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Top educator agrees: FAFSA needs to change

One of the biggest obstacles for parents with college-going children is filling out the FAFSA, the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The form asks more than a hundred detailed questions about a family’s income in order to measure whether a student should be eligible for aid. But it’s so complicated that it’s seen by many educators as a barrier for low-income and first-generation students who want to go to college.

Report on Marysville Pilchuck High School shootings released

MARYSVILLE — Three hours before a 15-year-old Tulalip boy opened fire in a busy Marysville Pilchuck High School cafeteria, he wrote a text message to his family. It might be the closest detectives ever get to understanding why the popular student packed a handgun to campus and systematically shot five of his friends in the head.
 

TV on DVD: ‘The Royals,’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

THE ROYALS: Sex, drugs and scandal vex (fictional) modern U.K. monarchy in E!’s delish new soap hit. Elizabeth Hurley steals scenes as the scheming queen-on-wheels, with Vincent Regan the king who’s had enough, William Moseley and Alexandra Park their tabloid-bait heirs. Plus: Joan Collins! (Season 2 starts in November.)

2015 cherry harvest third largest in 20 years

YAKIMA — Northwest cherry growers ended up harvesting 20.25 million boxes of cherries, just 2 percent more than what they predicted in May, according to a news release from the Northwest Cherry Growers association, which represents orchardists in five Northwest states.