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2 teens wounded in Federal Way shooting


The two victims suffered serious wounds in the Wednesday morning shooting and have been taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Ringleader of pot-smuggling ring that employed ex-Seattle cop pleads guilty


The Maple Valley man ran an operation that smuggled hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Washington state to Baltimore, federal prosecutors say.

4 Polish death-metal-band members accused of Spokane rape are released from jail

All four members of Decapitated were released on their own recognizance, without bail, and have been ordered to remain in Washington state.

You cannot ‘kill comedy’: an interview with comic, social critic and Twitter-troll magnet Hari Kondabolu

Comedian Hari Kondabolu, who spent a formative chunk of his career in Seattle, recently made the comic documentary “The Problem with Apu” — to the chagrin of grumpy “Simpsons” fans on Twitter. He returns to film an hourlong comedy special…

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Another human foot washes ashore in British Columbia


SOOKE, British Columbia (AP) — Another human foot has been found on British Columbia’s coastline. It’s the latest in more than a dozen such grim discoveries over the past decade. British Columbia Coroners Service spokesman Andy Watson said…


The solar eclipse burned a woman’s eye, leaving its imprint on her retina


A woman in her 20s gazed at the eclipse without any protection for 6 seconds, then again for up to 20 seconds while wearing dark glasses that apparently were not strong enough, resulting in an eclipse-shaped spot being burned onto the…


‘Mannequin Skywalker’ rides Blue Origin’s new crew capsule


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Blue Origin’s ‘Mannequin Skywalker’ has rocketed almost all the way to space, just in time for the new Star Wars movie. The aerospace company led by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos launched its New Shepard rocket Tuesday…


Where’s the bus? Here’s how Metro Transit decides whether your bus is on time

Metro’s on-time performance has stayed fairly consistent over the past five years, even as ridership has boomed and traffic congestion worsened. The reasons: more service hours, bus-only lanes and priority at traffic lights, and a newer…

What’s your experience riding King County Metro buses? Let us know


Whether you’re irritated by overcrowding or appreciative of the system’s reliability, contact reporter Jessica Lee at jlee@seattletimes.com or 206-464-2532 to share your thoughts.

Hikers raved about King County’s new trailhead shuttle, but now it needs more users

A King County pilot project that shuttled hikers to popular trailheads was well-reviewed and cost less than it was budgeted. It could use a few more riders, though.


Swedish Health nurses and caregivers vote no confidence in leadership


The nurses union and other caregivers said Tuesday night that 98 percent of them voted to express their opposition to the administration at Swedish and its parent organization, Providence.


Value Village sues Washington attorney general, fighting a demand for millions to settle investigation


TVI, which runs 300 thrift stores in North America and Australia, says it went to court to head off an expected suit by Washington AG Bob Ferguson’s office. The company in 2015 settled an investigation by the Minnesota attorney general…

‘She’s American royalty’: Hundreds line up to meet Hillary Clinton in Seattle


Tuesday’s book signing was an opportunity for the former Democratic presidential nominee to make personal connections with her fans. Some people moved on quickly after shaking her hand, while others shared personal stories.


Charges refiled against man accused of killing college professor in Pioneer Square in 2013

Donnell Jackson was found incompetent to stand trial for the unprovoked knife attack on Shoreline Community College professor Troy Wolff in September 2013. Doctors at a psychiatric hospital now say his mental state has improved.

Police: Man caps North Seattle crime spree by crashing into University District home

The suspect allegedly threatened a bus driver, broke into a house, stole an Audi from a car dealership and crashed into a University District home.


Newcomer to Seattle finally found a home she can call her own — but it’s in another city

Sketched Nov. 13, 2017 After more than a year and a half bouncing from micro-apartment to micro-apartment and a few rooms in between in Seattle, Caroline Collins couldn’t wait to settle into her new home, a $196,000, one-bedroom condo she…

Kent man charged with friend’s murder three months after getting out of prison


A handgun found on the suspect, Malik Tupac Lee, has been matched to the Nov. 10 homicide as well as a shooting at a 7-Eleven in Renton, according to prosecutors.


Talks start on Highway 99 tunnel tolls under Seattle. How high should they go?


Tolls might begin March 1, 2019, ranging from $1 overnight to a top rate of $2.50 for an afternoon-commute trip between Sodo and South Lake Union, under one leading option.

Superintendent’s Robert E. Lee compromise gets cold shoulder from Wenatchee School Board


The board didn’t reject the proposal to drop “Robert E.” from a school’s name, and two members indicated an openness to discussing it. But no motion was made to approve the proposal, and the topic was put on the board’s Jan. 8 agenda.


