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5 things to know this Thursday

Air quality update; Doctor's license suspended; Arson in Lynnwood; Kitsap suspect plea; Vision for Third Avenue.

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Air quality expected to improve Thursday after hitting 'unhealthy' levels Wednesday

The air quality is expected to improve Thursday after much of the Puget Sound region saw "moderate" to "unhealthy" levels on Wednesday due to the current wildfires burning in Washington.

Downtown Seattle and areas to the north saw "very unhealthy" air quality Wednesday afternoon. 

"We're getting almost a direct plume of smoke that's coming down the mountains on easterly winds, down the valley, and it's really hitting some areas quite hard," explained Dan Jaffee, a professor of atmospheric sciences at University of Washington. Read more

Ellensburg doctor who sold COVID-19 vaccine waivers has license suspended

A Washington state medical board has suspended the license of an Ellensburg doctor who was at the center of a KING 5 investigation for selling COVID-19 vaccine waivers to help workers dodge a state vaccine mandate.

The Washington state Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery announced Wednesday that they suspended Dr. Anna Elperin’s osteopathic physician's license, pending further legal action. 

Elperin’s license was previously restricted in December after the board accused the doctor of signing COVID vaccine exemptions for four first-time patients in August without charting or specifying a medical condition to justify them. Under that restriction, she wasn't allowed to write new medical vaccine waivers but she could still practice medicine. Read more

Lynnwood strip mall fire believed to be arson

A fire at a Lynnwood strip mall Wednesday morning was intentionally set, according to investigators.

The fire was reported just before 3:30 a.m. at Highway 99 and 156th Street SW in a one-story building housing four businesses.

The area of the building occupied by a sunroom company was heavily damaged. Firefighters kept the flames from breaching a firewall and spreading to the other businesses. Read more

Last suspect pleads not guilty to killing woman whose decapitated body was found in Puget Sound

The last suspect to be arraigned for the 2005 murder of Shanan Read pleaded not guilty in Kitsap County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Brian Bourquard, one of three men arrested, is being held on $2 million bail for first-degree murder.

Oscar Gonzalez and Brandon Reeve previously entered pleas of not guilty. Gonzalez was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $10 million bail. Reeve was charged with second-degree murder and is held on $1 million bail. Read more

Seattle committee hears proposal for Seattle's Third Avenue 

A city council committee considered a new vision for Seattle’s Third Avenue on Wednesday. 

There is a proposal to make the major transit corridor more pedestrian-friendly, but council members stressed that any plans would need to be equitable and inclusive.

Third Avenue is a road of possibilities, according to Sabrina Villanueva, senior director of Property Management for Clise Properties. Read more

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