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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Local News

 Wed, 11/25
28 more oil trains across state each week if big terminal built, study says
A major oil terminal would bring an additional 28 oil trains per week across Washington and spawn new oil-tanker traffic down the Columbia River, a state study says. Wed, 11/25
NEW - 06:32 PM
Ballard Locks readied for 25 million-gallon refill
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks are empty for its annual maintenance. Wed, 11/25
UPDATE - 06:27 PM
Costco: FDA tests point toward E. coli in salad vegetables
The celery and onion mix was sold by a California food wholesaler. Wed, 11/25
E. coli tied to Costco chicken salad could be deadly
Health officials urge customers who bought chicken salad at any U.S. Costco store on or before Friday to throw it away, even if no one has gotten sick. Wed, 11/25
Ex-employee at Idaho ranch accused of stealing elk semen
The 30-year-old former employee is accused of using the stolen elk semen to artificially inseminate elk at another ranch. Wed, 11/25
Fight over girl leads to shooting charges against 16-year-old
King County prosecutors charged a 16-year-old boy this week in connection with the alleged shooting of another teen last month, apparently over a fight about a girl. Four other juveniles were reportedly involved — and police say their Facebook messages are evidence in the case. Wed, 11/25
NEW - 06:18 PM
Highway 99 reopens hours after collision on icy road
Highway 99 reopened after being closed in both directions after a wreck involving three vehicles. Two drivers were transported to hospitals.  Wed, 11/25
Is Bothell mayor pulling out of Wayne Golf Course deal?
Bothell mayor and developer Joshua Freed has started the permitting process to build 50 houses on the Wayne Golf Course back nine after announcing in June that he would sell the land to a conservation group. He says a deal is still possible, but he’s keeping his options open. Wed, 11/25
More than week after storm, thousands in Spokane still without power
It’s going to be a cold, dark Thanksgiving for many in Spokane who don’t have electricity after last week’s windstorm. Crews are working around the clock as temperatures plunged.  Wed, 11/25
New wolf pack in Washington
Still listed for protection west of Highway 97, wolves are gaining ground. But people remain their biggest problem. Wed, 11/25
Police prepare for Black Lives Matter protest, tree-lighting at Westlake
As downtown Seattle prepares to kick off the holiday season Friday with its annual Christmas tree-lighting, there is major behind-the-scenes planning on how to handle a “Black Lives Matter” protest directed at the gathering. Wed, 11/25
NEW - 06:26 PM
Sea-Tac sniffer speeds travelers on way
A bomb-sniffing dog at SeaTac allows passengers a quicker trip through security. Wed, 11/25
Searchers looking for missing North Bend hunter find body
A body believed to be that of a missing North Bend man has been found west of Royal City Wed, 11/25
NEW - 06:17 PM
Seattle police to pay UW student $100K in beating claim
A UW student says he was taken to the ground and beaten with fists, batons and flashlights by Seattle police after videotaping the arrest of his friend during a party. Wed, 11/25
Seattle releases video that spurred criminal probe into officer’s use of force
Seattle city attorneys have released patrol-car video of a 2010 incident that led to a criminal investigation into an officer’s use of force after the footage came to the attention of Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. Wed, 11/25
Stolen Habitat for Humanity truck found damaged near Southcenter
A Habitat for Humanity truck was parked outside the Habitat for Humanity store being built in Tukwila when it was stolen Tuesday night.  Wed, 11/25
Students say WWU’s response to racist threats not enough
Students and community activists described Western Washington University’s response to racist threats as inadequate and said the university should have done a better job of protecting students who were threatened, including supplying police protection. Wed, 11/25
The Fund For The Needy
Teen, one of 13 siblings, finally gets to be a kid
Treehouse, a nonprofit agency in The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, supports some 8,000 foster children each year by helping them stay in school and providing important childhood experiences, such as summer camp and driver’s education. Wed, 11/25
UPDATE - 05:37 PM
Jerry Large
Thanksgiving offers an opportunity to be thankful, but also more self-aware
Be thankful, then welcome other people to the table. Wed, 11/25
Election results certified; recount ahead for Seattle council race
Election results around the region were certified Tuesday but Seattle City Council District 1 candidates Lisa Herbold and Shannon Braddock are headed for a hand recount that won’t start until Dec. 3. Tue, 11/24
Federal monitor praises SPD board that reviews use of force
As a result, the department is in “initial compliance” with key provisions of a 2012 consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department to address excessive force, the monitor, Merrick Bobb, wrote in the report. Tue, 11/24
Danny Westneat
In presidential race, a steady diet of political whoppers
Truth is taking an unprecedented beating in the 2016 presidential race — to the point that the actual facts have become irrelevant. Tue, 11/24
Student attacked, tied up at White Center high school
A 16-year-old girl was attacked and tied up in a restroom at the Highline School District’s Evergreen Campus, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Tue, 11/24
WWU cancels classes after racial threats on social media
Western Washington University suspended all classes Tuesday because of an alleged incident of hate speech targeting students of color.  Tue, 11/24
Amazon ads featuring Nazi imagery pulled from New York subway
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered that ads featuring Nazi imagery, used to promote an Amazon video series called “The Man in the High Castle,” be pulled from the New York City subway system. Wed, 11/25
Court OKs sale of 10 local Haggen stores back to Albertsons
Haggen has received bankruptcy-court approval for the sale of 47 stores, including 30 that will go to industry powerhouse Albertsons, the beleaguered Bellingham-based grocery chain said Wednesday. Wed, 11/25
The Natural Gardener
Northwest Gardening Great: Ray Larson takes over UW Botanic Gardens
For two decades, the gardens didn’t have a curator, but now a UW grad oversees the plant collections for the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Washington Park Arboretum. Wed, 11/25
Rant & Rave: Day of Dignity helps the homeless
Readers rave about Muslim community’s Day of Dignity, rant about rude runner knocking little boy down Wed, 11/25
On Nutrition
Vegan, Paleo, low-fat — they all have something in common
Confused about the most healthful diet? The experts haven’t always agreed. But recently, experts came together and found that more vegetables, fruits and legumes, and fewer refined starches and sugars, are the way to go. Wed, 11/25
Bezos says Blue Origin landing achieves ‘Holy Grail of rocketry’
Jeff Bezos’ space-exploration company Blue Origin sent a rocket into space and then landed it upright back on the launchpad, it announced Tuesday. Tue, 11/24

