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Lacey police officers take kids holiday shopping

For the ninth year, the Lacey Police Department hosted Shop with a Cop on Friday morning. Ten children from the Lacey Boys & Girls Club teamed up with...

Justice Rosario (from left), 10, Jasper Smiley, 11, and Kaleb Ridley, 9, look over the toy motorcycles their received from owner Julio Valdenegro as Lacey police Sgt. Scott Eastman and Det. Jon Mason look on during the annual "Shop with a Cop" kids holiday shopping trip at the NW Harley Davidson store in Lacey on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Soundings: Tenino stonecutter shares his love for the craft

It’s easy to picture Keith Phillips in another era, perhaps working as a stonecutter or quarryman at one of the three turn-of-the-20th-century...

Tenino master stonecarver Keith Phillips shares the story of his antique penny hammer.

Meals on Wheels program struggles to trim waiting list of local homebound seniors

Senior Services for South Sound serves about 3,000 people in Thurston and Mason counties. The organization sponsors regular lunches at community centers...

Donna Curtis (from left), Joe Ryan, Doug Henderson and Ken Keith socialize as they gather for lunch at the Olympia Senior Center in downtown Olympia on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The Friday lunch at the center has continued only because of volunteer staff, charging patrons to eat, and cooks who donate their own food.

Stadium struggles with FTs, but 25 Olympia turnovers cost Bears in 63-46 loss

Stadium struggled greatly from the free throw line on Friday night against the Olympia Bears, missing 19 attempts.

Stadium's Bobby Moorehead splits two Olympia defenders  on the way to the basket at Olympia High School on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Avril signs four-year, $28.5 million extension with Seahawks

Seattle continues solidifying the team’s future by signing yet another core player to a long-term deal.

Sounders will open MLS season vs. MLS Cup runner-up

New England visits on March 8 as Seattle opens at home for seventh straight season.


Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view...

The Sony Pictures Entertainment studio building is seen on Madison in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving the satirical film, "The Interview," about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

Haggen grocery chain expanding; buying 146 Safeway and Albertsons outlets

Haggen is adding nearly 150 stores to its inventory.

Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes

The Muleshoe Ranch's profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to move most of his...

Antelope graze on the Muleshoe Ranch in Borden County on Dec. 3, 2014. The ranch and others across the state suffered through the state's driest year ever in 2011, forcing some to sell off many if not all of their animals or sending their cattle to other states to graze. Many ranchers have since worked to diversify their incomes with other enterprises including leasing water and hunting acres for deer, antelope and quail.

Thurston County teen among those sickened by tainted caramel apples

A Thurston County teen was hospitalized last month after eating a prepackaged caramel apple — the same brand of caramel apples that now has been linked to at least four deaths nationwide.

Take small steps toward making 2015 a better year

Spring is thought of as a time of renewal, but winter can be too. As this year comes to a close, many of us take time for reflection; to think about our goals and dreams for the upcoming year and beyond.

Wyoming sees increase in flu cases

Wyoming has seen a surge in the number of influenza cases over the last week.