The Seattle Times
Today's news index
Monday, August 31, 2015

Get Seattle Times news, traffic and weather on your tablet or smartphone with your print subscription:

Local News | Nation & World | Business & Technology | Sports | Entertainment | Living | Travel & Outdoors | Opinion | Mobile site

Local News

100,000 still without power after windstorm
Utility officials on Sunday say some customers won’t have electricity until Tuesday after heavy branches and big winds left two dead and nearly half a million people without power Saturday. Sun, 8/30
2 killed, half-million lose power in Seattle-area windstorm
Two people were killed by falling branches, and more than 463,000 were left without power as high winds swept through the Puget Sound region. Sun, 8/30
Cooler, wet weather gives crews helping hand in wildfire battle
Cooler weather and a little rain kept the state’s wildfires from growing over the weekend, however most of the blazes are far from contained.  Sun, 8/30
High winds stall firefighting efforts, fuel Tunk Block, Lime Belt fires
Firefighters hunkered down Saturday as winds occasionally gusted around the wildland blazes raging across Central Washington. Meanwhile, a new fire sprang up in Columbia County. Sun, 8/30
Juvenile arrested after shooting in Pioneer Square
One person was injured and another taken into custody in a downtown Seattle shooting on Saturday afternoon.  Sun, 8/30
Marvin Sundquist, fruit-industry leader, dies at 89
Marvin Sundquist was a giant in the fruit industry, and his philanthropy and business leadership changed the face of the Yakima Valley. Sun, 8/30
Missing dog back after motel blast; owners thank all who helped
Tiffany, a black Lab and chow mix, disappeared after an explosion at a Bremerton motel, prompting a communitywide search. She was found Thursday and, on Sunday, her family brought her to Lions Field Park to meet some of the dozens of people who searched for her.  Sun, 8/30
Omak schools prepare to start with smoke-free air
Omak schools will open Tuesday fitted with air scrubbers to try to protect students from the smoke from the Okanogan wildfires Sun, 8/30
Police investigate Central District shooting
One person was taken to the hospital after a shooting in the Central District on Sunday. Police released little information.  Sun, 8/30
Jerry Large
Shame NRA, control guns and save lives
We should stand with Andy Parker in his fight for gun laws that will make it harder for people to be shot down like his TV reporter daughter and her cameraman. Sun, 8/30
SWAT standoff ends in suicide, police say
Police were trying to get a 63-year-old Arlington man to surrender Saturday night after his 61-year-old wife told authorities he shot her.  Sun, 8/30
Three fallen firefighters honored and remembered
Hundreds gathered along the roads and inside the town center for a moving memorial that marked the end of watch for three young wildland firefighters killed Aug. 19 in a burnover near Twisp. Sun, 8/30
Zion Prep shut doors after years of financial pressure
Financially pressed since last decade’s recession, Zion Preparatory Academy closed down at the end of August, after 33 years providing a Christian private-school education at an affordable price in Seattle’s Central District.  Sun, 8/30
Companies hope cybersecurity experts in the boardroom can counter hacks
Cybercrime costs businesses more than $400 billion a year, according to Lloyd’s of London. Not adequately addressing a cybersecurity risk could prove costly — in money, reputation, legal bills, lost time and lost customers. Sun, 8/30
The People's Pharmacy
Fennel seeds helped break heartburn drug dependence
People’s Pharmacy offers alternative health advice. Sun, 8/30
How to reduce back-to-school anxiety and stress
Prepare your kids ahead of time for new schools, teachers and social situations. Sun, 8/30
Rant & Rave
Kudos to those who stopped thief, boos for singing tunes with the cast
Readers rant about purse snatcher, singing audience member, feeding wildlife and throwing a lit cigarette, rave about helpful strangers, attentive Mariners usher and Seattle Municipal Court. Sun, 8/30
Dear Carolyn
New parents ashamed that they’re miserable
Advice columnist Carolyn Hax tells desperate mother to talk to her doctor and seek family counseling. Sun, 8/30
Sharks, skateboards, survival debut on Discovery VR network
The videos show the promise of the virtual-reality medium, allowing viewers to see from any angle and to use a smartphone as a navigating device. Sun, 8/30
Tech Spotlight: DreamBox Learning challenges kids to be mathematicians
Bellevue’s DreamBox Learning raised $10 million to expand its software offerings that are used in schools to teach math to kids.  Sun, 8/30

