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Seattle creates Denny Way bus lane this week from Fairview Avenue to Stewart Street

Look out for road workers this week, as Seattle re-stripes Denny Way to create an eastbound bus-only lane, from Fairview Avenue east to Stewart Street. It's meant to speed the chronically late Route 8 bus by one or two minutes during afternoon peaks. Only one general-traffic lane will remain westbound, next to the new Denny Substation under...

Education

WSU president refuses to punish College Republicans after former leader’s role in Charlottesville

PULLMAN, Wash. — The president of Washington State University is declining to withdraw official recognition and support for the WSU College Republicans group. President Kirk Schulz says all registered student organizations must adhere to university policies to remain in good standing. Last week, a dozen Democratic state legislators from Western Washington sent Schulz a letter...

Health

Free needle-pickup kits are so popular that Snohomish County’s supply ran out

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Snohomish County health officials say that so many people wanted free kits to safely pick up and dispose of used syringes that they quickly ran out. The Daily Herald reports that the initial 50 free needle cleanup kits were snapped up within days. The Snohomish Health District started a wait list...

Data

Violent crime in U.S. up for second year in row

Among reasons that have been cited for the increase: a profusion of handguns, poverty and social isolation; warring gangs involved in the drug trade; and police officers who are said to be questioning fewer people and making fewer arrests for fear of being criticized.

Science

Erupting volcano forces 6,000 evacuations on Vanuatu island

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An erupting volcano has forced 6,000 people to flee their homes on an island in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. The Manaro volcano on Ambae island has been active since 2005, but a recent increase in activity has raised fears of a major eruption. Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu's...