Record Bin Roulette
7:34 am
Thu December 2, 2010

The Presidents' iPods

John and Jackie Kennedy, pictured here New Year's Day 1961. Did Kennedy have a 'tin ear'?
AP

The Record Bin Roulette wheel lands on: the Presidential iPod. Get ready to get your ears filled with the songs preferred in the Oval Office.

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State Budget Crisis
7:28 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Candy, soda and bottled water tax goes away today

Chris Shook, a driver with Harbor Pacific Bottling Inc., makes a delivery of soda and water in Elma, Wash.
Ted Warren AP Photo

Washington’s sales tax on candy, soda and bottled water goes away today. Some candy and chocolate stores are bracing for a surge in business from corporate gift purchases that have been delayed until now to avoid the tax.

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Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
6:59 am
Thu December 2, 2010

McGinn wants tunnel-related downtown traffic study

Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct (part of Highway 99) is moving toward replacement by a deep-bore tunnel, something Mayor Mike McGinn and others oppose.
AP

The planned  tunnel to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way viaduct will include tolls, and that will push traffic onto nearby streets and I-5, according to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.  So, he’s hiring a consultant to look at ways to handle extra traffic.  

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News Roundup
5:50 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

This motorist was stranded on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle last Monday during the snowstorm that paralyzed area roads. The state has a new plan to ease the jams during snow and ice storms.
AP (Elaine Thompson)

A new plan to deal with traffic-jamming snow and ice on the roads, A Fort Lewis-based soldier gets a court martial plea deal, no special session agreement - yet, and Grammy nods for Northwest bands.

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Panel Discussion
12:30 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Re-Imagining the GDP

The tiny kingdom of Bhutan measures Gross National Happiness rather than GDP.
Flickr/Chris Guillebeau

How should we measure societal progress and success?  What is the economy really for?  Is the measure of Gross National Happiness, championed by the tiny south Asian nation of Bhutan, superior to our Gross Domestic Product?  How has Seattle become one of the centers in the U. S. pursuing such alternative measures?

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Outsourcing Debate
4:10 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

The conference that didn’t happen: Mexico Now canceled Seattle event

Flickr, by aflcio/ Bernard Pollack

Organized labor flexed its muscles recently in our region, showing their influence behind the scenes. There won’t be any protests on the evening news.  But the threat of large-scale demonstrations this week by the Machinists Union and its supporters culminated in the cancellation of a conference meant to lure aerospace manufacturing to Mexico. It was scheduled to take place tomorrow in Seattle.  

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Auto theft
4:08 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Tweeting for stolen cars

Twiter.com/@getyourcarback

Seattle police are tweeting for stolen cars.  They’re using Twitter to get the word out whenever a theft is reported. Police say making use of the popular social networking site just makes sense. 

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Humanosphere
4:05 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Three things make this World AIDS Day different

Wikimedia.org

KPLU's Humanosphere blogger Tom Paulson has a great post today about why the Gates Foundation's director of HIV and tuberculosis programs feels this year's World AIDS day is different than it's dozens of predecessors. 

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Public Health
12:42 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Cigarette campaign draws fire from Washington leaders

A big tobacco company is using images of Seattle to convince people to light up.  It’s one of 10 cities featured in an ad campaign that follows the Camel cigarettes mascot to “hip” locations.  This month, the company plans to start selling limited edition packs with Seattle icons on it.

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Law
12:01 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Man charged in hatchet killing is suspect in earlier murder

The mentally ill man charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of  Joseph LaMagno on Capitol Hill on Nov. 22 is a suspect in an earlier killing. 

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State Budget Crisis
11:54 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Community health center grants to be suspended next month

About $5.3 million in monthly grants to community health clinics around the state will be suspended through June. Three dozen organizations representing 214 clinics will see the grants suspended beginning Jan. 1.

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AIDS
11:43 am
Wed December 1, 2010

HIV cases stay steady, predominantly gay

The number of people getting newly infected with HIV has stayed steady in Washington since 2005.  There are about 570 new cases a year.  Most of those – 63% -- are gay and bisexual men.  The Washington Department of Health says those numbers justify changes in how it distributes funding, starting in January. 

Higher Education
11:22 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Cornish College names new president

Cornish College was founded in Seattle a century ago on Capitol Hill. Recently the school has expanded its campus to the Denny Triangle/South Lake Union area and constructed its first dorm.
Flickr photo by Rutlo

Cornish College will welcome its first woman president since the arts school was established by Nellie Cornish in 1914.  Dr. Nancy Uscher will leave her position as provost of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and join the Seattle arts school in August next year.

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News Roundup
6:31 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Today marks the 24th World AIDS Day. A Seattle AIDS support charity found its offices robbed on the eve of events marking the day.
MultifaithWorks.org

Thousands to lose jobless benefits, Tacoma finds limits to saving Old City Hall, and today is World AIDS Day.

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Food For Thought
5:57 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Following the Fish

Gene Ikeda of Seattle's Mutual Fish Co., makes his restaurant deliveries to restaurants around town, something the Rainier Valley seafood shop has done for decades. Here he delivers to Vios Cafe on Capitol Hill.
Nancy Leson

Ever wonder how your favorite restaurants make sure they have the freshest seafood ready to serve to you? Dick and Nancy take you on a journey from the boat (and the airfreight cargo office) to the table, and follow one of the regions top seafood proprietors on this week's Food for Thought.

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