Law

Crime
10:26 am
Tue June 7, 2011

South Park murder trial begins

Accused rapist and murderer Isaiah Kalebu is taken in a wheeled restraint chair through a hallway at the King County Courthouse in May. He was not allowed in court Monday, the first day of his trial.
Associated Press

The details are heartbreaking. A lesbian couple subject to unspeakable horror after a stranger breaks into their home in the middle of the night. The high profile case happened in 2009 in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle. Now, the man accused of rape and murder, Isaiah Kalebu,  is on trial.

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Law
12:24 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Opening statements begin in Kalebu murder trial today

The young man accused of one of Seattle's most heinous murders in recent years sat strapped in a heavy green smock, his hands and legs shackled to the restraint chair used to bring him to court. He looked up and told the judge, "Get the (expletive) out of here."

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LABOR LAW
11:49 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Three SC Boeing employees file to take part in NLRB suit

A Boeing employee works on an aft fuselage for the 787 Dreamliner inside the North Charleston, S.C., facility. Three S.C. Boeing employees have filed to be part of Boeing's suit against the NLRB.
Mic Smith AP

Three employees at Boeing Co.'s North Charleston, South Carolina plant want roles in a lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board.

Meredith Going Sr., Dennis Murray and Cynthia Ramaker say in a motion filed Wednesday that they are sure to lose their jobs if the federal agency is successful in its suit against Boeing and the plant shuts down.

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crime
4:30 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Juvenile justice for parents

Thomas Hawk Flickr

It’s late Saturday night and you get a phone call. Your teenage son has been arrested. You show up for court on Monday morning unsure what to do or say.  Now there’s help for parents in this predicament. It's called Juvenile Justice 101.

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LAW
2:45 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Opponents: Liquor privatization bill will clash with initiative

A worker tallies liquor heading to distribution trucks from the Washington State Liquor warehouse in Seattle. The 250,000-square-foot warehouse is the nexus from which all the state's liquor is shipped in, processed, and shipped out.
Elaine Thompson AP

This week, the state legislature took the first step toward privatizing liquor distribution. The new legislation allows private companies to submit bids to be the sole distributor of liquor in the state. In Olympia, Bryan Buckalew reports not all advocates of privatizing liquor are happy with the development.

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Law
11:30 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Red light camera opponents file initiatives in Monroe, Longview

Publicola.com

Red light camera opponents in Longview and Monroe submitted initiatives Monday against the automatic traffic ticketing system. If approved, the Monroe initiative would require the city to remove its cameras and ask for voter approval before installing more.

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Law
4:11 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Seattle can vote on viaduct tunnel, judge says

Seattle voters will have a chance to chime in again on the planned deep-bore tunnel that's supposed to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct. 

That's the word from Judge Laura Middaugh who this afternoon sided with the supporters of a referendum, saying  her goal is to make sure that the voices of the people are heard when a policy decision is made.  She said she had not been able to find any precedents in case law to support her stance.

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Mobile phones
9:45 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Using tragedy to teach dangers of texting while driving

The car that a teenager died in is parked outside Roosevelt High School in Seattle, May 17, 2011.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

How do you convince someone not to text or talk on the cell phone while  driving?  How about an in-your- face reminder of what can happen if you do?  That's the tactic Seattle Police have been using this week. 

They've been parking a black Honda, with the driver's side smashed in, outside area high schools.  A Tumwater teenager, Heather Lerch, died in the car in February of 2010 while texting and driving.

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Washington State Legislature
2:00 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

It's a do-or-die week for Washington special session

It’s do-or-die week in the Washington Legislature. A budget deal will have to come together over the next several days if lawmakers are to finish business within the 30-day special session.

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Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
2:45 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Judge clears way for tunnel vote

A vote on whether to build a tunnel to replace the aging Alaskan Way viaduct can take place, a King County Judge ruled today (Friday).

King County Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh said some parts of the agreements that cover utilities, insurance, right-of-way and other issues can be in the referendum but others can't. She'll hear arguments next Friday on which parts could be included in an August vote and whether she has the authority to partially rewrite language in the referendum.

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Law
2:03 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Lakewood gang sweep

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged eleven people with gang-related crimes. The defendants are all alleged to be members or associates of the Tillicum Park Gangsters, also known as the TPG. The Lakewood Police Department says the TPG is a criminal street gang associated with the Tillicum neighborhood of Lakewood.

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Law
10:00 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Medical marijuana legislation gets another shot

Brian Pfister, owner of Green Health, which operates four medical marijuana dispensaries in western Washington, displays a shirt that reads "Washington, a higher state of mind," last month, outside the Capitol in Olympia.
Ted S. Warren AP

Governor Chris Gregoire says she wants all the states that allow medical marijuana to ask the federal government to reclassify the drug. She scheduled a conference call among those states Thursday. Meanwhile, a state Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on a last ditch effort to pass an overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana law.

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Law
12:05 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

New state law could help Native American families stay together

Decades after the federal government stopped taking Native American children from their homes and putting them in boarding schools, Native families still face challenges staying together.

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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
4:40 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Lesbian Air Force Major agrees to retire

Air Force Major Margaret Witt, shown here in December 2010, who challenged her discharge and won the right to be reinstated, will retire with full benefits and have her discharge erased.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

A lesbian Air Force Major who was trying to get her job back has decided to retire instead.  Under an agreement reached with the Pentagon, flight nurse Margaret Witt will retire with full benefits and her discharge will be removed from her record.

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Waste reduction
12:54 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Federal judge okays Seattle's yellow pages opt-out program

ezlocal.com

A federal judge has ruled the city of Seattle can go ahead with its effort to limit free phone books on doorsteps. Yellow pages companies were trying to block the city’s anti-phone book plan.

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