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Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Local News

2 injured in fire at RV camp in Seattle’s Interbay
Neighbors said two people were taken to the hospital with burns after a fire in an Interbay parking lot that serves as a temporary RV camp. Thu, 2/11
2 teen brothers plead not guilty to Jungle shooting charges
Two brothers, 17 and 16, charged with felony murder for allegedly shooting five people in The Jungle have pleaded not guilty. Thu, 2/11
Another Seattle tunnel drill (not Bertha) damaged, needs repair
Bertha isn’t the only tunnel machine to crack in Seattle soil. Drilling at Sound Transit stopped for six weeks when hard soil damaged five motors and the main gear, officials reported Thursday. Thu, 2/11
Art, dance and more for Black History Month in Seattle
“The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper,” at the Northwest African American Museum, features 68 works by prominent black artists. It’s one of several ways Seattle institutions are marking Black History Month.  Thu, 2/11
Assistant attorney general who advised on prisoner-release error resigns
Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he has accepted the resignation of Assistant Attorney General Ronda Larson, who advised Corrections officials years ago not to hand calculate prison sentences — something that might have stopped inmates from being released too early. Thu, 2/11
Bill to make it easier to charge police over deadly force fails
The bill faced stiff opposition from law-enforcement leaders, failing to get a committee vote. It’s unlikely to go anywhere this year in the Legislature. Thu, 2/11
Correctional officer attacked by inmate at Clallam Bay, suffers brain injury
A correctional officer at Clallam Bay Corrections Center suffered a brain injury after being seriously attacked by an inmate Thu, 2/11
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Depressed? A smoker? Blame your Neanderthal ancestry, UW study says
New research from the University of Washington finds DNA from ancient hominids can raise the risk of depression, tobacco addiction and heart attack — but only by a tiny margin. Thu, 2/11
Feds reviewing endangered-species status for orcas
The southern resident orca population, which frequents the Salish Sea, was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2005. The population is now at 85 whales, far below the recovery goal. Thu, 2/11
Hanford LIGO observatory key to discovery of gravitational waves
LIGO Hanford’s staff of 40 scientists, engineers and technicians are searching for gravitational waves from violent, astronomical events such as collisions between black holes or exploding stars.  Thu, 2/11
UPDATE - 07:40 PM
Holmes tells City Council to ‘get this right’ and wait on police-reform plan
In a letter citing his role as Seattle’s chief legal officer, City Attorney Pete Holmes wrote that U.S. District Judge James Robart has raised important questions and underscored the need for lasting reform.  Thu, 2/11
Juror can thank mom for being bounced from Carnation trial
A King County juror was excused Thursday after a video chat with his mom, who blurted out information the juror wasn’t supposed to know about the aggravated first-degree murder case against Michele Anderson. Thu, 2/11
King County to quadruple number of ballot drop boxes
King County will have 40 drop boxes in time for the August and November elections, rather than the 10 it’s had in the past. Thu, 2/11
Low snow in Anchorage may move Iditarod sled dogs farther north
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins with a fan-friendly slow jaunt through Anchorage, but another low snow year in Alaska is playing havoc with the start of the nearly-thousand mile race. Thu, 2/11
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Ready, set, tap: Dance at EMP part of Black History Month events
Among the events is Friday evening’s dance exhibition and discussion about the power of dance in urban communities at EMP Museum Thu, 2/11
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Scientists, including Hanford team, confirm Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves
LIGO Hanford’s staff of scientists, engineers and technicians are searching for gravitational waves from violent, astronomical events such as collisions between black holes or exploding stars.  Thu, 2/11
UW Regents hear scientist argue against experiments on animals
