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News Roundup
8:58 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

The backup at 9:20 a.m. today on I-5 in the Olympia area has worsened as snow and freezing fog plague drivers.
WSDOT

This morning's headlines are a roundup of the winter snowstorm and cold temperatures affecting Western Washington communities today:

Updated 8:58 a.m.

Driving Conditions Tough, Dangerous

Stay off the roads if at all possible. That advisory is from state transportation leaders, who are dealing with snow and ice clogged sections of freeways, overpasses, and ramps. While many main arterials are passable, the approaches are tough, especially in south King County, Snohomish, Skagit, Thurston and parts of Pierce County, according to KING-TV:

Drivers stuck on Sahalee Way in Redmond were abandoning their cars. Drivers on southbound Interstate 5 near Sea-Tac were crawling along.

As of 9 a.m., WSDOT cameras show that Thurston and Pierce county roads - including I-5 - are heavily impacted by heavy snow, freezing fog and ice. Accidents have caused backups.

The Olympian's Nate Hulings reports driving conditions are expected to worsen today, as National Weather Service forecasts for Thurston County show accumulations could be significant  through this morning:

Periods of heavy snowfall were expected to continue through this morning, with 2 to 6 inches of snow forecast, meteorologist Carl Cerniglia said.

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Winter Weather
5:37 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Getting ready for the storm

Transit agencies are grearing up to handle the snow that's predicted to hit the Puget Sound region this evening
Erin Hennessey KPLU News

With frigid temperatures and up to six inches of snow bearing down on the Puget Sound region, transit agencies are getting ready.

The latest forecast says the snow is likely to arrive a little later than previously thought. That means evening commuters may escape the brunt of the blast.

Tom Pearce -- with Snohomish Community Transit -- says its buses are operating on regular routes, for now …

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Nuclear Waste Clean-up
3:04 pm
Wed February 23, 2011

Federal audit: part of Hanford cleanup mishandled

The federal government mishandled the cleanup of the dangerous Hanford K-Basins near the Columbia River. The mistakes cost taxpayers millions of dollars. Those are some of the conclusions of a federal Inspector General report.

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News Roundup
7:57 am
Wed February 23, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

The Air Force needs new refueling tankers to replace the aged fleet. The lucrative contract is a dogfight between Boeing and EADS, the parent company of Airbus.
AP

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Tanker Decision May Come Tomorrow 
  • Seattle Schools Under Scrutiny for Fraud
  • Town Wants Proof of Citizenship for Contract Workers

 

Boeing or EADS? 

We may know by tomorrow if Boeing or Airbus-parent EADS gets the lucrative Air Force tanker contract. The Herald of Everett's Gale Fiege reports Senator Patty Murray expects a decision Thursday, and says she's ready for to fight if the $35 billion contract doesn't go to Boeing:

"I can't believe our country would make a decision to go with a company based in a foreign country. I won't tolerate it," Murray said of European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS), the Airbus parent that is offering an A330-based tanker. Boeing is offering the Air Force a tanker based on the 767 jetliner built in Everett.

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Hostages on Yacht
4:54 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

Remembering Seattle sailors, killed by Somali pirates

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle with their friend Walter Friesen, before a race/rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), an event affectionately known as the Baja Haha.
Courtesy of Walter Friesen

Family and friends are grieving the loss of a Seattle couple who were killed as they sailed around the world.  They were captured by Somali pirates, along with another couple from California. 

Walter Friesen  knew them.  He's a member of the Seattle Singles Yacht Club, where the deceased couple met. 

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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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