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Monday, November 30, 2015

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Arts groups push $2.4 billion into region’s economy with volunteers’ help
In its latest study of how arts, culture and scientific nonprofits affect the local economy, ArtsFund found that volunteers for these groups logged 1.18 million hours of work in the region, the equivalent of millions of dollars in payroll. Mon, 11/30
Burn ban lifted in Pierce, Snohomish counties, raised in Darrington
A change in the weather is expected to clear the air in the Seattle area. Mon, 11/30
Climber dies in fall on Oregon’s Mount Jefferson
A climber has died from a fall on Mount Jefferson, Oregon’s second-highest peak. Mon, 11/30
Families of teens killed in 2013 ‘Ponderosa Jump’ crash file lawsuit
Accident occurred at popular spot where a dip in the road allowed drivers to try to ‘catch air.’ Driver of the car had just received his license Mon, 11/30
Frustrated groups want quicker action on Seattle police reforms
A frustrated coalition of Seattle community groups called Monday for the immediate adoption of long-delayed police-accountability measures, including a proposal to make the Community Police Commission a permanent body. Mon, 11/30
Idaho Power switches from helicopters to drones to count Snake River fish
Technology is changing the way the company tracks spawning native chinook salmon and steelhead populations. Mon, 11/30
NEW - 04:23 PM
No arrests in shooting outside Capitol Hill QFC; store limits weekend hours
The QFC store at 1401 Broadway will close between 1 and 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays to “eliminate gathering places” when nearby bars shut down.  Mon, 11/30
Paris summit caps 4-decade political career for Larry Phillips
Metropolitan King County Council Chairman Larry Phillips is stepping down at the end of the year after six terms. But first, he’s attending the climate summit in Paris. Mon, 11/30
NEW - 05:34 PM
Podcast host: ‘I wasn’t mocking’ man’s Middle Eastern name
The conservative think tank Freedom Foundation removed a podcast in which the Middle Eastern surname of a state Democratic Party spokesman was mocked. Mon, 11/30
Police seek tips on Edmonds hit-and-run
Police are looking for the driver of a black car that they say struck, and seriously injured, a woman in Edmonds on Sunday night. Mon, 11/30
Police: Man drove away from Seattle shooting before noticing he’d been hit
A man told Seattle police he drove away from a confrontation near the Roxhill neighborhood on Saturday night before noticing he was bleeding from gunshot wounds. Mon, 11/30
NEW - 05:35 PM
Seattle renters face teardown blues
The demolition of one Seattle apartment building offers a look at the housing challenges and rising costs for working-class residents.  Mon, 11/30
State gave Boeing a free pass on $19.5M in sales tax
For the first time, Boeing’s precise savings from portions of a record-setting state tax-break package is available to the public. But more remains undisclosed.  Mon, 11/30
NEW - 05:59 PM
Teen who allegedly shot brother says he bought gun after he was wounded in drive-by
A 15-year-old Everett-area boy accused of accidentally shooting his 11-year-old brother in the face Sunday told detectives he bought a handgun from a friend after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting in August, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Mon, 11/30
WWU resumes classes after racists threats, but ‘very real fear’ remains
Western Washington University students, faculty and staff discussed hate speech, racism and security during a town-hall meeting Monday.  Mon, 11/30
4th death sentence upheld in ’87 Oregon slayings
