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'Soul' of the Pacific NW Is Dying of Starvation

Killer whales are succumbing to a variety of factors, including pollution and lack of Chinook salmon

(Newser) - "I believe we have orcas in our soul in this state." Those were the words of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year after forming the Southern Resident Orca Task Force , an initiative meant to keep endangered killer whales alive in the region. Contributing to their extinction there,... More »

Cops: Guy Picked Wrong Business to Break Into

He couldn't escape NW Escape Experience, allegedly

(Newser) - The problem with breaking into an escape-room business is, well, the escape. Police in Vancouver, Washington, say Rye Wardlaw busted into NW Escape Experience overnight Sunday and ended up calling 911 because he couldn't get out, reports USA Today . Authorities say the 40-year-old finally managed to escape through a... More »

She Was Surveying the Land. Then the Wolves Came

Woman scoots up tree in Washington state, is rescued by helicopter

(Newser) - Dispatchers in Okanogan, Wash., received an unusual call right around lunchtime Thursday: A woman phoned to say she was perched 30 feet up in a tree near a local campground, with wolves hovering at the bottom and waiting for her to come down, the AP reports. The research student said... More »

Rachel Dolezal Makes Short Trip to Jail

She's booked on welfare fraud charges in Washington

(Newser) - The former NAACP branch president best known as Rachel Dolezal was booked Monday into a jail in Washington state, where she faces welfare fraud charges . Dolezal, who was born white but identifies as "transracial," was photographed and fingerprinted at Spokane County Jail around 3:30pm, then released on... More »

Bystander Who Stopped Carjacker Is a Pastor

47-year-old also aided victim after the attack

(Newser) - Danner Barton's quick thinking meant he escaped an armed carjacking attempt Sunday with only a bullet wound to his hand. "I ducked my head and I gunned it" as the culprit opened fire in Tumwater, Wash., leaving a bullet lodged in his steering wheel, the 16-year-old tells KING5... More »

High School Football Team's Co-Captains Die Within 48 Hours

'It's like a double blow'

(Newser) - For members of the football team at Lynnwood High School, graduation this year isn't a time of celebration but a time of shock, bewilderment, and grief. Both of the Washington state school team's co-captains died within 48 hours of each other over the weekend. Sayon Savorn, a 17-year-old... More »

Man Forced Neighbors to Do Chores and Yard Work

'He's kind of an intimidating guy,' the police said after arresting him

(Newser) - A Centralia, Wash., man took the idea of "help thy neighbor" just a little too literally. Wellington Waggoner was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly grabbing a 12-year-old boy who was out warming up the family car, picking him up by his coat, and insisting that he do yard work,... More »

Cougar Survivor Was 'So Worried About My Friend'

911 calls show Washington man's despair after fatal attack, struggle to determine his location

(Newser) - Recordings of emergency calls after a fatal cougar attack in Washington state last weekend detail how dispatchers calmly struggled to figure out exactly where the surviving victim was—and heard how worried he was about his friend. Isaac Sederbaum, 31, of Seattle was mountain biking with SJ Brooks, 32, also... More »

'Something Was Wrong With This Cougar': Attack Details Released

As cougar attacked friend, cyclist ran—and was killed

(Newser) - "They did everything they were supposed to do. But something was wrong with this cougar." That's the take from King County Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Abbott after a rare attack on humans left one cyclist dead in Washington state Saturday and another badly injured. The Seattle men'... More »

'Extremely Rare' Cougar Attack Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Both victims were riding bikes in a remote part of the state

(Newser) - One mountain biker was killed and a second left seriously injured in a Washington State cougar attack over the weekend. The two men, who've not been identified, were biking in a remote area east of Seattle when the predator struck, KING5 reports. Rich Beausoleil, the state's bear and... More »

Arrest Made 30 Years Later: 'Justice Is Jenni’s'

Robert D. Washburn arrested in 1986 murder of 13-year-old Jennifer Bastian in Tacoma, Wash.

