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Baby orca, other discoveries made by tracking team
Researchers who tracked endangered orcas for 21 days returned to Oregon this week with a wealth of new data about the whales and their ocean environment.  Thu, 3/05
Sarah Stuteville
Fair Trade seafood to be sold at Seattle-area Safeways
A Fair Trade seafood label is to be launched next month at Safeway stores in Seattle, Portland and Northern California. Thu, 3/05
Freedom Foundation files suit against SEIU 925
The Freedom Foundation has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four family child-care providers who object to being forced to pay union fees and otherwise associate with SEIU 925. Thu, 3/05
Here’s a first: Tiny town will open its own pot shop
A tiny town just north of the Oregon border will become the first government in the nation, and perhaps the world, to own its own marijuana store.  Thu, 3/05
Seattle City Council won’t block elephants’ move to Oklahoma
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw says the battle over elephants in zoos will continue, but she won’t oppose moving Woodland Park Zoo’s animals to Oklahoma City. Thu, 3/05
Sen. Honeyford apologizes for comments on race, crime
Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, issued an apology Thursday, a week after making comments about race and crime that offended many across the state. Thu, 3/05
Sen. Patty Murray rolls out women’s health bill
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at protecting women’s access to reproductive-health services. Thu, 3/05
Tribute to victims of domestic violence
Domestic-violence victims remembered at vigil outside King County Courthouse.  Thu, 3/05
Where you can cycle through a massive mural
A cyclist zips through the Burke-Gilman Trail’s cavernous mural by Seattle artist Kristen Ramirez, called “Ebb and Flow.” Thu, 3/05
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. Thu, 3/05
Rant & Rave: What does the flashing don’t-walk sign mean?
Readers praise good waiter, complain about pedestrians crossing against the light. Fri, 3/06
Amazon opens store on Alibaba’s Tmall to reach Chinese shoppers
Amazon has opened a store on Alibaba’s for Chinese shoppers as the U.S. online retailer struggles overseas to replicate its success with American consumers. Thu, 3/05
Costco beats Wall Street estimates, but strong dollar and cheap gas take toll
Costco Wholesale handily beat Wall Street’s profit expectations Thursday and posted increased store traffic, but its latest earnings report showed it’s not immune to geopolitical factors such as gyrating oil prices and the growing strength of the U.S. dollar. Thu, 3/05
MOD Pizza raises $40 million to boost growth
Fast-casual pizza chain MOD Pizza says it has closed a funding round of more than $40 million, padding its warchest as it seeks to expand well beyond its Northwestern base and become a national brand. Thu, 3/05
Ciscoe Morris
Q&A: Which plants like wet feet?
Garden writer Ciscoe Morris recommends Japanese iris, primrose and spiderwort for soggy conditions, and suggests ways to conserve water in the garden.  Thu, 3/05
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
Rant & Rave: Don’t laugh — you’ll be a senior someday, too
Readers surprised by free breakfast, appalled by spitting driver Thu, 3/05
The elusive search for the next Silicon Valley
Look across the landscape and you’ll see no end of Silicon Valley wannabes. But it takes more than a marketing campaign and technical know-how to become a tech hub, researchers say. Thu, 3/05
Brier Dudley
Upstart aims to tackle Google’s Android system
Cyanogen is following a path well established by some giant Seattle-area companies that successfully challenged big competitors from the start.  Thu, 3/05

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Nation & World

‘Rogue pilot’ emerges as main theory in loss of Malaysian plane
Nearly a year after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean, the “rogue pilot theory” has emerged as the most plausible explanation among several. Thu, 3/05
Civil-rights leaders hope Selma walk will spur work on voting rights
Civil-rights groups say the commemoration of the Selma march should spark work in Congress to update the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court weakened it in 2013.  Thu, 3/05
Doctor’s experience sheds light on possible Ebola vaccine
Although it is impossible to draw broad conclusions from a single case, doctors said the information was nonetheless useful. Thu, 3/05
Islamic State group defaces ancient Nimrud site in Iraq
It was the latest in a series of attacks on ancient structures and artifacts in Syria and Iraq that the Islamic State group has destroyed in the name of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law. Thu, 3/05
Major survey shows most Americans support same-sex marriage
That substantial shift in opinion on gay marriage is among the fastest changes ever measured by the General Social Survey, a comprehensive and widely respected survey that has measured trends on an array of U.S. attitudes for more than four decades. Thu, 3/05
McConnell decides not to fast-track Iran bill
The move comes at a time delicate negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program are at a critical juncture between the U.S. and its partners, and Iran’s government Thu, 3/05
White House strategy in Iraq increasingly depends on Iran
Many national-security experts say Iran’s involvement in Iraq is helping the Iraqis hold the line against Islamic State group advances until U.S. military advisers are finished training Iraq’s underperforming armed forces. Thu, 3/05
Why is Ringling removing elephants from the circus?
Some of the factors that led Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to its elephant decision. Thu, 3/05
Winter wreaks havoc on runways, roads in Northeast, South
Runway 13 at LaGuardia Airport is a 7,000-foot stretch of asphalt and concrete, partially laid on steel piers that extend over the water. The runway can freeze fast in winter, but even in good weather, there is little room for pilot error. Thu, 3/05

