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Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Local News

SPD officer in golf-club case stole pot, ex-girlfriend alleges
The Seattle Police Department, already investigating an officer over controversial actions that suggest biased policing, is reviewing a new allegation that in 2005 she took marijuana from evidence for her personal use.  Sat, 1/31

UPDATE - 03:55 PM
Rescue of 2 injured climbers underway on Mount Hood
The Clackamas County sheriff's office says a helicopter rescue operation is underway on Mount Hood after two climbers were injured. Sat, 1/31
The Wrap / Ron Judd
Hey, Eastern Washington: Don’t give us any (divorce) ideas
The Wrap by Ron Judd Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 03:23 PM
Longest stretch of Eastside Rail Corridor opens in Kirkland
On Saturday, the longest stretch of trail on the Eastside Rail Corridor officially opens in Kirkland. It’s now open to pedestrians and bicyclists, but someday they may be sharing the space with public transit. Sat, 1/31
Boston mayor refuses Super Bowl bet with Mayor Murray
Boston’s mayor has turned down a Super Bowl bet with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray because he doesn’t want to jinx the Patriots. So the mayor of Providence, R.I., mayor has agreed to step in. Fri, 1/30
Danny Westneat
520 toll payers’ lawsuit not exactly a surprise
The steady drumbeat of 520 bridge toll horror stories has finally boiled over into a class action lawsuit, exactly as a judge predicted it would, five years ago. Fri, 1/30
From poets to hippies, Hawks fans cross all lines
Seahawks fans show they can’t be lumped into stereotypes. Fri, 1/30
Snoqualmie making ice cream again after listeria problems resolved
Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream Inc., which supplies ice cream, gelato, custard, sorbet and other products to Seattle-area stores and restaurants, has resumed production after listeria at the Snohomish plant sickened two men.  Fri, 1/30

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 03:58 PM
Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress
After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care. Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 03:54 PM
Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls
Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee. Sat, 1/31

