Seahawks to expand CenturyLink by 1,000 seats for next season, sources say

In the first significant expansion in the history of CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks are planning to add 1,000 seats in the upper level of the south end zone in time for the 2015 season, The Seattle Times has learned. The expansion, which will be paid for by the Seahawks and cost an estimated $5 million to […]

‘Cake’: Jennifer Aniston plays against type

In “Cake,” Claire (Jennifer Aniston) is a woman in pain, both mentally and physically; she crunches painkillers like candy, hides pill bottles in key locations around her house, whimpers as she moves from chair to chair. Everything about her droops: her posture; her loose, colorless clothing; her hair; the corners of her mouth. We quickly […]

‘Mr. Turner’: a captivating portrait of British painter

In “Mr. Turner,” Timothy Spall has the voice of a rusty hinge. As the great British painter J.M.W. Turner, he speaks in a symphony of grunts and mumbles, sounding, in his nonverbal expressions of agreement or dismay, like a pair of old metal pipes mating. And while you may occasionally strain (or yearn for the […]

Grand style in Wes Anderson’s ‘Budapest Hotel’ | Sunday Best

Milena Canonero, nominated this year for a best costume design Oscar for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” has a long history with the Academy Awards. She won her first in 1976, for the Stanley Kubrick period drama “Barry Lyndon.” A native of Italy, she’s spent decades making beautiful costumes, some of which have kicked off fashion […]

New Kids on the Block up to old tricks, tour with TLC and Nelly | Ticket alert

New Kids on the Block up to old tricks, tour with TLC and Nelly | Ticket alert New Kids on the Block’s “The Main Event” tour will be coming to the Tacoma Dome on Wed., May 6. Tickets are $29.50-$91.50 and will go on sale Jan. 31 via Comments | More in Rock/Pop | […]

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, dozens killed

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — In fierce fighting Sunday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on villages some 200 kilometers (125 miles) to the south in Adamawa state, slitting throats […]

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. “This is essentially using a […]

French arrests raise question: Is free speech for all?

LONDON — When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt it as an attack on freedom of speech. Since the rampage that left four dead at a kosher supermarket and 12 at the Charlie Hebdo offices, French authorities have arrested dozens […]

Warriors’ Klay Thompson wins over his toughest critic

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mychal Thompson purchased a new, bigger, wider-screen cellphone just a few days ago, and not surprisingly, he is ecstatic he made the investment. The longtime Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster watched the phenomenal performance by his son, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson — 52 points, including an NBA record 37 in the […]

Stop making excuses for nonvoting millennials

The recent economic crisis hit the American middle class hard. But for the youngest adults trying to gain a foothold in the good life, it’s been devastating. So why did so few millennials, the huge cohort of 18- to 29-year-olds, vote last November? Only 21 percent bothered. Let’s dispense with the excuse that they don’t […]

Europe’s economy was wrecked in the name of responsibility

The United States and Europe have a lot in common. Both are multicultural and democratic; both are immensely wealthy; both possess currencies with global reach. Both, unfortunately, experienced giant housing and credit bubbles between 2000 and 2007, and suffered painful slumps when the bubbles burst. Since then, however, policy on the two sides of the […]