Transportation
12:33 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Mukilteo ferry dock closing for three weekends in March and April

Ferry sharing the waterway with Navy and civilian vessels on the Mukilteo-Clinton run, July 26, 2007.
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Mukilteo ferry commuters need to make alternate plans for traveling to and from Whidbey Island on three weekends (Friday through Sunday) this spring. The dates are March 18-20, March 25-27 and April 1-3. The Mukilteo terminal is closing for a $2.6 million overhaul of the dock. Commuters will have to either drive around or take special sailings between Edmonds and Clinton.

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K-12 Education
8:44 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Seattle families have say in school bus reductions, start time changes

Some Seattle students could lose bus service and start school earlier next year because of budget cuts.
Eric Gay AP Photo

Seattle Public Schools' latest plan to shore up its budget deficit could mean some students won't have bus service next year and most will have to get up earlier. Families can get more details and voice concerns on these changes and more at a series of meetings starting tonight:

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Record Bin Roulette
8:02 am
Thu January 27, 2011

The CD, in memoriam

The dust of progress is collecting on the compact disc.
Mr Tickle - Wachoo Wachoo Tribe Congressman Flickr

It's a sign of the times for the lowly CD: Sony closes a huge CD manufacturing plant, and the same week the band Cake sells a dismal 44,000 copies, the lowest ever for a number one album.

Downloads and file sharing are undeniably edging out the Compact Disc. So, in memoriam, we offer a retrospective of the short but flashy career of the venerable CD.

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Law & Justice
7:48 am
Thu January 27, 2011

More learned about man who threatened Gregoire

A man who says he was upset over losing state benefits has been arrested and charged with making threats against Governor Chris Gregoire and her family. 51-year-old Robert Ray Locke was arraigned on one count of felony threat and pleaded not guilty.

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News Roundup
6:59 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Vicki Sessions, right, stops on her jog with dog Solli to sign a marijuana legalization petition for volunteer Terren Dubuque Thursday, July 1, 2010, in Seattle. The petition failed to get enough signatures. Backers will try again this year.
Elaine Thompson AP

Making headlines this morning:

  • Boeing Windfall for Thousands of Workers
  • Seattle Reconsiders Parking Rate Hikes
  • Another Effort to Legalize Marijuana
  • Sports "Star" Winners Announced

     

Bonuses for Boeing workers

More than 48,000 Boeing workers be handed incentive bonuses next month. The windfall, averaging about $5,000 per employee, is the result of solid profit gains last year, according to The Seattle Times' Dominic Gates:

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Environment
5:06 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Obama's salmon quip: Is salmon management a joke?

NPR asked listeners to describe President Obama's State of the Union speech in three words. More than 4,000 responded. NPR ran the responses through a word cloud generator and this is what came out.
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In President Obama’s State of the Union speech, he got the biggest laugh of the night when – to illustrate the need to simplify government – he made a crack about salmon management.

"The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater ... I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked."

See it here, along with a shot of Commerce Secretary (and former Washington Governor) Gary Locke trying to be a good sport.

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Coffee Business
6:36 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Starbucks sales and earnings up again, shares down on outlook

Another strong financial report is boosting Starbuck's morale, but not its stock price.
Photo by Gary Davis KPLU

Starbucks has done it again. The coffee giant says its global revenues reached a record: $3 billion in the first quarter. Profits were up 44 percent compared to a year ago, thanks in part to the chain's growing popularity with coffee drinkers around the world.

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Culture
3:51 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

TED plunges into digital book market with Amazon

Nic Marks is a statistician whose talks about how nation's measures of success might better be measured by the happiness of their people, rather than productivity. Marks' ideas is one of the first TED Books, a digital imprint released Wednesday, Jan. 26th
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The popular TED Talks series is sprouting a new arm: TED Books.  Seattle-based Amazon began selling the short (10,000 to 20,000 word) digital books today. They are available on the Kindle platform.

The first three ebooks with the new imprint are based on materials from popular Talks series speakers:

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Law & Justice
12:46 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Man arrested for allegedly threatening Gregoire

A Pierce County man is in custody for allegedly making an online threat to Governor Chris Gregoire. The Washington State Patrol picked up Robert R. Locke, of the Graham area, on Tuesday afternoon. 

In a statement, the patrol reports Gregoire's office received the still unspecified threat early Tuesday morning. The message was traced to Locke, and he was picked up while walking on a Pierce County street about six hours later. 

Detectives reported their arrest took place without incident. 

Locke was booked into Pierce County jail, where he's charged with one felony count of threatening the governor or the governor's family.

Humanosphere
12:31 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

Microsoft wants to engineer bugs as disease fighting nanobots

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Todd Bishop at TechFlash has discovered that Microsoft is into global health, in a weird way.

As Todd reports, Microsoft has applied for a patent for “Adapting Parasites to Combat Disease.”

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License Debate
10:50 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Gregoire supports citizenship checks for driver's licenses

Governor Chris Gregoire says she supports citizenship checks for driver's licenses. Washington is one of the last states in the nation that still issues driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. Gregoire says ending that practice is a matter of national security:

"The job of being governor has changed dramatically since I came into office in 2005 and security has become one of the top priorities for every governor in this country."

There are several proposals in the legislature to require the Department of Licensing to confirm an applicant's "legal presence" in the country. Gregoire says if the legislature sends her a bill, she’ll sign it.

The governor's statement comes after a public radio report earlier this week on the issue. 

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Film
8:17 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Oscar nomination for woman who grew up on Mercer Island

Mercer Island-native Anne Rosellini (right) is pictured with Alix Madigan at the Gotham Awards in New York last November. Rosellini got an Oscar nomination as co-writer and producer of the film "Winter's Bone."
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Seattle has a special connection to the Oscars this year. Anne Rosellini, a Mercer Island High School graduate and co-founder of the One Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot,  received two nominations for "Winter's Bone,"  a film she produced and co-wrote, with director Debra Granik. Here's the trailer:

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Food for Thought
8:14 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Food lovers on a diet

Fresh fruits and veggies are on Nancy Leson's diet menu. Stein's trying a different approach (he doesn't like fruit). Find out what happens when food writers - and food lovers - go on a diet.
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They’ve looked in the mirror, and the mirror’s not only looking back, it's talking back. Dick “The Big Eater” Stein and Nancy “All You Can Eat” Leson both say it’s time to diet. In fact, they've already started.

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Preservation
8:07 am
Wed January 26, 2011

New site proposed for Hanford Reach Interpretive Center

Supporters of a proposed interpretive center for the Hanford Reach have identified a new location for the star-crossed project. They're hoping the fresh site will breathe new life into a project that's been mired in controversy and divisiveness.

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News Roundup
7:47 am
Wed January 26, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Making headlines this morning:

  • A Little Pot With Your Booze?
  • Boeing Announces 2011 Profit Projections
  • State Parks Facing Tough Budget

 

Should the state legalize marijuana sales?

The idea has the backing of some state legislators who filed legislation Tuesday. It would allow state liquor stores to sell pot. KING-TV reports the bill's chief backer is Seattle Democrat Mary Lou Dickerson:

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