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August 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM
For the past 14 years, Deloy Dupuis has spent his workday behind the wheel of a Metro bus. On Monday morning, as the commute was winding down, the 64-year-old driver was shot doing his job.
He survived, miraculously, despite wounds to his face and arm. He was released from Harborview Medical Center on Monday afternoon.
Over on Reddit, we noticed this call-out, asking for people to show bus drivers some support: ”As a car-free urbanite I rely on the buses, riding them nearly everywhere I go. Today’s shooting is giving me a serious case of the sads. I thought maybe we could all share something nice about bus drivers as a show of support for them, thankless and fraught as their jobs often are.”
We thought our readers might also have thoughts to share about their favorite bus driver. After all, they are the people you see every day, who may give you the first friendly greeting of the morning. They are there to pick you up after a long day at work, and they sometimes have to deal with passengers who bring their troubles aboard.
So tell us about your driver. We’ll collect the best responses and share them with you below. Leave them here in comments, tweet them @seattletimes or email them to email@example.com.
August 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM
That was loud. Unstable air mass triggered a lightning and thunder show over many parts of Puget Sound last night. And there’s a chance today for more flash showers, especially near the Cascade foothills.
A whole lot of bikers with a cause. The weekend-long ride Obliteride continues today through Sunday. Hundreds of bicyclists will be riding 25, 50, 100 or 180 miles through Seattle, the Eastside and Tacoma — all to raise money and awareness for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Not riding? If you or your family or your friends have ever been touched by cancer, considering heading over to Seattle’s Magnuson Park for the festivities. Here’s the schedule, including live music.
It’s called the River of No Return for a reason. That’s the rugged, mountainous area in central Idaho where suspected killer James Lee DiMaggio is thought to be hiding out along with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson. DiMaggio is suspected of killing Hannah’s mother Christina Anderson, 44, and her 8-year-old brother, whose bodies were found Sunday night. For the latest in the developing story, go here.
Junior will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame today. Twenty-two years in the bigs and so many memories. Bob Condotta breaks down the top 10 moments. What you really want to look at is our photo gallery. The ceremony will take place before the Mariners’ game, starting at 5 p.m.
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August 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM
Over at The Stranger’s blog, News Editor Dominic Holden writes about an unfortunate encounter Tuesday night with King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Patrick Saulet and SPD Officer John Marion.
Holden writes that he was riding his bike past Fourth Avenue South and South Jackson Street about 7:25 p.m. when he stopped to snap a picture, which shows six officers surrounding a man sitting on a planter box at the ID transit station.
According to Holden, after one officer spotted his camera he was approached by Sgt. Saulet, who told Holden to leave the area or risk arrest. After taking a photograph of Saulet, Holden says he backed up and then contacted Officer Marion, asking him who at the scene was the commanding officer. This second encounter went about as well as the first, according to Holden.
Holden wrote that he plans to file a complaint to the Sheriff’s Office about Saulet’s behavior, and that he received a call regarding the incident from SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability.
On its blog, SPD released the following statement Thursday from Chief Jim Pugel: “Once we learned of the incident the department immediately referred the complaint to the Office of Professional Accountability. I have discussed it with OPA Director Pierce Murphy.
“While I cannot comment on the specific complaint, the allegation, if true, does not match what the department teaches in our … training, nor with the four cornerstones of my administration which are ‘Excellence, Justice, Humility and Harm Reduction.’
“I have known Mr. Holden personally for many years, have regular communications with him and have assured him that we will get to the truth.”
A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office said an internal investigation into the matter has begun.
July 13, 2013 at 9:31 AM
Ten thousand bicyclists: The grand parade of neon and spandex is under way as thousands of bicyclists departed Husky Stadium this morning for the Rose City. It’s an annual classic where the greyhound riders will finish the 200-mile ride in a single day. The big pack will finish Sunday, exhausted but happy to be in Portland. The STP is organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club, and while it’s the big ride of the year, the organization offers many shorter trips for riders of all abilities.
You must check this Web site before you head out today. Really. The 520 bridge is closed in both directions from Montlake Boulevard in Seattle to Interstate 405. And a stretch of northbound I-405 between Southeast Eighth Street in Bellevue and SR520 also is closed for road maintenance until 5 a.m. Monday. Detours are in place. And there are other sporadic street closures as the summer road construction hits its stride. Go have fun but be smart on picking your best travel route.
What could possibly go wrong? Nearly 100 milk carton boats of all shapes will compete, or…rather float…on the blue waters….well, murky waters of Green Lake today for prizes and bragging rights. Maybe they should give contestants an “I survived the Milk Carton Derby” T-shirt. Hey, it’s all fun and it’s Seafair. So go. Watch. Laugh. The derby runs from 9:30 to 4 p.m. today.
The Royal Baby: Shouldn’t we be excited about this historic moment in British history? OK, anyway, the baby to be known as the Prince or Princess of Cambridge may arrive today and because of recent changes in law, she or he will be the third in line to the throne. Got that? Anyway, you can read more here.
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- 787 fire at Heathrow reignites concerns about Boeing plane
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- UW must pay family $15M for error that left daughter disabled
May 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM
Times reporter Bob Young and a trio of marijuana experts held a live chat on Friday. State Liquor Control Board Deputy Director Rick Garza, ACLU of Washington drug-policy director Alison Holcomb, and dispensary owner John Davis all answered questions on marijuana legalization. Read their comments below.
