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A woman in her 20s was found shot dead at 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning just off the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.

Police believe this was a targeted hit and that the woman was not killed at random. Officers have not yet identified the woman, according to a police spokesman.

A passerby found the woman on the popular trail at North Northlake Way and Eastern Avenue North and called 911.

Homicide detectives initially cleared the area and have since reopened the trail to pedestrians and cyclists.

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The Seattle Police Department has had a difficult couple of years. A strongly critical Department of Justice report found widespread excessive use of force. A federal judge is now overseeing a plan to fix the problem. 

But one bright spot in the media has been the police presence on the web and social media. Contrary to what you might expect, SPD's blog is pretty entertaining. For example one web post, MarijWhatNow, about how Seattle police would deal with legalized marijuana, drew worldwide attention and earned the "best new thing in the world today" title from the Rachel Maddow Show.

Seattle police patrol cars.
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Three out of four Seattle residents think the Seattle Police do a good job keeping the public safe.  But the police get much worse reviews from the city’s African-American and Latino communities. Seventy percent of African-Americans and 62 percent of Latinos think the department often uses excessive force.

Courtesy Lincoln Beauregard and Lee Rousso.

Attorneys for a man convicted of stealing a car in South Seattle two years ago have filed suit against the Seattle Police Department and one of its officers.

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  SPD Interim Chief Jim Pugel
Thirty-year SPD veteran Jim Pugel was appointed interim police chief in April. He took over a department facing major reforms to address federal claims of biased policing and excessive use of force. What progress is being made to comply with Department of Justice reforms? Is the SPD making progress on Mayor Mike McGinn’s 2020 police reform plan? What questions do you have for Seattle police chief Jim Pugel? Send a message to Weekday.  
 
A Visit To Stunt School
Summer movies are full of stunts performed by professionals. Ever wonder how they’re trained? Often, they go to stunt school. Katy Sewall stopped by while students were learning how to safely kick someone in the groin.

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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A Capitol Hill man is dead after a nearly 9-hour standoff with police early Friday morning. Shortly after 3 a.m., Seattle Police responded to reports of shots being fired from a fifth story apartment in the Marq Condos on Bellevue Avenue. Residents in and around the building were evacuated, and a SWAT team surrounded the apartment. At around 10 a.m., police shot and killed the man after he reportedly fired shots in their direction.

  It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news. The president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild Rich O’Neill has said he’ll accept the DOJ reforms and urges the members of the police union to do the same. The state is preparing for a shutdown if a deal is not made on the budget. Airbus expresses its interest in Washington state, as Boeing’s 787 faces more trouble in the air. Our regular panel is in to discuss the news of the week. What news piqued your interest this week? Share your thoughts by email.

Seattle Opera General Director Aidan Lang
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 Seattle Police Union President Backs DOJ Reforms
The president of the Seattle Police Officers' Guild Rich O'Neill is now urging members to accept the reforms the Department of Justice has mandated. Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich explains O'Neill's position.  

Art Of Our City
When Seattle Theater Group took over the Neptune Theatre, the idea was the use the historic venue for concerts and other live performances. Now STG has launched a program to provide the Neptune free of charge for community group shows. Vicky Lee from STG and Bill Anderson, producer of "Out And In," explains the launch of "Nights At The Neptune."

We Hate Our Jobs!
A new Gallup poll suggests that seven out of 10 workers are “checked out” or “actively disengaged” at work. Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Dean of the University of Washington Bothell School of Business explains how the workplace has changed and why that would lead to dissatisfaction.

Who Replaces Speight Jenkins?
Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins has been at his job for three decades, but next year one of the region’s best known arts leaders will step down.  After more than a year, and an international search, Jenkins’ successor has been named:  Aidan Lang, current Director of New Zealand Opera. He talks about what he’ll bring to one of Seattle’s oldest art institutions.

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 A Trip To The SPD Evidence Warehouse
Crime is in the news every day, and each case has evidence that has to be stored somewhere. The Seattle Police Department’s evidence warehouse is full of guns and drugs as you might expect, but it also houses the unexpected. Items like a massage table, a brass bed, skis and arrows. Katy Sewall takes a peek behind the scenes.

Jerick Hoffer AKA Jinkx Monsoon
Fresh off his win on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and ahead of a performance in Hairspray at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, we talk with actor, singer and performer Jerick Hoffer, stage name Jinkx Monsoon.

Greendays Gardening
Our expert gardening panel knows flowers, native plants and vegetables. Have a question? They offer guidance for your garden every Tuesday. Email your question to Weekday.

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It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news. We review what the legislature plans to do with state infrastructure following the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge. The Seattle Police Department acknowledged it broke public record laws when it withheld an internal memo from the Seattle Times following the 2012 May Day demonstrations. Fast food workers across Seattle went on a 24-hour strike in solidarity with fast food workers from around the country.

What stories caught your attention? What hasn’t been covered enough? Tell us your take on the news by writing to Weekday.

One Man Tackles Seattle's Cold Cases

May 29, 2013
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  When a homicide detective retires or is promoted, the unsolved cases are marked “cold.” Currently the Seattle Police Department works on about ten cold cases at a time. The majority of that work is done by a single cold case detective, Mike Ciesynski, who has been been working on cold cases for almost 10 years. Ross Reynolds interviews Ciesynski about the job.

Your Take On The News

May 24, 2013
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We'll get live updates from the scene of the bridge collapse in Skagit County from KUOW reporter Derek Wang.