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Nation & World

UPDATE - 05:50 PM
Response to terrorism threat puts Belgium in a harsh light
The failure to stop two Belgian brothers clearly flagged as Islamic extremists before the Paris carnage highlighted the tribal squabbles of a country that holds the unenviable distinction of going without a functioning government for 541 days. Wed, 11/25
NEW - 06:38 PM
Time to put to bed talk of turkey making you drowsy
Here’s the deal: While tryptophan could make you sleepy on its own, its effects are limited in the presence of other amino acids, of which turkey has many. Wed, 11/25
NEW - 05:06 PM
Under fire for jacking up drug price, company ducks pledge to cut it
Daraprim is the preferred treatment for a rare parasitic infection, toxoplasmosis, which mainly threatens people with weak immune systems, such as HIV and organ-transplant patients. Wed, 11/25
A look at Turkmen fighters in control of Russia jet site
A brief overview of the Turkmen and their allegiances. Tue, 11/24
Syria draws Cold War rivals into confrontation
Russia says its mission is to fight Islamic State militants in Syria. But NATO member nations and allied Arab states charge that Russia’s bombings are directed at U.S.- and European-backed Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad. Tue, 11/24

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Business & Technology

UPDATE - 05:34 PM
Microsoft settles suit tied to compliance with EU antitrust case
Under the agreement, the company is setting up an Antitrust Compliance Office, which will report to the Microsoft board. Wed, 11/25
Online real estate keeps sprouting new startups
Local entrepreneurs are hatching a slew of new online startups aimed at real estate and development, seeking niches that aren’t already occupied by bigger web operations like Zillow and Redfin. Wed, 11/25
NEW - 05:12 PM
Port of Seattle lowers tax levy in 2016 budget
The owner of a $400,000 home will pay $68 next year instead of almost $76 in 2015. Wed, 11/25
NEW - 06:48 PM
Sunday Buzz
Startup rebrands to ride real estate wave
Local entrepreneurs are hatching a slew of new online startups aimed at real estate and development, seeking niches that aren’t already occupied by bigger Web operations like Zillow and Redfin. Also: Every Washington county but one saw per capita income improve last year. Wed, 11/25
Seattle-area monthly home-price gains accelerate
The average price of existing single-family homes in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties rose 0.9 percent in September from the previous month, outpacing the national average price gain, according to S & P/Case-Shiller index data. Tue, 11/24

