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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Fatally shot bank robber was a promising chef

Friends were left at a loss to understand how a popular co-worker ended up as the suspect in a bank robbery.

Police nationally are shooting more mentally ill people

The pattern is developing despite efforts to use crisis intervention procedures. 

NEW YORK TIMES

NSA "backdoor" use traced American communications

US intelligance investigators confirmed NSA used backdoor tracking approach, a loophole in surveillance program methods.

THE GUARDIAN (UK)

Hawai'i police want to keep law that lets them sleep with prostitutes

Lawmakers in Hawai'i call law allowing officers to sleep with prostitutes during investigations antiquated, and want it abolished.

KING5.COM

Tax refund fraud forces temporary closure of Seattle schools

A data breach impacting Seattle's Archdiocese forces at least two schools to change their schedules on Friday.

KING5.COM

Senate Intelligence Committee accuses CIA of misconduct

A public accusation was made against the CIA for searching the Senate computer system, which Sen. Dianne Feinstein claims is in violation of the law. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Officials call for more transparency in "twilight zone" of police appeals processes

As local officials untangle complicated police misconduct investigation processes, calls for more transparency grow louder.

KUOW-FM

David Brooks: America's gulag uses isolation to inflict cruelty

Fortunately, society shows signs of waking up to the reality that social pain is the same as physical pain from beatings, floggings and the like.

NEW YORK TIMES

WA Legislature says human traffickers must register as sex offenders

While House Bill 1791 awaits approval by Gov. Jay Inslee, its passage would make Washington the first state to "designate the crime of human trafficking in the first degree as a sex offense."

SEATTLE TIMES
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