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Saturday, April 18, 2015

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As indicted Auditor Kelley plans leave, will he get paid?
If the announcement by indicted state Auditor Troy Kelley that he’ll take a leave of absence doesn’t represent a state constitutional crisis, it at least represents a conundrum. Sat, 4/18
UPDATE - 01:14 PM
Former judge accused of slapping special-needs student on Highline bus
A school bus driver — who is also a Des Moines City Council member and a former Superior Court judge — is facing an assault charge and likely termination after allegedly slapping a 6-year-old autistic boy across the face. The March 10 incident was captured on video. Sat, 4/18
Man in Bonney Lake home kills wife, wounds friend before killing himself
A man in Bonney Lake fatally shot his wife early Saturday, wounded her friend, then killed himself. Sat, 4/18
NEW - 12:52 PM
Marysville toddler dies after being hit by vehicle in driveway
Police say a 2-year-old girl was killed after she ran out of her Marysville house, and was struck as her father was backing out of the driveway. Sat, 4/18
Move to ban smoking in Seattle parks criticized as effort to roust the poor
Opponents of a proposed smoking ban in Seattle parks this week warned that officials could use it to roust the poor out of downtown parks. Sat, 4/18
On tour of UW station, Inslee backs $15 billion tax plan for more light rail
Amid skepticism by some lawmakers, Gov. Jay Inslee makes a photo-op at UW Station, to insist on allowing Sound Transit the entire $15 billion it wants to send to the 2016 ballot. Sat, 4/18
Woman killed in Bainbridge Island house fire
An elderly woman was killed in a house fire Saturday on Bainbridge Island. Her husband escaped the fire. Sat, 4/18
‘Cold welcome’ for drilling rig headed to Seattle, then Alaska
A 400-foot-long drilling rig, a key piece of equipment in Shell’s efforts to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska, arrived in Port Angeles early Friday. The rig is a focal point for protests by environmentalists opposed to Arctic drilling.  Fri, 4/17
Relatives say 1-year-old victim of drive-by shooting brain dead
A 1-year-old girl who was shot in the head while with her parents in a car in Kent remained in critical condition, Friday. Relatives said she was alive, but brain dead. Police say the shooting was not likely connected to road rage.  Fri, 4/17
The Wrap / Ron Judd
Snoozing baggage handler? You get what you pay for
Wake-up call: Alaska Airlines outsourced baggage handling to save money, cutting hundreds of in-house jobs, a move that may have come back to bite them in the snooze heard around the world. Fri, 4/17
Teachers in 8 districts plan 1-day strike to protest funding
Teachers from eight school districts in northwest Washington are planning one-day strikes to draw attention to what they say are inadequate school-funding proposals in the state Legislature.  Fri, 4/17
Un-bee-lievable: Truck spills 450 hives along I-5
It wasn’t the accident so much as the cargo that was the problem before dawn Friday, when a truck carrying millions of honeybees crashed where Interstate 5 and Highway 405 connect in Lynnwood. The bees, some 14 million of them, were everywhere. Fri, 4/17
Woodland Park Zoo’s elephants take a detour to San Diego
Inclement weather diverted the Woodland Park Zoo elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to San Diego, where they will rest at the zoo there before continuing their journey to Oklahoma City. Fri, 4/17
Rant & Rave: Clean up, Chick-fil-A fans
Readers rave about Daffodil Parade, rant about Chick-fil-A litterers. Sat, 4/18
NEW - 06:15 AM
Dear Carolyn
Sister horrified by brother’s wedding request
Columnist Carolyn Hax advises chilling over the wedding website’s “fund our honeymoon” page  Sat, 4/18
Costco said to get sweet deal from credit-card companies
Costco expected to pay almost nothing to two credit companies replacing American Express.  Fri, 4/17
Crane Aerospace to build new Lynnwood facility
Construction of the facility, which will test and manufacture devices that measure the fuel flow rate for the new generation of jet engines, will begin this summer. Fri, 4/17
Machinists union cancels vote at Boeing’s South Carolina plant
The union said it is withdrawing its request for the vote because of what it called “a toxic environment.” Fri, 4/17

