Liberty threat prompts about half of student body to miss school

October 28, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010

About half of Liberty High School students opted to stay home Wednesday — the day a threat had been made against the school.

About 550 students of the 1,166-member student body were absent Wednesday. On a regular school day, between 5 and 10 percent of students are absent.

The unease stemmed from a written threat a school custodian found in a boys’ restroom June 23, after school had let out for the summer.

The writer threatened to bring a gun to school Oct. 27 “and shoot everybody,” police said in describing the pencil-written message.

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The Golf Club hosts town hall Thursday

October 27, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 26, 2010

The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane, will host the city’s annual town hall meeting from 7-9 p.m. Thursday in the Saint Andrews Ballroom. It will be free to attend.

Citizens are invited to attend and discuss city issues, as the town hall will include an open-microphone question and answer period as well as electronic polling.

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F.E.T.C.H., Parks Commission subcommittee to meet Wednesday

October 26, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 2010

Members of the Newcastle group Friends Embracing the Canine Heart will meet with a Parks Commission subcommittee at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the City Hall conference room. The meeting is open to the public.

At the meeting, the subcommittee will talk with F.E.T.C.H. about its goals and possible contributions to an off-leash dog park in Newcastle. The subcommittee consists of Chair Andrew Shelton, Vice Chair Koleen Morris, Commissioner Craig Belcher and Commission Craig Petersen.

Police, parents search for missing Maywood student

October 26, 2010

NEW — 10:20 a.m. Oct. 26, 2010

The parents and friends of a missing Maywood Middle School student have asked community members to help bring her home.

Her parents believe Riley Bunch, 12, ran away from her Renton Highlands home Monday. In a postings on Facebook, the family said Riley did not get on her school bus or attend school. The school notified them Riley did not attend.

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Police Blotter for Oct. 21

October 21, 2010

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 21, 2010

Maybe they were drunk?

Police responded to the state liquor store at 6927 Coal Creek Parkway Southeast at 4 p.m. Oct. 5, where two men and two women, each about 21 years old, entered the store, grabbed bottles of alcohol and ran out. The suspects stole a fifth-of-a-gallon bottle of Patron tequila worth $57, a fifth-of-a-gallon bottle of Ciroc vodka worth $33 and a fifth-of-a-gallon of Grey Goose vodka worth $35. The manager reported the suspect’s license plate, as well as the make and model of the car.

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YMCA hosts trail walk Saturday

October 21, 2010

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

The Coal Creek YMCA will host a family trail walk along the rebuilt Coal Creek Trail from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday.

Walkers will congregate at the trailhead in the YMCA parking lot before taking to the 1.5-mile trail to the Red Town Trailhead.

YMCA members and nonmembers are invited, as are singles and families.

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Newcastle library to break ground tomorrow

October 19, 2010

NEW — 3:50 p.m. Oct. 19, 2010

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Newcastle Library will be at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow at the corner of 129th Avenue Southeast and Newcastle Way.

Those who attend will be treated to free food and drinks, and music from the 60-piece Tyee Middle School Wind Ensemble.

KCLS will provide about 25 “gold shovels” for those who wish to help with the ceremonial digging, and it will provide small shovels and hard hats for children who want to get their hands dirty and help.

The ceremony will take about 30-45 minutes.

I love a coincidence: Mystery solved

October 18, 2010

When I was young enough to read until 2 a.m. and then go to work all chipper the next day, I was a Robert Ludlum fan. I would suck in his big books like beer at a boring party.

There was a single piece of music that I listened to as I read these, and this was before iPods and CDs and “repeat” buttons, so it required me to actually get up off of my butt and move the needle back to the beginning of the LP when it was over. (Students, please see Wikipedia for explanation.) It was Handel’s “Water Music,” and I listened to it so much that I’m convinced that if given a baton and a willing orchestra with a great sense of humor, I could conduct it today.

So, you can imagine the thrill that ran up my spine when I read an essay about Robert Ludlum’s writing habits and the fact that there was only one piece of music that he listened to as he wrote, one and one only, over and over:

“Elvira,” by the Oak Ridge Boys. No, seriously … it was Handel’s “Water Music.”

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King County plans to cut waits for building permits

October 17, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 17 2010

The long waits for King County environmental and building permits should shrink Monday, as the county permitting agency adopts a more user-friendly policy.

Beginning Monday, the county Department of Development and Environmental Services will provide same-day or “over-the-counter” reviews for many permit types.

The “over-the-counter” permits include small residential remodels, tenant improvements to commercial spaces, building additions, decks, seismic retrofits and others. Complex development proposals still require appointments.

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Newcastle resident stars in ‘Oliver!’ Sunday

October 14, 2010

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Oct. 14, 2010

Newcastle resident Petra Sovcovova will star as the Widow Corney in a Lyric Opera Northwest production of the Broadway musical “Oliver!” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.

The show is one night only.

Sovcovova is a soprano who has played roles such as Micaela in Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” and Musetta and Mimi in Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème.” However, she has performed outside of opera, working with British composer Andrew Keeling and singing at humanitarian benefits for the homeless in Seattle, according to a news release.

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