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September 30, 2013 at 11:09 PM

57-foot boat sinks at Lakewood Moorage dock

A 57-foot boat sank in 10 feet of water next to its dock at Lakewood Moorage, at 4500 Lake Washington Blvd. S., late Monday, according to the Seattle Fire Department. No one was injured, and it’s not clear what caused the boat to sink, Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said. Firefighters got the call around 10:20…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: boat sinks, Coast Guard, Lake Washington

September 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

School-funding plaintiffs ask court to consider sanctioning state

The state Supreme Court should, at minimum, sternly warn state legislators that they will face sanctions if they don’t ramp up public school funding more rapidly than they did this year, the plaintiffs in the successful school-funding lawsuit said today. The plaintiffs — a group known as the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) — made…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: McCleary case, Network for Excellence in Washington Schools, school funding

September 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Kathy Best named new Seattle Times editor; newsroom leadership team announced

Kathy Best, Seattle Times editor

Kathy Best, Seattle Times editor

Kathy Best, a longtime Seattle journalist and a Seattle Times editor for six years, has been named the newspaper’s editor, Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen announced Monday.

Best, who most recently has been one of The Times’ two managing editors, begins the new job immediately, Blethen said. She replaces David Boardman, who resigned after 30 years at The Times in August to become dean of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication in Philadelphia.

Before joining The Seattle Times, Best was the assistant managing editor for Sunday and national news at The Baltimore Sun. She had also been assistant managing editor/metro at the St. Louis Post–Dispatch and at the Seattle Post–Intelligencer.

Also Monday, Blethen appointed Suki Dardarian, who has been the newspaper’s other managing editor, to the newly created position of director of audience development and innovation. She will report directly to the publisher, and indirectly to Alan Fisco, executive vice president for revenue and new products, on ways to build the newspaper’s print and digital audiences.

Blethen said the newspaper’s newsroom leadership team “will continue our remarkable story of stewardship and perseverance (and) lead us the rest of the way into a vibrant, sustainable 21st-century model for a journalism/public service organization.”

At Monday’s announcement, Best told the paper’s news staff that with the uncertain future facing the industry, “all of us in this room need to stay laser-focused on our mission: producing useful, meaningful, kick-ass journalism that readers can’t get anywhere else.”

Dardarian, who has been at the newspaper since 2000, said, “I’m excited to remain based in the newsroom, but to extend my reach to work with other departments . . . Chief among my jobs will be to continue to identify how we can bring more value to our community and also help this company thrive.”

Other newsroom leadership positions announced:

Jim Simon, who has been assistant managing editor for local news, becomes deputy managing editor, focusing on Sunday content and enterprise and bringing the newspaper’s hard-news efforts in metro, business and investigative journalism  under one umbrella.

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Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news | Topics: Blethen, The Seattle Times

September 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

2 charged over asbestos work at Kent apartments

The Associated Press SEATTLE — The manager of a Kent apartment complex has been charged in federal court with failing to take proper steps to protect workers and others from asbestos during a renovation. Stanley Xu (SHOO) is the president of the management company that oversaw Avante Apartment Homes. In 2009, water pipes at the complex froze…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: asbestoes, Kent, U.S. District Court

September 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM

SPD, advocacy group receive grant to combat human trafficking

The Seattle Police Department and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Seattle have been awarded a $750,000 federal grant to continue work combatting human trafficking of both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, according to a news release issued Monday by U.S. District Attorney Jenny Durkan. The money — $500,000 to the police department and $250,000 to IRC’s…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: International Rescue Committee, Jenny Durkan, Seattle Police Department

September 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Woman pleads guilty to vehicular homicide for fatal Kirkland crash

A 43-year-old woman pleaded guilty today to charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving for a collision that resulted in the death of an 81-year-old woman in Kirkland on Aug. 7, 2012. Kelly Ann Hudson was under the influence of alcohol and a prescription drug when her minivan collided head-on with a car occupied…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: accident, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, vehicular homicide

September 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM

SPD gang unit investigating Columbia City shooting

The Seattle Police Department’s gang unit is investigating a shooting this morning in Columbia City. Officers responded to Rainier Avenue South and and South Genesee Street just after 11 a.m. after receiving numerous reports of shots fired. As officers were arriving, a security guard called from a Seattle hospital to report that a man with a gunshot wound  had just shown up…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: gangs, Seattle Poice Department, shooting

September 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Gray wolf killed during big game hunt in Okanogan County

PHUONG LE Associated Press Take Our Poll Federal wildlife agents are investigating the death of an endangered gray wolf in Okanogan County in north-central Washington state. The adult female wolf was shot and killed during a big game hunt in the area, Doug Zimmer, a spokesman with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, said Monday. Hunters were in…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, The Blotter | Topics: gray wolf, hunt, killed

September 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

State Patrol: Speed, alcohol likely in fatal Snohomish County crash

A 28-year-old Mount Vernon woman died this morning in a single-car accident in which police say excessive speed and alcohol likely played a role. Washington State Patrol says the woman, whose name has not been released to the public, was driving north on  Interstate 5 shortly before 3 a.m. this morning when she took the off-ramp…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: accident, alcohol, DUI

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