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rolled semi causes huge backup on i-405 northbound in bellevue


a rolled semi is snarling traffic in the northbound lanes of i-405 through bellevue.wednesday’s commute is off to a nasty start after a semi rolled over in the northbound lanes of interstate 405 in bellevue.the truck was blocking all lanes, but the washington state department of transportation reports traffic was squeezing by slowly in the left two lanes.traffic was backed up five miles from the accident scene at i-405 and the exits to northeast fourth and eighth streets.






bellevue board picks veteran educator as next superintendent


the bellevue school board has chosen ivan duran, an educator and administrator who spent a good many years in colorado schools, to become its next superintendent. he’s known for school-performance turnarounds.a veteran educator and administrator who spent most of his career in colorado schools has been tapped to become bellevue’s next superintendent. ivan duran, who served as assistant superintendent for elementary education for denver public schools and led the successful turnaround of six low-performing schools, will take over in july.the bellevue school board voted unanimously monday to offer the top job to duran.“we had an impressive field of candidates, and among those, dr. duran became our clear choice,” said board president christine chew in a statement.most read storiesunlimited di






bellevue selects former denver educator as new superintendent


bellevue school board has chosen ivan duran, a longtime administrator in denver public schools, to become its next supe. he’s known for school-performance turnarounds.a veteran educator and administrator who spent most of his career in colorado schools has been tapped to become bellevue’s next superintendent. ivan duran, who served as assistant superintendent for elementary education for denver public schools and led the successful turnaround of six low-performing schools, will take over in july.the bellevue school board voted unanimously monday to offer the top job to duran.“we had an impressive field of candidates, and among those, dr. duran became our clear choice,” said board president christine chew in a statement.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the district






bellevue college picks its new president


the board of trustees for bellevue college announced veteran college administrator jerry weber as the new president tuesday night.an experienced college administrator from illinois has been chosen as the new president of bellevue college.jerry weber, president of college of lake county in northern illinois for the past six years, will take over this summer pending the finalization of a contract, said merisa heu-weller, bellevue college trustee and co-chair of the presidential search committee.she said weber’s experience and passion aligns with bellevue college’s goals, including a commitment to diversity and inclusion, a push for a sustainable campus and green-jobs training, and innovative approaches to delivering education.“he has a tremendous passion for the college’s mission to change p






bellevue, meet the job finalists who want to lead your public schools


the bellevue school board has named three finalists under consideration to be the district’s next superintendent. a decision is expected later this month.three educators with experience in large urban districts with ethnically diverse student populations are finalists for the top job in the bellevue school district. two have recently been finalists for other superintendent jobs, and all three come with some controversies from their tenures in previous districts.the bellevue school board, along with teachers, parents and community leaders, just completed three days of interviews with the finalists and are expected to announce a decision at the march 21 school board meeting.the finalists are joel boyd, a former superintendent in santa fe, new mexico; katrise perera, a 2015 national superinte






canadian auto group buys luxury dealerships in bellevue


vancouver, b.c.-based openroad will take over three car dealerships in bellevue.canadian car dealer openroad auto group has bought the owner of three luxury car dealerships in bellevue, marking the company’s first expansion into the u.s.vancouver, b.c.-based openroad will take over bentley, lamborghini and rolls-royce motor cars in bellevue, dealerships that have been in the city since 2004. openroad doesn’t plan any immediate changes, but will likely renovate and expand in the future, a spokeswoman said. openroad, one of the largest auto groups in canada, has 19 car dealerships across the country, including a rolls-royce dealership in vancouver.“this is an incredible opportunity to grow our luxury lineup and expand our dealership group by entering into a new, world-cl market that’s only a






amazon to open bookstore in bellevue square mall


amazon.com is bringing its brick-and-mortar experimentation to bellevue square, with plans to open a bookstore there this year.amazon.com is bringing its brick-and-mortar experimentation closer to ceo jeff bezos’ actual medina doorstep — with a bookstore in bellevue square scheduled to open this year. “we are excited to be bringing amazon books to bellevue square in 2017, and we are currently hiring store managers and associates,” a spokeswoman wrote in an email. the move, reported earlier by recode, comes more than a year after amazon first tinkered with the concept at seattle’s university village. since then it has opened stores in san diego, portland and the boston area. on its website, it also lists plans for the bay area, chicago, new jersey, manhattan and lynnfield, mass.that means t






