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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.
 

‘The Really Big One’? Get ready now, quake experts advise

This week’s New Yorker magazine article, “The Really Big One,” didn’t sugarcoat it: Seattle and several other Northwest cities are destined to be pummeled by a massive earthquake, on a date to be determined. (If you’re a loyal Seattle Times reader, you probably knew that already, based on our previous coverage.)