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October 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM
The Associated Press
Washington state has approved rules for its new legal marijuana industry.
After nearly a year of research, planning and public hearings, the three-member state Liquor Control Board adopted the rules today.
The regulations cover everything from the security and size of licensed marijuana gardens, to how many pot stores can open in cities across the state.
Washington and Colorado voted last year to legalize marijuana and allow its sale for recreational use at state-licensed stores. In Washington, supporters hope the sale of taxed pot to adults over 21 might bring the state tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.
The proposed rules allow up to 334 pot stores to open in Washington. The stores are expected to open by next summer.
Colorado approved its marijuana industry rules last month.
September 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM
A man in his 30s was shot in the 3100 block of Airport Way South tonight and Seattle police are searching for a suspect.
The department reported that the victim, a resident at an apartment complex there, was shot multiple times and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A suspect — possibly two — is at-large, though there was no more information immediately available. Police were searching the complex room-by-room, though the shooter or shooters were thought to have left on foot, police said.
September 15, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Cheering Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field reached 136.6 decibels during the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, officially making The CLink the Guinness World Record holder for loudest stadium. An earlier measurement showed the noise at 131.9 decibels.
Both readings were louder than the previous record of 131.76 decibels, set two years ago during a soccer game in Istanbul, Turkey. An initial reading at CenturyLink was just short of the mark, at 130.1.
“That’s huge,” said Bill Stewart, a sound engineer and partner at SSA Acoustics in Seattle who measured the record attempts. “That’s going to be really tough for someone else to beat.”
Fans throughout the stadium knew the attempt was underway and many of them strained a vocal cord or more to break it, following an hourlong delay caused by a thunderstorm.
“I knew we could do it! We impact every defensive play,” said Shawn Burns of Marysville, a longtime season ticket holder standing at the base of the Hawks Nest, over the north end zone.
Visiting fan Felix Katich, wearing a red 49ers jersey, said he traveled from the Bay Area for the game, and he loves the fervor of Seattle fans.
“We’ve got a new stadium coming in the next year. I’ve been in NASCAR infields, and this is … nauseating. It’s great,” he said.
“Congratulations Seahawks 12th man & Centurylink field! We are officially the loudest stadium in the world!,” tweeted former Hawks defensive end Joe Tafoya, whose company coordinated the effort.
September 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM
Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field tonight are loud, but not record-breaking loud. At least not yet.
Crowd noise in the first quarter measured 130.1 decibels, just short of the 131.76 decibels needed to set a new Guinness World Record.
“1st reading 130.1 so close!!! Let’s get louder!!!” said a tweet from former Seahawks defensive end Joe Tafoya, whose company set up the attempt to break the record.
Two more official measurements will be taken during the game, which had been temporarily suspended because of a thunderstorm.
June 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick was named county executive this morning, replacing Aaron Reardon, who resigned after a series of scandals.
Lovick had served five and a half years as sheriff, and his name already was on the door of Reardon’s old office as the Snohomish County Council interviewed him and two other candidates before this morning’s vote.
Undersheriff Tom Davis is acting Sheriff. The council has 60 days to select someone to serve as sheriff until election in fall 2014.
Read more here.
May 24, 2013 at 5:10 PM
By Rick Lund
Seattle Times news designer
It was shaping up to be another routine commute home. That is, if you can call the 56-mile-each-way commute between south Mount Vernon and Seattle I’ve been doing now for more than two decades ordinary.
But as I got off the Sound Transit bus in Everett and hopped in my truck to drive the remaining 30 miles, I received a call from Times night editor Cathy McLain that would make this evening anything but ordinary.
“The Skagit River Bridge between Mount Vernon and Burlington has fallen in the river,” said the voice on my cell phone. “How soon can you get there?”
I struggled for a few seconds to wrap my mind around that. How can that happen? I had crossed that bridge hundreds of time in my life. And my mind raced about the real possibility of unimaginable loss of human life. Perhaps even someone I knew. I told her I’d get there as soon as I could.
I sped on, looking for the first signs of backup on I-5. Knowing the lay of the land, I got off at the Anderson Road exit, just south of when traffic lurched to a standstill. I snaked through downtown Mount Vernon and on to Freeway Drive, which parallels I-5, to get to WalMart, where I knew I could get close to the bridge. It was about 8 p.m., a little less than an hour after the collapse.
As I walked up to the dike that borders the south bank of the river I saw a sight that made my jaw drop: The north end of the bridge, a mass of twisted steel , was submerged in the river. Rescue boats were humming around some vehicles. As this point I couldn’t tell how many. I snapped a couple shots with my iPhone, e-mailed them to the newsroom, and called my editor.
When I got off the phone I heard a big cheer from the hundreds of people lined along the north dike. A rescue boat had delivered what appeared to be a survivor to safety. I knew at this point I had to get to the north side of the river. The only camera I had was my iPhone. I had no telephoto lens. I had recently taken a newsroom training course from Genevieve Alvarez, our videographer, who taught me to “zoom with your feet.” I had to move. Going back to my truck and driving there was not an option. It would have taken too long. So I walked east along the dike to the Riverside Bridge, walked across the bridge and circled back to the collapsed bridge on the north dike.
May 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM
“We heard from the community that they’re concerned about their safety in the parks, and we want to address that,” McGinn said.
The rangers are not police officers, but “They’re present, they can keep an eye on the park, they can resolve small disputes.” McGinn said. They also will help facilitate the use of ball fields and, the mayor said, will call police, when necessary. They will work as a pair, moving between the two parks.
The city expects to spend $180,000 the first year for the two rangers and equipment. That cost is expected to be $150,000 per year after that. The cost will be paid through money saved by underspending in the Parks Department, McGinn said.
The city currently employs four full-time rangers and one ranger part-time.
March 18, 2013 at 2:22 PM
According to the trade publication, Botec Analysis Corp., based in Massachusetts, has received the initial go-ahead to provide consulting services in each of the four major areas identified by the state: product and industry knowledge, product quality standards and testing, product usage and consumption validation, and product regulation. The state considered hiring different consultants to advise it on the various areas.
State officials would not confirm the selection, which will be official pending final approval and is expected to be announced Tuesday.
March 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM
A federal judge ordered a Jefferson County man to repay the U.S. Forest Service $84,000 for stealing as many as 100 trees from Olympic National Forest.
Reid Johnston previously had been sentenced to a year in federal prison in one of the largest timber-theft prosecutions in Washington history. After a lengthy restitution hearing on Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Bryan came up with the figure, taking into account both the market value of the timber, as well as the ecological value of the stolen trees.
At least one of the trees was an old-growth fir, six feet in diameter. Others included intricately patterned maple that often is used to make musical instruments.
March 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM
The Tacoma Art Museum will donate a few works from a Chinese robe and jade collection to an appropriate local institution, and continue to auction off the rest of the collection, donated by the Young family in the 1970s.
An agreement reached between TAM and the family was announced today, settling a public dispute.
“We regret that the conversation between us, the museum and the community too the direction that it did,” Al Young said in a statement.
TAM will auction the rest of the collection next week, and will use some of the money to purchase works by Chinese American artists, while giving the Young family credit for the donation.
“We are pleased that this all has been resolved, and are happy that the Young family will continue to be a part of the Tacoma Art Museum,” said director Stephanie A. Stebich in a statement.
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