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Nation & World

NEW - 01:24 PM
Lawsuit seeks recognition of another Dalí creation: daughter
Pilar Abel, a tarot-card reader, wants a court to recognize her as Salvador Dalí’s daughter — and perhaps grant her a share of the hundreds of millions of euros worth of paintings he bequeathed to Spain. Sat, 4/18
American flags catch the wave in Cuba
The fact that so many people are wearing their feelings literally on their sleeves shows how Cubans never lost their love for Americana, despite a crippling trade embargo and years of political hostility. Fri, 4/17
Humanitarian crisis grows as Iraqis flee ISIS threat
While pressing its offensive in Anbar, the Islamic State group demonstrated its ability to target Americans in a suicide car bombing near the U.S. Consulate in Irbil. Fri, 4/17
Once-prized Tibetan mastiffs discarded as fad ends in China
China’s boom-to-bust luxury landscape is strewn with devalued commodities such as black Audis, Omega watches, high-rise apartments in third-tier cities — and Tibetan mastiffs. Fri, 4/17
Unprecedented germ diversity found in remote Amazon tribe
The findings bolster a theory that diminished microbial diversity in Western populations is linked to immune and metabolic diseases — allergies, asthma, diabetes — that are on the rise. Fri, 4/17

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Business & Technology

Credit unions offer great mortgage deals
Credit unions have been expanding their presence in housing — more than quadrupling their share of total mortgage-market volume in the past nine years.  Fri, 4/17

