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Obama says Oso’s strength ‘should inspire us all’
President Obama flew over the site of the March 22 mudslide in a Marine helicopter, met privately with the families of victims in Oso and then spoke at the Oso Fire Department.  Tue, 4/22
Cost of fixing Bertha may top $125 million, but who will pay?
The project director for drilling the tunnel said the $125 million was based on restarting Bertha by Sept. 1, which was Seattle Tunnel Partners’ earlier, optimistic goal.  Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 10:47 PM
Fatal birth defect is higher in 3 Washington counties
A higher-than-expected number of cases of the fatal birth defect anencephaly have been recorded in recent years in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties, and health officials are puzzled as to why. Tue, 4/22
Insurers, hospitals complain to Kreidler about new rules
A proposed new rule for the networks of hospitals and doctors assembled by insurers is drawing fire from both insurers and hospitals. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says it will help consumers see which providers are in-network and ensure they get the coverage they have paid for.  Tue, 4/22
Snohomish County to weigh development moratorium in landslide areas
A month after the deadly Oso mudslide, the Snohomish County Council will consider an emergency moratorium on development in areas at risk of landslides. Tue, 4/22
State beats U.S. average for adults with college degrees
A new national report says Washington’s college-attainment rate is above the national average, but the true picture may not be that rosy.  Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 10:46 PM
Voters rejecting new money for transit; bus cuts coming
With Proposition 1 trailing, King County officials said they will proceed with plans for cutting as many as one-sixth of bus-service hours just as ridership is climbing, a scenario officials have warned about for months. Tue, 4/22
Danny Westneat
WWU’s president is right: The world is changing; deal with it
The reaction to a university president’s comments about how his school needs to become less white was more revealing than the comments themselves. Tue, 4/22
Utility evaluating how to pay $61M to fix Wanapum Dam
It will cost an estimated $61 million to repair the 65-foot crack in the Wanapum Dam, according to an estimate provided to the Grant County Public Utility District. Tue, 4/22
Mark Prothero, attorney for Green River killer, dies at 57
Attorney Mark Prothero, a well-regarded defense attorney who represented serial killer Gary L. Ridgway, has died. Tue, 4/22
Oil-carrying trains’ safety compromised, NTSB chief says
The amount of crude oil transported on railroads has more than quadrupled since 2005, and some of it is especially volatile, said National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairwoman Deborah Hersman. Tue, 4/22
Report: mortuary worker's error led to body mix-up
A funeral home worker's failure to immediately attach ID bracelets to the bodies of two men who died at the same hospice caused the mix-up that led to one man's body ending up in a casket at the other man's funeral, a Washington state agency said Monday. Tue, 4/22
Seattle-based company reaches settlement over job seekers’ documents
Seattle-based sandwich supplier SK Food Group will pay civil penalties of $40,500 in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will end an investigation by the department’s Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Labor Practices.  Tue, 4/22
Bus driver accused of verbally abusing student with disability
A school-bus driver in Olympia has been accused of verbally abusing a developmentally disabled student during bus rides. Tue, 4/22
Kennewick man, dog pick up hundreds of ticks while on stroll
Ticks, hundreds of them, came home with a man and his dog after a walk on Easter. The state Department of Health has advice and warnings for people who find they’ve picked up ticks. Tue, 4/22
Portland cops say fugitive they killed drove ‘movable dungeon’
A man killed by Portland police last month was driving a van that authorities describe as a “movable dungeon” with chains and handcuffs. Tue, 4/22
Farm labor shortage reported in Washington
The state reported a 5 percent farm labor shortage for March in Washington. Tue, 4/22
Apolo Ohno training to compete at Ironman
The most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history is taking on a new athletic challenge: an Ironman triathlon. Ohno plans to compete at the world championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October. Tue, 4/22

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 12:49 AM
Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon
For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves. Wed, 4/23

