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A dying request: ‘Please don’t vote for ...’

The wild and crazy 2016 presidential race has expanded to a new territory: obituaries.It typically goes something like this: In lieu of flowers, the deceased asks that mourners not vote for Donald Trump. Or for Hillary Clinton. It's shown up in newspapers in...

Date: 05/24/2016 | Whats Up With That?

Pierce County deputy injured after crashing into 4 cows

TACOMA — Authorities say a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy has been hospitalized after his patrol vehicle struck four cows that had wandered into the middle of the road in Roy.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Northwest

Bill Cosby ordered to stand trial for sex assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor, unable to stop his advances.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Nation & World

The life-changers

Master Builder volunteers build ramp for Arlington family

Date: 05/24/2016 | Local News

400 handbags for auction

Fundraiser for Domestic Violence Services is June 9

Date: 05/24/2016 | The Chat

A helper with a goal

Ashley Gillis wants to study, find a cure for Alzheimer's

Date: 05/23/2016 | Local News

Mission: Reach the Andrea Doria

Everett explorers plan expedition to sunken ocean liner

Date: 05/23/2016 | Local News

Heart's in the right place

Girl Scouts create a safe place for Everett girl with heart transplant

Date: 05/23/2016 | Local News

Killer Nile crocodiles in Florida? It’s possible

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Step aside, Burmese python — you may no longer be Florida’s scariest invasive species. Researchers have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near Miami, and they say it’s possible more of the man-eating reptiles are still out there, although no one can say for...

Date: 05/22/2016 | Nation & World

Last feral donkeys go up for adoption in Hawaii

HONOLULU — The last 50 wild donkeys on Hawaii's Big Island will be rounded up, marking the final step in a six-year effort to get them in adoptive homes.The donkeys are the last of more than 500 that were cast-offs from the early days of Hawaii coffee and agricultural...

Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World

No joke: 3 mayors walk into an elevator, get stuck

PITTSBURGH — Three mayors walk into an elevator — but what happened next was no joke, though the officials managed to amuse themselves until they could be rescued about 40 minutes later.

Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World

Bill Cosby's wife refused to answer many questions

BOSTON — Bill Cosby's wife refused to answer dozens of questions during a combative deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who say the comedian branded them liars after they accused him of sexually assaulting them, according to a transcript released Friday.

Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World

Goodbye, Wilbur: Alan Young was the human star on 'Mr. Ed'

LOS ANGELES — Actor-comedian Alan Young, who played the amiable straight man to a talking horse in the 1960s sitcom "Mister Ed," has died, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Home said Friday. He was 96.The English-born, Canadian-educated...

Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World

After ‘Nemo,’ conservationists now worry about ‘Dory’

Finding the message of many films can be challenging, but the moral of “Finding Nemo” seems pretty straightforward: Leave fish in the ocean, where they belong.

Date: 05/20/2016 | Life


Brownies offer sweet gift to foster kidsA group of 8-year-old Brownies from Girl Scout Troop 40044 of Everett recently delivered $190 to Hand in Hand, an Everett nonprofit that offers foster care services. The donation represented...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Local News

Animal shelter seeks public input on fee changes

EVERETT — The Everett Animal Shelter is proposing new fees and is seeking feedback from the public. The fee schedule was last changed in 2011.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Local News

In lieu of flowers: Families reveal political hopes in obits

RICHMOND, Va. — In a heated election season filled with seemingly endless political bickering, some among the dearly departed are getting the last word, leaving behind their requests for voters this fall.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

New horned dinosaur species discovered in Montana by amateur

BILLINGS, Mont. — A novice fossil collector’s lucky find in a remote Montana badlands more than a decade ago represents a new kind of spectacularly-horned dinosaur, researchers announced Wednesday.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Northwest

William Backer, created jingle, does at 89

William Backer, a major figure in American advertising and a principal creator of one of the most indelible of all commercials, the 1971 TV spot in which a vast and fresh-faced youth chorus sings with guileless enthusiasm, “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke,” died May 13 at a hospital in Warrenton,...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

UW researchers test drug to see if it extends a dog’s life

SEATTLE — Researchers at the University of Washington are testing a drug to see if it would extend a dog’s life. The drug, rapamycin, has lengthened the lives of laboratory mice. The long-term aim of the research is to find ways to treat illnesses that come with age in...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Northwest

