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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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NEW - 06:42 AM
1,400-page report on Marysville school shooting can’t nail down motive
A lengthy investigation into the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has not determined a definitive reason behind the deadly spree.  Wed, 9/02
NEW - 06:34 AM
3 violent deaths in Eugene-Springfield area since Friday
The Eugene-Springfield area has seen a spike in violent crime over the past three months, including three deaths since Friday. Wed, 9/02
‘A long way to go:’ Fire survivor faces complicated recovery
Daniel Lyon, 25, who survived the Twisp wildfire that killed three others last month, has undergone three surgeries and faces skin grafts, physical therapy and pain management in the future, a doctor says.  Tue, 9/01
Cool weather continues to help firefighting efforts
Containment of three major fires in North Central Washington increased Tuesday. Tue, 9/01
Count revised upward for buildings lost to Okanogan fires
Still, cooler, wetter weather is helping firefighters bring some of the state’s raging wildfires under control. Tue, 9/01
Demolition day in Roosevelt
Three derelict houses were demolished near Roosevelt High School Tuesday. Tue, 9/01
Families can cash out of GET, state’s prepaid college-tuition plan
Washington parents and grandparents who bought prepaid college-tuition units under the GET program can exit the program without incurring penalties. Tue, 9/01
Golf-club arrest: O’Toole sure to face heat whether or not she fires officer
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole must decide whether to accept an internal recommendation to fire Officer Cynthia Whitlatch, who last year arrested a 69-year-old man carrying a golf club as a cane that she considered to be a weapon. Tue, 9/01
Hundreds of kids tested after infection scare at Seattle Children’s
More than 300 children have been tested for hepatitis and HIV in the wake of potential problems with improperly cleaned surgical tools at the Seattle Children’s Bellevue clinic. At least three have posted what officials say are false-positive test results. Tue, 9/01
Man’s death at Gorge concert related to Ecstasy, report says
A Portland man who collapsed and died after last June’s Paradiso Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre suffered acute MDMA poisoning, according to toxicology tests. Tue, 9/01
Mayor Murray promises ‘citywide conversation’ about affordable housing
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Tuesday said the City Council will begin to consider legislation this month that would require developers to help create affordable housing in return for reduced zoning restrictions. Tue, 9/01
Minimum wage law unfair to franchisees, appeals court told
Three-judge U.S. appeals court panel hears arguments over the Seattle $15 minimum wage law, which puts local franchisees on the same fast track of compliance as large employers. Tue, 9/01
NTSB cites outdated check list, pilot’s long hours in KOMO copter crash
An NTSB investigation of the KOMO-TV helicopter crash in 2014 reports no mechanical troubles were found. It details an issue with the preflight checklist and the long hours worked by the pilot.  Tue, 9/01
Seattle wants to limit drawbridge openings to ease car traffic
Cars, trucks and buses now take priority over boats from 7 to 9 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Ballard, Fremont and University bridges. SDOT says those hours no longer reflect the commuting rush hours. Tue, 9/01
Seattle-area blood bank sued by transgender woman
A transgender woman has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a Seattle-based blood bank, saying she was fired after changing her donor profile to female to match her reissued birth certificate. Tue, 9/01
Danny Westneat
Uber’s ride getting a bit bumpier
The old economy charges $45 for a cab ride from the airport, while the new economy charges only $25. Something’s bound to break, and right now it’s the workers. Tue, 9/01
Visions of sugar-plum fairies dancing for ‘Nutcracker’ cast
Auditions were held Monday for George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker.” Tue, 9/01
Wait-and-see approach taken in report on pot
It’s still too early to draw conclusions about the impacts of Washington’s legal weed, according to a state-funded cost-benefit analysis of our pioneering pot law.  Tue, 9/01
Wet, cooler weather expected in Seattle, snow in mountains
August was extra wet in the Seattle area, and now it’s time to think about snow in the mountains.  Tue, 9/01
NEW - 07:00 AM
Dear Carolyn
No, you shouldn’t have told brother his daughter needs a nose job
Apologize to the brother who isn’t speaking to you anymore, Carolyn Hax advises. Wed, 9/02
NEW - 07:00 AM
The Natural Gardener
Straight from the Neolithic age: Experts teach the art of making dry stone walls
The pros come to Seattle to teach the ancient craft. “These are exactly the same techniques used more than 7,000 years ago . . . We can’t improve upon it,” says renowned stone mason Andrew Loudon. Wed, 9/02
Blue Origin drops patent claim
SpaceX prevails after challenge to patent that Blue Origin had obtained for landing launch rockets on a floating platform. Tue, 9/01
Haggen sues Albertsons for $1 billion over big grocery deal
The Bellingham grocer says Albertsons tricked it into buying hundreds of stores with false promises and then sabotaged its entry into new markets by unfair practices.  Tue, 9/01
U.S. stocks tumble amid worries about China’s economy
Stocks started the day sharply lower and never recovered, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling as much as 548 points. No part of the market was spared. All 10 sectors of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell more than 2 percent. Just three stocks in the S&P 500 closed higher. Tue, 9/01
Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer doubles down on parenthood
After Marissa Mayer’s son was born three years ago, she built a private nursery next to her office.  Tue, 9/01