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NEW - 06:58 PM
Larry Stone
2015 Apple Cup might be the start of something big for UW Huskies, WSU Cougars
The Apple Cup is at its best when the Huskies and Cougars are playing at a high level. And under the tutelage of Chris Petersen and Mike Leach, both programs appear to be trending upward. Wed, 11/25
UPDATE - 05:14 PM
Fishing report: Chum salmon a good bet in Hood Canal
Look for chum in the Hoodsport Hatchery in Hood Canal and the public-access shores off Highway 101 from Eldon to Hoodsport. Wed, 11/25
UPDATE - 05:48 PM
Frank Gifford’s family says Hall of Famer had signs of CTE in brain
Family statement says NFL Hall of Famer ‘was suffering from the debilitating effects of head trauma.’ Wed, 11/25
NEW - 06:11 PM
On the Air
 Wed, 11/25
Report: Suspended St. Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey is shot in Florida
Suspended St. Louis receiver Stedman Bailey is in critical but stable condition after being shot Tuesday night, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Wed, 11/25
UW fires women’s crew coach Bob Ernst
Citing the need for ‘a change in leadership,’ UW women’s crew coach Bob Ernst is fired on Wednesday afternoon. Assistant Connor Bullis will be the interim coach. Wed, 11/25
UPDATE - 06:19 PM
UW Huskies suffer first loss of season, fall to No. 10 Gonzaga
The Huskies struggled to find any offensive flow and fell to the Zags, 80-64, in their first meeting since 2006. Guard Andrew Andrews and Dejounte Murray each had 21 points and 11 rebounds for UW. Wed, 11/25
Washington high school football state semifinal preview capsules
A look at the state semifinal football games this weekend in Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A. Will Eastside Catholic get to the 3A final again? Who will emerge from the Skyline-Lake Stevens matchup in 4A?  Wed, 11/25
NEW - 05:40 PM
Washington Huskies volleyball team wins 10th straight
The Huskies (27-2, 17-2 Pac-12) kept the pressure on No. 1 USC, which holds a narrow lead over UW in the Pac-12 race. Wed, 11/25
WSU linebacker Peyton Pelluer latest in long line of Cougars
WSU linebacker Peyton Pelluer’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather also played for the Cougars. But when it comes to the Apple Cup, it was a little more complicated than that. His father, Scott, was an assistant at UW, and his brother Cooper played for UW. Wed, 11/25
Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp chosen as Big Sky Conference MVP
Nine total Eagles made the All-Big Sky football team. Tue, 11/24
Golden State Warriors rise to 16-0, the best start in NBA history
The defending champion Golden State Warriors set the record for best start in NBA history at 16-0, as Stephen Curry contributed 24 points and nine assists in a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. Tue, 11/24
Like teammate Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks rookie Thomas Rawls craves contact
During his rookie season with the Seahawks, Rawls’ most prominent trait is his blunt eagerness for contact. But Rawls does not see it as a matter of eagerness so much as one of identity. Tue, 11/24
Oklahoma, Iowa rise in College Football Playoff rankings; Notre Dame drops to 6th
Oklahoma moved into third and Iowa was fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday. Clemson and Alabama remained the top two teams in the committee rankings. Tue, 11/24
USC women win at Gonzaga, improve to 5-0
USC beat host Gonzaga 60-56 in a women’s basketball game Tuesday in Spokane. The Zags (4-2) shot 37.8 percent. Tue, 11/24
Washington State men roll past Cal State-Los Angeles
Conor Clifford scores 18 points to lead the Cougars to their third consecutive victory. Tue, 11/24
Washington, Gonzaga renew acquaintances in men’s basketball in the Bahamas
Almost nine years since they last faced off in men’s basketball, Washington and Gonzaga meet again in the kickoff game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. A lot has happened to both programs since the 2006 meeting, a 20-point win by the Bulldogs. Tue, 11/24
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Movie review
‘The Good Dinosaur’: a cute Pixar flick for kids
Movie review of “The Good Dinosaur”: A fearful young dinosaur learns to overcome his frights during an odyssey through a peril-filled world with the help of his pet, an unevolved human boy. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4. Wed, 11/25
NEW - 07:00 PM
Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2015. Wed, 11/25
Going to the holiday parades in Seattle or Bellevue? Here’s what you should know
Coming up: Macy’s Holiday Parade, Macy’s Star Lighting, Holiday Carousel opening: Friday, Nov. 27, Seattle; on the same day in Bellevue, Magic Season Snowflake Lane and an ice-skating rink will open.  Wed, 11/25
Nearly 60 and going strong, Chipmunks have new musical
Perennially popular since 1958, Alvin and the Chipmunks have new TV shows, movies, and now a new musical touring to the Paramount Theatre. Wed, 11/25
Pixar’s ‘Good Dinosaur’ saved from extinction
Originally announced for Thanksgiving 2013, Disney Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” is finally opening in theaters on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Wed, 11/25
Rant & Rave: Grateful for quickly restored electricity
Readers rave about quickly restored electricity, rant about teachers’ casual attire Wed, 11/25
TV highlights for Thanksgiving Day, and beyond
Attention, TV viewers: You’re about to be showered with all sorts of Santas, Scrooges and holiday music, on the holiday and beyond. Wed, 11/25
Wednesday TV Picks: Peek inside ‘Wiz Live’ and Einstein’s brain
 Wed, 11/25
NEW - 05:29 PM
Cinemas add Yoda-themed drinks to boost ‘Star Wars’ revenue
Movie houses are getting creative with concession sales and adding T-shirts, bags and caps to the mix as they seek to make up money lost to paying higher revenue share to Walt Disney.  Wed, 11/25

