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October 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM
COLFAX, Whitman County — Experts at Washington State University’s veterinary college are caring for a cold, hungry 11-foot python that a landlord found apparently abandoned in a rental house.
KREM-TV reports the Colfax landlord called Whitman County sheriff’s deputies for help. They called WSU in nearby Pullman.
The veterinary experts captured the snake Tuesday night. They say it’s slightly undernourished at 22 pounds. And they add that the cold-blooded creature suffered moderate burns when it curled up around a heater at the rental property in an effort to stay warm.
Vet school officials say it’s the second time in a month that law enforcement officers have asked for help catching a large snake.
September 18, 2013 at 6:38 AM
New plans for proposed Sodo arena: Architects for investor Chris Hansen plan to present revamped drawings for the proposed arena that’s central to investor Chris Hansen’s plan for an NBA team. Among the new features is a flat plaza with low rocks and water features. Gone are the big entry stairs and a fin wall that ran parallel to First Avenue South.
Unexpected dunking: Three people were dumped into Lake Union last night when their 14-foot boat flipped over. Police say harbor police officers rescued them with the help of two fishing boats. Everyone is OK.
It’s about time, don’t you think? Bertha is heading back to work. A dispute between the longshoreman’s union and the union representing the building trades has delayed digging the tunnel for about a month. What do you think about the delay? Vote in our poll.
Rainier “R” to return: The Rainier Beer logo is being reinstalled on the old brewery because, well, it had been a landmark for people traveling I-5 for decades. Beer is no longer brewed in the building, and the green “T” that replaced the original “R” will come down because Tully’s Coffee’s offices won’t be there, either. Pabst Brewing, which owns Rainier Beer, said the giant red ‘R’ it has commissioned for the old brewery building is scheduled to go up on October 24. Like we said, it’s a Seattle icon.
And we thought it was only in Seattle: Spokane mayor wants more police downtown.
Snake found: Remember we told you about that python that went missing at Issaquah High School? They found it, in the classroom where it has been held all along. Love the city of Issaquah’s tweet about it: “He’s ssssssafe and sound at school.”
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:
- Second, larger Dreamliner model makes first flight
- Giant red ‘R’ will light up Seattle’s skyline again
- Mariners clearly not following any clear blueprint to success
- Navy Yard killer shot out tires in Seattle in 2004
- Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett making noise on defense for Seahawks
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September 18, 2013 at 6:09 AM
The Associated Press
A teacher’s 2-foot-long ball python that escaped a week ago from his glass tank in a biology classroom at a high school east of Seattle has been found.
KOMO-TV reports that school district officials in Issaquah say the snake named Hamilton was located Tuesday morning in the same classroom where he vanished. He was last seen on Sept. 10.
As the City of Issaquah tweets, “He’s ssssssafe and sound at school.”
Issaquah High School Principal Andrea McCormick calls him “a tricky little snake” and says he’s believed to have escaped on his own.
She says the ball python is a common household pet, is non-venomous and poses no danger to people.
School officials searched the classroom last Wednesday, then called in animal control. That search came up empty as well.
No details on where Hamilton has been hanging out but school officials say he’s back napping in his tank.
October 25, 2012 at 7:13 AM
A clean cab and a clean cabbie: Did you know Seattle has hygiene standards for cab drivers? None of us wants to step into a nasty, stinky cab, but cab drivers are saying hygiene requirements don’t exist for other city drivers and they shouldn’t be singled out. How does the city enforce it, anyway? The city council is scheduled to look into the matter tonight. KOMO-TV has the story.
Animal stories for the day; pythons and racoons: Some folks love stories about animals. Others, not so much. For those who do, we have two for you today: “Cowen Park python unlikely to slither out of recent cold spell” and ”Crazed raccoons run amok in Seattle — at least at the movies.”
Remember we said yesterday a 3-year-old boy was shot in Sunnyside? Well, he shot himself in the face with his father’s handgun while sitting with two siblings and the father in the father’s pickup. The boy remains in critical condition.
Who reads the Yellow Pages anymore, really? Some of us do, according to some numbers found by our FYI Guy blogger and Times researcher Gene Balk. While only 20 percent of us use the Yellow Pages in Seattle, some 40 percent use them outside King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. So some of us are letting our fingers do the walking (you younger readers might not get that reference).
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com since midnight:
- Seattle police display drones they hope to deploy: The public will have a chance to see and hear about the Seattle Police Department’s unmanned aerial vehicles and its proposed policies on how, when and where drones can be used at a presentation Thursday night at Garfield Community Center.
- Cowen Park python unlikely to slither out of recent cold spell: A nearly 7-foot python that slithered away from its owner in North Seattle’s Cowen Park this summer has mostly likely not survived Seattle’s abrupt transition to dreary fall weather.
- $3.7m payout settles pay differences for light-rail work: Workers who helped build elevated sections of Sound Transit light-rail line to Sea-Tac Airport sued over pay discrepancies and won
- New Elway poll shows tight governor’s race, shift among women voters: A new Elway Poll finds Washington’s gubernatorial contest remains tight, but suggests Republicans are doing better with women voters.
- Couple charged in killing of retired teacher: A husband and wife accused of killing a retired Northern California school teacher and wanted in a series of crimes in Southern California, including the shooting of a deputy, are a step closer to being returned to California from Washington to face charges, authorities said
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