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Business & Technology

Microsoft makes big push in emerging smartphone markets
After a dismal showing for the Windows Phone, Microsoft is making a big push in emerging markets, hoping that low-priced phones will appeal to first-time buyers in those countries. Thu, 3/05
King County home prices up 6% from a year ago
A record low inventory of houses and condos for sale helped push the median price of single-family homes in King County sold in February to $429,900. Thu, 3/05

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UPDATE - 01:18 AM
Inglemoor’s bigs smother Bellarmine Prep in 4A girls quarterfinals
After faltering in the quarterfinals the previous two years, the second-ranked Inglemoor Vikings broke through with a 56-33 victory over No. 4 Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma, advancing to the semifinals of the 4A state girls basketball tournament for the first time in school history.  Fri, 3/06
UPDATE - 01:05 AM
Jazmine Davis helps UW women reach quarterfinals of Pac-12 tournament
Jazmine Davis scores 18 of her 29 points in the second half to lead the fifth-seeded Huskies past 12th-seeded Utah, 75-64 in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. Fri, 3/06
UPDATE - 01:03 AM
Vashon Island boys, King’s girls advance to state semis
King’s beats Granger and Vashon Island rolls over King’s Way Christian.  Fri, 3/06
Jerry Brewer
Amid grief, Seattle Prep’s Collin Welp shows strength
On Thursday afternoon, a high school basketball state tournament game turned into a display of strength and compassion. Collin, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, provided the strength, leading Seattle Prep with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks in his 90-minute distraction from grief.  Thu, 3/05
Sideline Chatter | Dwight Perry
And you thought Marshawn Lynch was hard to tackle
Baylor is giving LaQuan McGowan, a 6-foot-7, 410-pound guard, a look-see at tight end and H-back in spring practice after his 18-yard TD catch in this year’s Cotton Bowl. Thu, 3/05
At least there’s sunshine to enjoy on the mountains during this drought
Skiing conditions holding steady because of freezing temperatures Thu, 3/05
UPDATE - 12:49 AM
Beamer uses late kick to push into 4A semifinals
The Titans (26-1) play in the semis Friday at 9 p.m. against defending champs Gonzaga Prep. Juniors Quinessa Caylao-Do scored 18 points and Nia Alexander added 17 as third-ranked Beamer advanced to the semis for the first time in school history. Thu, 3/05
Bellevue beats Prairie big, in 3A girls semis for third year in a row
The top-ranked Wolverines play Lynnwood Friday at 5:30. This time, Bellevue expects to get to the title game after stumbling the previous two years, both times to eventual-champion Cleveland. Thu, 3/05
Bulls rally to defeat Thunder, end Russell Westbrook’s streak
E’Twaun Moore hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Chicago Bulls rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-105 on Thursday night, ending Russell Westbrook’s triple-double streak at four. Thu, 3/05
Collin Welp comes up big for Seattle Prep in emotionally-charged 3A boys quarterfinal
After a rough week following the death of legendary University of Washington player Christian Welp, Collin’s father, Seattle Prep was able to use its Class 3A state tournament quarterfinal game against Lakeside as a welcome distraction. Thu, 3/05
Coyotes top Canucks in shootout
Sam Gagner scored the lone goal in the shootout, helping the host Arizona Coyotes snap a 10-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Thu, 3/05
Darnell Dockett agrees to join onetime rival 49ers
Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday that will keep him in the NFC West after playing all of his 10 NFL seasons with Arizona. Thu, 3/05
Davis edges Richland, plays Woodinville in 4A boys semis
The No. 5 Pirates beat No. 4 Richland 59-54 on Thursday at the Tacoma Dome. Davis, which won the tournament in 2011-12, advances to play Woodinville on Friday at 3:45. Thu, 3/05
Eastern men win, tie for first in Big Sky
Tyler Harvey scored 24 points, Venky Jois had 21 and 10 rebounds and Eastern Washington held off Idaho State 85-81 on Thursday to move into a three-way tie at the top of the Big Sky Conference with one game remaining. Thu, 3/05
UPDATE - 12:54 AM
Eastside Catholic overcomes shooting woes to pull out 42-35 win over Marysville-Pilchuck
They play Rainier Beach at 9 p.m. in the semifinals on Friday. Thu, 3/05
For Sounders and other MLS teams, building a global scouting network is a long process
How can an MLS team – especially one, such as the Sounders, that built its scouting network from scratch less than a decade ago – hope to compete in the global market? Welcome to International Scouting for Dummies. Thu, 3/05
Garfield wears down Kennedy Catholic, 66-54, in 3A boys quarterfinal
Bulldogs put away Lancers after a blistering first quarter and will meet Seattle Prep in the 3A semifinals. Thu, 3/05
