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Gone but not forgotten

Everett street folk bid farewell to a good friend

Date: 02/10/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

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

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

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

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

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

Only the clothes on their backs

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

Date: 01/28/2016 | Local News

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

Learning locally; thinking globally

Everett High senior wants to be an education activist

Date: 01/25/2016 | Local News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health is more important than weight

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

Date: 01/05/2016 | Life

Brown a suspect in another assault

R&B singer Chris Brown is beginning 2016 the way he ended 2015: as the subject of never-ending controversy. In December, Brown’s history of assault led to a canceled overseas tour and a canceled TV show appearance. Now, he’s being investigated for alleged battery of a female fan in Las...

Date: 01/04/2016 | Life

Lady Edith: the courtly rebel

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It hardly ever happens. But the daughter of a software engineer and a diagnostic radiographer became a wealthy aristocrat overnight — at least on paper.

Date: 01/03/2016 | Entertainment

Remembering Capt. James Heg, who upheld a legacy of service

Honor. Courage. Commitment.Before saying those words during his 2009 commencement speech at the U.S. Naval Academy,...

Date: 01/03/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

15 hours with Fabio

Famous model opens up on road trip to his Washington estate

Date: 01/03/2016 | Entertainment

'A good vibe'

Cailee Landis keeps Sultan High positive with inspirational posters

Date: 01/01/2016 | Local News

Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on ‘M.A.S.H.,’ dies

LOS ANGELES — Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre on "M.A.S.H." was among the most beloved characters on one of the most popular shows of all time, died Thursday. The actor was surrounded by family when he died in Los Angeles of complications from...

Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World

‘Bad stuff’ over for retiring Everett emergency chief

EVERETT — His favorite part of the job was bringing people together.Or, as one friend put it, being "personality and presence in the middle of bad stuff happening."After 25 years, Dave DeHaan is retiring from the city of Everett. He started as a...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Local News

Queen Elizabeth II's message: Light can triumph

SANDRINGHAM, England — Queen Elizabeth II used her Christmas message Friday to proclaim that light can triumph over darkness in these perilous times — and to comment on the joys of having a new great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte.Elizabeth, who this year...

Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World

‘Larryville’ at the Everett Mall is a Christmas gift to all

A train rounds the bend, approaching a sign that says “You are now in Bedford Falls.” Near the scene from the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” ice skaters glide on the Hidden Pond. At the edge of the fantasy town, a...

Date: 12/25/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Fresh starts, clean living

For women Marietta Roth has helped, no cussing or drinking

Date: 12/24/2015 | Local News

Finish strong

Lynnwood High’s Fesehaye Semere wants to make most of school

Date: 12/21/2015 | Local News

Gary Haga, sidewalk evangelist, makes his final walk for God

With his feet, faith and a friendly wave, Gary Haga shared his belief in salvation through Jesus Christ. He walked miles through Marysville wearing a sandwich-board sign. He did it every day for as long as he was able. Haga’s earthly journey is over.

Date: 12/18/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Weatherman Willard Scott retiring

NEW YORK — With Willard Scott announcing his retirement, centenarians will have to look elsewhere for a salute.The longtime television weatherman, a fixture on NBC’s “Today” show for 35 years, said Friday that he’s hanging it up. The morning show plans a tribute to his work Tuesday.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Nation & World

Mmmm ... doughnuts

They're always a big draw at the Dicksons' in Arlington

Date: 12/09/2015 | Local News

Stories of those who died in the California mass shooting

Most of the 14 people killed at a holiday banquet in San Bernardino County, California, worked in the same county public health department as the man who showed up with his wife and sprayed the hall with gunfire.

Date: 12/03/2015 | Nation & World

Facebook CEO, now a father, will give away most of his money

SAN FRANCISCO — Talk about birth announcements: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said they’ll devote nearly all their wealth — roughly $45 billion — to good works in celebration of their daughter, Max.

