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1:26 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Hybrid cars still a rarity in the Northwest

The hybrid badge on a Toyota Prius
Carlos Perez flickr.com

We may think about driving hybrid cars, but very few of us actually buy one.

A poll by of Washington and Oregon drivers by Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance finds less than 2% say they own a hybrid.

However, more than half of the drivers in Washington (56%) and Oregon (59%) say they'd consider buying a hybrid the next time they shop for a car.

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Guest post from Geekwire
11:57 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Science fiction writers battle Amazon.com in pricing dispute

The beginning of a troubled relationship? Amazon and science fiction writers struggle over terms.
James Vaughan KPLU

By John Cook of Geekwire

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos traces his love of books back to some of the classics of science fiction. But now one of the leading author organizations in the genre is taking up arms against the Seattle online bookseller.

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America — which hosts the prestigious Nebula Awards – announced on its Web site today that it is redirecting links to other booksellers including indiebound.orgPowell’s, and Barnes and Noble.

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Officer shooting
10:31 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Thousands expected for trooper memorial in Kent

Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu.

KENT, Wash. — Officials expect thousands of people to attend the memorial service for slain Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu on Thursday in Kent, a 1 p.m. at the ShoWare Center.

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Environment
7:18 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Spotted owl recovery plan: more active forestry management...and shooting rivals

The highly adaptable barred owl has moved in from points east and pushed out the endangered northern spotted owl. Lethal and non-lethal removals are part of the new spotted owl recovery plan announced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
caroltlw photo Flickr

In the long saga to protect the northern spotted owl, it's now officially "owl vs owl."

US Fish and Wildlife says the decline of the iconic northwest species can’t be helped without killing some of its more aggressive cousins, the barred owl.

It’s part of a court-ordered plan to increase the spotted owl’s forest habitat.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Exciting news for cracker snackers

Nancy's favorite crackers. I'd show you mine but you've probably already seen a Cheez-it. Click for the next pic – installment one of the Dick's GarlicCam series.
Nancy Leson Seattle Times

No, not  about Cracker the p(t)et pterodactyl in Captain Underpants. He'd snack on you. Nor do I refer to the Hamadryas  genus of brush-footed butterflies commonly called The Cracker. This is about the kind of crackers you eat. And eat. And eat.

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Social Security fraud
4:51 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Family guilty of decades long disability fraud

Four members of a Renton family have pleaded guilty to fraud for pretending to be disabled and collecting more than $350,000 in Social Security and Washington state disability benefits.  The scheme to defraud the government went on for 30 years.

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Election 2012
3:37 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Santorum, Paul back in Wash. later this week

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican presidential contenders Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are returning to Washington state to hold rallies in the days leading up to Saturday's caucuses.

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Humanosphere
3:21 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Seattle scientists to test world’s first vaccine against ‘black fever’

Wikimedia Commons

There are many neglected diseases out there but not many as prevalent or as ravaging as visceral leishmaniasis, also known as black fever or kala azar — the ‘parasitic version of AIDS.’

Scientists at Seattle’s Infectious Disease Research Institute will soon begin testing an experimental vaccine they have designed to work against the most deadly form of this common parasitic disease spread by the bite of sand flies.

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Space flight
2:59 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

What is it about the NW that makes the rich yearn for outer space?

A view of Jeff Bezos' ship taking off during a 'hop test flight' last year taken from a video of the flight.

What is it about our super rich tech guys and local culture that makes them want to send people into outer space?

Yesterday, the space venture backed by Jeff Bezos (of Amazon fame) announced it was ready to conduct a “pad-abort test” in the summer of 2012, according to Flightglobal. The test is a crucial milestone in qualifying the company's New Shepard vehicle for human spaceflight.  

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Pets
2:12 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Labrador Retriever tops list of Seattle's favorite dogs

The Labrador Retriever is Seattle's top dog.
Marvin Kuo flickr.com

The American Kennel Club (AKC) say the Labrador Retriever is Seattle's favorite dog. It's also the top dog nationwide.

Seattle also echoed the nation with the Golden Retriever in second place. New to Seattle's top 10 is the Havanese at #10.

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WWII Veteran
10:18 am
Tue February 28, 2012

'Band of Brothers' soldier dies at 90 in Washington

In this image released by HBO, from left, Sid Phillips, Jeanne Sledge, Buck Compton, Vera Leckie, Bradford Freeman, and William Guarnere pose at the screening of the "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" special edition DVD set at the National WWII Museum.
The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Wash. — A veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died, his family said.

Lynn D. "Buck" Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times.

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Japanese Tsunami
9:32 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Latest estimates: 1 to 5 percent of tsunami debris could reach N. America

This file photo taken Tuesday Feb. 21, 2012 shows clothing lying in heaps at the site of a neighborhood destroyed by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Rikuzentakata, Japan. Scientists believe ocean waves carried away 3-4 million tons.
The Associated Press

HONOLULU — Tsunamis generated by the magnitude-9 earthquake in Japan last March dragged 3 million to 4 million tons of debris into the ocean after tearing up Japanese harbors and homes.

Scientists believe ocean currents are carrying some of the lumber, refrigerators, fishing boats and other objects across the Pacific toward the United States.

One to 5 percent of the 1 million to 2 million tons of debris still in the ocean may reach Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and Washington and British Columbia, said University of Hawaii senior researcher and ocean current expert Nikolai Maximenko.

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winter Weather
9:09 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Snow forecast for parts of Washington

Here is the 24 h snow totals ending 4 pm today and 4 pm Wednesday from the UW high-res model. LOTS of snow over the Olympics and its SE side, particularly the second day. Big snow dumps over the Cascades. Even the lowlands could see some.
Cliff Mass UW

A winter storm is bringing another shot of snow to parts of Washington.

The National Weather Service says a Pacific frontal system will hit the coast and northwest interior Tuesday with gusty winds and rain in most of Western Washington.

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School shooting
9:06 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Wounded Bremerton girl upgraded: serious condition

The 8-year-old girl who was wounded in a Bremerton classroom was upgraded overnight at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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The Digital Future
4:00 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Predicting the future of technology: How is that done?

The future is a fascinating topic for people and, apparently, cats.
Judy van der Velden flickr.com

Every month on The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson shares his analysis and predictions with KPLU’s Dave Meyer. Today, we learn how he looks into the future.

Mark has been making predictions about technology and economics since 1995. His publicly graded accuracy rate over the past 10 years is over 93%.

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