SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington Supreme Court is marking the beginning of school with a mandatory assembly for the Legislature on education finance. The court has ordered lawmakers to come to court on Wednesday to explain why they haven't followed its orders to fix the way Washington pays for public education. Lawmakers, the governor and others say the court needs to be patient and give the Legislature more time to fulfil the orders in the 2012 McCleary decision.
SEATTLE (AP) - Olympic National Park officials have banned the use of drones within park boundaries. The ban was approved by Superintendent M. Sarah Creachbaum last week, following a directive from the National Parks Service that ordered superintendents in its 401 parks to write rules prohibiting the launching, landing or operation of unmanned aircraft in their parks. Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes says there haven't been any episodes at the park where drones have been an annoyance. It's been a different story, however, in places like Yellowstone, where drones have crashed into lakes, springs and flown too close to bison.
SEATTLE (AP) - The King County Medical Examiner's office has identified the bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle as a well-respected attorney who in 2010 was part of the American Civil Liberties Union's legal team that challenged the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. ACLU Washington spokesman Doug Honig told The Seattle Times that 31-year-old Sher Kung helped the ACLU represent Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt, a decorated flight nurse dismissed from the military for being gay.
TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a 22-year-old man has died after a flatbed trailer he was pulling with a small tractor came loose and pinned him in southern Washington. Yakima County sheriff's Sgt. Chad Peterschick says David Alonso Gonzalez-Rebolledo died in the industrial accident around 12:30 p.m. yesterday in Toppenish on the Yakima Reservation. The name of Gonzalez-Rebolledo's employer hasn't been released.
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