UPDATE - 03:58 PM
Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations to save the man and heightening fears for the life a Jordanian fighter pilot also held hostage. Sat, 1/31
NEW - 02:23 PM
Carl Djerassi, a father of the pill, dies at 91
Carl Djerassi, a chemist who 63 years ago synthesized a hormone that changed the world by creating the key ingredient for the oral contraceptive known as “the pill,” died at his home in San Francisco on Friday. Sat, 1/31
NEW - 03:02 PM
Facing low ratings, Navy looks to boost its image
The Navy routinely places behind the Army, Air Force and Marines in Gallup surveys when questioned about which branch of the military is most important, so it’s taking a new approach to recruiting. Sat, 1/31
NEW - 02:43 PM
Hatfields, McCoys join to make legal moonshine in W. Virginia
Production of “Drink of the Devil” has been in full swing at a distillery on original Hatfield land in West Virginia, bringing batches to the nation’s store shelves using the original recipe of family patriarch William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield. Sat, 1/31
NEW - 02:32 PM
In digital-payment era, ‘suggested’ gratuities muscle in
The concept of tipping is expanding beyond the service industry, with new platforms that often force customers to give tips larger than the merited. Sat, 1/31
NEW - 03:51 PM
Sick sea lions in California washing ashore for third year
For the third year in a row, sick abandoned sea lion pups have shown up in alarming numbers on the beaches in California. Sat, 1/31
NEW - 02:10 PM
Unregulated backyard mining legalized in eastern Ukraine
In a region plagued by upheaval and misfortune, coal miners have found at least one silver lining in changes sweeping over their land. The rebel government has decided to allow private mining in Ukraine’s east. Sat, 1/31
NEW - 03:37 PM
Vatican initiative to study women’s issues has rocky start
A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women gets under way this week and will study women’s issues in ways that are utterly new for the Holy See. Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 03:55 PM
Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in tub
The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive, face down in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in the north Atlanta suburbs, police said. Sat, 1/31
Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker dies at 94
Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, who declared Germany's World War II surrender a "day of liberation" for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, has died. He was 94. Sat, 1/31
Yemen president refuses to reconsider resignation
Yemen's president will not reconsider his resignation, despite pressure for him to do so by rebels who control the capital and who he says are holding him "at gunpoint," an official close to him said Saturday. Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 03:55 PM
AP Interview: NYC mayor says he has moved past police crisis
Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops' behavior. Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 03:58 PM
Drivers: Return to your dealers for a 2nd air bag recall fix
Drivers, bring your vehicles back to the shop for more work on faulty air bags. Sat, 1/31
5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France
French authorities filed preliminary charges on Saturday against five men allegedly implicated in a jihadi recruiting network based in a small southern town from where about 20 youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq. Sat, 1/31
NEW - 03:04 PM
Australian paper mocked for obit of ‘The Thorn Birds’ author
After an Australian newspaper’s obituary of Colleen McCullough opened not with a list of her myriad accomplishments, but with a description of her appearance, people across the world reacted. Sat, 1/31
California drought creating serious water-weed problems
California’s ongoing drought is causing yet another problem: Water weeds are choking the huge Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. Less cold mountain runoff warms the water to ideal temps for the weeds, and less current means the mats don’t get pushed downstream. Sat, 1/31
Libya oil production plummets as desert tribes clash
The tribal conflict over oil fields in Ubari is just one of many that have turned Libya into a caldron of warring factions in which the ultimate fight is between the victors and losers of the 2011 revolution — and who should claim the spoils. Sat, 1/31
Life of Italian nobility for sale, complete with regulations and taxes
Castles and historic mansions in Italy have long been family inheritances, but today dozens of them are for sale. Costs of living, owners’ shaky finances, cuts in government subsidies for historical properties and rising property taxes are ending an ancient tradition. Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 03:55 PM
Man arrested after body parts found in suitcase
San Francisco police arrested a man on suspicion of murder Saturday in connection with a suitcase found on a downtown street stuffed with dismembered human remains. Sat, 1/31
Navajo ‘Rez Metal’ bands look to uplift Native youth
In the small world of Navajo “Rez Metal,” Edmund Yazzie a member of the Navajo Nation Council, is a not only a participant but a leader, hosting concerts and touring with Testify, the four-man band he helped start in 2011. He’s the drummer. Sat, 1/31
New phase of space travel: to set sail on sunlight
It may sound as fanciful as the 19th-century Jules Verne novel that describes it, but sailing through space on the power of light has already been done, by the Japanese. In the U.S., the Planetary Society will test its technology in orbit this May.  Sat, 1/31
NEW - 02:51 PM
Romney donors are being wooed to switch sides
With Romney out of the picture, Gov. Christie and former Gov. Jeb Bush begin the battle for money. Sat, 1/31
Texas billionaire pours millions into cure for rare disease
A Texas billionaire affected with a rare degenerative brain disease is funding an organized effort to develop treatments for it. With tens of millions to spend funding leading doctors and scientists, the Tau Consortium has made remarkable progress in five years.  Sat, 1/31
Under Islamic State rule, life in Iraqi city takes grim turn
Seven months after Islamic State forces overcame and occupied Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, residents are living with mucky water, erratic electric power and a religious stranglehold on public life.  Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 01:51 PM
Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come
A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its Internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down. Sat, 1/31
India’s prime minister finds a partnership with U.S. suits him
Analysts say a closer partnership with the U.S. could help revive India’s economic growth and give it more leverage in dealing with China, the defining rivalry of this century in Asia. Sat, 1/31
Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram
Schoolgirls torn from their families in a mass kidnapping and forced into sexual slavery. Bombs that ripped through bus stations. The slaughter of hundreds of villagers, many with their throats cut. Sat, 1/31
Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59
Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people. Sat, 1/31
Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed. Sat, 1/31
Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author
Australia's main national newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight. Sat, 1/31
Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean
A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning. Sat, 1/31
Dueling narratives surround 'Suge' Knight in deadly run-in
As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder, dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law. Sat, 1/31
First lady defends 'American Sniper' at veterans event
First lady Michelle Obama urged Hollywood to give a more accurate portrayal of veterans and defended the Oscar-nominated "American Sniper," which has received criticism for its depiction of war. Sat, 1/31
Mitt Romney bows out of 2016 race after a 3-week test run
He insists he could win, but Mitt Romney has stepped out of the 2016 presidential contest in favor of the "next generation of Republican leaders" following a three-week fact-finding effort that revealed significant resistance to a third campaign. Sat, 1/31
Mind your manners, companies may give you a bad rating
The knowledge they may be rated is encouraging customers to submit more upbeat reviews, even if the experience was less than stellar. When services choose whom to serve, no one wants to be labeled difficult. Fri, 1/30
Court upholds deception claims against POM Wonderful
The ruling upholds the FTC’s order that the pomegranate juice maker not make “misleading and inadequately supported claims about the health benefits of POM products.”  Fri, 1/30
U.S. says strike killed Islamic State chemical-weapons expert
After more than 900 airstrikes on Islamic State targets since August, Abu Malik’s death was the first in which the U.S. Central Command has reported the killing of a specific individual. Fri, 1/30
Apartheid death-squad leader granted parole in South Africa
Some who knew Eugene de Kock’s victims are struggling to accept the release of the man known as “Prime Evil.” Fri, 1/30
Reporter, interrogated while in Venezuela, pops up in tourism ad
A short-lived promo posted to Twitter by Venezuelan tourism officials to highlight the nation’s openness to foreigners featured a Miami Herald reporter who had been detained while covering the country’s elections. Fri, 1/30
Canada to criminalize public terror threats
Canada announced a new anti-terror law Friday that will make it a crime for people to call for a terrorist attack, even if they don't make a specific threat. Fri, 1/30
Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline
The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive. Fri, 1/30
Sumptuous seaside hotel sells for record-shattering $360M
An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million. Fri, 1/30
US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census
The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things. Fri, 1/30

