Egyptian Uprising
3:05 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

WSU journalism dean has perfect timing with book on Arab media revolution

"Nations no longer can hope to control the flow of information nor isolate their citizens from the outside world," says Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.
Photo courtesy of the author.

The Dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University is all smiles this week. His book, The New Arab Journalist is coming out at the same time as the mass protests going on in Egypt. You couldn't ask for better timing.

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Sports with Art Thiel
2:32 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Steelers and Super Bowl still bad mix for Seahawks fans

Do you remember the Seattle Seahawks losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL? If you lived in Seattle five years ago, of course you do. Have you gotten over it? If not, you might want to root for the Green Bay Packers this weekend.

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PRISONS
2:20 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Corrections chief changes policies after Monroe guard's murder

Under new procedures announced today, state prisons (such as this one in Shelton) will operate under new security guidelines. The revisions stem from guard Jayme Biendl's killing last Saturday at Monroe.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The state Department of Corrections is changing some of its procedures in response to the killing of a female guard at the Monroe prison last weekend.

Jayme Biendl was found strangled in the prison's chapel last Saturday night. An inmate has been arrested in the killing.

Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail said Friday that prisons will immediately:

  • begin counting staff members whenever an offender is missing;
  • officers will begin regular check-ins on guards who serve at duty posts alone;
  • conduct drills on the use of silent alarms on the hand-held radios that guards carry.

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State Legislature
2:18 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

The official state rock?

The Old Tenino Bank, featuring a solid column of Tenino sandstone
nwgeology.wordpress.com

Tenino sandstone would become the official state rock under a bill introduced this week by Republican state senator Dan Swecker of Rochester.

Critics may wonder why lawmakers are drafting bills for state rocks rather than dealing with an estimated $5 billion shortfall in the next biennial budget, but the bill is actually the work of a group of Tenino School District students. 

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DUI Enforcement
1:44 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Drive safely on Super Bowl Sunday

Washington State Patrol car
Al Pavangkanan flickr.com

In the past 9 years, 12 people have died on Washington highways during Super Bowl Sunday. "Target Zero Teams" will be out in force in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, looking for impaired drivers this weekend.The Washington State Patrol says nearly three dozen city police officers, county sheriff's deputies and state troopers will be on patrol after the game.

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Boeing
12:49 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

No end of the line for Boeing 767?

In Everett, Boeing leaders Kim Pastega (right), Kenneth Shirley (left), Edward Callahan, Darrel Larson and Jerry Deinas applaud at Wednesday's celebration of the 1,000th 767 airliner. They were also applauding the new production bay for the 767 line.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The future might be a bit brighter for aerospace workers in the Puget Sound region. Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief Jim Albaugh says the company can still find customers for its wide-body 767. He says the line won't be shut down, even if Boeing doesn't win the competition to build refueling tankers for the U.S. Air Force.

Change in stance

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Education
12:08 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Higher-ed advocates urge legislature to stop cuts

Washington State University president Elson Floyd at a fund-raising campaign kick-off.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Advocates for Washington's universities are presenting a more unified front in Olympia this year. They hope the closer coordination will help them make a stronger case for higher-ed funding. A coalition of groups gathered on the steps of the state capitol Thursday.

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Humanosphere
11:31 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Feds deny funding to UW health project in Mozambique

Patients at a hospital clinic in Chamoio, Mozambique, where the UW's Health Alliance International offers programs, including work with those afflicted by HIV/AIDS.
UW Health Alliance International

The Obama Administration says it wants to re-invent foreign aid and one of its mantras is to increase “country ownership” of the programs it funds for improving health and welfare in poor countries.

Given this, it came as a shock to Dr. Stephen Gloyd and others at the UW’s Health Alliance International (HAI) when the government basically pulled the plug on a long-running AIDS health care project in Mozambique that is, or was anyway, widely regarded as a model of doing just that.

“It’s ironic given their goal of wanting to strengthen local governance,” said Gloyd, director at HAI.

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Nuclear Waste Clean-up
9:53 am
Fri February 4, 2011

A new generation begins taking the reins at Hanford

What do you do when you have a huge dilemma, and the number of people who can solve it is dwindling? That's the problem at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation -- one of the largest environmental cleanup projects in the world.

About 12,000 people are working on it right now. But the vast majority of Hanford's top experts are nearing retirement age. That leaves this complex cleanup task to the next generation.

The stakes are high: one wrong move could mean an environmental disaster, or a contaminated worker.

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Police Accountability
8:53 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Probe of native woodcarver shooting deemed fair, but mistakes made by Seattle investigators

Another peer review of Seattle's handling of the John T. Williams shooting has found the police department conducted a fair and thorough investigation. 

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Police Accountability
7:54 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Seattle forum on police conduct draws anger, demands for change

Protesters state their views on Seattle Police Chief John Diaz during a police accountability forum at city hall Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in this image from KOMO-TV.
KOMO-TV

Hundreds packed a Seattle forum on police accountability Thursday evening, an event which quickly turned into a showcase of public anger over recent incidents involving questions of excessive force against ethnic minorities.

The event, sponsored by Mayor Mike McGinn and The Stranger, was organized in the wake of tensions following the shooting death last year of First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams by Officer Ian Birk. 

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News Roundup
7:17 am
Fri February 4, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Here's what's making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Angry Crowd at Seattle Police Accountability Forum
  •  Investigation of John T. Williams shooting Deemed Fair
  • Legislature Nixes Governor's Plan for Regional Ferry Authority

 

Anger, outbursts at forum on Seattle Police conduct

A Seattle police accountability forum at City Hall turned into a shouting match at times, and some demanded the resignation of Police Chief John Diaz. 

KOMO News reports the goal of the Thursday night meeting was to restore trust between police and minorities.

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Animal Cruelty
4:21 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Investigation widens into B.C. sled dog killings

An image from the website for Outdoor Adventures Whistler, which offers sled dog outings.
adventureswhistler.com

What led to killings of 100 sled dogs in Whistler last spring? British Columbia's Premier Gordon Campbell has appointed a task force as part of a widening investigation into the animal deaths at a dog sled compound near the winter resort town of Whistler.

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Basic Health Plan
2:23 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Proposal would cut illegal immigrants from Basic Health Plan

Undocumented immigrants would lose state medical coverage under a proposal to save the popular Basic Health insurance program. The get-tough measure is part of a budget-cutting plan unveiled by the State Senate. But it's at odds with a competing approach in the House.

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Law and Justice
2:12 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Guilty verdict in murder-for-hire case of Clearly Lasik co-founder

The co-founder of a Northwest chain of eye-surgery centers has been convicted of plotting to kill two former colleagues.


Dr. Michael Mockovak of Clearly Lasik eye centers was found guilty Thursday of four counts, including attempted murder. The King County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than two days.


Prosecutors said Mockovak was willing to pay more than $100,00 to have business partner Dr. Joseph King and former company president Brad Klock killed, and that he solicited an employee to hire an assassin.

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