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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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Business
9:05 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Boeing to close Wichita facility by end of 2013

WICHITA, Kan. — The Boeing Co. has told its employees that it plans to close its massive defense plant in Wichita before the end of 2013 in a bid to cut costs in a tight market for defense spending.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Sardines and ice cream are the new surf n' turf

The sweetness and mouth-feel of artisanal ice cream paired with the umami of locally sourced (Ballard) sardines packed into individually hand-forged cans.
Dick Stein KPLU

While less adventurous eaters may turn up (or even hold) their noses, local foodistas have made the dairy/dussumeria pairing the hottest trend since Korean taco trucks.  

But not just any sardine and not just any ice cream will do.

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Traffic news
7:19 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Tolls on I-90 – probably just a matter of time

Surrounded by news media, Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond says she thinks automated tolls should be collected on both floating bridges across Lake Washington, not just on SR-520. (Ultimately, the state Legislature decides.)
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Many drivers seem to be avoiding the new tolls on the 520 bridge by taking I-90 instead. That’s not unexpected.

But don’t get used to calling the other bridge across the lake “The Freeway.” Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond says she wants tolls on both floating bridges.

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Mount Rainier killing
5:05 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

National Parks are dangerous places to enforce the law

A reader board with a message in memory of Mount Rainer National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson is seen at a roadside motel Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Elbe, Wash.
Associated Press

Mount Rainier will remain closed through Thursday after the fatal shooting of ranger Margaret Anderson on Sunday.

The tragedy underscores a little-known fact about the country's most beautiful landscapes: They're also home to some of the highest rates of assault on law enforcement.

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Humanosphere
4:51 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

NW entrepreneurs focus on saving lives with better stoves

Women in India using an Envirofit clean cookstove to reduce indoor air pollution.
Associated Press

More than a century after the discovery of electricity, billions – yes, billions – of people still heat and cook with wood fires. In the developing world, indoor air pollution from smoke is blamed for nearly 2 million deaths per year.

Burning wood, crop waste, charcoal or dung does the damage, filling homes with smoke and blackening walls. It’s women and children who suffer the most, because they are the ones tending the fires.

But it’s not an easy a problem to fix.

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Traffic News
3:47 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

520 Tolls – Drive around or pay? Many are driving around

Consumers must choose how to allot their time and money when deciding how to handle automatic tolls in place on the SR 520 bridge. You can save money by registering with the state's Good to Go system, but must choose a transponder and set up an account.
WSDOT photo

Today is the first big day for car commuters since automatic tolling went live on the 520 bridge across Lake Washington.

It’s viewed as the start of the first really meaningful data-set for people who crunch numbers behind the scenes of the State Department of Transportation.

So far, the commute has pushed traffic to the south, with the I-90 bridge seeing more congestion … and more room created on 520, where drivers now have to pay to cross.

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Gay rights
3:39 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Gregoire to hold news conference on gay marriage

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has invited sponsors of a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state to Olympia for a Wednesday morning news conference on the issue.

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Animals
3:21 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Just a cool photo of a beluga whale ... blowing a bubble ring

Itsuo Inouye Associated Press

A white whale, also known as beluga, puffs a ring at Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa, east of Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Dec. 25.

Farming
3:04 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Fires destroy three major haystacks in Eastern Washington

Police in eastern Washington are trying to figure out who has been intentionally torching haystacks near the tiny town of Mattawa.

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones says in the last two weeks two fires burned three major haystacks to the ground. Jones says he doubts local kids have been setting the fires.

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Education
1:10 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Dogs, once-homeless kids share a love of reading (and each other)

Kids and dogs enjoy books (and each other) at the Brettler Family Place, a housing center in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood.
Charla Bear KPLU

Some of Seattle’s most at-risk students are getting help with their reading skills, but not from people.

Once a week, service dogs lend their ears to formerly homeless children as they read aloud. It’s become a learning experience for both the kids and canines.

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