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  • Senate 2012 Outlook (Prospect for GOP gains is solid. But Republican control looks less likely)

    04/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, seven are occupied by Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents who are not seeking reelection, three are occupied by Republicans who are not seeking reelection, 16 are occupied by Democrats seeking reelection, and seven are occupied by Republicans seeking reelection. This is the class of senators last elected in 2006, a midterm election that almost could not have gone worse for the GOP. A few recent developments...
  • Former Congressman 'Unsurprised' by Corrie Verdict

    09/01/2012 11:45:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/8/12 | Elad Benari
    A former congressman who represented Rachel Corrie's district said on Thursday he was unsurprised by an Israeli court verdict to dismiss a civil suit filed by the family. Speaking to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, Democrat Brian Baird of Washington said the trial was undermined by Israel's failure to conduct a transparent investigation into Corrie’s death in 2003. “The verdict was not a great surprise” because the outcome resulted from “a process that seemed designed to obfuscate the facts rather than clarify,” the ex-lawmaker said. “Sadly, as I've come to understand, this is standard operating procedure” for many complaints alleging...
  • Employee, 76, shoots intruder in scuffle at Everett real estate office(WA)

    08/31/2012 10:43:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    komonews.com ^ | 30 August, 2012 | Staff
    EVERETT, Wash. - An intruder who attempted to burglarize an Everett real estate office is in the hospital after he was shot by an employee at the office during a scuffle, police say. The incident unfolded at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday when Everett police received a 911 call from the 76-year-old employee saying he was holding a burglar at gunpoint inside the real estate business in the 1800 block of Colby Avenue. When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect was gone. The employee told officers he had escaped after a verbal altercation in which the suspect threw office equipment...
  • School in session despite power outage

    08/28/2012 8:55:40 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | August 28, 2012 | RICHARD DICKIN
    Students in Michelle Wheland's class at Badger Mountain Elementary in Richland, work Tuesday using lanterns and flashlights. Students found the power out when they got to school but teachers and staff made the best of it. Some classes met in hallways to read and do projects while others used whatever source of light they could find.
  • Seattle woman attacked by bear near Tangle Lakes

    08/28/2012 8:31:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    newsminer.com ^ | Tim Mowry
    FAIRBANKS — A Seattle woman working for a Canadian mining company was attacked and bitten in the hand by a grizzly bear about 20 miles north of the Denali Highway near Tangle Lakes on Sunday. Julia Stafford, 20, and a male co-worker she knows only as Kerry, were collecting rock samples in the rain when they encountered the bear in a foggy ravine about 1:30 p.m. “The bear sort of walked out of the fog and it had two cubs with it,” Stafford said by phone Monday from her bed at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where she was being treated for...
  • Vancouver man shoots and kills alleged intruder in his bedroom(WA)

    08/25/2012 12:01:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 25 August, 2012 | Andrew Theen
    A 42-year-old man is dead after he allegedly forced his way into a Vancouver home early Saturday morning and was shot by a homeowner, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office. The homeowners were alerted by their dog barking sometime before 2:16 a.m. and realized somebody was in their home, according to Sgt. Kevin Allais. Law enforcement officers believe the man entered the home through an unsecured door. The homeowners then locked their bedroom door, according to Allais, and the intruder allegedly forced his way into the bedroom. The resident, armed with a handgun, shot and killed the intruder, Allais...
  • Police: Man who used baby as shield shocked by Taser ( WA )

    08/24/2012 7:14:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Kitsap Sun ^ | August 22, 2012
    BREMERTON —A 30-year-old Suquamish man holding a baby as police tried to arrest him for a probation violation was shocked with a Taser Tuesday afternoon... An officer on National Avenue at Kitsap Way spotted the man "with a small child in tow" and recognized the 30-year-old, also finding he had a state probation violation warrant. The ... officer told him he wasn't free to go and the 30-year-old picked up 1-year-old child in his arms, in what the officer said was an attempt to use "the child as a shield," ... The ... officer said he used his Taser behind...
  • NEW DETAILS: Former U.S. Ambassador Arrested For DUI, Hit And Run

