Update at 2:51 p.m.: Crews have restored power on Capitol Hill, Seattle City Light reports. The outage lasted about 80 minutes. Original post: Power outages have hit 3,468 customers in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Seattle City Light reports no known cause yet for the outages, largely clustered around East John and East Thomas streets. An initial…More
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Members of a Seattle-based fishing crew have been awarded the Carnegie Hero medal for their part in a 2012 Alaska sea rescue. Gregory Plancich and Daniel Hardwick, both of Vashon, Wayne Kitt, of Loon Lake, and Jim Fultz, of Siletz, Ore., were among 19 honored for bravery with awards announced Monday by the Carnegie Hero…More
Update at 1:32 p.m.: Protesters arrived at the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Seattle at 1:15 p.m. chanting, “No justice, no peace. No racist police ” Many were high-school students, like David Morgan, 16, a junior at Garfield High School. Morgan said he was there “just to support all the black people in the past…More
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is buying Emerald Downs, the tribe announced in a news release Thursday. The purchase of the Auburn horse-racing track from Northwest Racing Associates and its president, Ron Crockett, will be completed within 90 days. The price was not announced. The Muckleshoots have owned the land under Emerald Downs since 2002 and…More
Update| 12:10 p.m., Sept. 1: The man fatally stabbed Sunday in East Bremerton was 54 and from Central Kitsap, and his wife — the suspected assailant — is being treated for severe burns and smoke inhalation, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday. The woman, 55, is at Harborview Medical Center and was not in law-enforcement custody…More
Eight people — and one dog — were rescued in the waters Sunday night off Bainbridge Island after their boat capsized. All had been traveling in a 15-foot boat when they wound up in Puget Sound near Blakely Rock, a reef off the east coast of the island, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard said….More
Update: 10:48 p.m. City Light says an underground cable failure has been isolated as the cause of the outage. Power has been restored to all but 6,750 customers as of 10:45 p.m. and the utility estimates it will finish restoring power to all customers by 1:30 a.m. Original post: A big blackout in Ballard and Crown…More
A 13-year-old girl was killed and at least two others were hospitalized after a family trying to cross Pacific Highway South in Kent was hit by a vehicle Saturday night. A family of four was crossing in an area with no crosswalk shortly after 6 p.m. when they stepped in front of a southbound vehicle which…More
Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell died Sunday morning at Swedish hospital. Schell, who served as mayor from 1998 to 2002 was remembered as a “great city builder” by Mayor Ed Murray, whose office announced the death. Schell was 76.
Schell’s rocky term as mayor was marked by public-safety and political crises including the chaotic 1999 WTO protests and 2001 Mardi Gras riot — events that doomed his reelection bid.
But civic leaders praised Schell as a visionary civic leader who left a lasting imprint on Seattle, starting decades before his election as mayor.
“As a citizen activist, lawyer, director of community development, port commissioner, dean of architecture and mayor he directly shaped the civic infrastructure of Seattle for more than 40 years,” Murray said in a news release.
As mayor, Schell led a successful $196 million Libraries for All bond campaign that funded a new downtown library and rebuilt many neighborhood branch libraries. He also championed a $198 million levy for parks and the zoo, and a $72 million effort that mingled public and private dollars to renovate the Seattle Center Opera House and community centers.
“He had a vision for the city that got articulated in bricks and mortar,” friend and former Mayor Charles Royer said in an interview. “I think if it were not for a couple of those bumps, he would have been been regarded as much more effective than he was given credit for. And he is, in my book, one of the most productive mayors we’ve ever had.”
But Schell’s only term was marred by a string of bad news. The 1999 WTO ministerial conference, which Schell had sought for the city, turned into a fiasco of tear gas, property damage and mass arrests. Two years later, during Mardi Gras, a young man was beaten to death in Pioneer Square while police remained on the sidelines of the unruly crowds. As if that weren’t enough, Boeing announced its corporate headquarters would move to Chicago.
By the time Schell ran for reelection, voters were fed up. He placed third in the 2001 primary, behind then-City Attorney Mark Sidran and then-King County Councilman Greg Nickels, who went on to win the general election.More
Police are investigating a Sunday evening shooting and a related car crash in Southeast Seattle. Occupants of two cars started firing at each other while driving northbound on Rainier Avenue South near 56th Avenue South, police at the scene told a Seattle Times photographer. Police described the incident as a “rolling gun battle.” A passenger in…More