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Category: Education
January 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Oregon college: no degree for Saudi royal

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Lewis & Clark College says Saudi Arabia’s new deputy crown prince did not graduate from the private school as the Saudi Embassy said last week, although he did attend classes. Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was named deputy crown prince earlier this month after the death of Saudi Arabia’s king. After the…

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January 30, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Snohomish County schools to use ‘panic button’ smart phone app

The Associated Press EVERETT — School districts in Snohomish County are planning a “panic button” system at more than 80 schools. It’s a smart phone application that — with the push of the button — automatically dials 911 and notifies designated people about an emergency. The Daily Herald reports two schools in Everett started testing the panic button in…

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Comments | More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: Everett School District, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, panic button

January 29, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Seattle-area Boys & Girls clubs challenge Boston clubs to fundraising contest

“DON’T LET OUR CLUB KIDS WEAR PATRIOTS COLORS!” says the headline on a website set up by the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The clubs have challenged their Boston-area counterparts to a fundraising challenge called “Boys & Girls Clubs Bowl II.” The organizations are trying to raise $49,000 apiece (since the Seattle-New England game is Super…

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Comments | More in Education, General news, Sports | Topics: fundraising; Boys & Girls Clubs, Super Bowl

January 29, 2015 at 5:59 PM

Parts of University of Washington website ‘defaced’ by hackers

University of Washington officials have acknowledged that some portions of the university’s website were “defaced” Thursday when university information was replaced with a photo of an American soldier memorial, as well as a vague threat to soldiers serving in Iraq. “We have taken actions to resolve it,” said university spokesman Victor Balta. “We are continuing with an…

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January 20, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Student arrested for bringing gun to Columbia City school

A student at Seattle’s Interagency Academy was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he brought a gun to school, police said. Police received a report from the school at 3528 S. Ferdinand St. just before 1 p.m. indicating a student was carrying a firearm through a campus hallway, police said. The school was placed in lockdown and police responded. The student, who is…

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Comments | More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Police Department, Seattle Public Schools

January 15, 2015 at 5:07 PM

PLU adjunct faculty withdraw union vote, say they’ll try again

Adjunct faculty members at Pacific Lutheran University, who won a precedent-setting national victory last month when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) endorsed their right to form a union, have scrapped their first union attempt after about a third of the votes were challenged. The faculty group announced Wednesday that they were withdrawing a petition to…

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December 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Issaquah school to reopen Jan. 5 after threat forced closure

Classes at Issaquah’s Pacific Cascade Middle School will resume as scheduled Jan. 5 after a threatening letter prompted the school to close for three days before Christmas break. The typed letter was found Dec. 17 outside a teacher’s classroom and threatened violence against four school staff members two days later, according to the Issaquah School…

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Comments | More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: Cascade Pacific Middle SChool, Issquah School District, school threat

December 19, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Issaquah middle school closed for third day following letter threat

Pacific Cascade Middle School will remain closed Friday, due to a threatening letter that was found Wednesday, according to the Issaquah School District website. This is the third day of canceled classes. Police continue to investigate the incident and a $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of the individuals responsible for the…

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December 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Issaquah school remains closed Thursday after letter threat found

UPDATE, Thursday, 5:50 a.m. | Pacific Cascade Middle School in the Issaquah School District will remain closed on Thursday after a a threatening letter was found on Wednesday. From the district’s website: Investigations into the threat letter discovered at PCMS are continuing with law enforcement. As of this morning, no new information has come to light….

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Comments | More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: Issaquah School District, King County Sheriff's Office, school threat

December 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Cuffed for class? Man runs into high school to avoid arrest

A man who had pulled up at Kentwood High School on Friday morning to drop off a relative made a dash for class himself after he was stopped by police. The man was stopped by King County sheriff’s deputies outside the Covington school for investigation of reckless driving, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. DB Gates. Once officers…

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Comments | More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: Kent School District, Kentwood, King County Sheriff's Office

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