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Friday, April 29, 2016

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Ground broken for new cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High

MARYSVILLE — Ground was broken on a new cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High School on Friday. The event was mostly symbolic, with speeches and the ceremonial spadeful of earth. Staff, visitors and a handful students hanging around after...[Read more]


Woman, 80, kills ‘raging’ intruder who stabbed her husband

SULTAN — An 80-year-old woman shot and killed a “raging” intruder at her home near Sultan Thursday night.The intruder, a 25-year-old Gold Bar man, had broken into the kitchen ...[Read more]

Trail to dangerous ice caves reopens with new warning signs

VERLOT — The Big Four Ice Caves trail reopened Friday for the first time since a deadly collapse of the caves last July.The Mountain Loop Highway reopened at Deer Creek,...[Read more]

Coast Guard fines man $100K for aiming laser at state ferry

SEATTLE — A Freeland man has been fined $100,000 after a U.S. Coast Guard investigation concluded he intentionally pointed a laser at the pilot house of a state ferry,...[Read more]

Reality, life lessons run deep in Village Theatre's 'My Heart is the Drum'

EVERETT — Bring your teen. Village Theatre's world premiere of the new musical “My Heart is the Drum” — opening April 29 in Everett — deals...[Read more]

Local news

Snohomish High students face off to raise money to fight hunger

SNOHOMISH — The students at Snohomish High School have upped their game when it comes to giving back to the community. The current “SHS Fights Hunger” campaign is a joint effort between Vince Ivelia's leadership class, the...[Read more]


Youth suicides in county more than doubled in a year

EVERETT — It stunned school, public health and community leaders: Youth suicide rates in Snohomish County more than doubled in one year. A dozen youths, including a 12-...[Read more]

Teen mother panicked when she put newborn in trash, police say

EVERETT — A teenager allegedly told police that she panicked when she gave birth in the shower last month. She wrapped the baby boy in a towel and walked outside.“She didn’t...[Read more]

Boeing says it saved $305M through state tax breaks in 2015

OLYMPIA — The Boeing Co. slashed its 2015 state tax bill by $305 million thanks to nearly no-strings-attached tax breaks rushed through a Legislature worried the big company...[Read more]

Everett tests water, says it’s safe to drink

EVERETT— Testing conducted last week in five homes confirmed that Everett’s water is safe to drink, the city said Friday.The city ordered the tests as a precaution after...[Read more]


There’s rare good news on the retirement front

Retirement savers are upping their game: A record 13.6 percent of 401(k) participants raised their savings rate during the first quarter this year. Overall, employee contributions, combined with employer matching funds and profit sharing, rose 12.7 percent to reach another record. Not only are savings rates up, but more people are saving in both a 401(k) and an Individual Retirement Account....[Read more]


Canadian dollar rises above 80 cents U.S. mark

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar has hit the 80 cent U.S. mark for the first time since last summer, trading at its strongest level since last June. The Canadian...[Read more]

OPEC oil output surges as Iran looks to regain market share

OPEC crude production surged in April, led by Iran, which is seeking to regain market share after sanctions were lifted early this year.The Organization of Petroleum...[Read more]

U.S. wage increases subdued in first quarter

Worker pay rose as forecast in the first quarter, showing the steady drop in unemployment has yet to prompt employers to sweeten paychecks.The 0.6 percent advance in the...[Read more]

Briefs: National Guard honors Meadowdale High School principal

National Guard honors Meadowdale High School principal Earlier this month, Lynnwood's Meadowdale High School principal Kevin Allen was presented with a Patriot Award by John ...[Read more]


Seahawks draft Alabama defensive tackle Reed in second round

RENTON — Jarran Reed endeared himself to Seattle immediately, walking out on the stage at the NFL draft with a bag of candy in his hand. Marshawn Lynch may be retired, ...[Read more]

John Stanton is an ideal owner for the Mariners

The five greatest moments in Mariners history: 1972 — Awarding of a franchise to Seattle as part of a settlement the state accepted after suing Major League Baseball...[Read more]

Surging Marte adds 'swag' to Mariners lineup

SEATTLE — There's a bit of swag these days about the Seattle Mariners, who have won four straight series as they prepare to open a three-game weekend set Friday...[Read more]

Prep softball: Mountlake Terrace 8, Meadowdale 7

At Meadowdale H.S.WP: Kira Doan. LP: Lauren Dent. Individual highlights: Mountlake Terrace—Gabby Calhoun (2B), Julia Brocksmith (2B); Meadowdale—Emma Helm (1-5, 2B), Savanna...[Read more]

Chiefs pick ex-Mariner High star Russell in third round of NFL draft

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Notre Dame cornerback Keivarae Russell with the No. 74 overall pick in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound...[Read more]

Northwest, nation and world

Rowdy Trump protests portend explosive California primary

BURLINGAME, Calif. — Hundreds of rowdy protesters broke through barricades and threw eggs at police Friday outside a hotel where Donald Trump addressed the state's...[Read more]

May Day march planned to support workers, immigrant rights

SEATTLE — Thousands of people are expected to turn out for Sunday’s march in Seattle in support of workers and immigrant rights.Organizers say the annual May Day March for...[Read more]

New charges filed in Naval Academy sex misconduct case

The military has filed new criminal charges against Marine Maj. Mark Thompson, a former U.S. Naval Academy instructor who insisted that he had been unfairly convicted of...[Read more]

Teenage birth rate hits an all-time low

The birth rate among American teenagers, at crisis levels in the 1990s, has fallen to an all-time low, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease...[Read more]

Sodomy case dismissed after lead investigator killed

SEASIDE, Ore. — A Seaside man accused of sexual assault and sodomy has had the charges against him dropped because the lead investigator on his case was killed.The change is...[Read more]

Living and entertainment

The rebirth of country music

As I grew up in suburban western Washington, I developed a … strong hatred for country music. Perhaps because it was my parents’ music of choice, perhaps because ...[Read more]

April is all about trees, so do your part and plant one native to our region

April brings showers for May flowers, and it's also the month of Earth Day and Arbor Day. Want to be involved? Plant a tree. Better yet, plant a tree or bush native to...[Read more]

Director’s creative license makes ‘Spelling Bee’ pop

One of the best productions ever staged by the Edmonds Driftwood Players, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” continues its run this week at the Wade James Theatre....[Read more]

Tickets on sale

Xfinity ArenaShankar-Ehsaan-Loy: Mumbai soundtrack composers, 7:30 p.m. April 30, $44 to $200Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin: 6:30 p.m. July 9, $40 to...[Read more]

‘Mother’s Day’ a sitcom on the big screen

Garry Marshall has been around so long—as gag writer, sitcom creator, actor, director—that he can legitimately be called one of the last remaining links to a vanished era of...[Read more]


Stilly Valley already a winner

This is not a beauty contest. Although the North Stillaguamish Valley, from Darrington to Arlington, would be a finalist in that competition, too, for its natural beauty and ...[Read more]

Congress should safeguard privacy of emails

Imagine police rifling through your desk, then boxing up and carting off any mail or correspondence that was older than six months. Ridiculous; they'd have to have a warrant....[Read more]

Everett City Council needs ward elections

Appointed members of Everett's Charter Review Committee have once again denied the will of the people by refusing to recommend to the City Council a ballot initiative that...[Read more]

Trump cribs his isolationism from Obama

Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be....[Read more]

Bernie will back Clinton, just as she backed Obama

Eight years ago, I spent an election night in a basement gymnasium in Manhattan, watching Hillary Clinton and her campaign advisers take up residence in a parallel universe. ...[Read more]

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