Washington

Rick redux – and now redemption

I've always thought that the loathing for Rick Neuheisel was out of proportion to his misdeeds. Yes, the former Husky football coach broke rules and definitely lied about his interest in a job elsewhere. He earned the nickname Slick Rick even before he came to Washington.

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The Seattle Times nut graph is bad financial news

Every year, Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen ends the year with a holiday message to the Times staff that usually includes a roundup of the year's notable achievements, plus a dollop of holiday cheer. But this year's message, while not inscribed on a lump of coal, won't go down easily for Times staffers. The message: Brace yourself for some serious cutbacks in '08.

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Is Evergreen a "hippie" school?

What year is it, 1972? That's how I felt reading the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's story about how the Evergreen State College will be offering a six-month program in political activism at Seattle Central Community College. Never mind that Evergreen is widely respected nationally and that many of its pioneering educational offerings--internships for credit, individual study contracts, evaluations instead of grades--are now standard tools at schools all across the country. What the P-I picked up on is that hippies are coming to town!

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Anatomy of a one-party state

In Washington, the Democrats are "routing" Republicans in money, recruitment, and centrist ideology, so much so that GOP defector Fred Jarrett says his former party has positioned itself outside the "governing coalition."

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A whiter-than-expected Christmas

Christmas Day my partner and I decided to pass on various family Christmas doings and attend the Church of Nature. We left in the morning and drove north on a nearly empty I-5 up to the Sedro-Woolley turnoff to Highway 20 and headed into bald eagle country. This time of year, eagles flock to the Upper Skagit River and you can stop along the road from Concrete to Rockport on up to Marblemount and spot the splendid birds perched in the trees along the river like so many over-sized Christmas ornaments, or watch them feed on salmon carcasses along the river banks.

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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Attorney general to fight Fife’s pot ban

The City of Fife is taking the unprecedented step to protect its pot ban by arguing that federal laws supersede state marijuana laws. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday he would fight “vigorously” to protect Washington I-502.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Central Washington fire 90% contained

The Carlton Complex Fire, the largest wildfire in Washington state history, is now 90% contained, officials say.

KPLU-FM

Cost of wildfires exceeds $50M

The cost of fighting this summer's wildfires has gone beyond the $50 million mark.

SEATTLE TIMES

300 homes burned in wildfire

Approximately 300 homes have burned so far in the largest wildfire recorded in Washington state history.

SEATTLEPI.COM

Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington

President Obama declared an emergency in Washington on Wednesday due to the widlfires.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)
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