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I am not a comic book geek, and the first time I heard of “Guardians of the Galaxy” was when I saw a trailer for it at the theater.

I was intrigued. Chris Pratt from “Parks and Recreation,” one of my all-time favorite shows? Check.

Vin Diesel as a mobile tree creature? Weird, but badass. Check.

Bradley Cooper as a wise-cracking raccoon with a machine gun? Hell yes. Check.

It seemed “Guardians of the Galaxy” was going to be good. But trailers often set one up for disappointment. I had my reservations.

Those reservations were quickly put to rest. Guardians is everything the trailer suggested it would be. The movie combines action, humor and mythology in a perfect mix that manages to exceed the high bar set by Marvel Studios’ previous reigning triumph, “The Avengers.” The movie hurries along at a breathless, entertaining pace, and only drags toward the end of the movie when the obligatory action climax gets a little overwhelming, even as it leads to a satisfying conclusion.

The world may not have heard of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but they have now. I’m already looking forward to the sequel.

by Jane Louise Boursaw

A person on fire. An exploding car. A hanging. A slit throat. A seamy poker game. Revenge! Power! Greed! Just another day in Sin City, and that’s just the first two minutes of this movie.

It probably would have been a good idea if I’d watched the first “Sin City” movie (released in 2005) again before watching this one. But I didn’t, so must admit I was a little lost regarding the various characters and their vendettas. And, of course, there’s also Frank Miller’s graphic novel. Might have been helpful to read that. But I didn’t because, frankly, it’s not really my thing. The movie is visually stunning, but wow, these people have issues.

Several stories unfold in Sin City, a place where no one ever sleeps and everyone is desperate. Like a classic film noir movie (chopped up in a grim blender run by directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller), each character narrates his or her own story, with lines like, “Night turns to day and then it’s night again and there’s nowhere to hide.”

First up, Marv (Mickey Rourke, with a super impressive chin) can’t remember a thing leading up to his altercation with some homicidal college kids. Meanwhile, stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba)

works the stage at a sleazy nightclub and dreams of avenging the death of her one true love, Hartigan (Bruce Willis).

Dwight (Josh Brolin) tangles with a former lover, femme fatale Ava (Eva Green), and a newcomer to Sin City, gambler Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) plays a high-stakes poker game with powerful Senator Roark (Powers Boothe, who makes a really good bad guy). Interwoven in the stories are a bevy of prostitutes, desperate cops, intense bodyguards and other lost souls.

It’s been nine years, since Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez delivered “Sin City,” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” has the same look and feel. I love the hard-boiled characters and black-and-white canvas punctuated with bits of color here and there — blood red lips, a pink feather boa, a sapphire blue coat.

But the dazzling special effects (I saw it in 3D; love those flying shards of glass) and interesting storylines at the beginning devolve into a melange of overly violent, sex- and alcohol-fueled characters out for revenge. I know, I know, it’s Rodriguez and Miller, but I shudder to think what goes on inside their twisted minds when it comes to women. The female characters in this movie are either sex objects or dangerous assassins. Then again, the men don’t fare much better.

I can’t say I highly recommend “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” but it’s very interesting if viewed as a conceptual piece of cinematic art.

Jane Boursaw is the founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Her credits include hundreds of print and online publications, including The New York Times, People Magazine, Variety, Moviefone, TV Squad and more. Follow her on Twitter at @reellifejane.

By Dr. Gary Welton

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cell phones by all drivers. These 14 states include 11 blue states, two swing states, and one red state. These bans are already in effect in 12 states; two of them will become effective within the next year. Be aware that when you cross a state line, you could be committing a crime.

These laws have been justified by claims that 25 percent of the nation

Two men were injured in a single-vehicle accident in the 5600 block of East Agate Road in Shelton late Thursday evening.

The men were driving northbound on East Agate Road toward Pickering Road around 10:47 p.m. Thursday in a red 2007 Mazda 3, according to a Washington State Patrol report. The vehicle left the roadway to the right and struck a telephone pole, injuring the driver, a 22-year-old man from Centralia, and his passenger, a 21-year-old man from Shelton. The passenger was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver and passenger were both injured and transported by a private party to Mason General Hospital.

WSP lists the cause of the crash as speed too fast for conditions.

Drugs were not involved in the accident, according to the WSP.

A dog in the roadway caused a motorcycle accident near Potlatch that sent a Belfair woman to the hospital around 12:45 p.m. today.

The driver of the Honda VTX180 motorcycle and his female passenger, both age 45, were headed northbound on state route 101 when a dog ran into the road, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver of the vehicle applied the brakes, but struck the dog. His passenger was ejected from the vehicle, at which point he brought the motorcycle to a stop, according to the WSP.