(Newser) - Pattie Bastian waited more than 30 years for some kind of closure on her young daughter's death—and now, finally, "justice is Jenni's." In what the News Tribune calls "one of the most heartbreaking" cases in the history of Tacoma, Wash., 60-year-old Robert D. Washburn... More »

Amazon Not Thrilled With Seattle's New 'Amazon Tax'

Tax on city's largest employers will bring in about $45M a year

(Newser) - "People are dying on the doorsteps of prosperity." That's per a city councilwoman in Seattle, where local politicians hope a new tax on big business will alleviate homelessness. On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed a "head tax," which starting in 2019 will be imposed... More »

Judge Sues Over Neighbor's Urinating Cat, but With a Twist

The case records ended up sealed, and a law professor is trying to reverse that

(Newser) - It falls under the umbrella of typical neighborly quarrels: Homeowner 1 is angered at Homeowner 2, whose cat is peeing on Homeowner 1's back porch. What elevates the argument occurring in Spokane, Wash., isn't just that a lawsuit was involved—but that it was sealed. The Los Angeles ... More »

'A Monster Is Still Out There': Girl's Body Found 9 Years Later

Lindsey Baum case is now a 'murder investigation'

(Newser) - On June 26, 2009 at around 9:30pm, 10-year-old Lindsey Baum left a friend's house in McCleary, Wash., to walk home alone after the friend's mother said no to a sleepover. It was the last time she was seen alive. Police say the case has become a homicide... More »

Tribe Says His Death Was a Hate Crime. Others Aren't Sure

A killing in Washington state of a young Native American has emotions high amid tales of bias

(Newser) - ProPublica has been collecting data for its "Documenting Hate" project, and hate crimes and bias incidents against Native Americans in the US are prevalent. But one out of Grays Harbor County in Washington is in the spotlight, with Rahima Nasa focusing on the death of a 20-year-old Quinault... More »

Files on Hart Family Detail Harsh Punishment Over Pizza

Reports from child-welfare officials in 3 states released

(Newser) - In the wake of the Hart family's death at the bottom of a Northern California cliff comes the release of reports by child-welfare officials in Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington state that the New York Times sees as peppered with "clues" as to what was going on inside the... More »

Man Accused of Breaking In, Then a 'Dirt-Baggish' Move

Cops say Matthew Robert Paul rented out home that wasn't his while owners were vacationing

(Newser) - With a fireplace and a deck overlooking the bay, the home on Hermosa Beach Road was a desirable rental—so much so that a man who didn't even own the Marysville, Wash., home rented it out. KIRO 7 reports 35-year-old Matthew Robert Paul (or "Ryan," as the... More »

Boy in This Viral Photo Now Feared Dead

Devonte Hart, 2 siblings remain missing after crash in California

(Newser) - The teary-eyed boy who hugged a police officer during a heated Ferguson-related rally in Portland in 2014, resulting in a viral photo, is now feared dead after his family's SUV plunged off a California cliff . Police believe Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both aged 38 or 39, were traveling with... More »

In Pacific NW, an 'Intensifying Guerilla Warfare' Over Bitcoin

Mid-Columbia Basin's space, hydroelectric power has made it top site for bitcoin mining in US

(Newser) - You'd think any old region would do for a bitcoin mining business : Just set up a computer, solve a bunch of sophisticated math puzzles, and start raking in that sweet virtual currency. But as Paul Roberts' deep dive on Politico notes, that kind of computer power can require "... More »

Her Grandson's Diary Stunned Her. Then She Opened His Guitar Case

Wash. police are praising a grandmother for possibly stopping a potential school shooting

(Newser) - Amid the headlines about Wednesday's massacre in Parkland, Fla., comes word of a teen who may have had similar designs on his Washington school. The Seattle Times reports a woman called 911 Tuesday after stumbling across her 18-year-old grandson's journal and finding "upcoming and credible threats,"... More »

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