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Lake Stevens police chief leaving

LAKE STEVENS — Police Chief Dan Lorentzen announced Friday that he is leaving the department.The city’s new mayor, John Spencer, wanted a change in direction.

Date: 02/12/2016 | Local News


Applause

New mural unveiled at Camano parkA new 200-square-foot mural at Terry's Corner was unveiled Feb. 1 at Camano Gateway Park. There were musical performances and speeches. Nearly 300 people...

Date: 02/12/2016 | Local News


Debate lingers over the function of this tank's armored skirts

The FHC’s Hetzer is equipped with thin (5 mm) armored side skirts. The Germans called them "Schürzen." There is lots of debate as to why they were used and what weapons they helped stop. Certainly, they were not significant protection for stopping big...

Date: 02/11/2016 | Flight Paths


Bundles of love

Karen Schmidt, of Bothell, gives her Shih Tzu, Bella, a smooch while holding Gucci on 1st Street in Snohomish on Tuesday. "It's like cattle running through a field except it's Shih Tzus in a house," Schmidt said of the six other dogs she has at home.

Date: 02/10/2016 | Local News


Gone but not forgotten

Everett street folk bid farewell to a good friend

Date: 02/10/2016 | Julie Muhlstein


Group trying to stop development at Eugene’s Kesey Square

EUGENE, Ore. — You ask for an interview with the two of them, the creators and administrators of the Save Kesey Square Facebook page. But they are not the only ones who show up to talk at the controversial city-center public space on a sunny morning.

Date: 02/09/2016 | Northwest


Great Wheel is their office

Everett couple manages Seattle waterfront attraction

Date: 02/09/2016 | Whats Up With That?


School winners

VFW honors essay winnersAt the annual Youth Essay, Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy awards ceremony, the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 1 presented certificates and monetary awards to first-, second- and third-place winners.In...

Date: 02/08/2016 | Local News


Today in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2016. There are 327 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Monkey.Today's highlight:On Feb. 8, 1966, during the Vietnam War, President Lyndon B. Johnson and South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen...

Date: 02/08/2016 | Life


Chris Pine takes command of his career

LOS ANGELES — Chris Pine is carving out an interesting — and broad — career for himself playing military men. It started with taking on the role of Captain James T. Kirk for the re-launch of the “Star Trek” franchise.

Date: 02/07/2016 | Entertainment


Wife crashes her own funeral, surprising husband who paid to have her killed

Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home in Melbourne, Australia, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral - her funeral.Finally, she spotted the man she'd been waiting for. She stepped out of her car, and her husband put his hands on his...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Nation & World


Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on moon, dies in Florida

MIAMI — Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13’s “successful failure” and later devoted his life to exploring physics, the mind, and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, has died in Florida.

Date: 02/05/2016 | Nation & World


Find your next best friend at fundraising event

Here's a recipe for one wild evening: Blend together beloved local troubadour Jason Webley, avante-garde rock star and author Amanda Palmer and other musicians, tail-wagging dogs, and a chance to help the...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Julie Muhlstein


Country legend Merle Haggard cancels February shows

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country legend Merle Haggard has canceled his shows in February because of health issues caused by pneumonia in both lungs.A statement released by his publicist said the singer-songwriter was still feeling weak from his recent struggle with the...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Nation & World


New alcohol rules on tap

Proposal would affect small-scale brewers, distillers, vintners

Date: 02/05/2016 | Local News


Training kicks in

Deputy Keith Poteet's shift turned into an emergency baby delivery

Date: 02/04/2016 | Local News


Revel with the raptors

Enjoy eagles, entertainment at Arlington festival

Date: 02/04/2016 | Local News


Conservationists sue federal wolf-killing program in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — Conservationists filed a federal lawsuit in Oregon on Wednesday that challenges the authority of a federal government program to kill wolves in the state.

Date: 02/03/2016 | Northwest


Seattle group asks USDA to investigate elephant’s death

SEATTLE — A Seattle-based advocacy group on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the recent death of an Asian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo, saying it’s concerned the zoo wasn’t equipped to care for the animal.

