K-12 Education
8:16 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Getting Seattle parents to pay for full-day kindergarten

Parents and their kids line-up for registration at Seattle School District headquarters last June, prior to the school year.
Gary Davis KPLU

Updated Jan. 27, 2011 to correct projected Seattle Public Schools projected deficit for 2011-12 as $36.6 million, rather than $50 million. KPLU regrets the error.

As the Seattle School District deals with a giant deficit, district officials say they’re going to get tough when it comes to collecting money from families.

Parents have to pay $207 a month to send a child to full day kindergarten. But the district is waiting for hundreds of checks to arrive in the mail.

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News Roundup
7:25 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

A worker climbs aboard a 787, the first of the model scheduled to fly, at the plant in Everett, Wash, in April 2009. Company officials have announced another delay in the first delivery of the new plane, an event postponed to July.
AP

Making headlines around western Washington this morning:

  • Another 787 Delay
  • A Break in Flooding
  • Potential Hits to K-12 and Community College Construction
  • Huskies Drop in Polls

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Money Matters
4:24 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Three questions that can determine your wealth

Greg Heberlein
KPLU

If you and your spouse can correctly answer three simple math questions, a recent study suggests you'll have plenty of money in retirement. Financial commentator Greg Heberlein gave the quiz to KPLU's Dave Meyer, and you can take it, too. Patricia Sabatini of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette obtained the questions from the RAND Corporation.  They are:

1. If the chance of getting a disease is 10%, how many people out of 1,000 would be expected to get the disease?

2. If five people all have winning numbers in the lottery, and the prize is $2 million, how much will each of them get?

3. Let's say you have $200 in a savings account. The account earns 10% interest per year. How much would you have in the account at the end of two years?

You'll find the answers at the end of this post.

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Artscape
10:40 am
Mon January 17, 2011

At Seattle Rep: One chameleon actor, 17 roles

Renata Friedman plays 17 different characters in "The K of D, an urban legend," at Seattle Repertory Theatre
Photo by Chris Bennion

Actor Renata Friedman has a distinct look that sometimes cost her roles when she was in college.

"I wasn’t the traditional cute, beautiful blond girl who would be Juliet or Ophelia. I got cast as Hamlet. And did Richard II. I was always playing men. There were times that I resented that and would have loved to have played a little love story and have a stage kiss," she says.

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Winter Weather
10:06 am
Mon January 17, 2011

WSDOT worker killed by falling tree; Worst of storm & flooding over

A veteran Washington State Department of Transportation worker has died after being hit by a falling tree during Sunday night's rain storm.  Maintenance Superintendent Jim McBride said the worker was setting up safety cones to alert motorists to downed power lines when the tree fell on his truck and killed him on Highway 203 just south of Carnation. 

Department spokeswoman Kris Olsen identified the man as 66-year-old Billy Rhynalds, a 12-year veteran of the department.

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State Data Center
8:02 am
Mon January 17, 2011

Rents cause sticker shock at new state data center

Steep rents at Washington’s new data center complex are causing some sticker shock in Olympia
Austin Jenkins N3

Construction of Washington's new $300 million data center complex is expected to wrap-up this summer. But as state agencies prepare to move in, the rent per square foot is causing some sticker shock.

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K-12 Education
4:52 am
Mon January 17, 2011

Bainbridge middle school skips day off for Martin Luther King

Haylee Derrickson (left) and classmates prepare for a march that kicks off their MLK lesson this year.
Kim Trick Hyla Middle School

Not all kids are enjoying a day off thanks to Martin Luther King, Jr.  Teachers and administrators at Hyla Middle School on Bainbridge Island see it as the perfect time to give students a new perspective on the civil rights leader.  

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NFL Playoffs
12:43 pm
Sun January 16, 2011

Seahawks' season ends in loss to Bears

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) breaks up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks' Mike Williams (17) during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff game Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Chicago. The Bears beat the Seahawks 35-24.
AP

Snow flurries and a fired up Bears team proved too much for Seattle, as Chicago controlled the game through most of three quarters, and held on for a 35-24 NFC semifinal playoff win at Soldier Field.

The NFC North champs scored on their first possession, led by the steady arm of quarterback Jay Cutler, making his professional post-season debut. The Bears offensive line protected Cutler all afternoon, leading to a 28-0 margin in the 3rd quarter. 

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MLK Holiday
1:43 am
Sun January 16, 2011

MLK Day in the Northwest

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963 at the civil rights march on Washington, D.C. where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
By U.S. Information Agency Wikimedia Commons

Many of us are happy to have a day off, whenever and wherever we can get it. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is no exception. But besides sleeping in and catching up on chores, there is an opportunity to spend part of the day celebrating the life and values of King, honored for his nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement.

Many of the celebrations take place over three days. And many of them are opportunities to participate in service activities such as EarthCorps' event to remove invasive plants. 

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Seahawks
3:16 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Real-life Seahawks have landed at Woodland Park Zoo

Sea eagles can have a wing span of up to 7.5 feet and weigh 11 to 20 pounds.
San Diego Shooter Flickr

Have you ever seen an actual Seahawk? No, we're not talking about Matt Hasselbeck or Marshawn Lynch here, but the natural, feathered namesake of Seattle's NFL team.


The bird's proper name is the Steller's sea eagle and two of them now are now in residence at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. The pair, which arrived last month from the Los Angeles Zoo, have just emerged from a standard 30-day quarantine and can be seen in the zoo's Northern Trail section.

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Education
2:30 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Chief Sealth grads get free year at South Seattle Community College

Melinda Inez Foster says the 13th Year Promise Scholarship guarantees she'll achieve her goal of going to college.
Charla Bear KPLU

Seniors who graduate from Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle have a new price for their first year of college – free.  The president of South Seattle Community College says it’ll give one-year tuition scholarships to any student who gets a diploma and fills out a couple of forms. 

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Ferry Funding Crisis
2:20 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Governor's Puget Sound ferry authority proposal a no-go in legislature

Legislators on both sides of the aisle are rejecting Governor Gregoire's proposal to fix the state ferry system's chronic deficit by making it into an independent taxing district. 

At a House Transportation Committee hearing yesterday, lawmakers nixed the idea, saying they don't think it has the votes to pass.  And as John Stang of the Kitsap Sun reports, the Chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee says she won't even give the proposal a hearing

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Science
1:59 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

Menu labels having no effect? Evidence from Taco Time

Being a pioneer in adding calorie and nutrition labels to menus at fast-food restaurants has made King County a good place for researchers to visit.

A team based at Duke-National University of Singapore has been watching consumers at Taco Time restaurants, both in King County and in other counties, and found that adding all that info to the menus appeared to have no impact on people's choices. They published their results today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Weather
7:58 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Mudslides, some flooding around Puget Sound as rain continues

Mud oozes over the West Valley Highway near Sumner on Thursday. The highway is still closed today, as worries continue over the stability of hillsides.
Lauren Padgett Bonney Lake-Sumner Patch.com

Rain continues to fall Friday, and forecasters say over the next few days some areas may get 9 inches or more. Combined with past days' heavy rain and warmer temperatures melting mountain snow, some areas King, Pierce and Snohomish counties report minor flooding and road-blocking mudslides.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of western Washington. The statement lists areas of main flooding concern, including:

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Politics
7:29 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Moxie Media case may bring crackdown on PAC's

State lawmakers are considering tighter restrictions on political action committees, or PAC's. The proposal stems from the case of a Seattle-based Democratic political firm now being sued by the Attorney General for campaign finance violations. 

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