Marijuana legalization
1:25 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Could legal marijuana be good for Washington's children?

A children's advocacy group in Washington says legalizing marijuana will be better for kids, especially kids of color.
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Support for legal marijuana in Washington appears to be strong among adults, but what will it mean for kids?

This week saw surprising support for the state initiative legalizing marijuana from the Children’s Alliance. The Seattle-based advocacy group, which has dozens of social-service agencies as members, says legal pot would be good for kids.

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Law Enforcement
2:51 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Report: Poor oversight of use of force by King County deputies

King County's sheriff's office has come in for criticism of the way it handles use of force by deputies.
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King County needs to hit the reset button on how it deals with the use of force by its sheriff’s deputies, according to an independent report presented to County Council members.

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4:03 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Wash. Juvenile Lifer Barry Massey Withdraws Clemency Plea

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 3:24 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Barry Massey was one of the youngest juvenile killers in the country to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Now, in a rare move, the Washington inmate has withdrawn his plea for clemency. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains why.

Massy committed his crime more than a quarter century ago. At age 13 he and an older boy shot and stabbed to death Paul Wang, a Pierce County marina owner. Both Massey and his accomplice were tried as adults and sentenced to life without parole.

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Medical marijuana
3:06 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Seattle seeks to close medical pot loophole with zoning rules

To close a loophole in state law and further control the growth of the medical marijuana industry, the city of Seattle is proposing to tighten its zoning laws.

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12:01 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Former Dean of the UO School of Music is Murdered

The former dean of the University of Oregon School of Music was killed Friday along with her boyfriend. Lane County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call at their home south of Eugene and found Anne Dhu McLucas and James Gillette.

Anne Dhu McLucas was an author and semi retired professor of ethnomusicology. She was also an avid hiker and skier. U of O Assistant Professor of Music Marian Smith says McLucas was her colleague and friend.

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legalizing marijuana
4:43 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Oregon judge rules against pot measure; arrest made at 'resource center'

SALEM, Ore. – A Salem judge has ruled against putting a second marijuana legalization measures on Oregon's ballot.

Meanwhile, the owner of what's billed as a medical marijuana "resource center" in Eugene has been charged with illegal pot dealing and money laundering.

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bike safety
4:18 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Seattle's street safety campaign includes more photo enforcement

"Ghost cycle" installations in Seattle indicated where a cyclist has been hit. For more information on the ghost cycles, go to
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To make city streets safer, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced a plan to step up the number of speed zones monitored automatically by radar and photo enforcement – while urging everyone to slow down and show some "empathy."

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1:46 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

FBI, Seattle police announce oxycodone arrests

The arrests were the result of a two-year investigation by the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force.
Ilhu Industries Flickr

Police and federal agents arrested 21 people Tuesday in raids in the Seattle area and northern California to bust a ring accused of illegally distributing the painkiller oxycodone.

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12:14 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Garbage from massive party closes popular Wash. recreation area

On this screen grab from, the cause of the garbage on the Illia Dunes is apparent.

PULLMAN, Wash. – A popular recreation area along the Snake River near Pullman will not be open for Labor Day because it was trashed last weekend by hard-partying visitors.

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10:44 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Soldiers allegedly plotted to blow up Washington dam, poison apple crop

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:00 pm

Prosecutors in Georgia say a group of current and former U.S. soldiers plotted to blow up a dam in Washington and poison the state’s apple crop. The allegations were revealed Monday as one of the group’s members pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a Georgia courtroom.

Despite the seriousness of the allegations, spokespeople with the Washington State Patrol and the Governor’s office say they were not aware of the case

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2:42 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Former ambassador Ryan Crocker arrested for DUI in Wash.

SPOKANE – Former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker is facing hit-and-run and intoxicated driving charges in Washington state.

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Threatening the president
4:55 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Feds: Federal Way man who threatened Obama had arsenal

According to court papers, a Washington state man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama raised a pump-action shotgun at officers who came to his door, but one managed to grab the barrel before any shots were fired.

A Secret Service agent and Federal Way police officer went to 31-year-old Anton Caluori's apartment on Tuesday afternoon, after the FBI received a profanity-laced email threatening to kill the President.

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8:54 am
Wed August 22, 2012

4 Washington agencies team up to nab duct tape bandit

REDMOND, Wash. — Police in Edmonds, Poulsbo, Stanwood and Redmond are teaming up to track a man who has robbed four banks in Western Washington in three months.

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Clergy abuse
5:39 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Portland judge: Vatican did not 'employ' abusive priest

PORTLAND, ore. - Attorneys for an Oregon victim of clergy sex abuse say they will appeal a new decision that frees the Vatican from a lawsuit. That ruling came down Monday in federal district court in Portland. The 10-year-old lawsuit aims to link the Holy See in Rome to abuse by American priests.

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Native American issues
7:27 am
Sat August 18, 2012

Case reopens on dozens of Pine Ridge Reservation deaths

A memorial marks the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre in Wounded Knee, S.D. The town is located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Kristi Eaton AP

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 11:49 am

In the late 1960s, Native Americans fed up with what they saw as years of mistreatment by the federal government formed an organization known as the American Indian Movement.

Founded in Minnesota, the group followed in the footsteps of the civil rights movement and took up protests across the country. One of those protests took place in 1973, when some AIM members occupied the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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