5 things to know Monday

UW Hosts First In-Person Graduation Since 2019; fuel prices; 31 people linked to hate group arrested; closure of the Bellevue Bridge; The Seahawks restart the Russell Wilson League.

UW is hosting the first in-person graduation since 2019, the largest in school history

University of Washington graduates Saturday had the opportunity to flick their tassels in person at what the university has dubbed the greatest ceremony ever.

This marks the first time since 2019 that UW has held an in-person graduation ceremony at Husky Stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve been looking forward to graduation since the day I got here and there’s been a lot of ups and downs and I didn’t know it was going to happen but it’s happening,” said Suchi Gopal, who won his on Saturday graduated.

UW officials said this was the largest ceremony ever, with an estimated 50,000 in attendance and about 7,000 graduates. Continue reading

Several factors combine to drive up gas prices

There’s little sign that gasoline prices, which hit a record $5 a gallon on Saturday, will fall any time soon.

Rising prices at the pump are a major driver of the highest inflation Americans have seen in 40 years.

Everyone seems to have a favorite villain for the high cost of fuel.

Some blame President Joe Biden. Others say it’s because Russian President Vladimir Putin recklessly invaded Ukraine. It’s not hard to find people, including congressional Democrats, who accuse the oil companies of price-gouging. Continue reading

‘Patriot Front’ founders among those arrested on riot plot in Coeur d’Alene

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) released the identities of 31 people arrested in a U-Haul allegedly attempting to incite a riot in Coeur d’Alene, where a Pride event was being held, Saturday afternoon.

Several national news outlets are reporting that among those arrested was Patriot Front founder Thomas Rousseau. The Patriot Front is a well-known white nationalist group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Police stopped the subway on Northwest Boulevard near the skate park and Paul Bunyan after a concerned citizen called 911 and alerted them to suspicious activity.

In the back of the truck, police found 31 men all wearing the same clothing, including khakis, with navy blue shirts, beige hats and a white scarf covering their faces. Continue reading

Bellevue’s Main Street Bridge will be closed Monday for months of reconstruction

The Main Street Bridge over Interstate 405 in downtown Bellevue could be closed for up to five months beginning Monday to allow crews to reconstruct the bridge, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

Traffic on Main Street between 112th Avenue Northeast and 116th Avenue Northeast will be closed Monday as the first step in a major closure scheduled for next weekend that will close all lanes of I-405 under the bridge.

This weekend, all lanes of I-405 between Southeast Eighth Street and Northeast Fourth Street will be closed beginning Friday 10:00 p.m. through the morning hours of Monday, June 20. The closure will allow crews to demolish the Main Street Bridge safely. Continue reading

The Seahawks overtake Russell Wilson’s Washington Flag Football League

Seattle’s National Football League (NFL) franchise aims to “reinvent” flag football for Washington State youth with the new Seattle Seahawks Flag Football League.

The new league, which the Seahawks renamed from the Russell Wilson NFL FLAG, will host leagues in a number of Puget Sound cities as well as one in the Tri-Cities area of ​​eastern Washington.

“The Seahawks are thrilled to be working with NFL FLAG to launch this new league that will make flag football programs even more accessible to all of the youth in our community,” said Jeff Richards, Seahawks vice president of marketing and community engagement, in an explanation. “Flag Football is the perfect way for young athletes of all ages and abilities to come together to play the game in a fun and interactive way, and we’re excited to use our platform to support the growth of girls’ and boys’ football programs across our community businesses to support the region for years to come.” Continue reading

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