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Winter Weather
3:13 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Various forecasts predict several inches of snowfall for region

Snow fell this morning in Snohomish County, delaying some school districts. This view is outside Glendale Elementary in Lake Stevens, where school started on time. Scattered snow showers fell around the region today, and more is on the way.
KOMOcommunities video

Several inches of snow are on the way to Puget Sound's lowlands. Exactly which areas will get the greatest accumulation is something forecasters say is tough to predict, but a number of sources say their models show anywhere from two to six inches in the Seattle area, and up to eight inches or more in Snohomish County and northward.

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Hostages on Yacht
11:22 am
Tue February 22, 2011

U.S. military: Seattle couple among four killed by Somali pirates

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle are pictured here in 2005 in California. Macay and Riggle, both of Seattle, were reported killed by Somali pirates today, as were Scott and Jean Adam, aboard the yacht Quest, according to the U.S. military.
Courtesy Joe Grande

Updated at 11:22 a.m.

The U.S. military reports pirates have killed four American hostages they were holding on a yacht off Somalia's coast. The U.S. Central Command says negotiations had been under way to try to win release of the two couples on the pirated vessel Quest.

Gunshots were heard; and when U.S. forces reached the yacht, they found four all four hostages had been shot.

Two of the hostages. Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle, are from the Seattle area. Quest was owned by Jean and Scott Adam, a couple from California who had been sailing around the world since December 2004.  The Associated Press reports U.S. Navy personnel administered to the four as soon as they could board the boat, but all had died from their wounds.

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Transit Links
8:05 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Puget Sound area transit links

These links to the major Puget Sound area transit agencies provide quick information about services and routes, schedule changes, and severe-weather disruptions and emergency operating information.

Metro Transit

Sound Transit

Pierce County Transit

Community Transit (Snohomish County)

Intercity Transit (Thurston County)

Kitsap Transit

Washington State Ferries
6:51 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

State passenger ferries sold and leaving for Tanzania

Passenger-only ferry Skagit approaching Pier 50 in Seattle
WSDOT flickr.com

Two of the state's passenger-only ferries, the Skagit and the Kalama, have been sold to Scope Community Consultants of Coquitlam, B.C., for $400,000. The boats have been tied up at the dock since the state ended passenger-only service in 2009. Their new owner is loading them onto a cargo ship and sending them to Tanzania, where they'll ferry passengers between the mainland and the Zanzibar archipelago.

Pets
1:15 pm
Fri February 18, 2011

Free Spay Day in Seattle

Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan, and Clinic staff; l-r, Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, Jenny Chance and Traci Garcia, with “Onyx,” the dog whose owner’s bequest made this special offer possible.
City of Seattle

February 22 is the 17th annual "Spay Day", and you can get your pet spayed or neutered for free at the Seattle Animal Shelter's Spay and Neuter Clinic. The free offer is good for licensed Seattle pets scheduled for surgery at the clinic February 22, 23, 24, 25, or 28. It includes vaccinations and a microchip and is valued between $135 and $195. The appointment number is 386-4260. If your pet doesn't have a license, you can buy it on the day of the surgery. 

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RETAIL ECONOMY
11:55 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Nordstrom acquires upscale online retailer HauteLook.com

Shoppers carry bags past the downtown Seattle Nordstrom store. The company announced on Thursday that it's buying the high-end "flash sale" website HauteLook.
Elaine Thompson AP

Nordstrom has jumped deeper into the luxury online retailing world by acquiring the "flash sale" website HauteLook for $270 million. The Seattle-based chain made the announcement on the heels of a report citing regular-price sales of "historically high levels."

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State Budget
8:52 am
Fri February 18, 2011

State workers union ads regarding more violence at Western State Hospital deemed 'mostly false'

A new TV ad created by the Washington Federation of state Employees claims that violence has increased at Western State Hospital – because of budget cuts by the state. 

The Seattle Times "Truthneedle" picked that ad apart and says it's misleading and "mostly false."

