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July 24, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Thursday Memo: Pot freighter afloat … Revenge of the uncool … Tank cars derail

Pot-smuggling freighter to be salvaged: The vessel, which was seized carrying a whopping $74 million worth of marijuana 18 months ago and later sank in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway, has been refloated and hauled to Seattle to be salvaged for $1.2 million. A lot of pot, expensive salvage, no? Uncool in middle school? Who…

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July 24, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Pot-smuggling freighter to be salvaged for $1.2 million

TACOMA (AP) — A drug-smuggling freighter that sank in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway 18 months ago has been refloated and is being moved to Seattle in a salvage operation expected to cost at least $1.2 million. The 167-foot Helena Star sank in January 2013 and was slowly spilling 640 gallons of oil and diesel. Crews tried to…

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July 24, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Oil train derails in Interbay in Seattle, no spills

A train carrying nearly 100 cars of crude oil went off the track beneath the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood early this morning. Nothing leaked when five of the train’s 102 cars went off the track about 2 a.m., said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas. The derailment posed no public threat, he said. The train, going slower than 5 mph, was…

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July 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Wednesday’s 0.74 inches of rain breaks records

Today’s heavy rainfall broke the record for the most rain on July 23. According to the National Weather Service, Seattle received 0.74 inches of rain. The previous record for today was 0.54 inches in 1949. “We’ve received more rain today than we normally get in the whole month of July,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Johnny…

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July 23, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Antioch adjuncts vote to unionize

Adjunct and contingent faculty at Antioch University, a private nonprofit college in Seattle, have voted to form a union. The vote was 85 to 14 to join Service Employees International Union Local 925. It was not contested by the college, and the results of the all mail-in ballot were announced Wednesday. Union votes at two other Western…

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July 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Pilot dies after helicopter crashes near Wenatchee

A pilot died after he crashed a helicopter in the Wenatchee area, according to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff John Wisemore said the pilot was the only one aboard the helicopter. The crash occurred after 2 p.m. Wednesday in Wenatchee for unknown reasons, said Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton. The aircraft, a Bell…

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July 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Former Tacoma teacher pleads guilty to child rape

The Associated Press TACOMA  — A former Tacoma high school math teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with two students and communicating with others about sex. Twenty-five-year-old Meredith Powell pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court on Wednesday to two counts of third degree child rape and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral…

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July 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

SPD: Man threatens strangers with knife, goes on ‘homophobic rant’

Seattle police say they arrested a man this morning after he pulled a knife on two people inside a supermarket while in the midst of a “homophobic rant.” A man and woman, who police identified as gay, were shopping at the QFC at Broadway and East Pike Street around 1 a.m. when the armed man began leering at the woman, police said. The…

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July 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

PSE outages in Renton and Redmond affect more than 3,000

Puget Sound Energy crews have been dealing with outages since about 8 a.m. this morning, when approximately 1,200 Redmond customers lost power. Before crews could completely fix that equipment problem, a new outage popped up in Renton around 12:30 p.m. and cut power to 2,245 customers, said PSE spokesman Ray Lane. Lane said the second outage might be…

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July 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Sarah Palin cited for speeding in Alaska hometown

The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla. The former Alaska governor was pulled over July 16 and cited for driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit. The penalty includes a $144 fine and $10 police training surcharge. An attorney for Palin said he…

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