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Column - Fact, fiction do battle in health arena

The fitness arena is a battleground for exercise and nutrition information. It is a battle between myth and fact and unfortunately, myths are far more prevalent than one might think.

Work still needed on health care sign-ups

The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health care law is off to a good start but there is a way to go to make it a success, administration officials said Tuesday.

Missing Walla Walla man found dead

A Walla Walla man reported as an endangered missing person Tuesday was found dead Thursday afternoon, Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

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Unicorn-headed violinist shakes up Walla Walla

A man walks into a bar carrying a violin in one hand and a unicorn head in the other.

Trial again delayed in deadly crash

Next week’s scheduled trial of a man suspected of driving drunk and killing a woman in a vehicle collision at the Walmart intersection in September is being delayed a second time.

College sees small, big benefits with loan promise

When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than $37,000 or get some or all student loans reimbursed.

Column - Someone should check for fire behind smokey McMorris Rodgers ethics complaint

One year ago this week, the independent Office of Congressional Ethics determined unanimously that there was “substantial reason to believe that Representative (Cathy) McMorris Rodgers used congressional funds, staff, and office space for campaign activities.”

Man pleads guilty in bomb threat case

A man who threatened to kill himself by blowing up his residence at Kings Mobile Home Park in September was sentenced this morning in Superior Court to the time he’d already served in the County Jail.

Conservationists, loggers team on forest health

Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber. Steam pours out of the stacks. Trucks loaded with logs roll in.

Fernando Villagomez

April 16, 1955 — Dec. 24, 2014

RICHLAND — Fernando Villagomez, 59, of Walla Walla died Dec. 24, 2014, at Kadlec Medical Center.

Constance Johnson

April 11, 1932 — Dec. 25, 2014

WALLA WALLA — Constance Connie Johnson, 82, died Dec. 25, 2014, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Lawana Harting

Sept. 13, 1942 — Dec. 25, 2014

DAYTON — Lawana Harting, 72, died Dec. 25, 2014, at her home.

Column - Winter’s star constellation opens door to discovery

The winter solstice — the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere — occurred last Sunday at 2:57 p.m. local time. This is good news and bad news for astronomers.

Editorial - Employees still on clock when doing what is required for job

When workers are paid by the hour, they should be paid for the time they are on the job doing what their employer requires.

Portland settles excessive force claim

The city of Portland has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged a police officer used excessive force because he was not trained to deal with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Target shooters spend lost night in the forest

Two target shooters got lost in the mountains of the Umatilla National Forest, but they were home well before Christmas.