    08/23/2012 6:45:39 PM PDT · by IYellAtMyTV · 6 replies
    KHQ-TV ^ | 08-23-12 | KHQ-TV
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, was twice the legal limit when he side-swiped a semi-truck at an intersection in Spokane Valley on August 14, according to Trooper Troy Briggs with the Washington State Patrol. Crocker, 63, who's from Spokane, was arrested for DUI and hit and run after a collision with the semi at the intersection of Sprague Ave. and Pines Road at 2:05p.m. Crocker's blood alcohol content (BAC) was .160 and .152 following two breathalyzer tests. The legal limit in Washington is .08.
  • Pair charged in slaying over prized coin collection ( Navy Vet )

    08/23/2012 9:06:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | August 21, 2012 | Jennifer Sullivan
    A loosely organized crime ring that targeted vulnerable adults set their sights on Navy veteran Frances "Patrick" Fleming after learning about his prized coin collection last year, according to King County prosecutors. Fleming, 70, got to know members of the group, believing they were related to a neighbor at the Four Freedoms House, a senior independent-living center in Seattle's Bitter Lake neighborhood, prosecutors say in court documents. People closest to Fleming said he was extremely friendly and often talked about his nearly 40-year-old coin collection to anyone who would listen. It was his eagerness to chat about the coins that...
  • Panetta visits USS Stennis ahead of early deployment ["to deter Israel" WTF?]

    08/23/2012 7:31:28 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 37 replies
    King 5 ^ | August 22, 2012 | unknown
    The Bremerton-based aircraft carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, will deploy four months early to the Persian Gulf. To thank sailors for their service, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited U.S. Naval Base Kitsap at Bremerton Wednesday.Speaking to the more than 2,000 men and women of the Stennis strike group, Panetta said U.S. military needs them."I understand that its tough, we're asking an awful lot of each of you. But frankly, you are the best I have and when the world calls we have to respond," he told them.Panetta will spend the rest of the day on base, meeting with...
  • Researchers Studying ‘Cloud Brightening’ To Curb Global Warming

    08/22/2012 6:37:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    revomodo.com ^ | 21 Aug 2012 | David Quilty
    While many scientists have some dire warnings against us trying to geoengineer our way out of the climate crisis, others don’t necessarily see it that way and are working on new methods to solve the problem. Researchers at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment Institute are studying the idea of cloud brightening, utilizing ships to shoot salt water high into the atmosphere over the oceans in order to create long-lasting cloud cover. The additional clouds reflect more sunlight back into space, resulting in a cooling effect on the planet. In order to encourage discussion amongst other climate scientists,...
  • Senate candidate Baumgartner won't apologize for telling reporter 'go (expletive) yourself'

    08/22/2012 1:42:53 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 29 replies
    KIROTV ^ | August 22, 2012
    State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Michael Baumgartner issued an apology Tuesday, then retracted it after apparently sending a profane email to a reporter for the political blog Publicola. "Let me just say, Josh had it coming in this email, and I don't apologize," Baumgartner told KIRO 7's Graham Johnson on Tuesday afternoon. "Look, it's a naughty word. It doesn't amount to a whole lot." The email, which Publicola writer Josh Feit published on his blog, featured a photo of Baumgartner holding a gun and included the text, “Josh, this is Pat Feeks, a Navy SEAL killed last week in...
  • Lawsuit over roads in Tahoe Forest west of Reno

    08/21/2012 10:42:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    ap ^ | Aug. 19, 2012
    A national group representing off-highway recreationists is suing the U.S. Forest Service to try to overturn a new travel management plan on national forest lands in the Sierra west of Reno they say is overly restrictive. The Pacific Legal Foundation said in a lawsuit filed recently the agency plan adopted in 2010 illegally closed more than 800 miles of roads and trails the public has used for years in the Tahoe National Forest. ... Similar disputes are under way in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, primarily in northeast Nevada's Elko County, and in the Eldorado National Forest in California mostly west...
  • Orcas don't belong on the endangered species list

    08/17/2012 9:22:47 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 6 replies
    Oregonian ^ | August 17, 2012 | Damien Schiff and Daniel Himebaugh
    Early this month, with the help of property rights attorneys from Pacific Legal Foundation, two California farms asked federal officials to drop the Endangered Species Act listing for killer whales (orcas) in the marine waters of the Pacific Northwest. The petition to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration quickly caused battle lines to be formed, with some environmental groups trying to dismiss it as baseless. But fair observers shouldn't jump to conclusions about the petition before the government has a chance to review it. Everyone who favors a balanced, credible approach to environmental regulations should pause and take a look...
  • No room at the Inn, or anywhere in park, for Interior Secretary (Ooops !)

