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As debate heats up in Olympia over guns, a GOP state lawmaker invents a massacre

The remarks by GOP House Minority Leader Rep. Dan Kristiansen came as Democrats pushed for new gun regulations in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

Washington lawmakers aim to help what former foster child calls a ‘broken’ system


Legislators this year are considering a series of bills intended to improve services for especially troubled youth and provide better forecasting for the number of youth coming into the system.

Satellites see big fishing’s footprint on the high seas


WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists tag sharks to see where they roam in the high seas, but until now they couldn’t track the seas’ biggest eater: Humans. By using ships’ own emergency beacons, researchers got the first comprehensive snapshot of…

Snow blankets Puget Sound region, snarls morning commutes, delays schools

Up to 6 inches of snow fell over the lowland areas of the Puget Sound region overnight.

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In Olympia, legislators plan to quickly pass bill hiding their old records


Washington state lawmakers are set to swiftly pass a bill intended to keep old legislative records secret and make some records public. The move comes after a judge found the Legislature in violation of open-records laws.


Seychelles swaps debt for groundbreaking marine protection


CURIEUSE ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — With deep blue waters, white sand beaches and rich marine life, the tiny island nation of the Seychelles is announcing a pioneering marine conservation plan as part of a debt swap deal with creditors. In…


SpaceX launches Spanish satellite, 2 others from California


LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Earth-observation satellite built for Spain and two experimental satellites for internet service were successfully launched into orbit from California at dawn Thursday, creating a brief light show as it arced over the…

Poulsbo police officer charged with taking drugs from disposal box


Stacey Lee Smaaladen told investigators that she took the drugs to supplement her own prescribed medications to treat pain from injuries, according to court documents.

Kent School District levy passing by five votes; most other King County measures passing


All the King County school districts had at least one passing levy or bond measure, except for Tahoma, whose three levies were all failing.

‘Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying’ in Seattle’s Greenwood area – well, not quite

In our political climate, a Norwegian flag, with its blue-and-white cross, was mistaken for a Confederate flag. Questions ensued in the Greenwood neighborhood.

Lives depend on keeping up fight for gun control / Jerry Large column


Arguing over guns may be tiresome, but being silent while the death toll climbs is worse. Las Vegas. Parkland, Florida. Enough is enough.

How I came to Seattle, a trip I’ll never forget

Evan Bush, a Seattle Times reporter and a member of our “New Seattle” team, moved to this booming city five years ago: “This period of my life stands out as crisp and colorful.”

Boomtown Seattle: Why we move here — and how we’re all in it together

Seattle’s a city that’s perpetually remaking itself. The swelling growth has always come in waves. So how do we — those new to the city and those who’ve been here a while — make it through together?


Trump comments points to deep divisions over arming teachers


Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is “more of a solution” than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom. But Texas teacher Tara Bordeaux worries that she lacks “the…


Amazon’s Jeff Bezos chimes in on 10,000 Year Clock as installation starts


Seattle has several ties to the 10,000 Year Clock, a 500-foot-tall mechanical time keeper being constructed inside a mountain in the Sierra Diablo range in West Texas. Watch the the mesmerizing time-lapse video.

New rebellion against wind energy stalls or stops projects

Growing opposition cites noise, health concerns and marred views, but many landowners welcome the revenue.


Widow and mother of Che Taylor file civil-rights lawsuit in deadly Seattle police shooting


Two Seattle police officers fatally shot the 46-year-old in February 2016 while attempting to arrest him for being a felon in unlawful possession of a firearm. His widow and mother claim police violated Taylor’s civil rights.


Washington state lawmakers introduce bill to circumvent public-records ruling


A new bill would remove lawmakers from the state’s Public Records Act, but starting July 1, allow release of some correspondence, “specified information” from lawmaker calendars and final disciplinary reports.

Mississippi educator who detained gunman in 1997 is against arming school staff


A national effort had been underway to arm and train teachers and administrators to defend against mass shootings. But one who survived a school shooting — after loading his Colt .45 pistol, then chasing and detaining the suspect — says…


Contact with staff restricted for Washington state lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior


State Rep. David Sawyer’s contact with staff is now restricted, according to House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan. Sawyer is a Democrat from Parkland. House officials are conducting a review.

