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Another Thursday over at WSU


COUGARS • UPDATED: MIDNIGHT

The usual Thursday practice is finished, with Washington State running through the game plan on both sides of the ball. We have more from the workout, plus cover what coach Paul Wulff had to say in his press conference, so read on.

• UPDATE: We have a story on the 2011 Washington State football schedule in today’s S-R. The Cougars open Pac-12 play at Colorado, also play UCLA on the road. Host Utah and ASU from the South Division. All the games can be found below.

Just getting through a Thursday morning at WSU


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Sitting with my fingers on the keyboard as the seconds pass, I realize nothing witty is going to come. Not even half that. So we type a few words and tell you there is plenty of Washington State news and information on the link, so read on.

It was easy to hear WSU’s hitting


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When Paul Wulff walked up to talk about practice Wednesday afternoon, the first question concerned the loud nature of practice. Not people yelling. The sound pads make when they bang together. Hard. Read on.

Everyone at WSU could probably use a bye


COUGARS • UPDATE: 10:20 A.M.

Think about this. When Washington State’s football schedule was first revealed last season, this was the bye week. Yep, after nine consecutive weeks, the Cougars were going to get one off. But the Pac-10 needed to make some adjustments to the schedule. The easiest decision was to move the WSU game with California to this week. Some discussion, some money and bingo, the Cougars are playing 11 consecutive weeks. For more WSU football news, read on.

Yellow a popular color at WSU


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A near-perfect fall day in the Palouse ended with Washington State on the practice field with a less-than-perfect workout. Why was it less than perfect? Because a defensive contributor was unable to finish. Read on.

Tuesdays with WSU one more time


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I got up this morning and there was hot, fresh coffee waiting for me. See, last night I deciphered the instructions and programmed the new coffee maker to start brewing before I got out of bed. And it worked. We have a new motto here at SportsLink, WSU division: Celebrating life’s little victories one day at a time. For more on Washington State, read on.

WSU starts getting ready for Cal


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Washington State’s Monday night football practice is over. The Cougars avoided the wet conditions and practiced in the bubble. We have some notes and some thoughts, so read on.

Riots in Berkeley…

Good evening, Netizens…

 

November 20, 2009

 

AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

 

Demonstrators struggle with police with a barricade in front of a closed off building on the University of California, Berkeley on the Berkeley, Calif., campus, Friday,. Nov. 20, 2009, during a demonstration against university fee hikes and layoffs.

Berkeley. Why is it that despite having lived on the edge of the Berkeley campus for over 3 years, attending school each day and having witnessed some of the essential goodness that occasionally reared its head in that town, that each time someone mentions its name, I still recall the bloody, gory and totally repugnant series of riots that swept through Berkeley over People’s Park? The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department went on a head-hunting session after students overturned a Berkley Police squad car in front of Sproul Hall Plaza, and in the process of out-of-control police a Circuit Court judge threw out the cases of everyone they arrested, even those who were guilty. A peaceful poet, standing atop Shakespeare’s Bookstore on Telegraph Avenue to take a better picture of the “festivities” was shot dead by an Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy who thought his zoom lens was a gun.

 

I remember the anti-war demonstration that turned into a riot where several City Council and former City Council members were among the arrested. Joan Baez sang in front of Moe’s Bookstore on Telegraph Avenue while, up the street, people were overturning squad cars and getting themselves arrested.

 

In my day, people protested all manner of things, especially against war in all its formidable forms. However, my generation never protested about the price of education.

 

My how times have changed.

 

Dave

 

Meanwhile, in California…

The state budget picture is much, much worse. From the Financial Times:

Once the US’s richest state, California now has the dubious distinction of having the worst credit rating in the country….

California’s fiscal year ends on Wednesday but as the state’s cash reserves are empty, IOUs will be issued to a range of creditors, including contractors, such as information technology companies and the food service groups that cater for prisons.

ALSO: An unrelated tech note. We’ve had some reports of RSS feed problems, which we think we’v now got fixed. If you’re having problems, please shoot me an e-mail.

In wake of today’s court ruling, Washingtonians on both sides of the same-sex marriage divide try to gauge lessons from California…

California’s supreme court has upheld Proposition 8, the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling, however, allows thousands of same-sex marriages performed prior to the ban.

California’s experience has been closely watched in Washington, where gay marriage opponents have filed a referendum to undo a state law granting domestic partners most of the rights and responsibilities of spouses.

In interviews, foes of same-sex marriage cite Prop. 8 as evidence that voters, if given the chance, will reject it. (In Washington, the picture’s a little less clear, since the law targeted by the referendum stops short of full marriage.)

On the other side of the issue, some gay marriage proponents see California as an argument for a more incremental approach to winning the right to marry.

“If the brief back-and-forth history of marriage equality in California teaches us anything, it’s that progress must occur with public involvement and input, one step at a time,” said Washington state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, one of several openly gay lawmakers in Olympia.

“…In Washington, we remain dedicated to continuing our conversation with the public and steadily building upon our domestic partnership progress,” he said. “I’m confident that Washington state will soon be ready to accept — once and for all — full marriage equality for all.”