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November 4, 2004 | Lisa Getter, Times Staff Writer
The race for governor of Washington state was still up for grabs Wednesday, with state Atty. Gen. Christine Gregoire hanging on to a narrow lead over Republican candidate Dino Rossi. But the final results may be days away. Rossi is hoping to become the state's first governor from his party in 24 years. But his edge over Gregoire on Wednesday morning was erased when several thousand more votes from the Seattle area were counted.
April 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  The college offers are starting to pile up for Santa Ana Mater Dei receiver-linebacker Ben Humphreys. Coach Bruce Rollinson said Humphreys has offers from California, Washington, Washington State, Utah, Yale, Northwestern, Miami, Wisconsin, Oregon State and Duke. Humphreys will try to be what Thomas Duarte was for Mater Dei two years ago _ a big-time pass catcher and defensive standout. He also has terrific grades, so as he continues to get faster, stronger and better, the offers figure to increase.
August 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Gov. Christine Gregoire declared a wildfire emergency in Washington state Thursday as firefighters scrambled to keep up with new lightning-sparked fires while battling half a dozen large blazes already burning in the eastern part of the state. More thunderstorms with lightning were forecast for today, raising fears that fire crews could be stretched even more if new fires start.
March 31, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Washington state accused the federal government Monday of missing crucial legal deadlines to clean up 56 million gallons of highly radioactive waste at the former Hanford nuclear weapons site in southeastern Washington, demanding a new set of schedules by April 15. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz demanding that eight new double-shelled storage tanks be built to hold waste that is in leaky underground tanks with single steel walls.
December 7, 2000 | Reuters
Washington state said it will take over Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s workers' compensation program, accusing the retail giant of failing to pay proper benefits to injured workers. In seven years of managing its own claims in Washington, Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, had been warned and fined repeatedly, but still underpaid wages and benefits to injured workers and failed to accept some accident reports, state labor officials said. A spokesman for Bentonville, Ark.
October 8, 2004 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
President Bush sharply curtailed television advertising in Washington state this week, a sign that national Republicans may be privately conceding the state's 11 electoral votes. With California already being counted in the Democratic column, the apparent Bush pullback from Washington would leave Oregon as the last competitive state on the West Coast in the presidential race. It would also strengthen Democratic nominee John F. Kerry's presumed electoral base.
February 15, 2006 | From Associated Press
Hoping to lure disgruntled visitors back to the state's parks, the Washington House of Representatives has voted to repeal a highly unpopular $5 parking fee blamed for driving away millions of people. Democratic House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler said the 3-year-old fee was a failed experiment after nearly a century of free access in Washington. During the first two years, the money was used to whittle away a $350-million maintenance backlog.
September 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Presidential candidate Ralph Nader won a spot Wednesday on the November ballot in Washington state but suffered setbacks in his effort to be listed on Michigan, Oregon and Texas ballots. The secretary of state's office in Washington said Nader would be listed as an independent after he submitted 1,983 signatures. The minimum required is 1,000. Also Wednesday, a federal judge rejected Nader's claims that Texas' tough ballot-access requirements for independent candidates are unconstitutional.
April 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A cow that wandered into traffic near a freeway shopping mall was killed by Spokane County sheriff's deputies who repeatedly stunned it with a Taser. "We're not cowboys. I don't believe we have any rodeo champions on staff," spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said of the deputies' decision to repeatedly "zap" the animal Wednesday after efforts to restrain it failed. The cow was among three that escaped from a field near the Spokane Valley Mall.
October 29, 2003 | From Associated Press
Wind-driven waves seriously damaged a dockside restaurant and disrupted ferry service Tuesday while a motorist was killed by a falling tree on nearby Whidbey Island. The storm hit the entire state, blowing dust from the fields in eastern Washington and reducing visibility to zero in some areas. Winds gusted above 70 mph in eastern Washington and topped 50 mph in the northwest part of the state.
March 30, 2014 | Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce
Volunteer firefighter Jan McClelland, who runs a dairy farm outside this tiny town on the edge of the Cascade Range, was delivering baby goats on the morning of March 22. It was a sunny Saturday in birthing season, filled with the gentle mewling of new life. Summer Raffo, punctual to the core, was heading down State Route 530, passing through Oso on the way to one of her three jobs. She had an appointment to shoe horses in nearby Arlington, and she would not be late. Her anvil was stowed in her blue Subaru.
