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Traffic jam? What traffic jam?

The mother of all traffic jams never materialized on Interstate 5 through Olympia this past weekend, thanks to motorists heeding warnings about potential traffic tieups, which allowed road crews to complete preliminary work and reopen northbound Interstate-5 much earlier than expected, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Small landslide exposes graves at Spokane cemetery

Cemetery officials will take a closer look today at a small landslide that exposed several graves over the holiday weekend at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane. The slide on the northwest side of the cemetery carried one concrete vault containing a casket partly down a slope and exposed the ends of several other vaults, said Denny York, president and CEO of Fairmount Holdings Inc., a division of the nonprofit Fairmount Memorial Association that owns the cemetery.

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Ex-foster child sues DSHS, alleging long list of horrors

A 20-year-old Tacoma woman who contends she was subjected to an odyssey of horror as a foster child has sued the state of Washington for $5 million. The plaintiff, identified as S.R., says she suffered “physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse, neglect and exposure to intolerable living conditions” during her four years in foster care, according to her lawsuit, which was filed April 7 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.