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Human foot in sneaker found on Seattle shore

Global News

SEATTLE – A Port of Seattle spokesman says a human foot in a white sneaker has been found on the shore at a park near Seattle’s Pier 68.

The Seattle Times reports that port spokesman Peter McGraw says volunteers cleaning the park found the shoe and foot Tuesday.

Port police turned both over to the King County medical examiner’s office.

Since 2007, there have been roughly a dozen cases in which a human foot encased in a tennis shoe has washed ashore in regional waters. A number of them were found in British Columbia.

In a couple of cases, investigators determined the feet belonged to men who had been reported missing.

The Times reports that oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer of Seattle says it’s common for decomposing bodies to come apart at the joints, including at the ankles.

He knows of at least two feet turning up in Puget Sound over the…

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Seattle mayor unveils plan for $15 minimum wage

WQAD.com

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Seattle could soon lay claim to the nation’s highest minimum wage.

Mayor Ed Murray unveiled on Thursday his proposal for a $15 minimum wage, a plan he said has broad support across the local government, business and labor communities.

Washington already has the nation’s highest state-level minimum wage of $9.32. The Seattle proposal would be more than double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Related: Quinn pushes raise for Illinois minimum wage

Mayor Murray’s plan would take effect over several years and apply first to some large businesses starting in 2017, and ultimately to all businesses by 2021.

All told, the wage hike will apply to 102,000 workers, according to 15 for Seattle, an advocacy group that supports the plan. Annual increases would then be tied to inflation.

The city council will begin considering the proposal next week and hold a series of public meetings…

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Seattle braces: coffee prices set to go up

Q13 FOX News

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Latte or mocha, it will likely soon cost more to get your favorite cup of coffee.

That’s due to a major drought in Brazil which grows a third of the world’s coffee beans. Production is expected to drop significantly, which means the precious coffee bean will cost a lot more.  Analysts believe prices will go up 20-25 percent.

“It could potentially hit me pretty hard,” said I-Miun Liu, owner of Eastern Cafe in Seattle. He’s bracing to raise prices by at least 25 cents a cup.

The highs and lows of the coffee bean industry is one reason he’s coming up with other options, like beer, wine, and food, to attract customers. But he is worried about keeping those who come to his cafe just for the coffee.

“How much are they willing to pay for that?” asked Liu. “At some point, they`re going to say ,’I`m not comfortable paying…

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Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and wife to divorce

Sad news in the land of the 12th man. The best quarterback in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson, and his wife Ashton are getting a divorce after two years of marriage.

This statement released to the Seattle Times:

“I have made the difficult decision to file for divorce. Clearly, decisions like these don’t come easy. Ashton and I respectfully ask for prayers, understanding and privacy during this difficult time. Moving forward, I will have no further comment on this personal matter.”

E-mail proves big corporations behind anti-$15 per hour push in Seattle

A group called OneSeattle, which pretends to be a small business advocacy group, is a loud voice against Seattle’s proposed $15 minimum wage effort. However, OneSeattle appears to be a front group for numerous large businesses and lobbying groups.

From The Stranger:

“An e-mail leaked to The Stranger today sheds light on many of the members: big businesses and their associations. The letter, which outlines efforts to involve small businesses and workers as part of their public persona, is written by a person who attended the group’s big kickoff summit today but could not be named for this post. The meeting of 70 to 100 people was led by Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce CEO Maud Daudon (the chamber’s leading membership includes Starbucks, Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, etc). In conjunction with the chamber, the group’s biggest driver is the Washington Restaurant Association, which is an affiliate of the right-leaning National Restaurant Association that represents the McDonald’s Corporation, Burger King Corporation, Yum! Brands Food, 7-11 and most other food giants in the US.”

The anti-living wage crowd likes to warn the public that a living wage would hurt small business. This, even though, the overwhelming majority of low-wage workers, two-thirds, work for big corporations. Small businesses tend to pay their employees more and fuel most of new job growth.

Small businesses also keep profits in their communities while, according to a new report from Reuters, US corporations are keeping $2 trillion in profits overseas!

An increase to $15 per hour would benefit 1 out of 4 workers in Seattle.

This was once a neighborhood: Photos of the Snohomish County mudslide

The death toll of the Snohomish County mudslide continues to mount but our hope for finding survivors will not dim. This community needs help and resources and that can come from YOU. The Red Cross is the best charity to donate to at this time and we encourage you to do so.

We pride ourselves in showcasing to you all the different kinds of beauty in our region and the folks of the Oso area need us all to pay that forward.

These heartbreaking pictures of the landslide come from Governor Jay Inslee.

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Authorities: If you live in N. Fork of Stillaguamish River flood plain evacuate now

Q13 FOX News

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ARLINGTON, Wash —  Snohomish County officials  asked everyone living in the North Fork of the Stillaguamash River flood plain from Oso to Stanwood to evacuate Saturday due to the risk of flash flooding.

Q13 Fox News reporter Hanna Kim reported emergency crews were going door-to-door asking people in harms way to evacuate.evacuations 2

However an official at the National Weather Service downplayed the risk of catastrophic flooding.

“This is very much overstated,” said Andy Haner with NWS.  “In fact, flooding all the way down at Arlington is highly unlikely, unless water continues to be completely bottled up 24 hours from now (which is unlikely in a flat flood plain).”

Evacuees from the massive mudslide near the town of Oso in rural Snohomish County began to arrive in Arlington late Saturday afternoon.

Emergency Management officials designated Post Middle School as…

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Seattle Deals A Blow To Uber And Lyft By Limiting The Number Of Ride-Sharing Drivers On The Road

TechCrunch

In the biggest blow yet to ride sharing in the U.S., the Seattle City Council voted today to limit the number of drivers available on Uber, Lyft, SideCar, and other on-demand transportation services available in the city.

GeekWire has a pretty good live blog of what happened at the meeting, but the end result was that the city council sided with the taxi industry rather than allow newer transportation services to compete on their own merits.

By ensuring that companies like Lyft and Uber can have no more than 150 drivers on each platform, the vote essentially kills any competition to the city’s existing taxi regime. It also will render services like Uber and Lyft relatively useless, by ensuring that they won’t be able to keep up with demand.

In places like San Francisco and Seattle, these new transportation services have offered an alternative to taxis, which are limited by…

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