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MyNorthwest Staff

With slower response times from SPD, city council raises concerns over 'customer service issues'

The Seattle 911 Center handles approximately 900,000 calls per year, and the call center's staffing is 26% below what it’s budgeted for in 2022.
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MyNorthwest Staff

Martin Luther King Way shut down as police investigate oil drum with Thin Blue Line flag

Seattle Police Department is currently investigating a mysterious blue barrel with a Thin Blue Line flag in Columbia City.
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MyNorthwest Staff

MyNorthwest's daily crime report: Tacoma drive-by, stolen fire department equipment

A drive-by in Tacoma, a woman shot her neighbor outside their apartment and stolen saws from Shoreline Firefighters.
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Graham Johnson

COVID-19 cases declining slightly in Washington

COVID-19 cases in Washington are declining slightly, but health officials urge people to use caution over the Fourth of July weekend.
FILE - Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson smiles as Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., arr...
Associated Press

Jackson sworn in, becomes 1st Black woman on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in to the Supreme Court, shattering a glass ceiling as the first Black woman on the nation’s highest court. The 51-year-old Jackson is the court’s 116th justice and she took the place Thursday of the justice she once worked for. Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement took effect […]
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MyNorthwest Staff

Seattle Schools’ new bus provider scrambles to hire ahead of upcoming school year

SPS will contract with two yellow bus companies for the 2022-23 school year. The new provider, Zum, has a matter of months to hire to fulfill its contract.

Seattle Sports

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The Associated Press

Julio Rodríguez homers again, Mariners beat Athletics 8-6

Julio Rodríguez homered for the second day in a row, Cal Raleigh had a two-run triple and the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-6.
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Brandon Gustafson

Mariners Lineup: J.P. Crawford’s suspension reduced to 4 games, starts Thursday

The Mariners will be without J.P. Crawford for four games rather than five as his suspension, which starts Thursday, has been reduced.
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Brandon Gustafson

Dipoto: Mariners didn’t consider promoting Kelenic, unclear when France will return

Jerry Dipoto explained why the Mariners didn't recall Jarred Kelenic and gave his thoughts on Ty France's injury and a recent trade.
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Brandon Gustafson

What report of USC and UCLA leaving Pac-12 means for UW and WSU

With reports of shakeup to the Pac-12 conference, Michael Bumpus explains what that means for UW and WSU going forward.
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Shannon Drayer

Mariners OF Marcus Wilson describes MLB debut, 1st plate appearance

It was a long time coming for Mariners OF Marcus Wilson as he finally made his MLB debut on Wednesday. Shannon Drayer has the details.
Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny...
Brandon Gustafson

What is a successful 2022 season for Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny?

What constitutes a successful season for Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny after finishing so strong in 2021? Michael Bumpus breaks it down.

Jason Rantz

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Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Public Schools budget focuses goals exclusively on black students, leaving others behind

SPS intentionally separates students by race, adopting "targeted universalism," which argues that if you treat everyone equally, it might deepen inequality.
Pierce County councilwoman Jani Hitchen (KIRO Newsradio)...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Democrat councilmember argues against school safety, mental health focus

In a pithy and poorly argued editorial in the Tacoma News Tribune, Hitchen rejects basic school safety measures -- many she's afforded as councilmember.
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Jason Rantz

Rantz: Gov Inslee and WA Democrats aren't pro-choice. They're pro-abortion

Inslee and his colleagues are not pro-choice. They're actually pro-abortion. There's a big difference between the two.
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Jason Rantz

Rantz: Violating policy, SeaTac Airport censored pro-life, conservative customers

The social media manager for SeaTac Airport censored pro-life, political messages it disagreed with by hiding them from its thread.
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KTTH staff

State Sen. Muzzall on bipartisan support of insurance commissioner to resign

State Senator Ron Muzzall-R of Oak Harbor, came on the Jason Rantz show to discuss the scandal and why he thinks both Republicans and Democrats are uniting against Kreidler. 
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Jason Rantz

Rantz: Cops rip bigoted Seattle Pride leaders as they ban uniformed officers from LGBT march

Initially, Seattle Pride explained that "all city departments – including SPD – are able to participate as contingents in the parade" this year.

