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March 18, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Like many peasants from the outskirts of Yanan, China, Ren Shouhua was born in a cave and lived there until he got a job in the city and moved into a concrete-block house. His progression made sense as he strove to improve his life. But there's a twist: The 46-year-old Ren plans to move back to a cave when he retires. "It's cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It's quiet and safe," said Ren, a ruddy-faced man with salt-and-pepper hair who moved to the Shaanxi provincial capital, Xian, in his 20s. "When I get old, I'd like to go back to my roots.
April 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Quarterback Tyler Hilinski of Upland has committed to Washington State. He becomes the latest of the Southern California's outstanding quarterback class to make a college commitement. He passed 3,053 yards and 34 touchdowns last season as a junior after transferring from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, where his older brother, Kelly, was the quarterback and ended up attending Columbia. Hilinksi is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior.  
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.
April 22, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Maria L. La Ganga
OSO, Wash. - Standing beneath a banner proclaiming "Oso Strong" one month after the deadly landslide, President Obama told the residents of the hard-hit Stillaguamish Valley that the nation is grieving with them as they struggle to rebuild homes, businesses and families. "There are still families who are searching for loved ones," Obama said after an aerial tour of the devastation aboard the presidential helicopter Marine One and a visit with survivors and first responders. "There are families who have lost everything, and it's going to be a difficult road ahead for them.
July 6, 2008 | August Brown
WHEN IS a TV theme song a political weapon? When it's the theme from "The Sopranos" used just coincidentally by the Washington state Democratic Party in an ad against Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi. The ad is ostensibly a criticism of Rossi's close ties to a lobbying group, the Building Industry Assn. of Washington, and Rossi's own ads against Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire. The now-canonical opening tune, a menacing electro number by British group Alabama 3, is now practically synonymous with ne'er-dowelling in the American pop culture psyche and carries plenty of useful emotional associations from the first note.
February 11, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
The campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called Sunday for a review of the vote count in this weekend's GOP caucuses in Washington state, saying that Arizona Sen. John McCain was declared the winner prematurely. Ed Rollins, Huckabee's campaign chairman, said in a news release that it was "very unfortunate that the Washington state party chairman, Luke Esser, chose to call the race for John McCain after only 87% of the vote was counted."
September 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Washington state Atty. Gen. Christine Gregoire was winning the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday in one of the hardest-fought contests as eight states went to the polls on the last big day of primaries before November. Gregoire -- the state's first female attorney general and a leading player in the $206-billion tobacco settlement of the 1990s -- was getting three of every four votes in her contest with King County Executive Ron Sims.
November 16, 2004 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
There is absolutely no truth to the rumor, advanced by a New York columnist a few years ago, that elections officials in Washington state prefer to age ballots in oak casks before getting around to counting them. That said, it's two weeks after election day, and nobody has any idea who the state's next governor will be.
March 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Winter storms have devastated the Pacific Northwest's popular national parks each of the last two years. After last year's enormous repair effort in nearby Mount Rainier National Park, the major repairs this year are taking place in Olympic National Park. The biggest storm struck in the first week of December, pouring more than 10 inches of rain on some areas in 24 hours. Total damage has been estimated at more than $4 million.
January 31, 2010
at Washington 92, Washington State 64 -- Quincy Pondexter had 29 points and 12 rebounds, recently ill Isaiah Thomas was revived with 19 points while leading a runaway rally in the second half and the Huskies blew past cold, benched Klay Thompson and the Cougars at Seattle. Thompson, the sixth-leading scorer in the nation at 22.3 points a game, was late to the team bus Friday to begin the cross-state trip. Washington State Coach Ken Bone then put Thompson on the bench to begin Saturday's game.
April 8, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE -   One month after the Washington state landslide that killed at least 34, President Obama is planning to survey the destruction firsthand. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that Obama will travel on April 22 to the site of the mammoth slide that closed State Route 530 and destroyed dozens of homes, prompting a major disaster declaration from the White House. The president is scheduled to meet with families of the dead and missing, first responders and recovery workers, Inslee said.
April 8, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - After a major disaster, there is often a terrible seesaw between death tolls and missing lists: As one rises, the other falls. That's what happened Tuesday in Washington state's deadly March 22 landslide. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said the death toll had risen to 35 from 34, and the sheriff's office said the missing list had dropped to 11 from an even dozen. The victim identified Tuesday was Brooke Spillers, 2, who died of multiple blunt-force injuries.
April 3, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE -- Nearly two weeks after a deadly landslide ravaged the once placid Stillaguamish Valley, the death toll continued to rise, and the hard work of moving on came into sharper focus. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Thursday that it has received the remains of 30 victims from the March 22 slide, which left a square mile of devastation in its wake and closed a key state highway. Of the bodies, 27 have been positively identified. The major crimes unit of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office also released an updated list Thursday of the 15 men, women and children believed to be missing in connection with the slide.
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.
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.
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.
December 30, 2010
USC next vs. Washington State, Friday at the Galen Center, 3 p.m. TV: FS West ? The Cougars finished last in the Pacific 10 Conference a season ago, but they still swept both games against USC. They've won 10 of their first 12 games behind the league's top scorer, junior guard Klay Thompson (22.3 points per game entering Wednesday). The Trojans are 4-11 in their last 15 games against WSU. ? Baxter Holmes
March 12, 2009 | Associated Press
Aron Baynes scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and Washington State never trailed in beating Oregon, 62-40, on Wednesday night in a first-round game of the Pacific 10 Conference tournament at Staples Center. Baynes, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound senior from Australia, was seven for eight from the field and six for six from the free-throw line, and grabbed eight rebounds before leaving with 5 minutes 57 seconds left and the Cougars leading, 56-37.
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 Matt Pearce
As a fifth day of search and recovery after the Washington state mudslide came to an end Wednesday, the confirmed death toll remained at 16, officials said. No more bodies had been recovered, and no more survivors were found. Authorities said the number of missing after Saturday's mudslide had officially dropped to 90, with 35 others possibly unaccounted for. But Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington told reporters in Arlington, Wash., that the latter figure was less credible.
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