meeting of central bankers that might shed light on the timing of U.S. interest rate hikes. Fri, 8/22
US housing recovery appears to be back on track
A fourth straight monthly increase in sales of existing homes provided the latest evidence Thursday that the U.S. housing market is rebounding from a weak start to the year. Fri, 8/22
Seattle architecture firm Callison bought by Dutch giant
Seattle-based architecture firm Callison, one of the largest in the U.S., said it will be acquired by Dutch design giant Arcadis as it seeks to tackle an increasingly hungry global market.  Thu, 8/21
Boeing’s Conner takes Ice Bucket challenge
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner has joined the parade of executives and celebrities taking the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and donations for ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Thu, 8/21
Record drought saps California honey production
California is one of the country’s largest honey producers, but the lack of rain has ravaged native plants and forced farmers to scale back crop production, leaving fewer places for honeybees to forage. Thu, 8/21
United trying to lure top fliers with promise of a hot meal
The airline has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers after a rocky merger with Continental Airlines. So, it’s upgrading first-class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights. Thu, 8/21
Sears holdings posts first-half loss of nearly $1 billion
Members of its free Shop Your Way rewards program accounted for 73 percent of quarterly sales, the company said Thursday, and its online sales in the quarter grew 18 percent from the period a year before. But rewards for the company have not materialized. Thu, 8/21
Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few
The settlement requires the second-largest U.S. bank to assist homeowners with loan balances and providing new loans, but consumer advocates say relatively few will be helped relative to the devastation triggered by the mortgage crisis. Thu, 8/21

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No more games for Mo’ne: Chicago ousts Philadelphia
Joshua Houston hit a clutch two-run single, reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning and Jackie Robinson West Little League held off gritty Philadelphia 6-5 in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series. Fri, 8/22
Six things to watch for in Seahawks’ game against Bears
The Seahawks’ starters will play into the third quarter in the exhibition game Friday against Chicago at CenturyLink Field.  Thu, 8/21
Fight of her life: Jen Hamann says boxing lessons have helped her deal with brain tumor
Seattle’s Jen Hamann once lived to box. Now the lessons she learned from the sport are helping her battle a malignant brain tumor.  Thu, 8/21

Fred Couples hoping for hometown victory
Seattle native Fred Couples will play in the Boeing Classic this week at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, hoping to win the tournament he has finished third at twice.  Thu, 8/21
Freshmen will play key roles for Huskies
Several freshmen signed in Chris Petersen’s first recruiting class, including two receivers and five defensive backs, could play this year. Thu, 8/21
Mariners star Robinson Cano helps keep the team relaxed
There is a calm that surrounds Robinson Cano. It’s as if he emits a relaxing vibe that can be felt by anyone around him.  Thu, 8/21
Storm wins No. 1 pick in April’s WNBA draft
The Storm, which finished 12-22 this season, won the WNBA Draft lottery on Thursday and will have the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft. The Storm has had the No. 1 overall choice twice, selecting Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird.  Thu, 8/21
Cougars have no shortage of receivers
Washington State has its top eight receivers back this season, plus talented freshman Calvin Green.  Thu, 8/21
For prep football teams, first day of practice far from first day of work
The first day of fall practice is considered by every program as more of a conclusion than a beginning. The three weeks or so of fall camp complete a nearly yearlong process for these high school football teams. Thu, 8/21
Colorado coach shapes up, hope team follows
Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre lost 55 pounds during the offseason. He hopes his team, which won just four games last season, is also in better shape.  Thu, 8/21
David Price brilliant, but ends up a loser in Rays’ 1-0 victory
Price (12-9) retired the next 23 batters after Brandon Guyer’s hit gave Alex Cobb all the support he needed. Price never even went to a three-ball count in the superb outing. Thu, 8/21
Eagles find their offensive groove in exhibition win over Steelers
Nick Foles threw one touchdown pass and led Philadelphia’s starting offense to three first-half scores in a 31-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. Thu, 8/21
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
It’s the first sign of life from the Buffalo Bills in years
Bills coach Doug Marrone, boiling mad after one too many intrasquad scuffles, says fighting has no place in football. Though he wouldn’t mind his offense adopting the must-score system. Thu, 8/21
Lynx forced to rally for playoff win
Hours after being named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player, Maya Moore scored 24 points to help the beat the Stars 88-84 Thursday night in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals. Thu, 8/21
Rainiers win 7-3; AquaSox lose
Shortstop Ketel Marte and second baseman Gabriel Noriega each had home runs to lead the Tacoma Rainiers to a 7-3 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers on Thursday in a Northwest League game. Thu, 8/21
Rory McIlroy has worst start in two months, shooting 74
Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months. Thu, 8/21
Bernhard Langer looks to continue his great year in Boeing Classic
This year, Langer, 57, is a runaway lock for the Champions Tour player-of-the-year honors with five victories and a huge lead on the money list with $2.6 million in earnings. No one else is above $1.9 million. Thu, 8/21
Tim Howard stepping away from U.S. team for a year
World Cup star Tim Howard is taking a break from international soccer and will not be considered for selection to the national team until September 2015, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Thursday. Thu, 8/21
Angels’ Richards out for season with knee injury
Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It’s a serious blow to the Angels, who lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season. Thu, 8/21
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Western Washington, Seattle Pacific are 1-2 in GNAC women’s soccer poll
Western Washington was projected to repeat as Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season champions in women’s soccer, receiving six first-place votes and 62 points in the coaches preseason poll.  Thu, 8/21