Dave Ross

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks to pro-life activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Buil...
Dave Ross

Ross: Overturning Roe was just the beginning for conservative lawmakers

Former State Attorney General Rob McKenna explains personhood laws, which give a fetus full human rights, and which could require blood tests to establish paternity within weeks of conception.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, describes t...
Dave Ross

Ross: Jan. 6 committee hearing reveals alleged presidential attack of Secret Service agent

The alleged wheel-grab was the most dramatic part of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony during yesterday’s snap session of the January 6th Committee.
Former Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy answers questions after his legal...
Dave Ross

Ross: SCOTUS 'rules' that the 'war' on religion is over. What's next for the faith community?

There will soon be millions more poor children to take care of. School violence, drug abuse, crime, suicide, abortion – these problems are all begging for better solutions.
Demonstrators protest the ruling on Roe v. Wade near the Westlake Center (MyNorthwest Staff)...
Dave Ross

Ross: Every unplanned pregnancy involves a man who refused a vasectomy

25 states will now have the power to require that pregnant women – who choose to live in those states – must give birth.
U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) shakes hands with Steven Engel, former Assistant Attorney General for ...
Dave Ross

Ross: Jan. 6 committee hearings reveal just how far Trump leaned on the Justice Department

Donald Trump wanted to send a letter to state officials saying that the Justice Department has identified significant concerns about the outcome of the election in several states, including Georgia.
Blake Lemoine poses for a portrait in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Thursday, Ju...
Dave Ross

Ross: Let's worry about the Google AI's ethics and discretion, not its soul

Google wants a truly conversational search engine, with immediate real-time access to the sum total of online information.

Dori Monson

Dr. Faisel Khan, King County's next Director of Public Health (KIRO  NewsRadio)...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Will KC health director appointee push for mask mandate return after St. Louis finger-flip fray?

Local eyes will be on Khan, who comes from Missouri where he was acting director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health since February 2021.
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Dori Monson Show

Dori: Local crimes spike due to more repeat offenders

In the past three days, there have been 14 shootings in Tacoma alone. In King County: 29 shootings in the first 28 days of this month.
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Dori Monson

Dori: 'Just want to coach again' says Bremerton coach after Supreme Court victory

What started as a prayer of thanks on a Kitsap County football field has now ended as a prayer of thanks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, for former Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joseph Kennedy.
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Dori Monson

Tiffany Smiley pushes for debate with Patty Murray in U.S. Senate Race

After 14 months of vying to overtake the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic incumbent Patty Murray, who has held the seat for nearly three decades, candidate Tiffany Smiley said she continues to pose the same question to Washington state voters on the campaign trail.
The AI chatbots have drawn increased interest during the global virus pandemic, which has led to a ...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Google engineer explains how AI chatbot shows sentient side, might have a soul

Cognitive and computer science expert Blake Lemoine boldly told his employer that the machine showed a sentient side and might have a soul.
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Dori Monson

Dori: Parkland dad protecting preschool daughter during attempted carjacking gets shot in mouth

Adrenalin, parental instincts and lessons learned from his dad kicked into overdrive at the start of Matthew Phillips’s Father’s Day weekend when an attempted carjacker pulled a rifle on him and his 3-year-old daughter in Pierce County.

Gee & Ursula

Dr. Faisal Khan (King County)...
MyNorthwest Staff

Gee and Ursula: 3 things you need to know on Thursday, June 30

KIRO Newsradio’s Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin bring you their top stories on the day on June 30
The Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels clear the benches after Jesse Winker #27 of the Sea...
MyNorthwest Staff

Gee and Ursula's top stories: GOP to eliminate filibuster, Bremerton coach, Mariners-Angels scuffle

Ursula and guest-host Jack Stine discuss the potential elimination of the filibuster, what the future for Bremerton Coach Joseph Kennedy looks like, and how the biggest brawl in baseball this year turned into a surprise pizza party.
Former Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy answers questions after his legal...
Gee Scott and Ursula Reutin Show

