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Local News

UPDATE - 01:45 AM
Anchorage population more diverse than you might think
Modern Anchorage enjoys a surprising amount of ethnic diversity, posing a challenge to the city’s culture, identity and services. Fri, 7/31
 
‘The Blob’ may warm Puget Sound’s waters, hurt marine life
Scientists say they are concerned about the continued ecological effects of the unusually warm and dry conditions in the Puget Sound region this summer.  Thu, 7/30
 
1 dead, 2 injured in Federal Way shooting
One man is dead and two others wounded after a shooting in Federal Way early Thursday morning. Thu, 7/30
 
400 tons of polluted soil to be removed at former Olympia Dry Cleaners site
Cleanup has resumed at the former Olympia Dry Cleaners site in an effort to remove decades’ worth of pollution. Thu, 7/30
 
Commuter train hits vehicle in Puyallup, kills woman
A BNSF Railway spokesman says one woman has died after a northbound commuter train struck her vehicle in the Puyallup area. Thu, 7/30
 
High rate of homelessness among King County’s LGBTQ youth
Homeless LGBTQ youth and adult supporters alike know a fix is needed for the high level of LGBTQ youth who are homeless, compared with the population’s size.  Thu, 7/30
 
Independent money pours into Seattle City Council races
Independent-expenditure groups already have spent much more on this year’s Seattle City Council races than in years past, and there are still months to go before the general election. Thu, 7/30
 
Judge to hear case contesting release of Kurt Cobain death-scene photos
A King County Superior Court judge will hear arguments about whether or not to proceed with a trial surrounding death-scene records and photos of Kurt Cobain.  Thu, 7/30
 
King County deputy fired for sleeping on the job
A King County sheriff’s deputy is being fired for sleeping on the job. Thu, 7/30
 
Mayor Ed Murray and LGBTQ task force release action plan
The mayor’s action plan to help the LGBTQ community includes Seattle police training and all-gender single restrooms in city buildings and places of public accommodation. Thu, 7/30
 
Mayor Murray withdraws proposal to allow more density in single-family zones
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray made a U-turn Wednesday on a controversial aspect of his new housing-affordability plan. Thu, 7/30
 
Monfort, sentenced to life for killing SPD officer, says: ‘I killed a good man’
Cop killer Christopher Monfort was formally sentenced Thursday to life in prison for fatally ambushing Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night 2009.  Thu, 7/30
 
Regional earthquake early-warning system gets a funding boost
An additional $5 million in federal funding will upgrade seismic stations and help develop a public interface for earthquake alerts seconds to minutes before the ground shakes. Thu, 7/30
 
Sammamish woman pleads guilty in deaths of husband, son-in-law
A Sammamish woman who mixed wine and sleeping pills before she through her lakefront home, killing her husband and son-in-law last year, pleaded guilty Thursday to three felonies and two gross-misdemeanor charges. Thu, 7/30
 
Seattle council candidates band together to back alternate housing plan
Eight candidates running for Seattle City Council seats, including current Councilmember Kshama Sawant, announced an alternative housing plan at a City Hall news conference Wednesday morning. Thu, 7/30
 
Seattle’s scorching summer sizzles on
After 90-plus-degree days Wednesday and Thursday, 2015 has put considerable ink in the hot-weather record book. Thu, 7/30
 
Shell icebreaker retreats; protesters still dangling from Portland bridge
A Shell icebreaker in Portland turned back Wednesday, avoiding a showdown with protesters dangling from bridge. The company hasn’t announced its next move. Thu, 7/30
 
Steve Gordon, basketball promoter who claimed ties to Steve Ballmer, gets 4 years for fraud
Steve Gordon, former NBA special assistant, was led away in handcuffs Thursday after an emotional sentencing for bilking investors out of millions.  Thu, 7/30
 
Suit filed over Eyman tax measure, just a day after it makes the ballot
Opponents of Tim Eyman’s latest anti-tax initiative are trying to block a public vote on it. They filed a lawsuit arguing I-1366 is unconstitutional. Thu, 7/30
 
The ships of Fleet Week
The public is invited to tour vessels from the Navy Third Fleet, the Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy during Fleet Week. The free tours are first-come, first-served. Thu, 7/30
 
Woman’s body found in Northgate-area parking garage
The body was found about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Northgate-area parking garage. Thu, 7/30
 
Ciscoe Morris
Agapanthus is a blast of spectacular midsummer color
Agapanthus blossoms beautifully in the middle of summer, in more shapes, sizes and colors than ever, but it’s a flower that needs full sun and well-drained soil to do well.  Thu, 7/30
 
