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October 19, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Halloween crowds browse Vintage Costumers

Posted by Erika Schultz

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Cheryl Sievert puts the finishing touches on her Lucille Ball costume at Vintage Costumers in Seattle Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. The rentals-only shop, located in a three-story home, offers a wide variety of vintage and historical costumes. The store has been open for around 35 years and showcases everything from classic Hollywood movie attire to Polish folk costumes to Victorian-inspired ensembles. Sievert will dress as the famous comedic actress for her office party and preferred the feel of a vintage garment over pre-packaged one. To view Vintage Costumers collections, visit: www.vintagecostumers.com.

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Owner Arnie Grossinger, left, and employee Cyd Hand, right, help Mason Thompson with his Roman Centurion costume at Vintage Costumers. Grossinger hand-made the brass-studded leather armor that includes a red wool cape, tunic and horsehair helmet.

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Costume jewelry decorates the shelves around Vintage Costumers.

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October 18, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Investigating pumpkins at Woodland Park Zoo

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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A laid back Asian small-clawed otter explores a pumpkin placed in its area at the annual Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo where various resident animals, including lions, hippos, meerkats, a Komodo dragon, penguins, wolves, pythons and a Burmese mountain tortoise, are given fall treats. The event for the animals continues Sunday, next weekend and on Halloween. During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted free with a paid adult.

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October 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Joel McHale's photography pops up in Pioneer Square

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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Seattleites may recognize local actor Joel McHale from his appearances on "Almost Live!," and "Community," but probably don't know he's also an avid photographer. Some of McHale's work is on display at Axis in Pioneer Square as part of Canon's PIXMA PRO City Senses Gallery. The camera manufacturer asked McHale and several other Seattle photographers to create work for a pop up exhibit in Seattle. Additional events are scheduled for Boston and Austin, TX.

October 16, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Coyote near Nisqually River

Posted by Colin Diltz

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A coyote stalks it's prey in a pasture near the Nisqually River on a recent sunny afternoon.

October 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Postcards from the past: Crossing the Skagit, 1975

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Spectators in Mount Vernon watched a re-enactment of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River in 1975. Washington, played by Traver Pinkstaff, a postal worker, waved from the boat at far left after traversing the Skagit River.

Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

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October 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Hot wheels roll into Seattle Auto Show

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Bobby Bickham, of Portland, dusts off a 2015 Buick Regal AWD GS at the Seattle Auto Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center on Wednesday. Bickham works for Professional Detailing based in California.

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On display at the Seattle Auto Show is the Honda powered winner of the 98th running of the 2014 Indy 500. The car was driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay. Hunter-Reay edged out Helio Castroneves by six hundredths of a second, the second closest finish in the history of the race. The last time a Honda car won the Indy 500 was in 2012.

The show, with nearly 500 vehicles on display at CenturyLink Field Event Center, runs through Sunday. Hours: 1-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. More information: www.seattleautoshow.com.

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October 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Tougher tactics sting sex buyers

Posted by Erika Schultz

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From left, Des Moines police Detectives Dave Shields and Cathy Savage and Community Service Officer Kory Batterman, right, arrest Samuel Rutherford III, a Level III sex offender, during a "hotel op" designed to catch men who buy sex. Members of the Seattle Police Department's Vice & High Risk Victims Unit traveled to the motel on Pacific Highway South last month to teach seven Des Moines officers how to run the operation.

Read the full story, "Toughter tactics stinging sex buyers," from reporter Sara Jean Green.

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Inside a musty-smelling motel room in Des Moines, an undercover Seattle police officer trades text messages with a man responding to an online ad placed by detectives for paid sex.

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Des Moines police Officer Casey Emly listens at the door of a motel room where an undercover officer, posing as a prostitute, talks with a man who showed up there with the intent to pay her for sex.

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Seattle police Sgt. Tom Umporowicz, center, speaks with Des Moines police -- from left, Detective Sgt. Dave Mohr, Master Police Officer Casey Emly, and Detective Dave Shields, right -- as they get ready to begin a "hotel op" designed to catch men who pay for sex. During the sting, detectives post online ads for undercover officers posing as prostitutes. Once an agreement is made and money changes hands, the sex buyer is arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute. Nine men, including a Level III sex offender, were caught that night.

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October 14, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Macklemore helps celebrate King County Drug Court

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Rapper Macklemore greets people as the King County Drug Court celebrated its 20th anniversary on Tuesday. The award-winning rapper spoke about his experiences as a teenager with a drug and alcohol addiction that landed him in juvenile drug court.

Long before he was Macklemore, the award-winning rapper Ben Haggerty was a Seattle teen with a drug and alcohol addiction that first landed him in King County Juvenile Drug Court at age 15. Macklemore spoke about his experiences at a celebration Tuesday marking the 20th anniversary of King County Drug Court, a program that provides eligible defendants the opportunity to receive drug treatment rather than incarceration. The program was started in 1994 by King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, now deceased. It has graduated 2,050 participants and saved taxpayers about $95 million. Speakers on Tuesday emphasized that the program has helped reduce crime, saved money and, in some cases, saved lives.

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