Randy Lee Guzek’s murder conviction has never been reversed, but his death sentence spawned a legal drama that has lasted nearly three decades at a cost to the state of millions of dollars. Sun, 11/29
Aberdeen pastor, guitar-builder accepts changing chord of life
Life has taken a lot of turns for Dan Vines, from swabbie to luthier to Aberdeen minister over nearly seven decades of change Sun, 11/29
Columbia Basin breaking records for returning fall chinook salmon
This year has seen the second largest count of salmon returning to the Columbia River in 80 years, which regulators attribute to efforts at restoring fish habitat Sun, 11/29
Endangered fishers to return to Cascades
Fishers, weasel-like predators that disappeared from Washington decades ago, will soon be reintroduced into the Cascade Mountains. Sun, 11/29
Picking out the perfect Christmas tree
Customers have selected Christmas trees in the Wedgwood neighborhood of Seattle since the 1950s. Sun, 11/29
State grappling with drop in foster homes
Even as the state struggles to finish complying with a child foster-care court settlement, the number of licensed foster homes in Washington state has declined by 17 percent since 2007, according to state data. Sun, 11/29
Tracking system to help study endangered sucker fish in Oregon
Scientists will tag the fish, and a new detection system near the mouth of the Klamath Falls River will count them and track their movements Sun, 11/29
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Fit for Life
A boxing workout with all the sweat and none of the pain
Shadow boxing is good exercise: ducking, spinning and punching, without anyone hitting you back.  Mon, 11/30
UPDATE - 05:03 PM
Appliance recycler lays off 154, leaves utilities in the lurch
Appliance recycler Jaco Environmental laid off 154 employees last week in an abrupt closure stemming from financial difficulties, a move that’s also hampering fridge-recycling programs across the country.  Mon, 11/30
CHI Franciscan Health taps Ian Worden as chief operating officer
Notable hires and promotions at regional companies. Mon, 11/30
NEW - 05:49 PM
Lighter Capital raises $100M to invest in tech startups
The Seattle investment company targets small companies, using software it has developed to identify prospects. Its investments return a percentage of the startup’s revenue instead of taking an equity position. Mon, 11/30
Target’s website locks out some users on Cyber Monday
A flood of traffic that was twice as high as its previous busiest day left the Minneapolis-based company struggling to handle the surge of customers.  Mon, 11/30
‘As Yahoo Turns’: What’s next in its decadelong soap opera?
What will be the next chapter in the long-running Yahoo saga? Here are some possibilities of how it might go. Sun, 11/29
How an army of Amazon reps handle customer confusion, rage
To deal with what Jeff Bezos has referred to as “defects,” hundreds of workers at Amazon’s Kennewick customer-service center answer phone calls, reply to tweets and chat via video. Sun, 11/29
New Target CEO seeks the lost ‘Tarjay’ cachet
Brian Cornell, the first CEO from outside the Target corporate struhierarchy, inherited some major problems and made some tough calls right off the bat. Now he’s grappling with an intensely competitive holiday retailing landscape.  Sun, 11/29
Some investors turn on Yahoo’s turnaround CEO Marissa Mayer
The Yahoo CEO, who took the position four years ago with high hopes, is now the target of investor criticism and frustration. Sun, 11/29
Volt Athletics adds tech muscle to strength training for school teams
The Seattle startup applies algorithms to strength and athletic training, targeting high schools and small colleges. Sun, 11/29

