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  • Children more vulnerable than adults to unhealthy air quality

    SEATTLE — At the Magnuson Park YMCA, jumping rope  inside is replacing scavenger hunts outside. “It’s absolutely a challenge, especially since we have 250-plus kids here every week,” Miranda Gadau said Monday. So the YMCA has to get creative, partnering with other places to get all summer camps inside. “We also sent some kids bowling and roller-skating so anything we can do to keep them inside and have fun,” Gadau said. “Luckily for us, the YMCA of Greater Seattle has […]

  • One family’s story of success amid a growing population of homeless students

    PIERCE COUNTY —  Cheryl Hernandez didn’t have the will for a long time, her on-and-off drug addiction for years sidetracked not just her life but her two sons. “When you have nothing, you are hopeless,” Hernandez said Friday. For more than a year Cheryl’s family was homeless. “It definitely feels isolating,” Cheryl’s son said. The 17-year-old boy still went to school, catching the bus at 5:30 every morning. “Nobody who I didn’t tell knew I was homeless at all,” Cheryl’s […]

  • 16-year-old boy accused of unintentionally shooting, killing friend appears in court

    SEATTLE — The 14-year-old  Burien boy shot and killed by his best friend while playing with a handgun was identified Thursday as Onjeray Devereaux. Family members say the boy — known to many as OJ — was kind, gentle and a popular teenager who loved to play football. And now his 16-year-old best friend is facing possible manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting. The King County Prosecutor’s Office said it will be making a charging decision on Friday. The victim’s […]

  • Plane heist at Sea-Tac exposes internal security gaps for airports across country

    SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle made it clear Monday that there were no outright security breaches at Sea-Tac International Airport when Horizon Air employee Richard Russell flew off in a stolen commercial plane. “All security protocols were handled appropriately at the airport,” Port of Seattle Commission President Courtney Gregoire said. Yet the unprecedented heist does reveal that aberrations can happen. The unauthorized takeoff of a Horizon Air Q400 turboprop now has Sea-Tac and the rest of the country talking […]

  • Pearl Jam raises millions to help Seattle’s homeless; local businesses join forces with iconic band

    SEATTLE — Thousands of people rushed Safeco Field on Wednesday to see Pearl Jam, with many of them camping out overnight to get the best view. Others also waited as long as 3 hours to buy merchandise. The loyalty was in full display and now that loyalty could help make a dent in the region’s homeless crisis. “They say something to you, you just follow suit,” fan David Morrison said. Morrison traveled all the way from Australia to be a part […]

  • Law enforcement says a fingerprinting levy on the ballot is an essential crime fighting tool for King County

    A levy on the King County ballot has some questioning if it is an essential crime-fighting tool or a potential overreach that could lead to the implementation of facial recognition software.

  • Wife of slain deputy tells heartbreaking stories of young sons asking to visit dad in heaven

    TACOMA, Wash. — A sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole was handed down Friday to the killer of Pierce County Deputy McCartney. McCartney, 34, was shot while rushing to help residents during a home invasion in Frederickson, Wash., on January 7. McCartney’s wife, Cierra, spilled her heart out about the profound loss on Friday. “Daniel was ripped from me and my sons a mere seven months ago,” Cierra said. She says the murder has left a […]

  • Safer Schools: Bethel district upgrades classroom doors, other security for new school year

    GRAHAM, Wash. —  Two generations of the Gienger family growing up at Kapowsin Elementary in Graham. Keri Gienger went to school at Kapowsin and now her children do, too. But the threats at school are drastically different for Keri’s daughter compared to when Keri was in school. “We are supposed to be quiet and sit in the place where your teacher tells you to,” Keri’s daughter Lucy said. That’s what Lucy would do in an active-shooter situation. The 9-year-old has […]

  • Bail set at $1M for 16-year-old charged with murder in death of Kent police officer

    SEATTLE — Emiliano Garcia, 16, pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the death of Kent officer Diego Moreno, who was killed July 22 during a police chase. His bail was set at $1 million. King County prosecutors made it clear that Moreno would be alive if it wasn’t for the actions of Garcia. “He failed to stop; he is the cause of officer Moreno’s death,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Berliner said. Garcia and two other juveniles are accused […]

  • 3 members of global cybercrime group accused of hacking 100 US companies

    SEATTLE — Three members of a sophisticated international cybercrime group are accused of hacking more than 100 American companies. U.S. attorney Annette L. Hayes announced the arrests and charges during a press conference at the FBI’s Seattle Field Office. One man was arrested in Seattle and the other two were taken into custody in Poland and Spain. Newly unsealed federal indictments revealed three Ukrainian nationals — Dmytro Fedorov, 44, Fedir Hladyr, 33, and Andrii Kolpakov, 30 — are members of […]