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Business & Technology

Seahawks taking a hit from Arizona’s ‘jock tax’
Arizona’s “jock tax” means the Hawks and Pats will need to pay up; Boeing founder’s yacht for sale; Sea-Tac airport passengers spend; and contest fan wins Super Bowl tickets. Sat, 1/31
What slowing economy? US consumers are in a mood to spend
There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Sat, 1/31
Stocks sag at the close; January finishes on weak note
The U.S. stock market capped a rough month Friday, delivering its third loss in five days and extending its declines for the year. Sat, 1/31
Markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge
It's just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a strong earnings season into a weak one. Sat, 1/31
Shake Shack shares more than double in stock market debut
Wall Street went wild for burgers Friday. Sat, 1/31
Brier Dudley
Sling TV service lures with sports programming
In one major way, the new Sling TV service lowers the barrier for television viewers considering cutting the cable TV cord and joining the streaming video bandwagon. The big lure: sports programming from ESPN. Fri, 1/30
Boeing bonuses disappoint white-collar staff
Boeing’s salaried nonmanagement employees in Washington state are expressing disappointment that, after a year of record profits, next month the company will pay out bonuses considerably smaller than last year’s. Fri, 1/30
Costco to return $2.2 billion to investors as cash piles up
The dividend comes at a time of soaring fortunes for the Issaquah-based warehouse club chain — which has seen revenue and traffic frequency rise even as many other retailers, including archrival Wal-Mart, have suffered from tepid consumer demand. Fri, 1/30
Photo printing from home has its rewards
In this age when everyone views photos mostly on a screen, the printed picture may be a bit old-fashioned. But using an inkjet photo printer at home does have its rewards. Fri, 1/30
Paccar’s profits rise 16 percent
The Bellevue-based truck maker said 2014 yielded the second best annual profit in the company’s century-long history. Fri, 1/30
Ousted founder strikes back at biotech Acucela’s board
Less than a year after Seattle-based Acucela made a little history by going public on the Tokyo market, the biotech company is headed into another dramatic chapter. Fri, 1/30
AT&T, Verizon get more airwaves: Expect more mobile capacity
Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction. Fri, 1/30
Practical Mac | Jeff Carlson
Scannable app for iOS does business cards right
The free Evernote Scannable app for iPhone and iPad is designed to scan any paper document, but proved surprisingly useful in dealing with business cards. Fri, 1/30
Weyerhaeuser reports higher quarterly, annual earnings
Weyerhaeuser reports net sales from continuing operations rose by 2 percent for the year to $7.4 billion from just under $7.3 billion the previous year. Fri, 1/30
US pay and benefits rose at slightly faster pace last year
Wages and benefits rose at a slightly healthier rate last year, a sign strong job gains could be forcing companies to pay a bit more for workers. Fri, 1/30