UPDATE - 12:42 AM
Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned
Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. Wed, 4/23
UPDATE - 12:49 AM
IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes
The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday. Wed, 4/23
UPDATE - 12:49 AM
Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says
A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America. Wed, 4/23
UPDATE - 12:38 AM
Analysis: Putin likely to ignore West on Ukraine
Since he took over Crimea, President Vladimir Putin has seen his popularity soar and his opposition fall silent. So when the U.S. vice president told Russia to defuse tensions in Ukraine, Putin had few reasons to listen. Wed, 4/23
UPDATE - 12:49 AM
Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs
Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits. Wed, 4/23
UPDATE - 12:46 AM
'Piles and piles' of bodies in S. Sudan slaughter
The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn't safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young and old. Wed, 4/23
UPDATE - 12:40 AM
Syrian rebels make last stand for Homs
Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch their harshest assault yet to expel them from the central city, once known as the capital of the revolution. Wed, 4/23
UPDATE - 12:09 AM
Miami youth group helped 'Cuban Twitter'
Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government's secret "Cuban Twitter" program, connecting contractors with potential investors and serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned. Wed, 4/23
UPDATE - 11:35 PM
Acts of bravery emerge from pilloried ship crew
As the ferry sank, some crew members gave their lifejackets to passengers. One refused to leave until she shepherded students off the ship, and was later found dead. Others worked from rescue boats to break windows with hammers and pull people trapped in cabins to safety. Tue, 4/22
NYC fast-lap driver arrested for driving again
A driver facing criminal charges over a speedy lap around Manhattan has been caught driving again -- after his license was suspended. Tue, 4/22
Courthouse violence unpredictable despite security
When Utah's new federal courthouse opened last week, it came with security improvements that are becoming standard around the country: separate entrances and elevators for judges, defendants and the public; bullet-resistant glass and paneling; and vehicle barricades to keep car bombs at bay. Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 11:53 PM
Miss America: Don't suspend teen over prom invite
Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly. Tue, 4/22
Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans
While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Tue, 4/22
US reviewing plans for fewer troops in Afghanistan
The White House is reviewing a new series of options that would leave fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year, a U.S. official said Tuesday. Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 11:53 PM
Woman reunited with dog, TV snatched on 1st date
A woman has been reunited with her Yorkshire Terrier and flat-screen TV that were snatched during her first date with a man she met online. Tue, 4/22
Zoo launches 'endangered song' to help save tigers
Indie rock band Portugal. The Man and the Smithsonian's National Zoo released an "endangered song" Tuesday for Earth Day to demonstrate the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world. Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 11:53 PM
Sub records detailed images of WWII wreck
An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster's 70th anniversary. Tue, 4/22
1 year after bombs, Boston Marathon a celebration
Unfinished business. Defiance. Hope, strength and resilience. They used different words but the meaning was the same for thousands of people who were stopped by twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon and came back this year to finish what they started. Tue, 4/22
NYC jury hears tape defending 9/11 terror attacks
An Egyptian cleric defended the Sept. 11 attacks in a broadcast interview, saying it left Muslims and non-Muslims around the world happy, according to a tape played for the jury at his terrorism trial on Monday. Tue, 4/22
Obamacare website warns users over Heartbleed
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. Tue, 4/22
Coulson denies hearing hacked Daniel Craig message
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson on Tuesday denied a claim that he listened to a hacked voicemail left by actress Sienna Miller for James Bond star Daniel Craig. Tue, 4/22
Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
A former Fox television executive on Tuesday denied allegations that he sexually abused a teen through a sex ring involving underage children. Tue, 4/22
Teen stowaway shows holes in vast airport security
Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane -- and the boy -- landed in Hawaii. Tue, 4/22
Affordable Care Act only chips away at a core goal
Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened. Tue, 4/22
Biden tells Ukrainian leaders US stands with them
Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders Tuesday that the United States stands with them against "humiliating threats" and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government. Tue, 4/22
Courthouse violence unpredictable despite security
When Utah's new federal courthouse opened last week, it came with security improvements that are becoming standard around the country: separate entrances and elevators for judges, defendants and the public; bullet-resistant glass and paneling; and vehicle barricades to keep car bombs at bay. Tue, 4/22
Nepal tries to avert Sherpa strike on Everest
Nepalese authorities were meeting with Sherpa mountain guides Tuesday in an attempt to avert a climbing strike after the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest killed at least 13 of the guides. Tue, 4/22
Post-9/11 military build-up reversal hits officers
After the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of young men and women joined the military, heading for the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and dusty deserts of Iraq. Tue, 4/22
Seabed hunt for Malaysia jet stretches beyond week
An air search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was suspended for a day due to stormy weather on Tuesday as the painstakingly slow sonar scanning of a targeted patch of seabed continued. Tue, 4/22
Syria elections set for June 3 amid civil war
Syria called a presidential election for June 3, aiming to give President Bashar Assad a veneer of electoral legitimacy in the midst of a civil war that has killed more than 150,000 people and driven a third of the population from their homes. Tue, 4/22
Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55
Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains. The government said 55 militants were killed so far. Tue, 4/22

