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UPDATE - 10:06 PM
Defendant hopes photos with Seattle officials will lighten his sentence
In an unusual move, a first-time offender who faces a nearly 9-year sentence for selling crack cocaine argues for a lower sentence using photos of himself with city officials as proof of his community spirit.  Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:05 PM
Highway 2 opened as fires still burn, power outages continue
As the Carlton complex continued to burn, Highway 2 through Tumwater Canyon reopened Thursday morning. Thu, 7/31

Judge won’t free Russian accused of hacking Seattle-area businesses
A federal judge in Guam cleared the way Thursday for a Russian man accused of stealing thousands of credit-card numbers in the Puget Sound area and elsewhere to be sent to Washington state to appear in court.  Thu, 7/31
NEW - 10:49 PM
Lovick, two others vie for Snohomish County executive
Appointed Snohomish County Executive John Lovick faces two challengers in the primary. Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday. Thu, 7/31
NEW - 09:20 PM
Lynnwood detainee may be sent back to North Korea labor camp
Kenneth Bae, of Lynnwood, told Japanese media that going back to labor camp after months of hospitalization could seriously harm him. His family and friends in the Pacific Northwest are worried for his life and asking for urgent U.S. intervention.  Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:46 PM
Sheldon’s Senate race attracting big money
Democratic state Sen. Tim Sheldon’s re-election campaign has gotten a big boost in the past week, much of it from business groups. Thu, 7/31
SPU student convicted in death at vacation home, faces 23-year term
Oscar A. Alden, 25, of Snohomish, was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder in the June 9, 2013, shooting death of Tom J. Maks, 34, in the driveway of a vacation home. Thu, 7/31
Man who set fire in Capitol Hill nightclub sentenced to 10 years
The man who set a fire inside a crowded Capitol Hill gay nightclub on New Year’s Eve was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for arson — double the amount of time agreed to by attorneys in the case. Thu, 7/31
Miscommunication led to long ferry waits after rescue of boat
Missed messages between ferry administration and the waterfront made passenger delays even worse, after Tuesday’s breakdown of the vessel Tacoma. Thu, 7/31
SPD investigates cop who wrote 80 percent of pot tickets
Seattle police are investigating the conduct of a veteran officer who has written about 80 percent of the tickets for consuming marijuana in public this year, including some that referred to City Attorney Pete Holmes, a strong advocate of pot legalization, as “Petey Holmes.” Thu, 7/31

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 10:57 PM
W. Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Thu, 7/31