Date: 02/02/2016 | Northwest


Four-legged triathletes

Farm in Lochsloy specializes in training horses, riders in 3 events

Date: 02/02/2016 | Local News


Douglas McNall, former Everett fire chief, dies at 76

EVERETT — Douglas McNall, who stuffed cardboard in his leaky shoes while growing up in Everett's Riverside neighborhood and went on to become the city's fire chief, has died after a battle with cancer.McNall was a big man with a heavy handshake and a knack for getting...

Date: 02/02/2016 | Local News


Today in history

Today is Monday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2016. There are 334 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On Feb. 1, 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they’d been refused service.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Life


January’s dark side: post holiday marriage blues

While I’m no Scrooge, during the hubbub of December, I do look forward to January. For one, the lengthening days become particularly noticeable toward the end of month. The longer days herald spring, which comes early to the Northwest. It’s a season I happily greet.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Life


How beloved British actress Maggie Smith's career grew

It's been 60 years since Maggie Smith made her Broadway debut. But despite her current standing as one of the grande dames of British acting, she didn't appear in a Shakespearean tragedy, a George Bernard Shaw satire or a sophisticated Noel Coward comedy.Instead, the...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Entertainment


Popemobile Fiat is sold at auction for $82,000

PHILADELPHIA — The popemobile is staying in Philadelphia.The black Fiat 500L, one of two used by Pope Francis during his trip to the city in September for the World Meeting of Families, sold at auction on Friday night.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World


Legacy of a Sultan murder

A modern theft is linked to a vintage crime

Date: 01/31/2016 | Local News


Despite outrage, bar lets patrons toss a dwarf

DETROIT — Have a beer? Ogle nudity? Toss a dwarf?Those choices are featured at a strip club in Detroit called the Toy Chest.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Off the Wire


Former Seattle zoo elephant found dead in Oklahoma zoo

SEATTLE — One of the two elephants that were at the center of a controversial move from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to Oklahoma City last year has died.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Northwest


Today in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2016. There are 336 days left in the year.Today’s highlights:

Date: 01/30/2016 | Life


Treasure hunter disappears searching for $2 million in gold

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An antiquities dealer who inspired tens of thousands to search the Rocky Mountains for $2 million in hidden treasure now leads an increasingly desperate mission to find one of his fans.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Nation & World


Tiger, goat bromance ends at Russian zoo

When predator befriends prey, the smart money is on a tumultuous end. And that's what happened to the Siberian tiger and the goat who was supposed to be his dinner, their zookeepers said Friday.Amur the tiger and Timur the tenacious goat are being kept in separate...

Date: 01/29/2016 | Nation & World


Applause

Firefighters make a warm delivery to studentsFirefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 on Jan. 19 showed up in a fire truck and ambulance at Mountlake Terrace Elementary School to donate 66 coats to local kindergartners as part of the...

Date: 01/29/2016 | Local News


Bret Michaels’ childhood home destroyed in fire; 7 escape

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — A fire has destroyed a central Pennsylvania home where Poison lead singer Bret Michaels once lived as a child.

Date: 01/29/2016 | Nation & World


Meet Mac, Budweiser’s adorable baby Clydesdale

A baby Clydesdale just joined Budweiser’s storied herd of gentle giants.

Date: 01/29/2016 | Nation & World


Today in history

Today is Thursday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2016. There are 338 days left in the year.Today’s highlights:

Date: 01/28/2016 | Life


Only the clothes on their backs

Everett family escaped New Year's Eve fire that left 1 dead

Date: 01/28/2016 | Local News


Mammoth bones unearthed on Oregon State football field

PORTLAND, Ore. — Construction workers have unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State University football field.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest


Everett Community College on list of 150 best in nation

SEATTLE — Nine Washington community colleges are on list of the 150 best in the nation.The colleges were picked by the nonprofit Aspen Institute, which will choose a grand prize winner in early 2017. The Aspen Prize comes with a $1 million reward.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest


Book on India’s partition wins $5,000 prize

NEW YORK — A book on the partition of India in 1947 and its fatal consequences has won a $5,000 prize.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Life


Owner of south Everett apartments ordered to install fire alarms after deadly blaze

EVERETT — The Bluffs apartments, the site of the fatal fire on New Year’s Eve, had no fire alarms, a violation of city codes.The city of Everett has ordered the property owner to install fire alarms on every building where people are now living.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Local News


New home for treasures

Marysville Historical Society’s museum is taking shape

Date: 01/27/2016 | Local News


You're 17 syllables away from fame in Arlington's haiku contest

A haiku contestIn Arlington, WashingtonHey, what’s up with that? 

