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  • How Point Ruston went from one of the most polluted places in America to ‘Tacoma’s back yard’

    TACOMA, Wash. – One of the Northwest’s crown jewels sits atop what was once one of the more polluted sites in the United Staes. Point Ruston is a waterfront village within a larger community that is drawing people from throughout Pierce Couny. The site was a copper smelter dating back to the turn of the 20th Century. Loren Cohen, the site’s developer, said he grew up playing the Sim City video games. “Here you have this opportunity with a true […]

  • Comedian nearly killed on stage is making a comeback

    A lot of comedy comes from pain. But local comedian Dylan Avila’s new one man show comes from an incident on stage that nearly killed him. It’s not all laughs. Avila says the crowd for his new show may laugh and cry. “That’s what a lot of people say they love about it,” said Avila. Three years ago he was performing at a club in Renton, when a disgruntled comic jumped on stage swinging a baseball bat. Avila was hit twice […]

  • 5 flu deaths reported in Snohomish County; vaccine less effective this season

    Flu season is well underway across the United States — including here in Washington. Forty-nine states and Puerto Rico reported either regional or widespread flu activity during the week ending December 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent surveillance report. The Washington State Department of Health is reporting 20 flu deaths this year. Five people have died from the flu in Snohomish County since the beginning of December — four of them between the 21st and […]

  • Mentally ill, drug-addicted homeless pose challenge for Everett

    EVERETT, Wash. — This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless. It takes teams of outreach workers — building relationships with men and women struggling with addiction or untreated mental illness, prodding them to get help. It takes police and other agencies, working together to provide for their needs. And it takes a prosecutor who was tired of managing the unending cycle of homelessness — jail-street-jail-street-jail. Hil […]

  • Robbery leads to police chase, deadly shooting in Seattle

    SEATTLE — An armed robbery led to a police chase and eventually a deadly shooting overnight. Seattle police say it all started when a man and a woman robbed the Forever 21 store at Northgate Mall. The suspects fled the scene. Officers were then called to a nearby apartment complex where they say that male suspect shot at the manager and hurt him. Eventually, police say the woman with him called them from a home in Ballard. They went there […]

  • Music4Life program puts instruments into hands of hundreds of local students

    As school districts struggle with finances, music programs often feel the pinch — and parents, struggling with how to pay for instruments, can be forced to keep their kids out of band classes. That led to the creation of a non-profit called Music4Life. “We acquire lovingly used instruments from adults who no longer need them, and have them in their garages or attics,” said Dave Endicott, who founded the group ten years ago. The group then refurbishes those instruments and […]

  • Woman killed in Everett shooting; cops searching for several suspects

    EVERETT, Wash. — Deputies were searching for as many as four suspects after a woman was killed and a 17-year-old boy was shot Thursday in Everett. Officers were called around 4:45 a.m. for the report of a burglary and shots fired near the intersection of 126th and Gibson Rd., between SR 99 and Mukilteo Speedway. When officers arrived, they found a woman in her 50s dead. A young man had been shot and was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center. […]

  • Distracted Driving: Cell phones bad, in-car touchscreens could be worse

    Despite the new state law outlawing drivers from even holding a phone while behind the wheel, Washington State Patrol stats show plenty of people are doing just that. The new law took effect in July. Between July 23 and November 21, more than 5,000 drivers have been stopped for using electric devices while driving. But there is something else in your car that could be distracting you, and it’s not part of that new law. A new AAA study finds […]

  • First lowland snow of the season — and we could see more this weekend

    SEATTLE — Many of us woke up to some snowfall Friday morning in Western Washington. The first stretch of wintry weather swept late Thursday — bringing several inches of snow to the mountains, and a smattering of snow across much of Puget Sound. Q13 News viewers shared photos and video of snow in Bellingham, Port Orchard, Port Angeles, Maple Falls and more! Check the latest school closures and delays Severe weather alerts Get the free Q13 News Weather App Live […]

  • Thor’s hammer aimed at funny bone

    He may come from the comics books. But Thor’s latest movie looks more like a kids coloring book, with splashes of intergalactic sherbet stretching to every corner of the page, I mean screen. Marvel went into the God of Thunder’s third movie with comedy on its mind. The first two flicks featuring the famous Norse gave us some light moments in a fish-out-of-water sense, but were, for the most part, straight ahead action packed heroics. But by hiring Taika Waititi, […]