New York state lawmakers ponder ban on declawing cats

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York would be the first state to ban the declawing of cats under a legislative proposal that has divided veterinarians.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

‘It wasn’t letting go’: Woman rushed to hospital with a shark attached to her arm

A 23-year-old woman who was bitten Sunday by a small nurse shark in Florida waters had to be transported to a nearby hospital with the shark still attached to her arm, according to local news reports.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

Expecting to live

Pregnant mom with rare cancer: 'I don't give up'

Date: 05/15/2016 | Local News

Creating a place to heal

Granite Falls woman develops a retreat for veterans

Date: 05/15/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Unlearn negative lessons from unhealthy workplace

Q: I recently left a company where the environment was extremely toxic. Management had a group of favorites, and anyone outside the inner circle could quickly become a target. There was absolutely no trust among the staff. Because our behavior was constantly...

Date: 05/15/2016 | Business

Mark Lane, gadfly lawyer, author who promoted JFK conspiracy theory, dies at 89

Mark Lane, a crusading lawyer for often unpopular causes, who was best known as an early and persistent skeptic of the lone-gunman account of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and who wrote several books affirming his belief that the president was the victim of a far-reaching...

Date: 05/14/2016 | Nation & World

Comic book artist Darwyn Cooke dies at 53

LOS ANGELES — Darwyn Cooke, the comic book artist best known for his vibrantly imaginative work on DC superheroes and noir crime stories, has died. He was 53.Cooke’s wife, Marsha Cooke, said he died Saturday morning at his home in Florida following a battle with lung cancer.

Date: 05/14/2016 | Nation & World

Two years in the making

Burn victim finally has a chance to thank those who saved her life

Date: 05/14/2016 | Local News


Rotary installs water system in villageA 10-person team from the Rotary Club of Everett Port Gardner recently returned from a humanitarian mission in the small village of El Provenir in Guatemala. The "Water Warriors" volunteers...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Local News

What's up at the Ynot?

TV show 'Bar Rescue' is giving Everett pub a makeover

Date: 05/12/2016 | Local News

Star power

Donations for teen center flow in from around the globe (video)

Date: 05/11/2016 | Local News

Oregon man fined for killing 2 Alaska bald eagles

DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska — An Oregon man has pleaded guilty to killing two bald eagles in the Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor.

Date: 05/11/2016 | Northwest

Seattle power restored after outage caused by animal

SEATTLE — Seattle City Light says electricity has been restored to more than 38,000 customers who had lost power after an animal entered a substation and caused a disruption in service.

Date: 05/11/2016 | Northwest

Stanwood teacher, students Make A Difference, win $10K for nonprofit

STANWOOD — A school project that turned teens' attention from their classroom routines to their community's needs won a teacher and her English students $10,000 to help a local nonprofit.Val Schroeder's three English classes at Stanwood High School participated in...

Date: 05/11/2016 | Local News

A wild tune: Alaska moose harmonizes with home’s wind chimes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Forget “Uptown Funk.” The Alaska wild is grooving to the smooth “moose-ic” of wind chimes.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Off the Wire

Somebody is cutting the tails off horses in Michigan

KENOCKEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Reports of equine tail-hacking cases are on the rise in Michigan and though authorities are asking people to be on the lookout for perpetrators, it remains unclear if the motivation behind targeting horses and ponies is for play or profit.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

30-year-old Siamese cat is named world’s oldest living cat

MANSFIELD, Texas — A Siamese cat born during President Ronald Reagan’s administration has been named by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living cat.Guinness says Scooter celebrated his 30th birthday on March 26. He lives in Mansfield, Texas.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

Alaska’s favorite ice guessing game has 44 winning tickets

NENANA, Alaska — Alaska’s favorite guessing game didn’t appear to be too hard to predict this year.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Northwest

Seattle seventh-grader wins national math bee

SEATTLE — A Seattle seventh grader has won the national math bee.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Northwest

South Dakota tribe seeks children’s century-old remains

ROSEBUD, S.D. — The remains of at least 10 Native American children who died nearly 2,000 miles away from their homes while being forced to attend a government-run boarding school in Pennsylvania more than a century ago could soon be repatriated under an effort taken up by a South Dakota...

