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November 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Weather: Sunny, high around 50. The forecast.
Pot party coming to Seattle Center: To celebrate the one-year anniversary of legal weed in the state, the city of Seattle has granted a permit for a pot party at Seattle Center on Dec. 6. “No matter how often you might have smoked weed at Folklife or Bumbershoot, you were civilly disobedient,” said pot activist Ben Livingston. “This is the first time ever on-site cannabis consumption is permitted at Seattle Center.” Reporter Bob Young explains what went into getting the city to say yes, and gives more details on the party.
April 15 was apparently just another day: Former Bellevue real-estate developer Winston Bontrager was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison for failing to pay more than $2.7 million in income taxes. His girlfriend, Pauline Anderson, was sentenced to 39 months for her involvement. During the trial, the prosecutor made the case that Bontrager and Anderson failed to report more than $23 million in income from development deals. Read how the judge took to quoting famed psychoanalyst Erich Fromm on the the subject of greed, and see a photo of the couple in happier times — she, in a hat — at the racetrack.
Light-rail to UW likely to open several months early: Don’t get out your ORCA cards yet, but Sound Transit officials now say the light-rail extension from Westlake Station to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium will open “with certainty” in the first quarter of 2016. That is six to nine months sooner than the earlier projection of September 2016. Transportation reporter Mike Lindblom took a tour of the station near Husky Stadium, and writes how within a few years, 40,000 riders are expected to use the station daily.
Huskies eager for a win tonight, but so are Beavers: UW plays Oregon State tonight in Corvallis, hoping to turn things around. Who starts at quarterback for Washington will remain a mystery to the public until just before kickoff, writes reporter Adam Jude. Redshirt freshman quarterback Cyler Miles has been preparing all week as if he would take over for the injured Keith Price, but UW coach Steve Sarkisian said Friday he wouldn’t be announcing a starter publicly. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Elwha River exhibit starts at Burke Museum: The exhibit, which opens today with a lineup of activities, tells the story of the river, the people who have depended on it, and the changes brought on by the construction of two dams and by the biggest dam-removal project in U.S. history. “Elwha: A River Reborn,” is based on the book of the same name by Seattle Times reporter Lynda V. Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman. Mapes will speak today, and members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will talk and perform for the opening of the exhibit, which combines photographs, artifacts from an ancient Klallam village, a million-year-old salmon fossil and hands-on activities. Read more about today’s activities and the exhibit. The Burke is on the University of Washington campus at 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street. The exhibit runs through March 9.
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August 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM
There’s a chance of showers this weekend, but also a chance of sunshine. We’re staying optimistic. More from the National Weather Service forecast.
Gliding to glory: Bob Swenson, 90, of Bellevue, finally is getting an overdue Bronze Star medal for his heroism as a glider pilot during World War II. He flew one of the original stealth planes used in the war and is being honored for bravely landing the aircraft under fire.
Expanded evacuations ordered: Officials have widened the evacuation order near Sun Valley, Idaho, to 1,600 homes, as a wind-driven wildfire burned its way through sage and pine trees. More than 600 state and federal firefighters were working to get the blaze under control, and an additional 1,000 firefighters were expected to join them last night.
Can they break a world record? Organizers of a water-balloon fight at 4 p.m. at Seattle Center hope so. And, in case you need any extra incentive to run around in the sunshine (hopefully) lobbing water bombs at each other, the event will also raise money to send kids from Children’s Hospital to Camp Korey. Buying a $25 ticket will get you into the Seattle Party Camp from noon to 7 p.m. at Seattle Center’s International Fountain and Fisher Plaza. 12,000 people are expected to show up.
Hempfest is also happening today (and psst, there will be police offers handing out Doritos). Some 250,000 folks are expected to attend the three-day, pro-pot event at Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront near Belltown.
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June 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM
Pride parade: The weekend of events for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community and their supporters wraps up today with the Pride Parade on Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Denny Way. It starts at 11 a.m. and continues into the afternoon. PrideFest starts at noon and goes until 8 p.m. with entertainers and vendors at the Seattle Center.
Fatal stabbing: A man in his early 20s died after being stabbed late Saturday night in the parking lot of the the Jack in the Box in the 4700 block of University Way NE. Seattle police ask that anyone with information call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.
In court tomorrow: Erick Walker, the suspect in the fatal drive-by shooting of Molly Conley of Seattle, is to appear in Snohomish County court Monday morning. Walker was arrested Friday afternoon outside his Marysville home. Conley was shot and killed while celebrating her 15th birthday with friends in Lake Stevens on June 1.