In a major policy speech Thursday, President Obama defended his administration's use of unmanned drones, but vowed to scale back their use in the future. He also renewed efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. What are the unanswered questions about President Obama's counter-terrorism policy? What can we expect from the President moving forward?

The Seattle Mayor's race got a big shakeup recently when Tim Burgess abruptly dropped out of the contest. How will this affect the rest of the candidates? Who does it help and who does it hurt?

And on his first day on the job, interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel made some changes to his staff. Does this signal more changes to come at the SPD?

What stories that caught your attention this week? Call us at 800.289.5869, email weekday@kuow.org or send us a tweet @WeekdayKUOW.

Ask The Seattle Mayor

May 13, 2013
Mayor Mike McGinn
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Ask Mayor McGinn
Chris Hansen has upped his bid for the Sacramento Kings by another $75 million. We will ask Mayor Mike McGinn about the future of the Seattle Sonics and whether the city will build a stadium without a team.

Also, we’ll ask the mayor for his take on May Day, Seattle parks, new Seattle Police Department hiring rules and just what happened with those guns turned peace bricks? He will be in to answer those questions, and if you have any questions for the mayor call us at 800.289.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

What To Expect From The NBA This Week
The NBA Board of Governors are meeting this Wednesday to decide whether or not to approve the relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. King 5 reporter Chris Daniels has been following the saga from its onset. He regularly tweets updates on the Sacramento Kings and NBA decision.   

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The Seattle Police Department is preparing to hire more than 300 new officers in the next five years, and it wants to do things differently.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of people marched about 2 1/2 miles from the Central District toward Seattle's downtown Jackson Federal Building on Wednesday after a May Day rally supporting immigrant rights and labor.

Demonstrators Have Their Say On May Day

May 1, 2013
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KUOW reporter Amy Radil began her day at Westlake Park.

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City police departments often have testy relations with their local superheroes, at least in the movies. In "The Amazing Spider-Man" they issue a warrant for his arrest. In "The Dark Knight Rises," a cop pledges to take down Batman.

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Seattle Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel says "I'll apologize for the rest of my life" for appearing in a department produced video showing officers mocking the city's homeless to the tune of a classic pop hit.

Last month a SWAT team from Bellevue arrived around 5:00 a.m. in a Columbia City neighborhood to serve a warrant for a suspect. As the dramatic scene unfolded the suspect, Russell Smith, was shot and killed by three Bellevue police officers. Now neighbors want answers about what happened.

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On March 22, 2013,  around  5:00 a.m., a SWAT team from the Bellevue Police Department showed up at a tiny dead-end street in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. They were there to arrest a suspect on a warrant for robbery.

Things did not go smoothly.

Behind The Scenes With SPD's Bomb Unit

Apr 18, 2013
Bomb Squad
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Investigators are trying to piece together this week's bombings at the Boston Marathon. What clues are they looking for? How are bombs detected and disarmed? Seattle Police Department explosives experts Randy Curtis and Craig Williamson join us with an inside look. Call with your questions to 206.543.5869.


VIDEO: Watch Dennis the SPD Bomb Dog In Action

Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel On What's Next For SPD

Apr 11, 2013

Interim Seattle Police Department Chief Jim Pugel says he hasn't decided whether he'll seek the job, but he doesn't plan to be a placeholder as the SPD works on critical reforms with the Department of Justice. Pugel is set to replace outgoing chief John Diaz, who announced his retirement on Monday. We talk with the new officer in charge at SPD.

SPD Chief Diaz Steps Aside

Apr 9, 2013
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz
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Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announced on Monday that he’s stepping down. Diaz was appointed chief by Mayor Mike McGinn in 2010 and served 33 years with the SPD. Assistant Chief Jim Pugel will lead the department until the city hires a successor. How will Diaz's departure affect SPD morale and the city's ongoing police reforms? We talk with City Attorney Pete Holmes, public defender Lisa Daugaard and Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich.

Seattle Channel

Seattle’s police chief stepped down on Monday. John Diaz announced his retirement 33 years after starting with the Seattle Police Department – and one week after a pair of outside reviews criticized SPD under his tenure.

Ask The Traffic Cop: Officer John Abraham

Apr 9, 2013
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Are you ever driving down the street, see something happen in traffic and wonder, is that allowed? Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's favorite traffic cop, Officer John Abraham, and talks about the rules of the road. From four-way stops to tailgating, pedestrian rule breakers and aggressive bus drivers, The Conversation is on the road to getting your traffic questions answered.

Seattle Channel

Seattle Chief of Police John Diaz announced his retirement today after 33 years with the department.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief made the announcement Monday to reporters with 30 minutes' notice.

A new report found many shortcomings in how the Seattle Police Department handled May Day demonstrations in downtown Seattle last year. SPD officials said they’ve made important changes since then. 

U.S. Attorney's Office

A Seattle man received an 18-year prison sentence on terrorism charges on Monday after plotting to attack a military installation in South Seattle.

Temple of Justice, Washington Supreme Court, Olympia
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If you’re not a police officer, imagine you are one.

Picture yourself perched on the second floor of a building in Belltown. You see someone selling drugs. You radio a fellow officer on the ground and tell him to arrest a guy on a misdemeanor charge of drug loitering. Your partner searches him and finds crack.

The Seattle Channel

Story last updated by Phyllis Fletcher on March 18, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.

A March 6 special hearing by the Seattle City Council was intended to launch the city’s new Community Police Commission. But the meeting became mired in the background of one of its appointees.

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