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June 30, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Dorn asks relief from one part of No Child Left Behind law

If state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has his way, Washington schools won’t be sending out letters to parents in the fall saying their children’s schools are falling short of federal test-score requirements. Dorn has requested that schools be spared from that part of the No Child Left Behind Act for one year, calling it punitive. The state…

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June 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Friend: Body found near Mount Rainier is Karen Sykes

Corrected version A friend of well-known outdoors writer Karen Sykes said Sunday he has received a call from the National Park Service confirming that the body found yesterday on the east side of Mount Rainier is Sykes. Don Geyer said he believes he is one of a handful of people who received the call. Geyer was on…

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March 15, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Two off-duty firefighters accused in attack on homeless man

Update |10:20 p.m.: An off-duty firefighter was stabbed when he and two companions started a fight Saturday night with a homeless man in Pioneer Square, according to information from Seattle police and fire officials. The firefighter was with another off-duty firefighter and a woman when they came across the homeless man sleeping on a memorial near First Avenue South…

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Comments | Topics: fight, Pioneer Square, Seattle Police

January 20, 2014 at 6:43 PM

No injuries as shots fired in Central District

Seattle police, in a tweet,  report that shots were fired at 5:48 p.m. Monday at 23rd Avenue and East Spring Street in Seattle’s Central District.  No one was injured. The bullets hit four parked cars, a business and a house, police said. The suspects remain at large.

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January 20, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Man with gunshot wound walks into Seattle hospital

Update at 5:52 P.M.:| The 19-year-old who showed up at Swedish Medical Center/First Hill with a gunshot wound this morning told police he was shot by a man in his 20s after a verbal argument. In an item on their online blog, Seattle police said the victim told them the man approached him about 6:30 a.m. at the corner of…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Police Department, shooting

January 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Seahawk fans quake again — maybe even more than in 2011

Seahawks fans again literally shook the earth during today’s win over the New Orleans Saints, and it looks like the impact was even greater than in January 2011, when fans jumping and stomping and screaming generated energy roughly equivalent to a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake. “This signal looks bigger than the one three years ago,”…

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Comments | Topics: Beast Quake, earthquake, John Vidale

January 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM

State Supreme Court says education funding must grow faster

In a much-anticipated response to what happened with education funding in the last legislative session, the Washington Supreme Court today issued an order that, while acknowledging progress, said the “pace of progress must quicken.”

In a news release, the court said that the $982 million budget for education for 2013-15 “represents only a 6.7 percent increase over the current constitutionally inadequate level of funding and falls well short of the needs estimated by the legislature’s Joint Task Force on Education Funding.”

The court ruled in 2012 that the state Legislature is violating the state’s constitution by failing to provide ample funding for public education.  The court gave lawmakers a 2018 deadline to pay for programs and services estimated to cost $3 billion to $4 billion per biennium.

In the meantime, the court is monitoring the legislature’s actions.

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Comments | Topics: school funding, state supreme court

November 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Traffic and flight delays expected with Obama’s visit

With President Obama visiting Seattle on Sunday afternoon and evening, officials are warning about traffic and flight delays from mid-Sunday through Monday morning. The president is scheduled to arrive at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and will depart at 8:50 a.m. Monday, also from Sea-Tac. An airport spokeswoman said air traffic will be halted a little before Air…

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Comments | Topics: Barack Obama, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

November 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Two men rescued in Shilshole Bay at 4 a.m.

Two people were rescued in Shilshole Bay early Saturday after one fell off a 40-foot sailboat and the other ended up in the water trying to help. Three friends spent about 45 minutes trying to get the two men back on the boat, then called 911 at about 3:30 a.m., said Sue Stangl, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman.  The two men…

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