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Nation & World

At Auschwitz, mist to cool visitors a grim reminder to some
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum defended the misting stations after criticism that they were reminiscent of how Jews were forced into chambers made to look like showers and then gassed by the Nazis during World War II. Tue, 9/01
Ben Carson, a polar opposite of Trump, gaining ground
Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon whose low-key personality and celebrated medical career are the antithesis of a politician’s usual path, gained ground as few seemed to notice. Tue, 9/01
Got a 4th grader? Get in free to national parks
New program offers free annual family pass to all U.S. national parks in order to help get kids (and their parents) into the outdoors.  Tue, 9/01
Kentucky clerk, once a local fixture, now a national symbol
Before she ignited a firestorm over gay marriage, Kim Davis was known, for decades, as a woman behind the counter of a small county clerk’s office.  Tue, 9/01
Obama becomes tourist-in-chief as he knocks sites off his bucket list
These days, when President Obama’s policy agenda overlaps with an irresistible sightseeing opportunity, he grabs it. Tue, 9/01

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Business & Technology

13 Coins aims to stay in South Lake Union
The well-known 13 Coins Restaurant says it expects to stay put in South Lake Union even when a California developer replaces its current building with a high-rise residential tower. Tue, 9/01

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Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
After years of loyal service, retired life will be a walk in the dog park
The bat-fetching black Labrador retriever for the Class A Greensboro (N.C.) Grasshoppers retired last week after working 649 consecutive games.  Tue, 9/01
Andy Murray beats Nick Kyrgios in 4 sets in U.S. Open tennis
In perhaps the U.S. Open’s most-anticipated first-round matchup, third-seeded Andy Murray of Britain beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Tue, 9/01
Hasselbeck would like to start Colts’ final exhibition game
Former Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck, 39, is lobbying to start Thursday’s exhibition game against visiting Cincinnati. Tue, 9/01
Huskies’ colors for opener are purple, green
If there’s a theme to the Huskies’ offense this season, it’s green. As in young, immature, unripe. Come Friday night in Boise, the Huskies will start to find out if green is good. Or, at least, good enough to compete with No. 23 Boise State.  Tue, 9/01
Logan Morrison’s 2-run homer seals victory for Mariners in Houston, 7-5
Logan Morrison’s playing time has gotten sporadic of late, but he came through Tuesday against the Astros with a 2-run pinch-hit home run that proved the winning margin for Seattle. Tue, 9/01
Mariners call up pitcher and outfielder from Tacoma Rainiers
Seattle’s first wave of September call-ups include two Rainiers, pitcher Jose Ramirez and outfielder Stefen Romero. Tue, 9/01
Nelson Valdez quick to make his presence felt with Sounders
For a forward, Valdez doesn’t have a particularly noteworthy goal-scoring record. Yet Sunday’s performance against Portland helped explain how he was able to stick for so long in top European leagues — as well as why he will be hard to dislodge from the lineup.  Tue, 9/01
On the Air
 Tue, 9/01
Prime prospect Connor McDavid prepares for rookie season in NHL
As center Connor McDavid was going through his draft season, agent and Hall of Famer Bobby Orr knew his client had to get stronger to excel at the NHL level. After a summer of training, Edmonton Oilers rookie McDavid, 18, feels he has done that. Tue, 9/01
Rainiers trounced by Salt Lake, 10-1
Daniel Robertson and Stephen McGee each had three RBI, and Roger Kieschnick and McGee homered to lead the Salt Lake Bees to a 10-1 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers on Tuesday night before a crowd of 5,820 at Smith’s Ballpark. Tue, 9/01
Matt Calkins
Seattle’s passion for sports made me leave my SoCal home
Matt Calkins, in his first column for The Seattle Times, explains why he left his SoCal slice of heaven and came to the Pacific Northwest.  Tue, 9/01
NW Briefs
Some rivers to reopen to pink salmon fishing
State Fish and Wildlife plans to reopen some Puget Sound region rivers to pink salmon fishing in the next day or two that were closed earlier this summer due to drought-like conditions and warm water temperatures. Tue, 9/01
Tom Cable ‘excited’ about offensive line, says shuffling is done
Though fans and others might have some trepidation about the line, the offensive-line coach on Tuesday said he feels increasing confidence in the players, going as far as saying the line can be as good as any he has coached. Tue, 9/01
UCLA suspends defensive back Ishmael Adams after his arrest
Defensive back Ishmael Adams has been suspended indefinitely from UCLA’s team after his arrest on suspicion of robbery. Adams, an all-Pac-12 first-team selection last season, was released Tuesday on $100,000 bond. Tue, 9/01
USOC endorses Los Angeles for 2024 Olympics bid
The U.S. Olympic Committee named Los Angeles as its candidate for the 2024 Games, replacing Boston’s soured bid. Tue, 9/01
Zack Greinke bests Madison Bumgarner in Dodgers’ 2-1 win
Zack Greinke beat Madison Bumgarner in a premier pitching matchup, and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the second-place San Francisco Giants, 2-1, on Tuesday night for the second time in the same day. Tue, 9/01

