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40,000 miles of open ocean — and a boat full of rookies

The biennial Clipper Round the World Yacht Race puts total novices aboard some of the fastest sailboats on the sea. Two have died this year…

The off-kilter life of a great American architect

The two New York cops discovered the old man’s body in a men’s room toilet on the lower level of Penn Station. It was Sunday…

Letter from South Africa

CAPE TOWN — Death forgot to check today’s weather forecast. There was no gloomy rain, no need for funereal black umbrellas on this day of…

Can Bezos help Post climb back into the ring?

Talk about your bad timing. In last Sunday’s New York Times, readers were treated to a lengthy and florid profile of Katharine Weymouth, the 47-year-old…

A very bad night on the Iditarod trail

Want to get your mind off the economy? You could read Moby Dick. Or get drunk. Or you could take the ultimate in escapism. Simply…

A side of transparent pork, please

Congressman Jim McDermott makes no excuses for spreading the pork. Earmark is a semi-naughty word these days but McDermott, like many of his Congressional colleagues,…

Garden Show is talking to buyers

Seattle’s popular spring garden show, all but thrown on the compost heap for lack of new financial support, may bloom again. Duane Kelly, the show’s…

Blogging the Inauguration: A raspberry from the bleachers

It was predictable that an event the size of the Inauguration would have a few problems. Corralling a million or so people onto the National…

Blogging the Inauguration: Caught in the crush

There’s no doubt Barack Obama will be on time for his Inauguration but we’re already way late. It’s 5:30 a.m., we’re walking out the door,…

Blogging the Inauguration: A giant feed lot

The economy may be tanking, but a drive around downtown Washington on Friday makes one thing perfectly clear: Barack Obama's inauguration has been a bonanza…

We’re electing Obama today. ZZZZZZ

Talk about your anticlimax. Barack Obama can’t assume the presidency on January 20 unless something happens throughout the country today — and the media is…

Is that dollars, Dale, or glass?

Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly is one of six Seattleites listed as major donors to the Obama inauguration. The Presidential Inaugural Committee says Chihuly donated…

The Fed’s intervention in AIG: possibly a stroke of genius by the White House

"Make no mistake," as the politicians like to say. They'll be discussing, and debating, the AIG takeover for the rest of all our lives, and…

A hurricane blows away bad news

Gustav came ashore in Louisiana as a diminished Category 2 hurricane, but it's a fat Category 5 gift to the GOP. Let us count the…

Who loves our presidential election marathon? Norwegians

"I never thought I could get the Norwegian government interested in the Mississippi primary," quips Wegger Chr. Strommen, Norway's Ambassador to the U.S. "There isn't…