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Welfare fraud
1:28 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Wealthy Seattle couple plead guilty in welfare theft

The $1.2 million waterfront home where the couple resided while accepting federal rent assistance.
Associated Press

A Seattle couple who lived in a $1.2 million waterfront home while collecting tens of thousands of dollars in welfare has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds.

The U.S. Attorney General's office in Seattle says 60-year-old David Silverstein and 53-year-old Lyudmila Shimonova pleaded guilty Thursday and will pay more than $330,000 in restitution plus $216,441 in a separate civil penalty.

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Seattle Arena Deal
1:18 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Agreement reached on Seattle arena plan

The city of Seattle, King County and investor Chris Hansen have reached an agreement in the effort to build an arena that could bring professional basketball back to the Puget Sound.

The memorandum of understanding announced Wednesday now goes before the City Council and King County Council for approval.

The agreement adds a new wrinkle to an original proposal in that an NHL team is no longer needed to start construction. Only an NBA team, with a non-relocation agreement signed, is needed to begin construction on the proposed 18,500-seat facility.

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Obituary
11:58 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Seattle philanthropist, developer Benaroya dies

In 1993, Jack and his wife, Becky, provided the $15 million seed money to help launch the Seattle Symphony's home, Benaroya Hall.

Jack Benaroya, the philanthropist and developer for whom Seattle's symphony hall was named, has died at age 90.

Benaroya is known as a businessman with impeccable timing and a quiet generosity.

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Getting outdoors
7:22 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Highway to Mount St. Helens reopens Saturday

Mount St. Helens is seen April 19, 2005, behind a tree that was blown down in the 1980 eruption, at the Johnston Ridge Observatory in the Mount St. Helens National Monument, Wash.
The Associated Press

TOUTLE, Wash. — Visitors to Mount St. Helens will be able to drive close to the volcano this weekend.

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Election 2012
6:25 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Obama cheered in Seattle on gay marriage

President Barack Obama greets supporters upon his arrival in Seattle, Thursday. Obama was in town for fund-raising events.
The Associated Press

President Barack witnessed support for his decision to support gay marriage first hand from his motorcade through Seattle Thursday.

He passed a woman holding an infant and a sign that said: "Thank you! Mr. President for standing up for my mommys!"

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Health news
12:05 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Whooping cough epidemic declared in Washington state

Washington state's worst outbreak of whooping cough in decades has prompted health officials to declare an epidemic.

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Space flight
9:55 am
Thu May 10, 2012

SpaceX, Bigelow teaming on private space stations

Artist’s rendition of the Dragon spacecraft at the International Space Station.
Courtesy of SpaceX

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Southern California rocket developer Space Exploration Technologies and Nevada's Bigelow Aerospace are teaming to offer passenger launches to private space stations.

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Death penalty
9:48 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Washington Supreme Court overturns Stenson death sentence 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Supreme Court has reversed the conviction and death sentence of Darold Stenson and called for a new trial in his double murder case.

On an 8-1 ruling Thursday, the high court ruled that Stenson's rights were violated because the state "wrongfully suppressed" from the defense photographs that raised questions about mishandling of evidence as well as an FBI file.

Stenson was sentenced to death in 1994 for the 1993 slaying of his wife, Denise, and a business partner, Frank Hoerner, at Stenson's Clallam County exotic bird farm.

Welfare Fraud
1:04 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Plea deal likely for monied Seattle welfare couple

Lawyers for a Seattle couple who drew welfare benefits while living in a million-dollar waterfront home say they will plead guilty next Wednesday in federal court.

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Election 2012
12:12 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

With Ron Paul, GOP expects Wash. convention battle

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican leaders in Washington are bracing for a combative state convention as supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul look to seize more delegates.

Paul devotees have fared well in caucus states, recently taking control of state conventions in Maine and Nevada.

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Saving the Kalakala
10:20 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Historic ferry may be too fragile to leave Tacoma

Authorities worry that if the 276-foot ship sinks, it would block the waterway.
Braden Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — Once an icon of Puget Sound, the ferry Kalakala is in such fragile shape it may not withstand being evicted from a Tacoma moorage and could have to be scrapped.

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Child prostitution
2:55 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

50 Mayors urge online escort service to check ages

Mayors of nearly 50 cities across the country are urging Village Voice Media to require identification for people posting escort ads on its Backpage.com — an online ad service that has come under scrutiny from authorities for allegations that it's used to promote child prostitution.

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Crime
10:28 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Steve Powell voyeurism trial starting in Wash.

TACOMA, Wash. — The voyeurism and child pornography trial of missing Utah mother Susan Powell's father-in-law is under way with jury selection in Washington state, and Powell's parents are hoping the case sheds some light on her disappearance.

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Space flight
8:32 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Meet the finalists in the Space Needle's trip to space contest

The five finalists in a contest to be sent into space as part of Seattle Needle's 50th anniversary celebration are in Seattle this week.

The final phase of the contest begins Monday morning. The finalists will each face three challenges before the winner is announced on Wednesday. (Meet the finalists after the jump and pick whom you'd send into space.)

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NW arts
8:58 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Montana 'Last Best Place' slogan permanently protected

A roundup of bison in March near Yellowstone National Park in Montana.
The Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. — Sen. Max Baucus says the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has agreed to permanently deny any trademark application for the well-known Montana slogan "Last Best Place."

The phrase was first popularized as the title of a 1988 anthology co-edited by writers William Kittredge and Annick Smith.

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