Date: 05/09/2016 | Nation & World

Couple in Washington during trek to see all 59 state parks

SEATTLE — A couple trying to visit all 59 national parks in one year is in Washington this week. They are planning to visit through 40th, 41st and 42nd parks: visiting Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic national parks.KING-TV reported that Cole and Elizabeth...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Northwest

How Jodie Foster stays one of the most ‘real’ stars in Hollywood

Jodie Foster is on point. Mere minutes into conversation and she’s talking politics, specifically as they pertain to “Money Monster,” a timely thriller she’s directed that takes place within the vortex of economic insecurity now decimating the middle class.

Date: 05/08/2016 | Entertainment

Secrets and questions

Daughter, birth mother find each other

Date: 05/08/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

47,000-acre ranch added to huge Montana wildlife reserve

BILLINGS, Mont. — A huge Montana nature reserve added a 47,000-acre historic ranch to its patchwork of lands along the Missouri River on Friday, a significant step in a privately funded effort to stitch together a Connecticut-sized park where bison would replace livestock and...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Nation & World

Sinead O’Connor sued by Arsenio Hall

Nineties pop superstar Sinéad O'Connor hasn't released a record since 2014, but her name is appearing next to Prince's ... and Eddie Murphy's and Arsenio Hall's. Oh yeah, and Hall is suing her.On Monday, O'Connor took to Facebook, seemingly unprompted, and accused...

Date: 05/07/2016 | Life

Today in History

Today's highlight:On May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, ending its role in World War II.On this date:In 1789, America's first inaugural ball was held in New York in...

Date: 05/07/2016 | Life

Ministers torpedo ‘Boaty McBoatface’

Boaty McBoatface, the runaway winner in a U.K. poll to name a scientific research vessel, was discarded by ministers who opted instead to call the ship after David Attenborough, the television presenter famed for his natural history documentaries.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Nation & World

Restaurateurs decision to eat meat at home spurs vegan death threats

LOS ANGELES — At the Cafe Gratitude restaurant chain in California, waiters serve plates of vegan rice bowls, vegetable pizzas and tempeh sandwiches with names such as "Gracious," "Warm-Hearted" and "Magical."The last two weeks,...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Business Wire

Confidence builders

YWCA program helps make women 'feel good about themselves'

Date: 05/06/2016 | Local News

Audit faults DOT on tolls

Report includes poor oversight of the contractor as an issue

Date: 05/04/2016 | Local News

San Francisco tree could get landmark status or the ax

SAN FRANCISCO — The fate of a tall, slender pine tree that a San Francisco property owner wants to cut down but that neighbors are rallying to save is now in the hands of city leaders.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Nation & World

Gypsy moth spraying done; state to set traps this summer

OLYMPIA — State agricultural officials have finished spraying parts of Western Washington to kill leaf-eating gypsy moths. Now, they plan to set out thousands of traps this summer to see whether those treatments worked.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Northwest

Mural effort falling short

Donations still sought to preserve Sultan artwork

Date: 05/03/2016 | Local News

3 Oregon lawmakers hit with ethics complaint over wolf bill

PORTLAND, Ore. — An environmental group filed an ethics complaint Monday against three Oregon lawmakers, accusing them of knowingly making false statements to their colleagues about the intent of a bill that has blocked an environmentalists’ lawsuit over the delisting of the gray wolf.

Date: 05/02/2016 | Northwest

Marines investigating claim about men in Iwo Jima photo

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in one of the iconic images of World War II after two amateur history buffs began raising questions about the picture.

Date: 05/02/2016 | Nation & World

Former N. Korea prisoner Kenneth Bae hopes to return some day

SEATTLE — Kenneth Bae knew he was in trouble when he opened his briefcase for a North Korean customs official and saw a computer hard drive he meant to leave in China.

Date: 05/02/2016 | Northwest

Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An elephant carrying a performer holding an American flag kicked off the final elephant performance at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Bloodhound is newest member of Spokane police department

SPOKANE — A 14-month-old bloodhound named Daisy is the newest member of the Spokane police department’s K9 unit. She was brought into the department to track missing children and vulnerable adults with her handler, Sg. Jason Reynolds, who supervises the unit.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Northwest

Airport bathrooms for pets include a fire hydrant

NEW YORK — Little Simba couldn’t wait to check it out.The toy poodle was among the first to try a special bathroom just for animals at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, among a growing number of “pet relief facilities” being installed at major air hubs across the nation.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Off the Wire

Effort to save injured bald eagle fails

MONROE — A bald eagle was found injured on the side of U.S. 2 east of Monroe around 10:30 a.m. Friday and died about an hour later.