back to top

Nation & World

With Obama to visit nearby, Alaskan villagers struggle as their island disappears
Normally, ice begins hugging the Kivalina shoreline in the fall and stays until June. Even during fierce storms, ice keeps the raging ocean away. But climate change has caused the ice to appear later and melt earlier, leaving the barrier island more vulnerable to storms. Sun, 8/30

back to top

Business & Technology

back to top


Larry Stone
Advice to UW football fans: Be patient
With a rebuilding club — and it’s hard to deny that the Huskies are just that, having lost the bulk of their nucleus to graduation — there are inevitably going to be bumps in the road.  Sun, 8/30
Best of the best: Who are the all-time best QB’s in UW history?
In an attempt to classify and compare some of the Huskies’ all-time great quarterbacks, we polled former UW players, coaches, fans and local media members on five categories. Sun, 8/30
 Sun, 8/30
Emerald Downs results
Race results for Sunday, Aug. 30. Sun, 8/30
First-team offenses struggle in Arizona-Oakland exhibition
Marion Grice scored on an 11-yard run with 31 seconds left and the Arizona Cardinals beat the Oakland Raiders 30-23 in an exhibition where there wasn’t a TD by either offense until the fourth quarter. Sun, 8/30
Huskies pick starting QB, but keeping it a secret
Five days before his return to Boise, Washington coach Chris Petersen said Sunday he wanted to keep his starting QB a secret until game day. Sun, 8/30
Jake Arrieta of Cubs pitches no-hitter against Dodgers
Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the visiting Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory. Sun, 8/30
Jason Day wins The Barclays by 6 strokes
Jason Day beat runner-up Henrik Stenson by six strokes in The Barclays in Edison, N.J., the first event in the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs. The top 100 in FedEx Cup points advance — and former Washington Husky Nick Taylor was 101st. Sun, 8/30
Marco Pappa shows some rust in return to Sounders after DUI
The Portland Timbers attacked Pappa’s side often, hoping to isolate him on the break. Coach Sigi Schmid said the midfielder just needs “a few more games, a few more practices” to regain his sharpness. Sun, 8/30
Maria Sharapova withdraws from U.S. Open tennis because of leg injury
Maria Sharapova of Russia pulled out of the U.S. Open tennis tournament for the second time in three years, withdrawing on the eve of the tournament in New York because of a lingering right-leg injury. Sun, 8/30
Ninth-inning error costs Mariners as White Sox win, 6-5, in 11 innings
Seattle would have won the game if shortstop Brad Miller hadn’t made a bad throw to first base in the ninth that let the White Sox stay alive.  Sun, 8/30
On the Air
 Sun, 8/30
Razor-clam digs might happen in the fall as toxin levels declining
Since this past spring, two coastal beaches have seen a decrease in toxin levels, including Mocrocks where it dipped below the action level of 20 parts per million (ppm). Sun, 8/30
Right-hander Mayckol Guaipe called up from Tacoma
He pitched two innings in Sunday loss; Montgomery to spend time with Tacoma Rainiers, working on his command. Sun, 8/30
Rookie Jewell Loyd leads the way as Storm beats Mystics, 69-59
Rookie guard’s 14 free throws made set franchise record as she shows playmaking skills along with scoring ability. Sun, 8/30
Scott Dixon wins IndyCar Series championship
Scott Dixon captured his fourth IndyCar Series championship by winning the season finale in Sonoma, Calif., to grab the title from Juan Pablo Montoya. Sun, 8/30
Seattle U gets historic win in women’s soccer
Seattle University (2-2-0) scored early and often Sunday as it defeated visiting Vanderbilt 3-1 for the women ‘s soccer program’s first ever victory over a Southeastern Conference school. Sun, 8/30
Sounders dig deep to get a desperately needed win over Portland, 2-1
“The most important thing is that we got three points,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. “Sometimes you have to find your way back into rhythm and confidence through just hard work. Today was hard work.” Sun, 8/30
Larry Stone
Sounders know they have to fight, unite if they hope to get into playoffs
Despite a season of injuries, upheaval and turnover, the Sounders believe they can get it together for a playoff “fight to the finish.”  Sun, 8/30
Tacoma Rainiers split doubleheader with Nashville
Catcher Mike Zunino, recently demoted to Tacoma from the Mariners, was 2 for 4 with a pair of runs batted in the first game. He hit a homer in the second game. Sun, 8/30
Tokyo wins Little League title, beating Pennsylvania team 18-11 in final
Tokyo won the Little League World Series final, pounding out 22 hits and overcoming an eight-run first-inning deficit to beat Lewisberry, Pa., 18-11. Sun, 8/30
What makes a great UW quarterback? Chris Petersen hopes to find out
Chris Petersen is demanding of his quarterbacks, and UW . Getting those two ideals aligned was the most pressing issue facing Petersen’s team as he enters his second season at Washington with three unproven QBs. Sun, 8/30
What we’ve learned about the Seahawks so far
After three exhibition games, it’s pretty clear that Seattle’s offense is a work in progress, with the offensive line being a big concern. Sun, 8/30
Inside Sports Business
Tacoma Stars indoor-soccer team looking for talented unknowns
Team is hoping to find regional players with potential to build a team that draws community support. Sun, 8/30