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NEW - 01:47 PM

 Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 03:25 PM
Patriots’ Darrelle Revis takes long road to Super Bowl
The All-Pro cornerback From Aliquippa, Pa., is among the few players competing in the big game for the first time. Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 03:26 PM
Pete Carroll, Seahawks focused on Patriots, not legacy, entering Super Bowl
With a win Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, Seattle would become the ninth team to capture consecutive Super Bowl titles -- the first since the 2004-05 Patriots.  Sat, 1/31
Seahawks back in the big game after dealing with many challenges
Repeating as champion is rarely as easy as it might look in retrospect. Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 03:24 PM
Larry Stone
Seahawks hope to duplicate Patriots’ model for long-term success
The Patriots have won in double figures for 12 consecutive years and qualified for the playoffs in 12 of Bill Belichick’s 15 years as coach. Sat, 1/31
Secret to Seahawks’ cornerbacks success? They don’t dance
Seahawks’ cornerbacks have perfected an innovative step-kick technique that allows them to keep receivers in front of them and not react to their moves.  Sat, 1/31
UPDATE - 03:30 PM
Serena Williams wins 6th Australian, 19th major title
Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title and continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals by extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova. Sat, 1/31
Prep boys basketball: Woodinville 62, Skyline 58
The KingCo win puts the Falcons in position to move into second place in the league, pending the conclusion of a suspended game against Inglemoor on Saturday. Skyline, led by 20 points from Drew Stender, still has an outside shot at second place. Fri, 1/30
Prep girls basketball: Kennedy Catholic 62, Hazen 37
Kelsey Abrejera and Ariell Garnett led a balanced attack with 15 and 12 points, respectively, as the Lancers (15-3, 13-0) displayed good ball movement, crisp passes and the ability to score inside and out. Fri, 1/30

Oregon men edge Arizona State in overtime
Joseph Young shook off a poor shooting night to make a jumper with 25.6 seconds left in overtime, Elgin Cook added 23 points and Oregon pulled out a 68-67 Pac-12 victory at Arizona State. Fri, 1/30
Tiger Woods shoots an 82, the worst score of his pro career
Tiger Woods shot an 11-over-par 82 — his worst score as a pro — in the second round of the Phoenix Open on Friday. Fri, 1/30
Atlanta Hawks extend winning streak to 18 games
Host Atlanta overcame 37 points by Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge to win its 18th straight game, overpowering the Trail Blazers in the final quarter for a 105-99 victory. Fri, 1/30
11th-ranked Arizona State women win at Colorado
Sophie Brunner and Katie Hempen scored 15 points each as Arizona State won at Colorado 68-60. The Sun Devils improved to 19-2 overall and 8-1 in the Pac-12. Fri, 1/30
As Aaron Hernandez murder trial begins, former Patriots teammates remember him
While Patriots players were meeting with the media for the final time Thursday before Sunday’s Super Bowl, former teammate Aaron Hernandez was sitting in a Bristol County (Mass.) courtroom, listening to opening statements in his murder trial. Fri, 1/30
Kam Chancellor hurts knee in practice but listed as probable for Super Bowl
The Seahawks’ strong safety left the practice field Friday without a limp but with his left knee wrapped. Fri, 1/30
Marshawn Lynch has ‘obligation’ to speak to media, Roger Goodell says
The NFL commissioner, in his annual state of the league news conference Friday, says answering reporters’ questions is part of the Seahawks running back’s job. Fri, 1/30
Mother of man Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing exits courtroom in tears
The mother of the man former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing was overcome with emotion as a prosecutor showed the jury graphic photos of her son’s body at the industrial park where he was found. Fri, 1/30
No. 1 Novak Djokovic to play Andy Murray for Australian Open title
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia will face sixth-seeded Andy Murray of Britain in Sunday’s Australian Open final. Fri, 1/30
Patriots fans trickle in to find sea of Seahawks supporters
Phoenix is filled with far more Seahawks fans than Patriots fans as Super Bowl kickoff nears, in part because of snow in the northeast. Fri, 1/30
Pete Carroll would support Richard Sherman’s choice if baby arrives on game day
If the baby, due Feb. 12, were to arrive early, the Seahawks coach says the cornerback would face “a great decision” regarding his playing status for the Super Bowl. Fri, 1/30
Prep boys basketball: Shorecrest 53, Meadowdale 38
Shorecrest utilized its size advantage to stifle Meadowdale in a WesCo 3A South league game.  Fri, 1/30
Larry Stone
Roger Goodell still a commissioner under siege
Roger Goodell said a lot of words Friday at his annual State of the Game news conference but few of substance. And none that will change anyone’s minds. Fri, 1/30
Seattle and Super Bowl could be a good match in near future
Tourism officials believe the city is more ready than ever to host the big game, but several hurdles remain before they can make a bid.  Fri, 1/30
Swapping jerseys after games all the rage among NFL players
Seahawks trade with opponents they respect for mementos of their NFL careers, something to hang in their “man caves.” Fri, 1/30
T-birds score 9 goals to beat Prince George
Roberts Lipsbergs had two goals and two assists as the Seattle Thunderbirds routed the host Prince George Cougars 9-2 Friday night in Western Hockey League action. Fri, 1/30
Tennessee Titans fire Lake Dawson, a former Seahawks executive
The Tennessee Titans have fired Lake Dawson, vice president of player personnel for the last three seasons. Dawson, a 1990 Federal Way High School graduate, is a former Seahawks executive. Fri, 1/30
Vancouver Canucks beat lowly Buffalo
Ryan Miller made 20 saves in his first game against his former team, and the host Vancouver Canucks sent the Buffalo Sabres to their 14th straight regulation loss. Fri, 1/30
Vince Wilfork is part Patriots folk hero, part defensive anchor
New England’s 325-pound nose tackle, is the Patriots’ constant on defense since they won their most recent Lombardi Trophy.  Fri, 1/30
Would media vote Marshawn Lynch Super Bowl MVP?
The running back has refused to answer reporters’ questions this week, leading some to wonder if that could affect his chances to win the award should the Seahawks win Sunday. Fri, 1/30
Aaron Hernandez won't be allowed to watch the Super Bowl
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez won't be allowed to watch the team take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl while on trial for murder. Fri, 1/30
Marshawn Lynch’s mode: He’s just about that brand, boss
Marshawn Lynch may get fined for wearing a “Beast Mode” hat this week. But it’s been a boon for a booming brand that Lynch wants to sell in department stores around the country. Fri, 1/30
On the Air
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Statewide prep basketball scores
Basketball scores for the week of Jan. 26 Fri, 1/30
Thursday’s prep wrestling results
Results for Thursday, Jan. 29 Fri, 1/30