Date: 05/01/2016 | Local News

Crow magnum

As thousands darken the sky, researchers descend on Bothell

Date: 05/01/2016 | Local News

33 rescued circus lions airlifted to South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats.It was...

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World

Kenya burns 105 tons of ivory tusks to protest poaching

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species.

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World

Weasel knocks out world’s largest atom smasher

GENEVA — It’s one of the physics world’s most complex machines, and it has been immobilized — temporarily — by a weasel.

Date: 04/29/2016 | Off the Wire

Put theirs in a doggie bag

 While their best friends sniff around, customers line up Wednesday at a food truck in the parking lot outside Builders Exchange of Washington, where Dawn Ford, of The Seattle Barkery, sells dog and human treats. Most of the early customers work at Builders Exchange, whose...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News

Herald says farewell to leader of newsroom family

Last month I marked my 35th anniversary at The Herald. This column isn't my goodbye — not yet.How anyone stays with one employer that long is a blend of gratifying work and resilience. Do your job and care about it. Get along with people. As for bad bosses — and...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Julie Muhlstein


Arlington kids plant trees for Arbor DayAbout 120 fourth-graders from Pioneer Elementary School helped celebrate Arbor Day by planting native trees and shrubs April 18 and 19 at the Country Charm Park and Conservation Area in Arlington. The kids...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News

Reiko Matsumoto, who wrote about her internment as a child, dies at 86

Reiko Matsumoto, a Japanese American who was interned as an enemy alien during World War II and later was a Fairfax County School teacher and author of children’s books, died March 12 at a hospital in Arlington, Virginia. She was 86.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Nation & World

Environmental groups sue over bull trout recovery plan

KALISPELL, Mont. — Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan to recover threatened bull trout.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Northwest

Idaho official: Kobe Bryant’s remarks help save potato truck

EAGLE, Idaho — Kobe Bryant’s recent mention of the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck might have helped save the traveling advertisement from a premature retirement, according to the head of a state agency that promotes Idaho potatoes.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Off the Wire

Solar-plane pilots say cross-ocean trip also was a test of human endurance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World

Man treated for rabid bat bite in Oregon

ALBANY, Ore. — A man is undergoing treatment after being bitten by a bat carrying the state’s first confirmed case of rabies this year.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Northwest

Ed and Betty Morrow anchor efforts to preserve Everett history

Ed and Betty, thank you.Former Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewel delivered that simple but heartfelt message to a packed banquet room at the Everett Yacht...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Discovery sheds light on powerful female pharaoh

Hatshepsut was no ordinary Egyptian ruler.After her husband died, Hatshepsut didn't just keep the "throne" warm for her stepson to come of age. She became a pharaoh in her own right, and in doing so, became one of ancient Egypt's first female rulers. While there...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Nation & World

100 years of ingenuity

The Boeing Century: Some innovations were lucrative, but others ...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Local News

Polly just needed someone who understood

EVERETT — Polly eventually came down, but it took a handful of granola and someone who could speak her language.The parrot escaped from her home in downtown Everett earlier this week. On Wednesday morning, she was perched in the trees outside the Wall Street Building,...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Local News

Face time with queen, princes completes Obamas’ royal visit

LONDON — President Barack Obama plunged into a whirlwind of royal socializing Friday that began over a birthday lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and ended at a dinner hosted by the trio of young royals who represent the future of the British monarchy.Obama, accompanied by...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Nation & World


Wow! That's a lot of grocery bagsStudents in the Builders Club at Port Susan Middle School recently collected 5,500 plastic grocery bags from donors in the Stanwood and Camano Island communities. The bags were then given to Maria Breznau for the...

