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Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

July 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Several Washington beaches closed to shellfish harvesting

Recreational beaches in a large area of Western Washington have been closed to shellfish harvesting because of dangerous levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP), the Washington State Department of Health announced on Tuesday. The area affected by the sometimes-fatal poison includes beaches in parts of King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Island and Jefferson counties, the department…

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July 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Pedestrian hit by car in Seattle’s Crown Hill is in serious condition

A pedestrian who reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries after a car struck him in the Crown Hill neighborhood just after midnight is in serious condition this afternoon, according to Harborview Medical Center. The man was crossing in the 9200 block of Holman Road Northwest around 12:10 a.m. when he was struck by a Toyota Camry, according to…

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July 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Construction worker on Seattle’s Capitol Hill critically burned

A construction worker on Capitol Hill who accidentally set himself on fire while using a blow-torch is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center, according to the Seattle Fire Department. Bystanders saw the male in his 40s on fire near Broadway East and East Thomas Street after his torch lit a bottle of flammable liquids and…

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July 31, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Man pleads not guilty to double shooting in Ballard

A man suspected of shooting his wife and another man in Ballard earlier this month pleaded not guilty this morning to three criminal charges. Oscar Lee Taggart Jr., 37, is being held in King  County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. He is charged with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault. The shooting…

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July 31, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Seattle residents can dump trash without charge at city transfer stations

In an effort to prevent trash from piling up in Seattle neighborhoods while the Teamsters and Waste Management work out their labor issues, the city will allow residents to dispose of up to six bags per trip of garbage at transfer stations operated by Seattle Public Utilities until the strike ends. There will be no charge for the…

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July 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Blue Angels, Navy ships arriving for Seafair

The Associated Press The Navy’s Blue Angels jets began arriving in Seattle today for their show at the Seafair celebration this weekend. They’ll practice Thursday and Friday and perform Saturday and Sunday over the hydroplane race course on Lake Washington. During the practices and air show, the Interstate 90 floating bridge will be closed to…

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July 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Allen yacht to aid search for sunken ship’s bell

Paul Allen’s mega-yacht Octopus will assist next month in an attempt to recover a bell from the British warship HMS Hood, sunk in 1941. The 414-foot Octopus, which Allen has in London for the Olympics, is equipped with a remotely operated vehicle that can search the ocean floor. More than 1,400 sailors were lost when the battlecruiser Hood was sunk by…

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