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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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Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington

President Obama declared an emergency in Washington on Wednesday due to the widlfires.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Better weather conditions help fight wildfires

Cooler weather and less wind has helped firefighters take on the Carlton Complex of fires in north-central Washington.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Man dies trying to save home in Washington fire

A man in Okanogan County died from a heart attack while trying to fight a fire near his home.

SEATTLEPI.COM

Gusty winds fuel Washington fires

"A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of towns, destroyed numerous homes and blackened scenic hillsides in north-central Washington has been burning into new areas, fueled by dry conditions and gusty winds."

KOMO NEWS

Sheriff says up to 100 homes lost in Washignton fire

Sheriff estimates that up to 100 homes have been lost in Washington fire.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

State of emergency declared in Washington

State of emergency declared in 20 Eastern Washington counties due to multiple wildfires threatening several hundred homes.

SEATTLE TIMES

Three days of marijuana sales pull in more than $148,000 in excise taxes

After only three days of legal marijuana on sale, the state will pull in 148,256 in excise taxes.

SEATTLE TIMES

Wash. issues its first pot shop licenses

Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses on Monday with overnight email.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Tri-City woman chows pet food to prove a point

Can you subsist on kibble and birdseed for an entire month? That’s what one pet store owner from Richland is doing to show that food for critters should be just as nutritious as human food.

TRI-CITY HERALD (KENNEWICK)

Same-sex couples wake up married today

Same-sex couples in domestic partnerships are waking up married this morning due to the state’s same-sex marriage law, which automatically converts domestic partnerships to marriage unless a couple filed paperwork to prevent their relationship from automatically converting to marriage.

SEATTLE TIMES
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