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The Daily Troll: FBI searches for missing girl. What state smokes most pot? Sheldon gains some votes.

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FBI joins search for 6-year-old Bremerton girl

The search for a missing 6-year-old girl, Jenise Wright, heightened Tuesday with the arrival of child-abduction experts from the FBI and members of Center for Missing and Exploited Children Task Force, The Seattle Times and other media reported. Investigators described her parents as “very, very cooperative.” The parents and all mobile home park residents understandably opened their doors to investigators.  Investigators also said they are getting scores of tips, but nothing that amounts to a lead.

Investigators know that Wright’s father, James Wright, was accused of molesting an 8-year-old relative and assaulting a 15-year-old babysitter in 2000 in Whatcom County. James Wright entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and the molestation charge was dropped. James Wright pleaded guilty in December 2001 to a gross misdemeanor assault charge relating to the 15-year-old girl, according to Associated Press. Investigators do not believe James Wright’s past record is connected to Jenise’s disappearance. "That was in the past and has nothing to do with this,” Deputy Scott Wilson said during a media briefing. “I can’t emphasize that enough.” — J.B. 

Sheldon gains a bit

Incumbent Sen.Tim Sheldon, the sole remaining Democrat in the Majority Coalition Caucus that controls the Washington Senate, stretched his lead over libertarian Republican Travis Couture by 35 votes in ballot counting this afternoon. Sheldon has a 431 vote lead in the fight for the second-place survivor's in the 35th District's top-two primary. Business interests pumped $161,000 in soft money into Sheldon's campaign in the the last week before ballots were counted, which could translate to extra mail-in ballots for Sheldon.

On Wednesday, Democrat challenger Irene Bowling expanded her lead over both of them, reaching 35 percent of the votes. As of mid-afternoon, Sheldon had 33.2 percent of the votes, compared to Couture's 31.5 percent. If Sheldon survives the primary, he will likely pick up a major portion of Couture's support. — J.S. 

The biggest cloud of cannabis smoke

Washington and Colorado lost the national pageant for pot prevalency. Little Rhode Island stole the THC-encrusted crown — 13 percent of individuals 12-and-up in Rhode Island used marijuana in the past month, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health report. However, Colorado and Pacific Northwest states didn’t fall too far behind — Oregon came in 4th place, Colorado in 6th and Washington in 7th.

Any residents of The Evergreen State who are little down about the rankings can eat away their disappointment when a recreational pot shop in Bellingham rolls out Washington’s first legal edibles. At around 10 tonight, Top Shelf Cannabis will offer three edible varieties, including the “Carnival Nut,” which one of the store’s owners John Evich described to 790 KGMI as a nut mix rolled in cayenne pepper, caramel and powdered sugar. Sounds a lot more enjoyable than columnist Maureen Dowd's candy bar. — E.W.

Celis gains ground

6:56 p.m. GOP-anointed First Congressional District candidate Pedro Celis gained a little bit of ground, but stilled trailed dark horse Republican Robert Sutherland for second place in the district's top-two primary.

Democrat incumbent Suzan DelBene is comfortably in first place with 49,882 votes or  52 percent of the vote so far. On Tuesday, Celis trailed Sutherland by 720 votes. On Wednesday, Celis, a former Microsoft senior enginer, trailed Sutherland, a retired biochemist, by just 265 votes — 15,257 to 14.992. The split in favor of Sutherland is 15.77 percent to 15.49 percent. – J.S.

British Columbia water disaster

According to CBC News, the wall of a large inland British Columbia mine’s tailings pond has collapsed, sending 10 million cubic meters of water and 4.5 million cubic meters of “metals-laden” sand out into local waterways about 85 miles southeast of Quesnel, which is on the main road to the Yukon.

Mount Polley is an open-pit copper and gold mine with a four-kilometer-wide tailings pond build with an earthen dam, operated by Imperial Metals. The local Cariboo Regional District declared a state of emergency about 48 hours after the collapse of the wall. Brian Kynoch, president of Imperial Metals, has apologized to the community: “It’s going to take a long time to earn the community’s trust back,” he said.


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