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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Local News

After years adrift, school dropout is national academic star
A South Seattle College student who dropped out of school at age 14 has won national accolades for his academic work. Mon, 4/27
AG’s office asks state’s top court to hold off on McCleary sanctions
The state Attorney General’s Office asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to hold off on punishing lawmakers over the lack of a K-12 education-funding plan — at least for now. Mon, 4/27
Burned Bellevue auto dealership being cleaned up
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire early Saturday that destroyed the showroom of a Bellevue Ford dealership. Mon, 4/27
Climbers rescued from Everest by helicopter
Climbers with local ties were stuck on Mount Everest after an avalanche triggered by Nepal’s massive earthquake slammed into a section of their base camp, killing at least 18, including a camp doctor working for a Seattle-based mountaineering company. Mon, 4/27
Complaints liken Sawant event on cost of housing to ‘political rally’
A town-hall meeting about housing affordability hosted by Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant last week has some people — including a fellow council member — complaining about possible violations of the city’s ethics code.  Mon, 4/27
County exec wants $65M levy for youth, family, health services
King County Executive Dow Constantine proposes a six-year, $65 million levy for children and families in his state of the county address. He wants to fund early interventions to prevent crime, mental illness and homelessness. Mon, 4/27
Deep part of Cascadia fault so slippery sun, moon trigger tremors
New research shows that the large fault off the Northwest coast is so weak and slippery in places that minuscule tidal forces produced by the sun and moon are enough to cause tremors. Mon, 4/27
Fire destroys Bellevue auto showroom, dozens of cars
The showroom and dozens of cars were destroyed in a three-alarm fire at AutoNation Ford of Bellevue. Mon, 4/27
Flown off Everest, locally based climbers ‘happy to be alive’
Teams from four Washington-based mountaineering firms, caught on Mount Everest during Nepal’s massive earthquake, have descended by helicopter and “are happy to be healthy and alive.” Mon, 4/27
Hearthstone’s rooftop ‘farm’ yields bumper crop of fun
Residents at the Hearthstone retirement home at Seattle’s Green Lake enjoy the changing scene at their imaginary rooftop farm. Mon, 4/27
John Okamoto chosen to replace Sally Clark on City Council
John Okamoto, a veteran of city and state leadership posts, will serve on the Seattle City Council through the end of the year. Mon, 4/27
Jury awards $3.5M in ‘take-home’ asbestos case
A King County jury has awarded $3.5 million to the estate of a woman who died from mesothelioma. Mon, 4/27
Man arrested for carrying golf club sues city, Seattle cop
A 70-year-old African-American man filed a lawsuit against the city and Seattle police Officer Cynthia Whitlatch last week, seeking damages for his arrest last summer after the officer accused him of wielding a golf club he used as a cane.  Mon, 4/27
Man fatally shot in Ravensdale
A 56-year-old man was killed, and a suspect is in custody, deputies say. Mon, 4/27
Many enjoy their day in the Seattle sun
A kayaker enjoys Seattle’s warm weather Monday on Green Lake. Mon, 4/27
Plans to expand U District’s improvement zone raise fears
Proponents of a plan to create a larger business improvement area in Seattle’s University District say raising more money will help locals guide change. But opponents fear the move will speed up gentrification. Mon, 4/27
Restaurant, lodging associations will combine forces
The Washington Restaurant Association and Washington Lodging Association are merging, saying the move will allow them to operate more effectively and to have a stronger voice on issues such as minimum wage and workplace benefits. Mon, 4/27
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Seahawks ‘compete’ on, off the field’
Footballers don aprons for autism; Martin Short still supporting Gilda’s Club three decades on; Hugo House has its cake, eats it too and raises money. Mon, 4/27
Sheriff fires sergeant for offensive texts to other deputies
Sheriff John Urquhart has fired a veteran Metro Transit sergeant for sending racist, homophobic and lewd texts to other deputies, including a female subordinate who the sheriff says seemed to welcome most of the sexual messages. Mon, 4/27
SPD says it’s prepared well for May Day
One difference this year is May 1 falls on Friday, when more people will be in the area. Mon, 4/27
Whidbey citizens group in court over Navy Growlers noise
A Whidbey Island citizens group has revived the legal battle over noise from Navy Growler planes, filing a motion in federal court to block use of an off-base strip near Coupeville. Mon, 4/27
Airbus pushes density over luxury to fan weak A380 sales
Airbus wants airlines to rediscover the decade-old A380 as a workhorse, encouraging existing and prospective buyers to seat 11-abreast instead of 10 in economy, while still exploiting the cabin’s size to keep perks like bars that distinguish the plane. Mon, 4/27
Apple’s newest iPhones, strong growth in China fuel quarterly results
Apple’s iPhone is reeling in buyers in China, sending quarterly profit up by 33 percent and fueling a surge in growth that led the company to boost its capital-return program by $70 billion. Mon, 4/27
Janicki Bioenergy plans campus at former Skagit County hospital site
Janicki Bioenergy, which has designed equipment that turns human waste into drinking water and electrical energy, plans a headquarters and manufacturing facility at Sedro-Woolley’s old Northern State Hospital campus that could create more than 500 jobs. Mon, 4/27
Dear Carolyn
Keep the social engagement, but dump disrespectful lover
Boyfriend’s rage does more than isolate woman from social events. Mon, 4/27
Seattle-to-suburb commuters prefer urban lifestyle
The neighborhoods with the most eastward commuters are among the city’s densest. Mon, 4/27
Starbucks’ new drinks, eats, tech lift profit
The coffee giant posted strong earnings as it benefited from strong growth in store sales both in the U.S. and abroad. Mon, 4/27

