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November 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM
Citing worsening air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a burn ban for King and Snohomish counties Sunday that prohibits burning in fireplaces or non-certified woodstoves unless they are the home’s only adequate source of heat.
Natural and propane gas stoves are exempt.
Outdoor fires are also banned, including bonfires, campfires, fire pits and chimineas.
A burn ban with similar restrictions remains in place in Pierce County.
Violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing and make lung and heart problems worse. It is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children and adults over age 65.
Officials with the Washington State Department of Health recommend that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors.
November 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM
It will be sunny over the next few days, but you’ll want to cover up at night and in the morning because night-time temperatures in Seattle will drop into the low 30s and could fall to freezing overnight tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
The typical low for this time of year is around 36 degrees.
Highs are expected to be in the mid-40s and could reach the low 50s by Sunday.
In Everett it’s expected to be a bit colder with lows in the mid-20s tomorrow and Saturday.
The Olympia area is expected to be even colder overnight tonight when the temperature could drop into the mid-20s and there could be some patchy freezing fog.
Blame the cloudless skies for the chilly weather, says Jay Neher of the National Weather Service “Clouds tend to keep things warmer.”
The cold night time forecasts has officials in some counties activating emergency overnight shelters for those residents with no place else to go.
Snohomish County opened its cold weather emergency shelter Wednesday night. Families and individuals were being asked to meet outside Lynnwood City Hall, 19100 44th Ave W by 7 p.m.
In Kitsap County, an emergency shelter opened at the Bremerton Foodline, 1600 12th St. in Bremerton. It will operate from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. No one will be allowed to check in after 10 p.m.
No special cold-weather shelters were planned in King and Pierce counties.
With winter approaching, however, King County emergency officials point out that now is a good time for residents to begin planning in the event of a winter storm. They suggest the website takewinterbystorm.org which offers coping tips for dealing with adverse weather.
November 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM
A 16-year-old immigration activist and Redmond high School student was one of two girls who confronted House Speaker John Boehner over the issue of immigration reform as he tried to get breakfast on Capitol Hill this morning.
Jennifer Martinez, who is a U.S. citizen, is active in the OneAmerica Youth Program, which engages high-school students across the Puget Sound region on immigration issues.
She and her companion, Carmen Lima, 13, of California, told Boehner that as a father he might understand what it’s like to be separated from his children, the way many undocumented immigrant parents are.
Boehner responded: “Well, I’m trying to find some way to get this thing done. It’s, uh, you know, not easy — not gonna be an easy path forward. But I’ve made it clear since the day after the election that it’s time to get this done.”
Less than an hour later, Boehner ruled out any action this year on immigration in the House.
Immigrant advocates, religious and labor groups, and employers have been trying to pressure the Speaker to take up an immigration bill pending in the House that would provide a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million unauthorized immigrants in this country. They have also been urging House Republicans to support the bill.
U.S. Catholics across the country, as well as here in Washington state, are being encouraged today to call their lawmakers to ask for their support.
About 13 people were risking arrest outside the Eastern Washington offices of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Spokane, in an act of civil disobedience similar to one that led to last week’s arrest of 33 women who refused to leave the Bellevue offices of the Washington State Republican Party.
November 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Nearly 40 women were arrested after they stormed the Bellevue headquarters of the state GOP and refused to leave, as they called on the state’s Republican delegation in Congress to support changes to immigration law.
Among them were Peggy Lynch, wife of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Kim Mead, president of the Washington Education Association.
The women were among nearly 200 people who participated in a rally and protest that began at the Bellevue Downtown Park and ended up both inside and outside the office building the houses the party headquarters.
Similar acts of disobedience took place in several other cities across the country as immigrant advocates try to get Republicans to act on a Democrat-sponsored immigration bill in the House.
About 50 police officers from Bellevue and other agencies responded to the protest and arrested the women after they refused repeated requests by the building owner to leave. They were arrested on first degree-criminal trespassing.
The protests occur as President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are now set to discuss immigration and other issues at the White House.