back to top


‘Between the World and Me’ tops hardcover sales at UW Book Store
“The Boys in the Boat” keeping sales pace in paperback. Sun, 8/30
‘Falling Skies’ promises a final standoff at an iconic American location Sunday on TNT
On tap on the tube Sunday, Aug. 30: “The Incredible Dog Challenge Tour,” 9 p.m. NBC, and “Fear the Walking Dead,” 9 p.m. on AMC. Sun, 8/30
‘Go Set a Watchman’ remains atop best-sellers list
“Plunder and Deceit” takes top stop on nonfiction book sales list. Sun, 8/30
Book review
‘Meeting the English’: a Scottish caregiver sets things right
In Kate Clanchy’s debut novel, a Scottish caregiver brings order and compassion to an English family warring over how to deal with the physical decline of a crotchety novelist. Sun, 8/30
Book review
‘The Influence Machine’: The long arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
In “The Influence Machine,” journalist and author Alyssa Katz documents the extraordinary influence of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on American politics. Sun, 8/30
Nicole & Co.
Bridget Everett brings her bawdy, joyous act to Bumbershoot
Bridget Everett delivers hilarious, absurd patter while sipping chardonnay. Sun, 8/30
Fall books: 30 top titles for your night table
Books being published this fall include novels by Jonathan Franzen, Salman Rushdie and John Irving, and memoirs by Carrie Brownstein and Patti Smith.  Sun, 8/30
Sunday Best: Elizabeth Debicki is chic in black and white
Sunday Best is a weekly look at style in movies, on TV and on the red carpet. This week: Joanna Johnston’s nifty costume designs for Elizabeth Debicki in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” Sun, 8/30
The Week Ahead: Bumbershoot leads entertainment options
Bumbershoot, state fair, Bremerton Blackberry Festival keep summer alive for the week of Aug. 30. Sun, 8/30
Will there be twerking? Miley Cyrus hosting tonight’s MTV video awards
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky, Pharrell, the Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj are among the other performers at the MTV Video Music Awards. Sun, 8/30

back to top


back to top

Travel & Outdoors

NEW - 07:00 AM
Travel Wise
Airline, TSA pass the buck when luggage pilfered
Items are stolen from a traveler’s checked bag, but neither the airline nor the TSA will accept responsibility. How can she get compensated for the missing items?  Sun, 8/30
No vacation for half of Americans in past year
Survey finds 56 percent of Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last 12 months. Sun, 8/30
GeoQuiz: What are India’s 3 biggest cities?
 Sun, 8/30

back to top


Paul Krugman / Syndicated columnist
Crash-Test Dummies as Republican candidates for president
 Sun, 8/30
Guest columnists
Legalize sex work, not sex buyers
A better policy alternative for the United States is to follow Sweden’s approach and remove criminal sanctions for selling sexual services without making it permissible to buy. Sun, 8/30

E-mail us
Graphic-enabled home page
Mobile site

Copyright © 2010 The Seattle Times Company