GAY MARRIAGE-CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Gay vice principal sues Seattle Archdiocese
SEATTLE (AP) - A gay vice principal who was forced from his job at Eastside Catholic School has filed a lawsuit against the school and the Seattle Archdiocese.
Mark Zmuda, a popular teacher, coach and administrator, says he was wrongfully terminated and discriminated against by the school.
Lawyers representing the Seattle Archdiocese and Eastside Catholic planned to file a motion to dismiss once the lawsuit was filed on Friday.
They argue King County Superior Court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case without violating the First Amendment and digging into a debate on Catholic Doctrine on marriage.
Zmuda's lawsuit argues that he was not a religious employee of the school.
BOEING 787-WING CRACKS
Wing cracks lead to Dreamliner production delay
NEW YORK (AP) - Boeing's much-delayed 787 Dreamliner has hit another production snafu.
Hairline cracks have been discovered in the wings of some 787s that are being built. The Chicago-based manufacturer says none of the 122 jets already flown by airlines around the world are affected.
"We are confident that the condition does not exist in the in-service fleet," Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said in an email. "We understand the issue, what must be done to correct it and are completing inspections of potentially affected airplanes."
Boeing says that roughly 40 airplanes might be affected and that it will take one to two weeks to fix the cracks found on shear ties on a wing rib.
The production problem was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
GRAIN LABOR LOCKOUT
NLRB: Grain lockout unfair, picketers violent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has accused a Vancouver, Wash., grain terminal of unfairly locking out employees for more than a year.
United Grain locked out longshoremen Feb. 27, 2013, after saying a member of the union bargaining team sabotaged company equipment.
NLRB regional director Ronald Hooks in Seattle says United Grain should have provided the union with a "timely, clear and complete offer" of what it needed to do to avoid a lockout.
United Grain disputes the finding. An administrative law judge will hear the matter June 30.
Separately, Hooks said the longshoremen violated labor law by engaging in threats and violence early in the lockout. For example, he said, picketers threw rocks at a security officer and threatened to rape a manager's daughter.
More drivers positive for pot in Washington
SEATTLE (AP) - More drivers tested positive for marijuana in Washington in 2013 - the first full year after the state legalized pot - but officials so far say there's been no obvious, corresponding jump in car accidents.
The Washington State Patrol says 1,362 drivers tested positive for having active marijuana in their system - a jump of just under 25 percent from the year before. Of those, 720 had levels high enough to lead to an automatic drugged driving conviction under the state's legal pot law.
Nevertheless, a preliminary tally counts 99,690 crashes reported to law enforcement in 2013, an increase of just 72 from the year before. Of those, 443 were fatal - about the same as the previous two years.
In-state tuition veteran bill stuck in Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Even though there's bipartisan support in the Legislature for the idea that veterans should automatically get in-state tuition at Washington colleges and universities, bills to do just that are stuck because lawmakers can't agree who should get credit for the policy.
The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that while both the state House and state Senate each unanimously approved bills to let veterans and active duty military members receive in-state tuition without living in Washington for a year to establish residency, neither of the bills have passed out of the opposing chamber.
Both have gotten bottled up in committees, missing key deadlines to advance. Gov. Jay Inslee says the measure is a priority for him. Meanwhile, lawmakers in each chamber are trading blame over why the bill hasn't advanced.
More Mukilteo mudslides hit railroad tracks
MUKILTEO, Wash. (AP) - Two more mudslides hit Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks near Mukilteo Thursday night, following one Thursday morning.
Spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) says crews quickly cleared the debris so freight trains can continue to roll. But Amtrak and Sounder passenger trains will have to observe a 48-hour safety moratorium until 10:40 p.m. Saturday.
Melonas says nine mudslides have blocked tracks north of Seattle this rainy season, compared to 60 last season on the stretch along Puget Sound under a bluff.
Son held in killing of parents in California home
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Southern California authorities have arrested the adult son of a man and woman who were fatally shot in their luxury home in February.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department said Friday that 19-year-old Ashton Sachs was arrested and booked for investigation of murder and is being held without bail. Authorities say Sachs is a college student in Washington state and lives in the Seattle area.
Bradford Sachs and Andra Sachs were found shot to death last month inside their nearly 9,000-square-foot San Juan Capistrano house. Their 8-year-old son was also shot but survived.
Authorities found no signs of a break in.
Investigators have yet to identify a motive.
The couple, who had five children, filed for divorce more than a decade ago but continued to live and conduct business together.
Guard accused of smuggling at Walla Walla prison
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - A Milton-Freewater man is accused of smuggling a cellphone and marijuana into the Washington State Penitentiary last year when he worked there as a correctional officer.
The 31-year-old, Omar Dejesus Meza, was charged Tuesday in Walla Walla County Superior Court with introducing contraband and delivering marijuana.
The Union-Bulletin reports he has not been arrested but is being summoned to court for an April 7 appearance on the charges.
Police said Meza wanted to make money after a drop-off in overtime pay. He resigned from the prison in July.
COLUMBIA DAM CRACK
Power production stopped at Rock Island
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The big drawdown of the reservoir behind Wanapum Dam has stabilized a cracked spillway there, but it's coming at the cost of lost power generation.
Wanapum Dam has the ability to generate some 700 megawatts this time of year. The drawdown, which dropped the level of the reservoir by 26 feet, has reduced generation to 360 megawatts.
The Wenatchee World reports that no financial-impact estimates were available from the Grant County Public Utility District, owner of the Columbia River dam.
But the Chelan County PUD, owner and operator of the two dams immediately upriver of Wanapum, has had to stop all power generation at its Rock Island Dam. That means power with an estimated daily market value of more than $400,000 is no longer being generated there.
POLICE STATION VANDALISM
Guilty plea for breaking Ferndale police windows
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A man who broke into the Ferndale police station in December and broke windows while officers were away pleaded guilty to burglary and malicious mischief.
As part of a plea agreement, 22-year-old Darrell Ryan Stacey of Ferndale will pay $52,000 for the repairs.
The Bellingham Herald reports he was identified through surveillance video. When confronted by police, Stacey confessed and said he was drunk.
PARK TICKET DISMISSED
Judge: Sequim woman not guilty of park trespassing
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - A Sequim (skwihm) woman who was ticketed for driving past two barricades in Olympic National Park during the government shutdown was found not guilty after a brief bench trial before a federal magistrate.
Magistrate Judge Bryan Tsuchida said Leanne Potts made an honest mistake and misunderstood what the signs on the barricades meant.
The sign read, "''Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed."
Port Angeles teacher Kelly Sanders was ticketed the same day in October when she took a group of foreign exchange students for a hike. She decided to pay the fine rather than miss work going to court in Tacoma.
The magistrate also commended the park ranger for doing her job well.
5 NW athletes at Winter Paralympics at Sochi
SEATTLE (AP) - Five disabled athletes from Washington, Oregon and Idaho flew to Russia to compete in the Paralympic Winter Games that opened Friday in Sochi.
Northwest Public Radio reports the members of the U.S. Paralympic Team are competing in downhill and cross-country skiing, biathlon and sled hockey. In addition, two sighted guides went to Sochi in tandem with the visually impaired skiers.
One athlete is paralyzed U.S. Air Force veteran Sean Halsted. He grew up able-bodied, skiing downhill at Mt. Spokane and North Idaho's Schweitzer Mountain. Now, he competes in cross-country and biathlon on what's called a sit-ski. The 43-year-old fell from a helicopter during a training exercise and was paralyzed from the waist down.
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