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December 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Power restored on Capitol Hill

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…

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December 22, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Fishing crew receives Carnegie Hero award for sea rescue

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…

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November 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Marchers hit the streets in Seattle to protest Ferguson ruling

Garfield High School students join the front row of the Seattle march to protest the Ferguson grand-jury ruling. “Hands up,” they chanted. The demonstrators were heading downtown to the U.S. District Courthouse at Seventh Avenue and Stewart Street. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times) Update at 1:32 p.m.: Protesters arrived at the U.S….

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November 13, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Muckleshoot Tribe buys Emerald Downs

Horses fly out of the starting gate in front of the grandstand as they begin the mile-long Muckleshoot Tribal Purse on July 6. (Lindsey Wasson / Seattle Times) 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…

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September 1, 2014 at 1:35 AM

Kitsap sheriff: Wife suspected of fatally stabbing husband

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…

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August 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

11,200 lose power in Ballard, Crown Hill

11,200 customers are without power. 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…

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July 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Former Mayor Paul Schell dies

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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.

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July 6, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Man wounded in two-car shootout in Southeast Seattle

Police examine a car that crashed into a Southeast Seattle bus stop after a passenger was wounded in a rolling shootout with people in a second car. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) Police are investigating a Sunday evening shooting and a related car crash in Southeast Seattle. Occupants of two cars started firing…

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