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Concert review
Mike McCready, Chris Cornell and more: legendary lineup for symphony’s Sonic Evolution
The latest in Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution series was packed with a mind-bending bill of musicians and songs, writes Charles R. Cross: a reunion of Mad Season plus members of Temple of the Dog and a touching tribute to Layne Staley. Sat, 1/31
Book review
‘The Secret Wisdom of the Earth:’ hard truth in Appalachia
Christopher Scotton’s novel “The Secret Wisdom of the Earth” tells the story of a boy’s retreat to his grandfather’s Kentucky Appalachian town, and lessons he learned there about love, friendship and the nature of evil.  Sat, 1/31
Rant & Rave
Love the “Go Seahawks” displays
Rave for loud and proud 12s; rant for rude high-school basketball fans Sat, 1/31
The game, Star Wars costumes, volcanoes | Community Corner
Community events for the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2015, include Family Football Day at the library, Star Wars and the Power of Costume opening weekend at EMP and Volcanoes of Washington opening day at the Washington State History Museum. Sat, 1/31
Classical review
A big night at SSO: spectacle, done with skill
It was a big evening in a lot of ways at Seattle Symphony on Thursday night — Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin delivered an authoritative Rach 3, and the stage was filled with musicians, conductors and vocalists for Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 4. Fri, 1/30
Theater review
Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Kurios’ thrills in steampunk mode
Cirque du Soleil scores again with “Kurios,” a new show with a steampunk look that’s at Redmond’s Marymoor Park through March 22, 2015. Fri, 1/30

‘Matilda,’ ‘Gentleman’s Guide,’ featured on 5th Avenue Theatre’s 2015-16 season
Tours of Tony winners “Matilda” and “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” highlight 5th Avenue Theatre’s 2015-16 season. Fri, 1/30

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NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Godparent role needn’t be a child-raising obligation
If the unthinkable happens, it’s up to a godparent to make decisions in a child’s best interests — but that doesn’t have to mean becoming a substitute parent, Carolyn Hax writes.  Sat, 1/31

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Travel & Outdoors

Oregon’s “7 wonders” nature-tourism campaign pays off
Visits to Crater Lake, John Day Fossil Beds and Smith Rock take off after ad campaign.  Sat, 1/31
Coming up: Events beyond Seattle
Plan ahead with this roundup of regional festivals and celebrations. Fri, 1/30

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Paul Krugman / Syndicated columnist
Europe’s Greek test
One way to think about the demands of the newly elected Greek government is that it wants a reduction in the size of that contribution, writes syndicated columnist Paul Krugman. Fri, 1/30
Guest: The fight over funding for a new medical school doesn’t serve medical students
Creating a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane would undermine our shared goal of bringing more doctors to underserved communities in Washington, writes guest columnist Jim McDermott. Fri, 1/30
Guest: We must build trust between police and the communities they serve
No person or organization is perfect, and things do go wrong. When this happens, there should be scrutiny. Everyone should be held accountable, writes guest columnist Dave Reichert. Fri, 1/30

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