Boy, 16, charged as an adult in shooting at Graham school


A 16-year-old boy was shot in the thigh and a 17-year-old suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his abdomen. Both are students at Graham-Kapowsin High School and were among a group of youths who had gone off campus to watch a fight that…

Tuesday, Dec 12

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who grew up in Seattle, dies at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had "a long history of breaking barriers," Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement. Lee spent part of his childhood in public housing and attended Franklin High School.

Officers fatally shoot man at Magnuson Park after car chase, Seattle police say


Seattle police fatally shot a man Monday night at Magnuson Park after he was involved in a reported armed robbery, led officers on a chase through North Seattle and shot at them, police said. According to police, the man is believed to…

Reward offered in poaching cases of two Washington wolves, including survivor from Profanity Peak pack


Two conservation groups have offered a reward of $20,000 for information that leads to a conviction in the killings in Eastern Washington.

Should King County change how it does inquests? Panel to tackle big questions


Inquests have long been convened to determine the factual circumstances surrounding the use of deadly force by King County law-enforcement officers. But the process has increasingly come under fire by critics who say the scope is too…

Monday, Dec 11

Seattle transportation director Scott Kubly won’t be Austin’s city manager


SDOT Director Scott Kubly had been among six finalists who traveled to Austin last week for interviews. Kubly’s status at the helm of SDOT remains uncertain under new Mayor Jenny Durkan.

Woman impaled by limb when tree falls on house in Oregon


CORBETT, Ore. (AP) — A tree has fallen into a house near Portland, Oregon, impaling a woman who was inside. The incident happened Sunday night in Corbett. The 65-year-old woman had a tree limb in her lower torso. A rescue crew secured the…

Woman dies after early-morning house fire in Salem


SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A woman has died following a house fire in Salem. The Statesman Journal reports that more than a dozen firefighters responded to reports of smoke billowing out of the home early Sunday morning. Firefighters noticed fire…

A lost ship, a billionaire’s discovery and what a Seattle woman learned about the father she never knew


Jae Anderson’s father died on the USS Indianapolis weeks before the end of World War II and months before she was born. After a team led by Paul Allen found the ship this year, she answered a question she’d always had about her father:…

Sunday, Dec 10

Rampant inequity is solvable in King County — just ask Dr. David Fleming


Using lessons learned in other countries, a local project, Global to Local, continues its search for the best ways to improve health through improving communities.

Casseroles, meatballs and thanks: Sound Generations fills a growing need in King County


Paul Alexander is a retired bank-loan processor who's done things right. But with a pension and Social Security bringing in not quite $26,000 a year, he still needs a little help. Enter Sound Generations. The local nonprofit supported by…

Seattle police officers had no viable alternatives when they fatally shot Charleena Lyles, review board finds


The panel found the shooting consistent with department training and policy. A Lyles family lawyer was critical: “The same events that led to Charleena Lyles’s death could happen again tomorrow, and there is no plan underway to make that…

One of last great Washington train rides coming to an end


A new Amtrak route parallel to I-5, coming this month, will mean the end of expansive water views from the train. Ticket sales reflect the rush of passengers determined to see the South Sound from the train one last time.

Saturday, Dec 9

No batteries, wires or plugs: UW team makes plastic devices that communicate via Wi-Fi

A University of Washington computer-science lab has created 3D-printed plastic objects that can communicate wirelessly, without electronics or batteries — and it’s making their plans available for free.

Traffic alert: Bellevue road closures start Monday for light-rail work

Once completed, light-rail trains will emerge from a tunnel, then run on elevated guideways from Bellevue Downtown Station over Interstate 405, before turning to a future station near Overlake Hospital Medical Center.

In another year of arts-funding fights, Seattle-area student says NEA songwriting award made a difference

What's in a prize? During another year of fights about arts funding, local student says an NEA songwriting award made a difference

Friday, Dec 8

Seattle City Hall awash in red? Here are the terms of Mayor Jenny Durkan’s ‘big bet’ with Toronto over MLS Cup match

It's on: Here are the terms agreed to between Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Toronto Mayor Jonh Tory for Saturday's MLS Cup.

16-year-old arrested, others sought after Everett-area shooting leaves woman dead, teen wounded

Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy and are looking for three other young people in connection with a shooting near Everett early Thursday that left a woman dead and a teen injured. Detectives arrested the 16-year-old on investigation…

Podcast: What Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole’s departure means for reform efforts

Mayor Jenny Durkan will face a choice that has bedeviled previous mayors: whether to look inside — interim chief Carmen Best has said she will seek the permanent job — or outside the department.

JoAnna McKee, longtime Washington state medical-pot activist, dies at 74

McKee passed away Nov. 18, said her longtime friend and fellow activist Dale Rogers. He was not certain of the cause.