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  • From left, Amanjot Jaswal, 28, and Shannon Smith, 41, were in Kitsap County court Friday facing criminal mistreatment charges.

    Two mothers accused in ‘horrific’ child abuse case in Kitsap County

    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Kitsap County prosecutors on Friday accused two mothers of standing by and doing nothing while the father of their 12 children allegedly beat, starved and sexually assaulted the kids. The two mothers, Amanjot Jaswal, 28, and Shannon Smith, 41, were in court facing criminal mistreatment charges Friday. Both pleaded not guilty. Court documents say the children ranged in age from infant to 13. “These children were held against their will, denied nutrition, denied medical care, and […]

  • Secretary of State Kerry touts controversial Trans Pacific trade deal at Boeing plant

    RENTON, Wash. — Secretary of State John Kerry rallied support for a controversial trade partnership on Tuesday at Boeing’s 737 plant in Renton. Boeing is already one of the top exporters in the state, building a new 737 jet every 12 hours. Kerry told the crowd that the trade agreement will help all Washington companies export  more goods. “Washington state is a trade leader because you discovered a long time ago that it`s in your best interest to do business […]

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    Hundreds on the water to protest Shell oil rig

    SEATTLE — Hundreds of kayakers paddled towards a common enemy moored on Elliott Bay: the towering oil rig, Polar Pioneer. “A big show of people power against the presence of shell’s rigs here,” said Emily Johnston, one of the organizers. The rig arrived Thursday, and will eventually sail to Alaska to drill in the deep waters of the arctic ocean, something activists say is a threat to the environment. The protesters are made up of several different groups, including Green […]

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    Polar Pioneer: More protests ahead, with plans to shut down Port of Seattle terminal

    SEATTLE — Joe Kiser traveled from Burien for a look at the Polar Pioneer, Shell’s massive oil rig that sits moored in Elliott Bay. “It’s a magnificent piece of technology,” Kiser said Friday. “And it’s part of the world economy.” Kiser is OK with Shell’s plan for the mammoth rig — to drill for oil in Alaska. But there are plenty of people around Seattle who are angry over its presence. A fleet of activists paddled out into the bay […]

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    Shell’s giant Arctic oil rig docks in Seattle despite protests

    SEATTLE — Despite protests by environmentalists in kayaks and opposition from the city of Seattle, a 400-foot-long Arctic oil drilling rig has docked at a Seattle terminal. Tugs brought the Polar Pioneer drilling rig into Seattle waters Thursday afternoon and it was moored at Terminal 5 by 5 p.m. Coast Guard Lt. Dana Warr says about 30 kayaks and other vessels turned out to meet the rig. He says there were no arrests. The Polar Pioneer is one of two drilling […]

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    Parents want changes to road outside Bothell school ‘for safety of our children’

    BOTHELL, Wash. — Heather Miller was attempting to walk her two little girls to Crystal Springs Elementary in Bothell. “Before we stepped out on the sidewalk, I could hear something barreling down the road,” said Miller. “It turned out it was a tow truck and totally oblivious.” Miller said she pulled her girls back as the driver slammed on his brakes, nearly hitting the crossing guard. “People just don’t pay any attention. They drive way too fast.” Parents who live […]

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    Boom: Proposed NBA/NHL arena in Seattle clears major hurdle

    SEATTLE — They once soared through Seattle. Now, Sonics fans are soaring over the news that the Seattle arena deal is going forward. “This is good news,” said Sonics Rising founder Brian Robinson, responding to the just-released Environmental Impact Statement released by the city of Seattle. “It’s great to get some positive wind in our sails and move this thing forward.” According to the EIS, there are no major obstacles to building a sports arena on the property owned by […]

  • Dozens camping out for opening of Chick-fil-A in Lynnwood, hope to win deal (VIDEO)

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    ‘Mysterious object’ that crashed through Bothell roof identified

    BOTHELL — A mysterious 6-pound object that crashed through a North Bothell home Wednesday morning was identified later as a large debris grinder, city officials said. The object  crashed through the roof of a home near the intersection of 19th Street and 232nd Avenue, leaving a big hole. Luckily, no one was injured, and no one was home at the time of the incident. The FAA was initially notified, but police said the object was identified later as a large […]

  • New police tool in Snohomish County could save lives of heroin overdose victims

    EVERETT — Heroin use is at epidemic levels in Snohomish County and law enforcement is getting a new tool that could help save lives. “I’ve had quite a few friends who have died from overdosing,” said Wes Templeman, a former heroin user, who claims the drug took eight years out of his life and left him homeless. The worst part was watching friends overdose and die. “My best friend Aaron passed away four years ago, and I was there,” said […]