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Nation & World

Apps, databases help link outside world to quake victims
Technology and social media are transforming the ways individuals and organizations regroup after disasters and allowing people quicker access to information. Mon, 4/27
Climbers tell of avalanche mayhem on Everest
Rescue operations on Everest were halted Monday because of weather, but mountaineers are providing details of the on-mountain disaster that was triggered by Nepal quake.  Mon, 4/27
Gay-rights goals at Supreme Court: First, win; second, win big
Advocates who have relentlessly prepared for Tuesday’s court debate on same-sex marriage recognize that more than one outcome could benefit their cause. “But some roads are better than others,” says one lawyer. Mon, 4/27
Pope to step up climate-change warning
Pope Francis, campaigning for enactment of a sweeping United Nations climate-change accord late this year, has angry U.S. conservatives dreading the pontiff’s scheduled address to Congress in September. Mon, 4/27
Quake-ravaged Nepal tower becomes site for selfies
Historic Dharahara Tower crumbled into massive pile of debris, and people are clicking selfies and photos of their friends in front of the wreckage. Mon, 4/27
Some in GOP fear overzealous Clinton-Benghazi probe could backfire
Republicans are being urged to keep their cool as Congress pursues its latest investigation of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s missing emails and any connection to security lapses in the terrorist attack in Benghazi. Mon, 4/27
Wisconsin’s Walker said to take a long view in 2016 strategy
Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker has begun a serious campaign strategy that includes attending near daily policy briefings and extensive fundraising to achieve financial and political success. Mon, 4/27

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Business & Technology

D.R. Horton to buy Pacific Ridge Homes in Seattle-area expansion
D.R. Horton agreed to buy the homebuilding operations of Seattle-based Pacific Ridge Homes for about $72 million in cash to expand in the Northwest. Mon, 4/27

