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‘Antwerp’ Seattle 8th-grader’s ticket to national geography bee

It was time to get a new world map, 14-year-old Nick Harrington and his family decided, after he won his school geography bee and started preparing...

Lakeside Middle School's Nick Harrington, 14, of Seattle gets congratulated by a fellow contestant, Emily Nolan after winning the Washington's National Geographic State Bee at Pacific Lutheran University on Friday, Mar. 267, 2015. Nick's happy parents Jay and Shi Harrington are all smiles in the back.

Demand down for soldiers needing JBLM’s Warrior Transition Battalion

The Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is close to empty. That means far fewer military service members are being hurt in overseas...

Horse therapy program helps wounded warriors at Joint Base Lewis McChord overcome emotional and physical scars of war.

Daffodil Festival crowns Ashley Becker as queen at annual coronation ceremony

Clouds rolled into Tacoma on Saturday, but that didn’t keep the city’s theater district from basking in the sunny glow of Daffodil Festival...

Daffodil princess yell out a cheer before the start of the competition for the daffodil queen title at the Pantages Theater on Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015.

Matt Driscoll: Inaction could be too costly on Tacoma’s $15 minimum wage movement

The minimum wage debate, which has already raged in Seattle and SeaTac, is coming to Tacoma. In fact, it’s already here. Just don’t tell...


How to lower your taxes in retirement

You might be hitting a tax sweet spot, a period of relatively low income because you’ve retired but not yet started collecting Social Security...

401K, IRA and Retirement

2 friends who love beer equals Oly Taproom

Taproom and bottle shop opened in February.

Oly Taproom co-owners Levi Hendricks, right, and Sanrica Marquez have a varied selection of brews on tap, bottled beer and cider. The taproom is across from Percival Landing.

DreamWorks' 'Home' bests 'Get Hard' at box office with $54M

Business was brisk at the weekend box-office, where the DreamWorks animated alien adventure "Home" beat out the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy "Get...

In this image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Kevin Hart, left, and Will Ferrell appear in a scene from the film, "Get Hard."

Track and field: Lakes’ Isaac Swillie leaping, running way to an amazing comeback

The Lakes High School senior and standout in the 100, 200 and long jump strained his left hamstring at last year’s bidistrict meet and it cost...

Lakes’ Isaac Swillie, center, runs the 100 meters to win in an official time of 10.75 seconds in a track meet against Auburn Riverside on Thursday. Swillie also won in the 200 meters (21.37), long jump (22 feet, 7 inches) and was part of the winning 1,600 relay team (3:39.39).

John McGrath: It’s time for Gonzaga to snap 57-year local Final Four drought

Basketball fans in this state have been waiting a long time to follow a Final Four team with local ties. Gonzaga can snap the 57-year drought Sunday...

Gonzaga senior guard Gary Bell Jr., a graduate of Kentridge High School, should be reason enough for local Huskies and Cougars fans to root for the Bulldogs in the Elite Eight contest against Duke.

Analysis: Don’t be surprised if Mariners use modified six-man rotation

Signs point to the Mariners employing what amounts to a modified six-man rotation over the next six months in order to be ready to handle a seventh...

Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias will likely start the season with the Tacoma Rainiers, but could get many starts this season for Seattle if the Mariners use a modified six-man rotation.

Pope prays for plane crash victims during Palm Sunday Mass

Pope Francis opens solemn Holy Week services with Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis celebrates a Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Woman, 2 year old killed, man injured in Washington shooting

A 29-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy were fatally shot early Saturday, and a third shooting victim was suffering from life-threatening injuries...

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department detective Earle Smith listens to a news briefing on the fatal shootings at the Kariotis Community mobile home park off McWilliams Rd. in East Bremerton, Wash. on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Homeowners facing foreclosure may instead be home free

In a growing number of foreclosure cases, lenders may never be able to seize the homes because the state statutes of limitations have been exceeded.

Susan Rodolfi has missed more than five years of mortgage payments and is still living in her home in Miami. Thousands of homeowners like Rodolfi, who stopped paying mortgages years ago, may have an out as statues of limitations expire. Rodolfi says she accepts responsibility for falling behind on her mortgage, but she blames her lenders for delaying the modification process.

The political battle in Washington after the Civil War

The 150th anniversary of the end of the U.S. Civil War is approaching. Here is what happened after the guns – including the one that killed...

In Georgia, legislators sent former Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens to the Senate.

Police: 2 bodies found 3 days after NYC blast

Emergency workers were looking for signs of two missing men, both believed to be in the ground floor sushi restaurant in the building where the explosion...

A fire official stands at the window of a building adjacent to the site of a building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York, Friday, March 27, 2015.