Giants’ Hunter Pence has forearm broken when hit by pitch
Hunter Pence broke his left forearm and will be sidelined six to eight weeks after being hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of the San Francisco Giants’ 8-6 win over a Chicago Cubs split-squad Thursday. Thu, 3/05
Gonzaga Prep knocks off Bothell, 54-29, in 4A girls quarterfinal
Nursing a nine-point lead against underdog Bothell early in the third quarter, the defending champions stomped on the gas pedal and pulled away for a 54-29 victory Thursday to advance to the semifinals for the Class 4A state girls basketball tournament. Thu, 3/05
In first big-league camp, M’s Ketel Marte happy to follow Robinson Cano’s lead
Some scouts have likened Marte to a young version of Jose Reyes. Like Reyes -- another fellow Dominican -- Marte is a switch-hitter with plus speed and athleticism. Marte has heard the comparisons before.  Thu, 3/05
J.B. Holmes fires 62 to lead elite field by 4 strokes
J.B. Holmes never liked the old Blue Monster at Doral because he thought it was too easy for a World Golf Championship. Thu, 3/05
Jadyn Bush, Lily Dipietro lead Blanchet into 3A girls semis
Lily Dipietro scored 15 points and dished out six assists, Jadyn Bush had a double-double and Blanchet broke down Arlington’s defense time and again Thursday en route to a 67-44 victory. Blanchet will get a rematch with two-time defending champion Cleveland Friday at 3:45 p.m.  Thu, 3/05
Jayde Christopher keys Cleveland comeback in 3A girls quarterfinal
The senior point guard put the No. 5 Eagles on her back, scoring 15 of her 16 points during an eight-minute span that put the game against Wilson within reach. Cleveland went on to take a 53-50 victory. Thu, 3/05
Joey Schreiber comes off the bench to lead Western Washington to opening victory in GNAC tournament
Forward from Eastside Catholic lifts Vikings to 76-56 victory over Alaska Anchorage Thu, 3/05
Lia Galdeira scores 34 points to lead WSU past Oregon, 66-64
Washington State junior guard Lia Galdeira scored a career-high 34 points to rescue the seventh-seeded Cougars in a 66-64 victory over 10th-seeded Oregon in the opening game of the Pac-12 Conference women’s basketball tournament at KeyArena on Thursday. Thu, 3/05
UPDATE - 12:46 AM
Loera sisters help Moses Lake wipe out Skyview in 4A girls quarterfinal
Sisters Jessie Loera and Jamie Loera helped wipe out an early deficit as Moses Lake used a 20-5 late run to claim a 47-36 victory over Skyview of Vancouver on Thursday. Moses Lake plays Inglemoor, 56-33 winners against Bellarmine Prep, Friday at 7:15 p.m. in the semis. Thu, 3/05
Lynnwood on point defensively in 3A girls quarterfinal win over West Seattle
The Royals (23-2) earned the right to face top-ranked Bellevue (26-3) in a Friday semifinal game at 5:30 p.m. West Seattle heads to a 10:30 a.m. Thursday consolation game against Praire, which lost 51-39 to Bellevue.  Thu, 3/05
Larry Stone
Middle of Mariners’ batting order starts spring with an impressive performance
Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager each have two hits in setting the tone for Seattle Thu, 3/05
No. 13 Utah rallies to defeat WSU men
Delon Wright scored 18 points and Jordan Loveridge added 16 as No. 13 Utah came back to beat Washington State 67-59 on Thursday night. Thu, 3/05
On the Air
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Seahawks preparing for potential departure of Byron Maxwell
Seattle on Thursday was paid a visit by Cary Williams, an eight-year veteran cornerback, as it began a search for a replacement for Maxwell if one is needed, as appears increasingly likely. Thu, 3/05
Union’s Riley Hawken has monster game in 4A boys quarterfinal win over Issaquah
The No. 2 Titans (23-1) won their 21st straight game by beating No. 3 Issaquah 63-55 in the first round of the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament at the Tacoma Dome.  Thu, 3/05
Washington loses for 10th time in past 11 games
Behind a makeshift lineup that included a freshman walk-on, a first-time starter, a hobbled star point guard and a hot-shooting Andrew Andrews, the Huskies made things interesting for a while Thursday night before falling 64-47 to Colorado. Thu, 3/05
With plenty of 3’s, Federal Way coasts into 4A boys semifinals
Behind Viont’e Daniels and Ferron Flavors, the Eagles coasted to a 74-63 win over Moses Lake in the quarterfinals. Flavors finished with 21 points and hit 5 of his 9 three-point attempts. Daniels went 4 of 8 from deep and paced the Eagles (25-2) with 22 points.  Thu, 3/05
Woodinville doesn’t flinch, rallies for 4A quarterfinal win over Kentwood
With their best player Tony Miller on the bench for most of the first half because of foul trouble, Woodinville stemmed the tide and fought back for a 58-57 win over No. 6 Kentwood to earn a trip to the semifinals Friday at the Tacoma Dome. Thu, 3/05
Statewide prep basketball scores
Basketball scores for the week of March 2 Thu, 3/05

