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Mount Rainier National Park will be cashless in May; Capital gains tax ruling; Freeway shootings; Lake Union suspect charged; Love is Blind preview.

Mount Rainier National Park will go fully cashless in May

Mount Rainier National Park will transition to a fully cashless system for entrance fees and campgrounds beginning May 26.

The new system is intended to improve the visitor experience and help manage money more effectively, according to Park Superintendent Greg Dudgeon. 

Those who can only pay with cash will be able to purchase prepaid passes from vendors before entering the park. Read more

Capital gains tax is constitutional, Washington state Supreme Court rules

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Friday that a capital gains tax is constitutional, reversing a lower court’s ruling.

In the court’s majority opinion, Justice Debra L. Stephens wrote that the capital gains tax is appropriately characterized as an excise tax because it is levied on the sale or exchange of capital assets and not the assets or gains themselves.

“This understanding of the tax is consistent with a long line of precedent recognizing excise taxes as those levied on the exercise of rights associated with property ownership, such as the power to sell or exchange property, in contrast to property taxes levied on property itself,” Stephens wrote.

Two justices on the nine-member State Supreme Court dissented – Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Charles W. Johnson. Read more

State troopers investigate 'alarming' number of drive-by shootings on King County highways

The Washington State Patrol is investigating what it calls an alarming number of drive-by shootings on King County highways. 

Troopers have reported 12 drive-by shootings in King County this year. Half of those were in the month of March and three this week.

At this time, troopers believe the shootings are random and haven’t linked the three latest ones together. Read more

Suspect in Lake Union boat facility fire charged with arson

The suspect in a destructive dry storage boat rack fire who allegedly caused an estimated $8.5 million in damages was charged with arson in the first degree on Friday

Arthur Arakelov is being held on $100,000 bail in King County Jail. The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office argued bail be set at $750,000.

In the morning hours of Wednesday, March 22, Arakelov climbed onto the third or fourth story of a dry storage boat rack where he started a fire with a "torch style lighter," according to charging documents. Read more

Here are the 30 Seattle singles starring on the newest season of 'Love Is Blind'

The big day for the reality television aficionados that have fallen in love with the cult show known as "Love Is Blind" is here.

The newest season released Friday and will feature Seattle-based singles hoping to find their lifelong partner. 

Netflix' flagship dating reality show first aired in February 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States.

The show has only grown since, with millions of devoted fans obsessed with the bizarre premise behind the show. Read more

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