ORCA overhauls entire system, new era of public transit begins

ORCA‘s highly-anticipated new website, smartphone app, and real-time value loading for ORCA cards launched today at 2:30 a.m. for hundred of thousands of transit customers across the Pugent Sound region. New card readers and vending machines are also rolling out at transit locations throughout the region, marking the start of ongoing improvements to the ORCA … Read more

Catalytic converter theft runs rampant in Seattle, nation sees dramatic increase

Even with the new law on the books, catalytic converter theft is still on the rise in Washington. The evergreen state is still experiencing a heavy stream of stolen catalytic converters, and there doesn’t appear to be any relief in sight. Napa Auto Parts on South Hudson Street is still seeing the same amount of … Read more

AMBER Alert canceled for 8-year-old girl in child abduction on Aurora Ave.

Generic image of the vehicle in which Matteson was last seen. An image of the victim was not issued in the AMBER Alert (Seattle Police Department) (Seattle Police Department) Seattle Police department has issued an AMBER Alert for Kiya Matteson, last seen on Aurora Ave. N near the Bitter Lake neighborhood. At around 3 a.m. … Read more

Ross: Why Oklahoma’s stance on abortion will echo throughout the country

12 states have trigger laws that take effect if Roe v Wade is overturned – and Oklahoma is one of them. If Roe goes, Oklahoma reverts to a law passed in 1910, making abortion a felony, punishable by two to five years in prison, unless it’s the only way to save the mother’s life. No … Read more

Greece: Man, believed homeless, crushed in ‘robot dumpster’

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Authorities in northern Greece say a man has been killed in an automated dumpster after opening the bin and looking inside, apparently in search of food. Police said the unidentified man, believed to be homeless and aged around 40, was was trapped in the bin and crushed to death when the … Read more

Rantz: Victim died as medics waited for critically understaffed Seattle Police to arrive to scene

Due to critically low staffing, Seattle Police were unable to quickly respond to a deadly hit and run as medics waited to be cleared to treat the victim. To be clear, multiple sources said the victim would have died no matter how soon police were able to arrive. But no one appeared to have known … Read more

Indonesia bus flips over after hitting billboard, killing 14

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — A tourist bus with an apparently drowsy driver slammed into a billboard Monday on a highway on Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing at least 14 people and injuring 19 others, police said. The bus, carrying Indonesian tourists from Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, was returning from a trip … Read more

35 Marysville teachers receive layoff notices after voters reject levy extensions

Thirty-five teachers in the Marysville School District received layoff notices last week, after voters rejected levy measures that would have funded 14-18% of the district’s overall budget. The district is also not replacing retiring teachers and non-continuing staff. The “Educational Programs and Operation Levy” and the “Technology and Capital Projects Levy” failed at the polls in February and April, … Read more

Buffalo shooting latest example of targeted racial violence

Black people going about their daily lives — then dying in a hail of bullets fired by a white man who targeted them because of their skin color. Substitute a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, with a church in South Carolina, and Malcolm Graham knows the pain and grief the families of those killed Saturday … Read more

Alaska Airlines CEO anticipates ‘choppy May,’ issues mea culpa as flight cancellations rack up

Alaska Airlines is facing issues with contracting and a shortage of pilots, leaving travelers to deal with a surplus of flight cancellations. “Simply put, we had 63 fewer pilots than what we planned for when we built our schedule. By the time we got this error, April and May schedules were bid on by our … Read more