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.More
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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…More
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,”…More
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.
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…More
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…More
The state Supreme Court should, at minimum, sternly warn state legislators that they will face sanctions if they don’t ramp up public school funding more rapidly than they did this year, the plaintiffs in the successful school-funding lawsuit said today. The plaintiffs — a group known as the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) — made…More
Two Washington organizations dedicated to increasing and improving pre-kindergarten learning opportunities announced today that they will merge, effective the first of next year. Thrive by Five Washington and the Foundation for Early Learning will combine their efforts, which include giving grants to organizations working to boost early learning, and increasing the awareness of parents and other caregivers…More
UPDATE, 9:53 | Negotiators from the Snoqualmie Valley School District and it’s teachers’ union broke from talks around 9:15 tonight without reaching an agreement. The two sides will return to the bargaining table Saturday. ORIGINAL POST | The teachers union in the Snoqualmie Valley School District says teachers there were going to pack up their classrooms today so they’ll be ready…More
Parents, students and teachers in Seattle may not have known until about 8 last night whether school would start today, but classes seemed to get under way without a hitch across the city — including at Muir Elementary, where Superintendent Jose Banda visited, talking a little about the contract vote but more about a new art…More