bellevue transit tunnel underway, but no giant drill for this job


digging has begun on bellevue’s future downtown transit tunnel, but there’s no bertha or any other submarine-like giant drill with a famous nickname.digging has begun on bellevue’s future downtown transit tunnel, but there’s no bertha or any other giant drill with a famous nickname.instead, the team will use ordinary construction machines with carving attachments — and occasionally handheld power tools — to dig the tunnel. every four feet, they’ll stop to spray fast-drying concrete before the soil crumbles, insert a steel lattice shaped like an arc, and spray more concrete into the lattice.a bird’s-eye view of the east link tunnel portal where light-rail trains will begin their trip under downtown bellevue, washington in 2023 connecting. (courtesy of sound transit)atkinson construction say






kevin porter jr. lost his father when he was 4. now he’s living up to his legacy


for most rainier beach basketball games, you don’t know ayanna porter is in the stands. she’s not an athlete and doesn’t know much about basketball, still burdening others with questions about what’s happening.then she spots him — a mirror image of her husband living through their son kevin porter jr. suddenly ayanna can no longer keep quiet.“i see you!” she often belts.boys regional basketballseattle-area matchups:class 4afridayglacier peak vs. gonzaga prep at university high (spokane valley), 6 p.m.kentridge vs. kennedy catholic at rogers high, 8 p.m.saturdayinglemoor vs. bothell at jackson high, 2 p.m.kentwood vs. federal way at puyallup high, 6 p.m.bellarmine prep vs. kamiak at jackson high, 6 p.m.class 3afridaybellevue vs. squalicum at mount vernon high, 6 p.m.saturdaytimberline vs. w






for a quick indian lunch during a workday in bellevue, café bollywood has you co


the flavors are great. the food comes quickly. this may become your new favorite quick bellevue lunch spot.a relatively simple formula determines regular workday lunch spots: proximity to the office, overall value and time spent in waiting. the longer the walk, the more it needs to be that great of a deal, that much faster service or that much better tasting than the closer options. café bollywood is a 10-minute walk from many of downtown bellevue’s office towers (it’s in the former casa d spot, about 50 feet from the “old bellevue” sign), and the service isn’t quite as quick as a buffet, but it’s of comparable value and possibly better flavor. the cafe is the third venture from oh! india and it’s different from both, although the halal meats and careful separation of vegetarian dishes are






bellevue-based icertis raises $25m, plans to double staff


the cloud software company, whose services help customers track contracts, plans to add 50 employees this year at its bellevue headquarters.bellevue cloud software company icertis has raised $25 million from investors, less than a year after the firm pulled in $15 million in funding.icertis makes software that helps companies track contracts across all departments, whether they are deals with large vendors or for office supplies.the company, led by microsoft veteran samir bodas, plans to double its workforce this year, growing from the current 300 to at least 600 people. about 50 new positions will be in bellevue, bringing the headquarters count to 100. icertis also has employees in san jose, california, dallas and germany.“we think we are at the cusp now where we can really fan out,” ceo






kidsquest children’s museum opens tuesday at new location in bellevue


the new location doubles museum exhibit space and adds cl rooms and an art studio.kidsquest children’s museum opens tuesday, jan. 31, at its new, expanded location in downtown bellevue. the interactive museum — for infants to 8-year-olds and their caregivers to explore science, technology, engineering and art through play — originally opened in factoria in 2005, attracting more than 180,000 visitors a year. the new location doubles museum exhibit space and adds cl rooms and an art studio.new exhibits include sticks + stones outdoor gallery, water gallery with tot splash zone, tot orchard for ages 3 and younger, story tree gallery stage and reading nooks, bellevue mercantile dramatic play areas inspired by historic bellevue, cityscape gallery and a two-story climber for active exploration.t






chinwe ezeonu helps seattle prep girls knock defending state champs bellevue out


the 6-foot post had 24 points and nine rebounds as the panthers moved into the quarterfinals with a 58-43 win over the wolverines.tacoma — chinwe ezeonu wasn’t sure she’d ever get to play in the tacoma dome.now, seattle prep’s lone senior, is doing everything she can to play in as many games under the dome as she can.ezeonu scored a team-high 24 points and added nine rebounds to help the panthers defeat bellevue 58-43 and knock the defending class 3a state champions out of the state tournament.seattle prep (21-6) moves on to the quarterfinals, where it will face no. 6 snohomish.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“this is my last week of high school basketball so i’m coming in realizing that this could be my last game and i don’t want it to be my last game,” ezeonu sa






