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In brief: Holiday display locations sought

Mon., Dec. 3, 2012

Residents of the Inland Northwest have been busily decking their halls, and we want to know all about it.

If you or your neighbors have a noteworthy holiday display this year, share the details with Spokesman-Review readers. Go to and click on the “Tell us about it” link. There, you’ll be asked to provide an address for the festive home, as well as a brief description of the display. We’ll need your contact information, too, but don’t worry – we’ll keep that information to ourselves.

The list will be posted at, where you can see all of the addresses, sort them by neighborhood or even create maps for your own personal tour.

We’ll publish a round-up of the decorated homes on Dec. 15 in the Today section.

Mudslides halt more West Side train runs

SEATTLE – Runs of passenger trains between Seattle and Everett will be canceled until Tuesday morning after more mudslides fell this weekend, a BNSF Railway spokesman said.

Closing the tracks all day today marks at least the seventh day of closures for Amtrak and Sound Transit trains along this corridor since Thanksgiving, spokesman Gus Melonas said. Passenger train service is now scheduled to restart at 4 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

BNSF Railway had estimated the closure of tracks to Amtrak and Sound Transit trains would end today, but more mudslide damage occurred overnight Saturday.

Commuters can check for updates.

Woman accused of striking students

SEATTLE – A 37-year-old Seattle woman is accused of deliberately running down two Seattle high school students with her car after an altercation.

The Seattle Times reports that Amy Lynn O’Brien was ordered held Friday in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Authorities say she was arrested Thursday after she surrendered at the police department’s South Precinct. She told police that she struck two female teens outside Chief Sealth International High School on Wednesday because they had “surrounded” her.

Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said Wednesday that O’Brien may have become angry at one of the victims, an 18-year-old, because she had struck O’Brien’s dog.

The victims, both students at the high school, were struck head-on. On Thursday, the 17-year-old was released from Harborview Medical Center. The other student’s condition was not available.


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