Commercial Airplanes
6:10 am
Tue December 21, 2010

Boeing Increasing Output of Popular 777 Jets

The news of increased production comes despite an announcement from Boeing last week that customers canceled orders for three 777s and one of its 787s.
Courtesy of Boeing

Boeing is still struggling to iron out kinks in the production of its new 787 Dreamliner.  The company is expected to announce the latest delay for that program this week. 

Meantime, it says demand is so great for its tried and true 777 that it will be increasing output of that jet.

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Money Matters
5:21 am
Tue December 21, 2010

The secret of great wealth

Want to know the secret to building wealth? It's pretty simple, and it's financial commentator Greg Heberlein's Christmas gift to you.  He shares it with KPLU's Dave Meyer in this encore edition of Money Matters.

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"Don't ask, don't tell"
5:00 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Northwest soldiers have mixed feelings on 'don’t ask, don’t tell'

Northwest soldiers are expressing mixed opinions over the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The U-S Senate voted over the weekend to end the 17-year old policy that allows gays to serve, but not openly. The bill now goes to the President.

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Metro Transit
4:46 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Ads criticizing Israel cause stir over Metro bus policies

A sign scheduled to run on Metro buses next week has King County officials debating the limits of free speech in transit advertising.

The ad features the words, “Israeli war crimes your tax dollars at work” next to a group of kids staring at a demolished building.

King County Councilman Peter von Reichbauer called for a re-evaluation of the proposed ads, set to roll out Dec. 27.  The date coincides with the two-year anniversary of Israeli military action in Gaza.

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Watching the Sky
2:30 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Lunar eclipse tonight

This is a photo of a total lunar eclipse in 2007, as viewed from the nation of Macedonia. North and Central America will be in the best position to view tonight's total eclipse.
AP

Western Washington can look forward to an added gift of the Winter Solstice: a total eclipse of the moon. The heavenly event begins at 10:32 pm tonight, with the moon in full eclipse from 11:41 pm to 12:53 am, according to NASA.

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Welfare Cards
2:28 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

Welfare recipients rack up millions in ATM fees

Washington welfare recipients are racking-up hundreds of thousand of dollars in ATM fees at non-Chase machines
Austin Jenkins N3

Welfare dollars are supposed to help the poorest of families pay for the necessities of life. But Washington welfare recipients are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each month on ATM surcharges. That’s what correspondent Austin Jenkins found through a public disclosure request. The finding comes as Washington’s welfare program faces budget cuts. 

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Holiday Travel
1:28 pm
Mon December 20, 2010

How to avoid traffic jams over Snoqualmie Pass this holiday

If you're traveling over the Cascades on I-90 this holiday season, the worst traffic will be on the day after Christmas and the day after New Year's.  The most congested hours will be between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.  You can find better times to travel by checking the Washington Department of Transportation traffic volume charts.

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Artscape
7:19 am
Mon December 20, 2010

The holiday magic makers

Sean G. Griffin as Scrooge and Sarah Roberts as Tiny Tim in ACT's "A Christmas Carol."
Chris Bennion ACT

There's about 180 roles in Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker. There’s also some engaging props like a Christmas tree that grows right before your eyes, and one enormous rat with a twitching tale.

But the snow scene – the first time Clara dances with her Nutcracker-turned Prince is the sight to behold.

The couple dance in the moonlight, surrounded by ballerina snowflakes dressed in pale blue skirts. A dusting of snow falls throughout the scene.

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News Roundup
7:08 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Monday morning's headlines

Retired Army Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer, of Langley, Wash., is a decorated Vietnam vet who challenged the military's policy on gays in 1991, is shown here in Philadelphia in May 2005. Cammermeyer celebrated the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" on Saturday.
AP

Washington Ready to Add a Congressional Seat, while two western Washington Congressmen prepare for leading defense roles, and gay and lesbian service members mark the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" 

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Business
6:21 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Schedule set for vote on Seattle skyscraper signs

An artist's redering shows the sign Russell Investments (at center) wants to put at the top of its new address, the former WaMu Tower. A proposed city ordinance would limit its size and scope, but is cause for concern among many architects and others.
Courtesy City of Seattle

A controversial proposal that would allow major employers in Seattle to put signs at the tops of their skyscrapers will be decided in March.  City Council President Richard Conlin says he delayed the vote to give the city time to respond to a number of concerns.

Russell Investments requested the change, to help them re-brand their tower, which is the former home of Washington Mutual Bank.  The company moved to their new 2nd Avenue address from Tacoma this fall.

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Politics
6:15 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Washington may gain Congressional seat with unveiling of census data

The state's current congressional district alignment of nine seats. Will Washington add a tenth? Census data coming Tuesday will tell.
Courtesy Washington Secretary of State's Office

On Tuesday, the U.S. Census releases the first numbers from the 2010 population count. The first round of data will be used to reallocate Congressional seats among the states.

Top line numbers will be released tomorrow for the nation as a whole and for individual states. That’s all the info you need to redistribute proportionally the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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Holiday Season
7:18 am
Sat December 18, 2010

Last-minute gift ideas for aviation buffs

The 787 Dreamliner in flight, from Edgar Turner's book, "The Birth of the 787 Dreamliner."
© Edgar Turner

Three books by Pacific Northwest authors have come to my attention this season that would please airplane aficionados of many persuasions. 

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K-12 Education
4:12 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Community group sues to keep Teach for America out of Seattle

A group of Seattle parents and community members has filed a lawsuit to stop Seattle Public Schools from bringing Teach for America to the city.

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Nissan Leaf arrives in the Northwest
4:07 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

First Nissan electric car delivered in Pacific Northwest

Nissan Leaf
Nissanusa.com

The debating and waiting can now take a back seat.  Here comes the real world test whether Northwest drivers will embrace electric vehicles.  Carmaker Nissan has made the first customer delivery in the region of its fully-electric Nissan Leaf model.

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Satsop Nuclear Plant
3:44 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Acoustic lab is right at home in a former nuclear reactor

Satsop Development Park took over the abandoned Satsop nuclear plant near Elma, WA.
Tom Banse N3

Most drivers passing by the twin cooling towers looming over the forest near Elma, Washington probably don’t think to themselves, when can I move in?  But that was exactly the thought audio engineer Ron Sauro had.

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