Martha Kang

 

Bob B. Brown

With 98 percent of the votes, grocery store workers in the Puget Sound area authorized a strike on Thursday.

The union members said they're upset in part over cuts to health care in the latest offer from their employers. The workers added that a strike isn’t imminent; they hope to return to the bargaining table and reach an agreement that addresses their concerns.

Good news, women of Washington!

Washington state is one of 10 best places for women to live in the U.S., according to a report by the Center for American Progress.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Seattle is one of the most energy-efficient cities in the U.S., according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a Washington, D.C.-based research group. 

The study ranked cities based on their scores in several categories: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, building policies, utility policies and public benefits programs, and transportation policies.

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The tunnel-boring machine known as Big Bertha will resume digging after longshoremen agreed to remove their picket line which had been in place since Aug. 20.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 agreed to let the project resume despite an unresolved labor dispute with the project contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, over four jobs.

Jonathan Cooper

It appears the going is good for the working man in the Puget Sound area. 

The Seattle metro area saw the most new jobs last month, and the second largest wage growth in recent years in spite of the financial crisis, according to new reports.

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For Forrest Sargent, a picture is worth a thousand words left unsaid. Sargent, 22, is autistic and unable to speak. He can communicate through a letterboard, but because the task requires training and patience, it limits his world to a very small circle.

So instead of telling others his thoughts, he shows them the world as he sees it, through his photos. 

Read his story on our companion site, Quirksee.org >>>

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The state of Washington can produce, at most 40 metric tons, or 2 million square feet, of marijuana per year, the state Liquor Control Board said in its revised proposed rules for recreational pot on Wednesday.  

A total of 334 pot stores will be allowed statewide, the board said, and each county will have its own cap.

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Seattle drivers aren’t exactly the best drivers, according to a new report by the insurance company Allstate.

The company reviewed its claims data to compile a list of cities based on driving performance.

Seattle’s drivers, with an average of 7.8 years between accidents, ranked 160th, having fallen six spots since last year. 

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The University of Washington is one of the highest-rankings schools when it comes to contributions to the public good, according to the Washington Monthly.

The school is also one of the magazine’s top 20 picks on its “best bang for the buck” list.

When snails chow down, they make some noise, says Washington snail farmer Ric Brewer.

We can hear the snails eating with their toothed tongue, as well as the “squoosh” of their slime, Brewer says. Here's his brief explanation, followed by the sounds of the snails themselves. 

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Did you feel it?

A 3.6-magnitude quake hit Key Center, Wash., located across Henderson Bay from Gig Harbor, at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. 

Ric Brewer spends his weekends hunched over his garden, tending to what he calls “the original slow food.”

Woodland Park Zoo

Remember Seattle’s tallest newborn who stole the city’s  heart on the day he was born?

Now you can watch the giraffe calf all day long.

Woodland Park Zoo has installed a camera inside the giraffe barn where the 6-feet-tall and his mother, Olivia, stay.

Jared Mills is a Seattle librarian who pedals some 100 books around town in an aluminum trailer as part of the “Books on Bikes” program.

Except he no longer owns a bike.

Nicole was 17 when she met the man who changed her life.

“I met a guy. He put the charms on me, and I fell for it,” she said.

Soon, Nicole found herself on the streets of Seattle and Tacoma, earning money for that same man as a sex worker. 

Tim Durkan

Photographers in the Puget Sound area captured these striking images on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. Here are a few by Seattle photographer Tim Durkan. 

Here's one from photographer Gary Deyo. 

Jim Stiles captured the lightning storm in the Cascade Mountains. "The raw power of Mother Nature!" he wrote.

    

Seattle City Light

A lone osprey is looking for love in all the wrong places, namely a high-voltage transmission tower, according to Seattle City Light.

The male raptor has been nesting on the tower along the Duwamish River despite the utility’s attempts to shoo the bird to greener pastures. Nest-building material could catch ablaze or cause a short circuit, which might trigger outages or fatally injure the bird.

