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Technical foul. Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few was correct to wonder about the collective wisdom of the women’s NCAA tournament selection committee, who decided the West Coast Conference champion Zags weren’t worthy of a postseason invitation despite their 27-3 record. Fumed Few: “It’s just shocking. It’s appalling.”

Although NCAA committees have a habit of ignoring Inland Northwest teams (see: Eastern Washington volleyball), the Lady Zags were deeply disappointed Sunday. By Monday, however, they’d put the NCAA snub behind them and were looking ahead to Wednesday’s National Invitation Tournament game against Brigham Young University.

What class. Too bad NCAA tournament officials don’t have a little more of it.

Primary consideration. The Washington state Senate has passed an election reform bill full of revisions, but a major piece has not been addressed. The state needs to push back the date of its primary.

The current primary is too close to November’s general election. The secretary of state says so. County elections officials say so. They need more time to deliver information and ballots, especially to voters in the military. Additionally, the state would be in a huge bind should a razor thin primary require multiple recounts. What would happen to the general election in such a case?

There’s little disagreement on pushing the primary back, but legislators couldn’t agree on a new date. We think a primary in June makes the most sense. Hopefully, the House can settle this before any election reform bill is sent to the governor.

Defense exhibit No. 1. Those who believe radical reform is necessary in the civil justice system couldn’t have asked for a better example than the one Rachel Corrie’s family just handed them.

Corrie, 23, died two years ago when a bulldozer ran over her in the Gaza Strip, where the Evergreen State College student was protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes by Israeli forces. Her parents, who earlier filed claims against Israel and its defense agencies, added another lawsuit this week in Seattle. They are suing Caterpillar Inc., the manufacturer of the bulldozer.

Corrie’s death was tragic, as is the Mideast conflict’s ongoing toll in Palestinian and Israeli deaths. A preposterous lawsuit won’t change any of that — nor bring a measure of logic to the debate over tort law.

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