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Same-sex marriage
1:43 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Anti-gay marriage group wants Starbucks boycott

Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz, center, listens to a question from an audience member with general counsel Paul Boggs, left, and CFO Troy Alstead at the annual Starbucks shareholders meeting Wednesday in Seattle.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A national group opposed to gay marriage is calling for a boycott of Starbucks in response to the company's public support of a new same-sex marriage law in Washington state.

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Paul Allen research
10:30 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Microsoft co-founder puts $300 million into 'brain observatories'

What the new technology can reveal: a section of a mouse brain that senses 'touch" lights up, along with its connections to other regions of the brain.
Allen Institute for Brain Science

Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, is more than doubling his investment in unraveling mysteries of the brain – and bringing some of America’s top scientists to a new lab in Seattle. They say they're building "brain observatories," where they hope to answer big questions about how the mind works.

They'll peer inside the brain, similar to how groups of astronomers gather at major observatories to peer into the stars for answers about the formation of the universe.

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Landscape art
9:44 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Seattle trees to be painted blue in enviro campaign

Image of a tree at an installation in Vancouver, B.C.
Konstantin Dimopoulos

A King County arts organization says 56 trees in Seattle and Kenmore will be painted blue starting April 2 in a temporary art project meant to make people aware of global deforestation.

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Transportation
8:20 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Transit tunnel reaches milestone in Seattle

Sound Transit says it reached another milestone in construction of a light rail line through Seattle on Wednesday when a tunnel boring machine reached the Capitol Hill station site after a 10-month dig from the direction of Husky Stadium.

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Food
4:00 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Go green and leafy – bacon optional

Nancy's lunch last week at Terra Plata on Capitol Hill. Click for the next picture to see the shocking developments at Dick's Garlic Cam.
Nancy Leson

Well, optional for you maybe.  Me, I like a nice hunk of bacon nestled in there with some slow-cooked collards.  I got  turned on to eating them with a few shakes of the hot pepper vinegar  on the counter at Lamar's, a greasy spoon I used to frequent in Biloxi.

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Environment
6:06 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Controversy continues over proposed coal export terminals

On September 14, 2011, activists projected anti-coal light banners on iconic Seattle locations, such as Kerry Park, to elevate the profile of controversial proposed coal ports in the Pacific Northwest.
Photo by Marcus Donner Rainforest Action Network / Flickr

Trainloads of coal from Montana and Wyoming will soon be shipped through Northwest ports to Asia, if Seattle’s SSA Marine gets its way.

The company has filed several permit applications with Whatcom County.

At the same time, the County held a meeting in Bellingham, aimed at helping anti-coal activists most effectively register their concerns. 

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taxes and services
1:04 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Sales tax boost would create safety net for mentally ill

If you live anywhere in the Puget Sound region you probably pay a small sales tax to support mental health services. The main exception is in Pierce County.

That may change, at least within Tacoma city limits.

A proposal in front of the Tacoma City Council would raise the sales tax by 1/10th of a percent, or a penny per $10 purchase. That’s the same as residents pay in King, Snohomish, Thurston and many other counties. The revenue would be dedicated to a broad array of services to assist people with serious mental illness or drug abuse problems.

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Election 2012
12:45 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Following the cash in Washington elections is tough

Democratic contributor Martha Knox believes caps on individual contributions in Washington are too low, especially given the cost of running a statewide campaign.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – We’re hearing a lot these days about Super PACS and who’s funding them. At the state level, Washington gets high marks for requiring full disclosure of who’s bankrolling political campaigns. Even so, a new public radio study highlights weaknesses in Washington – especially when it comes to transparency.

It’s not always so easy to follow the money.

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Seattle's world fair
9:26 am
Tue March 20, 2012

5 fiascos of the Seattle World's Fair

Expecting a parking crisis during the World’s Fair, Seattle officials invested heavily … the crisis turned out to be too much available parking.
Seattle Municipal Archives

By Knute Berger of Crosscut

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair, it's time to remember some of the crimes and blunders that went along with it. Some even launched new industries.

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Transportation
8:52 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Hope, fear mix as construction of Capitol Hill streetcar nears

Ritu Shah-Burnham, the owner zpizza on Broadway on Capitol Hill, is concerned about the disruption to her business.
Monica Spain KPLU

“I know the parking is going to disappear. It terrifies me.”

Groundbreaking is just a few weeks away for a new streetcar line in Seattle. The line will connect the coffee shops and colleges of Capitol Hill with the hospitals of First Hill and the Chinatown International District. As some feared, there will be some disruptions in the neighborhoods.

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Budget crisis
8:21 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Federal lab, PNNL, in Richland to lay off 45

RICHLAND, Wash. — The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory plans to lay off 45 employees this week.

The cutbacks are in order to adjust to the latest federal budget approved in December.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Could Allan Mecham be the next Warren Buffett?

Tracy O flickr.com

Every investor dreams of beating the market. But very few money managers are able to pull it off on a consistent basis.

SmartMoney magazine recently profiled a fund manager who has beaten the odds. Allan Mecham, of Arlington Value Management, has racked up an impressive 400 percent gain in the past 12 years. An initial investment of $100,000 in his fund 12 years ago would be worth $500,000 today.

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Liquor privatization
5:33 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Judge upholds Washington's liquor initiative

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A Cowlitz County judge has upheld a voter-approved initiative privatizing liquor sales in Washington state.

Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning had ruled on March 2 that Initiative 1183 addresses two different subjects because it includes a provision for public safety funds.

Attorneys for the state asked the judge to reconsider on Monday, arguing that public safety and liquor have a close relationship. Warning heard arguments from both sides and then reversed his earlier decision, granting the state's motion for summary judgment.

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Diversions: Space travel
4:46 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Kutcher becomes 500th Virgin Galactic space customer

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is carried to its launch altitude by a mothership, the Scaled Composites White Knight Two, before being launched to fly on into the upper atmosphere, powered by a rocket motor.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Richard Branson says his venture to launch paying tourists into space has netted its 500th customer, and it's none other than Ashton Kutcher.

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War in Afghanistan
4:08 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Wife of Afghan shooting suspect offers condolences

A car drives into the main entrance to the U.S. Army's Fort Leavenworth, in Leavenworth, Kan., on Monday.
The Associated Press

The wife of the U.S. soldier held in the slayings of 16 Afghan villagers is offering condolences to the victims' families and says she too wants to know what happened.

Karilyn Bales issued a statement through a Seattle lawyer Monday, for the first time offering her comments on a case that has threatened to upend American policy over the decade-old war.

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