Alberta may seek emission tax to clean up oil sands’ bad image
The challenge for the province’s government is to work with an industry, already struggling with price cuts, on ways to hold off environmental criticism of the tar sands. Thu, 7/30
 
Bombardier delays new business jet as setbacks mount
Bombardier is pushing back the commercial debut of its Global 7000 business jet by two years, yet another setback for a planemaker that has seen debt balloon due to delays with the CSeries commercial program. Thu, 7/30
 
Chemical mix-up damages Boeing tanker
Just weeks before the planned first flight of a fully outfitted KC-46 Air Force tanker, the plane’s fueling system has been damaged by a chemical mix-up, temporarily grounding the jet. Meanwhile, Boeing put veteran executive Scott Fancher in charge of the troubled tanker program. Thu, 7/30
 
Entrepreneur’s second photo editing company raises $41M
Seattle photo-editing company PicMonkey has received a $41 million boost from private equity firm Spectrum Equity. Thu, 7/30
 
Facebook ready to spread Internet drone’s giant wings
The giant social network says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan bigger than a Boeing 737’s, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world. Thu, 7/30
 
Haggen cuts worker hours in Seattle area
The move, which coincides with layoffs in the U.S. Southwest, marks a big reality check on the optimism with which the Bellingham grocer acquired 146 Albertsons and Safeway stores earlier this year. Haggen says it’s just part of the transition’s “ebb and flow.” Thu, 7/30
 
Microsoft beats Google in patent-royalty fight
The ruling is also a win for companies like Apple and Intel, which have campaigned to lower the amount of money they pay for essential technologies that let mobile phones download video, access Wi-Fi or accept calls no matter the manufacturer. Thu, 7/30
 
Rant & Rave: Wait your turn at baggage claim
Readers thankful for bike repair, scold about baggage-claim crowding. Thu, 7/30
 
NEW - 07:00 AM
Dear Carolyn
Sister sees moral obligation to testy sister-in-law
She may not like her sister-in-law, but a reader sees a moral obligation to tell her that her husband is cheating on her. Thu, 7/30
 
NEW - 10:02 AM
PNW Magazine
Surviving Seattle’s sidewalks: Pedestrian rage rises as the population grows
Instead of “After you. No, after you,” we have “Screw you!” as we encounter people who can’t see beyond their own electronics. Thu, 7/30
 
T-Mobile’s second-quarter profit beats estimates
The Bellevue wireless carrier also posts stronger than expected revenue and reported adding 2.1 million customers to its service. Thu, 7/30
 
Whole Foods picks Bellevue Square for small, new ‘365’ store concept
The “365” store will open next year as part of the organic grocer’s move to up its game against the likes of Trader Joe’s. Whole Foods also will open a full-fledged store in Kirkland’s Totem Lake area in 2017. Thu, 7/30
 

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Nation & World

Band of U.S.-trained insurgents kidnapped inside Syrian border
The abductions illustrate the challenges confronting the Obama administration as it seeks to marshal local insurgents to fight the Islamic State group, which it views as the biggest threat in the region. Thu, 7/30
 
Congress passes 3-month patch for highway, transit aid
The $8 billion bill will keep federal projects on track for the next three months, but the temporary fix creates a new crisis point in fall, as Congress has been unable to agree on a long-term solution. Thu, 7/30
 
Experts: It’s tough to pinpoint where jet debris started journey
The length of time since the crash and the complex dynamics of ocean currents and fickle sea winds make it impossible to determine with precision where the object entered the water. Thu, 7/30
 
Fish & Wildlife begins probe of lion’s death; seeking hunter
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said it has been unable to contact the Twin Cities dentist who shot the lion, despite “multiple efforts.” It asked that he or his representative “contact us immediately.”  Thu, 7/30
 
Psychologist as jail warden? It makes sense in Cook County
As Congress embarks on a rethinking of the criminal-justice system, jails and prisons are confronting myriad problems in dealing with the mentally ill.  Thu, 7/30
 
Wing part that may be from missing Malaysian plane to be sent to France
Investigators who examined photos of the aircraft part identified it as a piece from a Boeing 777 wing, and the only such plane missing is the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that disappeared in March 2014. Thu, 7/30
 

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Business & Technology

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Sports

Chris Petersen trying to be more realistic about UW’s prospects in his second year
Chris Petersen didn’t necessarily say it outright, but Petersen is more realistic about what lies ahead for Washington in his second season. In the media poll released Thursday at the Pac-12 media days, the Huskies were picked to finish fourth in the conference’s North Division. Thu, 7/30
 
