Events and Festivals
3:40 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

5 unique festivals to enjoy

Among the things to do this weekend is Sequim's Lavender Festival.

It's been a little damp in the Pacific Northwest these past couple of days, but that doesn't stop any fun from happening. Bring your raincoats and umbrellas and take a peek at this week's fun fests!

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Events and Festivals
2:40 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

This weekend: Celebrate heritage with vikings

Vikings battles against each other for a great show at the Viking Days celebration.
Nordic Heritage Museum

The Nordic Heritage Museum’s annual Viking Days festival celebrates its 27th anniversary this weekend.

The events on Saturday and Sunday offer unique Nordic entertainment, food, arts, crafts, merchants and real live Vikings right in Ballard.

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Elections
2:21 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Time is running out to register for the August primary

I can haz ballot, plz?
Eric Hart flickr.com

Are you registered to vote? The deadline for the August 16 primary is fast approaching.

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Budget surprises
1:45 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Cut of 20,000 government workers could be next big surprise

With the loss of revenue, the impact of inflation and rising population, Washington’s government is providing one-fifth (18 percent) fewer services.

That’s instruction in K-12, colleges and universities, road maintenance, health and welfare agents, building inspectors – you name it.

By the time this economic decline in government services gets ironed out, Washington could shed up to 20,000 government jobs statewide, says Seattle economist Dick Conway, who is also co-publisher of the Puget Sound Economic Forecaster.

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Seattle Scene
12:00 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Local celebs talk up Seattle's food and entertainment

Charles Amundson Courtesy Photo

The Wall Street Journal recently asked four famous locals where they go to enjoy a great meal. From Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, to a cookbook author and chef, Kathy Casey, we get a glimpse of some of their favorite eateries in Seattle.

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Teen activism
11:46 am
Fri July 15, 2011

NW teens advocate in D.C. for end to youth violence

Chino Celedon-Perez, a high school senior from Tacoma, is in D.C. with other youths from the Puget Sound region pushing for passage of the Youth Promise Act.
John Yeager World Vision

Teens from Seattle and Tacoma are meeting with lawmakers in Washington D.C. to advocate for an end to youth violence.

They are pushing for the passage of the Youth Promise Act, now stalled in congress. The act would provide communities with federal funding to develop local programs to keep kids off the street and busy, especially after school between the hours of three and six.

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Budget surprises
9:55 am
Fri July 15, 2011

State budget cuts were unique this time around

This season of state budget cuts in Olympia was different than previous bad-budget years, not just in size and scope – but also because the Legislature eliminated many small programs rather than suspending them so they can be brought back online more easily in better times.

“That’s different,” said Marty Brown, director of Washington's Office of Financial Management.

The $4.6 billion in cuts that resulted in the state’s current $32 billion two-year budget contained many program eliminations that surprised even veteran budget wonks like Brown.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:28 am
Fri July 15, 2011

House move on Yucca nuke repository could help Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would breathe new life into the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The House will vote today on a larger spending bill that includes a budget increase for reviewing the project.

Some nuclear cleanup advocates are concerned that if Yucca Mountain doesn't open, it could mean high level waste could be permanently stored at Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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You might notice
9:19 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Emergency drill today at Sea-Tac Airport

The Port of Seattle plans an elaborate emergency drill for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport today but officials stress it is only a drill and will not affect any regular air travel.

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Budget surprises
8:30 am
Fri July 15, 2011

10 state budget cuts that might surprise you

Washington budget writers just can’t catch a break. Earlier this week, state income had fallen another $22 million short of forecasts. That’s on top of a forecasted revenue slump that will leave the state with only $163.3 million in reserve by June 2013.

All of which comes on the heels of the Legislature’s $32 billion two-year budget that cut $4.6 billion.

We’ve heard about the big cuts to education and a few other programs – such as closing the state tourism office, the quit cigarette hotline, living will registry and ending film industry incentives. Now, here’s 10 small programs cuts that will affect the way at least some Washington citizens live their lives:

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Sports with Art Thiel
7:50 am
Fri July 15, 2011

U.S. Women go for World Cup title, former UW star at goalie

United States and former UW goalkeeper Hope Solo during the dramatic quarterfinal match between Brazil and the U.S. at the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Dresden, Germany, Sunday. The American women won the game 5-3 on penalty kicks.
Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press

She's dealt with a lot of drama on and off the soccer field. But former University of Washington star Hope Solo is at the top of her game as the United States Women's soccer team prepares to take on Japan for the World Cup title this Sunday.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:45 am
Fri July 15, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Vancouver still puzzling over riots.
Craig McCulloch KPLU
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Humanosphere
4:54 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Why CIA's faked vaccines may cause damage

johanoomen Flickr

The CIA has acknowledged running a deceptive, if not totally fake, vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the effort months ago to hunt down Osama bin Laden, and here are three reasons why the deception may cause problems in global health efforts:

  • This isn’t just about vaccines.
  • Health workers and aid workers overseas have to be seen as neutral and independent if they are to operate effectively and safely.
  • National security isn’t achieved just by hunting and killing bad guys. It’s also achieved through humanitarian efforts.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:40 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Preview: Former UW goalie helps U.S. Women reach World Cup final

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo holds a fan's sign after the US won 3-1 the semifinal match between France and the U.S at the Women’s Soccer World Cup on Wednesday.
Martin Meissner AP Photo

She was a star at the University of Washington, and now goalie Hope Solo has been instrumental in getting the U.S. Women's Soccer Team to the World Cup final. After a dramatic shootout win over Brazil last weekend, the U.S. beat France Wednesday 3-1. Solo and the rest of her teammates will face Japan in the final on Sunday.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel met Hope Solo at the Beijing Olympics and will share some of his insights about her drive and determination tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow for a blog of our conversation.

Education
12:11 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

College students: Heavy drinking has its upsides

College students tend to believe that the negative consequences of heavy drinking are outweighed by the what they consider to be the positive ones.
Alejandro Gordo Flickr

“It’s as though they think that the good effects of drinking keep getting better …”

A new study with implications for alcohol intervention programs on college campuses around the country finds that many students believe the benefits of boozing it up outweigh the downsides.

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