Wednesday morning's headlines

May 18, 2011

Sunny and 62 Tuesday; headed for nearly 70 by Friday. Latest forecast here.

 

  • Iranians Release Former Seattle P-I Reporter
  • Missing State Trooper Found Alive in North Cascades
  • State Senate Approves Cigar Lounges
  • Seattle Schools Chief Reverses Decision to Fire Ingraham Principal

 

Fiance Says Journalist Released by Iran

The fiance of journalist Dorothy Parvaz says she has been released by Iranian authorities and is now back in Doha, Qatar.

Parvaz's fiance, Todd Barker, says she called him early Wednesday with news of her release as she was clearing customs in Qatar. Barker says Parvaz told him she was interrogated and treated very well during her detention and that she is fine.

Parvaz, who has Canadian, American and Iranian citizenship, works for the Qatar-based news agency Al-Jazeera. Parvaz went missing after leaving Qatar on April 29 for Damascus to cover the anti-government uprising in Syria. Syrian authorities said Parvaz was deported to Iran shortly after her arrival.

Iranian authorities did not acknowledge whether they were holding her. Parvaz previously worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and obtained a master's degree from the University of Arizona.

 

State Trooper Dan Anderson Found Alive and Well in North Cascades

The off-duty Washington State Patrol trooper who had gone missing in the remote and avalanche-prone North Cascade mountains was found alive and in good condition Tuesday night.

Snohomish County sheriff's office spokeswoman Rebecca Hover says that a ground search crew found 46-year-old Dan Anderson around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The Sky Valley Chronicle reports that Anderson's departure  from the group to go on alone was planned.

Sunday night his emergency locator beacon (GPS) device sent out a signal, which indicated he might have been in some sort of trouble.

The signal sent by the GPS unit indicated Anderson was near or at one destination where he planned to camp for the night, Lyman Lakes which is west of Lake Chelan in the Mt. Baker National Forest.

Rescue crews had been looking for Anderson since he activated his emergency signal beacon on Sunday. Searchers had followed what they believed to be his day-old snowshoe tracks at the 4,000-foot level of a drainage above Miner's Creek.

 

Senate Okays Cigar Lounges in Washington

Washington state senators have approved a plan that would allow cigar and pipe smoking at a limited number of establishments.

Lawmakers narrowly passed the measure yesterday and sent it to the House. The plan would permit up to 100 cigar lounges and 500 retail tobacco shops to allow smoking. Cigarettes would still be banned. Opponents say it violates the will of voters, who approved a strict smoking ban in 2005.

 

Seattle Schools Superintendent Says Ingraham Principal Can Keep Job One More Year

The principal at Ingraham High School in north Seattle will be keeping his job after all. Seattle Schools superintendent Susan Enfield has reversed herself - and will renew Martin Floe's contract.

Last week, she said Floe would not be coming back next fall because of the schools's poor test scores. Parents and students protested. In a letter on the District's website, Enfield told the community the principal deserves one more year to prove herself.