Detroit deals two top pitchers: David Price, Joakim Soria
Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993. Thu, 7/30
 
Larry Stone
Dustin Ackley trade symbolizes continuing dark days of Mariners
The Mariners seem stuck in limbo with leadership that can’t fix a franchise missing from the playoffs for 14 years. Thu, 7/30
 
El Paso snaps Tacoma’s five-game winning streak
Chihuahuas score four runs in sixth inning of 5-1 victory over Rainiers. Thu, 7/30
 
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
Elier Leyva finds this home run story far from touching
They say a home-run hitter “will touch them all” for a reason. Elier Leyva of Class A Delmarva learned that the hard way after hitting what should have been a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning against Augusta, but failed to touch home plate and was called out on appeal. Thu, 7/30
 
Makayla Miller throws no-hitter and Washington is within one win of Little League Softball World Series
Washington plays the winner of the Northern California vs. Hawaii semifinal on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the Little League Softball World Series. Thu, 7/30
 
Mariners trade Dustin Ackley to Yankees for two minor-leaguers
Ackley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft, has a career .243 average with 42 home runs, 31 steals and 201 RBI. Thu, 7/30
 
Minnesota gets to J.A. Happ in 9-5 victory over Mariners
Happ allows three home runs and lasts just 31/3 innings as Seattle loses its fourth in a row. Thu, 7/30
 
Ohio State voted No. 1, suspends 4 players
Defending national champion Ohio State, voted No. 1 Thursday in the first USA Today coaches’ poll, dropped a bombshell at Big Ten media days. Thu, 7/30
 
On the Air
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Seahawks enter training camp with different drama, same goal
Despite some lingering contract issues for several players — including safety Kam Chancellor, the only Seahawk who did not report to the team facility Thursday — one thing remains the same for the Seahawks: high expectations. Thu, 7/30
 
Sounders’ Gonzalo Pineda welcomes midfield competition
The five-midfielder formations the team has dabbled with in recent weeks soon is likely to be trimmed by a man to make way for Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins up top. Thu, 7/30
 
Steve David trying to make an impact as chairman of H1 Unlimited
Steve David was a successful hydroplane pilot, most recently for Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison. He returns to Seafair this year in a different role, as the chairman of H1 Unlimited, the sport’s governing body. Thu, 7/30
 
Tiger Woods rallies to shoot 68
Tiger Woods took a conservative 3-wood off the first hole Thursday at the Quicken Loans National when many players were hitting driver. No matter — he still pull-hooked it into the gallery, hit his second shot into a greenside bunker and lipped out a 5-footer for par before slamming his putter Thu, 7/30
 
Tom Brady’s lawsuit sent to federal court in New York
Tom Brady’s lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota. Thu, 7/30
 
UW running back Deontae Cooper reflects on his father
UW running back Deontae Cooper, sporting a pair of “DC” diamond earrings, managed to flash his immaculate fashion style during Pac-12 media day. It’s a style Cooper says he inherited from his father, Willie, a former San Jose State football player who died suddenly March 28.  Thu, 7/30
 

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Entertainment

Movie review
‘A LEGO Brickumentary’ puts creativity on display
A review of the first major documentary about LEGO, by filmmakers Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.  Thu, 7/30
 
At a Theater Near You
‘Battlestar Galactica,’ animated features, ‘A-Bomb’ shorts
Art-house screenings during the week of July 31 include “Battlestar Galactica,” “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” and “A-Bomb: 70 Years Since Hiroshima.” Thu, 7/30
 
Movie review
‘Boulevard’: Robin Williams’ portrait of a repressed man
Movie review of “Boulevard”: The late Robin Williams plays a closeted gay man, married to a bewildered woman (Kathy Baker) but in love with a young hustler (Roberto Aguirre). Rating: 2 stars out of 4. Thu, 7/30
 
Movie review
‘Court’: a travesty of justice in India’s antiquated legal system
Movie review: In this quiet, devastating critique of the antiquated Indian legal system, a folk singer/social activist is accused of inciting what is presumed to be the suicide of a sewer worker in Mumbai. Thu, 7/30
 
Theater review
‘Emboldened’ looks back to the roots of jazz
A review of Reginald A. Jackson’s “Emboldened,” a play with music based on the life of jazz innovator Charles “Buddy” Bolden. Thu, 7/30
 
