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P.S. Zombie Bees Invade Washington

Mark Hohn, a novice beekeeper in Kent, holds up a plastic bag with a dead zombie bee and pupae — two at each end of the bag Saturday. Hohn found that his bees are infected with a parasite that causes them to fly at night and lurch around erratically until they die. Story here. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Ellen M. Banner)

Scary WSU Fall Latest In Series

At the bottom of a 23-foot retaining wall, a young man lay in a pool of blood. The fall had broken every bone in his face. His teeth were chipped. He was barely conscious. A police officer called out to him, asking him his name. The body groaned, and slurred something that sounded like “Shawn.” His name wasn't Shawn. It was just minutes after midnight on Saturday, Sept. 10, and several officers who had responded to the fall feared it would end with a body bag. In the hours that followed, as medical staff worked to save the young man, an officer called the Whitman County coroner. The officer warned they might need an autopsy/Stephanie Schendel, Morrow News Service. More here. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Chad Heffelfinger, accident victim)

Question: Do you worry about the party scene on your kid's campus?

Blanchette: Cougs Deserved Boos

Since they let the fans pick the uniforms online last week, maybe the next step for the Washington State Cougars is to let them call the plays from the stands. On the next-to-last snap before halftime here Saturday night, quarterback Jeff Tuel ducked and wiggled and shuffled to buy himself more time for a pass downfield, and what he bought himself was a long incompletion and a vicious lick from Oregon State linebacker Tony Wilson. One second remained and WSU coach Paul Wulff, even with a timeout in his pocket, either out of compassion or common sense ordered Tuel to take a knee on the final play rather than wager on a miracle from midfield. And thousands among the 49,219 gathered – egads, they drew more here for Grambling – for the misbegotten idea of the Cougs ceding a Pacific-12 Conference home game off campus booed/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (AP photo: Coach Paul Wulff, right, protests an unnecessary roughness penalty)

Question: Is it time to get a new coach and a new direction for Washington State?

Ryan Leaf Writes re: 1998 Rose Bowl

To the resume of former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf — college football star, first round NFL draft pick, pro football bust — you can add another entry: Author. Leaf has written a book about his Washington State years, focusing on the 1997 season when he led the Cougars to their first Rose Bowl in six decades and finished third in the Heisman Trophy vote. The book is part of the maturation of the 35-year-old Leaf, whose well-documented boorish behavior in his sports prime made him a national punch line. These days Leaf is all about recovery and introspection. “People didn't know who I was off the football field,” Leaf said of his younger self. “I had this giant ego of an athlete, but I was self-conscious at everything else”/AP. More here. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Dean Hare)

Question: I'm currently reading “Money Ball” by Michael Lewis. It may be the best sports book I've read, including Bernard Malamud's “The Natural”? What is the best sport book you've read?

Koppel Criticizes Journalism’s Direction

Former network news anchor Ted Koppel prescribed a healthier diet for the American public Friday, saying people need more unbiased, substantive news coverage and less “candy” journalism. Koppel, who spent 25 years as anchor of ABC's “Nightline” news show, was in Pullman to receive the 2011 Edward R. Murrow lifetime achievement award at Washington State University. Prior to giving the keynote address, he met with local reporters and students. The first question was about his thoughts on the most pressing issue facing journalists today. “The first thing we have to do is get back in the business of giving the American public what they need to hear - and what they need to hear is nonpartisan news about issues of real importance,” he said. “That means giving them less of the candy news that they've been getting over the past few years”/William L. Spence,  Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you concerned re: the direction journalism is going?

WSU Coordinator Charged With Rape

Ralph Young, the man who is suspected of attempting to rape another man in a College Hill residence early Tuesday morning, has been identified as a Washington State University employee. Young, 30, is the Native American Outreach Coordinator for WSU and in that capacity is responsible for recruiting Native American students as well as promoting higher education. He was arrested Monday after police responded to a sexual assault call on College Hill. A 22-year-old WSU student was sleeping on a friend's couch when he was awakened allegedly early in the morning by the assault by Young, his friend's roommate. The victim stopped Young's assault by pummeling him/Rob Kauder, KXLY. More here.

Ousted WSU Sigma Nu Returning

Michael Herseth, 20, Jordan Tiegs, 21, Alex Winter, 19, Matthew Burlingame, 19, and Cody Wagner, 19,are recruiting new members for the re-opened Sigma Nu fraternity at Washington State University. Story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: Do you consider college fraternities and sororities valuable?

Average Washington Gas Price? $4.01

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gas in Washington is $4.01. That's 6 cents higher than the national average and up 6 cents In a week, 20 cents in a month and 92 cents in the past year. Some metro prices around the state from the AAA's Monday survey: Spokane $3.84, Bellingham $4.10, Bremerton $4.04, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $4.04, Tacoma $4.02, Olympia $4.04, Vancouver $3.93, Yakima $3.98 and Tri-Cities $3.95/KHQ.

Question: Will you change your driving habits if gas hits $4 in Idaho?

Crews Ready Stadium For Apple Cup

At Washington State University today, crews worked to clear the snow from Martin Stadium in preparation for the Apple Bowl Saturday between Washington State and Washington. (Photo courtesy of WSU media relations/Facebook page.

Question: Are you still interested in the outcome of the Apple Cup, despite poor performances in recent years by both teams?

