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In brief: Washout closes White Pass highway

YAKIMA – The Washington State Department of Transportation said a 45-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 12 across White Pass has been closed by a washout and the closure will last overnight.

The closure runs from the Oak Creek feeding station near the state Route 410 junction to the state Route 123 junction west of White Pass.

Transportation officials said Tuesday the road is washed out just east of the summit.

Seattle principal intervenes in hazing

SEATTLE – A Seattle high school principal is asking for help from parents to curb what a school district official said has become a tradition of student hazing.

In his message to parents, Garfield High School Principal Ted Howard said he and a school resource police officer broke up a gathering of about 100 students last Friday at a park. Howard said some students were being paddled, were wearing diapers, had eggs thrown at them and had shoe polish all over their bodies.

Police spokeswoman Renee Witt told the Seattle Times that a police report would not be released Tuesday. In the past, she said upperclassmen have intimidated other students into not cooperating when reports have been publicized.


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