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Business & Technology

Amazon takes sales hit in states with online tax, study finds
The study, conducted by researchers at Ohio State University, finds that purchasers in states where Amazon has begun collecting sales taxes have reduced their spending by 10 percent.  Tue, 4/22
AT&T joins crowded field with online video plans
AT&T and an investment firm run by former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin have formed an online video venture that could rival Netflix and Hulu. Tue, 4/22

King County unemployment was 5.2% in March
In both King and Snohomish counties, an increase in total employment was offset by a surge in the pool of available workers amid signs of a strengthening economy.  Tue, 4/22
E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation
Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. Tue, 4/22
Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan
Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. Tue, 4/22
Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid
Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45.6 billion. Tue, 4/22
AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet
AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas. Tue, 4/22
Bellevue leaders pushing to make Tateuchi Center reality
The 2,000-seat Tateuchi performing-arts center, proposed for the corner of Northeast 10th Street and 106th Avenue Northeast, has raised $63 million of its $160 million goal.  Tue, 4/22
Bernanke regrets not explaining crisis better
Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he could have done a better job in helping people understand the action the central bank took during the financial crisis. Tue, 4/22
Google challenges nonprofits on ideas to use Glass
Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. Tue, 4/22
Olympia invention turns cellphone into microscope
A 23-year-old Olympia man who studied mechanical engineering at the University of Washington is finding a market for his invention -- lenses that turn your cellphone into a microscope. Tue, 4/22
Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion
Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can. Tue, 4/22
Comcast 1Q earns surge on upbeat NBC results
Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income rose by 30 percent as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Jimmy Fallon's elevation as host of "The Tonight Show." Tue, 4/22
Co-signer’s death can haunt borrower of private student loan
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says lenders have clauses in their contract that explain if a co-signer of a private student loan dies, the loan must be immediately paid in full; but many borrowers are not aware of the practice. Tue, 4/22
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin tower will soon open to the public
Frank Lloyd Wright designed one of the country’s most important examples of cantilevered architecture. The Wisconsin structure, headquarters of SC Johnson, looks like a tree trunk with second and higher floors springing off the core branches.  Tue, 4/22
GM moves to protect itself from liability
GM is asking a U.S. bankruptcy court to shield it from legal claims for actions that occurred before the company’s 2009 bankruptcy. But lawyers suing GM say it shouldn’t get the usual benefits of bankruptcy protection because it concealed a deadly ignition-switch problem. Tue, 4/22
Justices show concern over Internet TV case
The high court heard arguments in a dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo, which takes free television signals from the airwaves and charges subscribers to watch the programs on laptops, smartphones and big-screen TVs. Tue, 4/22
Stocks log longest winning streak in six months
The stock market logged its longest winning streak in six months Monday as another big week for company earnings began. Tue, 4/22
New York AG seeks Airbnb's NYC sublet information
Most New York City rentals listed by the global website Airbnb appear to violate state law, according to the New York attorney general who's trying to subpoena information about nearly 16,000 so-called "hosts" renting apartments. Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 11:17 PM
Earnings and corporate deals lift US stocks
Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday. Tue, 4/22
Sales of US existing homes slip to a 20-month low
Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in March to their lowest level since July 2012 as rising prices and a tight supply of available homes discouraged many would-be buyers. Tue, 4/22