Baseball today: The Mariners and the Chicago Cubs go at it again today at Safeco Field starting at 1:10 p.m. Last night the Mariners tied the game in the ninth inning but let the game slip away in the 11th inning. It was the second extra-inning game in a row for the two teams.
Getting warmer: The 83 degrees forecast today is cool compared to much of the rest of the country, but Pacific Northwest natives have been known to get extremely cranky when the thermometer reaches above 70. So you may want to avoid those types on Monday when the temperature is forecast at almost 90.
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- The Continental, popular U-District spot, says goodbye
June 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM
Still closed: Both directions of the Highway 520 floating bridge and all ramps between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and I-405 in Bellevue are closed until 5 a.m. Monday for construction work.
What’s cooking: In Fremont today, it’s barbecue. The Fremont BBQ Extravaganza, touted as Seattle’s largest BBQ competition, runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the corner of Dayton Ave. and 36th Street. The competition is sanctioned by the Northwest BBQ Association. Twelve teams will be cooking up their best meat to win $2000 in prize money and a BBQ Smoker. Pete’s Fremont FirePit and Roxy’s Diner will be serving up some smoked favorites. Judging will be in The Backdoor where the beers from five local breweries will be available. For a $20 ticket, each of five breweries will present four-ounce tastings of two of their best beers. Proceeds for the Fremont Arts Council Solstice Parade.
Breast cancer: Approximately 9,000 walkers and runners got serious today about breast cancer, participating in the Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure starting at the Seattle Center and winding through downtown on Second Avenue to Spring Street. Former Gov. Christine Gregoire was walking with family and former Cabinet members in memory of Eva Santos, the state human-services director under Gregoire. Santos died of breast cancer in December at age 56.
More cancer awareness: A geneticist at the University of Washington is the star in a movie about breast cancer. Well, maybe that should be Helen Hunt will be the star portraying Dr. Mary-Claire King in “Decoding Annie Parker.” You could even say that Samantha Morton, portraying Annie Parker, is the star. But King’s work in decoding the gene that leads to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer has to be considered stellar. Two screenings of the movie this week.
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May 26, 2013 at 9:14 AM
Days of rain: Hope you got out in the sunny weather on Saturday because you won’t being seeing the sunshine again until Thursday, according to the weather forecast. The wettest day of the week could be Monday, Memorial Day, when the nation pauses to honor its war dead.
Brave the rain: Low tides for the next couple of days offer great opportunities for exploring the tide pools of Elliott Bay. There’s a -3.6 tide at 12:23 today and a -3.4 at 1:11 on Monday. The Seattle Aquarium started a summer long beach naturalist program this weekend. Volunteer naturalists are on beaches all day all over Puget Sound to help people enjoy the sea life that comes with summer low tides. Here is the schedule of walks.
The bands play on: The Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center and the Sasquatch! Festival at the Gorge continue through Monday. Check out The Seattle Times Soundposts blog for what’s up at both festivals.
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May 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Memorial Day weekend brings two massive music festivals to the Northwest: Folklife at Seattle Center, and Sasquatch at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Both ramp up Friday and continue through Monday.
NW FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
Music writer Paul de Barros’ preview orients you to this year’s programming, which focuses on Washington’s labor history. He’s also assembled a list of highlights for Friday through Monday. Look for live coverage throughout the weekend on The Seattle Times’ new music blog, SoundPosts, and find stories and photos in print in The Seattle Times on Saturday and Tuesday. On Twitter, follow Paul de Barros at @pdebarros.
Details: The festival begins at Seattle Center at 11 a.m. Friday through Monday. It ends at 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 9 p.m. Sunday. For tips on driving, parking and taking public transportation, visit this page on NW Folklife’s site. The weather forecast is the usual for late May: Drizzle with glimpses of sun. Saturday may be your best chance for avoiding rain — which means it might be your worst day for avoiding crowds. The festival is free, but a $10 donation is requested.
Check out Andrew Matson’s overview of this wildly popular indie music festival at the Gorge. Matson and editor Brian Gallagher will blog daily from the grounds; look for print coverage of Macklemore (+ more) on Sunday and Tuesday. On Twitter, follow the SoundPosts blog at @SoundPosts.
Details: The campground opens at 1 p.m. today (May 23); festival gates open at 3 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday-Monday. The Gorge is about a 3-hour drive east on I-90, though heavy traffic can make coming and going much slower. Find a million details about getting there, camping and regulations on the Sasquatch info page. The weather at the Gorge — which can often be either blazing hot or wet, wet, wet — looks to be fine this weekend. The festival is sold out.
