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December 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Chewbacca, Seattle Aquarium seal, dies

Chewbacca, Seattle Aquarium’s northern fur seal, has died following surgery he underwent  last week. The 13-year-old male seal, known at the aquarium as “Chewy,” seemed to be recovering from an operation last Thursday that removed a mass from his gastrointestinal system, but he died Sunday morning, according to the aquarium. In the wild, the average lifespan…

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December 16, 2014 at 9:49 AM

What’s special about Seattle? We’re all about volunteering, study says

The Seattle metro area has the highest young adult (16-24) volunteer rate in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by a federal agency. Overall, the Corporation for National and Community Service’s report found that Seattle had the fourth highest volunteer rate with 34 percent of the area’s residents–972,400 people–volunteering in 2013. Collectively, the…

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November 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Bellevue pursued Minneapolis assistant chief for police chief

After interviewing five police chief candidates last month, the City of Bellevue was ready to continue the hiring process with one:  Matthew Clark, assistant chief at the Minneapolis Police Department. But Clark said he withdrew from the hiring process earlier this month. “It was an honor to have been selected as a finalist for the Bellevue…

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October 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Police chase for stolen-car suspect ends in North Seattle

King County Sheriff’s deputies chased, crashed into, stunned with a Taser and ran down a suspected car thief before catching him early this morning in Shoreline. The 42-year-old suspect would not stop driving the stolen vehicle he was in when a deputy tried to pull him over around 3:30 a.m. near North 145th Street and Aurora…

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October 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM

SPD’s Metz among 5 finalists for Bellevue PD chief

UPDATE 11:10 A.M.| Metz will be up against four other candidates for Bellevue Police Department Chief: Minnesota Police Department Assistant Chief Matthew Clark, Bellevue Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Jolliffe, Simi Valley (California) Police Department Chief Mitch McCann and Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Raul Munguia. A hiring timeline hasn’t been narrowed down, but Bellevue city…

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October 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Kenneth Bae’s family hopes he’s next to be released by N. Korea

One of North Korea’s three imprisoned Americans was released today, reviving hopes that Kenneth Bae, 46, of Lynnwood may be the next to come home — long before serving his full, 15-year sentence in one of the communist country’s notoriously harsh labor camps. Today, though, only Jeffrey Fowle, 56, of Ohio was sent home. Bae’s sister,…

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October 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

“Dine Local” campaign starts for hurting Mercer Island businesses

Mercer Island restaurants and food-service businesses lost thousands of dollars during a weeklong boil-water alert that ended last Wednesday, a financial hit that especially hurt small-business owners. The city of Mercer Island and Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce are hoping the Dine Local campaign they launched Monday will help businesses catch up…

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October 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Boil-water alert ends; Mercer Islanders should take these sanitation steps

Mercer Island’s boil-water alert, in effect for most of the last week and a half, was just lifted. The city made the announcement at noon Wednesday after city, county and state officials convened in the morning to come up with a timeline for getting Mercer Island back to normal after the E. coli contamination. Restaurants that have…

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