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Jerry Brewer
Terrelle Pryor has talent to be Seahawks’ latest reclamation project
Terrelle Pryor can be saved from the NFL scrapheap by Pete Carroll, but only if he realizes he needs the Seahawks more than they need him.  Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 11:38 PM
M’s lose 8th in row as bats go quiet again
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Albert Pujols reaches 500 career homers
Angels first baseman hits 499th and 500th homers in 7-2 victory over Washington. Tue, 4/22
How the Sounders became MLS’s comeback kids
A combination of character, confidence and one of the best offenses in MLS has the Sounders thriving amid adversity this season.  Tue, 4/22
Seahawks’ Richard Sherman closing in on big payday
Cornerback Richard Sherman, the first of several key players who will get rich extensions from the Seahawks, could become the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL at more $13 million per season. But how soon it happens isn’t clear.  Tue, 4/22
Seahawks’, NFL regular-season schedule will be revealed Wednesday night
Seattle will find out who it hosts in the Sept. 4 NFL opener as well as the rest of the season as the much anticipated schedule is announced at 5 p.m. The Seahawks’ preseason schedule was finalized Tuesday. Tue, 4/22
Why Austin Joyner of Marysville-Pilchuck switched from UW to WSU
Star running back wants to play defensive back in college, to stay healthy, and the Cougars offered him a scholarship at that position.  Tue, 4/22
Joshua Mayers’ MLS power rankings
Rankings as of April 22, 2014 Tue, 4/22
Iwakuma rehab stint re-set for Las Vegas on Sunday
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Apolo Anton Ohno trains for Ironman triathlon
Former short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno of Seattle plans to compete at the Ironman triathlon world championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in October.  Tue, 4/22
Ex-Jacksonville linebacker Russell Allen retires, says he suffered stroke in game
Former Jacksonville linebacker Russell Allen will retire after suffering a concussion and a stroke in a Jaguars game in December. Tue, 4/22
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft
Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle is entering the NBA draft and many project him as a top-five selection. Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 10:51 PM
Montreal Canadiens sweep Tampa Bay to reach 2nd round
Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by scoring a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory — and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay. Tue, 4/22
Veterans golf fundraiser Saturday at American Lake
It will mark the first time anyone has played the Old Course in a ParaGolfer, which allows players who don’t have use of their legs to play. The local veterans will be joined by wounded veterans from other countries. Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 11:39 PM
Washington Wizards win in OT for 2-0 series lead over Chicago
Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference series. Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 10:50 PM
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
What would you expect from a city that had Harry Caray?
 Tue, 4/22
Reports: Moyes' term nearing end at Man United
David Moyes' troubled tenure as Manchester United manager could be coming to an end after less than a year . Tue, 4/22
On the Air
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UPDATE - 11:01 PM
Tuesday’s prep golf results
Golf results for Tuesday, April 22 Tue, 4/22
Monday’s prep tennis results
Tennis results for Monday, April 21 Tue, 4/22
Monday’s prep water polo results
Water polo results for Monday, April 21 Tue, 4/22
NEW - 11:05 PM
Tuesday’s prep lacrosse results
Lacrosse results for Tuesday, Apri 22 Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 11:01 PM
Tuesday’s prep tennis results
Tennis results for Tuesday, April 22 Tue, 4/22
UPDATE - 11:01 PM
Tuesday’s prep track and field results
Track and field results for Tuesday, April 22 Tue, 4/22

