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January 29, 2015 at 10:13 AM

2.8 earthquake felt on Eastside, centered north of Marymoor Park

UPDATED, 11:20 a.m. | The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network now reports that the earthquake was a 2.8 magnitude quake. ORIGINAL POST | A mild earthquake shook the Eastside this morning about 9:37. With a 2.7 magnitude, the quake was centered in Redmond just north of Marymoor Park, said Doug Gibbons, research assistant at the University of Washington’s…

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January 29, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Fire in vacant Renton house ruled arson

UPDATED at 11 a.m. with number of fires clarified. Renton fire officials said that a fire in a vacant house Wednesday night has been ruled an arson. Chad Michael, Renton’s deputy fire chief, said the fire that engulfed one of the three homes on the property at 18215 140th Avenue Southeast was started in a mattress. One…

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January 23, 2015 at 1:20 PM

King County homeless population up sharply in One Night Count

The annual One Night Count of the Homeless, held Thursday night into Friday morning, found 3,772 people in King County without shelter, a 21 percent increase over 2014. The count confirms what many advocates say is a continuing crisis in homelessness in the region despite local governments spending millions on the problem. “We know that there…

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Comments | Topics: Alison Eisinger, Committee to End Homelessness, homeless

January 1, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Two killed at Renton New Year’s Eve party

A New Year’s Eve party near Renton ended in gunfire that left two dead and one wounded. King County Sheriff’s Sgt. DB Gates said two guests who were asked to leave the party in the 11500 block of 161st Avenue Southeast apparently opened gunfire outside the residence about 3:30 a.m. Other guests returned fire, she said. Two  men…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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