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December 20, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Hit-and-run collision blocks I-5 lane near Southcenter

The right lane of northbound Interstate 5 was blocked shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday near Southcenter Blvd. in Tukwila due to a four-car, hit-and-run collision, according to a Washington State Patrol spokesman. The suspect who fled the scene was caught a few miles away, said the spokesman, Trooper Chris Webb. There was one minor injury as a result of…

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December 20, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Port Angeles considering Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Associated Press PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles is the latest city in Washington to consider adopting a holiday honoring Native Americans — but not on Columbus Day. The Peninsula Daily News reports that the City Council plans to consult with the Lower Elwha and other tribes about establishing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This year Seattle and Bellingham decided to celebrate…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: bellingham, Indigenous Peoples' Day, Native Americans

December 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Black Lives Matter protest ends at Bellevue Square

Update at 4:35 p.m.: People who took part in a Black Lives Matter protest Saturday at the Bellevue Square shopping mall had dispersed by about 4 p.m., Bellevue Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler said. There were no arrests, Tyler said. “The protesters entered the mall. They were asked to leave and they did so,” he said. “They continued to…

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Comments | Topics: Bellevue Square, Black Lives Matter, protest

December 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Seattle task force on homelessness to present its ideas Thursday

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness has completed its work, and a City Council committee will hear the group’s recommendations Thursday, said Jason Kelly, Murray’s press secretary. The deadline for the group to provide its recommendations was Monday. Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim will brief the council’s housing committee. Murray has not yet decided…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness, homelessness, Seattle City Council

December 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Seattle Housing Authority puts rent change on hold

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has shelved its controversial plan to raise rents for thousands of tenants. There will be no rent policy change until 2016 and the SHA may scrap the plan altogether. “We have decided to put consideration of the Stepping Forward proposal on hold,” SHA Executive Director Andrew Lofton wrote Monday in a letter…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: Andrew Lofton, rent, Seattle Housing Authority

December 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Seattle Police Department watchdog fields protest-related complaints

The Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability has received three complaints in the past 24 hours in connection with recent street protests over police brutality and racial bias in the criminal justice system, an official said. Two of the complaints relate to use of force by police and one relates to rudeness/professionalism, the office’s civilian director, Piece Murphy, said Tuesday…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Office of Professional Accountability, protests, Seattle Police Department

December 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Metropolitan King County Council allows tent encampments for 10 more years

The Metropolitan King County Council has approved legislation allowing tent encampments to operate in the county’s unincorporated areas for another 10 years. The county has permitted the homeless encampments since adopting a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness more than nine years ago. Homelessness has hardly ended in that time, with almost 10,000 households turning to the county…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Metropolitan King County Council

December 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Murray thanks SPD for handling of protests, but complaints under review

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray gave police a pat on the back Monday, thanking them in an email for their work during weekend street protests over police brutality. In an email to all Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers, Murray wrote, “I’m writing to express my thanks for your professionalism and restraint as you helped facilitate protests over…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics, The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, Lisa Daugaard, Public Defenders Association

December 7, 2014 at 9:01 AM

‘I have to be mayor on more than one issue,’ Murray says of absence

Mayor Ed Murray is not in town this weekend to personally oversee the city during street protests. But in an interview Friday, Murray said he was confident that the city’s policing strategy would be successful in his absence. “We have spent hours and hours, a significant amount of time, preparing our response and getting our policing ready…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Ferguson, mayor, protests

December 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Seattle City Councilmember Sawant charged with disorderly conduct

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and three other people arrested while taking part in a protest last month outside Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac were charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct, SeaTac city attorney Mary Mirante Bartolo said. The protesters arrested Nov. 19 were calling for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport workers to be paid at least $15 an hour. They were taken into…

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Comments | Topics: minimum wage, SeaTac, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

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