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‘American Crime’ traces path through class, faith, race
The intense Thursday night series, which follows a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, is from John Ridley, the Oscar-winning writer of “12 Years a Slave.”  Thu, 3/05
‘British Invasion’ hitmakers to bring ’60s nostalgia revue
Peter Asher, who as half of Peter and Gordon was part of the ’60s ‘British Invasion’ of America that followed the Beatles, is leading a traveling revue of that era that plays Seattle on Monday, March 9.  Thu, 3/05
Movie review
‘Buzzard’: Odd tale of scam artist has its highs, lows
A movie review of “Buzzard”: This uneven comedy-drama works best as an ironic portrait of a small-time scam artist but loses ground as a self-important portrait of urban despair and creeping psychosis. Rating: 2 stars out of 4. Thu, 3/05
Movie review
‘Chappie’: Tale of childlike robocop does not compute
A movie review of “Chappie”: Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi picture is a big, dumb blockbuster about robot cops that’s indistinguishable from so many others that roll off the Hollywood assembly line. Rating: 1.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 3/05
At a Theater Near You
‘Dwarves Kingdom,’ ‘Women’s Day’ with guest Lynn Shelton
Art-house screenings and events during the week of March 6 include the documentary “Dwarves Kingdom” at the SIFF Film Center and “International Women’s Day 2015” at the Northwest Film Center. Thu, 3/05
Theater review
‘God of Hell’: a rare political satire by playwright Sam Shepard
A review of Stone Soup Theatre’s production of “God of Hell,” a 90-minute howl of protest against post-9/11 federal policies.  Thu, 3/05
Movie review
‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken’: This brew needs more Hopkins
A movie review of “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken”: Anthony Hopkins ferments a fine rage in this entirely-too-straightforward caper picture. Rating: 2 stars out of 4. Thu, 3/05
‘Queen and Country’: a riveting look at director’s army days
A movie review of “Queen and Country,” John Boorman’s semi-autobiographical film about his days as a conscript in the British army. Rating: 4 stars out of 4. Thu, 3/05
Movie review
‘The Salvation’: Promising Western ultimately misses mark
A movie review of “The Salvation”: This Western, starring Mads Mikkelsen, is heavy on violence and moral clarity but light on thought and originality. Rating: 2 stars out of 4. Thu, 3/05
Theater review
‘Voyage for Madmen’: A theatrical venture on the rocks
Rachel Atkins’ cabaret-style play is based on the saga of a group of Seattleites who tried to open a theater school in a French château.  Thu, 3/05
Movie review
‘Wild Canaries’: Hitchcockian sleuths on the loose
A movie review of “Wild Canaries”: This detective comedy is a semi-remake of the Hitchcock classic “Rear Window.” Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine star. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4. Thu, 3/05
Celtic Thunder — a wee bit of Irish for everyone in the family
The 8-year-old Celtic Thunder returns to Seattle with a “very best of” show Sunday, March 8.  Thu, 3/05
Dance review
Dancemaker Kyle Abraham lets the ‘Wolves’ out at the Moore
A review of Abraham.In.Motion, a New York-based dance company visiting Seattle March 4-5, 2015. Thu, 3/05
Louie C.K., Chris Rock, more to appear on autism telethon
Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars” airing Sunday night at 8, also boasts a phone bank staffed by Fred Armisen, Andy Cohen, Larry David, and Susan Sarandon. The show raises money for educational programs. Thu, 3/05
March 5 TV Picks: ‘Dig’ with Jason Isaacs
Other picks include “Mom” on CBS and “Vikings” on History. Thu, 3/05
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready launches vinyl-only label
Two nights at the Tractor showcase a stable of locals who are “world class.” Thu, 3/05
Weekend Highlight
Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show will be a treat for canines, humans
Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show, March 7-8, CenturyLink Field Event Center, Seattle. Thu, 3/05
Seattle Pro Musica honors Margriet Tindemans
The choir’s March 7-8 concerts also celebrate International Women’s Day and regional composers as well as Tindemans, a composer, teacher and musician. Thu, 3/05
Yo-Yo Ma: Let’s keep the cultural party going
The superstar cellist, who turns 60 this year, remains on a constant quest to, as he puts it, “better interpret the world” through performances and creative collaborations. He’ll appear in Seattle on May 3. Thu, 3/05
Youth symphony quashes new work, citing Nazi anthem
“It feels like murder to me,” says composer Jonas Tarm, whose piece includes a musical quotation from the “Horst Wessel” song. The New York Youth Symphony had commissioned the piece but will not play it at Carnegie Hall. Thu, 3/05
Movie bargains: ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Kingsman’
Here are some theaters offering discounted movie tickets during the week of March 6. Thu, 3/05