Wednesday, Feb 21

Newborn survival rates in U.S. nearly same as Sri Lanka or Ukraine, UNICEF says


The United Nations’ children’s agency says that in America, a baby’s risk of dying as a newborn is just barely lower than the risk in Sri Lanka or Ukraine.

Counting calories not key to weight loss, study finds

People in the study who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about cutting calories or portion sizes — lost significant amounts of weight…

Coast Guard special agent relieved of duty after rape arrest in Vancouver, Wash.


Investigators say Jonathan Sall was at a party at a Vancouver, Wash. home when he climbed into a co-worker's bed and sexually assaulted the co-worker's girlfriend while the co-worker slept.

Man killed by street sweeper in Bellevue may have been tying shoe when he was struck


The King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday identified 44-year-old Alexandru Culai as the Bellevue man killed Monday by a street sweeper outside a major construction site on Northeast 120th Street.

Tuesday, Feb 20

Oregon governor cites Florida shooting in local gun control


SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s governor, backing gun-control legislation on Tuesday before a panel of state senators, said anguished voices in the wake of the school shooting in Florida must be heard. Gov. Kate Brown appeared before the…

Judge approves shutdown of large California homeless camp

The encampment grew over the last several years on the trail near the baseball stadium for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, amid soaring housing costs. Many said they were pushed there after being cited by police for sleeping in parks or…

Mysterious wind may have felled more than 100 old-growth trees near Lake Quinault


Officials from Olympic National Park knew some sort of wind event was the culprit, but nearby weather stations reported only light breezes that night. Radar didn’t show any storms.

Drinking alcohol key to living past 90, study says


Researchers discovered that subjects who drank about two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death.

Monday, Feb 19

Northeast Seattle street project stirs cars-vs.-bikes debate

The project will maintain two lanes for vehicle traffic but restrict parking to the east side for most of the street and add bike lanes, including some stretches protected by a 3-foot buffer.

2 headed to prison for cutting down tree in Olympic National Park


After someone called authorities, park rangers found three men cutting the maple tree and loading it into a vehicle.

Wind and waves close westbound I-90 lanes

Big winds, high waves close the I-90 floating bridge as Puget Sound and the surrounding area was buffeted by wild weather Sunday.

Wind, waves close westbound I-90 bridge over Lake Washington

Once the winds subside and the bridge is inspected, it can be reopened, the Washington State Department of Transportation said in a news release.

Sunday, Feb 18

Cooke Aquaculture inspection finds problems at 2 other Atlantic salmon pens


A new inspection has found deficiencies at more Cooke Aquaculture Atlantic salmon net pens in Puget Sound. The inspection report follows Washington state’s decision to terminate the company’s leases at five other pens.

Guns, taxes on voters’ minds as Washington state lawmakers hold Eastside town hall


State Rep. Tana Senn addressed the Florida school shooting, while Sen. Lisa Wellman promised property-tax relief, as lawmakers met the public in a Bellevue school gym.

As #MeToo evolves, Seattle-area women and men rethink everything


#MeToo has launched an urgent cultural conversation – and a lot is still being figured out, such as rules around dating, punishment for wrongdoing, even what exactly the movement encompasses. People told us they are reconsidering many…

Good manners meet ‘weird physics’ at North Seattle’s Granite Curling Club

This is not shuffleboard on a sheet of ice. The sport is dynamic, precise, tactical and athletic. This Seattle arena is the epicenter of curling in the Northwest.

Saturday, Feb 17

She thought the weird sensation was a stray eyelash. It was eye worms.

This Oregon woman was infected by a rare eye worm seen only in cattle. She had 14 worms.

Scanning an ancient biblical text that humans fear to open


A computer scientist at the University of Kentucky spent 14 years developing a technique for reading ancient scrolls that are too fragile to unwrap. A codex written between A.D. 400 and 600 is his first job.

Gig Harbor volunteer nurse aids shunned women in Africa


Sarah Christensen just returned to work at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor after volunteering for four months on the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest private hospital ship.

How will property-tax increase in Western Washington impact you? Share your story


We want to hear from homeowners, business owners and renters. Contact Seattle Times reporter Jim Brunner at jbrunner@seattletimes.com or 206-515-5628.