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Public Safety
10:40 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Regulators Target Party Buses After Fatalities

Party bus owner William Prigmore says his industry helps keep drunk drivers off the road. But state regulators point to nearly two dozen fatalities around the country as evidence the industry needs more regulation. (Austin Jenkins)

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

Prom season is coming up. That means tuxes, gowns and limos. But these days, an old fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy.

The new rage is party buses. They carry more people and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road.

But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide there have been nearly two dozen fatalities on these buses and regulators say a crackdown on the industry is in order.

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Public Safety
1:24 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

EPA Cleans Up 'Chemical House' In Seattle's Green Lake Neighborhood

Containers were found inside and outside the house.
EPA Photo

The Environmental Protection Agency is working to remove hundreds of containers of hazardous chemicals from a Craftsman home in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood.

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U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay
8:04 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Statewide Special Patrols To Crack Down On Distracted Driving Starting Thursday

Flickr Photo/Skip&Nell (CC BY-NC-ND)

You’ve probably heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket” to promote seatbelt safety. Now, Washington state is joining in a new national campaign to target people who text and drive.

Special patrols will be out statewide, starting Thursday, with a new snappy slogan to add: “U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay.”

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Oso Tragedy
11:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Dogs Most Effective Search Tool As Landslide Death Toll Mounts

Search dog Stratus leaps through a debris field while working with a handler on the Oso mudslide site.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Rescuers are employing high tech electronics to help locate buried victims in the Oso mudslide. But old fashioned tools have actually worked best according to local fire chief Travis Hots.

“In the last three days, the most effective tool has been dogs and just our bare hands and shovels uncovering people," he says. "The dogs are the ones that are pinpointing a particular area to look. We’re looking and that’s how we’re finding people.”

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Oso Mudslide
8:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Latest Landslide Science Not Connecting With County Planning

The cabin that Bonnie Brown's family built in the 1970s that was in the path of the Oso mudslide.
Credit Courtesy of Bonnie Brown

Bonnie Brown still has photos to remind her of the cabin her parents built in the 1970s near the Stillaguamish River. It was the kind of place that kids dream of.

“It was just a very beautiful place,” she said. “With beaver ponds and streams and meadows and trails through the wood.”

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Oso Tragedy
4:44 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Washington Mudslide: Fewer Missing As Death Toll Stays Put, For Now

There was a candlelight vigil Tuesday near the site of the mudslide that tore through the tiny community of Oso, Wash.
Rick Wilking Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:30 am

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Weary searchers resumed their dangerous work Wednesday near Oso, Wash., where it's thought at least 25 people — and possibly many more — died when a massive mudslide buried dozens of homes and businesses on Saturday.

Headlines and news outlets' updates helped tell the story as the day began:

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Oso Mudslide
4:28 am
Wed March 26, 2014

More Bodies Found In Mudslide Debris

The mudslide resulted in flooding of the Stillaguamish River east of the slide.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Officials believe the Oso mudslide has killed at least 24 people, although eight bodies found have not been recovered, according to Snohomish County District 21 Fire Chief Travis Hots in a briefing Tuesday evening.

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Oso Devastation
12:24 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Residents And Reporters Show The Human Face Of Washington’s Mudslide Via Social Media

A hand-lettered sign outside Darrington's grocery store thanks rescue workers.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

As the search continues through the debris for the dozens who have been reported as missing, people on the ground — reporters, politicians, volunteers and others — have shared their impressions from the catastrophic scene.

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Oso Mudslide
10:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Death Toll From Mudslide Expected To Rise As Rain Complicates Search Efforts

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots addresses the press about the mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

The official current death toll from the Oso mudslide remains at 14, but is expected to increase as crews continue to search through the soupy, debris-laden field Tuesday.

"We're expecting that number to go up throughout the day," Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said in a Tuesday morning press conference.

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Oso Mudslide
6:49 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Death Toll Rises From Oso Mudslide, Search Continues For Missing People

Governor Jay Inslee talks with Darrington resident Pete Selvig at Darrington's City Hall Monday evening.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

KUOW's Carolyn Adolph reports from a Darrington Town Hall meeting on Monday night and gets reactions from local residents.

KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports on Governor Jay Inslee's plan to open up the Mountain Loop Highway in place of state Route 530.

KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports from the Darrington Library about the death of retired librarian Linda McPherson in Saturday's mudslide.

The search for survivors of a deadly mudslide near Oso grew Monday to include scores of people who were still unaccounted for as the death toll rose to at least 14.

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Drivers Ed
3:51 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Seattleites: Do You Know How To Drive On Ice And Snow?

The Oatmeal: Every time it snows in a big city, everyone has the exact same conversation.
Credit The Oatmeal/Matthew Inman

Every winter, Seattleites return to a hotly debated topic: Do we know how to drive in ice and snow? My coworkers are all complaining about Seattle drivers as I type, in fact — even those from the Northwest originally. So here are a few tips I gleaned from watching way too many YouTube videos.

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Animal Control
11:01 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Detroit Has Many Strays, But 'We're Not Tripping Over Dogs'

A stray dog in Detroit last week.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 5:38 pm

While there's a serious dog problem in Detroit, the initial results of an effort to count the number of homeless canines in the city indicate there are far fewer than the 50,000 strays that some news accounts have talked about.

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Religion and Mental Health
3:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Public Safety, Pope's Call For Balance, And Other Stories Of The Week

Pope Francis is Brazil in July.
Flickr Photo/Semilla Luz

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week’s news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Eli Sanders of The Stranger. 

A shooting at the Navy Yard in DC and a fatal stabbing in Seattle's Pioneer Square again raise questions about public safety and mental health care. Seattle's race for mayor sees a new round of polling and endorsements. Plus, Pope Francis says Catholics need to find "a new balance" on issues like abortion and homosexuality.  What stories were you following this week?

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Traffic Safety
9:46 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Rules Of The Road

Stacey Sanner

Do pedestrians always have the right of way? Really? Always? Is it illegal to pass a city bus on the right? What is the speed limit in a neighborhood if no signs are posted? Ross Reynolds sits down with former Seattle traffic officer John Abraham to take listener questions about the rules of the road. 

Fireworks Safety
12:03 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

How To Have A Safe Fourth Of July Celebration

Flickr Photo/Howard Ignatius

Fourth of July is coming up, and you can’t celebrate America’s freedoms without some fireworks. But what are our freedoms when it comes to lighting fireworks in King County? Chris Ricketts is the King County Fire Marshal. He shares the rules and regulations for shooting off fireworks on the upcoming holiday.

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