bellevue investment adviser pleads guilty to wire fraud, making false statements


chris yoo, 44, ran summit asset strategies, an investment company based in bellevue. he used some clients’ cash to cover his personal and business expenses.bellevue investment adviser chris yoo on monday pleaded guilty to wire fraud and making false statements, admitting to having diverted millions of dollars from clients to bankroll his lifestyle and his own business. yoo also admitted having misled the securities and exchange commission in a previous investigation. yoo, 44, ran summit asset strategies, an investment company based in bellevue, which operated two funds, according to a u.s. department of justice statement. realizing that management fees wouldn’t be enough to support himself or the company, yoo began using cash that he was supposed to be investing on behalf of clients. the s






three new starters haven’t slowed down blanchet as it rolls into regionals


bishop blanchet’s record makes it seem as if the season has been easy.it wasn’t.the braves (22-1) went undefeated through metro league play. its sole loss was a meaningless — in terms of seeding for the class 3a state tournament — district playoff game to mercer island.girls regional basketballseattle-area regional basketball pairings:class 4afridaykamiak vs. auburn riverside at rogers high, 6 p.m.curtis vs. eastlake at bothell high, 6 p.m.saturdayrogers vs. todd beamer at puyallup high, noonchiawana vs. woodinville at bothell high, 2 p.m.camas vs. kentlake at rogers high, 4 p.m.kentridge vs. moses lake big bend cc, 4 p.m.bellarmine prep vs. glacier peak at jackson high, 4 p.m.class 3afridaysnohomish vs. lincoln at puyallup, 6 p.m.mercer island vs. blanchet at bothell high, 8 p.m.prairie v






three new starters haven’t slowed down blanchet girls as they roll into regional


bishop blanchet’s record makes it seem as if the season has been easy.it hasn’t been.the braves (22-1) went undefeated through metro league play. its sole loss was a meaningless — in terms of seeding for the class 3a state tournament — district playoff game to mercer island.girls regional basketballseattle-area regional basketball pairings:class 4afridaykamiak vs. auburn riverside at rogers high, 6 p.m.curtis vs. eastlake at bothell high, 6 p.m.saturdayrogers vs. todd beamer at puyallup high, noonchiawana vs. woodinville at bothell high, 2 p.m.camas vs. kentlake at rogers high, 4 p.m.kentridge vs. moses lake big bend cc, 4 p.m.bellarmine prep vs. glacier peak at jackson high, 4 p.m.class 3afridaysnohomish vs. lincoln at puyallup, 6 p.m.mercer island vs. blanchet at bothell high, 8 p.m.prai






bellevue transit tunnel underway, but no giant drill for this job


digging has begun on bellevue’s future downtown transit tunnel, but there’s no bertha or any other submarine-like giant drill with a famous nickname.digging has begun on bellevue’s future downtown transit tunnel, but there’s no bertha or any other giant drill with a famous nickname.instead, the team will use ordinary construction machines with carving attachments — and occasionally handheld power tools — to dig the tunnel. every four feet, they’ll stop to spray fast-drying concrete before the soil crumbles, insert a steel lattice shaped like an arc, and spray more concrete into the lattice. atkinson construction says it will need two years to go about 10 blocks, from sound transit’s planned east main street station to the bellevue downtown station. then another year is needed to construct






bellevue, bainbridge boys are set for class 3a swim-and-dive showdown saturday


bellevue has won the past two titles at the state meet, but if the wolverines want to get their third in a row they’re going to have to go through a young, hungry bainbridge team in saturday’s finals at king county aquatic center in federal way. bellevue has won the past two team titles at the class 3a boys state swim-and-dive meet, but if the wolverines want to get their third in a row they’re going to have to go through a young, hungry bainbridge team.bainbridge and bellevue battled throughout the night friday in the 3a state preliminaries at the king county aquatic center in federal way. the two teams combined to hold the no. 1 seed in eight of the 12 events going into saturday’s championship finals. the wolverines have 14 individual swimmers in the top final while bainbridge has 15 — i