May 24, 2013 at 7:24 AM
There was a collective sigh of relief last night as rescuers quickly discovered there were no fatalities after the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed after it was struck by a semi-truck. Motorist traveling in the area of Mount Vernon should expect traffic delays. Detour routes can be found here. Investigators are at work this morning to determine the extent of damage to the remaining bridge pieces. Any fix could be weeks away, or longer.
OK, the weather forecast for this holiday weekend looks a little spotty, but take your sunscreen for those breaks in the cloud cover. Turns out, most of us know the drill here on sunscreen. Our FYI Guy wrote this post on just how much we use the stuff. New data reveal that, despite the persistent atmospheric gloom here, Seattleites are among the most dedicated sunscreen users in the United States.
The draft pot rules for Washington state are now available, and there are a lot of questions. You’re invited to join us at noon today for a live chat with Seattle Times reporter Bob Young, who wrote earlier this week about Seattle’s take on the rules. Joining Bob will be Rick Garza, Liquor Control Board deputy director, Alison Holcomb, ACLU of Washington drug-policy director, and pot dispensary owner John Davis.
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- McNerney: Boeing will squeeze suppliers and cut jobs
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April 1, 2013 at 9:23 PM
UPDATE: 11:35 a.m. | The Seattle Fire Department says the fire that destroyed a Lower Queen Anne home and burned two adjacent homes was set and not accidental.
Fire officials say the fire started in a doorless garage, which was filled with combustibles including trash and an old Christmas tree. The fire is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department’s Arson and Bomb Squad. It’s unclear if the fire was set as “a crime of opportunity” or if the residences were targeted, said fire spokesman Kyle Moore.
The home that was destroyed was a “charred shell,” and the two homes on either side “suffered significant damage” in the fire that erupted about 8 p.m. Monday. The initial damage estimate is $560,000 for the three structures, along with $55,000 damage to the contents.
It took 78 firefighters and 16 fire trucks to fight the blaze, which was extinguished by about 10 p.m., said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. At least 10 people and a dog were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross was working to find them a place to stay, Moore said.
The homes are in the 700 block of Warren Avenue North, just about a block north of the Seattle Center.
The fire is under investigation, and it appears to have started in a garage at the back of the middle house, said Moore.
Two people suffered minor injuries: A man hurt his ankle running out of his burning home. The other injury, said Moore, happened after a guy, who had been at a nearby bar, decided “to run up the street to fight the fire.” He injured his hands, although not enough to require medical attention.
Tim Shields rented the lower unit in the duplex.
“I was hanging out with two friends, and one of them says, ‘Is that like a fire or something?’ We saw an orange glow through the shades. The garage was completely engulfed,” he said.
Shields, a copywriter for a marketing company who now is staying with friends, said he doesn’t know what of his possessions he’ll find when he returns to his former home.
An avid diary-keeper who had chronicled his life and world travels since age 17 in 1991, he had filled over 45 diaries.
All he managed to get out with were his wallet, cell phone, computer and two guitars.
Shields said he hadn’t played guitar for a while.
“I guess I’ll start playing guitar again,” he said.
April 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM
KING 5 News was named “Large Market Station of the Year” in the 2013 National Press Photographers Association “Best of Photojournalism” contest.
It beat out five other finalists that included stations in such cities as Minneapolis and Denver. KING 5 also won the honor in 2011.
Judge Seth Voorhees said about the station’s entry:
“Everything was solid, spectacular, the stories had the most complexity. It was unbelievable, to pull it off and make it that good was amazing. There were a lot of different reporters and the quality didn’t drop off.”
The station’s entry included stories that ranged from “Bystanders taken down robbery suspect” to “Tourists peeved over small Pike Place Market bathrooms.”
April 1, 2013 at 6:27 PM
The Associated Press
One of usually peaceful springtime rituals of childhood — the Easter egg hunt — turned nasty at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Blame the moms.
A statement on the Seattle Police Department blotter Monday says the “hard-boiled tale” began Sunday afternoon, “when one woman reportedly pushed a child aside as her own child was scrambling toward some brightly colored eggs.”
Police say the two mothers began fighting and had to be separated three or four times. The fisticuffs left one woman with a bloody nose.
Only one mother was still there when officers arrived. She said she wasn’t interested in pursuing charges against her attacker.
As the release puts it, that left officers without “any info that could crack the case.”
April 1, 2013 at 5:20 PM
A man in his 20s was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition Monday afternoon after he was stabbed numerous times near Third Avenue and Pine Street.
Seattle Police said the stabbing, which happened about 4:25 p.m., “does not appear to be random,” and that the victim may have known the suspect.
According to police, “two uniformed officers were sitting in a fully-marked police car just east of the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Pine Street” when they saw the victim and the suspect yell at each other, “squaring off to fight.”
The police used their car’s public address system to tell the two “to cease and move along.”
The two men then walked around the corner, and moments later, said police, a witness ran up to the officers to tell them someone had been stabbed in front of the McDonald’s.
The two officers said the victim was bleeding from his arm and gave him first-aid until medics arrived, who determined the man had been stabbed multiple times.
Police said the suspect fled on foot and officers couldn’t catch him because of pedestrian and car rush-hour, and “the chaotic scene on the sidewalk.”
The police Gang Unit is investigating.
The photo of the victim was taken by Michael Barkin, a media coordinator at Corbis Images, who happened to be near the scene.
The suspect is still at large, said police, and described him as a thin male with medium skin tone, 20 to 25 years old, 5-foot, 9-inches tall, and last seen wearing a black baseball hat with red insignia, a red shirt, brown hooded sweater with block lettering and black pants.
Police said anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident.
Anonymous tips are welcome, said police.
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