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Transportation
8:45 am
Mon January 30, 2012

AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $3.49

BELLEVUE, Wash. — The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.49.

That's up 2 cents in a week and 7 cents in a month. It's 6 cents higher than the national average.

Some metro prices from Monday's AAA survey: Bellingham $3.62, Bremerton $3.54, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.56, Tacoma $3.54, Olympia $3.55, Vancouver $3.53, Yakima $3.61, Tri-Cities $3.29, Spokane $3.18.

health
8:42 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Snohomish County trying to slow whooping cough

EVERETT, Wash. — Snohomish County health officials are trying to slow the spread of whooping cough by offering free vaccinations to low-income adults at risk of contracting the disease.

The Daily Herald reports about 450 doses will be available from the health district Saturday in Everett and Marysville.

Snohomish County typically has 24 to 45 cases of whooping cough a year. So far it already has 51.

Japanese Tsunami
8:39 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Japanese official inspects Neah Bay flotsam

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — An official from the Japanese consulate in Seattle has visited the home of a Port Angeles man to inspect a large black float he found near Neah Bay to determine if it's some of the first debris from the tsunami that hit Japan last March.

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Artscape
9:16 am
Sun January 29, 2012

Seattle playwrights take on 'time' in latest Collective showcase

From the beginning of time when single-celled organisms were the only life on earth, to the multiverse where people can exist in parallel realities, to a dying woman who relives her romantic past through a photograph that freezes with the end of time – those are some of the plots for an upcoming showcase of Seattle-area playwrights.

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NW Craft Brews
3:00 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

The Friday beer: Bear Republic Brewing’s Racer 5 IPA

The Racer 5 IPA.
Paul Gibson

All along the West Coast, from Victoria, B.C., to San Diego, Calif., you can find not just good but great beer. We are lucky. The Racer 5 India Pale Ale is another fine IPA from Northern California available locally.

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Blues Time Machine
1:00 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

'Rock Island Line' evolved from the rhythm of hard labor

library of congess

Blues evolved from many different sources including spirituals, work songs, and chants. “Rock Island Line” began as a work song, first recorded in 1934 by prisoners at Cummins Farm in Arkansas. The rhythm of physical labor is integral to songs like these.

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animal cruelty
12:59 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

That's a lot of cats - 74 in one camper

King County Animal Control authorities have seized 74 cats and 1 dog from a camper parked next to the Auburn Regional Medical Center.

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Barefoot Bandit
12:32 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Colton Harris-Moore sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison

A federal judge on Friday sentenced "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore to 6 1/2 years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins, and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:21 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Heading outdoors? Saturday's the day ... plus how the windstorm created a geyser at Ivar's

Winds and a high tide sent a surge of water this week toward this Ivar's Restaurant in Mukilteo -- strong enough to erupt through the floorboards.
flickr/Oran Viriyincy

The weather is so normal, it's almost boring, at least to atmospheric scientists like the UW's Cliff Mass.

"Unfortunately, next week, we just have one minor system after the other coming through," says Mass. "No real severe weather. No big snowstorms or windstorms."

With the morning fog burning off Friday, Mass sees sunshine through this afternoon.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
3:08 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Why do Utilikilts appeal to many in the Northwest?

"It’s only a skirt if you’re wearing underwear."

A Seattle guy set out to liberate men from their pants – his solution?

The Utilikilt.

If you’ve ever seen a Utilikilt, chances are you haven’t forgotten it.  Maybe you thought it was cool to see a Scottish-esque kilt with cargo pockets. Maybe you had a more visceral reaction ...

Whatever your feelings about them, they are part of the Northwest. The idea was born here. They’re manufactured here. They even have their own store in Seattle’s Pioneer Square Neighborhood. Why, then, are they so polarizing in their own hometown?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

No Prince Fielder, but the Mariners could make some progress

Detroit Tigers president, CEO and general manager Dave Dombrowski, left, helps new Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder with his uniform as team owner Mike Ilitch looks on during a baseball news conference at Comerica Park in Detroit on Thursday.
The Associated Press

The Mariners, not surprisingly, missed out on Prince Fielder but that Detroit shelled out the big bucks for him did surprise KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. Nevertheless, things are looking up for the Mariners, from the stand point of bringing on a new player who can hit the ball, but the problem could be catching it.

Other than that, "it doesn't look like there is any reason other than the usual, standard, every year 'You gotta have hope' for a fan base that has been told that for a decade and has seen very little to come out of it," Art said.

Click the Listen button above for the rest of the interview.

cardiac arrest
3:40 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

You're part of a cardiac arrest experiment in King, like it or not

If your heart stops beating and you’re treated by paramedics in the next few years, which treatment you get may depend on a coin flip. Once again, King County residents are part of  a national study of how best to resuscitate someone from cardiac arrest.

A coin flip sounds pretty random – and that’s actually on purpose. 

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Environment lawsuit
3:36 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Groups sue over Navy sonar use off Northwest coast

Conservationists and Native American tribes have filed a lawsuit over the Navy's expanded use of sonar in training exercises off the Washington, Oregon and California coasts, saying the noise can harass and kill whales and other marine life.

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Winter storm
1:42 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Report your storm damage

Utility crew restoring power in Thurston County. 1/23/2012
WSDOT flickr.com

If you or your business suffered uninsured property damage due to our recent snow and ice storm, county officials want to hear from you. Public assistance may be available, and the first step is to submit a damage report.

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Facebook privacy
1:24 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Facebook wanted journalists to sign non-disclosures before news conference

What they DID want us to see: Facebook attorney Craig Clark, right, talks to reporters with Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, second from right, at the press conference in Seattle on Thursday.
The Associated Press

Facebook is apparently pretty concerned about privacy – especially its own.

After announcing that Facebook and the State Attorney General’s office would announce a “joint legal strategy" this morning, the AG’s office followed up with an email requiring journos sign a non-disclosure agreement.

The email was sent to all journalists invited to the press conference at Facebook's Seattle office involving company officials and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna.

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