Law

Law & Justice
11:33 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Helping refugee women fight domestic violence

Refugees face a lot of stress.  They’re usually escaping war or poverty.  They land here unable to speak English and without a means of support.  But for some women, there’s the additional burden of domestic violence.

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Osama bin Laden killed
11:04 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Tacoma man remembers meeting with bin Laden

It was during the siege of Sarajevo in 1995 that Tim Smith sat in a room with Osama bin Laden, who was one of the international donors helping the Bosnians.
AP Photo

Tim Smith, who lives in south Tacoma,  is glad Osama bin Laden is dead.  He says he feels a certain amount of closure.  He says he's been involved with the bin Laden story since 1995.  That's the year he met bin Laden, sort of.

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ART
12:27 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Three-block arts center opening this weekend in downtown Everett

Glass artist Merrilee Moore at working at one of the Hot Shop "glory holes" at Everett's Schack Art Center, which holds its grand opening this weekend.
Schack Art Center

A big chunk of downtown Everett has been transformed into a spanking new arts district that should bring new life to this former lumber mill town.

The Daily Herald reports the new Schack Art Center anchors a three block arts district in the city. It's a multipurpose facility with a sleek, urban feel that will have a kiln and flame working studio, professional and student exhibit spaces and multipurpose classroom.

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social media
4:57 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Issaquah tweens charged with cyberstalking

Two girls, ages 11 and 12, are charged with a felony for allegedly hacking into a former friend's Facebook page.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

Two pre-teen girls in King County have been charged with cyberstalking for allegedly posing as another girl on Facebook and posting sexually explicit pictures and messages.  If convicted of first degree computer trespass, the Middle School students face up to 30 days in juvenile detention.

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Law enforcement
10:12 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Teaching police talk tactics

Seattle Asst. Police Chief Mike Sanford, King Co. Sheriff Sue Rahr and Joe Hawe, Exec. Dir. Wa. State Criminal Justice Training Commission announce plans to teach cops better communication skills.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

Police in Seattle and King County will soon be trained in the importance of talking.  They’ll learn to treat people with respect as a way of diffusing tense situations.  Law enforcement officials hope the new approach helps build trust with the community.

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Law
1:20 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Synthetic drug "bath salts" banned in Washington

Bath salts of the legal variety, used as intended
SuperFantastic (Bruce) flickr.com

Why were "bath salts" for sale in head shops? Because they contained stimulants known as substituted cathinones that can affect user behavior and judgment. They've been growing in popularity as a legal alternative to cocaine or methamphetamine.

As of April 15th, they're no longer legal in Washington; the state Board of Pharmacy has approved emergency rules classifying the salts as Class I controlled substances, banning their manufacture, sale, delivery and possession.

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STATE BUDGET CRISIS
6:57 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Marchers arrive at state capitol as special session looms

The Washington legislature is headed for an overtime session. The Senate late Monday approved its plan to close a 5-billion dollar budget shortfall. But it is unlikely differences between the House and Senate can be reconciled by this Sunday’s Easter deadline.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT
9:39 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Former Seattle Police Chief Kerlikowske reportedly in line for Chicago top cop job

White House drug czar and former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske meets Afghan and American officials at a dinner held at the U.S Ambassadors residence in Afghanistan in February.
U.S. Embassy, Afghanistan

Former Seattle Police Chief and current White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske is reportedly in the running for Chicago’s police superintendent.

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Washington State Legislature
8:11 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Feds put brakes on controversial medical-pot dispensaries law

A new law that would legalize medical-marijuana dispensaries and growers in Washington has already passed both chambers of the legislature in Olympia.  But it looks like it won't ever take effect.

That's because the state's top federal prosecutors have threatened to crack down if it goes forward.

In a letter to Governor Chris Gregoire, U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan of Seattle and Michael Ormsby of Spokane write that the bill would undermine drug enforcement

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Law
3:12 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Seattle may not need new jail until at least 2030

Since 2007, the inmate population at King County's jails has declined, meaning more empty cells and less revenue.
Lynn Aa'isha

It could be two decades before Seattle needs more jail beds for its misdemeanor inmates. City and King County leaders say that’s the expected result of a new agreement.

The deal extends an arrangement the city and county struck last year to house some of Seattle’s jail population in the county’s downtown facility. That brought an end to a controversial search for a new city jail site.

Mayor Mike McGinn says he’s glad that’s off the table for now:

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Living in Gangland
5:00 am
Thu April 14, 2011

Former Idaho gang member makes new life

Alfonso Santos points to one of the bullet holes left in a fence from a drive-by gang shooting he was the target of in Caldwell, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This week we're taking a look at what police say is a resurgence of gang activity - especially in rural areas. In part four of our series "Living In Gangland" we learned how one Idaho man got out of a gang - and stayed out.

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New citizens
11:57 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Public library hosts naturalization ceremony

Twenty-eight countries were represented at a citizenship ceremony at the downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library on April 12, 2011.
Paula Wissel

For the first time, the Seattle Public Library was the venue for a naturalization ceremony.  Eighty-six people from twenty-eight countries were sworn in as American citizens.

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State Budget
8:44 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Senate proposes pay cut for school employees

In a rare display of bipartisanship, budget Chair Ed Murray, D-Seattle (on the left) co-wrote the Senate’s budget proposal with ranking Republican Joe Zarelli of Ridgefield
Austin Jenkins N3

Teachers and other public school employees in Washington could face a 3% pay cut. That’s one of the key cost-saving measures contained in the State Senate’s two-year budget proposal. It was unveiled late Tuesday.

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Living in Gangland
4:00 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Some women don't choose gang life, but it affects them nonetheless

Anna King Northwest News Network

This week we're taking a look at what police say is a resurgence of gang activity - especially in rural areas. In part three of "Living In Gangland," we profile a mother and daughter and their struggle with gangs.

Across the nation there are an estimated 750,000 gang members. That's according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Some of them are women, but more often, women are impacted as the mothers, sisters and girlfriends of gang memgers. They may not actively choose the gang life, but its perils affect them nonetheless.

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Law
2:24 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

When to call 9-1-1

Al Pavangkanan flickr.com

The Washington State Patrol is reminding people they should call 9-1-1 only when they need police, fire, or emergency medical services. It may seem like simple common sense advice that everyone knows, but dispatchers frequently get calls asking for road conditions or driving directions. Frivolous calls like that can delay someone from getting the emergency help they need.

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