    08/15/2012 9:56:07 PM PDT · by llevrok · 3 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 8/15/2012 | Jeff Mayor
    The decision apparently was made Friday that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar would arrive at Mount Rainier National Park Monday night and visit with park staff and community partners on Tuesday. Salazar was returning from Alaska and was next scheduled to be in Milwaukee today. So the decision was made to make a visit to Mount Rainier That left his advance planner scrambling to find a place for the secretary to spend the night. She found out, like so many other tourists, that find rooms at the last minute can be difficult at best. As Salazar explained to the crowd of...
  • Woman charged with injuring three at Gig Harbor-area store pleads not guilty

    08/15/2012 11:44:56 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 30 replies
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | Aug. 13, 2012 | Adam Lynn
    Pierce County prosecutors said today Laura K. Sorenson took three things into the Peninsula Market near Gig Harbor on Saturday afternoon: a history of mental illness, a hatred of men and a gun. By the time she left the market in handcuffs, three men were wounded, and blood covered the inside of the grocery at 14220 92nd Ave. N.W. Sorenson later told detectives “she had decided to kill herself and wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone else first,” court papers filed today show. “She states she had been molested as a young child and hated men,”...
  • BREAKING: security guard wounded at Family Research Council headquarters shooting

    08/15/2012 9:22:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    LSN ^ | 8.15.2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, August 15, August 15, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A security guard was wounded in a shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters Wednesday, although details of the incident remain unclear. FRC spokesperson Darin Miller confirmed the shooting to LifeSiteNews.com late Wednesday morning before releasing a statement from FRC president Tony Perkins. “The police are investigating this incident. Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family,” said Perkins. One local report initially said that another individual was also wounded, but now reports only the injury of the security guard. The...
  • Cities with the worst car theft rates

    08/14/2012 4:15:21 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 86 replies
    Insurance.Com ^ | 3 August 2012 | Mark C. Smith
    The odds of having your car stolen are higher in these 10 metropolitan areas. But you can take steps to protect your ride, and they might even earn an insurance discount. The bad news for California drivers? Your state had the greatest number of hot spots in the country for auto thefts in 2011, according to a National Insurance Crime Bureau report released recently.
  • No charges for Walla Walla store owner who shot burglar [gangbanger]

    08/14/2012 10:01:31 AM PDT · by kevcol · 5 replies
    KEPRTV ^ | Aug 13, 2012 | Robin Wojtanik
    WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- No charges will be filed against John Saul for the shooting death of Cesar Chavira back in May. A coroner's inquest recommended no charges be filed and the prosecutor's office followed that recommendation. The paperwork with the prosecutor's decision can be found here. Chavira was shot multiple times in the back from a far distance as he left the New York Store on Isaacs in Walla Walla. The inquest was held to involve a jury of Saul's peers to determine if criminal charges were warranted. Saul had been asleep at the time Chavira had broken in....
  • Jury [update]: Shop owner justified in Walla Walla shooting

    08/10/2012 2:19:01 PM PDT · by kevcol · 14 replies
    KIMA TV ^ | Aug 10, 2012 | KEPRTV.com Staff
    WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A jury found John Saul justified in shooting Cesar Chavira to death back in May in Walla Walla's New York Store. An attorney for Chavira's family stated a wrongful death civil suit will be filed against Saul. Walla Walla's prosecuting attorney will be reviewing case and decide what the next step is. Owner John Saul said he caught Cesar Chavez stealing belts and buckles red-handed before unloading as many as five shotgun rounds into the 22-year-old. The issue went to a panel of jurors when investigators couldn't determine if John Saul acted properly by shooting...
  • Deliberations to resume in inquest [storeowner who shot gangbanger thief]

    08/10/2012 11:58:01 AM PDT · by kevcol · 5 replies
    Union Bulletin ^ | Aug 10, 2012 | Luke Hegdal
    Walla Walla — After an hour of deliberation, the jury for the Coroner’s Inquest into the shooting death of Cesar Chavira by John Saul appeared to have reached a verdict late Thursday afternoon. Instead the jury foreman announced a 3-3 split. The jury had been tasked with determining if John Saul had committed a justifiable or unjustifiable homicide May 4 when he fired five rounds from a 12 gauge shotgun, killing Chavira outside his business, the New York Store on Isaacs Avenue. Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Gary Bolster, the lead investigator in the case, gave expert testimony on...
  • Coroner's inquest into shooting death [of gangbanger by storeowner] underway