Washington Rejects Nativity Scene

Washington state officials have refused a small Nativity scene that a Catholic group sent to Gov. Chris Gregoire for the state Capitol. The Olympian reports state policy no long allows nongovernment displays inside Capitol buildings. The Department of General Administration says they may be displayed outside, if the meet certain conditions. The Nativity scene was sent to all 50 governors by the New York City-based Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Our annual debate re: ‘war on Christmas’ begins with this post. Is the state of Washington being anal retentive in rejecting a nativity scene in state capital from Catholics?

HBO Poll: Keep Paul Wulff

  • Monday Poll: 50 of 110 respondents (45.45%) voted that Washington State should keep football coach Paul Wulff, no matter what happens at the Apple Cup. An additional 16 of 110 respondents (14.55%) said Wulff should be retained as coach, if the Cougs beat Washington. However, 34 of 110 (30.91%) said Wulff should be fired no matter what happens in the Apple Cup. 10 voters were undecided.
  • Today’s Poll: Do you want a two-year ban on congressional earmarks?

AM: Ryan Leaf Tries To Rebuild Life

Former NFL quarterback  Ryan  Leaf  works the combine on the O’Hara Ranch north of Fort Benton, Mont. Considered by many the biggest bust in the 80-year history of the NFL,  Leaf  knows all about his label, gets where he fell short, how he disappointed, when he squandered what appeared to be a surefire path to stardom. Now, in the relative calm of his Montana hometown he’s trying to mount a comeback at the age of 34, nine years after his last NFL pass. Story here. (AP Photo/Mike Albans)

WSU 23, Montana State 22

Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel (10) scrambles while pursued by Montana State linebacker Aleksei Grosulak during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game today at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

Nico Grasu’s 18-yard field goal with 2:13 remaining capped a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback as Washington State defeated Montana State 23-22 on Saturday to end a 10-game losing streak. The Cougars (1-1) were almost the third FBS school to lose at home to an FCS team on Saturday. Virginia Tech and Minnesota were beaten by lower-division foes. Jeff Tuel threw fourth-quarter TD passes to Andrei Lintz and Jared Karstetter, helping Washington State cut a 22-7 deficit to 22-20. Then, Alex Hoffman-Ellis intercepted Denarius McGhee‘s tipped pass and returned it to the 2-yard line, setting up Grasu’s winning kick/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Will Washington State win again this year?

Sporting News: Akey to WSU?

During a visit to his doctor’s office, long-suffering Washington State alum Howard Martinson saw something in the Aug. 16 edition of Sporting News that brightened his day. While reading an article about the Pac-10 (or Pac-12, whatever the case may be today), Howard read this precition about WSU’s chances this year by Sporting News college football writer Matt Hayes: ” Another awful season will cost Washington State coach Paul Wulff his job. Idaho’s Robb Akey, a former Wazzu assistant, will be his replacement.” More here (scroll down). ” (AP file photo shows Robb Akey in 2006 after being announced as new coach of the Idaho Vandals)

Question: Do you expect Washington State to try to woo successful Idaho Vandals football coach Robb Akey back home?

WSU Students Return To School

For the untrained ear, the sound of thunder might have been heard over an otherwise sunny campus. But really, it was the sound of rumbling wheels bouncing on concrete and asphalt, as thousands of Washington State University students returned to residence halls for the new school year/WSU News Service.

Question: Did you live in a dorm during your underclassmen years? What was that like?

WSU Students Move Back To Campus

At Washington State University, the WSU News Service provides a number of photos from around campus on the college’s Facebook page, including this one of freshmen moving in this week.

Question: Have you ever helped a freshman child move there stuff into a college dorm? Any interesting experiences that you want to share?

Cramming For Finals In The Sun

Krystal Pickering, 21, of Anchorage, Alaska, takes advantage of the warm weather as she works on homework Thursday at Reaney Park in Pullman. Pickering is studying civil engineering at Washington State University. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Dean Hare)

Question: Pictures like this make me think of my college days, half studying on the front lawn of viewtiful Chico State University. I majored in mass communication — and goofing around. What was your college major?

Eric: WSU Fight Song No. 8 In USA

WSU Rugby Team Wins National Title

The Washington State University women’s rugby team defeated Temple University 37-0 in Palo Alto, Calif., to win the USA Rugby national women’s collegiate Division II championship this weekend. This is the first National title for the WSU Women’s Rugby team who ended the 2009-2010 season with an undefeated record. With a 15-5 victory over no. 2 seed Norwich University in the semifinals on Friday, the Cougars had momentum in their favor going into their championship match against the Owls. More from WSU University Relations here.

Question: Do you think the women’s rugby team could take the WSU Cougar football team?

Judge: Caffeine Made Him Do It

A Moscow man whose lawyer blamed caffeine-induced psychosis for alleged hit-and-run crashes at Washington State University in December has been acquitted by reason of insanity. Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier ruled today that Daniel Noble, 31, (pictured) was temporarily insane during the Dec. 9 incident and acquitted him of two felony counts of vehicular assault, two felony counts of hit-and-run and misdemeanor resisting arrest. The Lewiston Tribune reports that Frazier granted a defense motion to acquit Noble based on Noble’s attorney’s intent to use an insanity defense at trial. The two crashes injured pedestrians, Neil Waldbjorn, 19, of Malaga, Wash., and Hogun Hahm, 23, of Pullman. Each suffered a broken leg. Officers used a Taser to subdue Noble/Associated Press. More here.

Question: What horrible thing are you capable of doing while suffering a “caffeine-induced psychosis” from drinking too much coffee?

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