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April 14, 2014 at 3:48 PM

State Supreme Court to hear case on ‘boarding’ mentally ill residents

The state Supreme Court has decided to accept a case that could fundamentally change the way severely mentally ill residents are handled when most in need of treatment. The justices said today they will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of so-called “psychiatric boarding” — when residents involuntarily committed for mental-health treatment are parked for hours or…


Comments | More in Government | Topics: mental health, Pierce County, psychiatric boarding

April 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Audit: State sold computers with Social Security numbers, tax info still on them

Several state agencies likely gave away or sold hundreds of surplus computers that still contained confidential information, such as Social Security numbers, medical records and tax forms, according to an audit released Thursday. Auditors examined only the computers sent to surplus by 13 agencies over a six-week period last summer. But they estimated that 109…


Comments | More in Government | Topics: IT, security, state audit

April 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Appeals court kicks ‘psychiatric boarding’ case to state Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court is getting a chance to rule on the constitutionality of making involuntarily-detained mentally ill residents wait for hours or days in hospital emergency rooms before receiving treatment. A Pierce County-based appellate judge on Wednesday kicked a major case about so-called “psychiatric boarding” to the high court, although it’s not yet known whether…


Comments | More in Government | Topics: mental health, psychiatric boarding, state supreme court

March 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

NTSB: Tonight’s report to describe helicopter-crash video

Update| 9:08 p.m.: The report was just released, and details will be posted shortly on Original post: The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on Tuesday’s KOMO-TV helicopter crash will include a description of surveillance footage showing the incident, according to a spokesman. The one-page report is scheduled to be released at 9 p.m. today. “We got a lot…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: helicopter crash, KOMO, NTSB

March 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Hospital: Injured helicopter-crash victim improving

Richard Newman, the 38-year-old Seattle man who suffered severe burns after a KOMO-TV helicopter crashed and fell on his car Tuesday morning, is “improving, conscious and breathing on his own,” according to officials at Harborview Medical Center. Newman remains in serious condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit, spokeswoman Susan Gregg wrote in a Wednesday…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: helicopter, komo-tv, Richard Newman

March 17, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Audit: Port Angeles official didn’t pay for $40,000 in city programs for her kids

A former coordinator of recreational programs at the city of Port Angeles did not pay for $40,000 worth of after-school and summer programs for up to four of her children, according to a state audit released Monday. At least one of the unidentified coordinator’s kids participated in the youth programs every month between September 2006 and…


Comments | More in Government | Topics: Audit, Port Angeles

January 29, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Campaign urges parents to ask about guns in playmates’ homes

Seattle anti-gun violence advocates on Wednesday launched a campaign to encourage parents to ask about the presence of a gun before allowing their children to play at a friend’s home. The yearlong ASK (Asking Saves Lives)-Washington campaign will include posters, print advertisements, social-media messages and the training of “a cadre of ASKvangelists” to promote the idea…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: gun safety, parenting, public health

January 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Audit: State worker, boss spent hours shopping on the job

A state Department of Social and Health Services worker spent more than 75 hours browsing the Internet on the job during a four-month stretch last year, according to an audit released Monday. The worker, who was not identified, used his computer to shop for boats, motorcycles, pet supplies, guns and a chainsaw, according to a report…


Comments | More in Government | Topics: Audit, Department of Social and Health Services, DSHS

December 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Seahawks fans relieved, excited about home-field advantage

Seattle fans cheer as the Seahawks prepare to face the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. The Seahawks clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with the 27-9 victory. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times) They projected confidence throughout the big game, but Seahawks fans admitted afterward just how important it was…


Comments | More in Sports | Topics: fans, reactions, Seahawks

December 23, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Denied a free ride, drunken Santa attacks duck-tour boat

A drunken man dressed as Santa Claus ripped Christmas lights off a “Ride the Ducks” vehicle after being denied a free ride Saturday, police say. The man apparently boarded the bus-boat tour vehicle near 4th Avenue and Pine Street at around 6:30 p.m., telling confused conductors that he “had ID.” Employees ordered him off the vehicle,…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Ride the Ducks, Santa Claus, Westlake Mall

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