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Nation & World

NEW - 05:36 PM
Fertility drive in South Korean farm area pays off with more babies
For three years, Haenam, a farming area at the tip of the Korean Peninsula, has had the highest fertility rate in South Korea, a rare bright spot in a country doomsayers predicted would become “extinct” in several centuries with a birthrate of 1.2 children per woman. Mon, 11/30
Colorado shooting victims include Iraq veteran with kids, and mother of two
Two of the victims of Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic had ties to the military, as many do in this city surrounded by three Air Force bases and Fort Carson, one of the largest Army bases in the country.  Sun, 11/29
Last Boeing C-17 built in Long Beach takes flight as California aerospace era ends
In an event attended by hundreds of Boeing employees, the aerospace giant officially ended production of the C-17 with a rollout of the final transport and a flyover near the company’s assembly plant at Long Beach Airport. Sun, 11/29
Obama visits memorial at site of Paris attacks
Amid a heavy security presence in the heart of the French capital, Obama was joined by French President Francois Hollande and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, for the unannounced visit just after midnight. Sun, 11/29

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Business & Technology

Microsoft Office getting new business tools
The new tier added to Office 365 is intended to extend the suite’s functionality in large businesses. Mon, 11/30
NEW - 04:48 PM
Nokia tries to reinvent itself, again, by taking over Alcatel-Lucent
The hurdles facing Nokia’s effort are high. The company must sidestep the checkered past of previous costly takeovers in the telecom industry that have often yielded more problems than solutions. Mon, 11/30

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Matt Calkins
Could losing Jimmy Graham somehow help galvanize the Seattle Seahawks for a playoff run?
At first glance, losing tight end Jimmy Graham to a knee injury hurts the Seattle Seahawks’ inconsistent offense. But not having one of their biggest targets for the rest of the season also could help the team regain its offensive identity.  Mon, 11/30
UPDATE - 05:58 PM
Hugh Millen’s Seattle Seahawks analysis: Why all 5 Russell Wilson TD passes worked against the Pittsburgh Steelers
Five different pass routes worked to perfection for the Seattle Seahawks against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and went for touchdowns. Former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen explains why.  Mon, 11/30
NEW - 05:19 PM
Seattle Seahawks opponent outlook: Minnesota Vikings
Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta breaks down this week’s Seahawks opponent. Mon, 11/30
Steelers, Mike Tomlin lament miscues that allowed game vs. Seahawks to slip away
Ben Roethlisberger was prolific, passing for the most yards by an opposing quarterback in Seahawks history. But from a failed fake field goal attempt to four interceptions, the Steelers made mistakes that proved costly in a 39-30 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.  Mon, 11/30
Arizona men beat Boise State in basketball
Arizona’s long nightmare in a city known as the happiest place on Earth is over. The 11th-ranked Wildcats finally won at Honda Center in Anaheim, beating Boise State 68-59 in the third-place game of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy. Sun, 11/29
Denver Broncos end New England Patriots’ perfect season
C.J. Anderson’s 48-yard touchdown run in overtime gives Denver a 30-24 victory over the Patriots (10-1), who also might have lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury. Sun, 11/29
Doug Baldwin’s big day lifts Seattle Seahawks to offensive breakout against the Pittsburgh Steelers
Doug Baldwin had the biggest day of his career, catching 3 TD passes, and helping the Seattle Seahawks beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 39-30 on Sunday.  Sun, 11/29
Everett Silvertips bury Spokane Chiefs, 5-1
Remi Laurencelle scores two goals for Silvertips. Sun, 11/29
Former Central Washington quarterback Mike Reilly leads Edmonton to Canadian Football League championship
Quarterback Mike Reilly, a former Central Washington standout, led the Edmonton Eskimos to a 26-20 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks on Sunday in the 103rd Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League’s championship game. Sun, 11/29
Grading the game: Seattle Seahawks’ offense earns perfect mark against Pittsburgh Steelers
The Seattle Seahawks’ offense comes up big, making up for shaky defense and special teams in win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Sun, 11/29
How many Washington residents play DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy sports illegally?
Court documents show Washington state residents are playing daily fantasy sports, but exactly what that means is still being determined.  Sun, 11/29
Mark Richt is out as Georgia’s football coach
Mark Richt stepped down as Georgia’s coach Sunday, leaving stunned players with one final bowl game with the man who ranks second in victories in school history. Georgia announced the move as a “mutual” decision, but it looked like a firing. Sun, 11/29