Date: 12/02/2015 | Nation & World

Serbs to Steven Seagal: Don’t bash us, train us

BELGRADE, Serbia — Steven Seagal used to overwhelm Russian and Serbian bad guys in Hollywood movies with his martial arts techniques. Now Serbia wants him to share his secrets.

Date: 12/01/2015 | Off the Wire

Queen Elizabeth II wraps up a nostalgic trip to Malta

VALLETTA, Malta — Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday wrapped up a nostalgic visit to Malta, her one-time home, where she joked that Canada’s youthful new leader had made her feel old.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World

Casey Kasem’s widow sued for wrongful death

LOS ANGELES — Three of the radio personality Casey Kasem’s children and his brother sued his widow on Wednesday, claiming her actions led to his death in 2014.

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

Rich and famous to get a private lounge at LAX

A proposal to build a posh private lounge at Los Angeles International Airport for Southern California’s glitterati was approved Thursday in a move that officials hope will reduce disturbances by paparazzi, looky-loos and autograph-seekers in the busy central terminal area.

Date: 11/22/2015 | Nation & World

Teens advise: Alert parents to online affair

Dear Straight Talk: I have a bad feeling about a guy my friend is talking to online. He says he's 19, but who knows? They've been Skyping and plan to meet over Christmas break (he lives several hours away).My friend isn't herself anymore. She's 17 and quite...

Date: 11/21/2015 | Life

A 'caring spirit'

Photo honors longtime library staffer

Date: 11/20/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Worship in the 21st century

Everett church focuses on all generations

Date: 11/14/2015 | Local News

Volunteers offer peace of mind

Citizens Academy grads check on houses, help with special events

Date: 11/13/2015 | Local News

He defied death four times

Elwood Barker served on the front lines during World War II

Date: 11/11/2015 | Local News

Walking on water

Boardwalk at North Creek Park refurbished

Date: 11/05/2015 | Local News

Lincoln High senior loves written words, volunteering

STANWOOD — Silver Merideth, 17, is a senior at Lincoln Hill High School, the alternative campus in Stanwood. For the past two years, she’s been volunteering with Project STAND, a team of teens who paint murals for Church Creek...

Date: 11/02/2015 | Local News

She's '100 percent Coug'

Hayley Statema helps build Everett's WSU community

Date: 10/28/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Art brought to the surface

Scuba diving opened a world of ideas for artist d’Elaine Johnson

Date: 10/26/2015 | Local News

Vegas illusionist Criss Angel cancels shows to visit ill son

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas magician Criss Angel says he’s canceling shows for the first time in seven years to visit his young son, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

New abuse allegations filed in suit against Saudi prince

LOS ANGELES — Three female workers who accused a Saudi prince of attacking them inside a compound on the edge of Beverly Hills said in court papers that they feared for their lives and tried to escape the home at least three times after he threatened to kill them and yelled, “I am a prince and I do...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

His daily pilgrimage

Marysville man takes faith to streets

Date: 10/23/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Bill Cosby suffers series of setbacks in sex assault cases

BOSTON — In both the court of law and the court of public opinion, the case is growing against Bill Cosby.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

Faith without fear

Lynnwood woman relishes freedom of religion

Date: 10/17/2015 | Local News

Still making a difference

Snohomish Kiwanis Club receives recognition from national group

Date: 10/16/2015 | Local News

Tackling trauma

Vets with PTSD find peace at Monroe equine therapy center

Date: 10/13/2015 | Local News

The risky wild side

The world of darling and dangerous exotic pets

Date: 10/11/2015 | Local News

‘Dateline NBC’ gathers Bill Cosby accusers for special

NEW YORK — NBC News correspondent Kate Snow says that bringing 29 women who have accused Bill Cosby of assault together for a “Dateline NBC” special Friday took on an importance beyond the individual cases.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Nation & World

