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Sawant says she's voting 'no' on Seattle budget — There will be a rare 'no' vote Monday when the Seattle City Council adopts the city's new budget for 2015 and 2016. Despite getting her way with several amendments earlier this month, Councilmember Kshama Sawant will dissent, she says. Because of the amendments, the council's budget will include money to investigate a 'millionaires tax,' fast track city...

Seattle preparing for Ferguson grand jury decision — Seattle's emergency operations center will be activated after the grand-jury decision in Ferguson, Mo. is announced, a Seattle police official said Monday. Capt. Chris Fowler, commander of the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct, has been designated to be the incident commander to handle any protests or unrest arising from the decision.

Got a good Apple Cup joke? Share them here — It's that time of year again, folks. The beloved Apple Cup. A time where Washington is divided between crimson and purple in the state's longest-standing rivalry. It's also a time Coug and Husky fans alike get to dust off old jokes, jabs and one-liners at their respective in-state foes.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @SeaTimesSports: Got a good Apple Cup joke, Coug and Husky fans? Here's your chance to share a friendly jab at your in-state foes:

Huskies release depth chart for Apple Cup — The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs. November 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM Huskies release depth chart for Apple Cup No significant chances to the Huskies' depth chart for Saturday's Apple Cup (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1). This is essentially the lineup UW had to start against Oregon State.
Nov 24, 2014

No notable changes to UW depth chart (based on starting lineup against Oregon State):…

Mudslide stops passenger trains south of Everett — The Associated Press EVERETT - A mudslide Monday morning south of Everett has temporarily suspended passenger rail service between Seattle and Everett. BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says crews are working to clear mud, trees and debris that came down a 50-foot embankment next to the track's single main line Freight trains are expected to resume operations later...
Nov 24, 2014

'Tis the season: Mudslide stops passenger trains south of Everett:

Scientists may be cracking mystery of big 1872 earthquake — Originally published Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 6:49 PM Geologists may be close to solving one of the biggest seismological mysteries in the Pacific Northwest: the origin of a powerful quake that rattled seven states and provinces when Ulysses S. Grant was president and the transcontinental railroad hadn't yet reached Washington.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @SeaTimesPhoto: Scientists may be cracking mystery of big 1872 earthquake. (@ellenbanner /ST) Photos & story: htt…

7 cars stolen from Edmonds used car dealer — The Associated Press Seven cars were stolen overnight from a used car lot in Edmonds. The manager of Gasoline Alley in Highway 99, Raymond Yager, tells KIRO thieves broke into an office and took the keys. The cars included several BMWs and a Mercedes-Benz and were worth about $100,000.

Huskies morning links: Hau'oli Kikaha a finalist for the Butkus Award — UW senior Hau'oli Kikaha, who leads the nation in sacks (17.5) and tackles for loss (23.5), has been named one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker. He is joined by UCLA's Eric Kendricks, Miami's Denzel Perryman, Michigan's Jake Ryan and Notre...
Nov 24, 2014

UW's Hau'oli Kikaha, the nation's leader in sacks (17.5) and TFLs (23.5), a finalist for the Butkus Award:…

North Cascades, Chinook, Cayuse passes closed — The Associated Press OLYMPIA - Heavy weekend snow has closed three Washington mountain passes that typically close for the winter because of deep snow and avalanche danger. The Washington Transportation Department closed the North Cascades Highway on Sunday and Chinook and Cayuse passes on Monday The North Cascades Highway closure is a 37-mile stretch of Highway 20.

Seahawks draw another big TV rating — The Seahawks-Arizona game, shown on FOX, drew a 40.5 rating and 70 share in the Seattle-Tacoma market. That's on par with ratings for other games this season as Seattle remains one of the top local television draws in the NFL, but not quite the highest of the season.

Seahawks Live Monday Chat — The latest news and analysis from all angles on the Seahawks. November 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM Seahawks Live Monday Chat The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.
Nov 24, 2014

With a different sort of week, we're hosing out live Seahawks chat today at noon:…

Source: Mariners and all-star third baseman Kyle Seager agree to 7-year, $100 million extension — Kyle Seager is going to be wearing a Mariners uniform for quite some time. And he will be paid handsomely to do so. A baseball source with knowledge of the situation confirmed reports that the Mariners and their all-star third baseman have agreed to a seven-year, $100 million contract extension.

Washington QB Cyler Miles runs offense efficiently in victory — Originally published Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM It's no coincidence that on the night their quarterback looked more comfortable, more confident, than he ever has, the Huskies put together their most complete offensive performance of the season in Saturday's 37-13 victory over Oregon State.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @SeaTimesSports: Cyler Miles looked confident and efficient in @UW_Football's over Oregon State on Saturday. @A_Jude's story:

State AG says police don't need consent to record with body cams — Police officers using body-worn cameras in Washington state do not have ask the person they are recording for consent, even though Washington is one of several states that require "two-party consent" to record audio. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the long-awaited opinion on the usage of police body cameras on Monday morning.
Nov 24, 2014

Attorney general: Police don't need your consent to record you with a body cam:

2 men injured in blast trying to make hash oil in Oregon restroom — The Associated Press TIGARD, Ore. - Police say two men were injured in a blast in the restroom of a Tigard service station where they were trying to make hash oil from marijuana and butane used in the process exploded. The two Tigard men - 18 and 23 years old - took themselves to Providence St.
Nov 24, 2014

2 Oregon men injured in explosion trying to make hash oil in gas station restroom:

Seattle shouldn’t expect NBA expansion team soon if salary issues remain unresolved — Originally published Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM Inside sports business Don't look now, but Scott Boras appears to be running the NBA players union. OK, maybe not. It's just that new NBA union chief Michele Roberts sounds an awful lot like the baseball super-agent when it comes to how wealth should be distributed between players and owners.
Nov 24, 2014

Column: If new #NBA union chief halfway serious in salary cap remarks, forget expansion to #Seattle for a few years.…

Seattle to get new billboard urging parents to take care with pot — Drivers traveling on Highway 99 this week might notice something new in the Georgetown neighborhood: a billboard advocating adults keep pot out of kids' hands. The Marijuana Policy Project announced in a news release Monday morning that it would launch the billboard this week as part of its consume responsibly campaign.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @evanbush: Sorry kid, those cookies aren't for you. New billboard to go up in Seattle with pot message.…

Fatal California bus crash is vehicle's 2nd of day — Originally published November 24, 2014 at 6:21 AM | Page modified November 24, 2014 at 6:33 AM REDDING, Calif. - A tour bus drifted off a Northern California interstate and crashed onto its roof, killing a 33-year-old man and injuring 30 others in the vehicle's second collision in a day, authorities said.
Nov 24, 2014

Washington-bound tour bus crashes twice Sunday; second crash kills one man, injures 33 others…

Seahawks vs. Cardinals: National media raving about Seattle defense, look ahead to 49ers — The Seahawks' defense saved its best performance of the season for when Seattle needed it most. The national media heaped praise on the defensive effort, but stopped short of saying Seattle's back in the NFC West playoff race. That will have to wait for Sunday's showdown with the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara on Thanksgiving...
Nov 24, 2014

RT @SeaTimesSports: What national media had to say about the Seahawks' win over the Cardinals at CenturyLink. Compiled by @STdonshelton: