Politics

Conservative political group mailer called “blatant voter suppression” by Democratic leaders

The campaign mailers recently sent out in at least two Washington's state legislative districts look like a pitch to Democratic voters to elect a progressive candidate. But they come from a conservative political action committee, and ask voters to write-in alternative candidates in close races that will help determine the margins of power in Olympia.

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Transportation

Traffic Alert: Traffic lights have been restored at Denny Way and Stewart Street

Traffic signals are now working again at Denny Way and Stewart Street, the Seattle Department of Transportation reported on Twitter. The issue caused delays for traffic heading both eastbound and westbound during the afternoon commute. Crews are working on repairing the signals, said SDOT spokesperson Mafara Hobson. The cause of the broken lights has not...

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Science

Snake names honor Darwin, fire god, Louisiana professor

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana professor is in heady company, honored by having one of three newly identified species of snakes from the Galapagos Islands named after him. "They named one after Charles Darwin — that's a no-brainer — and one after the Greek god of fire, and one after me, of all people,"...