    08/09/2012 3:49:59 AM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies
    KEPR ^ | Aug 8, 2012 | Frances Watson
    WALLA WALLA, Wash. - "Was this necessary? Was his death necessary for breaking in," asked Cesar Chavira's uncle, Arturo Alejandre. Those questions will be for a jury to decide. The coroner ordered a closer look into the May 4th shooting at the New York Store in Walla Walla. At issue? Was store owner John Saul justified in shooting Cesar Chavira five times as he burglarized Saul's store. Chavira's family has awaited this inquest for months. This issue that has divided the town. Chavira's mother, Camerna Alejandre said, "We expected something to happen in the beginning you know, we didn't get...
  • Alaska wing message freaks passengers [photo attached]

    08/08/2012 10:40:19 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 18 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | Aug. 8, 2012 | unknown
    A passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight looked out the window and saw what looked like a damaged area on the wing with a handwritten note saying, "We know about this." A photo was posted on social media sites about the note a passenger spotted on July 28th. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines says the plane was safe and there was nothing to worry about. There was an approved trim repair to the corner flap on the right wing. A maintenance technician wrote a note on the wing to let the flight crew know that it wasn't a problem - they were...
  • Washington state's primary election results [excluding pres., which was earlier this year]

    08/08/2012 9:37:53 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 21 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | Aug. 8, 2012 | Staff
    Washington state's primary election results as reported by the state elections office. US Senator: Maria Cantwell (D) 56% Michael Baumgartner (R) 30% Congressional District 1 - U.S. Representative: John Koster (R) 44% Suzan DelBene (D) 23% Congressional District 2 - U.S. Representative: Rick Larsen (D) 59.5% Dan Matthews (R) 27% Congressional District 3 - U.S. Representative: Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) 55% Jon T. Haugen (D) 39% Congressional District 4 - U.S. Representative: Doc Hastings (R) 57% Mary Baechler (D) 28% Congressional District 5 - U.S. Representative: Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 54% Rich Cowan (D) 35% Congressional District 6 - U.S....
  • Police use taser on deaf woman

    08/06/2012 6:18:41 PM PDT · by mom4kittys · 59 replies
    KIRO ^ | 8/5/12 | Chris Halsne
    KIRO TV’s investigative unit has discovered Tacoma police used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf woman after she called 911 for their help. Instead of an apology, she ended up bloody and in jail for nearly three days without an interpreter before a prosecutor declined to press charges. After months of digging, investigative reporter Chris Halsne found significant discrepancies in the official police version of events leading up to Lashonn White’s arrest. Late in the evening on April 6, White said she called for police assistance after a guest reportedly attacked her in her own apartment. Deaf since...
  • Judge won't see Wyoming mauling site due to bear risk

    08/03/2012 8:09:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | August 03, 2012
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The judge in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a man killed by a grizzly bear has decided not to view the mauling site near Yellowstone National Park in person on the advice of the U.S. Marshals Service, which has deemed the area too risky because of recent bear activity. ... A 430-pound grizzly killed Erwin F. Evert, of Park Ridge, Ill., six miles east of Yellowstone in June, 2010. The male grizzly had just reawakened after being trapped, tranquilized and studied by members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, which is tasked with researching...
  • Mount Rainier's Camp Muir might get overhaul (all other problems solved dept.)

    08/03/2012 8:23:51 AM PDT · by llevrok · 6 replies
    The structure that sticks out most as climbers approach the architectural smorgasbord of Camp Muir, the backcountry campground on the southeastern flank of Mount Rainier, is a black box that looks a bit like an oversized semi-truck container. “There are no two ways about it,” said George Dunn of International Mountain Guides. “It’s just ugly.” Dunn, 58, who has climbed Rainier more than 500 times, said his first impression of the shelter’s interior was that it looked like “a cross between a hospital room and a barracks.” Even in the 1970s he and other climbers appreciated that Mount Rainier National...
  • 787 suffers "engine issue" on Charleston runway

    07/29/2012 7:07:57 PM PDT · by WeatherGuy · 17 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | July 29, 2012 | Staff
    The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an engine malfunction in a 787 that may have caused a grass fire at Charleston International Airport, shutting down the runway for more than an hour Saturday afternoon. A Boeing statement emailed late Saturday confirmed that "a 787 experienced an engine issue today while undergoing preflight runway testing in North Charleston. As the NTSB investigates, Boeing and GE are working closely with the agency and are committed to resolving the issue appropriately."
  • Rebel clowns say fake shooting aimed at Seattle cops was 'in jest'

