Mount Rainier National Park will offer free entry Sunday and Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Mount Rainier

National park

free MLK weekend

Mount Rainier National Park will offer free entry today and Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is the first of 14 free days this year.


Law would allow

student farm labor

Washington lawmakers want to free up students during the school year to work as farm hands.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that a measure introduced Friday would authorize the state Board of Education to allow school districts to adjust the 180-day school year. Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima, says the bill leaves it up to schools to allow farmwork as a senior project or allow colleges to match credits for the labor.

Orchardists in Central and Eastern Washington lost portions of their apple crops due to a shortage of fruit pickers last season.


520 bridge shut

till 5 a.m. Monday

The Highway 520 bridge will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday while contractors move concrete girders into position over the highway at 92nd Avenue Northeast, where an overpass and parklike lid are being built.

Work began there late Friday.

Mount Vernon

Tulalip man jailed

for identity theft

A 33-year-old Tulalip man is in Skagit County Jail after investigators linked him to 27 identity thefts, according to prosecutors.

Gary Olson pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of identity theft Thursday. His bail was set at $50,000. He is accused of operating an elaborate system involving forged checks, fake identification and stolen credit cards.


Marchers protest

police actions

Demonstrators carrying torches walked to the East Precinct to protest police brutality Saturday.

There were no arrests or injuries. The marchers, affiliated with Occupy Seattle, called for the ouster of Chief John Diaz and mentioned John T. Williams, a Native woodcarver fatally shot in 2010. Saturday’s rally ended with 75 people at Seattle Central Community College, where a speaker proclaimed: “We’re not going to stop until we have total freedom and cops don’t exist at all.”


Man found dead

at vacant home

Auburn police are investigating the killing of an unidentified man found outside a vacant house. A contractor noticed the body while clearing brush in the 11100 block of Southeast 304th Street.

The middle-aged victim did not live in the home, Cmdr. Mike Hirman said Saturday.

Federal Way

Driver arrested

after fatal shooting

Police say they jailed a man who fled an officer-involved shooting in Federal Way. Officers say Friday the man drove off in a van and abandoned it with a dead passenger inside. A Federal Way officer had shot the passenger after interrupting a suspected drug deal near Southwest Dash Point Road.

Auburn detectives made the arrest late Friday.

Times staff and news services