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Thursday, March 5, 2015

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60 tribes gather in Tulalip to talk marijuana
Tribal leaders, lawyers and marijuana-industry representatives gathered in Tulalip for the nation’s first tribal marijuana conference, an event that served as much as a policy debate on the merits of legalization as it did an educational session. Wed, 3/04
Big, diverse slate of candidates runs in city’s first vote by district
The Seattle City Council’s move to voting by geographic district is yielding a large, diverse crop of candidates, and everyone is trying to figure out how the new system is going to change local politics. Wed, 3/04
Even with overhaul, black market for pot could remain
Black-market marijuana costs a third as much as its state-regulated counterpart, and most medical-marijuana users could buy their supply there instead of in a highly regulated system, a state study says. Wed, 3/04
Labor board orders vote count in Seattle U. union election
The local office of a national labor board has ordered that votes be counted in a stalled election to decide whether adjunct faculty at Seattle University should form a union. The school has until March 17 to appeal the decision. Wed, 3/04
Oregon woman gets 6 years for setting husband afire
A Willamette Valley woman has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for dousing her husband with gasoline and setting him afire. Wed, 3/04
Parents of girl with rare disease want Idaho to OK marijuana oil
Idaho’s stringent marijuana laws do not allow for medicinal use. The family of a girl with a rare form of epilepsy began lobbying lawmakers to decriminalize the oil almost two years ago. Now, they’ve got some legislative backers and an upcoming hearing. Wed, 3/04
Patients fear medical marijuana may not fare well with new rules
With lawmakers and the recreational-marijuana industry eager to regulate medical marijuana, patient advocates are often finding themselves left out of the conversation. Wed, 3/04
Seattle School Board hints it needs time to weigh halting tests
Seattle School Board members voted against considering a last-minute proposal to suspend new Common Core-related tests Wednesday evening, citing concerns about how quickly the resolution arose. Wed, 3/04
UPDATE - 12:18 AM
Should young hockey players be exempt from labor law?
Bills in Olympia supported by labor-friendly Democrats would exempt the Western Hockey League and its young players from labor laws that the league is under investigation for violating. Wed, 3/04
Tuned into great weather
James Hyde plays saxophone at Lake Washington. Wed, 3/04
Tunnel machine Bertha ready for disassembly
State transportation officials say the broken tunnel machine Bertha reached a stopping point inside the rescue pit late Tuesday, clearing the way for workers to start the disassembly process. Wed, 3/04
Jerry Large
Vision of Spock, ‘Star Trek’: Think, feel, be human
We can get closer to Star Trek’s universe by better understanding the power our emotions have. Wed, 3/04
Widow sues Virginia Mason; hospital begins notifying ‘superbug’ victims
Theresa Bigler, of Woodway, is suing Virginia Mason Medical Center and a medical-device manufacturer after the death of her husband following a “superbug” infection. Hospital officials have reversed course to reach out to affected patients and families. Wed, 3/04
NEW - 12:00 AM
Rant & Rave: ‘Go sell crazy somewhere else, pal’
Reader’s thankful for returned cellphone; one gets yelled at by crazy door-to-door magazine salesman. Thu, 3/05
Craft website Etsy files for stock offering
Etsy, the global online marketplace for vintage and artisanal products, filed for a $100 million initial public offering in the U.S. Wed, 3/04
KFC aims to top Starbucks as China’s coffee hot spot
 Thousands of KFC restaurants in China, where the fried-chicken purveyor is the largest fast-food chain, will start selling freshly ground coffee this year in a bid to become a lower-cost “premium” alternative to Starbucks. Wed, 3/04
Rant & Rave: Get a grip, spitting driver
Readers surprised by free breakfast, appalled by spitting driver Wed, 3/04
Rant & Rave: Please leave mice and rats outside, kitty
Readers say thanks for keeping the sidewalk clear, friendly IRS help, Green Lake daffodils, Seattle Police and the VA Hospital, and no thanks to cats bringing in rats, drivers not stopping at stop signs and people holding up traffic and gym time chatting on cellphones. Wed, 3/04
Seattle, Tacoma dockworkers earn less than reported average
The 808 working longshore workers in Seattle in 2013 earned an average $84,675, and averaged 48.4 years old.  Wed, 3/04