In order to satisfy a judge’s order, the University of Washington Board of Regents was required to listen to a national expert about the use of animals in medical and drug research.  Thu, 2/11
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UW regents vote to demolish old reactor building listed as historic
The University of Washington has approved plans to tear down a building on campus that once housed a nuclear reactor, and replace it with a new computer-science center.  Thu, 2/11
Senate investigator in prisoner releases notes DOC knowledge of ‘ongoing issue’
The brief meeting with a state Senate committee was attorney Mark Bartlett’s first public session with lawmakers since being hired to investigate the mistaken early release of prisoners. Wed, 2/10
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Northwest Living
A challenging hillside garden space is turned into an entertainment center
A couple created a dream garden space, complete with a pizza oven and conversation pit, on a steep, hillside property.  Thu, 2/11
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Northwest Living
A Whidbey Island garden built on a kettle
Three wild acres on a sloping hillside feature a 70-foot-deep kettle as the centerpiece. The kettle was created by a receding glacier.  Thu, 2/11
Amazon contest winner takes off on the Echo
The AWS IoT Mega Contest drew hundreds of entries from participants who worked on projects using Amazon Web Services’ Internet of Things tools. Thu, 2/11
Blue Nile sales fall, and so does the stock
The online diamond retailer’s shares plunged Thursday after the company reported lower fourth-quarter net sales that missed analyst estimates and offered lower guidance for growth than expected. Thu, 2/11
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The Natural Gardener
Creating gardens out of our steep hillsides can be a challenge — a rewarding one
Seattle’s steep slopes can make it difficult to garden. The payoff: spectacular views and out-of-the-ordinary spaces.  Thu, 2/11
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Northwest Living
It’s a great garden if you like hiking and views — or you’re a mountain goat
Gary Necci’s love of hiking in the high alpine meadows at Mount Rainier inspired him to turn a mess of a steep backyard hillside into a tapestry of textural plantings in his West Seattle garden.  Thu, 2/11
Job cuts planned as Boeing hunkers down to compete with Airbus, consider new plane
Fierce competitive pressure is forcing Boeing Commercial Airplanes into a new cost-cutting push that will include eliminating jobs, BCA Chief Executive Ray Conner announced at a senior leadership meeting Wednesday morning and in a webcast to all employees. Thu, 2/11
Ciscoe Morris
Kordes roses are fragrant and disease resistant
Fragrance is often sacrificed by breeders seeking to create disease-free roses. But Kordes roses, in addition to high marks for being disease resistant, also produce beautiful fragrance and colors.  Thu, 2/11
UPDATE - 07:27 PM
Nordstrom gives a glimpse of elaborate Manhattan flagship
Nordstrom reveals the footprint and exterior design of its planned Manhattan flagship store. Thu, 2/11
Rant & Rave: Kindness after car accident
Readers rave about help after collision, rant about nails in the street Thu, 2/11
UPDATE - 08:42 PM
Report: Boeing faces SEC probe of Dreamliner, 747 accounting
The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Boeing properly accounted for the costs and expected sales of two of its best known jetliners, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Thu, 2/11
Seattle analytics startup MetaBrite snags $8.6 million
The company’s technology grew out of CookBrite, an app it built earlier. MetaBrite collects and analyzes data from consumer purchases that could help consumer-product companies. Thu, 2/11
State told to pay $8M for placing 2 girls in foster home with child molester
A Whatcom County jury determined the state Department of Social and Health Services should pay two girls $8 million for placing them in a foster home with a known child molester who sexually abused them for years. Thu, 2/11
NEW - 07:00 AM
Now & Then
Work started on the Ballard Bridge more than a century ago
Before the bridge was built, Ballard had campaigned for a canal — not to reach Lake Washington but for dredging to deepen Salmon Bay in order to move more lumber off its waterfront. Thu, 2/11