October 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Sunday memo: 520 bridge opens early … free Seattle Symphony concert at Seattle Center .. Mariners tickets going up
Weather: Sun this morning, so get out there now. Showers return later. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The Highway 520 bridge reopened this morning, more than four hours ahead of the scheduled noon opening after crews finished installing girders for the new 84th Street Northeast overpass. Traffic map and cams.
Seattle Center at 50: Today is the closing day the “Next 50,”a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the World’s Fair here. The free event includes musical performances, including a 2 p.m. concert by the Seattle Symphony.
Sounders: Seattle plays Dallas at home today at 6 p.m., without suspended head coach Sigi Schmid.
Mariners: So what if the season was disappointing. Ticket prices are going up anyway. Reporter Geoff Baker lays it all out today, including some ticket-holders’ surprise. Full-season plans are up as much as nearly 7 percent in some sections, and 40-game weekend packages are up 3.7 to 10.6 percent in more desirable main-level spots.
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- A life together, a death together for Bremerton couple: After spending 27 years together, Clayton and Helen Hansen died together following a car crash. “They’re still together, as far as I’m concerned,” said one relative.
- Huskies get clobbered at Arizona, 52-17: Washington couldn’t stop Arizona’s no-huddle, up-tempo spread attack and its offense couldn’t keep up, with UW losing 52-17 and dropping its third in a row to fall to 3-4.
- Sunscreen catches fire, in all the wrong ways |The Wrap / Ron Judd: Man, you people complain a lot. One public-spirited global company, “Energizer Holdings,” is out there on the front lines, trying to protect earthlings from the heinous effects of sunlight, and what do people do? Whine.
- Arizona game thread | Husky Football Blog: ROUT IS ON — I’m having lots of internet trouble here. But I doubt few of you need updates now, anyway. Arizona now leads 52-17 with 11:32 to play and this game is over.
September 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM
Weather: More sun today, with a high hovering around 80 degrees. Tomorrow may be between 10 and 20 degrees cooler, with rain likely overnight. Rain lovers can rejoice Monday, when showers are likely throughout the day.
The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
J.P. Patches celebration: Folks who want to celebrate the life and legacy of Seattle TV clown J.P. Patches are invited to a public event today at 11 a.m. at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall.
Patches, played by Chris Wedes, appeared on television from 1958 to 1981, and delighted generations of children and adults with his impromptu humor. Wedes died July 22, at age 84, after a long battle with cancer.
Admission today is free, with donations accepted at the door for Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Seattle Center is (still) 50: The 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair kicked off in April, but today marks the official 50th birthday celebration of the Seattle Center. Party favors include: free rides in the Playway, free monorail rides for kids (with a paying adult), free Space Needle admission for two kids (again, with a paying adult), free admission to the EMP if you’re under 17, free entry to the Earth Portal and more.
The party is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday throughout the Seattle Center grounds; admission is free. More information at: www.seattlecenter.com/birthday.
Puyallup Fair off and running: The fair, which kicked off Friday, runs through Sept. 23. Admission $9-$12.50, but this weekend, kids get in free with a coupon from BECU. One of the fair’s new features: a fireworks show every night at 10 p.m. See the fair’s website for upcoming events.
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May 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM
A pedestrian hit by a car near Seattle Center on Saturday evening is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.
The man was walking south at Fifth Avenue North and Broad Street around 6:09 p.m., according to Seattle police. He was hit by a car traveling west on Broad Street.
Officers evaluated the driver at the scene and said they found no sign of alcohol or drug impairment. The driver was released pending further investigation.
November 27, 2011 at 2:40 PM
The 41st Seattle Marathon took place Sunday, starting at 5th Avenue North and Harrison Street near the EMP and ending at Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center. View a full map of the course.
Seattle residents came in first in the men’s and women’s categories of the Seattle Marathon Sunday, officials said.
Jesse Williams, 34, led the men’s field in the 26.2-mile event with a finishing time of 2 hours, 29 minutes and 54 seconds.
Trish Steidl, 34, was the first female finisher with a time of 3 hours, 3 minutes and 40 seconds. They were among more than 2,700 participants in Sunday’s full marathon.
In the 13.1-mile half-marathon event, Brian Masterson, 17, of Seattle, was the first to cross with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 39 seconds. The first woman to finish, Bronwyn Crossman, 22, of Bellingham, had a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes and 43 seconds.
More than 8,200 participated in the half-marathon.
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