News Roundup
6:49 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

An impromptu street memorial for First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams, shot and killed by a Seattle policeman last August on Boren Avenue. Did police provide all pertinent documents to a Seattle Times disclosure request?
Gary Davis KPLU

Making headlines this morning:

  • Key Document Surfaces in Woodcarver Shooting
  • Education Department Idea Moves Forward in Olympia
  • Packed Hearing Backs Saving a Tacoma High School

 

Woodcarver's Shooting: Evidence Surfaces

A city councilman's email plea to Seattle Police Chief John Diaz for an independent investigation following the  fatal shooting of John T. Williams by a cop last August was omitted from a public disclosure request. 

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U.S. Military
5:06 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Possible deal for soldier accused in Afghan War crimes

Spc. Jeremy Morlock.
US Army

There's been a significant development in the case of five Washington-based soldiers accused of killing unarmed Afghan civilians last year. The Washington Post reports a plea deal has been struck with one of the key defendants. But an Army spokesman cautions nothing's been finalized. 

The Post, citing an anonymous source, says Specialist Jeremy Morlock has agreed to a deal that would spare him the possibility of life in prison.

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Veterans Affairs
5:06 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Senator Patty Murray to chair Committee on Veterans Affairs

Newly named Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington.
AP

Washington's Senior US Senator, Patty Murray, has become the first woman ever appointed as chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Murray replaces Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii as the new committee chair.  According to Rob Hotakainen, Staff writer at the Olympian, Akaka is an 86-year-old veteran of World War II and has headed the committee for the last four years.

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Transportation
4:47 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Seattle responds to criticism, adjusts scheduled parking rate increases

Seattle parking rates are going up in 4 neighborhoods, down in 11 neighborhoods and will stay the same in 7 others. Seattle Transportation Department spokesman Rick Sheridan says the upshot is that 73% of the city’s paid parking spaces will either stay the same or get a rate reduction. But several areas still face big hikes and community leaders are worried.

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Law
3:12 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Red light camera ballot challenges spread across state

A red light camera on the job in Oregon.
Kristian Foden-Vencil OPB

Irate drivers in four Washington cities are filing ballot initiative paperwork this week to unplug automated traffic enforcement cameras.

So far, driver rebellions have ignited in Longview, Bellingham, Monroe and Wenatchee. Signature drives have started in those cities to unplug their red light cameras. Professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman is involved in all four of the nascent municipal campaigns.

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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.
WSDOT flickr.com

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.
NPR.org

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
TED.com

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

midorisyu Flickr

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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