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Home renovation becomes nightmare; Thieves target elderly; Seattle Children's nurses could get raise; "Rainbow fentanyl"; Predictions for 2022 Seahawks.
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Home renovation turns into nightmare for Lake Stevens family

It started as a simple plan to turn their garage into an apartment for Shawn Alameda's elderly parents, but things came apart quickly.

"It's a nightmare," said Shawn. "This is honesty the worst thing we've ever experienced as adults in our lives."

The Alameda's say their contractor found a leaky roof which unleashed a torrent of trouble, to the point where the couple moved their three kids out of the home over safety concerns.

"It's so unfair," said Julie Alameda, the kids' mom. "It's unbearable." Read more

Jewelry thieves targeting the elderly in western Washington

Mill Creek police say at least two elderly people have been targeted for their jewelry in the past two weeks and similar instances have been reported in Bellevue in Renton. 

The alleged crimes are unusual and appear to catch all the victims off guard.

Mark Horner encouraged his mother-in-law to call the police and report what happened. Read more

Seattle Children's nurses would get $10 per hour raise under proposed contract

Nurses at Seattle Children’s hospital are expected to vote Thursday on a contract agreement that would increase pay for entry-level nurses by nearly 50%.

“This is the first time I’ve felt a sense of relief in months,” Edna Cortez, co-chair of the union and a Seattle Children’s registered nurse, said in a statement.

Under the agreement, 1,700 nurses would receive a pay increase of $10 per hour over the next 12 months.

By August 2024, the base rate for newly graduated nurses would be $47.60 per hour, which would be the highest in the city, according to the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA).  This translates to a pay increase of 49.7% for a nurse at the bottom of the wage scale, the association said. Read more

Warnings over 'rainbow fentanyl' come as it reaches the Pacific Northwest

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office is warning of what is being called "rainbow fentanyl," after it was seized in Multnomah County, Oregon earlier in August.

The synthetic opioid dyed various colors could "easily be mistaken for candy," according to the sheriff's office. It comes in two forms, pill and pressed blocks, the latter which "resemble sidewalk chalk that children play with." 

Deputy Carly Cappetto said the drug can look like Skittles and, "a single piece can be deadly." Read more

Game-by-game prediction for the Seahawks: How many games will they win?

Predicting the National Football League (NFL) is essentially impossible.

The league changes every season, rookies make an immediate impact, and teams that benefited from a fortunate schedule last year now have a difficult pathway to the playoffs. It leaves a morass of NFL teams that interchangeably move from the bottom tier in the league to playoff contender every season. 

It's why we love the NFL, after all. 

Yet, despite the impossibility of predicting the league, we are going to do it anyway with a game-by-game look at the 2022 Seattle Seahawks. Read more

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