North Carolina women rally past Gonzaga in basketball
North Carolina used a 7-0 run in the final minute to rally past Gonzaga 67-62 in the final game of the Naismith Hall of Fame Challenge in Uncasville, Conn. Sun, 11/29
Matt Calkins
On his birthday, Russell Wilson gives Seattle Seahawks perhaps his greatest game to beat Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback Russell Wilson was sick on Sunday, his 27th birthday, yet his near-perfect performance lifted the Seattle Seahawks over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 39-30.  Sun, 11/29
Portland Timbers, Columbus Crew win Major League Soccer conference finals
The Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew have advanced to the MLS Cup final, to be played Sunday in Columbus. Sun, 11/29
Richard Sherman rises to challenge of defending Antonio Brown in Seahawks’ win over Steelers
Antonio Brown, who is 5-10 and racecar quick, had six catches for 51 yards against Richard Sherman, who some observers say can’t guard quick receivers. But Sherman shadowed him all over the field and was more than up to the task. Sun, 11/29
Seabeck’s Steve Slaby, Seattle’s Sophia Liu top finishers in Seattle Marathon
Steve Slaby’s strong kick allowed him to beat defending champ Shaun Frandsen in the Seattle Marathon on Sunday. Sophia Liu was the top female finisher.  Sun, 11/29
Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham out for the season after knee injury
Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is lost for the season after tearing his patellar tendon in his right knee during the fourth quarter of Seattle’s 39-30 victory over Pittsburgh. Sun, 11/29
Seattle U men’s soccer falls to Syracuse in NCAA round of 16
Seattle University (18-4-1) is unable to rally in the second half and loses to Syracuse, 3-1, in the round of 16 of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament. Syracuse (15-5-3) moves one game closer to the Final Four. Sun, 11/29
Superstar Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers says this will be his last NBA season
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard, announced Sunday the current season will be the final one of his storied career. Sun, 11/29
Larry Stone
The Seattle Seahawks’ swagger, playoffs hopes are back after they slam door on the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Seattle Seahawks’ effort wasn’t perfect, but they were their old steely-eyed selves Sunday, beating a great quarterback and a good team.  Sun, 11/29
Washington volleyball earns No. 5 seed overall, will host Denver on Friday
The Huskies, the Pac-12 co-champions and possibly the nation’s new No. 1 team, would advance to Lexington, Ky., regional with two wins. Sun, 11/29
On the Air
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‘Come From Away’ run extended at Seattle Rep
The heralded show, playing in the Rep’s Bagley Wright Theatre, will now run through Sunday, Dec. 20. Mon, 11/30
Book review
‘Rap Tees’ catalogs 20 years of hip-hop merchandising
The book begins as a document of the hip-hop industry’s efforts to branch out beyond music, and by the end shifts to gray market entrepreneurs, who collected money that the rappers and their record labels were leaving on the table. Mon, 11/30
Seattle filmmaker Freddie Wong’s work makes jump to Hulu
For Hulu’s “RocketJump: The Show” streaming series, Wong, a Lakeside School alum, and RocketJump co-founder Matt Arnold take viewers behind the scenes of their comedy-action shoots. Mon, 11/30
TV Picks for Nov. 30: ‘It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown’
Other TV shows airing Monday, Nov. 30, include “Supergirl” on CBS, “Cake Wars” on Food and “Fargo” on FX. Mon, 11/30
Nordic cuisine takes center stage in this season’s new cookbooks
If there ever was a time to expand your knowledge of Scandinavian fare beyond meatballs and gravlax, this is it. Mon, 11/30

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Business is booming: Farms that put the chicken before the egg
Pastured eggs from hens allowed to roam about help to address some of those concerns about how foods are produced and the impact such systems have on the environment, animal welfare and health and nutrition. Mon, 11/30
Recipe: Salmon with Cranberry-Mustard Sauce
Tart cranberry sauce balances the rich salmon. Mon, 11/30

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Travel & Outdoors

From sun hats to shoe dryers: gifts for the traveler
Got a wanderer on your shopping list? Here’s a helpful list of gift ideas for travelers.  Mon, 11/30
Travel Wise
When a travel site won’t honor its Best Price Guarantee
When Megan Bevens books a flight from Sacramento, California, to Honolulu using Expedia, she’s delighted to find a lower fare on Travelocity. So why won’t Expedia honor its Best Price Guarantee?  Mon, 11/30

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Jonathan Martin / Times editorial columnist
Homeless youths, their trackers, running around in circles
When foster kids run, someone has to go looking for them, writes columnist Jonathan Martin Mon, 11/30
NEW - 05:01 PM
Guest columnist
Nobody wants to put runaways in detention — but what do we do?
It’s not uncommon that the parents cannot be found or won’t take back their children. Mon, 11/30

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