Remembering the fallen and their dream of peace

The 63rd annual Memorial Day service at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue on Monday included the laying of the wreaths, music from the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band and a dove release. Article source:

After conservative pushback, tax proposal in Olympia disappears

OLYMPIA — Big-idea revenue proposals this year have come and gone, attracting momentary attention before drifting away as state lawmakers focus on what they think could gain enough votes to pass. But last week, one recently introduced proposal actually, formally disappeared. House Bill 2255, which would have lifted the 1 percent cap on local property-tax […]

Liquor Control Board getting new name, more pot control

OLYMPIA — Big changes are coming to the state Liquor Control Board, including a name change. The same law that will change the name July 24 to the “Liquor and Cannabis Board” also directed the agency to decide which unlicensed medical-marijuana shops and grow operations to legitimize by July 1, 2016. The process will involve […]

After embarrassment, Seattle finds public toilet that’s just right

Seattle is trying yet again to relieve itself of its Pioneer Square public-toilet problem. The city’s current budget includes $230,000 for the purchase, transportation and installation of a stand-alone restroom in the historic downtown neighborhood, where large numbers of tourists, sports fans and homeless people lack a reliable option. An official leading the project said […]

Chocolate mousse, still light and decadent after all these years

Although “Mad Men” has ended, the rage over 1950s and 1960s style is still going strong. Midcentury architecture is back. Midcentury furniture is back. Midcentury fashions are back. So why not some midcentury food, like chocolate mousse? Chocolate mousse has been gracing American tables at least since 1896. But it truly came to prominence around […]

Nevada case is latest to test ‘stand your ground’ laws

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The idea that a person’s home is their castle and they have the right to kill trespassers has been widely accepted in the U.S. for more than a century. But that broad legal premise has been put to the test in several states amid cases that stretched the boundaries of “stand […]

Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Five years after the BP […]

California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world’s driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed “a sunburnt country,” suffered a torturous drought from the late 1990s through 2012. Now Californians are facing their own “Big Dry,” and looking Down Under to […]