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James E. Holmes appears Monday in District Court in Centennial, Colo. He’s suspected in a mass shooting Friday in a Colorado movie theater.

TIME TO MOVE ON: ICHIRO A YANKEE
ICON TRADED: Star outfielder switches clubhouses after nearly 12 years with Mariners
BY TODD MILLES Staff writer

Suspect in theater shootings in court

COLORADO: James Holmes expected to be charged next week

BY LOUIS SAHAGUN AND MICHAEL MUSKAL Los Angeles Times

CENTENNIAL, COLO. – James Holmes, the suspect in last week’s deadly shooting rampage in a suburban movie theater, made his first court appearance Monday, his hair dyed reddish-orange in an apparent nod to the comic book world of the Caped Crusader. Friday’s shooting – during a showing of the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” – killed 12 people and injured 58. Wearing a maroon jail jumpsuit, Holmes, 24, spent much of the brief hearing with his eyes down, frowning or staring off into space. Unshaven, he ap-

The prevailing thought didn’t hit outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on a torrid day in Boston, or during a rain delay in Kansas City, or even at Safeco Field where he had spent nearly 12 seasons with the Seattle Mariners. He saw it right in front of him daily – the team was getting younger and younger with each passing day. Ichiro was not – he turns 39 in October. So he finally spoke up: Trade me. And on Monday, the Mariners obliged, sending the 10-time American League All-Star to the New York Yankees in exchange for two midlevel pitching prospects and cash considerations. The Yankees will pay a chunk of the remaining $5.5 million of his $17 million contract – in the final season of a five-year contract. It was a sudden end to Ichiro’s storied career with the Mariners. He is the franchise career leader in hits (2,533), triples (79), stolen bases (438) and batting average (.322). The two-time American League batting champion from 2001 and
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INSIDE IN SPORTS

JOHN MCGRATH: Ichiro trade to Yankees a win for all parties NEW MARINERS: Pair of pitchers were not top Yankee prospects

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PENN STATE SANCTIONED

Fans hurt, but can’t stop loving Ichiro
TRADE: Some say

NCAA erases some of Penn State’s illustrious football history and makes it more difficult for the school’s team to shine in the future. Sports, B1

it’s worse that he’s now a Yankee

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BY KAREN MILLER Staff writer

Wearing his new uniform, Ichiro Suzuki takes the field in the bottom of the second inning at Safeco Field in Seattle on Monday, his first game since being traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees.

TODAY’S WEATHER
Morning clouds, then sunny. There is a ban on outdoor burning on state lands. High: 75. Low: 54.
Details, Page B12.

There were fans in Ichiro jerseys as well as fans wearing Yankees jerseys at Safeco Field on Monday night – and all of them saw Ichiro on the field in a Yankees uniform for the first time. Known across the Northwest by just his iconic first name, Ichiro Suzuki, the Seattle Mariners’ all-time hits leader and a 10-time All-Star, was traded to the New York Yankees just hours before Monday night’s game. Darci Abramson bought a ticket to the game at 6 p.m. – an hour before the first pitch – after hearing the news. All she could think about was Ichiro in another team’s uniform. Although she said she was disappointed Ichiro was leaving the
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IMPACT OF A SPORTS ICON
The Mariners pay $13 million in 2000 to earn the right to negotiate with the Orix Blue Wave of the Japanese Pacific League for Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro signs a three-year, $14 million contract with the Mariners to become the first Japan-born everyday position player in major league history. Fans from Japan pay $2,000 for a tour to watch Ichiro play in Seattle his rookie season. With fans in Japan allowed to participate for the first time, Ichiro is the first rookie to get the most votes for the All-Star Game at Safeco Field with a then-record 3,373,035 votes. The Mariners tie a major league record for wins in the regular season (116) in Ichiro’s rookie season, and set a club record for attendance (3,507,975). The Mariners top 3.25 million in attendance in each of Ichiro’s first three seasons and 2 million in each of the next seven. In Ichiro’s rookie season, a Japanese publication reportedly offers up to $2 million for a photograph of Ichiro in the nude. He responds by frequently dressing away from his locker. The 2001 Ichiro All-Star bobblehead doll, with a limited production run of 5,000, sells online for up to $800. On April 20 this season, the Mariners planned to give away 20,000 Ichiro bobblehead dolls. 19,947 fans show up for a 7-3 loss to the White Sox.

Not many eyes on the sky at JBLM
AIR EXPO: Thunderbirds

SALLY RIDE: 1951-2012

Cancer takes pioneer astronaut
NASA: She was first American woman, youngest American to fly in space
BY DENISE GRADY The New York Times

Tuition costs likely will see rapid spike
to cost $20K a year by 2020
BY MIKE BAKER The Associated Press

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fail to boost attendance beyond 4-year low

COLLEGE: Top state school

BY CHRISTIAN HILL Staff writer

The Lewis-McChord Air Expo, one of the nation’s largest air shows, saw its lowest attendance in at least four years last weekend despite featuring a trio of big-name aerial acts. But organizers say the show will go on in 2014. They estimated a total of 150,000 people turned out Saturday and Sunday, on par with the turnout seen prior to 2008. The base holds the air show every other year. ReSee AIR EXPO, Page A5

Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday at her home in San Diego. She was 61. The cause was pancreatic cancer, her company, Sally Ride Science, announced on its website. Ride, a physicist, flew on the shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983, and on a second mission in 1984. She was also, at 32, the youngest American in space. Ride later became the only person to sit on both panels investigating the catastrophic shuttle accidents that killed all astronauts on board – the Challenger

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Former NASA astronaut Sally Ride trains before her first space launch. She died Monday.

explosion in 1986 and the Columbia crash in 2003. Ride was finishing studies at Stanford – degrees in physics
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Washington tuition rates are rising at such a rapid clip that the cost of attending a top university is projected to surpass $20,000 per year for in-state students before the end of this decade. Those numbers, produced as part of an actuarial analysis for the state’s prepaid tuition program, mean that higher education rates may quadruple from 2004 to 2019. Supporters of the university system hope that the state can begin restorSee TUITION, back page