Seattle Times Headlines

Watch: Star athletes Michael Bennett, Luke Falk, Shawn Johnson and Warren Moon talk at Seattle Sports Star of the Year Award

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 13:36

Michael Bennett, Luke Falk, Shawn Johnson and Warren Moon talk with Times columnist Matt Calkins at the Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards.

Michael Bennett earns Seattle Sports Star of the Year, deserves another title: Quintessential Seahawk

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 13:28

Defensive end Michael Bennett embodies this outspoken, talented Seahawks team with his outrageous quotes and off-the-charts ability. Wednesday he was honored as the Seattle Sports Male Star of the Year.

U.S. wins Olympic qualifying opener

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 13:18

Alex Morgan scored 12 seconds in and added another goal in the 62nd minute and the U.S. women’s team opened CONCACAF qualifying for the Rio Olympics with a 5-0 victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas.

Apple co-founder is bringing us an even nerdier ‘Comic Con’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 13:06

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society. So it made perfect sense to him to bring a convention meshing technology with pop culture to Silicon Valley. The convergence will occur March 18-20 in San Jose, California, with the debut of Silicon […]

Q&A: Assessing Yellen’s concerns about economy and markets

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 13:06

WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s likely keeping Janet Yellen up at night? Everything from market volatility to weak overseas growth to a high-priced dollar that’s made U.S. exports pricier and imports cheaper, judging from the Fed chair’s testimony Wednesday to Congress. It’s a rather gloomier picture compared with two months ago, when the Fed raised the […]

Church talks help make Cuba ‘perfect place for negotiations’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 13:02

HAVANA (AP) — The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island. Odd as the location seems, Pope Francis’ and Patriarch Kirill’s attempt to reconcile their churches after centuries of estrangement will set the tone for […]

Seattle first hires black teacher in 1947 — and her students brought her flowers

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:55

Thelma DeWitty was one of two black teachers hired in 1947 in Seattle.

EMP Museum’s battle of the bands ready to kick off

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:51

The 15th annual Sound Off! Battle of the Bands is under way at EMP Museum, with 12 bands competing in the semifinals on Feb. 13, 20 and 27 and finals on March 5.

North Carolina’s Roy Williams back at work after vertigo at Tuesday game

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:51

North Carolina Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is expected to be at the team’s next practice and game after a bout with vertigo that sidelined him for part of Tuesday’s win at Boston College.

Amid Zika fears, local family shares reality of microcephaly

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:44

Leah and Travis Wright of Pasco had never heard of Zika virus when their daughter, Isla, was born with microcephaly two years ago. But they say the raging global outbreak has inspired them to share their experience of love and hope.

OKC Thunder assistant coach’s wife dies after car accident

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:32

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) — The wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams died Wednesday evening at a hospital from injuries suffered in a car crash, police said. The 44-year-old Ingrid Williams was involved in a crash Tuesday night. An oncoming car crossed the center line and hit her SUV just outside of […]

Hong Kong to send Chinese man back to US over teen deaths

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:26

HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese man has agreed in a Hong Kong court to be sent back to the U.S., where he is wanted by authorities in connection with the slayings of his teenage nephews. Shi Deyun appeared in court Monday to sign a document giving consent for his extradition. U.S. police last month […]

Huskies men’s basketball team loses at Utah

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:16

The Utes normally ride on the shoulders of 7-foot star Jakob Poeltl, but during Wednesday’s 90-82 victory at the Huntsman Center they rained a tsunami of three-pointers on the unsuspecting Washington men’s basketball team.

‘Zoolander No. 2’ is all dressed up with nowhere to go

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:11

“Zoolander No. 2”: Even its parade of celebrity cameos — Willie Nelson, Susan Sarandon, Anna Wintour, Tommy Hilfiger, et al. — can’t save this movie. 2 stars out of 4.

Man waves gun behind TV reporter during live broadcast

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:09

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say they’re investigating after a man appeared to wave a handgun behind a television news reporter during a live broadcast in New York City. It happened shortly after noon Wednesday as a WNBC-TV reporter stood in front of Brooklyn Supreme Court. The man appeared to wave the gun behind reporter […]

Mayor shows love to skateboarders, lifts ban in Love Park

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:09

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Skateboarders in Philadelphia are feeling the love from Love Park now that the mayor has temporarily lifted a ban on skating there until it closes for renovations. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney made the announcement Wednesday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the park and welcome center’s $20 million facelift. The park is a […]

Thousands of thumbtacks found in California dog park

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:09

HERCULES, Calif. (AP) — Police say they have stepped up patrols and are considering putting cameras to try to catch whoever is spreading thousands of thumbtacks across a Northern California dog park. KNTV reports (http://bit.ly/1Q9SPSD ) Wednesday dog owners have picked up between 3,000 and 5,000 tacks from the Ohlone Dog Park and a nearby […]

Big Air winter sports event takes over at Fenway Park

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:08

More than 75 athletes from 25 countries will compete in men’s and women’s snowboarding and freeskiing Thursday and Friday nights at Fenway Park.

Gov. Kasich is touting his moderate message

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:52

John Kasich’s team hinged its entire strategy on New Hampshire, stringing together town-hall-style events while other candidates devoted much of their time and resources to Iowa.

Parliament turns the page on parchment

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:46

Parliament’s use of vellum, which has been a contentious issue for more than a decade, has fallen victim to austerity.