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Dining Deal
Slab: The Capitol Hill sandwich showdown commences
From Lark’s Jonathan Sundstrom a strong lunchtime contender opens. Thu, 3/05
Soaring food, fledgling service at new Lark
John Sundstrom’s Seattle classic makes a charming new home on Capitol Hill. Thu, 3/05

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Travel & Outdoors

Get a rush from the gush: Columbia Gorge waterfall hikes for a rainy day
A wet spring weekend is the perfect time to see famed ‘waterfall alley.’  Thu, 3/05
Credit-card system hacked at Mandarin Oriental hotels
Hotels of high-end chain affected in U.S. and Europe  Thu, 3/05
Essential L.A. for visitors
Exploring Los Angeles, from new museums to Hollywood favorites.  Thu, 3/05
Going with the dogs (and cats) on Amtrak
Passengers may be able to take their pets on certain Amtrak trains under pilot program.  Thu, 3/05
Should you book with online agency or directly with airline?
More travelers are booking directly with travel companies instead of through online agencies such as Expedia or Priceline, but those two giants aren’t going anywhere soon. And Expedia plans to take over its rival Orbitz.  Thu, 3/05
Thousands of passengers stranded at Nepal airport
The only runway at Kathmandu airport is blocked after plane skidded off it; thousands of foreigners and locals are stuck. Thu, 3/05
Where to get away from your fellow travelers
Some alternatives to standard tourist spots in Western Europe  Thu, 3/05

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Froma Harrop / Syndicated columnist
Lower Metro bus fares no substitute for higher wages
A higher minimum wage makes so much more sense than means-testing for certain public services.  Thu, 3/05
Guest columnist
Vulnerable foster children are left swinging from home to home
Children have rights and should not be treated as parental property or silent wards of the state.  Thu, 3/05

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