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Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Local News

‘Windmill guy’ brings a memory to life
 Wed, 5/27
Burgess, Godden struggle for support from legislative-district groups
Democratic state legislative-district groups made their endorsements in Seattle City Council races, and some incumbents are struggling for backing. Wed, 5/27
Campaign to designate Seattle a ‘City of Literature’ revived
Seattle supporters of the city’s bid to become a UNESCO International City of Literature have regrouped and are moving forward, after being sidelined earlier this year. Wed, 5/27
Family of Fife man killed by police sniper files lawsuit
Family of man killed by Pierce County Metro SWAT team during May 2013 standoff files federal lawsuit. Wed, 5/27
Licata questions size of mayor’s transportation levy request
Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata is worried that voters might not want to raise property taxes enough to pay for a nearly $1 billion transportation package. But Mayor Ed Murray says it’s the best option. Wed, 5/27
Monroe lawmaker plans to run against DelBene
The first 2016 challenger to Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is Elizabeth Scott, a conservative state lawmaker who may test the political leanings of the moderate 1st District. Wed, 5/27
Olympia officer who shot 2 brothers interviewed by investigators
It will be weeks before the investigation into the police officer who shot two unarmed men last week after they allegedly tried to steal beer from a grocery store is concluded, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. Wed, 5/27
NEW - 11:00 PM
Prosecutor: Monfort ‘not normal’ but not insane
Closing arguments are under way in the aggravated murder trial of Christopher Monfort, who is accused of gunning down Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton in 2009. Wed, 5/27
Jerry Large
Shedding light on complexities of poverty
Living in poverty is not an individual choice. The sooner we recognize that, the sooner we can come up with real solutions. Wed, 5/27
State auditor paid lawyers with stolen funds, prosecutors claim
State Auditor Troy Kelley paid his lawyer nearly $1 million with stolen money, federal prosecutors allege. They say he paid another $450,000 in stolen money to the IRS. Wed, 5/27
State closing in on satellite-based control systems to avert train accidents
The recent deadly crash of a speeding Amtrak train in Philadelphia put a spotlight on the technology of positive train control, which slows a speeding train or can stop a collision. The technology is finally on the verge of arriving in this area. Wed, 5/27
Woman shoots ex-husband during dispute in South King County
A dispute between former spouses escalated into violence and ended with the woman shooting the man in the hip near Covington. Wed, 5/27
Costco beats profit estimates, but low gas prices cut into revenue
Costco Wholesale’s profits beat Wall Street estimates amid a big bump in existing store traffic, but the warehouse club posted lower than expected revenues amid a strengthening dollar and low prices for gas. Wed, 5/27
FCC closing loophole that allows robocalls, texts
Unwanted robocalls, robotexts and telemarketing calls are the biggest source of consumer complaints at the FCC, with the agency receiving more than 215,000 complaints last year alone. Wed, 5/27
NEW - 04:00 AM
Dear Carolyn
Hiding how you really feel is how love dies
The right response from boyfriend to his parents was: “Sorry, Mom and Dad, G. and I will be at a wedding the weekend of the Fourth.” Wed, 5/27
Jawbone sues Fitbit over data ‘plundering’ by ex-employees
Close to what should be one of the biggest events of Fitbit’s life — its initial public offering — the maker of wearable health trackers is facing an unexpected challenge: a lawsuit from one of its biggest competitors. Wed, 5/27

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Nation & World

Food writer drowned during seizure, autopsy shows
Joshua Ozersky had been taking medication for epilepsy since childhood.  Wed, 5/27
Indians told to stay indoors as blistering heat kills more people
The high temperatures are the result of hot winds blowing in from the west, leading one local news channel to call the phenomenon a “heat bomb” from Pakistan.  Wed, 5/27
Newer types of birth control pills confirmed to raise blood-clot risk
Researchers discovered that certain versions of the birth control pill that include the synthetic hormones drospirenone (found in Yasmin), desogestrel (found in Kariva and Mircette) and other newer formulations were associated with higher risk than older birth control pills. Wed, 5/27
Soccer scandal puts FIFA czar in spotlight
As FIFA’s leader, Sepp Blatter has been praised for extending soccer’s reach to less developed nations, but widely criticized as tone-deaf and dictatorial, an unworthy steward of the global game. Wed, 5/27
Study confirms early treatment is best for HIV
The study of early treatment is strong evidence that putting more people on treatment and doing it earlier would save more lives, federal health officials said.  Wed, 5/27
U.N. reports worldwide decline in hunger
Despite the finding that nearly 800 million people in the world remain hungry, the U.N. report described the progress made in the past 25 years as a significant achievement. Wed, 5/27

