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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

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 by representatives from the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Many people who had shared concerns…

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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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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

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