UPDATE - 11:24 PM
Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago
A demoted executive shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a high-rise office building in downtown Chicago's bustling financial district, police said. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 09:47 PM
Ebola toll in Africa grows despite efforts to contain it
Almost half of the new Ebola deaths reported by the World Health Organization occurred in Liberia, where two Americans, Dr. Kent Brantly, of Texas, and Nancy Writebol, a North Carolina-based missionary, are also sick with Ebola. Thu, 7/31
FDA to start regulating lab-developed tests
The decision has been fiercely opposed by some laboratories and pathologists, who say FDA regulation is unnecessary and would significantly increase the cost and time needed to develop tests, stifle innovation and deprive patients of some vital tools. Thu, 7/31
NEW - 10:39 PM
Metropolitan Opera dodges lockout — for now
With an hour to spare before Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb’s vow of a 12:01 a.m. Friday deadline that would trigger a lockout, the company announced it had agreed to a federal mediator’s request to extend the talks by 72 hours. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 09:34 PM
Scope, scale, intricacy of Gaza tunnels vexing problem for Israel
The specter of secret assaults via a large and sophisticated network of tunnels has shaken Israelis long accustomed to a different threat from the Gaza Strip, that of rocket and mortar fire.  Thu, 7/31
Wisconsin court upholds law limiting bargaining rights
Some labor leaders said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s measure all but eviscerated many public-sector unions, leaving members wondering what bargaining ability they were getting for their dues. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:00 PM
3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect
A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip went into effect Friday following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting that killed 17 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:06 PM
Cantor tells newspaper he'll resign in August
U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor tells a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:06 PM
Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia
After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation Thursday night as America's new envoy to Russia. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:00 PM
Gas blasts kill 24, injure 271 in Taiwanese port
At least 24 people were killed and 271 injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as a search for the cause began. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:06 PM
FAA places new restrictions on flights over Iraq
The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" there. Thu, 7/31
NEW - 10:21 PM
Japan provides Vietnam with 6 vessels
Japan says it will provide Vietnam six vessels as part of a grant aid package that will boost Hanoi's maritime security patrol capacity at a time the country is locked in a territorial standoff with China in the South China Sea. Thu, 7/31
Man accused of putting needles in packaged meat
A 68-year-old Illinois man was jailed without bond Thursday after being accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat "just for the hell of it" at a grocery store in his hometown at least seven times over more than a year. Thu, 7/31
San Francisco median home price hits $1M, won't buy much
San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: think again. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:19 PM
NASA to test making rocket fuel ingredient on Mars
NASA plans to make oxygen -- a key ingredient of rocket fuel -- on Mars early next decade. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:52 PM
Snowden's asylum status in Russia ending
Edward Snowden's temporary asylum status in Russia will expire at midnight Thursday, but the former U.S. National Security Agency systems administrator appears set to stay on until authorities decide on his application for an extension. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:07 PM
Signed ticket from Gehrig's last game nets $95,600
A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold for $388,375. Thu, 7/31
NEW - 10:51 PM
Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic
Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:57 PM
AP Analysis: Putin cornered over Ukraine
For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad. Thu, 7/31
Gas prices seeing big summer decline
“It’s very unusual to see gas prices fall at this time of year,” said Michael Green, a spokesman for AAA. “This is nearly the reverse of what we saw in the previous three years when prices increased considerably in July.” Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 09:45 PM
House infighting derails bill to help control border crisis
Republican infighting again dogged House efforts to pass emergency funding for the border crisis. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:57 PM
Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site
As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out of the sky. Thu, 7/31
Justice Ginsburg: Supreme Court won’t ‘duck’ gay marriage
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she expects the Supreme Court to hear and decide a same-sex marriage case by June 2016. Thu, 7/31
Senate approves veteran and highway bills
The two Senate votes were something of a consolation prize for a chamber marred this year by gridlock. The vote on the veterans bill was 91-3; the highway bill vote was 81-13. Thu, 7/31
Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead
A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. Thu, 7/31
Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law
The fight over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's signature policy achievement, a law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees, ended Thursday with the state Supreme Court declaring it to be constitutional. Thu, 7/31
GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives
Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails. Thu, 7/31
Rolex passed among jurors in ex-Va. gov trial
The requests for lavish gifts were frequent. Jonnie Williams -- the star witness in a corruption trial against the former Virginia governor and his wife -- was being asked for everything from a joy ride in his Ferrari to stock in the company he led. Thu, 7/31
Home owned by Trump holdout auctioned for $530,000
She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person." Thu, 7/31
AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers
Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:06 PM
CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds
The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:06 PM
Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure
Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:08 PM
Default fuels uncertainty, stock drop in Argentina
Argentina entered economic limbo Thursday, forced into a default that could undermine an already frail economy if a dispute with U.S. creditors is not resolved soon. Thu, 7/31
Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader
Rep. Eric Cantor used his farewell as House majority leader Thursday to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he said is rife with instability and terror. Thu, 7/31
Hospital: 33 dead after Guinea concert stampede
Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday. Thu, 7/31
Immigration courts speed up children's cases
Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard. Thu, 7/31
Judge rejects suit by teacher fired over blog
A judge dismissed a lawsuit by a former suburban Philadelphia teacher fired two years ago for writing on her blog about students who were "disengaged, lazy whiners." Thu, 7/31
Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial
They were once friends, or at least friendly. Both were self-made men who'd soared far past their working-class background. One was a rising star of the Republican Party and potential vice-presidential pick. The other, a multimillionaire entrepreneur who owned a private jet. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:57 PM
Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi
Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya's second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons. Thu, 7/31
Probe exposes flaws behind rollout
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday. Thu, 7/31
Toronto mayor Ford orders 5 espressos in video
Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor's order: five espressos in one cup. Thu, 7/31
Tweet derails Cassidy DWI plea deal hearing
A horse racing tweet prompted prosecutors to halt a court hearing at which a lawyer for seventies heartthrob David Cassidy was supposed to accept a plea deal on the singer's behalf. Thu, 7/31
Fired band head says he was fixing vulgar culture
Ohio State University's fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture "in dire need of change" before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. Thu, 7/31
Peace Corps workers isolated after Ebola exposure
Two Peace Corps volunteers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus. Thu, 7/31
Chinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit
A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:00 PM
Death toll hits 51 from mudslide in Indian village
Heavy rains hampered efforts Friday by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India rose to 51. Thu, 7/31
Haunting memories 70 years after Warsaw Uprising
Kazimierz Mikos ran down a Warsaw street, zig-zagging to avoid the bullets that whizzed past him. As the 14-year-old ran for his life, he was struck with terror at the sight of a dead body in the street. Even after the scrape with death, the teen volunteered for a heroic Polish struggle against the Nazis -- becoming a messenger and a guard. Thu, 7/31
Oakland Zoo animals enjoy fruit after truck crash
Animals at the Oakland Zoo were treated to a buffet of tropical fruit after a truck spilled its shipment on a freeway. Thu, 7/31
Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot crash
A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing a 78-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said. Thu, 7/31
19 swimmers drown off Pakistan beaches
At least 19 people have drowned off southern Pakistani beaches because of heavy waves and strong currents, rescuers said Thursday. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:24 PM
Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days
Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus. Thu, 7/31
Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war
Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. And in an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on Hamas rocket and tunnel attacks, the minority of local voices that do agonize over Gazans' suffering are being silenced in a way rarely seen in a country long proud of its spirited, democratic debate. Thu, 7/31
GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives
Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails. Thu, 7/31
Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info
Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan. Thu, 7/31
Probe exposes flaws behind rollout
Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday. Thu, 7/31
Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly
U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents. Thu, 7/31
Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?
Hundreds of cars submerged below murky water. A landmark basketball court, newly refurbished, showing signs of buckling. Soaked and stained carpets. An athletic track coated in mud. Thu, 7/31