Date: 01/26/2016 | Whats Up With That?


Learning locally; thinking globally

Everett High senior wants to be an education activist

Date: 01/25/2016 | Local News


Scientists dub dinosaur as the ‘dragon robber’

When you’re a newly discovered species, a snazzy name can take you pretty far. Case in point: Dracoraptor hanigani, aka the dragon robber.

Date: 01/24/2016 | Nation & World


Incredible early years in Everett

The Boeing Century: Birth of the 747 at Paine Field

Date: 01/24/2016 | Local News


End of the 747 epoc?

Boeing plans to cut 747 production to one plane every two months. Many industry analysts expect the line to shut down by 2020. There just isn't much demand now for a big, four-engine airplane.Everett workers have turned out more than 1,500 747s since production began in...

Date: 01/24/2016 | Local News


Today in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2016. There are 343 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:

Date: 01/23/2016 | Life


Canceled wedding turns reception into party for homeless

SEATTLE — The three long vehicles that pulled up to the chic Sodo Park event venue were not limousines that had glided over from some wealthy neighborhood, but battered yellow school buses that had labored through the rain and darkness for 10 miles down unlovely Aurora Avenue.

Date: 01/23/2016 | Northwest


Quilts provide some comfort in sad situations

The News-ReviewROSEBURG, Ore. — The black body bag on the gurney had a gruesome, stark look to it.Renee Baird, a hospice nurse in Roseburg, didn’t like the look.

Date: 01/23/2016 | Northwest


Kansas lawmaker imposes dress code on female witnesses

TOPEKA, Kan. — A dress code imposed by a Kansas Senate committee chairman that prohibits women testifying on bills from wearing low-cut necklines and miniskirts is drawing bipartisan ridicule from female legislators.

Date: 01/23/2016 | Nation & World


Retiring ‘Sister B’ advocated for domestic violence for 2 decades

MONROE — She's a nun who's seen more crime scenes than she can count. Sister Barbara Geib, better known as "Sister B," is retiring after spending two decades advocating for domestic violence victims in Monroe.The 83-year-old will continue her...

Date: 01/23/2016 | Local News


Today in history

Today is Monday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2016. There are 341 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:

Date: 01/22/2016 | Life


A Mukilteo man’s dying wish will warm up some homeless folks

Time is short. Mukilteo’s Richard Meury has late-stage cancer.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Julie Muhlstein


Applause

Coaches vs Cancer brings in $1,200The gym at Arlington High School on Jan. 8 was "pinked out" during the boys basketball game against Marysville Pilchuck for an annual "Coaches vs Cancer" event.Cascade...

Date: 01/22/2016 | Local News


Madison’s Jewelry to close up shop, but the work continues

STANWOOD — It’s been 44 years of gold dust and diamonds for Robert Madison.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Business


Making babies

Woman’s hand-sewn dolls provide comfort to children in distress

Date: 01/22/2016 | Local News


Heidi, Wolfgang go for a stroll

Mark Marriott walks his dogs, Heidi (left) and Wolfgang, along Vernon Avenue on Wednesday evening near his home in the historic Rucker Hill neighborhood overlooking Port Gardner.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Local News


ISIS levels 1,400-year-old Christian monastery

IRBIL, Iraq — The Obama Administration and the Vatican condemned the Islamic State group Wednesday for razing Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, a 1,400-year-old structure that survived assaults by nature and man for centuries before it was deliberately destroyed by extremists.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World


Show confirms recent ‘Mythbusters’ filmed in eastern Oregon

PENDELTON, Ore. — Six months after the fact, the myth has been confirmed.MythBusters was, indeed, in eastern Oregon last year. And the result was one of the show’s biggest experiments yet.

Date: 01/20/2016 | Northwest


Ninth baby orca confirmed in Puget Sound

SEATTLE — Whale researchers say they’ve documented another baby orca born in Puget Sound.National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said on Facebook Tuesday their researchers documented the new calf Monday.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Northwest


Today in history

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2016. There are 347 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:

Date: 01/19/2016 | Life


He puts 'em up

Jason Lundgren delves deep into 'Final Fight' video game

Date: 01/19/2016 | The Chat


Last thoughts for parents and kids: Remember, you're in this together

Dear Readers: When I started Straight Talk in 2004, wearing sunscreen and avoiding beauty magazines was the famous advice.Only half of U.S. homes had Internet, mostly dial-up, "social media" was a head-scratcher, and smartphones hadn't been...