    07/28/2012 11:06:18 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 20 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | July 27, 2012 | Brandi Kruse
    A protester dressed as a clown who was filmed pretending to shoot Seattle police with an umbrella was doing so "in jest," according to another member of CIRCA, the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army. "Furst Lewtenant Gonzo," who is not the man in a YouTube video posted last week, said the group took part in the "Bring the Fight to the Banks" rally on July 20 to act as a "buffer" between police and activists. In video captured of the demonstration, a member of CIRCA, who goes by the name "General Malaise," levels an umbrella at police officers and pretends...
  • Dead heat in race for Washington governor (and Obama loses ground there, too)

    07/25/2012 5:32:14 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 19, 2012 | Robert Mak
    Top of the ticket: A KING 5 poll conducted in May showed President Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney in Washington state by 14 points. But our July numbers show that lead is down slightly, with Obama leading 46 percent to 37 percent.
  • Washington gubernatorial candidates chastise Boy Scouts

    07/23/2012 5:26:21 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 54 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 23 2012 | Robert Hulshof -Schmidt
    The leading candidates in Washington's tight gubernatorial race both issued statements opposing the Boy Scouts of America's recent decision to retain a policy prohibiting gay Scouts and leaders. Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna both chastised the organization for the announcement that their secret committee unanimously refused to change the discriminatory policy.
  • (WA State) Legislator pulled gun during road incident

    07/22/2012 1:37:37 PM PDT · by narses · 11 replies
    The Socialist-Review ^ | July 22, 2012 | Jim Camden
    A Spokane Valley legislator pulled a gun during a confrontation with another motorist last November in what police reports describe as a road rage incident. He was cited for two violations of state firearms law. Republican Matt Shea, a state representative seeking a third term this fall, had a handgun in his pickup truck and had let his concealed weapons permit expire, a violation of state law, when he was contacted by Spokane police investigating reports of erratic driving and one driver threatening another with a handgun. Shea eventually was charged with a single firearm count – having a loaded...
  • U.S. Citizens Detained for Smuggling…Chocolate Eggs

    07/21/2012 11:56:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | July 21, 2012 | Michael Minkoff
    Justice prevails: two Seattle men were detained for a few hours by U.S. Customs when they tried to smuggle …chocolate… into the United States. That’s right. These menaces to society were trying to bring [gasp] Kinder Eggs into our fair country. Everyone knows those particular treats have little choking hazards inside them: choking hazards disguised as toys! How diabolical. And the worst part is, these confectionary terrorists were going to give these chocolates to… their… kids. It’s a good thing Nanny Guvment is there to save us from ourselves. Otherwise, who knows what terrible things we would do. We might...
  • WA State to unveil voter registration on Facebook

    07/18/2012 9:18:38 AM PDT · by Eva · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | July 18,2012 | Rachel La Corte
    Facebook users in Washington state will have something else to brag about to their online friends: that they registered to vote on Facebook. The secretary of state’s office said Tuesday it will have an application on its Facebook page that allows residents to register to vote and then “like” the application and recommend it to their friends. It’s expected to launch as early as next week.
  • Gun offered as first prize in raffle benefiting wounded deputies

    07/16/2012 6:16:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    nwcn.com ^ | 12 July, 2012 | NA
    SPOKANE-- The Grant County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a raffle for two Spokane County deputies shot in the line of duty. The raffle for Deputies Northway and Spink began Thursday. The first prize is a Smith and Wesson M&P .40 caliber handgun. The second prize is a week-long vacation to Majahua Palms, Mexico. Third prize is a guided half-day Pheasant Hunting Trip in La Crosse, Washington. Several other prizes are also available. All the proceeds will go to the wounded deputies’ families. Tickets can be purchased starting Monday at the sheriff’s office front desk at the public safety building. It’s...
  • Central Whidbey sports club offers women gun class(WA)

    07/15/2012 6:25:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    southwhidbeyrecord.com ^ | 13 July, 2012 | NA
    The Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association will run a women’s firearm safety class in its education series. Topics cover the skills needed to handle a loaded firearm and how to make it safe. Instructors are retired law enforcement officers and have taught this many times before. The class is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 14 and lasts about four hours. There is no cost, no pre-registration is required and ample parking at the clubhouse. Ranges will be open for instruction afterward. Participants may bring their own firearm or use guns provided by club members for this training session. It is also...
  • Tacoma homeowner shoots man during attempted break-in(WA)