The passenger was transported to Mason General Hospital in Shelton and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The driver was not injured and drove the motorcycle from the scene.

Both the driver and passenger wore helmets, according to the WSP.

A man was shot and killed in Allyn Thursday night. Sheriff’s deputies have a woman in custody.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call around 9:11 p.m. Thursday night reporting a gunshot heard around the 100 block of E. Sherwood Lane in Allyn, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The reporting party told dispatchers a white woman shot a man in the face, then fled the scene on foot. The caller told dispatchers the man was laying unresponsive in front of the residence.

When they arrived, deputies found the deceased 47-year-old homeowner on the ground at his front door. He appeared to have died from a gunshot wound to the face, according to the press release.

Deputies searched the area and reportedly found the suspect lying in the backyard next door to the victim’s residence. The 34-year-old woman was taken into custody and transported to Mason County Jail and booked for investigation of murder with a firearm, according to the release.

The sheriff’s office served a search warrant on the victim’s residence and found a firearm, which was placed into evidence.

No further inormation is available at this time, according to the release.

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A medical marijuana drop-off location near Mullenix Road and Highway 16 does not comply with Kitsap County zoning codes, according to an interpretation of county code by Jeffrey Rowe, deputy director of the department of community development.

According to the interpretation, posted on the county’s website, a marijuana drop-off operation located on Mullenix Road and state Route 16 is not compatible with the rural industrial zone it’s located in. The interpretation states it relates to land use under county regulations and does not address legality under state or federal law.

The rural industrial zone, according to county code, “provides for small-scale light industrial, light manufacturing, recycling, mineral processing, and resource-based goods production uses that are compatible with rural character and do not require an urban level of utilities and services.”

The county repotedly has noted that the activity at the drop-off location consists of delivering marijuana prepared for medical marijuana, and qualified medical marijuana patients picking up the marijuana, “either for compensation, barter or trade, but not necessarily requiring compensation, barter or trade at the location of the pick-up.” The county also notes that the people engaged in the use claim their activity complies with the collective garden provisions of the state’s medical marijuana law.

According to the interpretation, the director of community development finds that “the proposed use is not specifically listed in the zoning tables” of the county code, and “constitutes an unclassified use” pursuant to the code. In reviewing the factors listed in the code, “the Director is unable to find that the use is similar to any use allowed in the Rural Industrial zone. The use is thus prohibited in the Rural Industrial zone.”

The decision may be appealed within 14 days of the mailing date. The interpretation is dated June 18.

Harrison Medical Center may be moving from its Bremerton campus and expanding its campus in Silverdale.

The medical center’s board of directors is exploring the possibility of consolidating the hospitals’ acute hospital care at its Silverdale campus, Scott Bosch, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, said in a news release today.

The hospital’s leaders are evaluating what outpatient services will contibue to be offered in Bremerton, according to the release.

The board is using its Vision 2020 planning process as a guide. The planning process is a years-long effort to “provide affordable, high-quality healthcare on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas now and in the future,” according to the release. The process addresses the changing health care landscape locally and nationally and considers shifts in population and industry to new areas of the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.

A Bainbridge Island woman was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of suprvised release today after she pleaded guilty to embezzling $150,000 from the Suquamish Tribe in Kitsap County.

Renee Pearl Peleti, 46, worked as an administrative assistant in the tribe’s Indian child welfare department for more than five years. Over that time, she embezzled more than $146,496 from the tribe using fraudulent checks, vouchers and gift cards for groceries, and checks written for her own utility payments, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan ordered Peleti to pay $146,496 in restitution.

The Suquamish Tribe first became aware in April 2013 that benefit checks for seven clients of its Indian child welfare department had been altered and cashed, according to the release. A resulting investigation found Peleti had “engaged in a lengthy embezzlement scheme.”

According to the news release, Peletti cashed more than 260 fraudulent checks, totaling more than $90,000, which were written in other people’s names. She used the cash to pay her own bills, according to the release.

Peleti also had 14 tribal checks written to Puget Sound Energy to pay more than $2,800 of her own utility bills, cashed more than 125 Albertson’s food vouchers to buy $36,972 worth of groceries for herself, and embezzled multiple vendor gift cards worth more than $11,127, the release states.

Peleti, a member of the Nooksack Tribe, said she took the money to pay for her own family expenses, the release states. She pleaded guilty on Feb. 14, 2014.

Tribal leaders who spoke at the sentencing hearing told the court the embezzlement meant needy tribal children were denied money for food, clothing, sports equipment or Christmas presents. They noted that because of the theft, the children had missed opportunities for fun or education.

The case was investigated by the