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MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2016

Washington bill would require students to learn cursive writing 16 

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers are considering a bill that would make the instruction of cursive writing mandatory in all Washington state schools. KING-TV reports that the bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn, says students should be learning how to read and write cursive because it’s “part of being an American.”

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Snoqualmie Pass to close parts of Monday, Tuesday nights 

Four-hour closures are planned for Snoqualmie Pass starting at 11 p.m. Monday and again Tuesday night to allow crews to remove snow from ditch lines where it accumulates at the base of slopes. Traffic will be stopped eastbound at milepost 56 near Gold Creek and westbound at milepost 70 near Easton.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 24, 2016

Few abusive clergy members on Seattle Archdiocese’s list were convicted 

SEATTLE – It’s possible that just five of the 77 Catholic priests and clergy members in Western Washington identified as likely sex abusers of children were ever convicted. The Seattle Times reported Sunday that it came to that conclusion after analyzing a list published this month by the Seattle Archdiocese. The list includes names of priests and other clergy who served or lived in Western Washington since the 1920s “for whom allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have been admitted, established or determined to be credible” following a two-year review by a consultant and an archdiocese-appointed board.

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West Side lawmaker alters bio after war record questioned 

SEATTLE – A Washington state lawmaker who served in the Arizona Air National Guard has altered his official online biography after a newspaper raised questions about medals he claimed to have received. Until recently, Republican Rep. Graham Hunt of Orting listed three medals that a military personnel center has no record of him receiving, the Seattle Times reported. A military spokeswoman cautioned that the center’s records are sometimes incomplete, but Hunt nevertheless deleted references to the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

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Wapato family with autistic son pushes for statewide alert system

Raising an autistic child can be challenging and fretful. Just ask Theresa and Darren King, whose son was once found in an irrigation ditch after wandering away from home. After that experience, the Wapato, Washington, couple worried about the potential for other events, such as a house fire or medical crisis. How would emergency responders know they were dealing with an autistic child?

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SATURDAY, JAN. 23, 2016

Yeni Mora visits with some of her regulars while Maria Cervantes serves them on Dec.  10 in Dillon, Mont., at Mora’s  restaurant, Los Koritas. (Erik Petersen / Tribune News Service)

Talk about immigration hits home for Montana diner owner 

DILLON, Mont. – Yeni Mora floated in from the kitchen with a smile and set two carafes of freshly brewed coffee on a table seating 20 of her most devoted patrons. Her Mexican restaurant in this town of 4,000 is a place where locals like to say they compete to “try to tell the biggest lie,” and where what happens around the world, or just across the street, is debated over eggs, coffee and jugs of creamer the size of a lap dog.

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Late-season hunt thins elk on private Montana land

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, Mont. – A special late-season hunt to reduce overpopulations of elk on private land in central Montana is working, state wildlife officials told Gov. Steve Bullock. The Fish and Wildlife Commission had approved the shoulder season, on ...

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Skull castings of a 3-million-year-old hominid, left, and a modern chimpanzee at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia in 2006. (FILE Associated Press / FILE Associated Press)

University of Oregon researcher’s evolutionary biology work attracts debate

EUGENE – University of Oregon molecular biologist Ken Prehoda is experiencing the ups and downs of becoming a viral sensation – as in social media, not an infection. A paper on evolutionary biology he and co-authors published this month on eLifeSciences, an electronic scholarly journal, was groundbreaking enough that scientists nationally took notice – and so provocative that it became clickbait for opponents of evolutionary theory.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2016

Avalanche danger in Cascades is high through this weekend

WENATCHEE – A forecast for rain and snow at higher elevations in the Cascade Mountains could also cause dangerous avalanche conditions for mountain travelers, and especially for backcountry skiers, snowmobilers and other winter recreationists. “A warming trend with rain on ...

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Night crawlers and coffee cans

Do you have sweet summer memories of stalking worms after dark? You know, harvesting bait. You would soak the lawn to coax the night crawlers up. You would grab a ...

Parting Shot — 5.26.16

A protester is removed during a speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign event in Albuquerque, N.M. In AP’s delegate count, Trump surpassed the number needed to ...

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