    07/15/2012 6:06:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    kirotv.com ^ | 12 July, 2012 | NA
    Tacoma resident shot a man who attempted to break into his home early Saturday morning, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News partner The Tacoma News Tribune reported. The incident happened at a home in the 600 block of North Pine Street when a couple inside the home was awakened at about 2:10 a.m. by the sound of someone entering through their front door. According to police, the husband shouted at the intruder that he was at the wrong house. Police said the husband got his handgun as the intruder kept trying to break the door knob. The husband warned the intruder again,...
  • (Your Government Dollars At Work) Bureau Of Land Management Gives Advice On Finding Bigfoot

    07/11/2012 7:37:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Cadling.com ^ | July 11, 2012 | Sean McLachlan
    Bureau Of Land Management Gives Advice On Finding Bigfoot Last week we reported on how the U.S. National Ocean Service publicly denied the existence of mermaids in response to a joke documentary on Animal Planet. Meanwhile, another federal agency has taken a different course. The Bureau of Land Management in Oregon & Washington has released this video titled "Bigfoot and the BLM." In it, people, who I assume to be BLM staff, are asked about their belief in Bigfoot and the narrator gives handy tips about where to go looking for the mysterious creature. Is this all just a bit...
  • Police search for robbers in Port Angeles attempted home invasion(WA)

    07/11/2012 10:37:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    nwcn.com ^ | 9 July, 2012 | LIZA JAVIER
    Police are searching for three men in an attempted home invasion robbery in Port Angeles Sunday morning. Investigators say the suspects could be responsible for another robbery just east of Port Angeles on Saturday. The Sunday morning robbery happened in the 300 block of South Barr Road in Port Angeles. A homeowner told police a man knocked on his back door, asking for gas. When the homeowner told the suspect through the closed door he didn't have any, the man asked to use the phone. The homeowner retrieved a phone, along with his handgun, and went to open the door....
  • 1985 Washington Cold-Case Homicide of Elderly Couple Solved

    07/10/2012 1:48:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | Christina Ng | July 10, 2012
    Washington state officials have apparently solved the 1985 cold-case homicide of an elderly couple with an arrest that fulfills a grieving son's promise to his parents. Wilhelmina "Minnie" Maurin and Edward "Ed" Maurin's dead bodies were found Christmas Eve 1985. They had been shot to death and dragged into a wooded area. "At their funeral, I laid my hand on their casket and I said, 'I will find out who did this,'" the couple's son, Dennis Hadaller, said at a news conference Monday. A team of investigators from the Lewis County Sheriff's Office in Chehalis, Wash., was dispatched to Alaska...
  • (Muslim)Mayor of Granite Falls WA arrested at Sea-Tac Airport

    07/10/2012 7:24:19 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 13 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 7/10/12 | KOMO
    SEATAC, Wash. -- The mayor of Granite Falls, Wash. was arrested late Monday after allegedly shouting threats at a family member at Sea-Tac Airport. Mayor Haroon Saleem was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of domestic violence harassment, Granite Falls Police Chief Dennis Taylor confirmed.
  • Obama campaign wins partial victory in "O" lawsuit

    07/09/2012 1:52:09 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 09, 2012 | unattributed
    President Obama's re-election campaign has won at least a partial victory against a website it said was selling counterfeit merchandise with the campaign's signature "O" logo. A judge in Washington on Monday agreed to bar Washington-based Demstore.com from selling the T-shirts and buttons bearing the "O" logo. But the judge reserved judgment on whether the website should also be barred from selling...
  • Taking a bar stool to a gun fight | Firearms Lawyer(WA)

    07/08/2012 5:57:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    federalwaymirror.com ^ | 6 July, 2012 | MARK KNAPP
    The hero that emerged from the most recent Seattle gun story is Lawrence, the brave fellow who threw a bar stool at Ian Stawicki to stop a bloody massacre at Cafe Racer. Lawrence was sitting in the Seattle coffee bar, a gathering place for artists and other alternative types, when Ian Stawicki walked through the door just before 11 a.m. May 30. It is unfortunate that most alternative lifestyle types in Seattle choose to be unarmed. It would have only taken one or two armed musicians to stop much of the carnage. Lawrence had a brother murdered in the attack...
  • Dollar bills rain down on Seattle streets ($5,000)