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Nation & World

Jaw fossil shows climate change shaped human evolution, researchers say
Studded with five intact teeth, the jawbone reveals that our genus, Homo, appeared almost 500,000 years earlier than previously believed, after branching off from the more apelike Australopithecus genus that included the likes of “Lucy.”  Wed, 3/04

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Business & Technology

As some of the giants of the wireless industry continue to move into the background in Europe, smaller and more nimble startups start taking their place in the spotlight. Wed, 3/04
‘Star Trek’ tricoder a reality at Barcelona gadget fair
There’s no end to connecting the Internet to all manner of objects to create novel uses. The Mobile World Congress has been filled with these quirky innovations. Wed, 3/04
KING 5 confirms move to Sodo
KING 5’s owner is moving the television station’s headquarters from South Lake Union to Home Plate Center in the Sodo neighborhood. Wed, 3/04

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Alex Rodriguez singles in return to Yankees’ lineup
Alex Rodriguez lined a single to left field in his return to the New York Yankees’ lineup after an absence of 524 days. Wed, 3/04
Arizona State gets overlooked but continues to win
The 26-4 Sun Devils, who swept powerhouse Stanford, are one of the favorites to win the Pac-12 women’s tournament starting Thursday at KeyArena.  Wed, 3/04
Class 3A and 4A boys basketball tournament capsules
A look at the favorites and contenders in the Class 3A and 4A boys basketball tournaments. Wed, 3/04
Class 3A and 4A girls basketball tournament capsules
A look at the favorites and contenders in the Class 3A and 4A girls basketball tournaments. Wed, 3/04
Federal Way’s Viont’e Daniels has emerged as senior leader
Viont’e Daniels, a senior leader for No. 1 Federal Way, leads the Eagles (24-2) against Moses Lake in the Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday. Wed, 3/04
Fishing report: Warm weather boosted early opener for trout
The unseasonably springlike weather helped trout anglers on some Eastern Washington lakes. Wed, 3/04
UPDATE - 11:47 PM
Golf’s top 50 players meet Thursday
The top 50 players in the world rankings convene for the Cadillac Championship, a World Golf Championship event that starts Thursday at Doral, Fla. Wed, 3/04
Gonzaga heavy favorite at WCC tournament in Las Vegas
Saturday night at 6 at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena, the Gonzaga men meet the winner of the San Francisco-Pacific game. Wed, 3/04
Huskies’ lack of depth leaving them exposed
Shawn Kemp Jr.’s career at Washington may be over. It’s not certain he can play in the Pac-12 Tournament next Wednesday at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Wed, 3/04
M’s Felix Hernandez pleased with first live batting-practice session
After testing his fastball command and breaking pitches against hitters for 45 minutes, the Seattle ace jokes, “I looked pretty good.” Wed, 3/04
Mariners’ Taijuan Walker makes solid Cactus League debut
The top pitching prospect, battling for the final spot in the starting rotation, throws two scoreless innings and allows one hit with two strikeouts in Seattle’s spring opener. Wed, 3/04
UPDATE - 11:56 PM
NBA | Russell Westbrook has fourth straight triple-double
Russell Westbrook set career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds, and added 10 assists for his fourth consecutive triple-double, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-118 in overtime Wednesday night. Wed, 3/04
On the Air
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Larry Stone
Prospect D.J. Peterson makes great first impression in M’s spring opener
At age 23, Peterson is tantalizingly close to the major leagues, most likely headed to Class AAA Tacoma but trying to show he wouldn’t be out of place in the bigs. Wed, 3/04
QB Manning will return to Denver for this season
Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy. Wed, 3/04
Taya Corosdale carries Bothell into state tournament, modestly
When she gets the ball, Taya Corosdale delivers. She averages 17.7 points and 11.7 rebounds for the 10th-ranked Cougars (20-5), who play defending-champion Gonzaga Prep (24-0), in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in the Tacoma Dome. Wed, 3/04
NW Briefs
U.S. Open announces sites for sectional qualifiers
Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum among 10 U.S. sites on June 8 for event to be played at Chambers Bay June 18-21. Wed, 3/04
U.S. women rally past Norway in Hope Solo’s return to team
Carli Lloyd scored two goals and the U.S. women’s national team opened the Algarve Cup in Portugal with a 2-1 victory over Norway on Wednesday. Wed, 3/04
UPDATE - 11:46 PM
UCLA beats USC, locks up No. 4 seed for Pac-12 tourney
Bryce Alford scored 23 points, including five threes, Tony Parker added 22 and UCLA defeated USC 85-74 Wednesday night to help the Bruins lock up the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 tournament next week. Wed, 3/04

