Germany: Burglars knock hole in wall to steal Lego bricks

BERLIN (AP) — German police are looking for witnesses after burglars broke through the wall of a toy store to steal dozens of Lego sets. Police said Tuesday that the theft took place over the weekend in the western town of Lippstadt. The burglars left about 100 empty cardboard boxes behind, German news agency dpa … Read more

20 months into the closure, workers return to West Seattle Bridge

That cheer you heard Monday came from West Seattle, as workers finally returned to the closed West Seattle Bridge, promising to have it open to the public in the middle of next year. The bridge has been closed for more than 20 months, since March 2020, when the Seattle Department of Transportation had to shut … Read more

From taxes to police reform: Seattle council begins work on 2022 wishlist for state lawmakers

Seattle city councilmembers will begin work this week on an early draft of their priorities for the state’s upcoming 2022 legislative session. Beyond the defund debate: Will new SPD budget deliver on promise of reform? The draft outlines a list of issues the council hopes to see state lawmakers tackle when they convene at the … Read more

Quebec confirms first case of new COVID-19 Omicron variant

MONTREAL — Quebec’s health minister announced Monday the province has confirmed its first case of the new COVID-19 variant known as Omicron that has spread to several countries and put health officials around the world on heightened alert.  Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement at a press conference in Montreal alongside Dr. Horacio Arruda, the … Read more

Southbound 710 Freeway temporarily shut down in Long Beach after pedestrian struck, killed

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — All lanes of the southbound 710 Freeway in Long Beach were temporarily shut down Monday morning after a pedestrian was struck and killed. The crash was reported around 3 a.m. near the 405 Freeway, but it’s unclear how many vehicles were involved. Traffic was being diverted off the southbound lanes, … Read more

Mayfield: How scared of the omicron variant should we actually be?

Written by Travis Mayfield, filling in for Dave Ross on Seattle’s Morning News The omicron variant is stranding travelers and rattling markets. It just sounds scary, and it just might be too. But what if it’s not? What if it’s just the next variant? What if our vaccines and masks offer the same protection they’ve … Read more

Rantz: Seattle School Board hides findings that its members harassed Black staff

Two woke Seattle Public School board directors who claim to be antiracist progressives were found guilty of harassing, intimidating, and bullying Black staff. They barely got a slap on the wrist. But the district is doing what it can to keep the report from public view. Some school board directors even declined to be interviewed … Read more

Omicron cases pop up in Canada

Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it’s not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versions of the virus. The variant was identified days ago by … Read more

Stage set for Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial

NEW YORK (AP) — Two years after Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide behind bars, a jury is set to be picked Monday in New York City to determine a central question in the long-running sex trafficking case: Was his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s puppet or accomplice? Maxwell — who once dated the financier — is accused … Read more