bellevue police officer was ‘a little apprehensive’ about ‘the amazing race’ twi


seth tyler will compete in the cbs reality show’s new season, which begins march 30. this time, contestants are paired with strangers.bellevue’s seth tyler applied to be on cbs’ “the amazing race” with his younger brother two years ago and didn’t get on the show. then producers had other ideas.usually “the amazing race” (10 p.m. thursday, march 30) sends pairs — mother-daughter, best friends, a dating couple — on a competitive trip around the world. but for this 29th edition, producers opted to pair up strangers who meet for the first time in this season’s premiere episode moments before embarking on a race that spans nine countries, 17 cities and 36,000 miles.tyler, 37, a public information officer for the bellevue police department, figured when he and his portland-based firefighter brot






it was no day at the beach for bellevue in its state opener


rainier beach jumped all over garfield and cruised to a 69-38 opening-round win. the vikings will face metro league rival garfield in the quarterfinals thursday.tacoma — if it were a scheduled 15-round boxing match, this one would have been over by tko early in the first round.rainier beach, the defending class 3a state champions with eight state crowns overall, looked like a team capable of another title run.steals, blocks and dunks were the icing on the cake for the vikings, who stuffed themselves full of turnovers.senior n’keil nelson rang up 20 points and kevin porter jr. added 15 as fourth-ranked rainier beach looked invincible in the first half in blasting bellevue 69-38 in a class 3a first-round, loser-out state-tournament game on wednesday at the tacoma dome.most read storiesunlimi






how bellevue’s india gants fared in the finale of ‘america’s next top model’ (sp


the seattle-area woman talks about her future plans and her experiences on the vh1 modeling show.india gants of bellevue won vh1’s first edition of “america’s next top model” on wednesday night, taking home the $100,000 grand prize.in the season finale, violet-haired gants struggled to “look dead” in one photo shoot and later rocked a gold, spiky “rocker-chick” wardrobe after declaring, “do it for seattle!” in unison with departed “antm” competitor binta dibba, who’s from everett.interspersed with her final stroll down the runway, gants said that some of her competitors thought she revealed herself to be a different person over the course of the season but gants said, “i’ve just come out of my shell.”former “antm” host tyra banks, who’s still an executive producer on the series, returned t






this bellevue family’s romantic stone home evokes old world europe on lake washi


this state-of-the-art home in bellevue, both formal and informal, succeeds grandly on many levels.the grand entry stairway “started from a picture of a staircase in the fairmont olympic hotel,” says architect tom kuniholm. “nathie (katzoff, of nk woodworking) did the sketches, fabricated and tooled it. he had to make each piece differently, the curve is so tight.” (steve ringman/the seattle times)there’s something rather magical about dan and cari’s peacefully meandering driveway. for one thing, it’s tucked into its bellevue neighborhood as stealthily as an endless scarf up siegfried’s sleeve.for another, once you eventually descend to the end of it, you’re in old world europe.well. it looks like old world europe. and that’s magically deliberate.dan, cari and their college-age daughters al






rei unveils design for new bellevue headquarters


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top ranked rachel croft of bellevue competing at crystal mountain’s freeride wor


some of the world’s best extreme skiers and snowboarders will hit the steeps of crystal mountain resort from thursday through saturday at the international freeskiers and snowboarders association sanctioned freeride world qualifier 4 star competition, including rachel croft of bellevue.croft, who now resides in winter park, colorado, but still considers crystal her home mountain is currently the top ranked in the americas in freeride competition, which she started competing in 2012.expert freeride skier rachel croft who hails from bellevue hopes to qualify for the world freeride tour from thursday through saturday at the crystal mountain freeride world qualifier event. photo courtesy of travis poulin.she will try to retain that position in this event that serves as the 2017 northern hemisp






former investment adviser in bellevue charged with fraud


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one person wounded in downtown bellevue shooting


