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Pulitzer Prize poet Carolyn Kizer dies

Spokane native Carolyn Kizer, who won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, died Thursday in Sonoma, California. She was 89. Kizer, who won the prize for her collection titled “Yin” in 1985, was known for lengthy poems and for the often biting tone in her work.

Bricks from Bremerton 9/11 memorial stolen

BREMERTON — Two bricks inside the Kitsap 9/11 Memorial at Bremerton’s Evergreen-Rotary Park were stolen Monday, according to Bremerton police. A young man and young woman can be seen in surveillance videos around 12:30 p.m. Monday taking the bricks, which were purchased by donors and include personalized messages. A groundskeeper discovered the bricks were missing Tuesday morning and notified police.

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No Child Left Behind law fuzzier than ever

With action to reauthorize or rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law stalled at the federal level, states across the country are left trying to navigate the waters of a widely unpopular law. Washington and Oklahoma have lost their waivers, and other states are in jeopardy of doing the same.

Traffic jam? What traffic jam?

The mother of all traffic jams never materialized on Interstate 5 through Olympia this past weekend, thanks to motorists heeding warnings about potential traffic tieups, which allowed road crews to complete preliminary work and reopen northbound Interstate-5 much earlier than expected, according to the state Department of Transportation.