Washington

A 'flood' at Safeco Field

A recent e-mail we intercepted from a stadium-loathing group that calls itself Taxpayers on Strike (TOS) asserted there's an untold story about another victim of the storm that swamped the state two weeks ago – Safeco Field. TOS's Vincent Koskela contended "the recent rain storm caused severe flooding at 'Safeco Field.' The lower bowl, Clubhouse and Dugout flooded. Four feet of water shot up in the Clubhouse. Conduits carrying TV Cables were full of water," Koskela wrote. Wrong on all counts, counters M's spokeswoman Rebecca Hale, who also saw the e-mail. Koskela claimed his info came from disclosures made at a Public Facilities District maintenance and operations committee meeting on Dec. 10.

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Streetcar accident reported

Well that was quick. A week after the Seattle Streetcar began serving passengers, apparently there has been an accident. KIRO-TV is reporting that police have responded to Mercer Street and Terry Avenue North. Update: It was minor, and no one was hurt, says KOMO-TV. Meanwhile, the driver of a Gray Line bus was killed on Interstate 5 under the Washington State Convention and Trade Center overnight when the bus she was driving crashed, and the downtown Seattle bus tunnel is closed again due to software problems. Might be a windy, rainy day to stay home.

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Shouldn't variable ticket-pricing work both ways?

Now that the Mariners have introduced premium prices for in-demand games like Opening Day, the Yankees, and Bosox, we were wondering if the club gave much thought to offering cheaper seats for the likes of perennial losers like Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and Baltimore. Say, like charging 1999 prices?

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WET detonates Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

Two years in the making, blahblahblahBANG, an ambitious show by Washington Ensemble Theater, is a high-profile step for an edgy and accomplished Seattle theater company. It's full of brilliant bits in the course of a radical reworking of a classic play.

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Disaster aid needed: Please send duct tape!

Just got a note from Gov. Chris Gregoire's new press secretary, Aaron Toso. On Saturday, the governor asked that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expand disaster assistance to individuals in Mason, Thurston and Pacific counties due to the recent storm and flooding. That request was granted over the weekend.

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A quarter mile's worth of punts

It's not often that Seattle Seahawk fans get treated to a game-long Ryan Plackemeier highlight film, but that was the case against Carolina Sunday, Dec. 16. The most memorable aspect of the Hawk 13-10 loss was the Seattle punter thumping on fourth down to end his club's first eight possessions. Old-timers would later say they couldn't recall such futility since they last toted up Liz Taylor's attempts at successful marriages. The punter moved the ball about a quarter mile. The rest of the Hawks (9-5) were good for 280 yards, many of those gathered during a meaningless TD drive as time expired.

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Landmark hearing scheduled for Ballard diner

Here's an update on the old Ballard Denny's, the historic Googie-style diner that is threatened by the wrecking ball and slated to be replaced by a large condo project. Earlier this fall, the Denny's closed. The building is boarded and vacant, awaiting its fate. That could be determined in a matter of weeks.

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The state defends a decision not to investigate the Times

Newly public e-mails show that the attorney general's office chose not to investigate the paper's management of a joint operating agreement with the Seattle P-I, despite knowing about a sworn allegation that the Times had secretly tried to shortchange the P-I. Former state Supreme Court Justice Phil Talmadge thinks that decision casts doubt on the integrity of AG Rob McKenna.

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Toxic sludge in Oso threatens emergency crews

Sewage, propane, and household solvents are among the toxins officials worry about during cleanup efforts.

REUTERS

Natural gas plant on Columbia River explodes, injuring 5

Witnesses describe huge blast, 30-50 foot plume of flames, and black smoke. Storage tank gouged by shrapnel has a leak, and a two-mile zone is at the risk of further explosion.

TRI-CITY HERALD (KENNEWICK)

Today is the last day of the rainiest March ever

Rainfall records across Western Washington were broken this month, including at SeaTac, where there hasn't been this much rain since the late 19th century.

KPLU-FM

"Everybody needs dessert."

Sultan chocolatier Kathryne Paz shares her sweets with as many as possible, including those struggling in her community.

HERALD (EVERETT)

Mudslide missing jumps from 18 to 108

Drastic rise in officials' estimates of number missing in devastating Oso slide.

KPLU-FM

At least 18 missing, 3 dead in mudslide

The governor has declared a disaster area as rescuers try to stay safe in dangeous conditions.

HERALD (EVERETT)

Animal shelter to auction note and cash left by Barefoot Bandit

While on the run, Colton Harris Moore left cash and a note for a Pacific County animal shelter, which the shelter is auctioning to raise funds.

KING5.COM

More jobs in Wash. now than before the recession

The state jobless rate dropped to 6.4 percent, with 3,800 new jobs added between December and January. 

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Landslides, avalanche reported as a result of rain

The 5-foot avalanche on Stevens Pass spilled fresh powder across all four lanes. WSDOT expects the pass to be closed until 1 p.m. Wednesday. 

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam

Though officials Friday admitted it was a serious problem, they said it was not an immediate threat.

Q13FOX.COM
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