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May 31, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Pedestrian struck by hit-and-run driver downtown

A 60-year-old woman was hospitalized after being struck by a hit-and-run driver Friday night in downtown Seattle. Police say the woman was in the crosswalk at Virginia Street and Second Avenue around 11:30 p.m when she was hit by a tan Honda Accord. She was taken to the Harborview Medical Center with broken bones. According to police, the Accord…

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May 27, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Seattle adding speed-enforcement cameras at 5 schools

Seattle will install traffic cameras at five more schools during June, to enforce a 20 mph limit while children come and go. The sites are Roxhill Elementary and Holy Family School in West Seattle; Dearborn Park Elementary on south Beacon Hill; Bailey-Gatzert Elementary in the Central Area; and Eckstein Middle School in the Wedgwood neighborhood of…

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May 19, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Mayor will name his pick for Seattle police chief this morning

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will hold a news conference today at 10 a.m. to announce his pick for police chief. The mayor’s choice will then need to be approved by the Seattle City Council. Murray said over the weekend he made an offer that was accepted. A search committee had narrowed a list of candidates…

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May 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Bike-to-work organizers hope to break 16,000-trip record

Organizers of the Seattle area’s Bike to Work Day festivities, going on under dry and cloudy skies, think they could beat the 2012 record of 16,000 morning cyclists. Crowds of riders seem large, and reports are now coming in from volunteers with hand-held clickers at the checkpoints, said Anne-Marije Rook, communications director at the Cascade Bicycle Club. …

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: bike to work day, bikes, Fremont

May 16, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Alaskan Copper River salmon get all-star welcome to Seattle

The Associated Press SEATTLE — The summer cookout season is heralded each spring by the arrival of the first Copper River salmon from Alaska. An Alaska Air Cargo plane from Cordova touched down Friday morning and the pilots emerged with a 48-pound king salmon. They carried it down a red carpet and delivered it to three…

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May 16, 2014 at 5:50 AM

50-plus bullets: Police ‘systematically work’ block shot up in drive-by

Police plan to increase patrols after the occupants of a car fired dozens of gunshots in a South Seattle neighborhood, damaging five businesses and five vehicles last night. However, Capt. John  Hayes, who heads the Seattle Police Department’s South Precinct, concedes increasing patrols is “a cliché statement.” “What I’m going to do is pull together all of…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: drive-by shooting, Seattle, shooting

May 1, 2014 at 5:36 PM

After shootings, a call to end to street violence

About 50 people set off from 23rd Avenue and Union Street for a march for nonviolence in response to recent Central District shootings. The group, calling the march “Heal the Hood,” wants to end the recent spate of violence that has seen three people killed in Seattle shootings since April 19. Marchers chanted “Save our youth” and…

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April 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Seattle property-tax initiative for transit to be filed this week

The group Friends of Transit will file a Seattle-only property-tax initiative by the end of this week, to raise money for bus operations within the city, transit activist Ben Schiendelman announced today — just hours after Tuesday night election returns showed a King County measure failing. The proposal would raise $25 million a year for six…

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April 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Seattle’s new bike plan: ride on calmer backstreets

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to overhaul its Bicycle Master Plan, to provide separated bike lanes as well as a network of calm backstreet routes known as greenways. The 2014 version is meant to serve what Councilmember Sally Bagshaw likes to call “willing but wary” riders.  That’s a shift from earlier thinking — to…

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