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Stranger, Seattle Times capture Pulitzer Prizes

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Writers for weekly alternative newspaper The Stranger and the Seattle Times have won Pulitzer Prizes, it was announced Monday.
Eli Sanders of The Stranger won the feature writing Pulitzer for a story about a Seattle woman who survived a brutal attack that took the life of her partner. The woman's courtroom testimony figured prominently in Sanders' story.
In the investigative reporting category, Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of the Seattle Times were honored for their investigation of how a little-known governmental body moved vulnerable patients from safer pain-control medication to methadone, a cheaper but more dangerous drug. The Times' reporting prompted statewide health warnings.
Judd & Black opens store in Mount Vernon
After more than 70 years in business in Snohomish County, locally owned major appliance retailer Judd & Black has opened its first location in Skagit County, in south Mount Vernon. The new location on Cedardale Road is Judd & Black's fifth store. Judd & Black will celebrate the expansion with a grand opening Thursday through April 29. Judd & Black is an independent appliance, electronics and mattress retailer and service provider with retail stores in Everett, Lynnwood and Marysville, and a liquidation center in Everett.
Outlook brightens as retail sales rise
Americans bought more electronics, started home improvement projects and updated their wardrobes last month, inspired by warmer weather and a healthier job market. U.S. retail sales rose 0.8 percent in March, the Commerce Department said Friday. The increase capped a strong quarter of gains and contributed to a brighter outlook among economists for growth in the January-March quarter. Businesses are responding by restocking their shelves at a steady pace, a sign that they expect the trend to carry over into the spring. More retail spending also helped offset a decline in confidence among homebuilders. And it could ease concerns about March hiring, which slowed to half the pace of the previous three months.
American chosen to lead World Bank
Jim Yong Kim, an American who is president of Dartmouth College, has been chosen to be the next president of the World Bank. Kim, a surprise nominee of President Barack Obama, will succeed Robert Zoellick, who's stepping down after a five-year term. Developing nations waged an unsuccessful challenge to Kim, 52, a physician and pioneer in treating HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in the developing world. Kim's selection marks a break from previous World Bank leaders who were typically political, legal or economic figures. The World Bank raises money from its member nations and borrows from investors to provide low-cost loans to developing countries.

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