Straight into the flames

When neighbor’s home was on fire, Kaiden, 17, didn’t hesitate

Date: 10/08/2015 | Local News

Police chief, mentor to retire

Mill Creek's Bob Crannell a resource for other chiefs

Date: 10/07/2015 | Local News

Robotics rock

Cascade High's Julia Loewen totally into field of study

Date: 10/05/2015 | Local News

Corey McCrea, 33: Snohomish skateboarder had found his gift

SNOHOMISH — There wasn't a place here for skateboarders to ride. That's until Corey McCrea convinced city leaders to build the Snohomish Skatepark. McCrea died in a car...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Local News

What to do with memories

Family wants to find new use for items passed down

Date: 09/30/2015 | Local News

Travelers from North Carolina thankful for return of bike stolen in Mill Creek

MILL CREEK — A police officer here spotted a stolen bicycle and made sure it was returned to a couple who is traveling across the country.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Local News

Sharing insights

Visually impaired and their supporters meet monthly in Everett

Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News

Time is a financial gift that kids shouldn’t waste

People are always trying to find the secret to financial success. But I’d like to address the young folks who ask me how to get rich.If you’re young, you have something we older folks will never have as much of — time. It’s an advantage you shouldn’t waste.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Business columnists

A lone ranger

He’s on patrol in the Spada Lake watershed

Date: 09/20/2015 | Local News

13 names added to DUI wall

Family, friends gather to remember those who were killed

Date: 09/18/2015 | Local News

School Winners

MP grads earn memorial scholarships

Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News

Lynnwood man missing since Aug. 29 is considered in danger

LYNNWOOD — Jose P. Sanchez Diaz was working and getting ready to go back to school.He was a few credits short of a high school diploma and looking forward to completing that goal at Edmonds Community College, said his foster mother, Karla Danson.Sanchez...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News

Mill Creek swimmer triumphs over English Channel

This water is really cold.That was the visceral reaction when Joan Weisberg Beyerlein first stood on a beach in Dover, England, then plunged into the English Channel. At 65, she would soon become a channel swimmer, the only woman on a six-person relay team, and the team’s oldest member.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News

Queen Elizabeth surpasses Queen Victoria’s long reign

LONDON — It was a day for the history books. But it was not in her majesty’s temperament to make much of a fuss.

Date: 09/09/2015 | Nation & World

Memories of a lifetime ago

Family who fled Saigon reunites with man who welcomed them

Date: 09/09/2015 | Local News

Everett, Mukilteo principal was devoted to education, kids

EVERETT — To his two children, Greg Gelderman was the dad who was always there for every sports meet and practice. His daughter, Suzanne Rivera, remembers him driving to Snohomish, standing on a hill and waving as she glided through the water as part of a crew with the

Date: 09/08/2015 | Local News

'Cows are cool'

She's on the path to veterinary school

Date: 09/08/2015 | Local News

Chatting with Cadence Whittle

Mukilteo native talks about acting and recent move to L.A.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Life

In memory of what they do

Woman dedicates statue to late husband and all firefighters

Date: 09/07/2015 | Local News

Have vegetable oil, will travel

Couple exploring country after creating fully sustainable vehicles

Date: 09/05/2015 | Local News

Painter Elizabeth Webber leaves a legacy of faith, courage and art

Art was her life’s work, but Elizabeth Webber left a legacy far beyond the whimsical paintings she created. That greater legacy is one of perseverance, kindness and courage through terrible adversity.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Clarence Robertson volunteered for 56 years as a reserve deputy

MONROE — Clarence Robertson proudly wore the badge and uniform.He quietly went about his business as a Snohomish County Sheriff's reserve deputy for 56 years. He was 80 when he died earlier this month.Robertson didn't get...

Date: 08/31/2015 | Local News

'You are heroes!'

Thousands mourn three fallen firefighters (gallery)

Date: 08/30/2015 | Local News

The Chat with comic-book guru and Everett CC professor T. Andrew Wahl

By day, Wahl, 45, leads the journalism and media communication program at Everett Community College. By night, he's a comic-book historian. He travels the state professing his love for superhero comics and is closing in on 3,500 miles of road-tripping for Humanities Washington. He has...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Life

Ironman TV chef

Gordon Ramsay returns for Lake Stevens race

Date: 08/17/2015 | Local News

Beloved Everett teacher delighted in nature, kids

Mr. Sudkamp’s students heard it all the time: “Isn’t nature wonderful?”That was how the Everett High School biology teacher often ended his lessons — with a question that was also his fervent declaration.