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Fall 2014 DIY contest: Make a newsprint masterpiece
Welcome to Make a Newsprint Masterpiece, the 2014 Seattle Times DIY contest. For this one, all we ask is that you create something out of newsprint — yes, that paper that makes your hands black — and share it with us by Sept. 8.  Fri, 8/22
Free Seattle concert series anchored by Parnassus Project
Parnassus Project, a chamber group that likes to bring music to nontraditional settings, anchors a free, outdoor-lunchtime music and art series in Seattle’s Occidental Park in Pioneer Square. Fri, 8/22
Restaurant review
Salish Lodge: Fine-dining experience misses main ingredient
The Dining Room at Salish Lodge alongside Snoqualmie Falls has the setting and the prices to match its fine-dining aspirations but needs to forgo the gimmicks and concentrate instead on delivering quality meals. Brunch still satisfies. Fri, 8/22
Voronin steps out of the mist to return to Teatro ZinZanni
Teatro ZinZanni’s current dinner-theater show, ‘When Sparks Fly,’ features that silent-comedy illusionist extraordinaire, Voronin. Fri, 8/22
Art review
3 new pieces at Olympic Sculpture Park: How do they fit in?
Critic Gary Faigin takes a stroll through the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, with an eye toward how the newest pieces fit in: “Echo” by Jaume Plensa; a Ginny Ruffner-designed bench honoring Mary Shirley; and Trimpin’s “You Are Hear.” Fri, 8/22
Dining Deal
Hitchcock Deli: Delicious sandwiches rise in Georgetown
Hitchcock Deli in Georgetown — an offshoot of acclaimed Bainbridge chef Brendan McGill’s popular spot on the island, Hitchcock — does sandwiches right.  Fri, 8/22
Book review
Novelist Robert Cantwell’s journey from left to right
T.V. Reed’s “Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left” chronicles the life of Aberdeen’s Robert Cantwell, whose fiction took a conservative turn. Reed appears with Spokane author Jess Walter Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Seattle Public Library. Fri, 8/22
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Community Corner for Aug. 23-24
Weekend events for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, include the Duwamish River Festival, Tibet Fest and last weekend for on-duty lifeguards at Seattle beaches. Fri, 8/22
Movie review
‘Alive Inside’ shows the power of music on memory
A movie review of “Alive Inside,” a documentary about a remarkable program aimed at helping the elderly and infirm regain connection with their memories. It received 3.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 8/21
Movie review
‘Life After Beth’: Zombie rom-com has some dead parts
A movie review of “Life After Beth,” a zom-rom-com starring Aubrey Plaza as a young woman who mysteriously returns from the dead. It got two stars out of four. Thu, 8/21
Movie review
‘To Be Takei’ boldly goes into star’s complicated life story
A review of “To Be Takei”: This inspirational documentary, about George Takei’s ability to endure the Japanese-American internment camps and years of pretending to be heterosexual, got 3.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 8/21
Obituary: Seattle television and arts writer John Voorhees
John Voorhees, who covered the arts and television for The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer for almost 50 years, died on Aug. 15 at 88. He brought a vast knowledge of the arts and a sometimes “curmudgeonly” wit to his coverage of the Seattle arts scene.  Thu, 8/21
Movie review
‘Land Ho!’: Friends make quite a pair on trip through Iceland
A movie review of “Land Ho!”: This genial picture is a study in contrasts as it follows two 60-something fellows — an ebullient extrovert and a reticent introvert — on a road trip through the spectacular landscapes of Iceland. It received three stars out of four.  Thu, 8/21
Movie review
‘The One I Love’: Expect the unexpected on couple’s retreat
A movie review of “The One I Love,” which feels like it might be a romantic comedy but soon becomes something else. Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass star. This highly original film received three stars out of four. Thu, 8/21
Movie review
‘Level Five’: A serious battle plays into video-game tale
A movie review of “Level Five,” a science-fiction adventure about a missing video-game designer and a powerful historical documentary about the Battle of Okinawa.  Thu, 8/21
Movie review
‘The Strange Little Cat’ creeps along as family prepares dinner
A movie review of “The Strange Little Cat,” which is loosely based on Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” Nothing much happens as this German film follows a large family maneuvering through a Berlin flat as dinner is prepared. It received 1.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 8/21