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Happy Hour
At Jarrbar, a tiny space with big-time charm
With just 21 seats, the new Western Avenue drinking den is welcomingly intimate. Wed, 11/25
NEW - 06:51 PM
Campbell rethinks its soup recipe as consumer tastes change
The new version of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup contains 20 ingredients, most of which can be found in the average home kitchen, compared with more than 30 in its previous incarnation.  Wed, 11/25
Create a bounty of flavors with Thanksgiving leftovers
Recipes for Creamed Turkey with Sweet Potato Biscuits; Turkey Gumbo; Turkey Crumb Pot Pie; Kentucky Hot Brown; Turkey Pie with Potatoes, Squash, Chard and Cheddar; Turkey Pita with Cabbage, Cucumbers and Tahini dressing; and Cheesy Pasta Shells with Butternut Squash.  Wed, 11/25
Last-minute Thanksgiving side dishes
Recipes for No-Bake Mac and Cheese with Crispy Crumb Topping; Gluten-free Green Bean Casserole; Red Wine Cranberry Sauce; Roasted Winter Vegetables and Arugula Salad; Mushroom, Fennel and Parmesan Stuffing; Orange Creamed Butternut Squash; and Parmesan Creamed Spinach. Wed, 11/25
Thanksgiving etiquette: Table manners taught in South Carolina
At a time when cultural disruption seems to be winning an epic battle with tradition, some experts say the art of the table must be modernized to appeal to a generation that cares more about how people feel than how things look. Wed, 11/25
Dining Deal
The best fish tacos in Seattle? We’d say so.
At Georgetown’s El Sirenito, a “highly untidy and wholly joyous experience.”  Wed, 11/25
With these recipes, gluten-free isn’t a restriction | Books for Cooks
With her new cookbook, Jeanne Sauvage makes gluten-free cooking easy and tasty. Wed, 11/25

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Travel & Outdoors

Portland is good for shopping, beer — and winter walks
When you go for that tax-free holiday shopping binge, get some fresh air and scenery, too. Wed, 11/25
Reader’s Lens | Tunneling into autumn
Seattle Times reader William Schaefer’s photo of a Thurston County bike trail carpeted with colorful leaves. Wed, 11/25
NEW - 04:53 PM
JetBlue shakes up pilot hiring by training them from scratch
JetBlue Airways, breaking with historical practices at U.S. airlines, plans to recruit potential pilots with no flight experience and provide its own training under a proposal awaiting approval from federal regulators. Wed, 11/25
Take our poll: Ski or snowboard?
What would you learn if you were starting lessons on the slopes tomorrow? Wed, 11/25
NEW - 05:46 PM
U.S. airlines bet on long oil slump as millions lost to hedging
United Continental Holdings and Delta Air Lines have reduced fuel hedging as oil plunged close to a six-year low. Wed, 11/25

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Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist
Are you happy, and how would you know?
 Wed, 11/25
NEW - 05:01 PM
Guest columnist
Invite a ‘silent guest’ this Thanksgiving and help people in need
Give hope and food around the world. That is the true spirit of the holiday.  Wed, 11/25

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