Movie review
‘I Am Chris Farley’: a shining talent trapped in darkness
Movie review of “I Am Chris Farley”: This touching documentary explores the triumphs and ultimate tragedy of the comedian/actor. Rating: 3 stars out of 4. Thu, 7/30
 
Movie review
‘Irrational Man’: Woody Allen plays it again
What seems like a light romantic comedy is actually a dark drama. But Allen has done it better before. Thu, 7/30
 
Movie review
‘Our Man in Tehran’: ‘Argo’ terror, from those who lived it
Movie review of “Our Man in Tehran”: This documentary reminds us that the story of how six American Embassy workers escaped Iran in 1980 was not a movie but scary real life. Thu, 7/30
 
Movie review
‘Samba’: a light take on immigrant’s travails in France
Movie review of “Samba”: This breezy tale centers on a Senegalese immigrant (Omar Sy) and his caseworker (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Thu, 7/30
 
Movie review
‘That Sugar Film’: a scary yet peppy spoonful of reality
Movie review of “That Sugar Film,” a scary yet relentlessly peppy Australian documentary about the hidden sugar content in food. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.  Thu, 7/30
 
Movie review
‘The New Rijksmuseum’: a riveting, grueling renovation
A movie review of “The New Rijksmuseum”: This compelling documentary follows the agonzing restoration of Amsterdam’s famous art museum over 10 years. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 7/30
 
Movie review
‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’: Social science gone wrong
A review of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s drama about a notorious 1971 experiment in which a Stanford professor re-created prison conditions, using students as prisoners and guards. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 7/30
 
New recordings
Amy Helm’s debut feels like home | New recordings
 Thu, 7/30
 
Bargains and outdoor movies: ‘Self/Less, ‘ Toy Story,’ ‘Selma’
Here are some places offering discounted movie tickets during the week of July 31. Thu, 7/30
 
Ernest Ranglin at Nectar Lounge Aug. 1-2
Ernest Ranglin, 83, is one of the founding fathers of reggae — he worked with Bob Marley and served as Jimmy Cliff’s musical director. Thu, 7/30
 
For July 30: ‘Married’ offers another look at married life — with laughs
 Thu, 7/30
 
It must be summer — 13 days, 15 blockbuster shows
Summer is always jammed with concerts, but this year the cusp between July and August is even more packed than usual, with country music, arena rock, pop, EDM and more beckoning fans to indoor and outdoor venues alike.  Thu, 7/30
 
Amazon hires ex-‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson for TV series
Jeremy Clarkson, the British TV personality who was ousted as host of “Top Gear” this year, will front a new show on Amazon in 2016, underscoring the online retailer’s drive to push its streaming service with big-ticket names. Thu, 7/30
 

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Living

NEW - 08:03 AM
‘The best squash casserole on the planet Earth’
Summer squash, white bread, Ritz crackers, eggs and cheddar combine in mysterious, marvelous ways to deliver a perfect accompaniment to a grilled chicken or weekend roast. Thu, 7/30
 
Happy Hour
7 best ways to drink now: Tiki treats, 7-Eleven chic and more
Summer drinking season is in full swing. Here’s how to do it right. Thu, 7/30
 

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Travel & Outdoors

Dick Bass, Texas oilman who was first to scale ‘seven summits,’ dies at 85
Founder of Utah’s Snowbird ski resort was oldest person to top Everest for a time. Thu, 7/30
 
In Arizona, hikers rave about The Wave, but heat can kill
Permitting may tighten under proposals aimed to protect obsessed visitors. Thu, 7/30
 
Allegiant executives were flying plane that ran low on fuel
Aircraft declared emergency and landed despite Blue Angels’ practice last week in North Dakota Thu, 7/30
 
Cooling fan failure suspected in Aleutians emergency landing
L.A.-bound jet deemed safe, continued to Anchorage, then replaced. Thu, 7/30
 
Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience
Proposal would restrict naughty nudies and aggressive tip seekers in downtown tourist zone. Thu, 7/30
 
New tourism website for Lewis County launches
Whimsical graphics and some fonts on 300-page site are hand-drawn, promoting agricultural tourism, lakes and rivers, more.  Thu, 7/30
 
Spirit jet wheel ignites on landing in Dallas; no injuries
Airbus jet flew from Orlando, Fla. Thu, 7/30
 
Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack
Second attack in less than a week off nation’s coast. Thu, 7/30
 

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Opinion

Guest columnists
Immigrants have grown Washington’s farm economy
We should appreciate and not vilify workers without documents for the value they bring to state and national economies, and the world’s food stream. Thu, 7/30
 


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