NEWS ROUNDUP
6:10 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Army Ranger Staff Sergeant Leroy Petry, who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds after throwing a grenade away from his fellow soldiers will receive the Medal of Honor July 12. Petry is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Photo courtesy of Army Times

Showers likely through Thursday. Highs near 60. Latest forecast here:

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Lewis-McChord Soldier Will Receive Medal of Honor
  • Green Beret With Port Angeles Ties is Killed in Afghanistan
  • Early Parole Likely for Man Who Killed Girl in 1982
  • Tacoma Police Search for Driver Who Hit Officer

 

Western Washington-Based Army Sgt. to Recieve Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to an Army sergeant based in Washington state for courage on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

The White House says Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry will receive the nation's highest military decoration in a ceremony July 12.

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Food for Thought
6:03 am
Wed June 1, 2011

Say howdy to hash on Capitol Hill

The Corned beef hash & eggs at the Skillet Diner
Nancy Leson

History records the nation's first diner as a horse-drawn lunch wagon in 1870s Providence, R.I.

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Higher Education
5:06 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

Pacific Lutheran University President Loren Anderson to retire

Loren and MaryAnn Anderson
Courtesy of PLU

One of the longest serving college presidents in western Washington is stepping down.  The President of Pacific Lutheran University plans to retire effective a year from now, June 1, 2012.

Loren Anderson made the announcement Tuesday afternoon  to faculty and staff at the south Tacoma campus.  Anderson has led Pacific Lutheran University for the past 20 years.  (The university holds the broadcast license for KPLU-FM.)

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transportation
1:27 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

SeaTac airport expects busy summer travel season

Travelers waiting in line to go through a security check at Sea-Tac International Airport fill the concourse in this file photo. The number of people flying in and out of the airport is ahead of projections so far this year.
Elaine Thompson AP

With Memorial Day over, the summer travel season has begun. If recent data from Sea-Tac airport is any indication, it will be a busy one.

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Rea Estate
11:49 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Home-price index continues to drop, but Seattle prices rise

A sign promotes a newly-sold home in Seattle. Home prices continue to fall across most of America's largest cities. Only Seattle and Washington, D.C. bucked the trend.
Elaine Thompson AP

Home prices in major markets around the U.S. dropped to their lowest levels since 2006 in March. But not in Seattle.

After falling almost two percent in February, Seattle home prices were up a modest 0.1 percent in March, but still down 7.5 percent compared to March 2010.

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Public Notice
11:03 am
Tue May 31, 2011

KPLU's Community Advisory/Advocacy Board meeting

KPLU's Community Advisory/Advocacy Board will be meeting Thursday, June 2nd at 2:00pm Pacific Time via a teleconference call.

If you are interested in observing or listening to the meeting, please contact the office of the General Manager at 253-535-8732, or send an email to info@kplu.org for more information.

Technology
10:01 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Technology brings digital memories to grave sites

A portrait of David Quiring Sr.This is the first image that appears when you scan the QR code at his grave.
Courtesy of Quiring Monuments

The process of burying the dead hasn't changed much over the centuries, but now their gravestones can provide a digital link to their life stories.

A Seattle-based company is creating burial markers that include a scannable, stamp-like image called a "quick read" — or QR code.

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Health
7:05 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Effort grows to check young hearts for early signs of cardiac arrest

A student gets a free heart screening in Thurston County, Wash. Volunteers hope to screen 600 more young people in Seattle this Wednesday, June 1st.
Nick of Time Foundation

A local mom whose teenage son died from sudden cardiac arrest is pushing to make sure the tragedy doesn’t happen to other families. She's part of an effort to check young people across the state for undetected heart conditions. Its largest screening to date is this Wednesday, June 1st, at Garfield High School in Seattle. 

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:48 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

A mother and son died in a house fire at the 900 block of South Puget Sound Avenue in Tacoma just before midnight Monday.
KING-TV

Showers likely through Thursday. Highs around 60. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Police Seek Driver After  Stolen Car Hits Girl, 9
  • Three Killed in Two Fatal Crashes on I-90 Over Weekend
  • Tacoma House Fire Kills Two

 

Nine-year-old Hit by Stolen Car in Seattle

Seattle Police are seeking information about a hit-and-run driver whose stolen car jumped a curb and hit a 9-year-old girl.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue May 31, 2011

The next monopoly?

Whatever the next antitrust battle over techology is, it probably won't involve Microsoft and Starbucks.
Achim Hepp flickr.com

Microsoft is appealing a $1.3 billion fine from European antitrust regulators. But its antitrust worries in the United States appear to be over. The consent decree with the US Justice Department expired May 11th. A lot has changed since Microsoft crushed Netscape in the browser wars of the 1990s. This month on The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says Microsoft has transformed itself into a much better corporate citizen.

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urban growth
9:59 pm
Mon May 30, 2011

Gates Foundation big campus opens across from Seattle Center

NBBJ Architects

Everything about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is looking big these days.

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Transportation
11:46 am
Mon May 30, 2011

RapidRide buses coming to Eastside this fall

The first in-service RapidRide run, departing the Federal Way Transit Center in October 2011. Bellevue and Redmond are slated to get the next phase of RapidRide bus service starting in October. King County Council votes on the exact routes Tuesday (5-31.)
Photo by Atomic Taco Flickr

Shiny burgundy buses equipped with automated pay stations, three doors each, low-riding chassis and accelerated time tables started serving south King County last fall. They're called RapidRide and they're funded by the Transit Now ballot measure that voters approved in 2006. 

A second route is slated to start serving Bellevue and Redmond in October. The King County Council votes on exactly where they'll go on Tuesday afternoon

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2010 Census
4:00 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Idaho more youthful, Oregon grayer than national median age

U.S. Census Bureau

The American West is home to more young people than any other region of the country according to new data from the U.S. Census. Still there are differences in the age demographics within our region.

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Artscape
7:00 am
Sun May 29, 2011

The art of disaster

HItler Teapot by Charles Krafft
Charles Krafft

When you think of porcelain, your grandmother’s fancy dishes might come to mind. The ones that are taken out of the cabinet only for Thanksgiving and other special holidays. Or maybe you own a beautiful china vase.

There are a lot of delicate dishes and trinkets in the home of Seattle artist Charles Krafft. But his pieces go beyond pastels and pretty flowers.

Krafft has made a career out of messing with our expectations of ceramic art. Pouring tea from one of his teapots or eating from one of Krafft’s plates might make you lose your appetite.

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Memorial Day
6:00 am
Sat May 28, 2011

Marking Memorial Day

Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment this week placed flags at the graves in Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 27, 2011 7:00 pm

Like many of you, we hope, The Two-Way is planning to take some time off over this holiday weekend.

We may put up a post or two, and will certainly jump back in if there's major news. But the general plan is to resume blogging Tuesday morning.

The reason Americans are have a long weekend, of course, is that Monday is Memorial Day. And that's much more than just the unofficial start of summer.

From this year's presidential proclamation:

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