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Pot Farmer Can't Give His $14K Away

School, charity turn down cash raised at huge marijuana auction

(Newser) - Randy Williams raised a boatload of money last month in Washington state's first recreational pot auction—$600,000, to be exact. But when he tried to spread the wealth locally, offering $14,000 to the Prosser School District and the Boys and Girls Club, his donation was refused, the... More »

Dead Guy Cruising to Re-Election in Wash. State

Roger Freeman died last week from cancer, but it looks like he defeated opponent

(Newser) - Election results are still trickling in in Washington state (it's a vote-by-mail-only state, KOMO News reports), but it looks like voters are giving Democratic Rep. Roger Freeman of Federal Way a second term with about 53% of the vote, NBC News notes. There's just one problem: The 48-year-old... More »

Images Posted Online After Murder

Police think killer was on 4chan after slaying

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are investigating the murder of a woman with a cruel twist—her killer is believed to have posted photos of her body on the online forum 4chan, reports NBC News . Police say the body of 30-year-old Amber Lynn Coplin was found yesterday in her Port Orchard... More »

School Shooter Sent Selfie With Gun to Ex

Meanwhile, injured cousin of Jaylen Fryberg says he loves and forgives him

(Newser) - Jaylen Fryberg not only supposedly texted his victims to ask them to lunch on Friday—he also sent a text to his ex-girlfriend not long before the shooting that showed him holding a gun, a law enforcement official tells CNN . An anonymous source tells Radar that Jaylen "sent a... More »

School Shooter Invited Victims to Lunch by Text

But Jaylen Fryberg's motive remains elusive, sheriff says

(Newser) - A popular student responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school on Friday invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table, investigators say today. Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary says at a news conference that the five students were at a lunch... More »

School Shooter Was Freshman Homecoming Prince

Freshman Jaylen Fryberg was popular but bullied: student

(Newser) - The gunman in a school shooting near Seattle —identified by fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg—was named freshman homecoming prince just days ago, CNN reports. The victims were Fryberg's friends, says one witness: "It wasn't just random." He "came up from behind ... and fired... More »

Missing Actress Found Dead in Ravine

Uncle finds Misty Upham's body after she disappeared Oct. 6

(Newser) - Native American actress Misty Upham has been found dead in the woods of Auburn, Wash., after family reported her missing on Oct. 6. A three-man search party led by Upham's uncle discovered her body at the bottom of a 150-foot embankment; her purse and identification were also found at... More »

School District Getting Rid of 'Dangerous' Swings

'It's a matter of liability,' Washington district says

(Newser) - Swingsets are becoming a thing of the past at school playgrounds in a Washington state school district because insurance companies have decided they're too hazardous. "It's just really a safety issue; swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the equipment on a playground,... More »

First Date Ends With Man Dead, Woman in Hospital

Alcohol, and a whole lot of crazy, was involved

(Newser) - There are infinite reasons to not go on a second date, but this tale of romance gone awry contains every single one of them: It seems that 53-year-old Leon Shaw of Washington state and his unnamed 47-year-old date went to a house party. Great. Alcohol was consumed. No problem. Enough... More »

Found at Goodwill: Human Skull

Detectives investigating the mysterious donation in Texas

(Newser) - Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas. A homicide detective says that foul play is not suspected and that he just wants to know how the adult skull came to be left at the Goodwill store.... More »

Gun Control Fight's New Big Dogs: Bill, Melinda Gates

They back Washington state bill

(Newser) - After helping to save a million kids' lives through their anti-malaria efforts in Africa, as the Daily Beast notes, Bill and Melinda Gates are turning their eyes—and wallets—to an issue closer to home. The two are donating $500,000 each to support a Washington state ballot initiative calling... More »

Biggest-Ever Dam Removal Frees US River

Salmon already returning to Washington's Elwha River

(Newser) - The biggest dam-removal project in history is complete and Washington state's Elwha River is running freely for the first time in more than a century. A blast yesterday destroyed the final 30 feet of the 210-foot Glines Canyon Dam, completed in 1927, on the Olympic Peninsula. The older, 108-foot... More »

Otter Killed After Attack on Boy, Grandma

Aggressive otter had no fear of humans, officials say

(Newser) - Swimmers are now free to go back in the Seattle-area Pilchuck River without worrying unduly about being attacked by crazed otters, authorities say. Wildlife officials say they tracked, shot, and killed a large, aggressive male otter just yards from where an 8-year-old boy and his grandmother were badly injured in... More »

17-Year-Old Held in Murder, Assault of Wash. Girl, 6

Unnamed boy lived in Jenise Wright's neighborhood

(Newser) - A week after 6-year-old Washington state girl Jenise Wright went missing, authorities have charged a 17-year-old male who lived in her neighborhood with her murder and sexual assault, reports the Seattle Times . The teenager isn't yet being named, but faces charges including second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and child rape.... More »

Body Found in Search for Washington Girl, 6

Hunt for Jenise Wright has tragic end

(Newser) - A tragic end to the search for 6-year-old Jenise Wright of Kitsap County, Washington: An FBI team discovered a body believed to be that of the missing girl in a wooded area close to the mobile park home where she was last seen Saturday night, reports King 5 . A sheriff'... More »

Legalized Pot Becomes Food-Safety Headache

Colorado, Washington state try to forge smart regulations

(Newser) - In Colorado, regulators sat down with marijuana makers and critics today to tackle a complex issue: pot and food safety, the AP reports. Their goal: make pot-infused products clearly labeled for the general public. They agreed that it's easy for some products, like candies and pot cookies, but what... More »

After 4 Months, Final Wash. Mudslide Victim Found

Officials confident they've located Molly "Kris" Regelbrugge

(Newser) - Four months after a devastating mudslide killed 43 people in Snohomish County, Wash., the official death toll remains at 42—but that will soon change, because yesterday morning rescue workers found what they believe to be the body of the final victim. Molly "Kris" Regelbrugge was found in an... More »

Legal Pot Hits Washington, With a Lot of 'Buts'

Sales expected to start tomorrow

(Newser) - Twenty months after Washington voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the first licenses for legal sales will be issued today, and sales will start tomorrow, as early as 8am. Seattle will have just one pot shop to start; Vancouver will have as many as three; Tacoma could have four.... More »

Guy Robbed Woman, Then Friended Her: Cops

Criminals with distinctive tattoos might consider restraint on social media

(Newser) - Ah, Facebook, that repository for high school friends, college friends, friends of friends, people you wish you'd never met ... and the dude who robbed you the other day? Police in Washington state say that a woman was sitting at a ferry terminal with headphones on when a guy knocked... More »

Rotting Boat To Become Luxury Literary Tourist Attraction

Owner set to move it to Salinas; captain's nephew opposes plan

(Newser) - For eight months, John Steinbeck's fishing boat has been moldering in Port Townsend, Washington. Now it's likely headed for a new home—but there's some controversy about where that will be, the New York Times reports. The Western Flyer, which Steinbeck chartered in 1940, set the stage... More »

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