Boarded-up Seattle house listed as ‘hot' buy for nearly $600,000

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:18 PM

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A listing of a 910-square-foot, boarded-up home in the Ballard neighborhood is showing just how hot the real estate market is in Seattle right now. 

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Seattle real-estate agency Lake & Company listed the 6512 11th Ave. N.W. home for $595,000 Monday. 

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The listing started getting attention when real-estate database Redfin picked it up.

Redfin calculates the chance that a home will go under contract with a buyer within its first two weeks, based on the neighborhood and property. When a property meets a certain standard, it’s listed as a “hot home.”

The Ballard home – built in 1901 – is considered just that. According to Redfin, there’s an 80 percent chance it will sell in 10 days. 

Despite the Redfin description of zero bedrooms, Lake & Company told KIRO 7 News that the house “theoretically” has three rooms and a bathroom. That’s based on a description from the King County Department of Assessments, which appraised the property for $390,000 in 2017.

Because it’s boarded up, no one from the real-estate company has actually checked the interior. Lake & Company didn’t disclose the bedroom number on its own listing, because the agents are focused more on the land value. 

The lot, 6,420 square feet, is in prime Ballard. Lake and Company calls the property a “builder alert” with “excellent development opportunity.” 

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Trump Putin summit: Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, John McCain react

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a join press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a join press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

Response to President Donald Trump’s comment at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin that he doubted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was swift and pointed Monday.

Reaction ranged from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper calling the president’s performance “disgraceful” to retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (California) defending the president’s comments.

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Trump and Putin “spent a great deal of time” discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday, the U.S. president said. 

Trump resisted when asked Monday to condemn Russian meddling in the election, instead complaining about a Democratic National Committee computer server and Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. 

“They said they think it’s Russia; I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. 

“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that was responsible for the election hacking. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

Here are some of the comments made just after the summit ended.

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Beloved Labrador dies after drinking too much saltwater at Florida beach

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 1:35 PM

Drinking Too Much Saltwater Kills Beloved Dog

O.G. was by Chris Taylor’s side for nearly seven years. 

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Taylor and the Labrador bonded almost immediately when they met when he was a 3-month old-puppy, according to WFLA. O.G. helped Taylor between classwork as he attended college to become a teacher.

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"He always wanted to be doing what I was doing," Taylor told WFLA. "He's my family. He's just so goofy and just always excited to see me when I came through the door."

They went to the beach to take a break from schoolwork Monday. Hours later, the problems began. The Labrador started to vomit and experience diarrhea, according to WFLA. On Tuesday, O.G. was lethargic but eating. By Wednesday, things got worse when O.G. suffered a seizure. 

"I saw him last night, and he was convulsing,” Taylor told WFLA. “And I asked if he was in pain, she said, ‘I don't even think he knows where he is.’"

Taylor found out that saltwater can be highly toxic to animals, causing brain damage, seizures and dehydration, veterinarian Katy Meyer told WFLA. She recommends limiting a dog’s exposure at the beach to about two hours, with fresh water breaks in between. 

"Things can come on gradually and you're not aware of how serious things are upfront," Meyer said. "When the brain gets affected, the body is affected.”

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 starts with some glitches

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:35 PM

Amazon Prime Day 2018

Amazon Prime Day started at 3 p.m. Eastern time today, but not without some glitches.

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CNBC reported that customers complained of errors on desktop and mobile. According to the outlet, some customers got an error page featuring “dogs of Amazon.” On those pages, a photo of a dog appears with the text, “Sorry. Something went wrong on our end,” “Sorry. We couldn’t find that page,” or a similar error message. The dog photo changes with each refresh. There are more than a dozen dog images.

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Visiting, navigating to the Prime Day page and clicking on “shop all deals,” or “shop deals by interest” led some users to a redirect loop to the “shop all deals” page.

Related: Amazon glitch: Here's how to get on the Amazon Prime site

According to Tech Crunch, direct links to product pages work fine, including direct links to specific products on the Prime Day page. 

Amazon has not commented on the reports about Prime Day site glitches. The Associated Press reported that the extent of the outage is not clear.

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Russian woman arrested, charged with illegal political activities in U.S.

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 7:41 PM

Hours after President Donald Trump publicly sided with Vladimir Putin over questions of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the Justice Department announced the arrest of 29 year old Maria Butina, alleging that the Russian citizen violated U.S. law by engaging in a series of political activities involving members of one major political party and a U.S. gun rights organization.

“Butina worked at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government,” the Justice Department said in a statement, charging she was tasked with “developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation.”

“The filings allege that she undertook her activities without officially disclosing the fact that she was acting as an agent of Russian government, as required by law,” the DOJ stated.

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While the highly detailed FBI affidavit does not identify the particular political party or gun rights organization – all signs pointed to it being the Republican Party, and the National Rifle Association.

After entering the U.S. in August 2016 on a student visa, the 17 page affidavit basically says the only studying done by Maria Butina was of the U.S. political process, engaging in a conspiracy to exert influence in American politics, especially through her contacts with gun rights supporters.

The details also involve two unidentified Americans, one who Butina first contacted in Moscow around 2013, the other who was part of efforts to gather support for Russia within political circles in 2016 and 2017.

Much of the evidence came from documents, emails, and Twitter direct messages on Butina’s laptop, which was seized by authorities during the investigation.

But the FBI affidavit also seems to indicate that investigators have emails from one American linked to Butina – identified only as “U.S. Person 1.”

“I’ve been involved in security a VERY private line of communication between the Kremlin and key POLITICAL PARTY 1 leaders through, of all conduits, the [GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION],” the communication read.


The FBI affidavit offers a variety of efforts to curry favor with Americans, at the National Prayer Breakfast, Russian-American “friendship” dinners, attending annual meetings of a national gun rights organization, and other political gatherings.

Butina’s work evidently also included an instance in 2015, when Butina was able to ask a question of President Trump at the “FreedomFest,” where Mr. Trump – the candidate – assured his audience that he wanted better relations with Moscow.

“Putin has no respect for President Obama,” Mr. Trump tells Butina, in this exchange.

While the charge against Butina was not brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, the details of the inquiry dovetail with that investigation of illegal influence in the 2016 election, a probe which President Trump on Monday again labeled a ‘witch hunt.’

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