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AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio’s filth

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses...

Say ‘woohoo’: Cycle car-free Hurricane Ridge Road Sunday

"Ride the Hurricane" is the apt name for a bicycle event Sunday, Aug. 2, in which cyclists will have Olympic National Park's precipitous Hurricane Ridge Road all to themselves for a morning. Ride to the 5,200-foot summit, then cool off with a pedal-free, car-free zoom 12 miles back down to the park's Heart O' the...

Chef Taichi Kitamura offers Asian twist to a delightful king salmon tartar recipe

The chinook salmon fishery remains the highlight this summer with good catches happening off the coast at Neah Bay, La Push, Westport and Ilwaco. In this week’s seafood recipe of the week, Seattle sushi chef Taichi Kitamura, owner of Sushi Kappo Tamura on Eastlake and winner of Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network, offers...