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Cleveland’s injured Kevin Love to miss next playoff series
The Cleveland Cavaliers will move forward in the playoffs without Kevin Love. The forward has been ruled out for the team’s next playoff series — and perhaps longer — after dislocating his left shoulder in Sunday’s victory to sweep Boston. Mon, 4/27
Danny Shelton has worked his way to his NFL draft moment
Come Thursday night, there will be more to celebrate for Danny Shelton and his family. On a stage more befitting a man of his size and talents, Shelton will be in Chicago for the NFL draft, where an audience of 3,000 will fill Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.  Mon, 4/27
Josh Hamilton returns to Rangers after Angels trade him
Josh Hamilton is back with the Texas Rangers after two troubled seasons with the Los Angeles Angels filled with poor performance, injuries and an alcohol and drug relapse. Mon, 4/27
Mariners’ Taijuan Walker handles Texas Rangers
Walker strikes out five and allows one unearned run in seven strong innings. Seattle starts its 10-game trip with a 3-1 victory. Mon, 4/27
Mike Bush, former WSU two-sport standout, hired as football coach at Kentwood
Former All-Pac-10 football and basketball player for WSU Cougars was assistant who helped Bothell win Class 4A state football championship last season.  Mon, 4/27
Milwaukee Bucks win in Chicago, cut Bulls’ lead to 3-2
Michael Carter-Williams had 22 points and eight assists, Khris Middleton scored 21 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks avoided elimination again with a 94-88 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Chicago leads the East first-round series 3-2. Mon, 4/27
Monday night’s Orioles game postponed amid violence in Baltimore
As turmoil enveloped Baltimore, Monday night’s Orioles game against the Chicago White Sox was postponed. Announcement of a makeup date will be announced as soon as possible. Fans are encouraged to keep their tickets and parking for Monday’s game. Mon, 4/27
Ray Bartoszek partners with Bill Russell, Fred Brown to develop arena in Tukwila
Ray Bartoszek, the Connecticut businessman who tried to bring the Phoenix Coyotes to Seattle, confirmed Monday that he’s interested in building a multi-purpose arena in Tukwila.  Mon, 4/27
Sacramento gets past Tacoma Rainiers 6-5 in 10 innings
Jarrett Parker singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th. Mon, 4/27
Seahawks pre-draft position preview — defensive backs
A continuing look at the Seahawks’ position-by-position needs before the NFL draft, this time the defensive backs. Mon, 4/27
Severe weather delays Mariners’ arrival in Texas
The team was diverted to San Antonio and did not arrive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until 3 a.m. Mon, 4/27
Some tee boxes at U.S. Open will be set up at an angle
USGA executive director Mike Davis said the concept of uneven teeing areas is “innovative” for modern golf and added that the slopes won’t be outlandish for the June 18-21 tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place. Mon, 4/27
Trainer Freddie Roach plans to have Manny Pacquiao in attack mode
Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach have spent the past two months trying to solve the biggest puzzle in modern boxing. How does anybody hit Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fighter whose perfect career is built on being nearly impossible to touch? Mon, 4/27
UFC champion Jon Jones turns himself in to police
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones turned himself in to police in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday after a felony warrant was issued for his arrest. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident that occurred Sunday. Mon, 4/27
Washington Capitals edge New York Islanders in Game 7
The host Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series and will play the New York Rangers in the next round. Mon, 4/27
Washington State’s Derek Bayley is second after two rounds of Pac-12 golf
Bayley shoots 6-under 134 on his home course, Palouse Ridge. The Cougars are tied for third at 10-over 710 and Washington is fifth at 716.  Mon, 4/27
Washington to pick up 5th-year option on Robert Griffin III’s contract
Despite Robert Griffin III’s history of injuries and moves in and out of the lineup, the Washington team plans to exercise the quarterback’s fifth-year contract option for the 2016 season. It is worth about $16 million. Mon, 4/27
Friday’s prep tennis results
The Lake Stevens, Everett and Stanwood girls teams score WesCo victories. Mon, 4/27
Monday’s prep golf results
Ethan Casto captured medalist honors with a one-under-par 69 to lead Snohomish over Cascade, Monroe and Mariner in a WesCo 4A match. Mon, 4/27
Monday’s prep lacrosse results
Sumner’s Jazmin Braden scored six goals and Bellevue’s Lauren Tudor also scored six times to lead their respective teams to wins. Mon, 4/27
Monday’s prep tennis results
Ballard sweeps girls’ singles and doubles en route to a 7-4 win over Ingraham in Metro League coed play. Mon, 4/27
Monday’s prep water polo results
Gabby Gallucci scored four goals as the Puyallup girls routed Auburn Mountainview, 17-2. Mon, 4/27
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April 27 TV Picks: ‘Star Talk’ on National Geographic
Also airing Monday, April 27, 2015, are “The Voice” on NBC and “Gotham” on Fox. Mon, 4/27
David Brooks on ‘The Road to Character’ at Town Hall
New York Times columnist David Brooks is in town Wednesday to talk about his new book, “The Road to Character,” at Town Hall Seattle. Mon, 4/27
Elvis Costello delivers fabulous tour closer at the Paramount
Elvis Costello closed his ‘Detour’ solo tour Sunday at the Paramount Theatre with a fabulous night of music that included a rare film clip of his father, Ross McManus, writes rock critic Charles R. Cross. Mon, 4/27
Concert review
Lila Downs brings ‘Bullets & Chocolate’ to the Neptune
Singer-songwriter Lila Downs’ incendiary new album, “Bullets & Chocolate,” is a huge hit in Mexico. She will perform songs from it with her band at the Neptune Theatre Tuesday, April 28. Mon, 4/27

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Costco embraces Greek extra-virgin olive oil amid Italian crop’s woes
Costco Wholesale has switched the sourcing of the extra virgin olive oil that goes into its Kirkland Signature 2-liter bottle from Italy to Greece. Mon, 4/27
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Make your own Thai takeout with four spice-rich recipes
Recipes for Pad Thai, Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Sauce and Honey-Lime Vinaigrette, Tom Yum soup, Peanut Noodles with Pork. Mon, 4/27
Redhook plans Seattle brewpub in return to its roots
Redhook, one of Seattle’s original craft brewers, is scouting locations in Ballard and Fremont for a new brewpub. Mon, 4/27

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Travel & Outdoors

How to wrangle a refund on non-refundable airfare
Some loopholes and strategies for getting a an airline refund, from the 24-hour-rule to canceling because of schedule change.  Mon, 4/27

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Guest columnist
Advice for refugees: Keep the family together, learn English and get a job
Immigrants who speak English proficiently earn up to 24 percent more than those who do not. Mon, 4/27
Guest columnists
Testing can tell if students need help before college and career
Students who get extra academic support will do better in college or better prepared for the work world.  Mon, 4/27

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