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Out & About in Bellevue | Sept. 27

  • Sep 26, 2008 at 12:11AM

Foolscap: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 27; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28. Science-fiction convention features books, art and panel discussions. Cost: $45-$50. Marriott Hotel, 17401 164th Ave. N.E., Redmond. 206-938-2452 or

Bellevue A&E Calendar | Sept. 27

  • Sep 26, 2008 at 12:12AM

Calendars are published Wednesdays and Saturdays on a space-available basis. Items for the Wednesday edition must be submitted by noon the previous Thursday. Items for the Saturday edition must be submitted by noon the previous Tuesday. To submit an item, e-mail

7 turnovers doom Mercer Island in 14-6 loss to Interlake | Prep Football

  • Sep 27, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Sep 29, 2008 at 9:02AM

The Nestlé company may think about suing the Mercer Island High School football team. The Islanders infringed on the company's trademarked Butterfingers candy bar with seven turnovers Friday as they lost at Interlake High School 14-8.

Mercer Island boys water polo takes 2nd at Newberg tournament

  • Sep 28, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Sep 29, 2008 at 8:59AM

The No. 1 ranked Mercer Island High School men’s water polo team took their 5-0 record to Newberg, Ore., lsoing only to the host team 9-6 during the finals of the tournament last weekend. The 20th annual event included the best 16 teams from Oregon and Washington.

Recent MIHS graduates found shot near Washington, D.C.

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Sep 25, 2008 at 1:37PM

A tragedy involving two former Mercer Island High School students is unfolding in Virginia near the nation's capitol.

Mercer Island cross country team beats old and new rivals

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 9:00AM updated at 4:39PM

The Mercer Island cross country team followed up its big win at the Edmonds Invitational to open the season with an in-league victory over former rival Issaquah, which moved to 4A, and new rival Garfield.

Recycling Center's birthday

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 1:00PM updated at 3:57PM

The Island’s volunteer-operated recycling center has reduced its hours of operation this winter and is now only open on weekends, including Friday.

Mercer Island friends rate Washington merlots

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 2:19PM

Our yearly summer tasting group reconvened at the end of August to taste Washington merlots. We have had to dodge raindrops before, but then, the weather was ridiculous.

Pledging allegiance through prayer

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 2:11PM

Three thousand years ago, a king of Israel recorded a promise from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was a welcomed word of hope to a nation with a checkered past when it came to honoring their Creator. Nonetheless, it was a promise that came with a specific condition.

Spark fizzles out on girls soccer team

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 2:06PM

Many teams would have quit following a tough 0-3 preseason and finding themselves down 1-0 at halftime during their first regular season game. But the Mercer Island girls soccer team found a spark during the second half of their 2-1 victory against Liberty on Tuesday at Islander Stadium.

Football has few answers for Liberty | Mercer Island loses 35-14 to eighth best team in the state, prepares for contest at Interlake on Friday

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 1:59PM

The Mercer Island High School football team had few answers for the eighth ranked team in the state, Liberty, during a 35-14 loss on Friday.

High school vocational program options grow

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 1:50PM

Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Mercer Island High School is taking the spotlight this year. As technical and vocational job opportunities continue to grow, Eastside school districts are funneling more resources into preparing students for these careers. According to Mercer Island High School CTE Coordinator Mark Roschy, a growing number of Island students are turning a keen eye to this academic arena. And the job-market is calling.

New admissions requirement for state colleges in 2012

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 1:47PM

This year’s freshmen set on attending a four-year college in Washington have a new laundry list of academic requirements to complete. In June, the State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) passed new admission requirements — approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) — for all Washington baccalaureate institutions.

Police blotter

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 1:39PM

Arrests Police arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of committing car prowls around 3:50 a.m., Sept. 16, in the 6000 block of 84th Avenue S.E. According to the police report, an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and determined that several items in the car were previously reported stolen by an Islander. Property belonging to a second victim was also recovered and returned.

This Week

  • Sep 23, 2008 at 5:00PM

Public Safety Day is between 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 27, at the North Fire Station, 3030 78th Ave. S.E. For adults and kids to learn about safety and meet local police, firefighters. Donations to the Northwest Burn Foundation will be accepted. 275-7607.

Tent City bingo

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 8:00AM updated at 1:35PM

Tent City 4 resident Viree Warnerf, far right, plays bingo at Tent City as children Anna Bolger (white shirt), Georgia Mattox (striped tank top), Isabel Bolger (middle), Paige Brandon (standing in back, white shirt) and Tent City resident, Jamie, far left, check the results.

Early balloting: Making sense of elections for young readers

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 9:42AM

In 2004, during the last presidential election, I was teaching kindergarten in Philadelphia. When a boy walked into my classroom one morning in October wearing a giant, star-spangled pin bearing a candidate’s name, I immediately knew what we would be discussing during circle time.

Golf loses by two strokes to defending 4A KingCo champs | Young Mercer Island golfers perform under pressure

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 9:34AM

The Mercer Island boys golf team has dominated during the past three years, including one state, two league and two district titles. On Thursday, the Islanders went up against their 4A twin in Woodinville, the defending 4A KingCo champions. Despite a good effort from a young Islander team, the loss by just two strokes, 178-180, makes a third league title an uphill battle.

Mercer Island: Citizen advisory committee to mull fate of Island Crest Way and Merrimount

  • Sep 23, 2008 at 4:58PM

A group of Islanders to be selected by the mayor will now deliberate the fate of the very crucial and dangerous intersection at Island Crest Way and Merrimount Drive.

D.A.R.E. program likely to end Mercer Island drug and alcohol resistance program said to be statistically ineffective

  • Sep 24, 2008 at 12:00AM

The Island’s D.A.R.E. program is facing a dead-end street. City leaders are thinking about abandoning the decades-old program that statistically has failed to prevent alcohol and drug abuse among Island teens.

Reed reworks primary elections

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 23, 2008 at 2:37PM

During a tour of several local communities, Secretary of State Sam Reed spoke to students at Northwest Yeshiva High School last Thursday and visited the Reporter to talk about election changes for Washington voters. Reed discussed the move toward replacing polls with mail-in ballots, rescheduling the primary in August and the Supreme Court’s late decision concerning the top-two primary. As a result, this year’s primary election will be the third different type since 2003. Reed also talked about his responsibility in cleaning up the list of voters since the governor’s election recount in 2004.

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