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July 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Teen girl stabbed Friday in Redmond has died

A teenage girl who was stabbed Friday night in Redmond has died of her injuries, Redmond police said today. Cara A. Neil, 17, was stabbed in the chest during a reported fight in Redmond, police said. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center, with injuries police said were life-threatening. Police responded to reports of a fight Friday night near…

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July 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Suspect, security guard shot at Central District bank

A security guard and second man were critically injured by gunfire Thursday morning as both men fought over the guard’s handgun outside a Central District bank, Seattle police said. The shooting happened just after 11 a.m. outside a Bank of America branch at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street. Police believe the bank guard…

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July 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Early warning: 4 days of Highway 99 closures in August

Portions of Highway 99 in central Seattle will close in late August for two days of repairs in Sodo and a four-day bridge removal near Seattle Center. The work starts late Friday, Aug. 22 and wraps up at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. The state’s project homepage is here. The plan: An overpass where Aurora Avenue North…

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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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