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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Why is the 'Seattle Freeze' so hard to melt?

Is Seattle a great but lonely place to live?

The city often ranks pretty high on those lists of the best places to move to – There’s the food, the water, the mountains, the music. But once people get here, they find it’s pretty tough to make friends. There’s even a name for it: The Seattle Freeze.

We wondered: When did the freeze set in? And, how can a newcomer ever break through it? 

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Will UW football changes be enough for a challenging 2012?

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III is pursued by Washington's Josh Shirley during the Alamo Bowl Thurs., Dec. 29, 2011. The Husky defense gave up 67 points in the game. It was the final straw that led to the firing of defensive coordinator Nick Holt.
Darren Abate AP Photo

After an embarrassing 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl, the Washington Huskies have made big changes to their defensive coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt was fired, along with the team's linebackers and safeties coaches.

Two coaches with ties to the Northwest were hired from Tennessee. But will it be enough to help the Huskies face what promises to be a very tough schedule in 2012?

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Budget crisis
4:54 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Gregoire snubs AG's McKenna, seeks ruling on tax voting

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is bypassing the attorney general's office and seeking court guidance on the constitutionality of a law limiting tax increases.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

NW states released more toxics in 2010

Industrial facilities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho released more toxic material in 2010 than the year before, according to the federal toxics inventory out today.

The three Northwest states had seen declines in toxic releases before 2010. But that year, the releases started to climb. Washington released 27 percent more than in 2009.

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Humanosphere
4:41 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Humanitarian insider reveals unsavory truths

It's not enough to just get your hands dirty when trying to help the poor, says one insider.
Julien Harneis Flickr

An anonymous humanitarian expert with years in the field writes about the things more “ordinary people” should understand about humanitarian aid:

"There’s always some woman at the Christmas party who, once she discovers what I do for a living, wants to talk my ear off about some awful idea she has about how to help poor children in El Salvador or Cambodia."

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Budget crisis
3:53 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Gregoire proposes state-run business tax system

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire wants the state to handle local business tax collections, saying a streamlined system would save small businesses time and money.

Gregoire's proposal on Thursday would take the duties away from local jurisdictions, similar to how the state currently collects and distributes sales tax money.

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Elections 2012
2:15 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Seattle's Dan Savage back in the news for 'Santorum' hijinks

Dan Savage appears onstage at the 15th Annual Webby Awards in New York in June 2011.
Charles Sykes Associated Press

(Warning some of the links in this page, as well as performing the talked about Google search, could result in the display of a NSFW website page.)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s showing in the Iowa caucus this week has put Seattle’s notorious sex blogger, political commentator and Stranger editorial director back in the news for political hijinks.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Preview: UW starts new year with new defensive staff

A scoreboard shows final of the Alamo Bowl game between Baylor and Washington. Baylor pulled out a thrilling victory in the highest-scoring bowl game in history. Not long after the game, UW overhauled its defensive coaching staff.
Darren Abate AP Photo

Being part of the highest-scoring bowl game in history was hardly a distinction for University of Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt. 

The 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl was the last in a series of defensive flops that cost him his job.

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Mount Rainier killing
11:49 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Flags lower Tuesday for Mount Rainier ranger

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at state buildings fly at half-staff Tuesday in memory of the ranger shot to death on New Year's Day at Mount Rainier National Park.

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Education
9:06 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Washington Supreme Court to rule on school funding case

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court plans to issue a ruling today on a major case concerning the state's obligation to pay for public school education.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Time is on our turntable

Time is Nature’s way of keeping everything from happening all at once. And the sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up. It’s deep thoughts like this that keep us up at night and make us sleepy during the day.

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City Government
4:00 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Seattle updates street tree rules

Under a proposed ordinance, homeowners in Seattle will have to follow new guidelines when planting trees in parking strips.
Photo by wanderflechten

The city of Seattle is revamping its rules regarding street trees. The rules clarify what homeowners can and cannot do to trees planted in parking strips and other city right-of-ways.

The ordinance under consideration is the first update of the city’s street tree rules since 1961.

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Humanosphere
5:00 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

BBC looks at 'secretive' and powerful Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates speak at Malaria Forum, with moderator ABC News' Richard Besser
Tom Paulson KPLU

The BBC report is a nice overview of how the Seattle philanthropy, in the last decade-and-a-half, has emerged to dominate the humanitarian arena. But it doesn’t really break much new ground and follows on a number of similar, or harder-hitting reports, such as this much-cited series done last fall by Alliance magazine called Living with the Gates Foundation.

“What we think is global health, how we define this mission, is increasingly decided by a relatively small number of Americans living in Seattle, Washington,” Laurie Garrett, with the Council on Foreign Relations, told the BBC.

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Business
9:16 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Delta, Lufthansa to hike prices to cover emissions

NEW YORK — Within days of new European rules on carbon emissions produced by passenger jets, two major airlines say they will raise fares.

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War in Afghanistan
9:12 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Flags lowered Thursday for Longview soldier

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows 21-year-old Spc. Mikayla A. Bragg of Longview, Wash.
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at state buildings be lowered to half-staff Thursday in memory of a Longview soldier who died Dec. 20 while serving in Afghanistan.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kelso Eagles for 21-year-old Mikayla A. Bragg.

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