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Massive Back-up on I-5
8:17 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Wrong-way driver blamed for fatal crash in Marysville

A wrong-way driver is suspected of causing a fatal crash on Interstate 5 at Marysville this (Friday) morning.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary said a driver going north in the southbound lanes slammed into two other vehicles about 5:15 a.m. near the Tulalip Casino. As of 9 a.m. traffic was still backed up about 4.5 miles.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
5:51 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn tilts his head and smiles when asked about the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct during a news conference about the city budget Oct. 11. As expected, McGinn on Thursday vetoed the city council plan for a waterfront tunnel.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Seattle Mayor Vetoes Tunnel Plan as Expected
  • Arraignment in Kent Today in 49th Green River Killing
  • Investment Firm Buys Majority Stake in Haggen Chain
  • Boeing, Alaska Air Employees Awarded Bonuses

 

McGinn Vetoes Tunnel Plan in Symbolic Move

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is staying out on a limb and keeping his election promises, using his veto power Thursday in a symbolic attempt to stop the tunnel along the Seattle waterfront from being built.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:09 am
Thu February 17, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Marchers protesting the decision of the King County Prosecutor not to file criminal charges against Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk are blocked from the corner of 12th and Pike by lines of SPD in riot gear. The chant is 'Jail Ian Birk.'
jseattle CapitolHillSeattle.com

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Hundreds Protest in Seattle After Birk Decision
  • Agreement Reached on Deficit Cutting Package
  • Wet Snow for Parts of Western Washington
  • More Charges in Lakewood Police Shooting Case

 

Surprise, Anger, Emotion Follow Birk Rebuke, Resignation

Protesters numbering in the hundreds marched from downtown Seattle to a Capitol Hill Police precinct following a day of dramatic developments in the case of Officer Ian Birk. In the span of a few hours Wednesday:

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
8:05 am
Thu February 17, 2011

What should Seattle’s waterfront look like? Public event seeks ideas

Early concept of proposed Alaskan Way and the connection to Elliott Avenue and Western Avenue.
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

With the Alaskan Way viaduct scheduled to be demolished in 2016, Seattle area residents are dreaming up possibilities for connecting the waterfront to the city. For decades, the viaduct has largely blocked Elliott Bay, unless you're driving on it or looking out of a high rise building. 

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520 Floating Bridge
11:38 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Preparing for tolls, get your "Good to Go" pass early

Wikimedia.org

Tolls on the old 520 bridge across Lake Washington are coming soon--likely starting in April.

It's an all-electronic system, so there won't be an option to just throw some coins into a box. You'll need a special pass on the windshield of your car. The price of driving over the floating span between Seattle and Bellevue will vary, depending on the time of day.  

State Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond put on a happy face as she reminded folks to get ready to pay as much as $3.50 each way at the height of rush hour.

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Real Estate
7:45 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Old Olympia Brewery seeks new life as mixed-use complex

The historic 1906 Olympia Brewing Co.structure, along the Deschutes River, is looking for a new life.
Michael D. Martin (flickr)

The former Olympia Brewery, in Tumwater, Wash., may join a handful of historic structures around Puget Sound that are finding new life as shopping or entertainment complexes. 

A Centralia developer bought the old brewhouse and a nearby warehouse last year, and now he's trying to put together a plan that will attract further financing.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:37 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk, left, and his wife Camille Birk talk with Birk's attorney Ted Buck during the coroner's inquest jury verdict on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 in Seattle.
Greg Gilbert AP

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • No Charges in Woodcarver Shooting
  • Vulcan hired to re-develop Bothell
  • Monroe Weighs Schools Consolidation
  • Seattle Fireworks Show Needs Cash - Again

 

Seattle Officer Won't be Charged in Williams Slaying; Could be Fired

The King County Prosecutor's Office has decided not to file criminal charges against the Seattle Police officer who shot and killed a Native American woodcarver last year. An official announcement is expected today from the Prosecutor's Office.

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SEATTLE MARINERS
12:31 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

Ken Griffey, Jr. back with Mariners again as special consultant

Ken Griffey Jr. talks to the media during a news conference at spring training baseball Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 in Peoria, Ariz.
Charlie Riedel AP

Junior is back.

Ken Griffey, Jr. is returning to the Seattle Mariners as a special consultant less than a year after abruptly retiring from baseball.

The Mariners made the announcement Tuesday morning.

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