Gee and Ursula's top stories: Bremerton coach, Inslee protecting WA, Pride's seismic return

Ursula and Jack Stine tackle the Bremerton Coach decision, Inslee's promise to make Washington a sanctuary state, and Pride's big return to Seattle.
A committee exhibit shows former Vice President Mike Pence talking on the phone from his secure loc...
MyNorthwest Staff

'Republican Party is in danger,' says Medved in response to Jan. 6 hearings

"I think it's going to be harder and harder for people to defend what happened on January 6," Medved said.
King County interim Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall...
Frank Sumrall

Racial disparities in King County Sheriff's use of force, more data needed says Sheriff

"Black people are 350% more likely to be arrested by the King County Sheriff's Office on a per capita basis," said Gee Scott.
Richard Sherman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on prior to the game against the Chicago Bears...
Frank Sumrall

Richard Sherman joins Amazon TNF team as the streaming service prepares for its NFL debut

Sherman will join Tony Gonzalez as the two analysts for the Thursday night pregame, halftime, and postgame broadcasts.

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Seattle Traffic

Smokey Point rest area (KIRO Newsradio)...
Chris Sullivan

Rest areas: what's working, what's not? WSDOT looks for the public's input

As you drive around the state during 4th of July weekend, make a note at what you see at rest areas. The Washington Department of Transportation is doing a complete review of them, and it needs your feedback.
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Chris Sullivan

Washington state licensing fees, some tolls to increase Friday

The start of July usually means the start of summer in Washington, but it also means the annual increase of fees approved by the Legislature and the increase of some tolls.
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Chris Sullivan

Upcoming holiday weekends can't escape Revive I-5 construction

WSDOT plans on Revive I-5 construction for most upcoming summer weekends, including Pride and the 4th of July.
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Chris Sullivan

Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll going down, but who should get the savings?

Taxes, fees, and tolls usually never go down once applied, but drivers in Tacoma are about to see a drop in their toll rate on the Narrows Bridge.
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Chris Sullivan

WA State Patrol powerless to clear rest areas of illegal camping

The state's rest areas have become the latest battlefront over homeless encampments, and a recent State Supreme Court ruling has left the police no way to enforce the illegal camping laws.
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Chris Sullivan

Major milestones ahead for Puget Sound region construction projects

The Main Street Bridge has closed in Bellevue, and now it's time to take it down.

Northwest History

Detail from a map of Indigenous place names published in June 2022 in the City of Kirkland's "Kirkl...
Feliks Banel

'Kirkland Native History Document' spurs debate about Eastside Indigenous history

When the City of Kirkland published a document last week about the Native American history of that part of King County, one local historian wasn’t very happy.
The old piece of lumber which caught Brian Dirks' eye on Easton Ridge. (Courtesy Brian Dirks)...
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Searching for Washington’s lost Airway Beacons

If you know where to look a hike in the Cascades goes right past the remnants of a once sprawling nationwide network of transportation infrastructure.
Parkland resident Wendy Freeman speaks at public meeting at Pierce County Annex in favor of preserv...
Feliks Banel

Parkland School advocates score two victories in preservation campaign

Neighbors of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Parkland on Tuesday night, June 21 chalked up two victories in their continuing battle to save the old 1908 Parkland School - which PLU owns and wants to demolish.
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Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: This airstrip is half in Washington, half in Canada

The next time you’re approaching the international border, imagine for a moment you were bouncing along a gravel runway across the 49th parallel at the controls of your Cessna.
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Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Gold Mines, Old Forts and other Northwest history mapped by Oregon man

An Oregon service station owner loved old maps so much, he launched a family business that’s still going strong more than 50 years later.
The 1908 Parkland School in Parkland will be demolished and replaced with apartments, according to ...
Feliks Banel

Parkland School neighbors, alums and former teachers try to save endangered landmark

An old public school is being threatened by a wrecking ball, and the community surrounding it is upset that they weren’t consulted earlier.