Rural Crime
1:38 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Rural town fights gang violence with a summer picnic

Manny Castillo, 9, and his brothers Jesus, 7, and Jr., 6, say they hide in their mother’s room when they hear gunfire in their hometown of Outlook, Wash. They came out to play games and spend the evening with neighbors at a anti-gang picnic recently.
Anna King Northwest News Network

This past spring we brought you the story of an Eastern Washington dairy town plagued by gang violence. Now, several months later residents of Outlook, Washington are fighting gangs with summer camps and social gatherings.

This spring a 17-year-old girl was shot at her home in Outlook, Wash. allegedly by four gang members. But just recently, blocks away from that murder site, children played bean bag toss and took whacks at a piñata.

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Locke Stops in Washington
11:15 am
Thu August 11, 2011

New U.S. Ambassador to China points to his WA state roots

"Washington is still our home," says Locke, who was born and raised in Washington state.
Evan Vucci Associated Press

The new U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke, says it’s his Washington roots that made him what he is today.

Ambassador Locke left his position as U.S. Commerce Secretary when he was sworn in as Ambassador to China this month.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu August 11, 2011

A look back at how Michael Jackson bought the Beatles

Paul and Michael
quicheisinsane Flickr

This week RBR takes a look at the money train of the music industry and the mysterious world of song royalties.

This one sounds like an urban myth, but it’s true: Michael Jackson really did acquire the rights to most of the Beatles songs. It’s a strange and sordid tale, but it’s hard to feel too sorry for people who are worth hundreds of millions of dollars …

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Economy
4:30 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Follow-up: Economic troubles hitting home

There's room at the Inn, but can we afford it?
Brent Moore Flickr

On Tuesday when we started the conversation on our Facebook page about the real impact of the bad economy, the DOW was back on the mend and the fallout from S&P downgrades seemed to be moderate. In that calm before the storm, however, we still felt that the blows to the economy are adding up and causing real people real headaches.

Boy is it, and according to one expert the kind of economic recession we have had will take years to pull out of.

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State Employee Salaries
2:40 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

UW football coach Steve Sarkisian top-paid state employee

Elaine Thompson AP

A new detailed list from the Office of Financial Management names University of Washington football coach Steve Sarkasian the top paid Washington state employee in 2010, with $1.98 million in gross pay.

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Groove Notes
12:56 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

First look at lineup for Earshot Jazz Festival

The Earshot Jazz Festival gets kicked off in Seattle on October 14th and runs through November 6th. While the full schedule does not get released until September, the early bookings feature a wonderful variety of top tier musicians.

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Real estate
11:34 am
Wed August 10, 2011

WSU research: State home sales decline 4 percent

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington Center for Real Estate Research at Washington State University reports home sales and prices declined in the second quarter statewide.

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Grizzly bear shooting
9:45 am
Wed August 10, 2011

When is it legal to kill a grizzly bear?

About 1,100 grizzlies live in the Lower 48.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A north Idaho man could face fines and prison time for shooting a grizzly bear on his property. The animal is considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act and federal law allows people to kill grizzlies only in certain situations.

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Debt debate
9:18 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Sen. Murray selected to deficit committee, criticism follows

Sen. Patty Murray
Associated Press

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has named Democrat Patty Murray of Washington to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall.

The choice immediately drew cries of disbelief from conservatives.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed August 10, 2011

No one's immune from 'kitchen gizmo madness'

That's a hefty handle for a popsicle.
Nancy Leson

I'd define "kitchen gizmo" as one of those things that you buy on impulse, use a few times and then stash away in the closet – or in Nancy Leson's case – a basement freezer. 

None of us are immune to the lure of the kitchen gizmo, even though I claimed otherwise in this week's Food for Thought. 

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Blues Time Machine
8:09 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Exploring the art and science behind 'The Blues Time Machine'

Bengt Nyman Flickr

"Morning Edition" host Kirsten Kendrick and “All Blues” host John Kessler discuss the creation and inspiration behind Kessler’s new KPLU series: “The Blues Time Machine.”

Each week the new series follows one song through history – from its earliest recordings to its latest and, sometimes, most surprising interpretations. “The Blues Time Machine” airs on KPLU 88.5 on Fridays at 12:10 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Public forum
4:45 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

State considers creating 'majority minority' congressional district

One redistricting proposal offered by the group United for Fair Representation, which is dedicated to "fair redistricting and representation of people of color."

Tonight is your last chance to weigh in on which communities will be included in the state’s congressional districts before commissioners start drafting their proposals. The public is invited to share their thoughts at a forum tonight in South Seattle.

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Festivals and events
4:20 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

A thing to do tonight (or Thursday): Dancing 'til dusk

Couples waltzing to KGB at Ball Blanc at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park.
Dancing til Dusk illustration

For a fifth year in downtown parks, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s popular dancing in the park returns. It’s worth staying downtown for, or making downtown an after-work destination, so join the fun!

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Other News
4:11 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Rep. McDermott of Seattle and wife to divorce

Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington and his wife of nearly 14 years are divorcing.

The Seattle Democrat has released a statement saying the end of a marriage is "difficult and painful."

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Facebook discussion
3:08 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

How has the roiling bad economy hit your life?

Can't afford a room at the "Economy Inn"? Join our discussion on Facebook about how the ongoing economic trouble has affected your life.
Brent Moore Flickr

We are working on a story about the REAL impact of the ongoing economic woes. We want to know, what one thing has been affected most in your life by the turbulent economy?

Come to our Facebook page to join the conversation and tell us your story. Here’s a few of the responses so far:

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