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Business & Technology

It’s Iliad vs. Sprint as T-Mobile US gets another suitor
French mobile-phone carrier Iliad offered $15 billion in cash for a controlling stake in Bellevue-based T-Mobile US, rivaling a proposal from Sprint. Thu, 7/31

Jobs cut at Seattle HQ as Brookdale seals Emeritus deal
The sale of Seattle-based assisted living operator Emeritus to Brookdale Senior Living of Nashville was completed Thursday, creating a company with more than 1,100 facilities and room for 110,000 aging residents. Thu, 7/31
Nordstrom buying Trunk Club to boost menswear offers
As retailers have come up with new ways to target men, Nordstrom has been riding the wave. In its latest move, it’s buying Trunk Club, a five-year-old website that sells about 100 brands of men’s apparel. Thu, 7/31
NY judge: US warrant can reach Microsoft email in Ireland
U.S. law enforcement can force Microsoft Corp. to turn over emails it stores in Ireland, a judge ruled in a case that technology companies have rallied around as they pursue billions of dollars in data storage business abroad. Thu, 7/31
Boeing raises jet prices 3.1%
Boeing said it raised prices by about 3.1 percent for the commercial aircraft that drive most of its sales, almost twice the rate of increase last year. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:08 PM
Asia stocks dip on Dow drop, China data cuts loss
Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy. Thu, 7/31
Federal Home Loan Bank here eyes merger with Midwest counterpart
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and its larger sister bank in Des Moines, Iowa, said Thursday they are exploring a merger that would create the national finance network’s largest cooperative by membership. Thu, 7/31
Panasonic, Tesla to build big US battery plant
American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:08 PM
As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it
For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again. Thu, 7/31
Fed offers a dual message on health of US economy
The Federal Reserve offered a mixed message on the U.S. economy Wednesday: Growth is strengthening, and the unemployment rate is steadily falling. Yet by some measures, the job market remains subpar. Thu, 7/31
Boeing will build largest 787 model only in S. Carolina
Boeing confirmed Wednesday that the longest version of its 787 Dreamliner — the 787-10 — will be assembled exclusively in North Charleston, S.C. Thu, 7/31
Exxon 2Q profit climbs 28 percent
Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on Thursday reported net income that climbed by 28 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations. Thu, 7/31
Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal
Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have agreed to combine their broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity. Thu, 7/31
Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone
Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. Thu, 7/31
Portland OKs Airbnb-type short-term rentals
The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb. Thu, 7/31
SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines ending partnership
Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Entertainment are ending their 25-year-old marketing partnership, as the airline has come under fire from animal rights activists over the relationship. Thu, 7/31
Vitaminwater cries uncle, switches back formula
Coca-Cola is reversing course after fans of Vitaminwater complained about the drink's new sweetener. Thu, 7/31
ANA finalizes order for 40 Boeing widebodies
Japan’s ANA finalized a big order with Boeing for long-haul 777Xs and other jets, worth an estimated $6.5 billion. The airline also bought A320neo short-haul jets from Airbus worth an estimated $1.6 billion. Thu, 7/31
Portland OKs Airbnb-type short-term rentals
The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb. Thu, 7/31
Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.12 percent
Average U.S. mortgage rates declined slightly this week, hovering near their lows for the year. Thu, 7/31
Amazon to invest $2 bln to expand in India
The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Thu, 7/31
Patagonia rides green wave with wet suit born in desert
Patagonia executives are also convinced that the many years of developing and testing the wet suit have resulted in a revolutionary material that will wind up not only in wet suits but also in everyday items like sneakers and yoga mats. Thu, 7/31
Pet remains can be rocketed into space
A Houston company announced this week that rockets carrying the cremated remains of dogs and cats will start this fall. Thu, 7/31
Asian markets drift after US Fed stays course
Asian stock markets were uninspired by an upbeat report on the U.S. economy, with most drifting lower Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would make further cuts to its monetary stimulus as expected. Thu, 7/31
US jobless aid applications rise to 302,000
More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remain at pre-recession levels. Thu, 7/31
OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers
Think you're in control? Think again. Wed, 7/30

