Cougars fire baseball coach Donnie Marbut

PULLMAN — Donnie Marbut’s decade as Washington State baseball coach ended Tuesday, when athletic director Bill Moos fired him. “Though Donnie and his staff have worked hard over the past 11 years, it is my feeling that a change in leadership at this time was necessary to get Cougar baseball back to a position of […]

Cougar sighting, bomb threat at Snohomish middle school

SNOHOMISH  — A cougar sighting and a bomb threat have made for an interesting day at a Snohomish middle school. KCPQ-TV reports that Centennial Middle School students were first instructed to stay indoors Tuesday after a sheriff’s deputy spotted a cougar on a nearby trail. The deputy tried to follow the cougar but lost sight […]

Testing cutting into class time

Last week, when Seattle teachers walked out for a one-day strike, there was hand-wringing from politicians and others about how harmful it is to the kids to miss out on class time. “The teachers are playing hooky, basically,” said state Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, who put in a bill to dock their pay for any […]

Students tell Sen. Murray about challenges of working through college

Congress is working on rewriting the rules that determine how federal financial aid for college is distributed, and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, is playing a key role. On Tuesday, Murray spent an hour talking to three Washington college students about how financial aid has worked for them — and how it hasn’t. Murray is new […]

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial ingredients getting booted

NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they’re getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing. Instead of “black pepper flavor,” for instance, Taco Bell will start using actual black pepper in its seasoned beef, says […]

Olive Garden: At least 1 more breadstick creation on the way

NEW YORK (AP) — Olive Garden isn’t finished dreaming up new ways to use its breadsticks. The Italian restaurant chain said earlier this month it would introduce “breadstick sandwiches” as part of a broader menu revamp intended to play up its most popular offerings. The sandwiches don’t arrive until June 1, but Olive Garden already […]

Bishop Blanchet hires girls basketball coach

Bishop Blanchet has hired Greg Bruns as its head girls basketball coach. Bruns joins the Braves after leading Skyline for six years. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue to mentor and play a role in the development of today’s student-athlete,” Bruns said. The Braves decided not to renew the contract of former coach […]

Bishop Blanchet promotes assistant to lead baseball program

Bishop Blanchet has promoted longtime coach Mike Finnegan to head baseball coach. Finnegan, a coach within the program since 1992, takes over for George Monica, who retired after 36 seasons at the helm of the Braves. Finnegan spent the last 20 years as the Bishop Blanchet JV coach and has been a varsity assistant for the past […]

Jefferson’s Yi siblings give mom tough viewing choice in state prep golf tournaments

KENT — There is an obvious tone of emotions pulling two directions. When Sunna Yi pulls up tee times for Class 4A state golf tournaments on the internet on Friday night, first she notices her daughter, Hanna, drew a 7:48 a.m. start time for Wednesday’s first round. Then, she sees her son, Sean, drew the […]