Date: 01/16/2016 | Life


Officials confirm 1 dog poisoning, but information is scant

SNOHOMISH — An investigation by Snohomish County Parks & Recreation has determined that a dog most likely was poisoned at Willis Tucker Park on Thanksgiving Day. The dog later died.There have been numerous reports on social...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Local News


Where dogs, people mingle

Volunteer seeks help in expanding Sultan off-leash park

Date: 01/15/2016 | Local News


Dog found skinned and beheaded near Port Orchard Walmart

PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap Animal Control is investigation the death of a dog that was found skinned and beheaded near a Port Orchard Walmart.

Date: 01/14/2016 | Northwest


Idaho accidently puts tracking collars on wilderness wolves

BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. Forest Service says it’s investigating after Idaho officials reported inadvertently putting tracking collars on four wolves during recent helicopter flights into a central Idaho wilderness restricted to putting collars on elk.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest


Longtime foster mom has provided home to 105 children

MYRTLE POINT, Ore. — In 1976, Sharon Ross had time on her hands.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest


Bill seeks to create registry of convicted animal abusers

OLYMPIA — A new bill in Washington state seeks to create a statewide registry of people convicted of animal abuse.Senate Bill 6234, sponsored by Republican Sen. Joe Fain, is modeled on a law that recently took effect in Tennessee.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest


Health officials: Dog flu may be in King County

SEATTLE — Health officials in Seattle are warning that a new strain of dog flu that sickened at least 2,000 dogs in 25 states since last spring may be in King County.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest


Opening up on addiction

An Everett family shares son’s life, death; seeks to help others

Date: 01/13/2016 | Local News


The real sea monster

'Ocean Annie' explains why plastics and oceans don't mix

Date: 01/13/2016 | Local News


Lottery players go to great lengths for Powerball tickets

NIPTON, Calif. — Lottery ticket buyers have to suspend their belief in math to drop $2 on an infinitesimal chance to win the Powerball jackpot, but in Nevada, they also have to drive across the desert and wait in lines that can stretch for hours.

Date: 01/12/2016 | Nation & World


State plans gypsy moth extermination campaign

SEATTLE — The state of Washington is planning an aerial assault in its latest attempt to exterminate the destructive gypsy moth. KING-TV reported that the state is planning to spray bacteria known as “BTK,” which acts a pesticide targeting the moth’s caterpillars.

Date: 01/12/2016 | Northwest


Tacoma teacher finalist for national teacher of the year

SEATTLE — A Tacoma high school social studies teacher is a finalist for national teacher of the year. Nathan Gibbs-Bowling is one of four finalists named by Council of Chief State School Officers. Also on the list are teachers from California, Connecticut and Oklahoma.

Date: 01/12/2016 | Northwest


Lynnwood police help widow of pedestrian killed by vehicle

LYNNWOOD — From her bedroom window, Lois Wood always watched her husband cross the street to his bus stop.On Dec. 1, something on television caught her attention. On that day, she turned away.She last saw Michael Wood at the crosswalk. He was on his way to...

Date: 01/12/2016 | Local News


Federal officials consider protections for cat-like predator

BILLINGS, Mont. — Government officials will consider new protections for a small, fanged predator that thrives in old-growth forests of the Northern Rockies over concerns that trapping, habitat loss and poisoning could be harming the animal’s population.

Date: 01/11/2016 | Northwest


Thief stuffs snake in his pants at Portland pet store

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police are on the lookout for a man who walked into a southeast Portland pet store and stuck a 2-foot-long python down his pants.

Date: 01/11/2016 | Northwest


After 5 years, a pooch-napped canine and human are reunited

MONROE — Rosemary Murphy often wondered what happened to Mia, how her long lost Chihuahua-poodle mix was faring.It had been five years since the Sultan woman left her canine companion with a friend to watch for a few weeks.A neighbor of her friend took a...

