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Killer Whales
5:09 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Possible albino killer whale spotted off Russian coast

The all-white killer whale is shown in this screen grab from a ITN video.

An all-white orca has been spotted by scientists during a research cruise off the eastern coast of Russia, near the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Commander Islands in the North Pacific, reports ABC news. The scientists have named the orca Iceberg.

“It is a breathtakingly beautiful animal,” Eric Hoyt, one of the scientists, told the AFP. “If we can get a full close-up of the eyes and they are pink, it would confirm Iceberg is an albino, but we don’t know much about albinism in orcas.”

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farm workers
3:13 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Feds: Washington farm rehired illegal immigrants

Federal prosecutors say a Washington state herb farm forced to fire more than 200 illegal immigrants because of a government audit, rehired dozens of those workers — paid them cash and asked them to work at night — because production began to plummet.

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World's Fair
1:36 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Art installations part of World's Fair celebration

Mandy Greer's crocheted river is above the fountain in the Alki Courtyard.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Dozens of works of art and performance art pieces have been commissioned for the months-long celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of  the 1962 World's Fair.

Wander around the Seattle Center campus and you're likely to encounter one of the temporary art installations. 

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Privatizing liquor
1:34 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Liquor store auction nets $31 million for Washington

The highest winning bid was $750,100 for an individual store in south Tacoma.

LACEY, Wash. – An online auction to privatize Washington state liquor stores netted nearly $31 million . It's all gravy for the state budget.

State Liquor Control Board business director Pat McLaughlin said today that nothing was penciled in for anticipated auction proceeds. But McLaughlin says he expected the bidding to be fierce. And it was.

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Transportation
11:10 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Kingston reconsiders Seattle foot ferry; fares for all rise in May

Washington State Ferries is implementing an across-the-board, three-percent fare increase.
WSDOT

KINGSTON, Wash. — The Kingston-Seattle foot ferry has attracted far fewer passengers than the Port of Kingston expected when the service started in October 2010, and it's future is in doubt.

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Diversions
10:56 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Take 'a walk' around the world ... from space!

If you're into images of Earth taken from space, NASA has a new video for you.

Liquor privatization
8:30 am
Mon April 23, 2012

State to announce sale of 167 WA liquor stores

YAKIMA, Wash. — Washington officials are announcing the results Monday of Friday's online auction of state-run liquor stores.

The sale of the rights to 167 stores is estimated at more than $20 million.

The auction was the result of a state vote to get the state out of the retail liquor business and to privatize sales.

Artscape
4:42 am
Mon April 23, 2012

At Seattle's Balagan Theatre, a rock musical about the trials of teendom

Bryan Gula, center, and cast sing "The Bitch of Living" in Balagan Theatre's production of "Spring Awakening."
Pamela M. Campi Photography

Three months after a sell-out run, “Spring Awakening” is back in a production at  Seattle’s Balagan Theatre.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

New Works Ensemble on Jazz Northwest

The New Works Ensemble is one of five jazz ensembles operated by Seattle JazzED to provide jazz education for students who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to study and play jazz. The groups range from introductory, through beginning and intermediate to advanced plus The New Works Ensemble plays mostly original music.

agriculture
4:23 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

WSU gets $5 million donation for organic agriculture

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University's pioneering programs in organic and sustainable agriculture received a $5 million donation on Friday.

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NW Craft Brews
4:06 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

The Friday beer: Hale's Ales Troll Porter

The Troll Porter
Paul Gibson

Hale's Ales from Seattle is one of the oldest craft breweries in the state. Started in 1983, Hale's has been brewing for nearly 29 years. They have been in their current location on the border of the Fremont and Ballard neighborhoods since 1995. That's a good long time in the craft beer scene.

I found this Troll Porter being served "on cask.”

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Animal fun
2:03 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Tacoma's clouded leopard cubs named

But first - a video that is too cute to even stand:

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s 6-week-old clouded leopard cubs are noble and mischievous, according to the majority of people who responded to an online survey to name them, reports the zoo. Nearly 6,000 votes were cast by the Wednesday night deadline.

And the winners are: Chận sūng (pronounced Chan-Soon) for the male and Suksn (Sook-Son) for the female. His name translates to “Noble,” hers to “Mischievous.”

Diversions
12:40 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

5 ways to resign your job in the Northwest

Karen Cheng sings her resignation letter to Microsoft - Bye, Bye Excel and I

First, there was that flamboyant Wall Street resignation of Greg Smith from Goldman Sachs. Now, a Microsoft resignation video has gone viral, with more than 85,000 plays and counting. It's Karen Cheng’s Microsoft resignation song on YouTube (letters are so last decade).

That got us to thinking – How many different ways have people in the Northwest publicly resigned their jobs? We found many fit into these five categories:

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:06 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Turn, turn, turn goes the weather, bringing sun, and uncertainty

"The spring is the most unstable time of year. That means this is the time of year we tend to get a lot of convection ... this shower and sunbreak type of regime," Cliff Mass said.
Chris Tarnawski Flickr

April showers will dry out today, and by Saturday, most of western Washington should see sunshine. But, we're not so sure about Sunday.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
1:16 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Why does Seattle still care about the World's Fair?

The Seattle World’s Fair – which opened 50 years ago this weekend – was pretty small on the global scale, compared to later World’s Fairs in Montreal or Vancouver, B.C., or Seville, Spain. It would seem tiny next to the immense Exposition in Shanghai in 2010.

But the memories of 1962 burn strong for those who attended. And historians and civic leaders say the legacy still matters today.

Even if you're brand-new to Seattle, you might have heard that once upon a time there was a World’s Fair here. Maybe, you even learned about it on an elevator ride – to the top of the 605-foot Space Needle.

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