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Amy Freedheim gives a speech to county employees and supporters during a march for women's safety at work in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. The march was scheduled after a woman was attacked in a bathroom at the King County Courthouse. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing

County employees and supporters march for safer working conditions

Rally was scheduled in light of a recent attack at King County Courthouse.

Amy Freedheim gives a speech to county employees and supporters during a march for women's safety at work in Seattle on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. The march was scheduled after a woman was attacked in a bathroom at the King County Courthouse. Photo by Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
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Details of 3 recent COVID-19 outbreaks in King County

What the data says about how to prevent a larger surge in cases | Public Health—Seattle & King County

  • Aug 5, 2021
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Surveillance footage appears to show Tyler Slaeker and other people entering the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, according to U.S District Court documents. Courtesy photo

Federal Way man arrested in connection with U.S. Capitol riot

A Federal Way man was arrested Aug. 4 for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. An FBI Special Agent signed an… Continue reading

Surveillance footage appears to show Tyler Slaeker and other people entering the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, according to U.S District Court documents. Courtesy photo
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Delta variant drives sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

State Department of Health officials urge vaccination immediately to combat the spread

  • Aug 4, 2021
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Cows at Tollgate Farm Park in North Bend. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record

State’s dairy workers begin earning overtime with new law

“This bill corrects a historic injustice,” said Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines).

Cows at Tollgate Farm Park in North Bend. Photo by Conor Wilson/Valley Record
A Darigold dairy worker practices picketing as a strike is approved by the union. Photo courtesy of Julia Issa

Puget Sound Darigold workers on verge of strike amid contract negotiations

Workers cite lack of medical leave, outsourcing and bad-faith negotiations as reason for strike.

A Darigold dairy worker practices picketing as a strike is approved by the union. Photo courtesy of Julia Issa
Critical race theory became a political buzzword last fall after Gig Harbor resident Christopher Rufo (right) joined commentator Tucker Carlson on Fox News. (Screenshot from YouTube broadcast)

Educational merit of critical race theory sparks heated debate

In Washington, schools have seen parents protest and threaten to remove their children from schools.

Critical race theory became a political buzzword last fall after Gig Harbor resident Christopher Rufo (right) joined commentator Tucker Carlson on Fox News. (Screenshot from YouTube broadcast)
The inside of Sound Transit’s light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in South Seattle. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit

Sound Transit Board to meet Aug. 5 to consider project delays

Agency needs to postpone or reduce projects due to $6.5 billion gap

  • Aug 2, 2021
The inside of Sound Transit’s light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in South Seattle. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit
The King County Courthouse. File photo

Sexual assault leads to calls for closing King County Courthouse

Crime is rising in the ’dangerous environment that has surrounded our seat of government.’

The King County Courthouse. File photo
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COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations are rising in Washington

Data suggests the vaccine is effective in preventing hospitalization for COVID-19

Courtesy of the Washington State Department of Health
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King County Council OKs millions for courts overwhelmed by pandemic backlog

Some lawyers testified that the backlog has created an “access to justice” problem.

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Dr. Amit Desai of St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way receives a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17, 2020. COURTESY PHOTO, CHI Franciscan

State reports 94% of COVID-19 cases are unvaccinated people

Data released by state Department of Health for cases between February and June

  • Jul 29, 2021
Dr. Amit Desai of St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way receives a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17, 2020. COURTESY PHOTO, CHI Franciscan
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Masks to be required at K-12 schools in Washington state

State Department of Health updates guidance for 2021-2022 school year

  • Jul 28, 2021
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King County Executive Dow Constantine signs an order July 28 to restart inquests into deaths that involved police officers. COURTESY PHOTO, King County

King County to restart inquests into deaths by police officers

Cases include shootings by Kent, Auburn, Federal Way and Kirkland police

King County Executive Dow Constantine signs an order July 28 to restart inquests into deaths that involved police officers. COURTESY PHOTO, King County
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King County to hire recruiter to fill vacant Sheriff’s Office jobs

50 deputies have resigned this year after 69 resigned in 2020

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Brief history of rats in the Puget Sound region – and the problem they present

Local exterminator noticed big change in rats over the past 40 years.

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Face coverings are required, as of July 27, for all people ages 5 and older who enter libraries in the King County Library System. COURTESY PHOTO, King County Library System
Face coverings are required, as of July 27, for all people ages 5 and older who enter libraries in the King County Library System. COURTESY PHOTO, King County Library System
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Face covering recommendation in indoor public spaces expands to 7 more counties

King plus Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan and Grays Harbor counties

  • Jul 26, 2021
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Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo

Supreme Court rules officers can be compelled to testify about killings

In a joint lawsuit against King County, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the families of Charleena Lyles, Damarius Butts and Isaiah… Continue reading

Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo
The King County Sheriff's Office asks for the public's help for information leading to the arrest of the pepetratrator of the July 18 fatal hit and run on this street near Maple Valley. Courtesy photo, KCSO.

KCSO seeks public’s help finding perpetrator of July 18 hit-and-and-run fatality near Maple Valley

Detectives with the King County Sheriff’s Office Major Accident Response and Reconstruction (MARR) unit seek the community’s help to identify any persons responsible for the… Continue reading

  • Jul 23, 2021
The King County Sheriff's Office asks for the public's help for information leading to the arrest of the pepetratrator of the July 18 fatal hit and run on this street near Maple Valley. Courtesy photo, KCSO.