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Law
5:25 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Teen sues Aberdeen School District for not stopping harassment

Russell Dickerson III (right) says the Aberdeen School District didn't protect him from racial and sexual harassment
Charla Bear

An African-American teen in Aberdeen is suing the city’s school district for not keeping him safe from bullying when he was a student.  He alleges administrators knew he endured racial and sexual harassment for years, but did little to stop it.

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Lobbyists in Olympia
9:01 am
Tue December 7, 2010

State agency lobbyists in Republican crosshairs

Governor Chris Gregoire says she will call a budget-cutting special session of the legislature before the year is out. As the state’s budget crisis worsens, the governor and lawmakers are looking to save money anywhere they can. One target in the crosshairs: lobbyists for state agencies.

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Homeland Security
5:12 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Homeland Security teams up with Walmart

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in video being shown in Walmart stores.
Department of Homeland Security

Next time you walk into a Walmart store, you might see the head of the U-S Department of Homeland Security.  Secretary Janet Napolitano has recorded video messages that are being aired inside Walmart stores in 27 states, including Washington.

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Auto theft
4:08 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Tweeting for stolen cars

Twiter.com/@getyourcarback

Seattle police are tweeting for stolen cars.  They’re using Twitter to get the word out whenever a theft is reported. Police say making use of the popular social networking site just makes sense. 

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Law
12:01 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Man charged in hatchet killing is suspect in earlier murder

The mentally ill man charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of  Joseph LaMagno on Capitol Hill on Nov. 22 is a suspect in an earlier killing. 

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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
1:44 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Lesbian flight nurse wants Air Force job back

Major Margaret Witt at a Seattle news conference November 30, 2010.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

A lesbian flight nurse says she's anxiously waiting to rejoin her unit in the U.S. Air Force reserve.  Major Margaret Witt was discharged in 2004 under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

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Budget Cuts
9:12 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Governor anxious to whack state budget further

Governor Chris Gregoire wants an agreement from Republican and Democratic lawmakers on a package of immediate cuts to the state's budget by the end of this week.

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Insurance Laws
10:10 pm
Sun November 28, 2010

Did the 'triple damages' law result in higher premiums?

Three years ago Washington voters upheld the Insurance Fair Conduct Act. It allows triple damages when insurance companies are found to have unfairly denied a claim. At the time, the insurance industry warned premiums would skyrocket and lawyers would get rich. Has that happened? 

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Army Hearings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
6:22 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Army leadership subject of 5th stryker brigade inquiry

The military court building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. An Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury investigation, is being held inside the building.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Was there a breakdown of leadership in the 5th Stryker Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord? That question is central to a month-old Army review that’s just now coming to light. It’s the latest development in the case against a dozen soldiers recently back from Afghanistan – including five who’ve been charged with murder.

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Washington's Prisons
6:47 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Teamsters file suit over prison cuts

Union correctional workers are unhappy about recent budget cut plans. This is the correctional facility in Shelton, WA.
AP

Unionized prison employees will picket outside the Monroe prison this morning. They’re protesting budget cuts. The union has also filed a formal lawsuit.

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Law Enforcement
1:49 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Washington State Patrol chasing car license violators

Last session the Washington Legislature revived funding for the license investigation unit.
Amy Groark Flickr

The Washington State Patrol has revived a unit of officers to pursue a distinct class of lawbreakers: people living in the state who’ve retained license plates from Oregon or elsewhere.

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Military Justice
9:06 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Army hearings continue into Afghan civilian killings

PFC Andrew Holmes of Boise, Idaho, is charged with murder and other crimes
US Army

Private First Class Andrew Holmes of Boise joined the Army the day he turned 18. That was two years ago. By his 19th birthday he was fighting in Afghanistan. But he turned 20 this past August locked-up in an Army brig in Western Washington.

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Law & Justice
5:27 am
Tue November 9, 2010

Child Prostitutes Rescued in Seattle

In a recent FBI prostitution sting in California, children are taken into custody. The latest nationwide operation netted more child prostitutes and pimps here than in any other region.
FBI photo.

Does Seattle have more child prostitutes than other cities? During a three-day crackdown, the FBI picked up more young prostitutes in this area than anyplace else. But, there could be another reason for the high number.

The latest FBI sweep, called Operation Cross Country V, resulted in the arrest of 99 pimps. Agents also rescued 69 teenage prostitutes. Twenty-three of them were from our area, in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

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Washington State History
3:20 am
Mon November 8, 2010

Woman's right to vote in Washington turns 100

This is one of the historical documents on display at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Celebrations of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Washington take place in Olympia today.
WS History Museum

Today marks the 100th anniversary of a woman's right to vote in Washington State.  A day-long series of events is planned for  Olympia. The Washington State Historical Socety and the Women’s History Consortium have teamed up with  Secretary of State Sam Reed and the Interagency Committee for State Employed Women (ICSEW) on a full day of commemorative moments at the Temple of Justice (home of the State Supreme Court), the Capitol Building and Legislative buildings.

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Law & Justice
4:59 pm
Mon October 18, 2010

King County Jail Suicides Up

The King County Jail in downtown Seattle.
Flickr photo by Manuel W.

Three inmates have committed suicide in the King County jail in the past few weeks. The latest was a 33 year old man who died at Harborview Medical Center. The robbery suspect was found hanging in his cell on September 20.

The King County Correctional Facility has been cited in the past for failing to prevent suicide.

Back in 2007, the United States Department of Justice investigated the King County jail and issued a blistering report saying safety and health conditions were so substandard that they amounted to a violation of inmates civil rights.

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