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

Man tries to kill spider, sets house on fire

Man using a can of spray paint and a lighter to kill a spider ends up setting house on fire and causing $60,000 in damage.

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Pacific Place mall sold for $271M

Pacific Place mall sold Monday for $271 million to an entity run by retail real-estate investment firm Madison Marquette.

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City Attorney Pete Holmes apologizes for bringing weed into the workplace

“When I brought the unopened marijuana to city offices — trying to keep up with a busy schedule — I nonetheless violated the city’s rules,” Holmes said in a news release this afternoon. “I apologize to my employees, all city employees and to the public.”

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Seattle's only pot shop closes temporarily, ran out of weed

Seattle’s only legal weed store runs out of pot and will be closed for 10 to 15 days until next supply arrives.

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Forward Seattle delivers referendum signatures to oppose $15 minimum wage

Forward Seattle delivered collected signatures this morning to oppose the $15 minimum wage. The petition needs more than 16, 500 signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

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Why pot stores won't matter in Seattle

Analysis on why legal marijuana retailers are unnecessary in Seattle, a city that is "already an island of weed.”

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Seattle's first pot shop opens Tuesday

Cannabis City, Seattle’s first marijuana retailer, is expected to open Tuesday. The owner worries there will be no weed left on the shelves.

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SPU shooting suspect pleads not guilty, planning insanity defense

Aaron Rey Ybarra, the 26-year-old man accused of killing one student and wounding two others at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, pleaded not guilty to all five charges—premeditated first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault—in King County Superior Court today. His attorney says she plans to pursue an insanity defense for her client.

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SPD chief-designee wants to restore public's trust

Seattle Police Chief-designate Kathleen O’Toole wants to restore public’s trust by getting police into city’s neighborhoods.

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Seattle franchise owners sue to stop the $15 minimum wage

A group of Seattle franchise owners sue today to stop the city’s $15 minimum wage from moving forward under the grounds that it unfairly treats them as large business owners.

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