March 30, 2014
Re "An area primed for a disaster," March 28 Unlike earthquakes, landslides like the one in Washington state can be detected, preventing loss of life. For decades, movements of large sloped land masses have been measured utilizing inclinometers that quantify the magnitude and geometry of soil movements at different depths. The measurements, combined with numerical modeling, produce a three-dimensional imagery of the subsurface soil mass and its directional movements. To prevent future Hazel Slide disasters, government entities should mandate that developers install monitoring systems that transmit data to the U.S. Geological Survey and state and local survey centers for analysis so any necessary alerts can be issued for evacuations.
March 26, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DARRINGTON, Wash. - The stories rang with fear and frustration, pain and the occasional flicker of joy. But the storytellers Wednesday were not the survivors of the deadly mudslide that slammed into the Stillaguamish Valley. For the first time since a mountain of mud buried a small rural enclave called Oso and largely cut Darrington off from the rest of the world, a small number of rescuers spoke at length of their long hours on "the pile," of plucking the living from a square mile of mud and debris, of tagging the dead bodies of neighbors.
March 26, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Only the very best teams in college basketball have advanced to the NCAA tournament's round of 16. Take Dayton versus Stanford in the South Regional … please. Dayton finished fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference and absorbed a 26-point loss this season at St. Joseph's. Stanford tuned up for the NCAA tournament with an invigorating 25-point loss to UCLA. UCLA is not one to talk, though, losing its last Pac-12 Conference regular-season game, by 18, at doormat Washington State.
March 25, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Matt Pearce
ARLINGTON, Wash. - First, there was a roar. Then the trees began to twist. The last thought Gary "Mac" McPherson had before blacking out was that a tornado had struck the Stillaguamish Valley. The 81-year-old McPherson and his wife, Linda, 69, had been spending the sun-filled Saturday morning side by side, reading the Everett Herald and sipping caffeine - Diet Coke for her, coffee for him - when the landslide slammed into the home they had shared for most of their 46-year marriage.
March 25, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Steve Fisher, San Diego State's basketball coach, peered down from the high heaven of an NCAA news conference platform last Saturday and remarked, "This is a funny business we're in. " Fisher's words came after Xavier Thames had scored 53 points in 48 hours to lead the Aztecs out of an NCAA sub-regional in Spokane. It wasn't funny if you were trying to stop the senior known as "X," who was definitely a factor in giving a point-guard tutorial against New Mexico State and North Dakota State.
More Doctors Smoke Camels than any other Cigarette . . . . After all, a doctor smokes for pleasure too. The pleasing mildness of a Camel can be just as welcome to his throat as to yours. The year was 1946. The advertisement arrived in the mailboxes of Americans on the back cover of their Sept. 2 Life magazine. A kindly doctor was pictured taking the pulse of an older woman, a woman not unlike everyone's mother.
August 11, 2009 | Kim Murphy
Stevan Dozier was 25 when he punched a woman in the face to snatch her purse, another episode in the cash-for-crack crime wave that plagued America's big cities during the 1980s. Over the next eight years, he would be arrested three more times for the same thing. But just before his last conviction, Washington in 1993 became the first state to pass a law requiring criminals with three serious felony convictions to spend the rest of their lives in prison. California followed suit the next year, and 24 other states now have similar laws.
March 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
They play for rival schools now, Ty Moore at UCLA and Jeremy Martinez at USC. But they're brothers forever after being teammates at Santa Ana Mater Dei, and each came through with hits in the 10th inning on Sunday to deliver victory for their respective teams. Moore. a sophomore, had a two-run single in the 10th inning to give UCLA an 8-7 win over Washington State. Martinez, a freshman, had an RBI double in the 10th to break a 3-3 tie and help USC defeat Stanford, 6-3.  
March 16, 2014 | By Chris Foster
No. 4 UCLA (26-8) vs. No. 13 Tulsa (21-12) Friday at Viejas Arena in San Diego How they got here: UCLA finished second in Pac-12 play and won the conference tournament. Tulsa finished in a four-way tie for first place in Conference USA and won the conference tournament. Last 10 games: UCLA 7-3, Tulsa 10-0. Record vs. NCAA tournament teams: UCLA 8-4; Tulsa 0-3. Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated fourth-ranked Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game, 75-71.
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