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Roof gets death penalty after telling jury ‘I still feel that I had to do it’

Dylann Roof did not ask jurors to spare his life for the slayings of nine people in a Charleston church. “I’m not sure what good that would do,” he said. Roof, who is from the Columbia area, represented himself during the penalty phase of his federal hate crimes trial.

Local

DNR cuts chances of Cherry Point pier, honors Lummi Nation request to protect land

A marine area once set aside for a proposed fourth shipping pier at Cherry Point will be included in the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve and likely protected from development.Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced Tuesday his decision to incorporate a 45-acre “cutout” for the pier into the reserve, after reviewing about 5,000 public comments, the majority of which were in favor of the change, and getting advice to do so from a technical advisory committee.

Local

Truck strikes Nooksack River bridge, unknown if damage is critical

Guide Meridian at the Nooksack River bridge south of Lynden remains open Monday, Sept. 12, after a northbound truck struck and bent one of the span’s crossbeams about 11 a.m. A state Department of Transportation crew has examined the bridge, but a decision on its stability is awaiting a bridge inspector, said Washington State Patrol Sgt. Mark Francis.

High School Football

Have injury concerns affected high school football participation in Whatcom County?

Despite nationwide headlines questioning the safety of the game the past few years, the 11 Whatcom County high school football programs listed a total of 536 players on their Week 1 varsity rosters, a 0.56 percent increase over the 533 players that were listed in 2015. Six schools – Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Meridian, Mount Baker and Lummi – have larger rosters than they had a year ago.

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Remains of FV Bergen lifted out of Bellingham Bay

Global Diving and Salvage workers clean up remains of the FV Bergen from the rocky shore near Little Squalicum Beach on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The boat drifted onto the rocks during last Thursday's windstorm.
Philip A. Dwyer The Bellingham Herald
Remains of FV Bergen lifted out of Bellingham Bay 0:35

Remains of FV Bergen lifted out of Bellingham Bay

Video: Family sees son's memorial sculpture for the first time 2:30

Video: Family sees son's memorial sculpture for the first time

Video: Teen swims 8 miles across Bellingham Bay 0:53

Video: Teen swims 8 miles across Bellingham Bay

Russell Wilson talks about season the day after Atlanta loss 2:25

Russell Wilson talks about season the day after Atlanta loss