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NEW - 12:05 AM
Movie review
‘Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’: It really is second best
A movie review of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”: The original’s all-star cast returns in this “second best” film about British senior citizens who opt for a cheap hotel in India. Rating: 2 stars out of 4. Thu, 3/05
Theater review
‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ leads pack of Broadway shows
Short reviews of “Between Riverside and Crazy” at Second Stage Theatre; “Constellations” at Samuel J. Friedman Theater; and “Honeymoon in Vegas” at the Nederlander.  Wed, 3/04
‘Broadchurch’ season premiere is a March 4 TV Pick
TV picks for Wednesday, March 4, 2015, include “Broadchurch” on BBC America, “Modern Family” on ABC and “Empire” on Fox. Wed, 3/04
Art review
‘Of a Feather’: Northwest artists’ visions take flight
The White River Valley Museum in Auburn is home to an outstanding show of sculptures, paintings, prints and jewelry that depict one of Northwesterners’ favorite subjects: birds.  Wed, 3/04
Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, March 6-12, 2015. Wed, 3/04
Country superstar Shania Twain coming to KeyArena
Country superstar Shania Twain will kick off her North American tour on June 5, at KeyArena. Wed, 3/04
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2015-16 season: Balanchine and more
A newly designed version of George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker,” Jean-Christophe Maillot’s “Roméo et Juliette” and new ballets by Justin Peck and Alejandro Cerrudo are on the Pacific Northwest Ballet lineup.  Wed, 3/04
YouTube Music Awards will be different this time
Beyoncé, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Drake are among the winners of the YouTube Music Awards this year, which will be shown March 23. Wed, 3/04

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NEW - 12:02 PM
PNW Magazine
Seattle’s micro-housing boom offers an affordable alternative
Seattle’s micro-housing building spree gave it more such units than any city in the country. At last count, 780 micro-housing units were cleared for occupancy in Seattle, with another 1,598 units in the pipeline. No other American city comes close. Wed, 3/04
3 reasons McDonald’s is tackling antibiotics in chicken
In an effort to turn around slumping U.S. sales and improve the perception of its ingredients, McDonald’s is shifting into antibiotics-free chicken. Wed, 3/04
McDonald’s to use chicken without human antibiotics
McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. Wed, 3/04
Happy Hour
Stout is the latest Capitol Hill beer behemoth
Fifteen TVs and more than 85 beer choices. Wed, 3/04

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Travel & Outdoors

Reader's Lens
A blizzard of snow geese
Seattle Times reader Jim Zaikoski’s photo of flying waterfowl on a rural island near Portland. Wed, 3/04
How to enjoy Maui, cheaply
You could drop lots of money on Maui hotels, restaurants and entertainment. But some of the best things, such as the Hawaiian island’s beaches, are free.  Wed, 3/04

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Little Saigon is facing decline — change should come from within
Seattle city officials must not leave Little Saigon behind, but those who live and work there ought to assume a greater role in controlling the district's future.  Wed, 3/04
Guest columnist
Public universities are crucial for the greater good
Keep state universities accessible and affordable for the next generation. Wed, 3/04
Guest columnist
Why doesn’t every school offer computer science classes?
Public schools should teach computer science — it’s a skill set all employers need. Wed, 3/04

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