Bob Dempster pushes over the rudder of The Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser replica built nearly from scratch that he and his wife, Diane, intend to fly around the world. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Local couple’s around-the-world flight plan for peace

Bob and Diane Dempster are flying a replica 1920’s era open-cockpit plane around the world to commemorate a milestone in aviation history.
Jun 28, 2013
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Archrivals abroad become fast friends in the Northwest

When people from rival nations meet in the Pacific Northwest, do their national grudges hold true?
Jun 11, 2013
Fred and Sharon Lundhal in their Langley, WA import shop. (Photo by Abby Higgins)

Whidbey import store at least one positive result of the Iraq War

Ten years ago Fred Lundahl quit his job in the foreign service in protest of the Iraq invasion and started a new career running an awesome import shop on Whidbey Island.  
Mar 20, 2013
President Obama shares shooting techniques with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the Oval Office in 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Basketball Diplomacy: Love for the Sonics lives on in China

Once people discover that I speak some basic Chinese, the typical conversation I have here in Juijiang goes something like this: A few standard queries regarding my nationality, occupation, marital status, salary, and maybe my opinions on Chinese food. And then it happens. “Which city are you from?” “I am from Seattle.” I say, bracing […]
Jan 16, 2013