Living in Gangland
4:00 am
Wed April 13, 2011

Some women don't choose gang life, but it affects them nonetheless

Anna King Northwest News Network

This week we're taking a look at what police say is a resurgence of gang activity - especially in rural areas. In part three of "Living In Gangland," we profile a mother and daughter and their struggle with gangs.

Across the nation there are an estimated 750,000 gang members. That's according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Some of them are women, but more often, women are impacted as the mothers, sisters and girlfriends of gang memgers. They may not actively choose the gang life, but its perils affect them nonetheless.

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Public Safety
5:32 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle City Light finds another shocking light pole

Bird perching on an apparently non-electrified Seattle streetlight 5/9/09
sea turtle flickr.com

Seattle City Light has found another electrified streetlight pole. It was a new pole, which had been installed in January. A dog detected the voltage when it sniffed the pole and its owner called it in. City Light says the streetlight had been improperly installed and had frayed wires.

As a precaution, the utility is inspecting about 60 streetlight poles that were damaged and replaced in the past year. Many of those poles weren’t in place when City Light did comprehensive voltage testing last December and January.

News Business
3:50 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Reporters stop tweeting

AP reporters and photographers rallied outside their Seattle offices to call attention to contract negotiations with the company.
Paula Wissel

The Associated Press reporters and photographers around the country weren't tweeting or uploading their stories to Facebook today.  They also refrained from using their personal cell phones or cars for business.

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Aerospace History
3:40 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's Museum of Flight says no shuttle is sad, but they're getting the next-best thing

Former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar signs her autograph for 6-year-old Taylor Colville, who came to hear about the shuttle announcement with her father, Eric. Like many in attendance, they are trying to look on the bright side of Seattle's lost bid.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

It's a day of disappointment in the northwest for fans of US space exploration. 

Seattle's Museum of Flight got official word this morning that it will not be home to one of the three space shuttles NASA is retiring.  And it won't get the prototype Enterprise (which was only used for test flights and never reached space) either.

The shuttles are going to:

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Law
2:24 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

When to call 9-1-1

Al Pavangkanan flickr.com

The Washington State Patrol is reminding people they should call 9-1-1 only when they need police, fire, or emergency medical services. It may seem like simple common sense advice that everyone knows, but dispatchers frequently get calls asking for road conditions or driving directions. Frivolous calls like that can delay someone from getting the emergency help they need.

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HUMANOSPHERE
1:24 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Five Millennials on global health

Sarah Dawson is a University of Washington senior majoring in public health and Spanish. She’s pictured here working with children at a Burmese eye clinic.
Tom Paulson

Global health is a big deal in Seattle.

As a matter of worldwide significance, it is of course a big deal everywhere — by definition. But what I mean is that global health is today the cause célèbre for Seattle and throughout the region. It’s especially popular among the Millennials.

“Global health is the movement of our generation,” said Kristen Eddings, a program associate at the Washington Global Health Alliance and one of the primary organizers of a big global health shindig in Seattle coming this June known as Party with a Purpose.

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AEROSPACE HISTORY
10:40 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get a space shuttle

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in February of this year. Seattle's Museum of Flight's hopes to display one of the retiring shuttles were spoiled in favor of New York, Washington, D.C. and suburban Los Angeles.
NASA photo

NASA says Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get to display one of the retiring space shuttles.

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Wildlife
10:13 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Olympic National Park seeks marmot counters

Olympic National Park is seeking people to count marmots similar to these in the Rocky Mts. (Perhaps these two are more than just friends?)
Elaine Picasa

If you're game for an Olympic National Park hike of five to 20 miles and eager to go count housecat-sized rodents, the park wants you for its "citizen science" marmot monitoring program.

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State Budget
9:03 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Dems seek higher transportation fees to help balance budget

thetruthaboutcars.com

An Olympia budget problem:

  • Washington's roads need repair and improvements.
  • Gas tax revenues are way down because people are driving less and driving more fuel-efficient cars.
  • State voters have made it clear they don't want higher taxes.

What's a lawmaker to do?

Democratic budget writers in the Legislature hoping to plug a $5 billion deficit are proposing to raise a slew of fees on everything from getting a drivers license to riding a ferry. 

They say they're just trying to bring fees -- many of which haven't been raised in years -- in line with current costs. But skeptical Republicans are cool to the proposal.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:55 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Seattle Mariners' Luis Rodriguez, center, is mobbed by teammates after hitting the game-winning runs in against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning Monday night’s game at Safeco Field. Seattle. The Mariners won 8-7.
Elaine Thompson AP

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

  • Will Seattle Get a Space Shuttle? Decision to be Announced This Morning
  • 520 Bridge Tolls Delayed Again
  • Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill Advances
  • Mariners Erase 7-Run Deficit to Win Before Record-Low Crowd

 

[UPDATE: Seattle was not one of the cities chosen to land a space shuttle. Read the full story here.]

Space Shuttle's Last Stop: Seattle? Announcement Due This A.M.

Officials at Seattle's Museum of Flight have their fingers crossed, waiting for today's 10:00 a.m. announcement of where retiring space shuttles will be displayed. The museum near Boeing Field is one of 21 museum and science centers around the country hoping to land one of the spaceships. A new building called the Space Gallery is being prepared for the display.

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Utility Rates
6:45 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's water and sewer rates are among the highest in the nation

blog.lib.umn.edu

If you live in Seattle, and you think your water and sewer charges are high, you’re right.

That’s according to a new city-government audit of Seattle Public Utilities. The Seattle Times reports the audit cites an industry analysis that found Seattle paying the highest rates among 50 U.S. cities. 

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Whale Watching Rules
6:00 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Step away from the whale: Whale watch regulations get tougher

Under new federal rules, whale watcher such as these will have to stay further back from the killer whales
Soundwatch

Next time you go whale watching on Puget Sound, be sure to take your binoculars. Soon, you’ll have to stay twice as far from the endangered killer whales as before. 

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Alternatives to the GET program

Pacific Lutheran University's 2010 fall commencement
PLU

How to pay for your children’s college tuition can be complicated. Washington state's Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program has been very popular, with about 130,000 families taking advantage of it. But there have been concerns about the long term financial viability of the program, and the legislature is considering changes. For those not already in the program, what the state agrees to cover may be less than what it pays for current enrollees. In light of this uncertainty, financial commentator Greg Heberlein thinks it’s a good time to point out the alternatives.

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Living in Gangland
4:00 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Activist in tiny Outlook, Washington wants a town where people aren't afraid

A sign promoting a community meeting in Outlook, Wash. a dairy town near Yakima.
Anna King Northwest News Network

This week we're taking a look at what police say is a resurgence of gang activity - especially in rural areas. In part two of "Living in Gangland," we bring you the story of the unincorporated town of Outlook, in Eastern Washington - and one woman who is fighting to get the town back.

When "Maria" gets off Interstate 82 and heads down the off ramp for Outlook – she starts praying -  that she’ll get home safe today.

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Aerospace History
6:04 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Museum of Flight a hopeful contender for Tuesday's space shuttle decision

An artist's rendering of the new gallery plan at Seattle's Museum of Flight, a gallery intended to permanently lure a NASA Space Shuttle. The agency will announce the winners of the competition to host the retiring spacecraft Tuesday at 10am PST.
Graphic courtesy of Museum of Flight.

The odds are about one in seven.  That's the skinny on Seattle's bid to become a host site for one of NASA's retiring space shuttles. 

Seattle Times writer Jack Broom sums up the situation nicely in that paper's latest story on the question. Broom notes the Museum of Flight's chances were diminished slightly last week:

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