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  • Scientists say recent quake swarm at Rainier is not unusual

    09/21/2017 6:46:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | Originally published September 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm Updated September 20, 2017 at 2:27 pm | By Sandi Doughton
    Mount Rainier is seen from a helicopter flying south of the mountain and west of Yakima in this 2013 photo. Scientists recorded a recent quake swarm under the mountain. (Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press) ====================================================================== More than 20 small quakes have struck under the volcano in the past week, a rate that’s higher than usual but not unprecedented. Nearly two dozen small earthquakes have rattled Mount Rainier over the past week, but seismologists say there’s no cause for worry. “In the past, these swarms last a couple of days to a week or so and then die out,” said...
  • Federal Court Ruling Guts Police Ability To Use Guns

    09/20/2017 12:03:00 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 46 replies ^ | 9/20/17 | Anders Hagstrom
    A federal appeals court in Seattle ruled Tuesday that police can only use force “proportional” to the threat they face, seriously damaging the Seattle Police Department’s ability to use firearms. The ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the use of force reforms put in place by federal mandates under the Obama administration that required police to use only “objectively reasonable force, proportional to the threat or urgency of the situation,” the Associated Press reports. The unanimous ruling strikes down a lawsuit filed by a group of more than 120 Seattle officers in 2014 who claimed that the...
  • Dem lawmakers call on WSU to shut down College Republicans

    09/20/2017 10:26:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 20, 2017 | Sandor Farkas
    State lawmakers are calling on Washington State University to defund its College Republicans chapter after its former president was exposed for attending the violent Unite the Right rally. In a letter to University President Kirk Schulz, 12 Democratic state lawmakers demand that the university “respond to hate speech and actions by revoking WSU College Republicans’ recognition, and receipt of state benefits as a Registered Student Organization (RSO).”
  • NFL players now taking their protests onto the field

    09/18/2017 6:07:42 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 105 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 17 | Anthony Barstow
    The NFL would prefer the players’ now-ubiquitous protests take a back seat to the action this season, but it looks like the league won’t get its wish. If anything, the players seem ready to take their social critique beyond sitting during the national anthem. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who is among the ranks of NFL players to sit during the anthem, celebrated a sack Sunday afternoon with a single raised fist. Bennett was the first Seattle player announced during pregame introductions before the home opener against the 49ers and ****received one of the loudest ovations.**** (NFL fans are becoming...
  • Gay Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Resigns Following Fifth Child Abuse Claim, This Time From His Own Family

    09/15/2017 8:39:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/15/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned from his position Wednesday afternoon after a fifth accusation of child abuse came to light, this time from his own family. "While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our city government to conduct the public's business. ... It is best for the city if I step aside. To the people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, I am sorry for this painful situation," Murray said in a statement. The Seattle Times reported on Tuesday that the latest accusations...
  • Knezovich: Societal breakdown to blame for Freeman school shooting

    09/14/2017 6:39:28 PM PDT · by narses · 10 replies
    Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 5:53 p.m. | By Jonathan Glover
    Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich blamed a breakdown of society, the media and problems with the mental health system for Wednesday’s tragic shooting at Freeman High School. Knezovich opened a news conference Thursday afternoon by offering his condolences to the Freeman community. He quickly shifted gears, however, pointing to a host of catalysts that he said were responsible for the violence. “Where did we go sideways in raising our kids?” he said. “All of this violence they consume perhaps has caused a major crisis.” Knezovich accused people dressed in black who “commit all types of violence in the name of...
  • One dead, others injured in a high school shooting near Spokane (WA)

    09/13/2017 11:59:18 AM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    Associated Press, KEPR Staff ^ | Sep. 13, 2017 | AP
    ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) -- One is dead and others have been injured in a shooting at a high school south of Spokane, Washington. Updates from the Spokane Fire Department confirmed one died and three children were injured in the shooting. The three injured were taken to Sacred Heart and are reportedly in stable condition.
  • Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns

    09/12/2017 4:41:27 PM PDT · by jonrick46 · 58 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/12/2007 | Jim Brunner
    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday, just hours after new allegations that he had sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in New York. Murray, a former Democratic state legislator elected mayor in 2013, said in a statement he is resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday. “While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business,” Murray said in a statement, adding he was proud of his accomplishments while in office. The mayor stayed in his office Tuesday and didn’t address his...
  • Seattle target for Kim's missiles warns local pol who says Washington State must be ready for attack

    09/12/2017 4:16:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 12, 2017 | Michael Havis
    Washington State must prepare for a nuclear attack because of the growing threat from North Korea, according to local politician. Mark Miloscia said the danger to Washington, which is the closest part of the lower 48 states to North Korea, was 'starting to become imminent'. And he warned that the threat was growing with each weapons test, urging lawmakers to back the bid for an emergency response plan when they meet tomorrow. The senator – who flew nuclear-ready B52 bombers during the Cold War – also said that America could not rely on the safeguards that once prevented hostilities with...
  • {Seattle} Mayor Ed Murray resigns after Seattle Times reports new accusations

    09/12/2017 1:51:38 PM PDT · by PROCON · 75 replies ^ | Sept. 12, 2017 | KOMO Staff
    SEATTLE - Mayor Ed Murray abruptly announced his resignation from his post Tuesday, about two hours after The Seattle Times reported that his cousin said Murray had repeatedly molested him in the 1970s when he was a teenager. Murray's cousin became the fifth man to accuse the mayor of sexual abuse. Earlier allegations of sexual abuse prompted Murray to drop out of his campaign for re-election but he had steadfastly refused to resign until now. He said his resignation would be effective Wednesday at 5 p.m. “While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my...
  • Bikini baristas sue Everett, say bare-skin ban violates their freedom of expression