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Nation & World

NEW - 08:52 PM
Las Vegas lawmaker plays role in ending Oregon standoff
Meet Michele Fiore, the gun-toting politician who negotiated the Oregon holdouts’ surrender. Thu, 2/11
Oregon reports Zika-virus case
Stressing that there is no danger to the public, Oregon health officials say a woman in Oregon has been diagnosed with a travel-associated Zika-virus infection. Thu, 2/11
State Department investigators subpoena Clinton foundation
The full scope and status of the inquiry, conducted by the State Department’s inspector general, were not clear. Thu, 2/11
World powers agree on ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Syria’s civil war, allow humanitarian aid
The deal is scheduled to go into effect “in one week’s time,” Secretary of State John Kerry said, but humanitarian access to civilians besieged cities and towns will begin immediately. Thu, 2/11
Parliament turns the page on parchment
Parliament’s use of vellum, which has been a contentious issue for more than a decade, has fallen victim to austerity. Wed, 2/10

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Business & Technology

Microsoft shows off app that IDs your dog’s breed
The tool is the latest among attention-getting efforts to display developments in artificial intelligence. Thu, 2/11

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NEW - 08:39 PM
Barry Sanders transferring to Oklahoma State
Former Stanford running back Barry J. Sanders told The Oklahoman newspaper that he is planning to transfer to Oklahoma State, where his father won the Heisman Trophy in 1988. Thu, 2/11
NEW - 09:29 PM
Girls basketball: Bellevue battles back to win KingCo 3A title
Senior forward Shelby Cansler tallied 21 of her game-high 28 points in the second half and Bellevue perked up on defense to earn a 65-55 victory over eighth-ranked Mercer Island in the KingCo 3A championship game on Thursday night at Newport High School. Thu, 2/11
NEW - 09:12 PM
Justin Rose among popular leaders at Pebble Beach
Justin Rose, a U.S. Open champion and the No. 7 player in the world, shot a 6-under 66 his first time playing Spyglass Hill and spent a gorgeous day listening to the fans call out his name. Except they weren’t calling for him, and he knew it. Thu, 2/11
NEW - 08:52 PM
Mitch Penner stays hot, scores 27 in Seattle Pacific victory
Senior Mitch Penner posted his seventh straight 20-point performance, scoring 27 on Thursday to lead 22nd-ranked Seattle Pacific to an 81-71 win over Northwest Nazarene in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game. Thu, 2/11
UPDATE - 07:23 PM
NFC West offseason report: Is Arizona poised to remain on top?
Keeping quarterback Carson Palmer healthy and upright again will be vital to Arizona’s success. Thu, 2/11
On the Air
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NEW - 08:20 PM
Raiders will remain in Oakland this season
Four weeks after being stymied in their effort to move to Los Angeles, the Raiders agreed to a one-year lease extension Thursday to remain at the Oakland Coliseum through the 2016 season — and possibly beyond. Thu, 2/11
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
Seagulls are sure to slip right off the new Gaylord Perry statue
The San Francisco Giants will install a bronze likeness of the pitcher outside AT&T Park. Thu, 2/11
UPDATE - 08:34 PM
Why we’ll miss Marshawn Lynch’s quirks as well as his powerful Seahawks legacy
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch rarely spoke publicly, but he emitted charisma and fierceness. We’re likely to miss all of that legacy more than we imagined.  Thu, 2/11
Canucks down Coyotes in battle to stay in playoff race
Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to end a five-game losing streak and extend his dominance over Arizona, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Coyotes on Wednesday night. Wed, 2/10
Cavaliers win as superstars Kobe and LeBron embrace
With 20,000 fans roaring, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own. Wed, 2/10
Huskies men’s basketball team shows little defense, loses at Utah
The Utes normally ride on the shoulders of 7-foot star Jakob Poeltl, but during Wednesday’s 90-82 victory at the Huntsman Center they rained a tsunami of three-pointers on the unsuspecting Washington men’s basketball team. Wed, 2/10
Michael Bennett earns Seattle Male Sports Star of the Year, deserves another title: Quintessential Seahawk
Defensive end Michael Bennett embodies this outspoken, talented Seahawks team with his outrageous quotes and off-the-charts ability. Wednesday he was honored as the Seattle Sports Male Star of the Year.  Wed, 2/10
MTR Western Sports Star awards highlights Michael Bennett and host of Huskies
Even though Seahawks colors glowed throughout the room, the UW Huskies made their presence felt as well. UW men’s crew won sports story of the year and UW women’s basketball player Katie Collier won the inspirational award. Wed, 2/10