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Alex Rodriguez smacks two home runs
Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs, moving within two of tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career list. Fri, 4/17
Emerald Downs entries
Race entries for Saturday, April 18 Fri, 4/17
ESPN reporter Britt McHenry is suspended for insults
ESPN has suspended reporter Britt McHenry for a week after a video surfaced of her insulting a towing-company clerk’s intelligence, job and appearance. Fri, 4/17
Huskies’ running back Jomon Dotson has been a spring standout
A 5-foot-10, 174-pound redshirt freshman, Dotson rushed for 2,004 yards and 26 touchdowns on 189 carries in his senior season at American Canyon (Calif.) High School. During UW’s winter-testing combine last month, Dotson ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash on the team, a hand-timed 4.43 second Fri, 4/17
Jesus Montero stays hot, but Tacoma Rainiers lose
The Tacoma Rainiers scored in the first and ninth innings, but the El Paso Chihuahuas did all the scoring in between in a 4-2 victory in a Pacific Coast League game Friday night at Cheney Stadium. Fri, 4/17
Johnny Manziel issues statement apologizing to Cleveland Browns, fans
Quarterback Johnny Manziel apologized to the Cleveland Browns and their fans. The statement was made about a week after the former Heisman Trophy winner was discharged from an inpatient rehabilitation facility in which he spent more than 10 weeks.  Fri, 4/17
Jordan Spieth, Troy Merritt have spectacular rounds on PGA Tour
Masters champion Jordan Spieth is in the mix for another title after shooting a 9-under-par 62 at the RBC Heritage. Little-known Troy Merritt (61) leads the PGA Tour event. Fri, 4/17
Mariners closer Fernando Rodney unfazed by struggles
“In my opinion, I think when I blow the game, the next day I say, ‘I’m better than that. Tomorrow I know I can do my job,’ ” Rodney said. “That’s the attitude I bring to the game. That’s the attitude I’m going to bring tonight if I have a  Fri, 4/17
Mariners lose fourth straight game
The Mariners are 3-7, their worst record through the first 10 games of the season since they also opened the 2011 season 3-7. Fri, 4/17
Sounders to face challenge at defensive-minded Colorado
The Western Conference’s stodgy spoiler hasn’t scored a goal this season before last Friday. But through six games, the Rapids have surrendered just two goals, the lowest mark in MLS. Fri, 4/17
Stryker Phd still the headliner as Emerald Downs’ 20th season opens
The horse was perfect in three stakes races at the Auburn track last season, including the $200,000 Longacres Mile.  Fri, 4/17
Thursday’s prep golf results
Hannah Roh (King’s) and Rachel Fujitani (Mercer Island) place first in team victories Thursday. Fri, 4/17
Thursday’s prep tennis results
Puyallup, Mercer Island and Charles Wright girls teams all sweep matches Thursday. Fri, 4/17
Vancouver Canucks beat Calgary to even series at 1
Eddie Lack made 22 saves and the host Vancouver Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames 4-1 to even their first-round playoff series at a game apiece. Fri, 4/17
Washington baseball team rallies to beat Arizona State
Washington rallied for three runs with two outs in the eighth inning to topple seventh-ranked Arizona State 9-7 in the opening game of a three-game series Friday night at Husky Ballpark. Fri, 4/17
Wednesday’s prep tennis results
Lakeside and Seattle Prep each notched 8-3 victories in coed matches. Fri, 4/17
Western Conference teams face perilous path to NBA Finals
The margin for error seemingly will be slim when the Western Conference playoffs start Saturday. Of the eight playoff teams in the West, seven won at least 50 regular-season games. Fri, 4/17
Winterhawks beat Silvertips in in OT, take 3-1 lead
Blake Heinrich scored in overtime as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Everett Silvertips 2-1 Friday night in their Western Hockey League playoff series. Fri, 4/17
Top 10 performances: Inglemoor’s Darhian Mills cruising on hurdles
Senior ran state-leading times in both hurdles races at the Arcadia Invitational last Saturday.  Fri, 4/17
NEW - 12:11 PM
Cheers for Jordan Spieth, Bud Withers; jeers for Tiger Woods, Michael Bennett: Seattle Times readers sound off
Seattle Times sports letters to the editor for April 19.  Sat, 4/18
Friday’s prep golf results
The Snohomish boys won a four-school match at Walter Hall Golf Course. Fri, 4/17
Friday’s prep lacrosse results
Hayes Engevik made 15 saves as Newport edged Juanita 8-6. Fri, 4/17
Friday’s prep tennis results
Lakeside swept boys singles and doubles en route to a 9-2 win over Holy Names/O’Dea in a Metro League coed match. Fri, 4/17
Friday’s prep water polo results
Christine Sizemore and Emily Dichysin both scored three goals as Kentridge routed Foss, 18-4. Fri, 4/17
Thursday’s prep lacrosse results
Abe Escarda makes eight saves as Eastlake edges Seattle Academy 8-7. Fri, 4/17
Thursday’s prep track and field results
The Rogers girls took two out of three relays in a win over Graham-Kapowsin. Fri, 4/17
Thursday’s prep water polo results
Yelena Zeytseva and Tiffany Lahue both score four goals in Auburn’s 12-6 win over Kentridge. Fri, 4/17
On the Air
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Book review
‘Garden of Lies’: love and murder in Victorian London
In Seattle author Amanda Quick’s latest novel, the head of a Victorian London secretarial agency works for a wealthy family to investigate an employee’s death. Quick, pen name for author Jayne Ann Krentz, appears April 21 at Page 2 Books in Burien.  Sat, 4/18
Dance review
Lyon Opera Ballet dances program full of challenges, passion
A review of Thursday night’s performance by Lyon Opera Ballet, which treated the audience to compelling works by William Forsythe and Benjamin Millepied. The troupe performs again at Meany Hall on April 17-18. Fri, 4/17
Seattle Children’s Theatre announces 2015-16 season’s slate
Seuss, “Chitty” and Sendak among the productions. Fri, 4/17

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Searching for answers after falling slab kills family
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Travel & Outdoors

NEW - 12:01 PM
Rafting Oregon rivers to be hit-and-miss after low-snow winter
Rain-fed reservoirs will keep most popular rivers boatable, but others running dry. Sat, 4/18
Airline seats getting even smaller as service declines
Carriers’ strategy is “more seats in coach and to hell with passenger comfort,” says one industry observer.  Fri, 4/17

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Guest columnist
Find quality time for yourself and kids
Learning to live in the moment can make a difference in life. Fri, 4/17
Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist
Often there’s no sensible middle in politics
 Fri, 4/17

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