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Local News

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. Fri, 8/01
 
UPDATE - 02:17 PM
Teen killed, man injured in crash in SE Montana
A 16-year-old South Dakota boy was killed and a Washington state man was injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 212 in southeastern Montana, near the town of Alzada. Fri, 8/01
 
Girl killed by 5-year-old in shooting identified
The name has been released of a 5-year-old eastern Idaho girl who died after being shot by another 5-year-old in what police say is an accidental shooting. Fri, 8/01
 
Authorities investigating whale, ferry collision
Authorities were working Friday to determine if a 25-ton humpback whale died as the result of a collision with the state ferry Kennicott near Kodiak. Fri, 8/01
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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


 

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 01:42 PM
Ebola moving faster than control efforts
An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea's capital. Fri, 8/01


 
UPDATE - 03:28 PM
Rep. Cantor to resign from House seat in August
After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House months earlier than expected. Fri, 8/01
 
UPDATE - 03:27 PM
Israel pushes deeper in Gaza after soldier seized
Backed by tank fire and airstrikes, Israeli forces pushed deep into southern Gaza on Friday, searching for an Israeli army officer believed to be captured by Hamas fighters during deadly clashes that shattered an internationally brokered cease-fire. Fri, 8/01
 
UPDATE - 03:28 PM
Doctors: Stabbing suspect sees fictional beings
One of two preteens accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times to please a fictional horror character was ordered Friday to receive treatment rather than stand trial, based on doctors' testimony that she claims to see and have conversations with things others cannot -- including unicorns and a Harry Potter villain. Fri, 8/01
 
Colorado panel considers new look for edible pot
Marijuana can go in more than brownies and cookies. And the dizzying variety of foods that can be infused with the drug is complicating matters for Colorado regulators who want to make sure pot-infused edibles and drinks won't be confused with regular foods. Fri, 8/01
 
UPDATE - 03:27 PM
Ukraine: Body parts retrieved at jet crash site
Wearing gloves and carrying blue plastic buckets, international investigators finally began gathering up body parts and victims' belongings Friday in the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came down. Fri, 8/01
 
UPDATE - 01:42 PM
Evacuees return after Taiwan gas explosions
Hundreds of people who fled from gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's second-largest city returned to their homes Friday after authorities said there was no more risk of blasts like the series that ripped apart streets overnight, killing 26 people and injuring 267. Fri, 8/01
 
Google confirms it sold barge docked in Maine
Google Inc. is confirming that the barge it docked in Maine has been sold. Fri, 8/01
 
UPDATE - 01:43 PM
In brief lull, Gaza's displaced survey devastation
Bassem Abul Qumbus looked in despair at the wreck of his home. Shells had punched holes in an upper-floor bedroom. A wall had collapsed into the kitchen. The dozens of baby chicks he'd been raising on the roof were dead, except for three tiny survivors and a slightly injured white duck. Fri, 8/01
 
CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying
For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate. Fri, 8/01
 
27 Palestinians killed as Gaza truce unravels
A Palestinian official says Israeli shelling has killed at least 27 Palestinians in southern Gaza as an Israel-Hamas truce unraveled less hours after coming into effect. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01
 
As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it
For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01
 
CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying
For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a devastating report by his own inspector general sided against the CIA on each key point of the dispute with the Senate. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01
 
Gas blasts kill 25, injure 267 in Taiwanese port
At least 25 people were killed and 267 injured when underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said Friday, as they searched for the cause. Fri, 8/01
 
House GOP divisions on border bill delay getaway
House Republican leaders struggled to round up votes from recalcitrant conservatives for a bill dealing with the immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border and head home for a five-week summer break boasting of acting to address the crisis. Fri, 8/01
 
Large expert team reaches Ukraine crash site
A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01
 
Mud, rain hamper landslide rescue in India
Rescuers searching for dozens of people still missing after a landslide in western India said Friday that sniffer dogs and machines to detect signs of life were all but useless in 15 feet (4.5 meters) of heavy mud and debris. Fri, 8/01
 
