Humanosphere
12:21 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Seattle's PATH embroiled in HPV vaccine controversy in India

“Collapsed trial fuels unfounded vaccine fears,” a news headline said of an HPV vaccine program in India run by Seattle's PATH.
Meena Kadri Flickr

In 2009, Seattle-based PATH, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched a project aimed at combating cervical cancer in India by introducing the HPV vaccine.

The vaccine program didn’t work out as planned.

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Transportation
9:19 am
Thu June 23, 2011

When will tolls start on 520? Delays leave state with no date

Toll charges for the 520 bridge might begin in August, but they might not.
WSDOT

People who drive over the State Route 520 floating bridge will likely have a few more months before tolls kick in. The latest estimate of when charges would begin is now August, but the Washington State Department of Transportation won't commit to a date.

The new system has faced a string of delays. It was originally scheduled to be up and running in April. Then it was pushed back to June. Then late July. 

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:50 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will take over Alaskan Way all day Saturday.
Rachel James Flickr

A 50 percent chance of showers (pretty much 100 percent in downtown Seattle this morning). Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 23, 2011

School's out - Our roundup of best school quotes

ChrisM70 Flickr

We have nothing against school. Between the two of us we have 27 years of schooling and 3 ½ degrees. But now that school’s out, it’s time to cut loose with some of our favorite apophthegms…Look it up…

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Legalizing pot
6:09 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Treat marijuana like alcohol? Initiative will test voter tolerance

Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes, center, is flanked by campaign director Alison Holcomb, left, and Mark Johnson during a news conference announcing the filing of an initiative to legalize possession of marijuana in Washington state Wednesday.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

It isn’t against the law to sip a martini. So why should you face jail time for lighting up a joint? Supporters of the latest initiative to legalize marijuana say both activities should be treated the same.

Liquor in Washington is heavily regulated. And that’s what the group New Approach Washington wants the state to do with pot.

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Other News
6:00 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Submarine exploring sunken ship near Port Townsend

The submarine owned by OceanGate of Everett will be used to examine the wreck of a steamer that sank in 1921.
OceanGate

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – A private submarine is diving this week near Port Townsend to examine the wreck of a steamer that sank in 1921 in Puget Sound.

The 90-year-old wreck of the SS Governor rests in 240 feet of water. A 15-foot submarine from OceanGate of Everett will be used to take photos to develop three-dimensional images of the hulk. A spokesperson said the company did complete the dive but that it would be several days before they would be able to complete processing the sonar, video and photos.

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Boeing
8:51 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Boeing showcases 787 in Paris, reports on unmanned aircrafts

Captain Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the 787 program, brought ZA001, the first 787 Dreamliner, into Le Bourget Air Field on Tuesday in support of the Boeing display at the Paris Air Show.
Boeing

LE BOURGET, France — Boeing is showcasing it 787 Wednesday at the Paris Air Show.

After a three-year delay the first new 787 is expected to be delivered in August or September to All Nippon Airways.

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Environment
8:00 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Leopard cubs to make debut at Point Defiance Zoo

11-day old clouded leopard cubs being cared for by zoo staff biologists in their new cub room exhibit.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

(Updated with new video)

The newborn clouded leopard cubs at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will be available for public viewing this weekend, zoo officials say.

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Food for Thought
7:20 am
Wed June 22, 2011

It's Allium sativum time

From William Woodville's 1793 "Medical Botany"

In this Food for Thought I had a lot of fun lording it over Nancy Leson about my garlic garden.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:09 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

John McKay, the former U.S. attorney in Seattle, said laws criminalizing marijuana are wrongheaded. He is backing an initiative to legalize the drug.
Flickr
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Business
6:35 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Seattle to battle over sick leave

If a proposal is accepted by the Seattle City Council, the city will become only the fourth in the country to require employers provide paid sick leave.
Allan Foster Flickr

In what is likely to be a contentious summer debate, the Seattle City Council will receive a proposal this week to mandate all Seattle workers be allowed between five and nine paid sick days a year.

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Environment
2:19 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Puget Sound 'streaks' are likely harmless algae bloom

Marine plankton at the surface of Puget Sound east of Vashon Island. 6/20/11
Washington Department of Ecology

It may look like a toxic "red tide," but don't panic. Scientists with the Washington Department of Ecology say the reddish orange streaks in Puget Sound this week appear to be a harmless algae bloom.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
1:36 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

DOE writes employees about criticism of Hanford safety

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy is defending its safety culture at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. The agency sent its workers a letter in response to harsh criticism this month in a report by a federal nuclear watchdog.

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Metro Transit
11:49 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Higher car tab fees proposed to avoid Metro Transit cuts

Metro Transit will slash service if a hike in car tab fees isn't approved, according to King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Gary Davis

Are you willing to fork over extra money to register your car in order to keep buses running?

King County Executive Dow Constantine is betting you are. He’s urging the King County Council to pass an emergency ordinance temporarily increasing car tab fees by $20 per vehicle. The two-year charge would generate about $25 million per year and be used to preserve Metro Transit service at current levels.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:45 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

One of the long-beaked common dolphins have been spotted swimming and approaching boats along Boston Harbor. This species is typically found off the coast of Baja, California.
ROBIN W. BAIRD www.cascadiaresearch.org
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