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#SHOWTHELOVE party kicks off Intiman Theatre Fest plans
Saturday night event recognizes new model of fundraising and the 2016 summer season. Thu, 2/11
‘#RACEish’: Spectrum’s 2016 season has black heritage and headlines on its mind
Theater legend Anna Deavere Smith joins Spectrum Dance Theater for its 2016 season “#RACEish,” which promises to “boldly disrupt the current conversation around race.” Thu, 2/11
Movie review
‘Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong’: Attraction meets ambivalence in this romance
Movie review of “Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong”: An audience might want to see romance flourish between this film’s two garrulous characters, but writer-director zooms in on deeper mysteries of attraction and ambivalence. Rating: 3 stars out of 4. Thu, 2/11
Movie review
‘Boy & the World’: a whimsical, animated Oscar nominee
Movie review of “Boy & the World”: Whimsy and melancholy make this Oscar-nominated animated movie from Brazil a heartfelt valentine to the innocence of childhood lost and found. Rating: 3 stars out of 4. Thu, 2/11
Movie review
‘Deadpool’: violent, potty-mouthed ­— and, yes, funny
Movie review: “Deadpool” is a very different kind of Marvel superhero movie. Maximally cheeky. Perversely potty-mouthed. Riotously funny. Insanely violent. Uneven as all get out. And fun, fun, fun. Rating: 3 stars out of 4. Thu, 2/11
Movie review
‘Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words’: revisiting star’s life
Movie review of “Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words”: Stig Bjorkman created this revealing documentary about the resilient Swedish movie star who won three Academy Awards. Rating: 3 stars out of 4. Thu, 2/11
Movie review
‘National Parks Adventure’: IMAX images a sight to see
Movie review of “National Parks Adventure”: The best thing about this IMAX documentary is the eye-boggling images of awe-inspiring scenery. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 2/11
Movie review
‘Where to Invade Next’: Michael Moore seeks greatness in other lands
Review of “Where to Invade Next”: Michael Moore travels around the world telling the people he interviews that he’s come to their nations as an invader to take the best features of their societies and bring them to the U.S. Rating: 3 stars out of 4. Thu, 2/11
Movie review
‘Zoolander No. 2’ is all dressed up with nowhere to go
“Zoolander No. 2”: Even its parade of celebrity cameos — Willie Nelson, Susan Sarandon, Anna Wintour, Tommy Hilfiger, et al. — can’t save this movie. 2 stars out of 4. Thu, 2/11
Theater review
At ACT, ‘Buzzer’ a timely tale of race and gentrification
A review of “Buzzer,” on stage at ACT in Seattle through Feb. 21. Thu, 2/11
At Northwest Symphony Orchestra, a world premiere for Malala
Jazz musician Sumi Tonooka has composed “For Malala,” dedicated to 18-year-old Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, which will be heard for the first time at a Feb. 12 concert by Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Thu, 2/11
Movie review
Be afraid: ‘Southbound’ takes audiences on a road to horror
A pervasive atmosphere of no-one-can-hear-you-scream is extreme in “Southbound.” The picture, a low-budget anthology of five minihorror stories, packs a punch. Rating: 3 stars out of 4. Thu, 2/11
Brad Paisley, a country pro, plays Tacoma Dome Saturday
Brad Paisley’s most recent album, ‘Moonshine,’ is a dud, but he’ll surely give the fans what they want at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday, Feb. 13.  Thu, 2/11
Feb. 11 TV Picks: ‘Project Runway: All-Stars’
Also airing Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016: “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC and “Elementary” on CBS. Thu, 2/11
Movie bargains: ‘Trumbo,’ ‘The Good Dinosaur,’ Room’
Here are theaters offering discounted movie tickets during the week of Feb. 12. Thu, 2/11
At a Theater Near You
Romance, ‘Ratatouille’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’
Art-house screenings and events during the week of Feb. 12 include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Harold and Maude,” a “Witches Brew” series and more. Thu, 2/11
Art review
Serious art in a tourist town: Friday Harbor’s small museum makes big impression
A little museum with big aspirations: The new San Juan Islands Museum of Art, built in a former emergency medical center, brings exhibitions of Goya and Ai Weiwei to Friday Harbor. Thu, 2/11

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Treat your sweetie this Valentine’s at Capitol Hill’s new pastry zone
Five bakeries in a two-block radius make Capitol Hill’s new pastry zone, but which one is best for your Valentine? Thu, 2/11

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Travel & Outdoors

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State still obstinate on tribal rights; fix culverts to save salmon, now
The money, time and effort spent denying tribes their rights could be far better spent on salmon recovery. Thu, 2/11
Nicholas Kristof / Syndicated columnist
The GOP created Donald Trump
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