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British Columbia high court
12:16 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Ban on polygamy upheld in Canada; investigations under way

New evidence in Canada point to polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs, seen here arriving at a courthouse escorted by a law enforcement officer in San Angelo, Texas, earlier this year. Jeffs was convicted in August and sentenced to life.
Associated Press

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ruled that the ban on religious sects having polygamous marriages will stand because the harm inflicted outweighs religious freedom.

In a 335-page decision, Chief Justice Robert Bauman wrote that the ban on polygamy violates Canada’s Charter of Rights of Freedoms but is constitutional because the practice causes harm to women and children.

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Budget crisis
9:20 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Special legislative session to begin in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Lawmakers return to the state capital for the start of a 30-day special legislative session called by the governor to address a projected $1.4 billion deficit.

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K-12 Education
9:10 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Teachers across state to protest budget cuts as special session begins

Teachers across the state plan to protest cuts to public schools on the first day of the legislature’s special session to shore up the budget.

Hundreds of educators will rally in Olympia on Monday, Nov. 28. Even more teachers will deliver their concerns virtually.

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Higher Education
9:08 am
Mon November 28, 2011

College students to rally against budget cuts in Olympia

Members of Seattle Central Community College's associated student council prepare to take at least two busloads of students to Olympia to protest budget cuts.
Richard Wohl-Corbin

"...There are ideas out there other than cutting.”

College students will descend on Olympia today as the legislature kicks off a special session to tackle the state’s budget shortfall. Nearly a dozen schools have banded together to send busloads of students to the capitol. 

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Artscape
8:51 am
Sun November 27, 2011

zoe | juniper is wild, theatrical dance

Raja Kelly in Seattle-based dance company zoe|juniper's "A Crack in Everything."
Photo by Christopher Duggan

Here’s what a performance by  zoe|juniper won't look like:

"Predictable and controlled," says company dancer Christiana Axelsen.

"Having the music play. Having everyone dance. Having the lights go on and then having the lights go out," says sound designer Matt Starritt.

"I wouldn’t expect it to be simple. I wouldn’t expect to see anything I’ve seen before," says dancer and company manager Raja Kelly.

Critics have described the Seattle-based company as "visually arresting" and "a feast for the senses."

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Wolf Hunting
9:00 am
Sat November 26, 2011

The art of trapping Idaho’s wolves

Idaho is the first state outside of Alaska to regulate a trapping season for wolves. It came after the animal was removed from the Endangered Species List this spring. Trappers who are hoping to snare a gray wolf are required to take a mandatory class.

If anyone can tell you how challenging it is to trap a wolf, it’s Rick Williamson.

Williamson is a carnivore biologist with Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game. He recently retired from his position as a wolf management specialist with the federal government. He’s is teaching a class of about 25 people how to set a foothold trap.

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Law and order
9:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Jurors and smart phones, a troubling mix for courtroom judges

What potential jurors will be seeing from now on in Washington courtrooms.

'OMG! Finalst 4 jury - just like American Idol! ;)'

In the age of the smart phone, courts throughout the state (and around the world really) are grappling with serious problems caused by jurors using social media sites or other online services during trials.

Now, Washington’s courts are trying new tactics to stop jurors from over-sharing.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:30 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Rain, rain going away ... but what a wet week!

... boy did we see a lot of this over the past week! Cliff Mass says we'll be seeing drier days ahead.
Alex Galkin Flickr

It may be drying out this weekend and into next week ... but this past week brought some serious rain.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Just why is it that Seattleites don't jaywalk?

In Seattle, pedestrians are more likely to wait at an empty intersection than jaywalk.

Fear of a ticket from paternalistic police? Group angst? Peer pressure?

Whatever the reason, even if a car is not in sight, Seattleites will often wait patiently for the light to change rather than … jaywalk.

Pedestrians in this city are unlike their fellow walkers in San Francisco, Boston and even Portland, Ore., and the culture of waiting at the light goes back decades.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

Pride, possible coaching jobs on the line in Apple Cup

Washington players celebrate with the Apple Cup trophy after they defeated Washington State 35-28 last year in Pullman.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It's Apple Cup time again! The annual cross-state rivalry game between the University of Washington and Washington State University will be played at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says there's not much at stake for the players beyond bragging rights. But for two coaches, it's a different story.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Musical turkeys for Thanksgiving and beyond!

Know your bird.

Songs about Thanksgiving and about giving thanks.

The tone for our episode is set by the down-and-out Johnson family, who have no turkey on the table but enough moralizing from Dad that no one has an appetite anyway.

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Law
5:07 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

No assault charges for Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones

Ben Fodor fashions himself as a Seattle superhero called Phoenix Jones.
Associated Press

Officials in Seattle have decided not to press charges against a self-proclaimed superhero who was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray.

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NW Weather
1:40 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

7 mudslides affect Seattle-to-Everett train travel

Seven mudslides between Everett and Seattle are affecting passenger train travel

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the railroad on Wednesday morning put a moratorium on passenger train service between Everett and Seattle. For safety reasons, no passenger trains will move on those tracks until at least Friday morning.

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life science research
1:00 pm
Wed November 23, 2011

Seattle's biotech, research economy faces multi-threat future

Federal, state and private money for research in the life sciences are dwindling and that's a big threat to the industry build up around it.
Sergei Golyshev Flickr

Biotech and research jobs have increased in Washington, even as the overall economy sputtered. That’s according to a trade-group, the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.

But the outlook for next year and beyond is less rosy.

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Protesting Wall Street
10:17 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Update: Seattle PD investigating Occupy protester's claims of miscarriage

Jennifer Fox is shown in a screen grab from a YouTube video shot Nov. 15 during the protest in Seattle.

The Seattle Police Department is investigating the claims of an Occupy Seattle protester that Seattle police officers are responsible for her miscarriage, according to The Seattle Times.

Occupy protester Jennifer Fox, 19, claims one officer hit her in the stomach with his foot, while another pushed a bicycle into the crowd again hitting her in the stomach, followed by an assault of pepper spray, according to an interview by The Stranger.

However, doubts about the woman's claims have begun to surface.

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