From left, retired Judge Terry Carroll, former U.S. Attorney John McKay, and Colleen Kinerk are among prominent Seattle Catholics seeking the appointment of a panel of laypeople to review the Seattle Archdiocese’s clergy-abuse files. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
From left, retired Judge Terry Carroll, former U.S. Attorney John McKay, and Colleen Kinerk are among prominent Seattle Catholics seeking the appointment of a panel of lay people to review the Seattle Archdiocese’s clergy abuse files. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
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Prominent Catholics together call for review of Seattle Archdiocese’s secret clergy abuse files

A group that includes former judges and law enforcement officials, abuse survivors, retired clergy and others delivered a letter and statement of key objectives to new Seattle Archbishop Paul Etienne, requesting his support.

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Education

Washington school district warns of online ‘penny challenge’

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state school district warned parents about a potentially dangerous “penny challenge” spreading on social media. The Tacoma School District said a middle school student in the district took part in the online trend last week, KOMO-TV reports. The school district provided a photo of a burned electrical wall outlet...

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Health

Japanese evacuation flight brings back workers from Wuhan

TOKYO (AP) — The first group of Japanese evacuees from a virus-hit Chinese city arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday, a dozen of them with cough and fever including two who were later diagnosed with pneumonia. Five of the 206 evacuees were taken to designated Tokyo hospitals specializing in treating infectious diseases, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...  VIEW

Data

Make that $1B: New report ups the price to fix King County’s affordable-housing crisis

Two years ago, consulting firm McKinsey & Company concluded in a controversial report that solving Seattle and King County’s homelessness crisis would require twice as much annual spending, not to mention building thousands more affordable-housing units.  McKinsey has now returned with more news: the problem is bigger than they thought. About $1 billion bigger.    In...

Science

Mag 7.7 quake hits between Cuba and Jamaica, but no injuries

HAVANA (AP) — A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond, but there were no reports of casualties or heavy damage. The quake was centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 140...