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August 31, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Man collapses and dies after assaulting store owner in South Park

A man who went “berserk” inside a Seattle convenience store Saturday collapsed and died after destroying merchandise and assaulting the store owner, according to a news release from the Seattle Police Department. The chain of events took place just before noon in a store in the 8900 block of 14th Avenue South, in the South…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: convenience store, death investigation, Seattle Police

August 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Van and light-rail train collide in South Seattle; no injuries

A van and a light-rail train collided north of Othello Station this afternoon, but the accident was minor and no one was injured, said Sound Transit spokeswoman Kimberly Reason. Reason had few details about the accident at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Brandon St.  After the accident, Sound Transit used just one track for…

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August 31, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Some Everett beaches closed after sewer overflows

Beaches at two Everett parks — Howarth and Pigeon Creek — remained closed Saturday after sewer overflows caused by heavy rains. The city of Everett earlier closed five beaches, but reopened three of them Saturday after tests showed that water quality had returned to normal.  The reopened beaches are at Langus Park, Rotary Park and Jetty…

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August 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Reward for finding hikers’ killer about to expire

GRANITE FALLS — A reward raised by family and friends of two women gunned down while hiking six years ago in Granite Falls is about to expire. KOMO-TV reports the case still has no suspects in the deaths of Mary Cooper and her daughter Susanna Stodden. They died while hiking on Mt. Pilchuck. The husband and father…

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August 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Mediator to join teacher contract talks in Seattle

A mediator will join teacher contract talks in Seattle today, which both sides hope will help them resolve their remaining disagreements and avoid the possibility of a teachers strike. The negotiation teams from Seattle Public Schools and the city’s teachers union agreed Friday to bring in a mediator from the Public Employment Relations Commission, said union…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Jonathan Knapp, Seattle Education Association, Seattle Public Schools

August 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Saturday Memo: Rents keep climbing … Bumbershoot gets going … Huskies play tonight

Weather: Still lovely. High in the upper 70s, low 80s in some spots. Same tomorrow. Here is the National Weather Service forecast. Renters, open your wallets: If you think your rent went up a crazy amount, and you are telling your friends around the country how expensive Seattle is — here’s some facts to back…

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August 30, 2013 at 8:08 PM

S. Kitsap School District reports tentative deal with teachers union

The South Kitsap School District and the South Kitsap Education Association have come to a tentative agreement that, if ratified by both the school board and the union, will avert a teachers strike, according to a news release from the school district. Details of the agreement were not released. The release said the board expects Superintendent Michelle…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Port Orchard, South Kitsap Education Association, South Kitsap School District

August 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Negotiations continue in Seattle teacher contract talks

The negotiation teams for Seattle Public Schools and the city’s teachers union met until midnight Thursday and continued talking all day Friday, but it’s not clear whether they’re closer to reaching an agreement that would pave the way for school to start as planned next Wednesday. Union members met Friday for strike training, saying they want to…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Seattle Education Association, Seattle Public Schools, South Kitsap Education Association

August 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Foes of Issaquah plastic-bag ban submit signatures to repeal it

Opponents of Issaquah’s ban on plastic shopping bags submitted petition signatures today in support of an initiative to require a vote of the people on repeal of the law.  The ban took effect in March. Craig Keller, the West Seattle resident who spearheaded the Save Our Choice repeal campaign, said he submitted more than 3,400 signatures to the…

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Comments | More in Environment, Government | Topics: Craig Keller, Issaquah, plastic-bag ban

August 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Federal funds flow for I-90 bus lanes, Tacoma train trestle

Sound Transit has been awarded $24 million in federal funds for I-90 transit lanes and Tacoma train tracks, according to a Friday announcement from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray’s office. The funds come from the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) stimulus program. The I-90 project will add bus-carpool lanes in both directions between Mercer Island…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Sen. Patty Murray; Sound Transit; I-90

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