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10:19 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Youth violence decreasing in Seattle, new report says

According to a recent report, efforts in the city of Seattle to deescalate youth retributions after violent encounters has helped bring down the number of violent incidents.
Dave Knapik Flickr

Young people in Seattle are committing fewer violent crimes than they did a couple of years ago – especially in areas that, historically, have had the most juvenile offenses, according to a new city report.

The drop could be the result of a citywide effort to combat the problem.

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The Digital Future
4:30 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Countering the cyber espionage threat from China and Russia

The cover of the cyber espionage report to Congress
Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive

It's official: China and Russia are the two biggest sources of cyber espionage attacks against the United States.

The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive singled out those two nations in a recent report to Congress (coincidentally, it's been difficult to reach the counterintelligence website since the report came out and those links may not work).

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Budget crisis
3:57 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Arena-debt bailout on Washington legislature’s agenda

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A panel of state lawmakers is considering a $42 million bailout package for a Wenatchee-area agency.

The Greater Wenatchee Regional Events Center Public Facilities District has been unable to pay off short-term debt for the Town Toyota Center arena.

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Budget crisis
3:26 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Protesters disrupt start to Washington special session

Protesters demonstrate against budget cuts, Monday inside the House chamber at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on the first day of a special legislative session. ---------------------------------------------------
Ted S. Warren The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Protesters disrupted the start to Washington's 30-day special session. Lawmakers have returned to the Capitol to deal with a $1.4 billion budget shortfall.

Students and others associated with the Occupy movement took over the House and Senate galleries and delayed a budget committee hearing.

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Budget crisis
12:20 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Washington Poll: Majority inclined to support sales tax hike

A new poll shows that 64 percent of Washington voters are likely to support a temporary sales tax increase to mitigate cuts to education and social services.

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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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