    07/04/2012 9:27:39 PM PDT · by Drango · 19 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | July 4, 2012 | Emily Heffter
    Activists threw $5,000 in bills off a downtown Seattle building Wednesday in a "money-drop" protest of money's influence in politics. Occupy Seattle activists tossed $5,000 off a downtown Seattle building Wednesday to protest money in politics. Dollar bills came swirling down just after 5 p.m. at Seventh Avenue and Pike Street, to the delight of tourists. The money was stamped "money as speech silences us all," a statement of protest against court rulings that consider political donations from businesses a form of free speech. According to the group's website, the money will go back into general circulation and get their...
  • Oops! Rifle shot ignites fireworks for Kitsap shows (WA)

    07/04/2012 2:09:58 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 19 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 07/02/2012 | Kim Murphy
    One of the shots hit a junk car in his yard and must've ricocheted and struck the (container) that contained $80,000 worth of fireworks. . . . He knew the container was there, he knew the container contained fireworks, he accepts responsibility. But we don't think the insurance will cover it, because it happened on business property and shooting a gun at 1 in the morning has nothing whatever to do with his business of auto wrecking . . . .
  • You could be holding more than groceries in that reusable shopping bag

    07/01/2012 9:06:12 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 47 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | June 30, 2012 | Kim Shepard
    As Seattle's ban on plastic grocery bags goes into effect on Sunday July 1, some shoppers may not realize that they need to wash their reusable grocery bags or risk contamination with harmful bacteria. "I'm very careful about what I put in the bag, but I'm not good about washing the bag," says one Seattle shopper. That could be a problem for that Seattle shopper, as she and more than half a million others transition to using only reusable bags for their regular trips to the grocery store. A 2010 outbreak of norovirus in a group of young soccer players...
  • Franklin court ruling won't stop cigarette tax from starting Sunday (WA)

    06/30/2012 1:52:33 PM PDT · by Drango · 12 replies
    Efforts to postpone state cigarette taxes for roll-your-own cigarettes have failed. Smokers cannot legally buy roll-your-own cigarettes unless the carton has a state tax stamp, starting Sunday. The Washington State Supreme Court issued a stay on the Franklin County Superior Court preliminary injunction Friday. And Dana Henne of Pasco, a roll-your-own cigarette consumer; Gary Alexander of Sammamish, owner of 1/2 Price Smokes stores in Tacoma and Kennewick; and RYO Machine LLC, an Ohio-based manufacturer with about 2,000 of the machines nationwide, did not post the $200,000 bond or security required for the preliminary injunction to go into effect. If tax...
  • An Open Letter To Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur

    06/30/2012 1:10:36 PM PDT · by rockrr · 18 replies
    Redstate ^ | June 30, 2012 | R. Clayton Strang
    Dear Mr. Chairman: On Thursday June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the monstrous legislation known as “Obamacare.” As I am sure you are aware, the Washington State Attorney General and a Republican candidate for Washington State Governor, Rob McKenna, has said that he opposes a repeal of any portion of the Affordable Care Act and is ready to implement it if elected Governor of Washington. This statement by a Republican candidate is both shocking and offensive. I had the honor and privilege of representing my congressional district as delegate to the 2012 WSRP Convention. As...
  • CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Man rips away abortion images, assaults pro-life witness

    06/27/2012 10:05:30 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 31 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 27, 2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    BREMERTON, Washington, June 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) -A camera captured a dramatic scene last month when an infuriated man stormed up cursing to a pro-life protester holding images of an aborted child by the roadside, tore the signs out of his hands and threw them away before assaulting him in an apparent attempt to destroy video evidence. The conflict began when Kenrick Bradley approached Anti-Choice Project co-founder Andrew St.Hilaire during a protest in front of Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington, on May 2, 2012. Bradley complained that the images were traumatizing to his girlfriend, who had apparently miscarried. “My girl lost...
  • Washington State Issues Proposed Brake Pad Regulations

    06/26/2012 3:31:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    AfterMarket News ^ | June 26, 2012
    The Washington State Department of Ecology formally proposed regulations relating to the composition of brake pads, also known as the Better Brakes Law. The Better Brakes Law phases out the use of certain substances including copper, asbestos and several heavy metals from automotive brake pads, both aftermarket and original equipment. The first requirement to reduce asbestos and several heavy metals goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Copper would be required to be reduced to 5 percent by 2021. The law was passed due to concern that use of certain substances in brake friction material could cause harm to human...