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Tue., March 25, 2014, 11:58 a.m.

Grim Process Of Finding Bodies Starts

Flowers are left on debris next to a demolished home where a woman's body was found following a deadly mudslide on Tuesday in Arlington, Wash. At least 14 people were killed in the 1-square-mile slide that hit in a rural area about 55 miles northeast of Seattle on Saturday. Several people also were critically injured, and homes were destroyed. Story here. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Of all the help that has arrived here along the Stillaguamish River in the wake of Saturday's deadly mudslide, one group in particular stands out. The state mortuary assistance team is now in place and ready to work. "There is a point at which you bring them in," John Pennington, director of the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, told reporters during a rain-soaked Tuesday morning news conference. "This is that particular point." The death toll stands at 14, and the list of the missing or unaccounted for is still 176. But officials said Tuesday both of those numbers should change by day's end/Los Angeles Times. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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