WASHINGTON (AP) - Safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize their marijuana laws. Researchers who have studied the issue are divided. Marijuana can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking. But unlike with alcohol, stoned drivers tend to be aware they're impaired. And they try to compensate by driving slowly and avoiding risky actions.
KINGSTON, Wash. (AP) - The Kingston-Edmonds ferry route is back to two-boat service as an early morning fuel leak is investigated and cleaned up. A Washington State Ferries spokeswoman says 15 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the ferry Walla Walla before service began yesterday morning. Officials recommend holiday travelers consider the Seattle-Bainbridge or Seattle-Bremerton ferries as an alternative.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Coast Guard says one of its Response boats and a civilian vessel rescued seven adults and a 4-year-old child after their skiff capsized off Bainbridge Island. The Coast Guard says it received a Mayday call from the good Samaritan vessel reporting people in the water calling for help. Those rescued reported that after their 12-foot skiff capsized, they floated for at least 20 minutes before being spotted.
SEATTLE (AP) - First Place in Seattle will open its doors to students tomorrow and will have five years to prove itself. First Place must show that it can help low income kids do as well or better academically than they would have at their neighborhood schools. The former private school is Washington's first public charter school.
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