Want change? Start by filing an initiative: Tim Eyman submits 17

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The start of the new year is also initiative filing season in Washington. The secretary of state’s office says 37 have been filed so far, led by 17 from initiative activist Tim Eyman. Some of Eyman’s initiatives are called the Taxpayer Protection Act, Tougher on Tolls, Bring Back $30 Car […]

State attorney general proposes to raise smoking age to 21

OLYMPIA – State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to announce a bill to raise the smoking age in Washington to 21 from 18. Most states have allow people to buy cigarettes once they reach 18, though in at least two states, Utah and New Jersey, the age is 19, according to Beverly […]

Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup this weekend

The Washington Sportsmen’s Show – the largest adventure exhibit in the state – is this weekend at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center. Fishing pros discussing their secrets, tactics and techniques include Buzz Ramsey on steelhead methods that work; Del Stephens on catching albacore tuna; fly anglers Jim Teeny, Don Simonson and David Paul Williams; […]

Seattle shooting and car crash land 5 in hospital

Update 1:30 p.m.: Two patients brought to Harborview in connection with Sunday morning’s shooting and car crash were discharged earlier today, the hospital said. One additional patient was admitted with minor injuries and is stable. Update 1 p.m.: A 25-year-old victim with gunshot wounds to his leg and stomach remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center, the […]

3 children found with knife wounds; mom arrested

Police say an Olympia mother has been arrested after her three young children suffered severe knife wounds to their necks. Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa said officers went to the home after 1 a.m. Sunday. Both parents were there, and the children — a 2-year-old and 6-month-old twins — had life-threatening wounds. They were rushed […]

Man kneeling in street killed by vehicle in Marysville

A man kneeling in a street in Marysville was struck and killed by a vehicle early Sunday morning, the Marysville Police Department said in a release. The 39-year-old Marysville man was kneeling, facing away from oncoming traffic when a 54-year-old woman driving eastbound on 88th Street struck him shortly before 3 a.m. He lifted himself […]

Harrison’s ‘The Big Seven’: persistently deadly sins

‘The Big Seven’ by Jim Harrison Grove Press, 342 pp., $26 Prolific novelist Jim Harrison continues his late-life roll with “The Big Seven,” his 20th book of fiction and a welcome return of his marvelously flawed antihero Simon Sunderson. In Harrison’s 2011 best-seller, “The Great Leader,” Sunderson, a newly retired, recently divorced police detective, becomes […]

Book-awards season: Winners for your shelves

Lit Life It’s prize time. Two recently announced lists, of finalists and winners for the best books of 2014, should bulk up your library shelves for months to come. List one: the National Book Critics Circle’s finalists for seven prizes given to the best books of 2014. Finalists, announced last week, include the third novel […]

The Week Ahead: Bill Frisell, Ross Coen and ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

MOVIES ‘Mr. Turner’ Director Mike Leigh gives us a portrait of the great British painter J.M.W. Turner, made up of dabs and splotches, and it’s often — in the manner of a great painting — mesmerizing. Timothy Spall stars. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page I5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira […]

‘West of Sunset’: re-imagining F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final years

“West of Sunset” by Stewart O’Nan Viking, 304 pp., $27.95 With “West of Sunset,” one brilliant American novelist has taken on another. The first is a gifted chronicler of (among other things) modern everyday life, the second a gifted chronicler of (among other things) a glamorous world gone by. The former: Stewart O’Nan, whose sturdy […]

‘All the Light We Cannot See’ shines atop book sales list

BEST-SELLERS As reported by Publishers Weekly Hardcover fiction 1. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr 2. Gray Mountain, John Grisham 3. Insatiable Appetites, Stuart Woods 4. The Third Target, Joel C. Rosenberg 5. Hope to Die, James Patterson 6. The Escape, David Baldacci 7. As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Alan Bradley 8. […]