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November 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Mercer Island home heavily damaged in fire

A fire that broke out in a gazebo spread through a Mercer Island home early Sunday morning, causing extensive damage. Fire officials said they received a 911 call about 6 a.m. from a home in the 4300 block of East Mercer Way. Firefighters arrived to find the attached gazebo in flames and the fire spreading through the top…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: House fire, Mercer Island Fire Department

November 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Woodland Park Zoo getting rid of its elephants

Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo intends to send its two remaining elephants to an accredited zoo to live in a larger social group. CEO Deborah Jensen said Wednesday that a plan to expand the Seattle elephant exhibit wasn’t feasible because of the few elephants available. She said the zoo’s board of directors made the…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: elephants, Woodland Park Zoo

November 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

PSE electric customers will get about $40 credit on bills

Customers of Puget Sound Energy will get a one-time credit of about $40 toward their electricity bills in their December and January statements, the utility announced Monday. The $40 represents the average residential customer’s share of  a 2010 sale of the utility’s Jefferson County assets. Residents of that county voted to create a public utility district and…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: cash, PSE

October 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Skagit County woman arrested after text threat to SPU student

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. | The Associated Press Seattle police say a threatening text message that set off a brief lockdown at the Seattle Pacific University campus has led to a woman’s arrest. Detective Drew Fowler says an SPU student received the message from a former girlfriend, who reportedly said she would kill him and his friends. The lockdown…


Comments | Topics: Seattle Pacific University

September 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

$15 wage marchers cross from Seattle to Bellevue; rallies planned this afternoon

About 100 fast-food workers and supporters rallied at an overlook park above Interstate 90 over the noon hour Wednesday as part of an effort to bring the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage from Seattle to Bellevue. The group was heading across Lake Washington on the I-90 bridge in early afternoon, with plans to…


Comments | Topics: $15 minimum wage, Bellevue, protest march

August 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Mayor Murray details plan to double enrollment in utility-discount program

With Seattle utility rates projected to see double-digit increases over the next several years, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Wednesday announced details of his plan to double the enrollment in the city’s low-income utility discount program by 2018. Murray said the city is streamlining the application process, creating a single portal of entry and expanding outreach to…


Comments | Topics: low-income, utilities

August 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

City Council OKs Cheasty bike-trail grant with conditions

The Seattle City Council Monday approved a $100,000 grant to go forward with construction of a mountain bike trail in the Cheasty Greenspace on the east slope of Beacon Hill, but put several conditions on the money. Council members specified that they and not the Parks Department would give final approval for the project. The council also…


Comments | Topics: Cheasty Greenspace, mountain bike trail proposal, Seattle City Council

August 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Missing Snohomish girl found in Lynnwood with 60-year-old man

A missing developmentally-disabled Snohomish girl was found by Lynnwood police Thursday morning in the company of a 60-year-old man. Police say 14-year-old Elizabeth Harwood appeared to be uninjured, but was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The man was arrested on an outstanding warrant, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office. Harwood left her home in…


| More in The Blotter | Topics: missing girl, Snohomish

August 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

State Supreme Court rules psychiatric boarding unlawful

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that boarding psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms and acute care centers because there isn’t space at certified psychiatric treatment facilities is unlawful. The court ruled unanimously that patients held temporarily in settings that don’t provide individualized psychiatric treatment violates the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act. “It’s always been…


Comments | More in General news, Government, Health | Topics: mentally ill, psychiatric boarding, Supreme Court

August 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Franchise group seeks injunction to block $15 minimum wage

The International Franchise Association today asked a federal judge to issue an injunction to immediately block portions of Seattle’s  $15 minimum wage law from taking effect in April. The organization sued the city in June to declare unconstitutional what it said was discriminatory treatment of franchises by treating them as big businesses under the new wage law….


Comments | Topics: Dave Meinert, International Franchise Association, Seattle $15 minimum wage

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