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Shell Oil’s exit from Arctic met with disappointment

PORT ANGELES — North Olympic Peninsula economic officials were disappointed Monday to learn Royal Dutch Shell will stop exploring for oil in Arctic waters, leaving a question over whether the company would again dock its mammoth Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig in Port Angeles Harbor this winter.

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.