RVs line up Dec. 18 along Third Avenue South north of the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence in Seattle’s Sodo district. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)
RVs line up Dec. 18 along Third Avenue South north of the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence in Seattle's Sodo district. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

In Seattle’s Sodo district, frustration mounts amid RVs, drugs and skyrocketing crime

In Sodo and Georgetown — known collectively as The Flatlands — crime is up 31 percent, driven largely by an increase in property crime. Police and business owners blame the rise on chronic drug users living in RVs who have moved into the industrial area.  VIEW

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Education

Catholic student says he didn’t disrespect Native American

PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) — A Catholic high school student whose close encounter with a Native American activist and a black religious sect was captured on video in Washington, D.C. says he has nothing to apologize for. Nick Sandmann told NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday that he had every right to be there, as did...  VIEW

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Telescopes capture moment of impact during eclipse of moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers managed to capture the moment of an impact during this week's eclipsed moon. Spanish astrophysicist Jose Maria Madiedo of the University of Huelva said Wednesday it appears a rock from a comet slammed into the moon during the total lunar eclipse late Sunday and early Monday. The strike was...