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Law Enforcement
10:47 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Former Boston Top Cop Kathleen O'Toole Picked To Head Seattle Police

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announces Kathleen O'Toole as his nominee for Seattle chief of police.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Kathleen O’Toole, formerly the Boston police commissioner and Ireland’s chief inspector, has been selected as Mayor Ed Murray's nominee as Seattle's top cop.

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Marijuana
10:21 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Women In Cannabis: Solidarity And High-Potency Sorbet

Katey Cooper, Jessica Jordan and Stesha Ries (left to right) trade ideas at the Women and Cannabis Business luncheon.
Credit Amy Radil

A power luncheon for women in the marijuana business took place Friday in one of Seattle’s highest locations – the top of the Columbia Tower, where dozens of women in the cannabis business gathered to talk shop and exchange recipes.

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'Smells Like A Toilet'
8:20 am
Mon May 19, 2014

New Organic Fertilizer Less Smelly, More Popular With Farm Workers

Alan Schreiber is an organic and research farmer. He’s testing a new better-smelling organic liquid fertilizer at his farm near Eltopia, Washington.

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 6:35 pm

When you think organic, you probably visualize fresh, sweet-smelling fruits and vegetables. But what makes that delicious organic produce grow?

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Vetting
8:19 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Carfax For Candidates? Nonprofit Offers Politician Background Checks

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:21 am

Even though it is a mid-term election year, some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state alone.

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Emergency
8:18 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Text-to-911 Coming, But Dispatchers Much Prefer Voice Calls

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 8:13 pm

This week, the four biggest mobile carriers met a voluntary deadline to be ready to allow consumers to text to 911. But don't try that in an emergency just yet.

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Real Estate
8:17 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single-Family Homes

File photo of condominiums in Portland's Pearl District

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 5:02 pm

New housing starts are a key economic indicator. But not all new houses are created the same.

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Batting 1000
10:58 am
Sun May 18, 2014

'The Play Of The Game': Watch A Boy Win Over A Girl With A Foul Ball

A boy hands a girl a foul ball and she smiles broadly.
MLB

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 6:31 am

The game announcers called it "the play of the game." We'd be foolish not to agree.

During last night's Blue Jays-Rangers game, a boy catches a foul ball. Without a thought, he turns around and gives the ball to a much older girl, who flashes a major smile.

You're thinking, wow, what a smooth operator. But the replay reveals the kid is slicker than you imagined. Just watch:

h/t: Deadspin.

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Labor
8:13 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Signature Campaign Begins For $15 Minimum Wage Initiative

Jess Spear of the 15 Now campaign and Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant outside the downtown Seattle McDonald’s.
Credit KUOW/John Ryan

Minimum-wage activists launched their signature-gathering campaign for a ballot initiative outside the downtown Seattle McDonald's Thursday.

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Seattle Police
8:06 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Which One Will He Pick? Murray To Declare Police Chief Monday

"X" marks the spot on Monday ahead of Mayor Murray's announcement of the next police chief.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to announce his pick for the city’s next police chief.

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Gains In Seattle Jobs
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Steady Job Gains Chip Away At Jobless Rate in Washington State

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:44 pm

Steady job gains are chipping away at the unemployment rate in Washington state.

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Maurice Clemmons Case
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Washington Supreme Court To Hear Lakewood Police Killings Challenge

File photo of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:59 pm

It’s been almost five years since Maurice Clemmons gunned down four Lakewood, Washington, police officers in a coffee shop. Clemmons’ aunt and cousin were convicted of helping him after the murders.

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Goodbye, Chevy
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Washington State Patrol Switching Back To Ford

The Ford Interceptor is the Washington State Patrol’s new vehicle of choice after a short and rocky experience with the Chevy Caprice.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:30 pm

The Washington State Patrol is switching back to Ford police cruisers after a brief, but rocky dalliance with Chevy.

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Conversion To Digital
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lawmakers Raise Concerns About Troubled State Patrol Radio System

File photo of one of the new Washington State Patrol portable radios by Motorola.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:32 pm

Washington’s troubled State Patrol radio system is getting fresh scrutiny from state lawmakers. The Joint Transportation Committee got an update Wednesday on the $40 million conversion to digital technology.

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Dam's Massive Crack
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Inslee Says Cracked Wanapum Dam A Unique Problem, Not Systemic In River System

Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee toured the cracked Wanapum Dam on Wednesday.

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 7:37 am

Governor Jay Inslee was able to get up close to drilling machines on the damaged Wanapum Dam in central Washington Wednesday. He visited Wanapum after it came out this week that the dam’s massive crack was caused by fundamental design errors and bad concrete pours in 1960.

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No Time For Play
8:05 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Recess, Once Free Time, Gets An Overhaul

The nonprofit organization Playworks has trained several dozen schools in Washington -- including Bellevue Public Schools -- how to turn recess from the traditional free time into an organized activity period.
Credit Photo Credit Playworks

The recess for the youngest students at Ardmore Elementary School in Bellevue doesn’t look like your typical recess.

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