Movie review
‘When the Game Stands Tall’: Football story fumbles
A movie review of “When the Game Stands Tall”: This true-life account of the record-setting win steak by a high-school football team — and what happens when they finally lose a game — mostly relies on stock characters and reductive lessons. It got 1.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 8/21
At a Theater Near You
Sweet treats: ‘Willy Wonka,’ ‘Chocolat,’ ‘Frozen’ singalong
Art-house screenings during the week of Aug. 22 include “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Chocolat” at MOHAI; “Divergent” and a singalong “Frozen” at the Northgate branch of the Seattle Public Library; and more. Thu, 8/21
Movie bargains / outdoor screenings
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PNW Magazine
The ‘other’ San Juan islanders go their own way
Beyond the well-known islands, the more remote places offer room for throwbacks and loners, free thinkers and hard workers.  Fri, 8/22
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Barcelona: Big kids play in the sand, too
Although Spain has been in economic crisis over the past few years with an unemployment rate of more than 25 percent, the beaches of Barcelona and beyond keep luring locals and tourists. Fri, 8/22
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The Grapevine
Gathering grapes is challenging for coastal wineries
Wineries on Whidbey Island and in Port Angeles, Sequim and Belfair all coordinate their drives to Eastern Washington around water and traffic, though to a lesser extent than those on Lopez and San Juan islands. Fri, 8/22
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Northwest Living
He wants forest, she wants beach — house offers both
The result is no small feat: A Craftsmany sort of contemporary, open and simple yet cabin comfortable, a place on the beach designed by Orcas architects Susan Stoltz and David Kau of Stoltz Kau Architects. Fri, 8/22
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Fit for Life
Here comes the buff ‘Bachelorette’ bride
When Fit for Life columnist Nicole Tsong met Desiree Hartsock for a workout, the star of the ninth season of the TV reality show “The Bachelorette” had already been in Seattle for a year. Fri, 8/22
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The Natural Gardener
Save summer by preserving flowers
A wintertime occupation has turned into an ongoing experiment in repurposing: “I like saving and keeping things; preserving them satisfies me,” says Elaine Michaelides of her passion for capturing the fleeting nature of flowers. Fri, 8/22
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The jam man finds inspiration everywhere
Rome Doherty, owner of Camp Robber Jams, makes about 100 varieties of jams that he sells at farmers markets around Seattle. Fri, 8/22
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Now & Then
End of the line at Golden Gardens, ca. 1908
Harry Treat purchased a mix of stump land and forest north of Ballard and named it Loyal Heights, after his younger daughter. In 1907 he built a trolley line and an alluring “pleasure park” at the end of the line. Fri, 8/22
Diners behaving badly: Restaurant war stories
Some of the tales are astounding and silly, but many serve as guidelines for how to be better customers. And almost invariably, restaurateurs are able to maintain a sense of humor and appreciation of their customers, even the tricky ones. Fri, 8/22
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Dear Carolyn
You can never truly know partner, only yourself
Advice columnist Carolyn Hax on how a commitment held together by threats and restrictions isn’t one at all. Fri, 8/22

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Editorial: FEMA should help Okanogan County rebuild after wildfires
The Federal Emergency Management Agency should reconsider its decision to deny assistance to individuals harmed in the devastasting Okanogan County fire. Thu, 8/21
Editorial: Help parents help their children with school-supply drive
The Seattle Times’ annual school supply drive continues. With school set to begin in less than two weeks, readers can still help.  Thu, 8/21
Jonathan Martin / Times editorial columnist
End state law that criminalizes mental health patients
A misguided state law and a tough-on-crime approach fills prisons and jails with mentally ill inmates, writes columnist Jonathan Martin. Thu, 8/21
Guest: B.C. is competition for Washington state trade
British Columbia represents a model, and competitive threat, in its approach to trade and transportation, writes guest columnist Bruce Agnew.  Thu, 8/21

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