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9:39 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Warning letter to young drivers rankles some parents

Some parents don’t appreciate the letter of reprimand sent to young drivers by the Was. Department of Licensing. Photo by Claire Thompson via Flickr

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 3:49 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Get a traffic ticket, get a letter of reprimand from the Department of Licensing. That’s how it works in Washington if you are a driver between the ages of 16 and 21. The letter-writing campaign is designed to reduce crashes among younger drivers. But some parents don’t appreciate it.

The letter to young drivers starts out: “Not cool: your driving record shows that you were found to have committed the following traffic violation.” The warning comes from the Washington Department of Licensing.

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Colorado shooting
4:57 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Colorado mass shooting suspect described as 'recluse'

A photo of James Holmes released by the University of Colorado Denver.
University of Colorado Denver

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 11:40 am

Authorities have identified 24-year-old James Holmes as the suspect in the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

According to witnesses, the gunman showed up at a midnight screening of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises and opened fire. Quoting a federal law enforcement official, the AP reports the gunman had an assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols."

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Colorado shooting
4:57 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

From Our Readers: Colorado Massacre Stir Emotions

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 12:16 pm

Two-Way readers were immediately struck by a sense that the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting could have been anyone, as well as shock that something as simple and fun as going to a movie could turn violent without warning:

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Colorado shooting
4:57 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

A Litany Of Victims: Dispatch Tapes Reveal Chaos, Bloodshed Of Mass Shooting

Calls to police started coming in at about 12:30 a.m. from a theater in Aurora, Colo., showing "The Dark Knight Rises."
Karl Gehring The Denver Post via AP

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 6:45 am

It's hard to listen to the 16-minutes of audio coming from the Aurora Police dispatch. It begins with the first reports of a shooting at a movie complex.

At about two minutes into the recording, you hear reports that "someone is spraying gas." Then as police begin arriving at the scene, they start asking dispatch to send more officers, to send more ambulances.

"I got people running out of the theater that are shot," one officer says.

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Seattle shooting
11:38 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Seattle's Cafe Racer reopens 7 weeks after massacre

Friends and neighbors gathered at the Cafe Racer to take a moment to let the new reality sink in the day of the shootings.
Ed Skoog For KPLU

A neighborhood coffee shop in Seattle's University District reopened Friday, a month-and-a-half after a shooting massacre.

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Seattle shootings
5:24 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Arrest made in stray-bullet death of Seattle man

Seattle police say they've arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of firing the stray bullet that struck and killed a software developer who was driving down a street with his family.

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Fighting crime
3:56 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Seattle Police tackling neighborhood hotspots with ‘directed patrols’

Seattle Police are getting out on foot more this summer in an effort to reduce crime in hot spots.
SPD Photo Lab.

With 20 fatal shootings so far, just over half way into the year, Seattle’s murder toll has already topped the number of homicides for all of last year.

The city is stepping up police patrols in crime hot spots they’ve identified and getting officers out of their cars more to increase visibility. 

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Synthetic Drugs
9:07 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Fake Pot Is A Real Problem For Regulators

A screengrab from the Mr. Nice Guy site shows the company's products, including Relaxinol, which was blamed for contributing to an accidental death.
NPR

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 10:09 am

This week, President Obama signed a law banning synthetic marijuana and other synthetic drugs. Dozens of states and local governments have already tried to outlaw fake marijuana, which has been blamed for hundreds of emergency room visits and a handful of fatalities.

But the bans have proved largely ineffective, and there are fears that the federal law won't be any different.

Synthetic marijuana looks a bit like dried grass clippings. It's readily available on the Internet and in convenience stores and smoke shops, where it's sold as herbal incense or potpourri.

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Seattle police department
5:18 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

'Catch a Killer' - Seattle PD launches newsy site to fight crime

The front page of the Seattle Police Department's revamped blog.

The latest version of the Seattle Police Department’s blog shows a department striving to build an online audience with catchy headlines and timely posts.

“We’re looking to do even more,” said department spokesman Detective Mark Jamieson. “The blotter was good. If people were interested that was a place they could go, but ... now we need to go to the next level (be) more like a news site.”

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Foster Care
5:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Families celebrate success stories in the foster care system

The Edgar family emerged from violence and addiction to put their family back together.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

About 1,160 children in King County spent last month in the custody of the Division of Child and Family Services. Most were separated from their parents because of unsafe conditions at home, such as drugs, violence or neglect.

But it may come as a surprise to learn that most eventually will be safely returned to their parents.

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poverty
5:57 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Food stamps reduced for up to 30,000 legal immigrants

Food stamps are getting cut in half next week for many of Washington’s legal immigrants. They were cut to help balance the state’s budget.

The food assistance goes to about 11,000 families. Counting their children, that could be nearly 30,000 people impacted statewide, according to estimates by the Children's Alliance, and advocacy group.

They’re immigrants who came here legally, from countries all over the world. Many have their "Green Cards," which means they have permanent resident status. Others are here under other programs.

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Medical Marijuana
1:57 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Marijuana businesses, patients struggle to get insurance for damaged plants

Neeta Lind Flickr

Turns out, you may not have a good claim if your pot plants are stolen, wrecked or confiscated, even though more insurance policies are being offered.

Yesterday a Clarkston, Wash., woman whose medical marijuana was stolen found out she can’t recover the loss under her renter's insurance policy, because no legal value for the drug can be established. Even growers who get specific policies for their crops worry that their insurance will be no good if the feds bust them.

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Shootings
11:10 am
Wed June 27, 2012

7 shot outside Federal Way bar, 1 dies

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Police say they have accounted for everyone involved in a shootout outside a Federal Way bar that left one man dead and six other people wounded.

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News
5:42 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Attorney: Court ruling should bolster Barry Massey clemency petition

Marina owner Paul Wang was murdered by juveniles Barry Massey and Michael Harris In 1987. Photo courtesy the Wang family

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 3:22 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Before Washington Governor Chris Gregoire leaves office in January, she will decide whether to commute the life sentence of convicted killer Barry Massey. His attorneys hope this week’s Supreme Court ruling on life without parole for juveniles will bolster their case for clemency.

In 1988, Barry Massey became one of the youngest juveniles in the country sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He and an accomplice brutally murdered a Puget Sound marina owner named Paul Wang. Massey was just 13 at the time of the killing.

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healthcare controversy
1:49 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Senators Ask Supreme Court To Televise Health Care Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC on June 18.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 1:40 pm

Two members of the Senate's Judiciary Committee are asking the Supreme Court to provide live coverage of its proceedings when it hands down its decision on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law.

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