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Business & Technology

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 Wed, 5/27
Alex Rodriguez moves past Lou Gehrig for career RBI in Yankees’ win
Alex Rodriguez checked off another age-old milestone in a comeback season that’s surpassing almost anyone’s expectations. The three-time MVP hit a three-run homer to break Lou Gehrig’s American League record for RBI. Wed, 5/27
Blackhawks beat Ducks, force Game 7 on Saturday
Duncan Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals. Wed, 5/27
Garfield’s Roko Bedalov hopes to finish season as boys soccer champion
Junior is healthy after injuries hampered his past two seasons and ready to lead team at state. Garfield opens Friday against No. 1 Ballard. Wed, 5/27
Issaquah’s Jackson Suh hopes to repeat state tennis title
The competitive Issaquah sophomore says he has one thing in mind, “I am going to win.”  Wed, 5/27
Larry Stone
It’s seems time to let Carson Smith replace Fernando Rodney as closer
Rookie Carson Smith seems like a logical candidate to get a chance with Rodney throwing too many ulcer-inducing games. Wed, 5/27
Matchup between Mariners’ Felix Hernandez and Rays’ Chris Archer doesn’t disappoint
Hernandez and Archer gave the fans at Tropicana Field and the others watching on TV a brilliant back and forth of lively fastballs, nasty offspeed pitches, pinpoint location and Cy Young-level pitching in Seattle’s 3-0 win.  Wed, 5/27
Myriad options available for anglers as several seasons will open Monday
From summer steelhead to chinook, late spring fishing offers plenty of opportunities. Wed, 5/27
Nelson Cruz’s home run in ninth inning lifts Mariners to sweep of Rays
The Mariners slugger delivered once again with a three-run homer off Rays closer Brad Boxberger that lifted them to a 3-0 win. Starter Felix Hernandez pitched his second shutout of the season, and the Mariners improved to 23-23. Wed, 5/27
On the Air
 Wed, 5/27
Point guard Renee Montgomery welcomes fresh start with Storm
Montgomery appears to be developing as starter Sue Bird’s backup, but coach Jenny Boucek said it’s too early to predict season rotations and roles. Wed, 5/27
Questions and answers regarding the FIFA arrests
Seven soccer officials, all with ties to the North and South American regional confederations, were arrested and threatened with extradition to the U.S. on Wednesday.Here are some pressing questions and answers regarding the fallout. Wed, 5/27
Rainiers fall to Storm Chasers, 5-2
A pair of Omaha home runs sunk Tacoma in a 5-2 loss to the Storm Chasers Wednesday night. Wed, 5/27
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor has spring in step thanks to injury-free offseason
Chancellor’s success is so tied to his bludgeoning style that nagging injuries can limit his effectiveness in a way they maybe don’t with other players. Wed, 5/27
Skyline’s Mogg takes state 4A boys golf lead
Bellarmine Prep’s Olivia Benzin shot a 6-under 68 to take the first-round lead in the Class 4A girls state golf tournament. Wed, 5/27
UPDATE - 10:53 PM
Sounders take over lead in Western Conference
Marco Pappa scores for Sounders in 1-0 victory over Colorado. Seattle now has the best record in MLS. Wed, 5/27
Third-seeded Simona Halep falls
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia, tennis’ next big thing in the late 1990s, pulled off the biggest upset so far at the French Open by ousting Simona Halep of Romania, the third seed and runner-up in Paris last year. Wed, 5/27
Vikings coach: Adrian Peterson can play for us or no one
Adrian Peterson has spent the last five months sending vague and sometimes ambiguous messages about his desire or lack thereof to remain with the Minnesota Vikings. Wed, 5/27
UPDATE - 10:57 PM
Warriors close out Rockets in 5 games
Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years with a 104-90 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Wed, 5/27
Washington’s Tyler Davis and Braden Bishop selected to All-Pac-12 baseball team
Washington State’s Joe Pistorese and Ian Hamilton also named to squad. Wed, 5/27

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‘The Children’s Hour’: Sex, lies and Lillian Hellman
“The Children’s Hour” has two Seattle productions this year. It’s still a fascinating study of deceit, homophobia and its author’s demons. Wed, 5/27
Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, May 29-June 4, 2015. Wed, 5/27
May 27 TV Picks: CBS premieres ‘The Briefcase’
Also airing Wednesday, May 27, 2015:  Wed, 5/27
Classical review
Pinchas Zukerman and Angela Cheng bring spring to Benaroya
A review of violinist Pinchas Zukerman and pianist Angela Cheng in recital at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall on May 26, 2015.  Wed, 5/27
Movie review
SIFF 2015: 12 highlights of week three
Week three of the Seattle International Film Festival includes special events, such as a night of disco. “The Glamour & the Squalor,” “3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets,” and “Paper Tigers” are among the films recommended by Seattle Times reviewers. Wed, 5/27
Weekend Highlight
Sound-to-shore weekend fun at Edmonds Waterfront Festival
Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival, May 29-31, Port of Edmonds. Wed, 5/27

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Dining Deal
Crazy for congee at Kraken
The raved-about pop-up finds a permanent home in Pioneer Square. Wed, 5/27
Diller Room a divey oasis in downtown Seattle
Amid the high-rises, this charmingly unburnished hole-in-the-wall is a welcome place to stop in for a drink. Wed, 5/27
In time for summer, 225 recipes for outdoor cooking | Books for Cooks
“The Barbecue Lover’s Big Book of BBQ Sauces” is a trove for patio gourmands. Wed, 5/27

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Travel & Outdoors

Reader's Lens
Fisheye lens on the forest canopy
Seattle Times reader Martin Palmer’s artful photo of trees along a trail in the North Cascades. Wed, 5/27

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Mark Higgins / Times editorial columnist
How to work with nature instead of against it to tame flooding rivers
Tearing out old levees and allowing room for our rivers to flood — safely — can save lives, property and restore crucial salmon habitat. Wed, 5/27
Guest columnist
State budget priority should be protecting the vulnerable
Legislators shouldn’t brag about cutting government when the state is not doing enough to protect vulnerable kids and adults. Wed, 5/27
Guest columnist
To protect our climate, stop purchasing coal
Washington state gets about 14 percent of its electricity from coal plants, mostly from Montana and Wyoming. Wed, 5/27

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