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October 31, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Plaque dedicated to slain Seattle police officer

Seattle police officers dedicated a plaque Monday to Officer Timothy Brenton, who was killed two years ago in the line of duty. The plaque is on the Seattle Police Department Memorial Wall in the main lobby of Seattle Police Department Headquarters at 610 5th Avenue. On Oct. 31, 2009, Officer Brenton and Officer Britt Sweeney were parked…


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October 31, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Woman shot in downtown Seattle; SWAT team responds

There is not points to locate on the map UPDATE AT 8:39 PM: Police ended their search of the Frye building at 7:45 p.m. In the end, nobody could determine where the shots came from, police spokesman Jeff Kappel told reporters. No weapon was found and the suspect or suspects are still at large. Anyone with information is…


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October 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Halloween costumes at the ready, let the fun begin

A number of kid- and family-centered Halloween events are scheduled today in Seattle and points north, east and south can and a list of them can be found here. For something a bit different for Halloween, our food writer Nancy Leson has a post on: Halloween onigiri And here’s a host of Halloween…


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October 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Third new ferry delivered to the state

Washington State Ferries received its third new ferry Monday, three months ahead of schedule. The 64-car Kennewick was delivered by Vigor Industrial to the ferry system’s Eagle Harbor facility, where it will be outfitted before beginning service in mid-January on the Port Townsend-Coupeville route. The three ferries, the Chetzemoka, Salish and Kennewick, are part of the Kwa-di…


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October 31, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Postal Service hiring for the holidays

The U.S. Postal Service is hiring temporary employees to work during the upcoming holiday season. Mailhandler and postal support employee clerk positions are available at these locations: the Seattle-Christmas facility near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the priority mail annex in Kent, the network distribution center in Federal Way, and at the processing and distribution facilities in Seattle,…


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October 31, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Security guard assaulted at Lynnwood Wal-Mart

Have you seen this guy? The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office says he assaulted a security officer at a Lynnwood-area Wal-Mart store a couple weeks ago. The Sheriff’s Office says the man walked into the Wal-Mart store at 1400 164th Street Southwest on Oct. 17 and tried to shoplift some items. When he was confronted by store security,…


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October 31, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Monday's post-Viadoom drive: business as usual

Despite government warnings about driver confusion, the only haunting in Monday’s post-Viadoom commute came from the mangled skeleton of the demolished elevated highway. A drive at 8:25 a.m. from West Seattle to South Lake Union took about 35 minutes, similar to the pre-Viadoom pace.  “Overall, I think it was kind of back to business as usual,”…


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October 31, 2011 at 10:42 AM

SeaTac couple plead guilty to running theft ring

A SeaTac couple has pleaded guilty to several charges stemming from an organized theft ring in South King County in which they paid others to steal items, which the defendants later resold. Sara Kong, 41, and Chanthou Rim, 39, each pleaded guilty last week to six counts of first-degree attempted trafficking in stolen property and…


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October 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM

And the least favorite Halloween candy is …

And the winner, or is that loser, is. . . candy corn. When Seattle Public Utilities ran a contest to ask Seattle residents what their least-favorite Halloween candy was, candy corn won, picking up 20 percent of the votes. But it was a very small pool. Just 50 people voted, said Bret Stav, with Seattle Public Utilities. According to…


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October 31, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Weather Channel: Rain chance vanishes by 7 p.m.

Hey there, tricksters, here’s the way The Weather Channel sees Halloween weather developing through the day in the Seattle area: Morning through 3 p.m.: 10 percent chance of rain. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.:  20 percent chance of rain. 7 p.m. on:  zero percent chance of rain. Sunset is 5:54 p.m., and the temperature should be in the mid-40s…


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