Date: 08/16/2015 | Local News

Arlington police report progress with department makeover

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Police Department is more than halfway through a dramatic overhaul meant to improve its management and communication and involve the community in policing.

Date: 08/14/2015 | Local News

Wanted: Twentysomethings for friendship ‘up north’ in Everett

Teresa Konopka is an airplane design safety engineer. Her Boeing job in Everett is demanding, but not all-consuming.The 24-year-old, who lives in Lynnwood, has some time for fun. Her aim is to spend that precious leisure time making...

Date: 08/14/2015 | Local News

Mill Creek police commander hired by Liquor and Cannabis Board

MILL CREEK — Police Cmdr. Ken Neaville is resigning to take a post with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.City officials were notified this week that Neaville, 54, plans to change jobs in September.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Local News

Terrence Howard in court trying to undo divorce agreement

LOS ANGELES — Terrence Howard agreed to a 2012 divorce settlement with his ex-wife because he was afraid she would leak private details about his sex life, his attorney said during opening statements at a hearing involving the actor’s efforts to overturn the agreement.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Life

Glacier Peak teacher with OCD shares experience in new book

His ease with numbers came with a downside, a debilitating condition that severely affected David Dahlberg for much of his life. For years before he knew the name of his problem, Dahlberg grappled with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Local News

Stewart bids ‘Daily Show’ an emotional farewell

NEW YORK — Jon Stewart said an emotional goodbye on Thursday, after 16 years on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” that established him as America’s foremost satirist of politicians and the media.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Nation & World

Singers Zayn Malik, Perrie Edwards call off engagement

NEW YORK — Former One Direction member Zayn Malik and singer Perrie Edwards have called off their engagement.A representative for Malik confirmed Tuesday the couple had ended their engagement. No other details were provided.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Life

Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale divorcing

Though they were rich, famous and incredibly good looking, they could not make it last. Let there be no doubt: Rocking celebrity couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are parting ways after nearly 13 years of marriage.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Life

Victims of Oso mudslide still await buyouts, 16 months later

OSO — The wait seems endless, with dates that keep shifting and questions that go unanswered.Sixteen months after the massive mudslide, families who lost loved ones and houses aren't sure when they might see federal buyouts. For some, that means the difference between...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Local News

WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died. He was 61.The WWE said Friday that Piper had died. It had no additional details.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

Lynn Anderson, singer of ‘Rose Garden,’ dies at 67

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died. She was 67. A statement from the family said she passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

A storyteller by trade

Locals fondly remember author Ann Rule

Date: 07/31/2015 | Local News

Kindnesses of strangers

Accident victim has endured, thanks to his family, police officer

Date: 07/29/2015 | Local News

Bono teams with Revo for eye care awareness

NEW YORK — Bono, who has had problems with his own vision, is partnering with a company to provide better eye care to the underprivileged.

Date: 07/25/2015 | Life

Freedom of gossip has its limits, Gawker learns

The truth will make you free, the more horrible the better. And the more humiliating the truth the richer you get; certainly if you're Nick Denton, founder of the gossip-mongering website Gawker. But that was Phase One.Denton recently pulled an item about a married media...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Never forgotten

Shawneri Guzman’s memory of a drowning inspires her message

Date: 07/22/2015 | Local News

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd released on bail in New Zealand

SYDNEY — AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was released on bail on Monday after his weekend arrest in New Zealand on a charge of breaching the conditions of his home detention sentence for threatening to kill a former employee.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Entertainment

Cosby detailed his womanizing, secrecy efforts a decade ago

Under oath in a hotel — away from the TV cameras and the soapbox where he did his public moralizing — Bill Cosby sketched a very different image of America’s Dad: a philanderer who plied young women with quaaludes, claimed to be adept at reading their unspoken desires...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

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