Poland marks 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising
On the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, Poland is honoring the fighters and victims of the rebellion against Nazi Germans by laying wreaths, sounding sirens and singing insurgent tunes. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01
 
Tropical Storm Bertha forms in the Atlantic
Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01
 
Witness in ex-Va. gov trial: Gifts, but no affair
The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions -- but an affair with the first lady was not one of them. Fri, 8/01
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov 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
 
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
 
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
 

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Business & Technology

UPDATE - 02:08 PM
Touchstone names operator for hotel near Pike Place Market
Seattle-based developer Touchstone and its partners announced Friday that a planned boutique hotel a block from the Pike Place Market will carry the Thompson Hotels brand, the hotel operator’s first property in the Pacific Northwest. Fri, 8/01


 
UPDATE - 03:21 PM
US job growth eases but tops 200K for a 6th month
A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion. Fri, 8/01
 
UPDATE - 03:03 PM
S&P 500 has its worst week in 2 years
U.S. stocks fell for a second day Friday, adding to the massive sell-off the day before and giving the market its worst week in two years. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01
 
Weyerhaeuser beats profit estimate, but sales fall short
Weyerhaeuser’s second-quarter earnings from continuing operations rose 28 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago, the company reported Friday. Fri, 8/01
 
As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it
For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again. Fri, 8/01
 
Citi says SEC has closed probe of mortgage bonds
Citigroup Inc. says it's been told by the Securities and Exchange Commission that the agency has completed its investigation of the bank's conduct regarding mortgage bonds and won't bring further enforcement action. Fri, 8/01
 
UPDATE - 03:03 PM
Scientific Games strikes $3.3B deal to buy Bally
Scientific Games plans to pay about $3.3 billion to buy Bally Technologies in a deal that would combine makers of gambling equipment ranging from slot machines to instant-win lottery games. Fri, 8/01
 
World stocks extend slump on Wall Street sell-off
World stock markets sank on Friday, with European benchmarks opening sharply lower after Wall Street's sharp sell-off. Asian stock markets posted modest losses as strong reports on China's economy countered some of the pessimism. Fri, 8/01
 
Construction spending falls 1.8 percent in June
U.S. construction spending fell in June by the largest amount in more than three years as housing, non-residential construction and government spending all weakened. Fri, 8/01
 
UPDATE - 01:30 PM
US consumer sentiment edges down to 81.8 in July
A measure of U.S. consumer confidence slipped in July although it remained at levels signaling further gains in consumer spending. Fri, 8/01
 
US consumer spending up 0.4 percent in June
U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year. Fri, 8/01
 
UPDATE - 03:03 PM
US manufacturing expands again in July
US manufacturing expanded for the 14th straight month in July in a good sign for the overall economy. Fri, 8/01
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 

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Sports

NEW - 02:46 PM
Pacific Little League beats Oregon in Northwest Regional opener, 10-2
The Pacific Little League All-Stars of Lynnwood spotted Bend, Ore., two early runs before roaring back Friday morning to win 10-2 in both teams’ Little League Northwest Regional opener in San Bernardino, Calif. Fri, 8/01
 
Sounders eager to bounce back from horrible home loss
This Saturday, less than a week after a 3-0 home defeat to the L.A. Galaxy, the Sounders travel to San Jose. Fri, 8/01
 
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. Fri, 8/01


 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Central Washington golf courses affected by wildfires
Gamble Sands is OK, but Alta Lake was hit hard. 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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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Entertainment

Restaurant review
The Herbfarm: A feast worthy of its reputation, with a side of salesmanship
After 40 years, a succession of talented chefs, a devastating fire and a relocation to Woodinville, The Herbfarm is still a Northwest classic — just beware of the upsell. Fri, 8/01
 
Theater review
‘Hold These Truths’: Absorbing account of civil disobedience
A review of Jeanne Sakata’s one-man play about Gordon Hirabayashi, a Seattle native who defied internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Fri, 8/01
 
Art review
John Buck at Greg Kucera: creation, destruction and more
A review of Montana artist John Buck’s exhibition of woodblock prints, carved panels and two enormous kinetic sculptures at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle. Also at Kucera Gallery: “Quilts” of recycled metal by Ross Palmer Beecher. Fri, 8/01
 
