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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.

SEATTLE TIMES

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.”

SEATTLEPI.COM

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.

SEATTLE TIMES

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.

SEATTLEPI.COM

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.

SEATTLEPI.COM

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.

SEATTLE TIMES

SPU shooting suspect had well-documented mental health issues

Suspect in Seattle Pacific University shooting had a well-documented history of mental health issues and alcohol abuse according to court and police records and one counselor. He reportedly heard the voice of a long-dead Columbine killer in his head, “telling him to hurt people.”

SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle's highest-paid city employee could get raise of $120,000

Seattle City Light Chief Executive Officer Jorge Carrasco, the highest-paid city employee at $245,000 a year, may get a raise of $120,000 under a new pay scale approved by a City Council committee Wednesday.

SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle council expected to approve $15 minimum wage

Seattle City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday to phase in a $15 minimum wage.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Conditions are too dangerous to retrieve Mount Rainier climbers' bodies

Park officials say recovery could take months because conditions are too dangerous to find bodies now.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)
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