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UPDATE - 11:10 PM
Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch ends holdout; $1.5 million reworked in his deal
The Seahawks held firm to their stance of not giving him any “new’’ money, having made it clear they did not want to set a precedent of ripping up existing contracts. Lynch, meanwhile, got the assurance of a little more money that he wasn’t necessarily guaranteed to receive.  Thu, 7/31

Mike Leach, WSU football ready to open camp on Saturday
Heading into his third season at Washington State, Mike Leach seems more upbeat, saying this is the best team he has had in Pullman. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 11:09 PM
Storm leader Karen Bryant honored before 76-67 loss to Indiana
The crowd of 6,179 expressed appreciation for Bryant’s part in creating a women’s professional basketball legacy in Seattle. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:11 PM
What retirement? Winningest hydro driver Dave Villwock is back at Seafair
Dave Villwock, the all-time leader in H1 Unlimited wins, expects to drive the Beacon Plumbing boat in the Seafair Albert Lee Cup competition. “This ain’t no popularity contest, you know? I’m here to race,” he says. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:33 PM
Ryan Moore fires 65, while Tiger Woods opens at 68
Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Thu, 7/31
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
Beware the middle seat
Bet their fellow passengers won’t ever complain about crying babies again. Conditions were no doubt cramped aboard a small plane on a 153-mile flight from Itami to Okinoshima when these guys came aboard: 29 sumo wrestlers from Tokyo’s Hakkaku stable, on their way to training camp. Thu, 7/31
Central Washington golf courses affected by wildfires
Gamble Sands is OK, but Alta Lake was hit hard. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:39 PM
Courtney Force returns to Pacific Raceways
Courtney Force, the youngest daughter of 16-time world champion John Force, had her first pro victory in Kent and picked up the first Funny Car win of her career in 2012.  Thu, 7/31
NEW - 09:37 PM
Florida State 1st in coaches’ poll; Huskies No. 25
Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason USA Today coaches’ poll, which was released Thursday. Thu, 7/31
NEW - 10:58 PM
Rainiers beat Salt Lake, get over .500
Ty Kelly hit a two-run home run and Xavier Avery homered to lead off the game to lead the Tacoma Rainiers to a 4-1 victory over the Bees in Salt Lake City on Thursday. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:37 PM
Ravens’ Ray Rice sorry for ‘huge mistake’
Ray Rice stepped to the microphone, took a deep breath and spoke for 17 minutes about what he called “the biggest mistake of his life.” Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 09:22 PM
Seahawks training camp at a glance, Day 6
Marines performed a water landing right next to the Seahawks’ practice fields with five helicopters. Thu, 7/31
First woman referee will marry partner
Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years Friday. Thu, 7/31
Jon Lester traded to Athletics on a busy day of trades
Baseball fans were still trying to sort out the dizzying deals for postseason aces Jon Lester and John Lackey, Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera when they were treated to a most curious sight Thursday. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:30 PM
Seahawks lineman Jesse Williams might need knee surgery – again
It’s another setback for Williams, the Seahawks’ fifth-round pick in 2013. Williams had one of his knees surgically repaired before his rookie season last year. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:28 PM
Mariners acquire Austin Jackson, Chris Denorfia at trade deadline
With a winning record and legitimate hopes at a postseason berth as the second wild card, general manager Jack Zduriencik supplemented his offensively challenged club by adding Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia, a pair of established major-league outfielders, via trade on Thursday. Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:28 PM
Larry Stone
Mariners improve with trades, but is that good enough?
The Mariners make two trades for veteran right-handed hitters Austin Jackson and Chris Denorfia, but only moved the needle a little on the worst offense in the American League.  Thu, 7/31
UPDATE - 10:27 PM
Mike Zunino’s late homer pushes Mariners past Indians, 6-5
Two-run homer in the eighth inning gives Seattle a win after coughing up a 4-1 advantage. Thu, 7/31
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Movie review
‘Mood Indigo’: whimsy and wonder
A review of Michel Gondry’s imaginative “Mood Indigo,” a surreal love story. Seattle Times movie reviewer Moira Macdonald gives it a 3.5-star rating out of a possible four. Thu, 7/31
In enthralling ‘Great Society,’ LBJ’s victory lap is cut short
A review of Tony-winning Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan’s “The Great Society,” the second half of his two-play cycle about President Lyndon Johnson’s time in the White House, now being staged at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.  Thu, 7/31
Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts mark 10 years of creative space
The Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts in Pioneer Square, housing artists studios and living spaces, celebrates its 10th anniversary — and its contributions to the arts scene in Seattle — with a big blowout on Aug. 2. Thu, 7/31
Movie review
‘Get on Up’ lets the joy of James Brown’s music shine
“Get on Up” is a free-form biopic about the high-haired Godfather of Soul, James Brown, portrayed by Chadwick Boseman (“42”). 3.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 7/31
Movie review
‘4 Minute Mile’ runs on a tired, cliché-ridden track
A review of the Seattle-set “4 Minute Mile,” about a teen who runs to escape his bleak home life. 2 out of 4 stars. Thu, 7/31
Movie review
‘Llyn Foulkes One Man Band’: Artist’s personality allowed to take over documentary
A reluctance on the directors’ part to rein in Llyn Foulkes’ over-the-top personality overwhelms this documentary. Thu, 7/31
Hydroplanes, Blue Angels, stargazing | Weekend Preview
Activities for the weekend of Aug. 1-3, 2014, include Seafair Hydroplane Races and Air Show, Need for Speed Festival/U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Star Parties. Films opening include “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Get On Up” and “Mood Indigo.” Thu, 7/31
July 31 TV Picks: ‘The Quest’ on ABC
TV picks for Thursday July 31, 2014, include “The Quest” on ABC, “Project Runway” on Lifetime and “Welcome to Sweden” on NBC. Thu, 7/31
Outdoor movies, ‘Sabrina’ and the ‘best worst movie ever made’
There are many cinematic alternatives this weekend as outdoor-movie season continues and “Sabrina” and “Anchorman” are on the agenda. Thu, 7/31