Book review
“Fool’s Assassin”: a father’s pride, a daughter’s fierce love
Robin Hobbs’ new novel, “Fool’s Assassin,” returns to an epic landscape familiar to her readers, but several inhabitants of Hobbs’ Six Duchies are in for some new challenges. Hobb reads Aug. 4 at Seattle’s University Book Store. Fri, 8/01
 
KING-FM is on the hunt for new classics with Second Inversion
Meet Maggie Stapleton, the enthusiastic contemporary music fan behind Classical KING FM’s Second Inversion channel. Second Inversion is part of an effort to make classical music more accessible to more listeners by introducing them to modern pieces.  Fri, 8/01
 
Dining Deal
La Lot: Downtown delights, Vietnamese-style
A bright, modern room plays host to a culinary journey to Vietnam at La Lot. Fri, 8/01
 
‘The Killing’ ‘Hell on Wheels’ return, ‘Partners’ debuts
The final episodes of the hit-or-miss crime serial “The Killing” are available for streaming; Anson Mount is back in the Wild West saga “Hell on Wheels” on AMC; and Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence team up in the odd-couple legal comedy “Partners” on FX. Fri, 8/01
 
Aug. 1 TV Picks: ‘Masters of Illusion’ on The CW
TV picks for Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, include “Masters of Illusion” on The CW, “Cold Justice” on TNT and “Moone Boy” on KCTS.  Fri, 8/01
 
Two Seattle premieres and the return of ‘Urinetown’
“Urinetown” opens and Seattle premieres of plays by David Ives and Donald Margulies hit local stages in early August. Fri, 8/01
 
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
 

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Living

NEW - 12:04 PM
We celebrate the outdoors right here in town at Camp Long
This piece of forest in West Seattle is a place of poetry and practicality, a place of memories and dreams. A place with a rich past and a future rooted in the same desire to do good that propelled the people who founded it. Fri, 8/01
 
NEW - 11:08 AM
Fit for Life
Get out and up on the water with stand-up paddleboarding
There’s a power and fluidity when you stand on a board that elevates it above sitting in a kayak or canoe. You can see farther, you can go faster, and it’s easier to get in and out of the water, if you want to add a quick dip. Fri, 8/01
 
NEW - 12:13 PM
Taste
Learn how you can elevate the lowly leek to star status
The leek is a cousin of the onion and garlic, but it has a milder taste. It’s also loaded with vitamins A, B and K as well as manganese, a mineral that’s considered an essential nutrient. Fri, 8/01
 
NEW - 12:08 PM
Northwest Living
Once overgrown, island garden is airy and bright
The couple has added 20 more acres to their original 10. The style, plantings and color scheme have evolved through spirited discussions, and with the help of garden designer Dan Borroff. Fri, 8/01
 
NEW - 11:02 AM
The Natural Gardener
Sow seeds of success with help from the pros
Gardening is often more luck, experimentation and disappointment than it is joyous pursuit. Which is why nurseries and marketers are selling ready-made seed mixes and “gardens in a box.” Fri, 8/01
 
NEW - 11:25 AM
The Grapevine
The emperor of riesling loves everything about this grape
Stuart Pigott’s latest book, the aptly named “The Riesling Story: Best White Wine on Earth,” came out in June. If you are any kind of wine lover, go find this book and bask in its illumination. Fri, 8/01
 
NEW - 10:12 AM
Now & Then
In Fremont, a trolley barn becomes a chocolate factory
In 1936 the municipal system ran 410 dilapidated electric trolleys over its worn 224 miles of tracks. And that year was described as the start of one of the most “spectacular political free-for-alls ever witnessed” in Seattle.  Fri, 8/01
 
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Dreading visit from brother’s messy girlfriend
 Fri, 8/01
 
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
 

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Travel & Outdoors

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. Fri, 8/01


 
Major renovation for Fort Vancouver center visitor
$1.7 million project to begin in fall at historic site. Fri, 8/01
 

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Opinion

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
 
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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