October 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM
A Richland florist is asking a Benton County Superior Court judge to dismiss a state lawsuit against her for refusing to provide floral arrangements for a gay wedding, saying Attorney General Bob Ferguson lacks the authority to bring the suit, particularly since the couple at the center of the case never complained to the state.
In April, the attorney general sued Arlene’s Flowers and its owner, Barronelle Stutzman, under the state’s consumer-protection law after reading news accounts about her refusal to provide wedding flowers for the upcoming wedding of two gay men.
Days later, the ACLU of Washington filed a civil suit against Stutzman on behalf of the men, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed. The two cases have been consolidated.
Stutzman is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal organization that defends individuals in religion-based suits.
In their motion to dismiss the state’s case against the florist, they argue that for 30 years, the attorney general’s office refused to address discrimination complaints directly, deferring instead to the Washington Human Rights Commission, which is charged with enforcing the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
They argue the state has “undeniably failed” to pursue any of a range of remedies available through the commission’s administrative process.
In a separate motion, they are also asking the judge to dismiss claims in both cases that Stutzman is personally liable as a corporate officer of her company, pointing out that state law does not allow someone to attack a corporate officer personally, except under exceptional circumstances when that person knowingly engaged in fraud, misrepresentation or theft.
October 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM
Janitors who work inside the Bank of America building on Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle are expected to join dozens of other immigrants and advocates Friday in a rally outside the bank building.
They are hoping to pressure Bank of America and other large corporations, which they say are major contributors to key Republicans in Congress, into demanding action from those leaders on immigration reform.
On Thursday, President Obama renewed his call for Congress to pass an immigration bill, that among other things would provide a legal path to millions in the country unlawfully.
Months after the Senate passed a sweeping immigration measure in June, action has stalled in the House, where Republicans balked at the measure’s generosity.
House Democrats, including Washington Rep. Suzan DelBene, introduced a measure similar to the Senate version at the start of the recent government shutdown.
Friday’s rally is sponsored by OneAmerica, the state’s largest immigrant-advocacy group and the Service Employees International Union Local 6, which represents a large number of immigrant workers.
October 13, 2013 at 6:10 PM
In separate incidents in the last three days, three men on or near BNSF Railway tracks in Seattle and Tacoma have been struck by Amtrak trains – two of them fatally.
The most recent incident occurred near South Lander Street in Seattle, shortly before midnight Sunday, when a 25-year-old Marysville man was hit by a train.
Seattle police said the man was lying with his head on the tracks when he was struck. The Seattle Fire Department pronounced him dead at the scene.
On Thursday evening, another man was hit and killed by a train not far from that same location on Lander Street. And earlier that same day, around 4 a.m., a third man near the tracks at Titlow Beach, near Tacoma, was also struck. His condition is unclear.
All three incidents involved the mainline train between Seattle and Portland, Gus Melonas, BNSF spokesman, said.
Despite the similarities, he said, the cases don’t appear to be related. “We want the public to be aware that trains can move on any track, at any time, in any direction,” he said.
October 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM
A 79-year-old woman visiting a friend in North Seattle early Sunday morning crashed her car into the basement of a home next door, the Seattle Fire Department confirmed.
Neither the woman nor the residents of the house were injured.
The driver said that she didn’t know how the crash occurred, that she was scared and climbed out through the driver’s side window.
The fire department pulled the car out of the basement of the house, which suffered some structural damage.
October 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM
A man in his 20s was found staggering about in the 6300 block of Airport Way South early Sunday with what police initially believed to be life-threatening stab wounds to the left side of his body.
Police said the man appeared to be intoxicated or high and was unable to give them his name or an account of what happened.
Seattle Fire Department officials said it appeared the man was stabbed with a sharp object, although police were unable to determine where the incident had occurred.
Police said the man’s injuries turned out to be non-life-threatening.
October 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM
The driver of a vehicle died and his passenger was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center after a one-car accident early Sunday.
Seattle police said the vehicle was traveling south in the 4800 block of West Marginal Way at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to roll several times.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
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