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October 21, 2014 at 7:12 AM

7-week-old baby orca missing, presumed dead

Associated Press and Seattle Times staff FRIDAY HARBOR — A killer whale born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington or British Columbia, the Center for Whale Research said. The baby was the first known calf born since 2012 to a population of endangered orcas…

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October 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Ex-Northshore teacher charged with possessing child porn

King County prosecutors charged a 72-year-old substitute teacher on Monday with three counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct after his computer was seized earlier this month when a technician allegedly found pornographic images of children on an iMac the man brought in for repair. Kurtis Kasner, who was More

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: child porn, Northshore School District, substitute teacher

October 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ actor arrested in Idaho

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — An actor best known for his role in the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is apologizing for actions that led to his arrest in a hotel lobby in southwest Idaho. Nicholas Brendon, known for playing Xander Harris on the hit show that ran from 1997 to 2003, said Monday on…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: . resisting arrest, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", Idaho

October 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Suspect in Snohomish County shooting spree angry police didn’t kill him

The man accused of going on a shooting rampage last week by driving around and firing on police in Granite Falls, Lake Stevens and Marysville told detectives he’d wanted to be killed and was disappointed in the officers’ marksmanship, according to a court document filed in Everett District Count on Monday. The 43-year-old Lake Stevens man told investigators he…

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Comments | More in Military, The Blotter | Topics: Granite Fall, Marysville, Officer-involved shooting

October 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Attorneys general targets Internet sex trafficking

The Asssociated Press SEATTLE — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee urging passage of a bill targeting sex trafficking on the Internet. Ferguson and co-sponsor, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, sent the letter Monday. It also was signed by 53 state and territorial attorneys general. It asks the committee to…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Internet sex trafficking, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

October 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in crash

UPDATE 7 P.M.| The woman struck earlier this morning is in serious condition at Harborview’s intensive care unit. ORIGINAL POST| A woman has been taken to Harborview Medical Center after being hit by a car near Northgate. Seattle police spokesman Drew Fowler said a woman was struck by a car at Northeast 108th Street and Roosevelt Way…

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October 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

No fuel spilled from yacht sinking near Sequim

The Associated Press PORT ANGELES — A 67-foot yacht that sank Friday off Dungeness Spit near Sequim did not spill any of the 700 gallons of diesel on board. The wooden Lady A remained floating at the surface. Itwas salvaged over the weekend and towed to Port Angeles. The salvagers told the Peninsula Daily News the ribs in…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: boat sinking, Coast Guard, Dungeness Spit

October 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

No women among 25 best-paid Seattle city employees

There were no women last year among Seattle’s 25 best-paid city employees, and there were just two women among city employees with the 25 highest base salaries in 2013, city records show. Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco topped both lists despite having no overtime pay. His base salary for the year was $243,715.40. Mayor Ed Murray in…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: gender pay gap, Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

October 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Judge dismisses suit by SPD officers on use-of-force reforms

Sweeping away all claims, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 100 Seattle police officers seeking to block new, federally mandated use-of-force policies. “It does not shock the conscience to see certain de-escalation procedures imposed on police officers in an effort by their Department to avoid a pattern or practice of excessive use of force,”…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Police Department, U.S. District Court, use of force

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