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NEW - 07:00 AM
Rant & Rave: Two artificial knees appreciate the ride
Readers thank stranger for ride, rant about neighborhood vandalism Wed, 9/02
NEW - 07:11 AM
Weekend Highlight
Time ripe for Bremerton’s Blackberry Festival
Bremerton Blackberry Festival, Sept. 5-7, Bremerton. Wed, 9/02
NEW - 07:00 AM
Two local chefs — one pro, one amateur — face off on ‘Food Fighters’
Lake Forest Park amateur chef Alice Currah goes up against food-show regular and Bainbridge Island native Marcel Vigneron. Wed, 9/02
NEW - 07:00 AM
Wednesday TV Picks: Dishing up ghosts, games and gourmet goodies
“Ghost Hunters” on Syfy, “Extant” on CBS and “Last Comic Standing” on NBC are among the TV Picks for Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Wed, 9/02
Movie review
‘A Walk in the Woods’: Hiking tale takes a few missteps
A review of the film adaptation of Bill Bryson’s memoir of hiking the Appalachian Trail, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.  Tue, 9/01
CBS cancels ‘Under the Dome’
The science-fiction drama, based on Stephen King’s 2009 novel, will conclude in a Sept. 10 finale. Tue, 9/01

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NEW - 07:00 AM
Comfort-food treasures from the Country Cat | Books for Cooks
From the beloved Portland restaurant a cookbook and a classic recipe for buttermilk biscuits.  Wed, 9/02
A tomato sandwich best eaten over kitchen sink
Rub slices of toasted, hearty country bread with raw garlic and then with the pulpy guts of an extremely ripe tomato. Good olive oil and flaky sea salt gild the top.  Tue, 9/01
The bustle in the frozen-food aisle
Frozen-food-company executives have been working feverishly to reduce sodium and sugar, eliminate additives and otherwise improve their products amid stagnant sales. Tue, 9/01

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Travel & Outdoors

As wildfires dampen, hiking and camping look better for Labor Day
Some closed trails, parks and campgrounds are reopening, smoke has cleared, and the outlook is for a sunny holiday weekend. Tue, 9/01
Delta wooing business travelers with ‘we’ll pay if we’re late’
New program for corporate clients would award travel credits if Delta on-time arrival/flight completion falls behind American and United. But will it really mean anything or is it marketing hype?  Tue, 9/01
Rick Steves' Europe
Fish sperm, anyone? Try Europe’s offbeat foods
Europe travel specialist Rick Steves recommends trying the local specialties, a sort of culinary sightseeing of unusual and beloved national dishes.  Tue, 9/01
Hotels fight Expedia and other travel sites for bookings
Amid high financial stakes, hotels try to lure travelers into booking directly with them through enticements such as free Wi-Fi, free meals and more.  Tue, 9/01

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After McKinley, it’s time to consider renaming Rainier
Should our state’s tallest mountain officially be known as Tahoma? It’s a conversation worth having. Tue, 9/01
How your help with school supplies is making a difference for kids, families
Please contribute to our annual school-supply drive through Labor Day weekend.  Tue, 9/01
Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist
Innocents online with Ashley Madison
The hacking of a website designed to help facilitate extramarital affairs raises more concerns about Internet privacy than fidelity. Tue, 9/01

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