NEWS ROUNDUP
8:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

The Pagoda at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park was significantly damaged by a fire early Friday morning. The structure is a replica of a 17th century Japanese Lodge.
KOMO-TV video capture

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Fire Damages Pt. Defiance Pagoda Structure
  • Guilty Verdict in Slaying of Kent Mother, Model
  • Police: 4 Hurt in Port Angeles Car Ramming
  • Light Rail Construction Uncovers Seattle History

 

Iconic Pt. Defiance Pagoda Damaged by Fire

A two-alarm fire caused significant damage to the landmark pagoda building at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma Friday morning.

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Professional Baseball
7:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Renovated Cheney Stadium will usher in a new era in Tacoma baseball tonight

The AAA Tacoma Rainiers baseball club opens its 2010 season in a new home.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

A steady drizzle has the infield covered in white plastic, but as the time ticks down, the place is in a high-level state of bustle.

Staffers scurry by carrying armloads of bright red T-shirts, burly young guys wheel stacks of cardboard boxes around. Crews are wiring up the TV and radio booths and the control room for the electronic scoreboard is filled with techies.

At 7:05 this evening, it's showtime for the newly redesigned, redveloped, revamped and renovated Cheney Stadium and the Tacoma Rainiers' home opener against the Sacramento River Cats.

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Natural Disasters
6:25 am
Fri April 15, 2011

'Twilight' tribe seeks help to move out of tsunami zone

All of La Push’s lower village is in the tsunami inundation zone.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

After last month's Japanese tsunami, some coastal Northwest Indian tribes are expressing new urgency about the same danger they face. Two Washington tribes actually have plans to move parts of their villages to higher ground.

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Tax Day
6:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Teen helps taxpayers file returns by extended deadline this year

United Way of King County helps low-income taxpayers file federal returns at locations such as the Seattle Public Library. The IRS extended the deadline to April 18th this year.
United Way of King County

Tax day is later than usual this year. The deadline to file federal returns is Monday, April 18th.

The IRS didn't extend the cutoff just to give procrastinators more time. It did so to allow its employees to observe Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C. to honor when Abraham Lincoln signed a law that ended slavery in the District.

A lot of taxpayer still dread filing their returns, even with a few extra days. That’s not the case for one local teenager. She’s the youngest person out of 650 people to volunteer with United Way of King County to help people prepare their taxes. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Have Mariner fans lost hope?

Mariner fans have left the building. Some never even arrived. Safeco Field attendance hit a record low this week. This photo is from a game from last year's 101-loss season, in which the M's lost to the Cubs in extra innings.
Ted S. Warren AP

The Mariners have said that 2011 is a rebuilding year. But, judging by recent attendance at Safeco Field, they're going to have to rebuild more than just the team. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the bond between the Mariners and their fans has been broken.

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Law
3:12 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Seattle may not need new jail until at least 2030

Since 2007, the inmate population at King County's jails has declined, meaning more empty cells and less revenue.
Lynn Aa'isha

It could be two decades before Seattle needs more jail beds for its misdemeanor inmates. City and King County leaders say that’s the expected result of a new agreement.

The deal extends an arrangement the city and county struck last year to house some of Seattle’s jail population in the county’s downtown facility. That brought an end to a controversial search for a new city jail site.

Mayor Mike McGinn says he’s glad that’s off the table for now:

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Endangered Species
2:50 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Environmentalists fear wolf rider would open pandora's box

A provision of the compromise budget deal in Congress would take the gray wolf off the endangered species list.
Gary Kramer USFWS

Environmental groups say a provision in the compromise budget deal in Congress sets a dangerous precedent for endangered species. Congress expects to vote on the bill today. It includes an amendment to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:40 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Kurt Elling to perform live tomorrow on KPLU

The New York Times heralds Kurt Elling as "the standout male vocalist of our time." We can't wait to heard Elling perform live at KPLU on April 15, 12:15 p.m. He'll is in town at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley April 14-17 in support of his new album, The Gate.

Elling talked about his new album with Liane Hansen on NPR's Weekend Sunday Edition.

The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu April 14, 2011

FAA's Chief Of Air Traffic Control Has Resigned

The "sleeping air traffic controllers" revelations have cost the head of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control unit his job.

"This morning I met with the head of our Air Traffic Organization, the part of the Federal Aviation Administration charged with operating our air traffic control system," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says in a statement the agency just posted online. "Hank Krakowski has submitted his resignation and I have accepted it."

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu April 14, 2011

FAA's Chief Of Air Traffic Control Has Resigned

The "sleeping air traffic controllers" revelations have cost the head of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control unit his job.

"This morning I met with the head of our Air Traffic Organization, the part of the Federal Aviation Administration charged with operating our air traffic control system," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says in a statement the agency just posted online. "Hank Krakowski has submitted his resignation and I have accepted it."

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu April 14, 2011

FAA's Chief Of Air Traffic Control Has Resigned

The "sleeping air traffic controllers" revelations have cost the head of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control unit his job.

"This morning I met with the head of our Air Traffic Organization, the part of the Federal Aviation Administration charged with operating our air traffic control system," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says in a statement the agency just posted online. "Hank Krakowski has submitted his resignation and I have accepted it."

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu April 14, 2011

FAA's Chief Of Air Traffic Control Has Resigned

The "sleeping air traffic controllers" revelations have cost the head of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control unit his job.

"This morning I met with the head of our Air Traffic Organization, the part of the Federal Aviation Administration charged with operating our air traffic control system," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says in a statement the agency just posted online. "Hank Krakowski has submitted his resignation and I have accepted it."

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu April 14, 2011

FAA's Chief Of Air Traffic Control Has Resigned

The "sleeping air traffic controllers" revelations have cost the head of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control unit his job.

"This morning I met with the head of our Air Traffic Organization, the part of the Federal Aviation Administration charged with operating our air traffic control system," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says in a statement the agency just posted online. "Hank Krakowski has submitted his resignation and I have accepted it."

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu April 14, 2011

FAA's Chief Of Air Traffic Control Has Resigned

The "sleeping air traffic controllers" revelations have cost the head of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control unit his job.

"This morning I met with the head of our Air Traffic Organization, the part of the Federal Aviation Administration charged with operating our air traffic control system," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says in a statement the agency just posted online. "Hank Krakowski has submitted his resignation and I have accepted it."

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu April 14, 2011

FAA's Chief Of Air Traffic Control Has Resigned

The "sleeping air traffic controllers" revelations have cost the head of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control unit his job.

"This morning I met with the head of our Air Traffic Organization, the part of the Federal Aviation Administration charged with operating our air traffic control system," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says in a statement the agency just posted online. "Hank Krakowski has submitted his resignation and I have accepted it."

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