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Cadence Patton, 9, gets properly fitted for a bike helmet at Bayside Bikes in Everett on June 17, 2016. Sound Publishing file photo

King County repeals bike helmet law over evidence of racist and discriminatory enforcement

Board of Health still encourages helmet use, but citatations will no longer be issued

Cadence Patton, 9, gets properly fitted for a bike helmet at Bayside Bikes in Everett on June 17, 2016. Sound Publishing file photo
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Amanda Knox finds a fresh start on Vashon

Knox and Robinson bought a home on the island in 2019 just before the pandemic arrived. They’ve since married and had a baby girl.

  • Feb 17, 2022
  • By Jeff Hoyt For The Beachcomber
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Screenshot of Gov. Jay Inslee’s news conference from Feb. 17, 2022.

Governor: Masks can come off March 21 in most public settings

They’ll still be required in some places, but Washington is following several other states now lifting mandates.

  • Feb 17, 2022
  • By Jerry Cornfield Herald Writer and Claudia Yaw Herald Writer
  • Coronavirus
Screenshot of Gov. Jay Inslee’s news conference from Feb. 17, 2022.
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Survey data shows why some WA parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children

Census Bureau survey data shows what reasons are cited, and how Washington compares to other states.

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A gun rights advocate warns a crowd of the potential need for forceful resistance in the future at gathering outside House of Representatives chamber in this 2020 file photo.

Ban of guns at government meetings, ballot counting advances

The prohibition would cover open and concealed carry of firearms. State House Democrats overrode Republican objections.

  • Feb 16, 2022
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com
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A gun rights advocate warns a crowd of the potential need for forceful resistance in the future at gathering outside House of Representatives chamber in this 2020 file photo.
Some of the books under fire at Cedar Heights Middle School. (Screenshot from Barnes & Noble website)

Debate continues over potential book ban in Kent schools

Some claim the LGBTQ books are inappropriate, while others argue the importance of representation.

Some of the books under fire at Cedar Heights Middle School. (Screenshot from Barnes & Noble website)
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Vaccine verification requirement will end March 1, officials announce

King County officials say this decision is backed by science.

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State Superintendent Chris Reykdal (Courtesy of OSPI)

State Superintendent recommends change of mask mandate policies in schools, claims ‘landscape’ of pandemic has changed

Meanwhile, the state’s largest public school employees’ union continues support for masks in schools.

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal (Courtesy of OSPI)
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Leader of theft ring sentenced to six years in federal prison

Auburn man operated storefront businesses in Kent and Renton that fronted as legitimate pawn shops.

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A protective mask hanging on a front door. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Inslee: Mask mandate is going away, but not quite yet

Governor said he’ll say exactly when next week. Meanwhile, a pause on elective surgeries will end Feb. 17.

  • Feb 10, 2022
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com
  • Coronavirus
A protective mask hanging on a front door. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Cover art of books that KSD Librarian Gavin Downing says have been under fire: “Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts),” by Lev A.C. Rosen, “If I Was Your Girl,” by Meredith Russo, and “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” by George Matthew Johnson.

Kent School District librarian is ready to defend LGBTQ books ‘even more now’

A few books curated by librarian are under review by district for “sexually explicit content.”

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Cover art of books that KSD Librarian Gavin Downing says have been under fire: “Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts),” by Lev A.C. Rosen, “If I Was Your Girl,” by Meredith Russo, and “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” by George Matthew Johnson.
Traffic in South King County. File photo

5 things Democrats didn’t say about their $17B transpo plan

Democrats’ transportation package in the Washington state Legislature, as of Feb. 9, spends lots of money. It also makes new policy. Here are five points… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2022
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com
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State Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) authored the letter to Gov. Jay Inslee. Mullet represents the 5th Legislative District. File photo

State bill would help high school students pay for college courses

A new bill introduced in the Washington state Legislature is looking to eliminate course fees for high school students enrolled in the state’s College in… Continue reading

State Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) authored the letter to Gov. Jay Inslee. Mullet represents the 5th Legislative District. File photo
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Attorney General files lawsuit against COVID testing company

Center for COVID Control operated testing sites in King County.

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After a record-breaking 2020, gun violence continues to increase in King County

King County Prosecuting Attorney believes pandemic gun violence is part of a national trend.

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The former Econo Lodge in Kent is a King County Isolation and Quarantine Facility for COVID-19 patients. FILE PHOTO, Kent Reporter

Man dies at Kent COVID-19 isolation and quarantine facility

Found dead in room at former hotel during routine medical staff check

The former Econo Lodge in Kent is a King County Isolation and Quarantine Facility for COVID-19 patients. FILE PHOTO, Kent Reporter
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King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office testifies on behalf of catalytic converter theft bill, suggests additional measures

KCPAO representative emphasized the importance of addressing the demand for the stolen car parts.

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Kammerzell negotiations with city of Kent expected to be ‘lengthy process’

Assistant police chief on paid administrative leave as union, city begin talks

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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, who pushed for broadband funding in Washington schools. (Screenshot from murray.senate.gov)

American Rescue Plan Act funding approved for broadband investments in WA schools

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray pushed for the funding, which will benefit several King County school districts.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, who pushed for broadband funding in Washington schools. (Screenshot from murray.senate.gov)
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State offers free at-home COVID-19 tests

You can order the tests through the state’s new online portal.

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