News Roundup
6:34 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Madie Baker's snowball disintegrates as she throws it at a friend in a downtown park Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, in Seattle.
AP photo/Elaine Thompson

Power outages continue for thousands, Seattle Mayor wants snow response review, and a dedication to the memory of the fallen Lakewood police officers.

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Army Hearings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
6:22 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Army leadership subject of 5th stryker brigade inquiry

The military court building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. An Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury investigation, is being held inside the building.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Was there a breakdown of leadership in the 5th Stryker Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord? That question is central to a month-old Army review that’s just now coming to light. It’s the latest development in the case against a dozen soldiers recently back from Afghanistan – including five who’ve been charged with murder.

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Winter Weather
4:40 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Roads still slow-going for Metro

Abandoned cars on normally busy I-5 near Boeing Field in Seattle. Backups here lasted 9 hours or more for commuters.
WSDOT

Our icy roads continue to make for reduced Metro bus services. Snow routes will be observed again Wednesday, as the agency copes with tough driving conditions and the cold temperatures keeping the ice frozen solid.

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Winter Weather
4:23 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Kitsap County power outages continue

This downed powerline in Bremerton was still live when this photo was shot by reporter Josh Farley Tuesday and shared on Twitter.of the Kitsap Sun
Twitter/@JoshFarley

Updated 5:30 am, Wed.

More than 39,000 Puget Sound Energy customers are still without power after Monday's snow and winds toppled main transmission lines. PSE reports  most were in Kitsap County. That's where main transmission lines were brought down by trees and strong winds.

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Winter Weather
3:54 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Coldest temps tonight; chance of snow Thanksgiving Day

Forecasters say freezing temperatures will be with us through Thanksgiving morning, with the coldest lows of this winterly blast expected tonight. 

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Winter Weather
2:36 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Cold snap hard on the homeless

Rick Reynolds is Executive Director of Operation Nightwatch, a non-profit social service agency that helps the homeless in downtown Seattle.
Liam Moriarty/KPLU KPLU News

The recent icy winds and frigid temperatures have been making life uncomfortable for pretty much everybody. But for folks without a place to call home, the cold snap can make an already-difficult life miserable.

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Ski Season
11:02 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Early snow means timely ski season opener

Opening day of ski season at Mount Baker
Courtesy of Mt. Baker Ski Area.

For the region’s ski areas, this week’s snowfall may be too much of a good thing. More ski lifts are starting up soon, but lowland snow (in Portland, the Seattle area, etc.) could keep urban skiers at home. 

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Money Matters
10:40 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Money Matters: a look into limited partnerships

Greg Heberlein is KPLU's Money Matters commentator.
KPLU photo

You may be noticing more ads tempting investors to enter into limited partnerships. The scheme is looking pretty attractive in the down economy. But KPLU's Money Matters commentator Greg Heberlein says they come with risks.

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Winter Weather
9:32 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Seattle update: snowplows out, some streets closed

A woman walks gingerly across icy Boylston Avenue on Seattle's First Hill Tuesday morning. The street had a thick layer of compact snow and ice, like many in the region.
Gary Davis/KPLU

Snowplows are working icy Seattle streets this morning after a nightmare Monday snowstorm and deep freeze left many roads impassable. 

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Army Hearings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
7:58 am
Tue November 23, 2010

New developments in Army war crimes case

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled to continue Tuesday morning for one of the five Washington-based Army soldiers charged with war crimes while deployed to Afghanistan. 

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News Roundup
7:11 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

A blanket of snow and ice on the roads is forcing many to stay home Tuesday. Schools are closed, as buses aren't able to navigate side streets, like this one in Renton.
Twitpic/@AlvinBN

Sunshine for the deep freeze, winds cause power outages, and roads remain a mess. 

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Winter Weather
5:59 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Morning road's remain icy mess; officials ask you stay home

Main highways and side streets, such as this scene at 1st & Western in Seattle, are the scene of cars scattered across roadways. The quick freeze and ice made make streets impossible to pass today.
Twitpic/@elise81

If you don't have to be on the roads today you're being asked to stay home. State and local transportation officials around western Washington say conditions remain extremely poor, and won't improve much as the region remains in a deep freeze.

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Schools and Snow
9:12 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Seattle, Tacoma schools among those closed Tuesday

Kids will have a 'snow day' in many districts on Tuesday, including Seattle, Everett and Lake Washington schools. This was the scene at a Queen Anne neighborhood P Patch in Seattle on Monday.
Peter Lewis photo

Update 7:00 am

School districts are making Tuesday plans this evening, as snow continues to fall and treacherous roads make driving hazardous. 

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Winter Weather
7:15 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Icy nightmare descends on Monday night's commute

Eastbound 512 traffic near Puyallup takes it very slow late Monday afternoon. Spinouts, slowdowns and frustrations were everywhere around western Washington today.
Justin Steyer/KPLU

Temperatures plummeted quickly Monday evening, freezing wet roads already dusted with snow. It's added up to a nightmare commute for many trying to get home.

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Winter Weather
5:02 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Road departments, Metro use lessons learned from 2008

A Metro bus makes its way up 4th Avenue in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood during Monday's snowstorm, Nov. 22, 2010.
Liam Moriarty/KPLU

Nearly two years ago, heavy snow and ice from an unusual mid-December storm and cold snap left roads and sidewalks treacherous for a week or more. Road and transit agencies in Seattle say the hard lessons they learned during the big snowstorm of 2008 are showing up in their response to this snowfall.

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