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Theater review
‘Ernest Shackleton Loves Me’: a modern expedition to romance
A review of the whimsical new stage musical “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me,” which premieres at Seattle Rep through May 3, 2014. Tue, 4/22
Theater review
Staying mostly faithful to the reality of ‘Life is a Dream’
A review of “Life is a Dream,” Caitlin Gilman’s adaptation of the 1600s Pedro Calderón de la Barca story, now playing at Ballard Underground. Tue, 4/22
'Wicked' composer, others fight sheet music piracy
By now, some young musical theater fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter. Tue, 4/22
NW books
An epic 1929 footrace, a small house that builds inner peace
New books by Northwest writers Elizabeth George and others tell tales of mystery, true-life grit and finding oneself. Tue, 4/22
Discovery to chronicle Everest avalanche
With its dreams of televising a daredevil's attempt to jump off Mount Everest over, the Discovery network said Tuesday it will instead make a documentary on last week's avalanche that killed more than a dozen mountain guides. Tue, 4/22

TV Picks for Tuesday: ‘Faking It,’ ‘Deadliest Catch’ and ‘Fargo’
 Tue, 4/22
TV Picks for Wednesday: ‘Orphan Black,’ ‘Suburgatory’ and ‘The Americans’
 Tue, 4/22
How Ernest Shackleton inspired a romantic musical
Composer-musicians Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn saw an exhibit on explorer Ernest Shackleton, and with Broadway writer Joe DiPietro conjured their favorite explorer in “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.”  Tue, 4/22

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Recipe: Filipino chicken adobo
This easy-to-make dish has a sweet and tangy taste. Tue, 4/22
Recipe: Spring crab and shrimp cakes with double radish sauce
The addition of green peas to this crab-and-shrimp-cake recipe, along with a crisp radish sauce, gives the dish a springtime appeal. Tue, 4/22
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Anxiety builds over wanting to be wed, have family before it’s too late
Make sure the entire package makes sense for you, advice columnist Carolyn Hax  Tue, 4/22

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Travel & Outdoors

Rick Steves' Europe
Perfect villages and country walks in England’s Cotswolds
Rick Steves roams the quaint and cozy towns and countryside.  Tue, 4/22
Travel Troubleshooter
Stuck with $383 bill for never-used hotel room
A traveler is being billed $383 for a hotel room he never used. Now, both his online travel agent and the hotel are telling him the charges are legit. But are they? Tue, 4/22
Fearing the Icefall: On Everest, dangers are clear
On Everest, everybody knows that the Khumbu Icefall is dangerous. They've known it for generations, since the first great Everest mountaineer, George Mallory, turned away from the Icefall in 1921, insisting it was impossible to pass. Tue, 4/22

US says average airfares rising slowly; $381 in 4Q
The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago. Tue, 4/22
Airlines cash in on unused tickets, change fees
Customers paid airlines in the United States a total of $2.5 billion in cancellation fees in 2012 — and airlines won’t say how much they make off unused tickets.  Tue, 4/22
Biking an ancient Celtic route in France
A historian writes of, and bicycles, the French part of the ancient Heraklean Way — and maintains that the Celts mapped Europe long before the Romans.  Tue, 4/22
Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright tower opening for first public tours
The SC Johnson headquarters building in Racine, Wis., is one of the famed architect’s most unusual and it opens for the first time to the public for free tours beginning May 2.  Tue, 4/22

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Editorial: A disconnect for state’s 911 system
The state needs to ask tough questions about the six-hour breakdown of the state’s 911 system April 10 — lives are at stake. Tue, 4/22
Autism and its agitator
When did it become OK to present gut feelings like Jenny McCarthy’s as something in legitimate competition with real science? writes syndicated columnist Frank Bruni. Tue, 4/22
Guest: What do you mean by ‘STEM’?
STEM programs are everywhere, but their impacts have been difficult to assess, writes guest columnist Glenn Hampson. Tue, 4/22

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