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bellevue investment adviser charged with fraud in alleged ponzi scheme


chris young yoo, a former investment advisor in bellevue, was charged monday by the u.s. attorney’s office with wire fraud and making false statements related to his operation of summit asset strategies and related companies.chris young yoo, a former investment adviser in bellevue, was charged monday by the u.s. attorney’s office with wire fraud and making false statements related to his operation of summit asset strategies and related companies.yoo in 2015 settled a securities and exchange commission (sec) lawsuit for $1.3 million over allegations he diverted investors’ money for his own use. he filed for bankruptcy last year, but the chapter 11 trustee overseeing his case has filed papers asserting yoo was deceiving the court and should not be granted a discharge from his debts through t






bellevue police officer to compete on ‘the amazing race’


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photos: seaking girls tournament in bellevue


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bainbridge boys beat bellevue to take class 3a state swimming and diving title


with bellevue and bainbridge exchanging leads throughout the meet at king county aquatic center in federal way, the class 3a state title wasn’t decided until the end — when it went to bainbridge for the first time.it was evident early that the quest for the class 3a boys team title in swimming and diving was going to go down to the wire.with bellevue and bainbridge exchanging leads throughout the meet at king county aquatic center in federal way, the state title wasn’t decided until the end — when it went to bainbridge for the first time.the spartans finished first, fourth and seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke, the second-to-last event of the meet, and put an exclamation point on the victory with an all-american and state-meet record time (3 minutes, 5.57 seconds) in the 400 freestyle r






india gants of bellevue to compete in finale of ‘america’s next top model’


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$225 million more needed to build light rail across i-90 bridge


challenges include the world’s only trackway on a floating bridge, which moves with lake washington’s water level and must be kept buoyant. it’s a key piece of the $3.7 billion corridor to downtown bellevue and overlake.the cost to build light rail on interstate 90 has zoomed $225 million higher than sound transit once estimated, now that final engineering work has revealed the challenge of retrofitting the structure.transit-board members are scheduled to approve a contract increase thursday afternoon with construction group kiewit-hoffman.the additional money would come out of contingency funds for the eastside line, without causing delays or a tax increase.traffic lab is a seattle times project that digs into the region’s thorny transportation issues, spotlights promising approaches to e






‘homemade electrical panel’ blamed for fire at bellevue home with large pot oper


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4 don’t-miss classical events around seattle and bellevue


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sugar tax: fine manufacturers | the seattle times


it is wrong to attach a tax on individual products.a tax should be placed on the producers. it should be some amount based on the number of grams of sugar included in their product, natural or added.franklin l. wilton, bellevue






great bars to catch march madness in seattle and bellevue


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chelsea clinton joins expedia board


the former first daughter, currently vice chair of the clinton foundation, joins an expanded board at the bellevue-based online travel company.chelsea clinton has joined expedia’s board of directors.clinton, vice chair of the clinton foundation and former first daughter, becomes the 14th member of the board of the bellevue-based online travel company, according to documents filed friday with the securities and exchange commission. the company expanded its board from 13 directors to make a spot for clinton, the filing says.clinton received 1,930 restricted stock units which vest over three years starting next march, the company reported. at the current price of expedia stock, $131 per share, those are worth more than $252,000.prior to working at the clinton foundation, she worked as an asso






chelsea clinton joins expedia board


the former first daughter, currently vice chair of the clinton foundation, joins an expanded board at the bellevue-based online travel company.chelsea clinton has joined expedia’s board of directors.clinton, vice chair of the clinton foundation and former first daughter, becomes the 14th member of the board of the bellevue-based online travel company, according to documents filed friday with the securities and exchange commission. the company expanded its board from 13 directors to make a spot for clinton, the filing says.clinton received 1,930 restricted stock units which vest over three years starting next march, the company reported. at the current price of expedia stock, $131 per share, those are worth more than $252,000.that’s on top of an annual retainer of $45,000 that non-employee






female officers in high demand at st. paul police department


allison rogers knew she wanted to be a police officer, but others had their concerns: did she consider teaching instead? had she seen the most recent news articles about officers who were killed in the line of duty?so rogers pursued a degree in corrections instead.“i had a lot of people telling me i wouldn’t want to be in the profession,” said rogers. “more out of fear than that it wasn’t a noble profession. i’m a pretty small … i’m 5-foot-1. with my boots, i’m 5-3.”in her second year at minnesota state university, mankato, she gained the confidence to switch tracks to law enforcement after speaking with an officer from her hometown of waseca, minn., where she served as a police reserve. on a recent urday morning, rogers, 23, was among 88 people who packed an informational meeting at the n