To be a Mariner fan is to have the hope beaten out of you. The optimism seems to diminish with each succeeding season until a certain defeatist attitude has taken hold, the nagging certitude that somehow, eventually, it will all fall apart. Today, however, is the day to believe.
The death toll from the Snohomish County mudslide climbed by three to 21 on Sunday, and searchers found four additional victims who are not part of that official count. The number of people still missing after nine days of searching stands at 30.
TIMES WATCHDOG: The state Department of Natural Resources used outdated boundaries to restrict logging above the Snohomish County slope that collapsed, failing to incorporate newer research that would have protected land later clear-cut, according to a Seattle Times analysis.
India's top court commutes the sentence of death row prisoner Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, accepting his plea that the government took a long time to decide his mercy plea and also on grounds that he was mentally ill.