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January 29, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Seattle-area Boys & Girls clubs challenge Boston clubs to fundraising contest

“DON’T LET OUR CLUB KIDS WEAR PATRIOTS COLORS!” says the headline on a website set up by the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The clubs have challenged their Boston-area counterparts to a fundraising challenge called “Boys & Girls Clubs Bowl II.” The organizations are trying to raise $49,000 apiece (since the Seattle-New England game is Super…


Comments | More in Education, General news, Sports | Topics: fundraising; Boys & Girls Clubs, Super Bowl

January 29, 2015 at 8:13 PM

Nobody hurt in explosion, fire at auto-parts store near JBLM

The Associated Press TACOMA — An explosion and dramatic fire at a south Tacoma auto parts shop prompted fire crews to temporarily evacuate businesses near one of the main gates to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s McChord Air Field. The fire sent up a towering cloud of black smoke. The News Tribune reports that West Pierce Fire and Rescue spokeswoman…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma

January 29, 2015 at 6:58 PM

1 of last 4 Doolittle Raiders dies — helped bomb Tokyo in 1942

Corrected version The Associated Press Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94. Rod Saylor said his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner, Washington. He was a young flight engineer-gunner and among…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: B-25 bomber, Military; Doolittle Raiders; Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, Sumner

January 28, 2015 at 9:58 PM

Spokane Co. deputy cleared in pastor’s slaying fired over car use

The Spokesman-Review A Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Spokane Valley pastor in 2010 has been fired for improperly using county-owned vehicles. The sheriff’s office announced the termination of Deputy Brian Hirzel on Wednesday. Hirzel, who lives in Hayden, Idaho, was driving his patrol car to and from his home without…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Jed Zillmer, Rev. Wayne Scott Creach

January 27, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Pierce County couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

The Associated Press GRAHAM, Pierce County — A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman says detectives think a woman fatally shot her estranged boyfriend, then drove to a church parking lot and killed herself. Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said officers believe “it was a homicide-suicide.” He said the two were in the process of breaking up. The spokesman said a…



January 27, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Avian flu quarantine on eggs, poultry lifted in S.E. Washington

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The Washington Agriculture Department has lifted a quarantine that restricted the movement of eggs, poultry and poultry products in parts of southeast Washington after avian flu was found in two Benton County backyard flocks in December. The department said Tuesday that the outbreak doesn’t appear to have spread beyond those two sites….


Comments | Topics: Avian flu, Benton County, Clallam County

January 26, 2015 at 9:32 PM

Monday was another day of record-breaking warmth in Seattle

The Associated Press Monday was another day of record high January temperatures in Western Washington. The National Weather Service says it was the third consecutive day for some record highs in the area. On Monday, Sea-Tac Airport hit 61 degrees, three degrees higher than the old record for the date, 58 degrees, set in 2003. Airport records have…


Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: Sand Point

January 26, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Olympia mom accused of cutting her 3 young children’s throats

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A woman accused of stabbing her three small children told detectives she cut the children’s throats with a kitchen knife to keep them quiet for her soldier husband, a prosecutor said Monday. Christina E. Booth, 29, of Olympia, said in the police interview that her husband, Thomas Booth, never helped her…



January 22, 2015 at 9:06 PM

Bicyclist killed when struck by pickup in Blaine

The Associated Press BLAINE — The Washington State Patrol says a small white pickup struck and killed a bicyclist on Thursday evening near the Blaine border crossing with Canada. The Bellingham Herald reports the truck drove off but about three hours later, the State Patrol said, a 26-year-old Blaine man walked up to a state Transportation Department…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: bicyclist, Blaine

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