    09/11/2017 3:03:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | September 11, 2017 | By Christine Clarridge
    A group of bikini baristas filed a lawsuit Monday against the city of Everett, alleging that two recently passed ordinances banning bikinis and bare skin — including bare shoulders, bare midriffs and bare buttocks — on restaurant employees, violate their constitutional rights to free expression and the right to privacy. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, claims that the ordinances, which were passed unanimously by the City Council last month, deny bikini-stand employees the ability to communicate and express themselves through their choice of swimwear, infringe on their right to privacy and deny...
  • WILDFIRES: Sens. Murray, Cantwell, Bipartisan Senators Urge Congress to Pass Wildfire Funding

    09/08/2017 4:30:48 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    Senator Murray ^ | Sep 08 2017 | Senator Murray
    Senators: “Please do not forget about wildfires – the natural disaster currently raging through the West” (Washington, D.C.) –  With large fires blazing across Washington state and throughout the West, Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and a bipartisan group of senators urged Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles E. Schumer this week to include a wildfire funding fix in any future disaster aid legislation that passes through Congress.Led by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), the letter’s signers also include Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Kamala Harris (D-CA),...
  • Woman, 7 months pregnant with twins, turned away at restaurant for outfit

    09/06/2017 7:30:05 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 70 replies ^ | 9-5-17
    A Washington state woman, seven months pregnant with twins, was denied service at a Seattle area restaurant for wearing a crop top. Charisha Gobin told CBS affiliate KIRO-TV that she stopped by "Buzz Inn Steakhouse" in Marysville, Washington, with her family Sunday night, wearing a black crop top T-shirt and a long skirt. The server told KIRO-TV that Gobin had violated the "no shoes, no shirt, no service" policy that's linked with health code regulations and anyone wearing a crop top would have been asked to cover up. "The waitress/bartender stopped us and said, 'I'm sorry, you can't be here...
  • WESTERN US FIRES - Live Thread

    09/05/2017 10:11:15 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 224 replies
    Various ^ | 9/5/17 | me
    The Western US is facing cataclysmic forest fires, at least one started by idiot boys throwing fireworks in Eagle Creek area, near Multnomah Lodge, in the COLUMBIA GORGE - a greenie paradise. I-84 is closed near Multnomah Files to Exit 62, just west of Hood River. MONTANA www.ktvq.comNW Fires www.arcgis.comOREGON List of fires> IDAHO List of fires> CALIFORNIA List of fires> WASHINGTON List of fires>
  • Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

    09/03/2017 3:59:57 PM PDT · by 100American · 118 replies
    Travel + Leisure ^ | December 17, 2016 | Cailey Rizzo
    Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel.
  • Satellite photo wildfires in the northwest

    09/03/2017 11:14:08 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 6 replies
    Wild Fire Today, and others ^ | 9/3/2017 | Various! MONTANA
  • Evergreen State College faces $2.1M budget shortfall, cites enrollment drop, issues layoff notices

    08/30/2017 7:12:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    College Fix ^ | August 29, 2017 | Jennifer Kabbany
    Administrators at The Evergreen State College have announced that the embattled school faces a massive $2.1 million budget shortfall due in part to a drop in enrollment, and the institution has already handed out some temporary layoff notices as officials grapple with balancing the books.
  • Sexual assault allegation investigated after Democratic meeting

    08/25/2017 5:11:06 PM PDT · by narses · 18 replies
    The Socialist-Review ^ | Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 2:47 p.m. | By Jim Camden
    A longtime progressive activist was removed from party positions earlier this year when reports surfaced alleging he sexually assaulted a young volunteer after a state Democratic Party meeting in Walla Walla. Police in Walla Walla investigated reports that the volunteer, a college student who isn’t old enough to legally drink, had consumed so much alcohol she was incapable of providing consent, and therefore was sexually assaulted when she had intercourse with the man, who is nearly 30 years older. Eventually, police and prosecutors decided against filing charges, because they determined they wouldn’t be able to get a conviction for second-degree...
  • The NFL has its first white national anthem protester

    08/22/2017 12:46:31 PM PDT · by detective · 98 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 22, 2017 | Mark W. Sanchez
    Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said last week that it would take a white player to kneel for the national anthem “to really get things changed.” Seth DeValve is testing that belief. The second-year Browns tight end knelt for “The Star-Spangled Banner” during Monday’s game in Cleveland against the Giants, part of a circle of more than a dozen players who bowed their heads in silent protest. They were flanked by several more teammates who stood and put their hands on the kneelers’ shoulders.
  • Washington State Patrol ads appear on controversial Breitbart website

    08/22/2017 10:00:58 AM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies ^ | Aug. 22, 2017 | MYNORTHWEST.COM
    Recruiting ads for the Washington State Patrol have been showing up on the conservative site Breitbart, and the police agency says they’re not happy about it. A Reddit user first pointed out the ads to the state patrol Monday. The state patrol responded, saying the ads are placed using an algorithm based on people’s interests. That means if someone likes law enforcement and conservative news on Facebook, the algorithm would think they are related and start posting the ads in similar places. After looking into the issue, a spokesman for the patrol said some of the content on Breitbart...