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July 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Washington journalist Lou Guzzo dead at 94

Lou Guzzo, a longtime fixture of city life in Washington, died Saturday at age 94. He was a man with at least three full careers. He was a journalist, spending two decades as an arts and entertainment writer at The Seattle Times, and later moving on to become managing editor of the Seattle P-I. Next, he went…

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May 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Governor signs derelict-vessel law

For years, it’s been clear that the state has had a big problem with derelict vessels — the hundreds of ramshackle and/or abandoned boats that dot our waterways. Today, Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation addressing some parts of the problem. The new law (ESHB 1245) establishes a permanent (if relatively small) funding stream for the state’s…

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0 Comments | More in Government | Topics: derelict vessels; boats

March 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Big landslide on Whidbey Island

A massive landslide damaged one home and threatened many more in Coupeville on Whidbey Island this morning. Seventeen homes were isolated by the 400- to 500-yard slide, eight of them occupied, said Island County Sheriff Mark Brown. “The road’s been cut off, the power’s been cut off and the water’s been cut off to the homes on…

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March 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Feds investigating discrimination at Seattle Public Schools

The U.S. Department of Education is conducting an investigation into discrimination at Seattle Public Schools. The investigation, which began in May, centers on disparate use of discipline against minority kids, according to a written statement from Jim Bradshaw, a spokesman for the federal agency. The aim of the investigation is to “assess whether the district discriminates against…

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January 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Columbia River oil spill leads to $405,000 state fine

The owner of an old Liberty ship that sank and spilled oil in the Columbia River during an illegal salvage operation will be fined $405,000 by the state Department of Ecology. The spill prompted a 10-month cleanup and removal project, which cost taxpayers $22 million in federal funds. The state spent an additional $680,000 on the…

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January 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Spontaneous combustion? Nah, that boat fire was arson

It’s official: Arson was the cause of a fire last Spring on a 140-foot boat unlawfully moored off Whidbey Island, according to a report by the King County Sheriff’s Office. The Deep Sea, a rusted-out old fishing vessel, caught fire and sank to the bottom of Penn Cove early one Saturday in May. It cost the…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: arson, Deep Sea, fire

January 9, 2013 at 6:01 PM

It’s snowing in some areas, but it isn’t expected to be a lot

Snow began falling early Wednesday evening in Everett and other areas around the Snohomish/King County border, but don’t expect a lot. Earlier predictions of a possible 15 inches have been pared back, said Johnny Burg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. About 10 inches fell on Mount Baker today. Snoqualmie and Stevens passes — where…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Homepage, Weather Beat | Topics: Everett, snow

November 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Woman killed in White Center house fire

A woman in her 70s died Saturday afternoon in a house fire in White Center, according to fire officials. The fire, in the 9800 block of 28th Avenue Southwest, began in the woman’s living room and spread into the crawl space, said Burien Fire Lieutenant Ernie Brown. A fire crew from Burien was dispatched to investigate…

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September 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Do you know what your kid is putting in his mouth?

What, exactly, is in that toy your toddler likes to chew on? The state Department of Ecology is trying to help answer that question — though the results can be less-than-satisfying. A 2008 law that is now being phased-in requires manufacturers to file reports with the state on 66 toxic chemicals of concern contained in baby products. Products…

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0 Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: children's products, toxic chemicals

August 24, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Marijuana dispensaries hope to relocate

Panic, consternation, and a dose of resignation spread across the medical marijuana world Friday morning, as at least a half-dozen Seattle dispensaries received their letters from the Department of Justice warning them to shut down within 30 days or risk prosecution. In all, the feds sent warnings to 23 dispensaries in Western Washington, but declined to identify…

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