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July 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Wednesday’s 0.74 inches of rain breaks records

Today’s heavy rainfall broke the record for the most rain on July 23. According to the National Weather Service, Seattle received 0.74 inches of rain. The previous record for today was 0.54 inches in 1949. “We’ve received more rain today than we normally get in the whole month of July,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Johnny…

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July 23, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Antioch adjuncts vote to unionize

Adjunct and contingent faculty at Antioch University, a private nonprofit college in Seattle, have voted to form a union. The vote was 85 to 14 to join Service Employees International Union Local 925. It was not contested by the college, and the results of the all mail-in ballot were announced Wednesday. Union votes at two other Western…

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July 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Pilot dies after helicopter crashes near Wenatchee

A pilot died after he crashed a helicopter in the Wenatchee area, according to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff John Wisemore said the pilot was the only one aboard the helicopter. The crash occurred after 2 p.m. Wednesday in Wenatchee for unknown reasons, said Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton. The aircraft, a Bell…

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July 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Former Tacoma teacher pleads guilty to child rape

The Associated Press TACOMA  — A former Tacoma high school math teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with two students and communicating with others about sex. Twenty-five-year-old Meredith Powell pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday to two counts of third degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral…

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July 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

SPD: Man threatens strangers with knife, goes on ‘homophobic rant’

Seattle police say they arrested a man this morning after he pulled a knife on two people inside a supermarket while in the midst of a “homophobic rant.” A man and woman, who police identified as gay, were shopping at the QFC at Broadway and East Pike Street around 1 a.m. when the armed man began leering at the woman, police said. The…

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July 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

PSE outages in Renton and Redmond affect more than 3,000

Puget Sound Energy crews have been dealing with outages since about 8 a.m. this morning, when approximately 1,200 Redmond customers lost power. Before crews could completely fix that equipment problem, a new outage popped up in Renton around 12:30 p.m. and cut power to 2,245 customers, said PSE spokesman Ray Lane. Lane said the second outage might be…

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July 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Sarah Palin cited for speeding in Alaska hometown

The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla. The former Alaska governor was pulled over July 16 and cited for driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit. The penalty includes a $144 fine and $10 police training surcharge. An attorney for Palin said he…

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July 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Kent woman charged with helping al-Qaida-linked group

Update at 2:17 p.m: Hinda Osman Dhirane of Kent appeared this afternoon at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue ordered her held pending a detention  hearing next Tuesday. Dhirane is facing 23 counts, one of conspiracy and 22 of providing material support to a foreign terrorist network. Original post: The Associated Press and Seattle…

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July 23, 2014 at 11:26 AM

UW, WWU make list of best colleges to work for

Two of Washington’s public colleges have made a list of the 92 best colleges to work for in the country. Both the University of Washington and Western Washington University were on the “Great Colleges To Work For” list published by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results come from a survey of 43,000 campus employees administered…

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July 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Richland man pleads guilty to raping, killing baby

The Associated Press KENNEWICK — A Richland man pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping and killing his girlfriend’s 9-month-old baby. Prosecutors are recommending a 40-year prison sentence when 37-year-old Jose Luis Aguilar is sentenced in Benton County Superior Court. The Tri-City Herald reports he pleaded guilty to first-degree rape of a child and second-degree murder in the death in…

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