Date: 01/11/2016 | Local News


‘The Revenant’ wins best film drama at Golden Globes

Two star-led tales of frontier survival triumphed at the 73rd annual Golden Globes, where Alejandro Inarritu’s bloody 1820s thriller “The Revenant” swept three of the top honors, and Ridley Scott’s stranded astronaut tale “The Martian” answered with a pair of its own.

Date: 01/10/2016 | Entertainment


Mann, Nguyen winners of Carnegie medals given by librarians

NEW YORK— This year’s winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, given annually by the American Library Association, each have strong personal feelings about libraries.

Date: 01/10/2016 | Nation & World


Federal judge dismisses naked Portland violinist’s claims

PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has dismissed a nude protester’s claim that police violated his rights by arresting him while he played violin stark-naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland.

Date: 01/10/2016 | Northwest


Today in history

Today is Sunday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2016. There are 356 days left in the year.Today’s highlights:

Date: 01/10/2016 | Life


WWII B-24 pilot, German antiaircraft gunner form bond in retirement

CHRISTIANBURG, Va. — On his first evening in his assisted-living home, Gunter Buhrdorf ate dinner with another World War II soldier.He was, for the second time in his life, a stranger in a new land. The assisted-living facility staff gave him the open seat at George...

Date: 01/10/2016 | Nation & World


Singer Justin Bieber asked to leave Mexico’s Tulum ruin site

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican official said Friday that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his entourage were asked to leave the Mayan archaeological site of Tulum after he apparently tried to climb onto or among the ruins.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Nation & World


Everett animal shelter hosts volunteer meeting Saturday

Anyone interested in volunteering at Everett Animal Services must first attend a volunteer orientation. A volunteer orientation is set for 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the shelter at 333 Smith Island Road. There’s no need to sign up; just show up.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Local News


Today in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2016. There are 357 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On Jan. 9, 1916, the World War I Battle of Gallipoli ended after eight months with an Ottoman Empire victory as Allied forces withdrew.On this date:

Date: 01/09/2016 | Life


Lawsuit challenges helicopter use in Idaho wilderness area

BOISE, Idaho — Three environmental groups sued the U.S. Forest Service to challenge a decision allowing helicopters to land in a central Idaho wilderness area so state wildlife officials can outfit elk with tracking collars.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Northwest


Armed man planned to kidnap Obamas’ dog, Secret Service says

WASHINGTON - A man who plotted to kidnap the Obama family’s pet dogs was arrested in Washington on Wednesday with a cache of weapons and ammunition in his car, the U.S. Secret Service said.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Nation & World


Powerball announces winning numbers for record jackpot

Powerball announced the six winning numbers for a record jackpot of nearly $950 million on Saturday, setting off a scramble among hopeful lottery players across the country to check if they held a lucky ticket.

Date: 01/08/2016 | Nation & World


Snohomish-area woman allegedly abandoned dozens of cats

SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish-area woman is under investigation for allegedly skipping town and leaving dozens of cats behind in a mobile home.

Date: 01/08/2016 | Local News


Applause

Buses stuffed, and then someThe annual Stuff a Bus charity drive benefitting local families supported by Volunteers of America Western Washington had a record-breaking holiday season.The Fred Meyer at Murphy's Corner...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Local News


A second chance at life

Timing, training saved Jasmine Andrews, 12, from heart attack

Date: 01/08/2016 | Local News


Landmark to move again

Historic Weyerhaeuser house's new home to be in Everett park

Date: 01/06/2016 | Julie Muhlstein


Biologists tracking endangered orcas with satellite tag

SEATTLE — Federal biologists are once again tracking the winter movements of the endangered population of orcas that spend time in Washington state waters.

Date: 01/05/2016 | Northwest


Spraying proposed to kill gypsy moths in Western Washington

OLYMPIA — State agriculture officials have proposed spraying 10,500 acres in Western Washington this spring to kill leaf-eating gypsy moths.

Date: 01/05/2016 | Northwest


Health is more important than weight

Adapted from a recent online discussion.By Carolyn HaxHi, Carolyn:

Date: 01/05/2016 | Life


Today in history

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2016. There are 361 days left in the year.Today’s highlight:On Jan. 5, 1066, Edward the Confessor, King of England since 1042, died after a reign of nearly 24 years.On this date:

Date: 01/05/2016 | Life


‘The male-centric salon’

A Bothell spa for men features beer on tap ... and much more

Date: 01/05/2016 | Whats Up With That?




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