Gun control-related ballot measures in four states are expected to pass on Tuesday, opinion polls show, after gun safety advocates poured a massive amount of money into backing the initiatives.
More than any other subject, math trips up students who might otherwise thrive in college, especially those who don’t plan to go into technical careers that require proficiency with numbers.
By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — Breaking a six-month silence, a former aide who was fingered for allegedly filing an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), lashed out Monday, accusing the Republican and her staff of falsely smearing his name and possibly lying to congressional investigators. Todd Winer, McMorris […]
By Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — The 17-year-old neighbor of Jenise Wright wasn’t arrested until Aug. 9, but he had caught the attention of investigators several days before, according to court documents filed in Kitsap Superior Court. A Kitsap Superior Court judge on Monday ordered Gabriel Z. Gaeta held for investigation of first-degree […]
By Jennifer Sullivan, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — After a 10-year hiatus, King County sheriff’s deputies have resumed training to use a neck restraint considered by the department to be a suitable alternative to “less-than-lethal” options like Tasers and clubs. The “lateral vascular neck restraint,” or LVNR, involves applying pressure to the sides of the […]
By Christine Vestal, Stateline.org SEATTLE — When King County, Wash., launched its employee wellness program seven years ago, its motive was clear. “We were being eaten alive by runaway medical costs,” says the county’s top executive Dow Constantine. By all accounts, the previous administration was desperate to bring down double-digit health care cost growth that […]
By Joseph O’Sullivan, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Lightning strikes that might have fueled the Carlton complex wildfire never materialized Wednesday and Thursday, allowing emergency responders a moment to sigh in relief. But scattered rain and other difficult conditions delayed efforts to restore electricity to about 7,000 Okanogan County consumers who have been without power […]
By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — Congress is hardly a bastion of diversity. The Senate is 93 percent white. The Republicans in the House don’t have a single African-American or Asian-American member. And men in both chambers outnumber women 4 to 1. So what were Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Rep. Suzan […]
By Paige Cornwell and Colleen Wright, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — A heat wave expected this weekend could aggravate raging wildfires in Central and Eastern Washington. Temperatures there are expected to climb past 100 degrees, according to Matt Fugazzi, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Spokane. A hot, dry spell, he said, can turn […]
By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times SEATTLE — The emails landed just after 1 a.m. Monday, bearing good news for Washington state’s first round of legal recreational pot proprietors: Your license has been approved. Actually, the official notices sounded a lot more, well, official than that and a lot less celebratory, as the […]
By Nancy Bartley, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Just before dark on the drizzling day, the long line of trucks came back. Windshield wipers clicking, headlights beaming, there were firetrucks, aid cars, flatbed trucks with bulldozers and dump trucks. Dozens of them moved slowly along Highway 530 from the mudslide to the Oso Fire Department. “They’re […]
By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — Richard Iverson may be one of the world’s foremost landslide experts, but if he had been driving along the Stillaguamish River March 22 when the slope across from Steelhead Drive began to crumble, he wouldn’t have fled to high ground. He would have pulled over to snap pictures. […]
By Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will fly to Washington state on April 22 to see the aftermath of the Snohomish County mudslide, exactly a month after one of the state’s worst natural disasters. The president notified U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) of his plans during a five-minute phone call […]
Washington State has announced a plan to construct miles of “quick charge” stations for electric cars. Part of a larger West Coast Green Highway, the state’s effort would contribute to a large scale 1,200 mile electric roadway that would go through Canada, Washington, Oregon, and California. The plan, which would vastly improve Washington State’s infrastructure […]