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Ciscoe Morris
Try mountain hydrangeas, eye-catching tropicals
Garden writer Ciscoe Morris introduces us to mountain hydrangeas and gives tips on planting topical houseplants outdoors. Thu, 7/31
Now growing underground: Food swapping
For home preservers and urban gardeners who grow or process on a small scale, food swaps are a place to offload abundance, as well as try ideas. Thu, 7/31
Dive into a big bowl of cold soup for summer feasting
Summer soup is light, frivolous, festive. It cools you down from the inside out. Thu, 7/31
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Involving all siblings to help Mom adapt to widowhood
Advice columnist Carolyn Hax on giving Mom responsibility for her own happiness before blaming sibs who are less involved. Thu, 7/31

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Travel & Outdoors

A saint’s remains return to Hawaii
St. Marianne Cope cared for exiled leprosy patients at remote Kalaupapa peninsula on Molokai, now part of a national historical park.  Thu, 7/31

UPDATE - 11:30 PM
US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries
U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. Thu, 7/31
Southwest, SeaWorld end partnership
Animal rights activists had protested airline’s link to marine animal park.  Thu, 7/31

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Editorial: Keep oil- and coal-train safety on track
Regional public safety, massive public expense and equity in rail access are all issues with oil-train and coal-train traffic surges. Thu, 7/31
Editorial: Lance Dickie’s legacy continues through The Seattle Times’ school-supplies drive
The man who inspired The Seattle Times' annual school-supply drive is retiring, but his legacy of service to children in need will not be forgotten.  Thu, 7/31
Guest: Encouraging progress in the Seattle Police Department
The Seattle Police Department is making solid progress three years after the U.S. Department of Justice began a probe of the department, writes guest columnist Jenny A. Durkan. More work needs to be done.  Thu, 7/31
Erik Smith / Times editorial columnist
The Boeing giveaway that wasn’t
Was the 2013 Boeing tax break really the biggest corporate subsidy in the history of the nation? Last year’s big claim figures in next year’s big debate. Thu, 7/31

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