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November 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Seattle mayor pardons tofu turkey ahead of Thanksgiving

This is what Thanksgiving in Seattle looks like, apparently. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pardoned a tofu turkey Friday. Murray posed for photos with the phony fowl at City Hall to draw attention to “hunger in our community” ahead of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, spokesman Jason Kelly said. The stunt wasn’t a nod to People for the Ethical Treatment of…

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November 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM

One dead, five injured in Pasco shootings

Tri-City Herald One person is dead and five others are injured following a series of shootings in Pasco that police say may be gang related. Three shootings occurred within a 24-hour span and appear to be connected, said Capt. Jim Raymond. The first shooting late Tuesday left three men with non-life threatening injuries, police said. At least a dozen…

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November 20, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Missing girl, 11, found safe in Renton

Update at 10:42 p.m.: Mylaejah House has been found safe in Renton, the Seattle Police Department said. Original post: An 11-year-old Seattle girl is missing, police said Thursday evening. Mylaejah House is 4-foot-11, wearing a black jacket and blue jeans and carrying a pink backpack, according to the Seattle Police Department. She may be in South Seattle. Anyone who sees…

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November 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM

2 years after victim recanted, man released after 19 years in prison

The Associated Press A man who had been in prison for nearly two decades was released from custody Thursday, two years after his supposed victim recanted allegations that he molested her. Jerry Lee Brock, 55, had been in prison since his conviction for first-degree molestation in 1995. In 2012, the alleged victim, Regina Rush, came forward to…

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November 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Charging decision near for SPD cop who punched handcuffed woman

After more than five weeks of review, the King County Prosecutor’s Office says it is nearing a decision whether to file a felony assault charge against a Seattle police officer who punched a handcuffed woman and fractured her face during a domestic-violence call. As part of the review, prosecutors recently provided the case file…

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November 19, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Seattle Preschool Program won’t pay for transportation, could help school district with capital costs

While Seattle’s new preschool program will seek to enroll children from different economic backgrounds in the same classrooms, it won’t bus children between neighborhoods to help achieve that mix, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday. But the city is committed to helping Seattle Public Schools with capital costs should the district become a classroom provider…

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November 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Bellevue pursued Minneapolis assistant chief for police chief

After interviewing five police chief candidates last month, the City of Bellevue was ready to continue the hiring process with one:  Matthew Clark, assistant chief at the Minneapolis Police Department. But Clark said he withdrew from the hiring process earlier this month. “It was an honor to have been selected as a finalist for the Bellevue…

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November 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Seattle says no to private traffic flaggers in South Lake Union

Flaggers from a private security firm are no longer allowed to control traffic on the crowded side streets of South Lake Union, the city says. The Seattle Department of Transportation said  Tuesday that, based on a city attorney’s opinion, this kind of ongoing  private traffic control is illegal: “Based on the city’s review, only uniformed police officers…

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November 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Offensive graffiti cleaned off 25 school buses in Gig Harbor

The Associated Press GIG HARBOR — Members of the Peninsula School District transportation staff in Gig Harbor launched an all-out effort to clean offensive graffiti from more than two dozen school buses before the vehicles had to get rolling Monday morning. KOMO-TV reports it was 5 a.m. and still dark when the first staffers, drivers and mechanics…

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