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Tue July 5, 2011
Tuesday morning's headlines
Sunny (!), with a high near 79. Forecast here.
Making headlines in the Northwest:
- Fireworks related injuries, home fires
- Off the wire: A teen drowns; two injured escaping fire
- Everett schools to step up bully tracking
- Tacoma high school sports fans will see ads
- A 17-year-old boy who was setting off fireworks in a road near Sunnyside was struck by a car and killed late last night. The Washington State Patrol says Adan Gonzalez of Grandview had his back to traffic when he was struck. He died at the scene.
- Fires have damaged two homes in Kent. Firefighters say fireworks started one of the fires yesterday afternoon. The cause of a second fire around midnight remains under investigation. No one was injured. A family of three was displaced by the first fire and a family of five by the second fire.
- The Seattle Fire Department says an 18-year-old was injured Monday night by an explosion of homemade fireworks. Spokesman Kyle Moore says the teen found the explosive on the ground at a play field in the Queen Anne neighborhood. When it blew up, it knocked him unconscious and severely injured his hands.
- Fire officials say two people who escaped a house fire out of a second-story window were seriously injured. Capt. Todd Stubblefield told the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin that the blaze yesterday morning caused major damage to the two-story house, a garage and a nearby home. Fire officials are investigating the cause.
- A 20-year-old Bremerton, Wash., man remains in fair condition, days after a Portland, Ore., police officer who believed his gun was loaded with beanbags shot the man with live rounds.
- Police say a 16-year-old has drowned while swimming at Horseshoe Lake in Woodland. Witnesses say he swam to a buoy and got into trouble while returning to shore yesterday afternoon.
- Police are investigating a shooting that occurred near a downtown bus stop on the Fourth of July, KOMO reports. A Metro bus driver witnessed the shooting near the bus zone in the 1500 block of Third Ave. around 7 p.m. The gunman has not been located, and the victim was dropped off at Harborview Medical Center later.
A new system to track intimidation, bullying and harassment of students is being launched this fall by the Everett School District, reports The Everett Herald.
A survey conducted last year found elementary, middle and high school students reporting problems such as sexual jokes or comments that made them feel uncomfortable and being intimidated because of their sexual orientation or religion.
State laws to protect students from harassment and bullying date back to 2002. But with little progress reported on the issue, lawmakers are requiring schools to take action by Aug. 1.
Video-enhanced scoreboards in Tacoma high schools will provide state-of-the-art game details and scenes as well as stream ads to sports fans this fall, The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
The Tacoma Public Schools recently signed on with a South Dakota company to install the score boards and allow advertising partnerships in exchange for permanent placement or periodic video spots on the scoreboards.