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February 19, 2015 at 4:44 PM

King County Housing Authority buried in Section 8 applications

Stephen Norman, King County Housing Authority executive director, says rental help for low-income families is in short supply. (Credit: Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) During a two-week period ending Feb. 10, more than 22,600 households applied for just 2,500 spots on the King County Housing Authority‘s waiting list for Section 8 rental assistance, the agency…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: King County Housing Authority, Seattle Housing Authority, Section 8

February 17, 2015 at 2:05 PM

Murray promises new transportation plan, diverse police force in State of the City address

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is delivering his second annual State of the City address Tuesday afternoon. He’s speaking to a room packed with government insiders and a dozen high-school students who were ushered in early. There were no signs, at least initially, of demonstrators who have visited City Hall recently to protest police misconduct. Murray’s prepared remarks tout…

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Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: Ed Murray, State of the City

February 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Jesús Aguirre is Seattle mayor’s nominee for new Parks Department superintendent

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, right, introduces his new Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Jesus Aguirre, left. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) Jesús Aguirre is Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s choice to become superintendent of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the mayor announced Wednesday. Aguirre was director of Washington, D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation for nearly…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Jesus Aguirre, Seattle Parks Department

February 9, 2015 at 6:09 PM

County Council approves new youth jail in Seattle

Update at 6:30 p.m. The Metropolitan King Council Council voted Monday to approve a contract for the development of a new youth jail and courthouse in Seattle, council spokesman Al Sanders said. The vote was 7 to 0. It was taken after several hours of comments from people opposed to the project. “They took the vote while they were being shouted…

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Comments | Topics: Children and Families Justice Center, incarceration, jail

February 2, 2015 at 11:18 AM

Man hospitalized after fall from equipment in Gas Works Park

The Seattle Fire Department responding to reports of a man who fell from old refinery equipment in Gas Works Park. (Randy Lee Stalcup Jr. photo) A man in his 20s sustained a head injury and was hospitalized in serious condition Sunday night after falling from old refinery equipment in a restricted part of Seattle’s Gas…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Gas Works Park, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Fire Department

January 18, 2015 at 9:53 PM

Apartment fire in SeaTac displaces family of four

An apartment fire in SeaTac displaced a family of four and one other resident Saturday night, the Kent Fire Department said in a news release. There were no injuries reported. The first emergency unit to reach the scene on the 20000 block of 30th Avenue South reported that thick smoke and flames were visible from the front…

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Comments | Topics: American Red Cross, apartment building fire, Kent

January 14, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Seattle mayor asks City Council to authorize more tent cities

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed new legislation on homeless encampments Wednesday, asking the City Council to authorize more tent cities — under certain conditions — in response to an uptick in street homelessness and illegal camping. Murray had promised last month to present the council with a bill in January, saying the legislation would “make…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Nickelsville

January 12, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Anti-police brutality protesters disrupt Seattle City Council meeting

Protesters disrupt the Seattle City Council’s meeting Monday morning. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) The Seattle City Council temporarily suspended its weekly briefing Monday morning after people upset with the Seattle Police Department’s handling of recent anti-police brutality demonstrations began shouting and singing. Several council members left the council chambers after audience members broke up a presentation…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, protesters, Seattle City Council

January 7, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Seattle City Council will revisit city’s police-intelligence ordinance

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell has asked the council’s legislative staff to revisit the city’s police-intelligence ordinance with the goal of strengthening it, he said Wednesday. Enacted in 1979, the ordinance – in part – restricts how and when Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers can collect information, including photographs and video, about an individual’s participation…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: David Boerner, Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Seattle Police Department

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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