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In Pateros: ‘We lost everything’

PATEROS — Residents returning here Friday picked through the ash and rubble of homes incinerated the night before by raging wildfire. Baby pictures, gone. Family antiques, gone. Grandma’s recipes, gone.

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Prosecutor: Gunman ‘wanted to feel the hate,’ scouted SPU

Sometime before Aaron Rey Ybarra unleashed a barrage of gunfire last week that left one student dead and two wounded at Seattle Pacific University (SPU), he stopped taking his mental-health medications to sharpen his rage, according to King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

With new musical, Sting’s “Ship” comes in

NEW YORK — Sometime around 2004, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting, a rock star with 16 Grammys and more than 100 million records sold, found himself with a severe case of writer’s block. It wasn’t that he stopped touring (he didn’t), making money (he still made plenty) or even recording (there were albums of other people’s songs and a new symphonic treatment of his past material), but he found, to his chagrin, he could not write any new songs.

“Stars” author: Blessings and sorrow

Back in 2012, John Green didn’t know that his young-adult novel “The Fault in Our Stars” — the achingly sad love story of two teenagers with terminal cancer — would become an international bestseller and later, a major motion picture. He also didn’t know that he would have to spend the next 2 1/2 years talking at length about some of the most grim subjects imaginable: Teenagers who have cancer. Kids who are dying. What it might be like to die. How people think about death.