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Former Foster Child Receives $2.5 Million From Washington

Washington state has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a former foster child who said she was sexually abused by a foster father who was a convicted sex offender.

CBS Seattle–02/03/2015

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Judge: Long Jail Waits For Mentally Ill Illegal

Washington state’s lengthy warehousing of mentally ill defendants in jails before trial is “far beyond any constitutional limits” and “must stop,” a federal judge said Monday.


Burnt out remains of the home of Josh Powell near Graham, Washington where Braden and Charlie Powell were killed by their father Josh during a court-ordered visit. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

State DSHS Under Fire For Powell Case

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Social workers tasked with protecting the children of Josh Powell did not consult with law enforcement or explore his potentially violent past before allowing him to host supervised visits at his home, a […]

CBS Seattle–08/02/2012

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Transcript: Social Worker’s 911 Call From Josh Powell’s Home

SEATTLE (AP) – Police have released a series of recordings from 911 calls made Sunday when authorities in Washington state say Josh Powell locked himself and his two young sons in his house and lit […]


Phoenix Jones, middle, is pictured here with actor Rainn Wilson, left, and director James Gunn in March of this year. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Seattle ‘Superhero’ Fired, Prohibited From Working With Children After Arrest

Phoenix Jones, whose infamous YouTube video of him pepper-spraying a group of men and women in what he proclaims to have been him breaking up a fight, has been released from his job assisting five developmentally disabled autistic children with their life skills.