Authorities say a man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old Southern California girl and triggering a multi-state Amber Alert might be armed with homemade explosives.

San Diego County Sheriff's Capt. Duncan Fraser said Thursday that evidence recovered at James Lee DiMaggio's home east of San Diego suggests he might have fled with explosives.

Seattle is one of the best places for child-free living, according to a new city.

Real Estate blog Estately ranked Seattle as the second best U.S. city for grownups without kids, but not without poking a little fun.

Woodland Park Zoo

Say hello to the tallest baby in Seattle.

The baby giraffe was born at Woodland Park Zoo on Tuesday night. And less than two hours after coming into the world, the calf was already standing with his mom, 6-year-old Olivia, and stretching 5½ feet tall.

An Amber Alert has been issued in Washington state for a boy and a teen girl who was abducted in San Diego County, California, and believed to be headed to Canada. 

Police say James DiMaggio, 40, took 8-year-old Ethan Anderson and 16-year-old Hannah Anderson after allegedly murdering their mother. The woman's remains were found inside a burned-out house near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday.

Elliott Bay Marina Harbormaster Brian Kaloper was walking to his office on Monday when he noticed something unusual on the G Dock: a harbor seal.

“It's kind of abnormal, because it’s a heavily walked dock,” said Kaloper.

Inside his office, Kaloper pulled up the surveillance camera aimed at the dock to take a closer look at the seal.

The Seattle metro area recently topped the list of 50 most “chill cities” in the U.S., and KPLU weather commentator Cliff Mass says he’s not surprised.

“We do have the best weather in the whole United States by almost any measure,” he says.

There are several reasons for this excellent weather, says Mass, and we can thank the Pacific Ocean for all of them.

Jonathan Cooper

Take a break, Seattle! It looks like we've earned it.

Seattle topped the list of the hardest-working cities in the U.S., according to a new ranking released Wednesday by Movoto, a national real-estate blog.

Movoto considered seven different factors of “elbow grease”: average hours worked per week, unemployment rate, commute time, employed workers per household, hours volunteered per year, lack of sleep, and cost of living.

Doug Mahugh

Loathe sweltering summer heat? You’re in the right place.

The Seattle metro area topped the list of 50 most “chill cities” in the U.S.

Research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces used average day and night temperatures and humidity to determine which cities had the coolest, most comfortable summers. Portland ranked second, and San Francisco took third.

A North Korean media outlet has released footage of an interview with Kenneth Bae, the Lynnwood man sentenced to 15 years hard labor for what the regime called hostile acts against the state.

In the undated footage released via CNN, Bae said he is mainly working in farm fields, but only for eight hours a day. Bae stated his handlers are “considerate, so I’m not working too hard."

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Does our love of coffee make us snobs, Seattle? How about our dedication to recycling? 

Yes and yes, according to the readers of Travel and Leisure magazine who took part in a survey ranking the snobbiest cities in the U.S. 

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s two newest harbor seal pups are ready to meet their fans.

The pups, who were born earlier this month, made their public debut on Friday. Hogan, a male harbor seal, was born on June 2 and was followed by his sister, Saya, who arrived on June 10.

The harbor seals are on exhibit in the Rocky Shores area of the aquarium. 

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

As Washington state voters await clarification on what, exactly, legal marijuana will entail, one local pot dealer has taken to social media to connect with customers.

The state Liquor Control Board is working to draft a set of rules to regulate marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. And although producing and distributing non-medical pot is still prohibited, Seattle police have taken to admonishing dealers with strongly-worded letters.

In this new murky landscape, one veteran dealer has found a new way to alert his customers about new shipment: Facebook.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn likely never saw it coming.

While testifying against proposed coal export terminals before a Congressional committee on Tuesday, McGinn found himself at the receiving end of a bizarre — and, at times, personal — attack.

On the offensive was U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-West Virginia, who boasts taking on “anti-coal zealots” on his website.

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