Date: 04/22/2016 | Local News

Recovering sea turtles flown from Seattle to San Diego

SEATTLE — Two sea turtles that landed sickly and malnourished on shores far beyond their normal living range have been flown aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Seattle to San Diego to finish rehabilitation.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Northwest

Flood of tributes for Queen Elizabeth on her 90th birthday

WINDSOR, England — Fate unexpectedly made her queen. Duty and endurance have made her an institution and an icon.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

Second woman in infantry

Snohomish’s Loren Ross, 17, grew up in a family of military men

Date: 04/21/2016 | Local News

AP finds SKorea covered up mass abuse, killing of ‘vagrants’

BUSAN, South Korea — Three decades ago, a policeman tortured Choi Seung-woo over a piece of bread he found in the boy’s schoolbag.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Nation & World

State to spray over Tacoma, Seattle to kill gypsy moths

OLYMPIA — State agriculture officials are spraying parts of Tacoma and Seattle this week to kill leaf-eating gypsy moths.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Northwest

New dinosaur theory: 50 million years of whimpering, then a bang

What killed the dinosaurs? It’s a question scientists are still trying to answer, and the case isn’t going to be closed anytime soon. But a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides a new twist: According to the new research, dinosaurs may have been on a...

Date: 04/19/2016 | Nation & World

Violins and veggies

Tiny busker from Camano Island promotes animal welfare

Date: 04/19/2016 | The Chat

Oregon wildlife officials monitoring bats for deadly fungus

MEDFORD, Ore. — Wildlife officials in Oregon say they are keeping a close eye on bats this spring after reports of a deadly fungal strain in Washington.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Northwest

Marathon bombing survivor will run using prosthetic leg

BOSTON — Adrianne Haslet heard all the talk about taking back Boylston Street in the years after the Boston Marathon bombings.Her mind was 26.2 miles away.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Nation & World

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Date: 04/18/2016 | Local News


A New York cop opts for life in a slower lane, in Sultan

Date: 04/18/2016 | Local News

We all lie, scientists say, but politicians even more so

WASHINGTON — This is the season of lies.We watch with fascination as candidates for the world’s most powerful job trade falsehoods and allegations of dishonesty.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

Long-living Sumatran tiger euthanized at Honolulu Zoo

HONOLULU — Officials say a female Sumatran tiger at the Honolulu Zoo that is thought to be the longest-living one in captivity has been euthanized at age 25.Djelita, who turned 25 on March 26, was euthanized Sunday after showing signs of decline, The Honolulu Advertiser reported.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

'Sawdust Empire'

Everett Massacre brought to life again

Date: 04/17/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

In Diana’s footsteps, British royals visit Taj Mahal

AGRA, India — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge invoked nostalgia Saturday as they sat and smiled for photos on the same marble bench in front of the Taj Mahal where Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana, had posed alone for a memorable 1992 photo.

Date: 04/16/2016 | Nation & World

Pet-friendly offices can cause complications

WASHINGTON — There's Lily, the chief executive's dog, who clocks in 60 hours a week in a corner office; Miles, a 9-pound charmer who recently received a company award; and Harriet, a springer spaniel mix who almost always falls asleep in meetings.For years, all three...

Date: 04/16/2016 | Business Wire

Teens arrested for throwing chicken in bonfire, sheriff says

Two juveniles were arrested for animal cruelty after allegedly dousing a chicken with gasoline and throwing it in a bonfire on Camano Island, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Local News

London’s V&A Museum reveals a brief history of underwear

LONDON — Think of it as Victoria's (and Albert's) secret. London's Victoria and Albert Museum has peeled back fashion's layers to expose everything from long johns to lingerie in "Undressed," an exhibition tracing the hidden history of underwear.It's a...

Date: 04/15/2016 | Nation & World

Right place, right time

Teacher’s quick action helps save student who couldn’t breathe

Date: 04/15/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Sleepwalking nun faces DUI charge

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A Philadelphia nun facing drunken driving charges said she had a sedative and doesn’t remember crashing her car into a New Jersey building.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Off the Wire

Longview considers squirrel for official city mascot

LONGVIEW — Longview is considering making the squirrel the city’s official mascot as the furry creatures are already at the center of an annual summer festival.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Northwest

Arthur Anderson gave voice to Lucky the Leprechaun

NEW YORK — The actor who gave a sprightly voice to cereal mascot Lucky the Leprechaun in TV commercials for three decades has died in New York. Arthur Anderson was 93.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Nation & World

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