Major disruption ahead for Sound Transit riders
Brace yourself– another Sound Transit disruption kicks off next month in order to do maintenance on the 1 Line. Starting Jan. 13 maintenance will shift the schedule of the trains that run through Seattle. Sound Transit’s John Gallagher said that the maintenance is going to affect riders in two ways. Firstly, the weekends will not have train service at all from Capitol Hill Station to SODO Station.
UW expert: More people likely to use hate speech in public meetings over Zoom
“There’s increasingly a willingness to engage in uncivil actions such as hate speech,” says University of Washington Associate Professor Nicholas Weber, who teaches at U-Dub’s Information School. He has been studying the issue of Zoom and virtual platforms being used in public meetings and other arenas. He...
Lumen Field ranked third-most expensive stadium in NFL
Lumen Field qualified as the third-most expensive stadium in the NFL for the most common stadium-related purchases — tickets, beer and hot dogs — according to Bonus Finder’s newest study of stadium affordability for fans. Seattle’s home for the Seattle Seahawks finished with a score of 7.0...
Ferry operators around the country to receive $200M in federal grants to modernize fleets
The Biden administration will issue $200 million in grants to modernize the country’s ferry systems, officials announced Thursday. The grant program will focus on expanding ferry service in rural communities, helping them acquire modern ferries, including electric boats, and upgrading shore infrastructure to support low-emission ferry service, officials said.
North Cascades Highway closing for the winter
In a sure sign that winter is on the way, the North Cascades Highway is closing for the season Thursday night. The North Cascades Highway, also called State Route 20, will close at 6 p.m. from the Ross Dam Trailhead, milepost 134, and Silver Star Gate, milepost 171. This is...
Tacoma Public Schools teacher allegedly assaults student with autism
A Tacoma teacher is accused of assaulting a student with autism multiple times, according to an internal investigation report from Tacoma Public Schools. KIRO 7 News first spoke with Lawrence Haskins in early October who said his six-year-old son, Orion, who has autism and is non-verbal, was assaulted by his special education teacher multiple times at Skyline Elementary in Tacoma.
‘A car is not worth anybody’s life’: Woman robbed at gunpoint outside Sumner Winco shares story
Sumner police are looking for two men they said assaulted a woman at gunpoint and stole her car. Police said the men also shot at people trying to help the woman, injuring one person. The horrifying encounter happened in the Winco Foods parking lot on November 20 and most of the encounter was caught on camera.
Leaked document details energy alternatives to Snake River dams
A document leaked from the Biden Administration details plans that the federal government is prepared to build clean energy projects in the Northwest to possibly replace power generated by dams on the Snake River. The document is a draft agreement to uphold 168-year-old treaties with four tribes in the Pacific...
Tacoma considers proposal that both cats and dogs will love
If you are a cat or dog, you might want to move to Tacoma. The Tacoma City Council appears to be in favor of a ban on declawing cats and changes to how barking dog complaints are handled. Council member John Hines sponsored the ordinances. “I think it’s beyond time...
Henry Kissinger, secretary of state under two presidents, dies at 100
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the diplomat with the thick glasses and gravelly voice who dominated foreign policy as the United States extricated itself from Vietnam and broke down barriers with China, died Wednesday, his consulting firm said. He was 100. With his gruff yet...
New Amtrak options for travel between Seattle and Portland being added
It’s going to get a little bit easier to make the trek between Seattle and Portland starting Dec. 11. Amtrak has announced two new round-trip daily trains between the two cities. “This significantly increases capacity for riders traveling between the two busiest stops on the Amtrak Cascades route every...
Home in Bothell destroyed in suspected gas explosion
An empty home in Bothell’s North Creek neighborhood exploded Wednesday morning, according to Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue. Just before 10 a.m., Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue posted on X showing pictures of the home at the 19700 block of 25th Drive Southeast in Bothell. John Holmes lives down...
Gov. Inslee touts green energy at new Moses Lake battery factory
Gov. Jay Inslee appeared at a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new battery manufacturer factory in Moses Lake Wednesday morning to explain how the state is investing in renewable energy. The company, Sila, is opening a factory to produce batteries for electric vehicle manufacturers, and it hopes that the pioneering...
Seattle Children’s nurses say they’re in ‘constant state of fear’ over daily violent incidents
Nurses at Seattle Children’s Hospital are sounding the alarm over what they’re describing as a “constant state of fear” within the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit. According to the Washington State Nurses Association, police have been called to the unit twice over the last two weeks...
2023 King County election: Lowest voter turnout in nearly 90 years
In the fallout of Washington’s general election in November, the voter turnout in King County was the lowest in state history, according to King County election data. Overall, just slightly more than 500,000 ballots were returned out of nearly 1.4 million registered voters, or 37.9% — the lowest recorded since reliable voter registration counts began in 1936, according to The Seattle Times. This trend tangentially coincides with a consistent drop in odd-year elections, which has dipped below 40% each time since 2015.
Ranking: Find out why Washington is the best state to find a job
Despite all the angst about returning to the office for work, unionizing efforts, and workplace complexities, Washington state is the best place to find a job, according to an analysis by Wallet Hub. “Washington state stands out as the best place to find a job, securing the top rank in...
Last planned release of hostages begins, as mediators aim to extend Israel-Hamas truce
International mediators on Wednesday worked to extend the truce in Gaza, encouraging Hamas militants to keep freeing hostages in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners and further relief from Israel’s air and ground offensive. The cease-fire will otherwise end within a day. Two Russian-Israeli women freed by Hamas...
‘A bit like cloud city from Star Wars’: Freezing fog returns to Western Washington
Freezing fog has returned to Western Washington Wednesday, with drivers being warned to plan for low visibility and slick spots on roads. Fog will be most dense in the South Seattle area south toward Tacoma and Olympia with temperatures in the 20s and 30s. And if you do see fog, assume the roads will be icy.
Amazon launches Q, a business chatbot powered by generative artificial intelligence
Amazon finally has its answer to ChatGPT. The tech giant said Tuesday it will launch Q — a business chatbot powered by generative artificial intelligence. The announcement, made in Las Vegas at an annual conference the company hosts for its AWS cloud computing service, represents Amazon’s response to rivals who’ve rolled out chatbots that have captured the public’s attention.
Auburn Police search for suspect in overnight shooting that left one woman dead
Police are looking for a suspect after a woman in her 30s was shot and killed in Auburn overnight. Police responded around 1:30 a.m. to the 500 block of 15th Street Northeast just east of Emerald Downs, where they found a woman shot in the passenger seat of a Ford truck.
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