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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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Business
9:50 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Occupy Seattle plans to occupy Black Friday in Seattle

A Christmas credit card promotion on Seattle streets on black Friday in 2007. Occupy Seattle protesters say they want to join the festivities not disrupt the activities.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

If you’re a local chances are you’ll find yourself at Westlake Park on the day after Thanksgiving – given that it’s Seattle’s epicenter for everything Holiday related. There’s the Macy’s Parade, the carousel and the tree lighting ceremony.

And this year, Occupy Seattle wants to take part in the festivities. 

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed November 23, 2011

Stein's easy, illustrated step-by-step gravy method

First I sauteed minced celery, onion, carrot and thyme in some vegetable oil You can use that or butter or the rendered fat from whatever you're roasting.
Dick Stein KPLU

I love gravy. It's like liquid meat. Here's how I make it.

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Environment
5:48 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Rule to ban cruise ship discharge in Washington sanctuary

Cruise ships will be prohibited from discharging wastewater into a protected marine sanctuary off the outer coast of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula under new rules taking effect next week.

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Japanese Tsunami
4:42 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Still a threat, but tsunami debris 'invisible'

Debris from the Japanese Tsunami picked up by Russian boat the Pallada.
IPRC

Even though there is 100,000 tons of debris from the Japanese tsunami  on its way toward the Northwest, its virtually invisible unless you run into it.

“They could detect debris from space for over two weeks after the tsunami, but after that it became invisible,” said Jan Hafner of the International Pacific Research Center in Hawaii.

He, along with a group of researchers headed by Nikolai Maximenko, recently predicted the drift pattern of tsunami debris across the Pacific Ocean.

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Priest Abuse
12:29 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Native Americans sue state, allege abuse at Jesuit school

Pictured are three of the plaintiffs in the suit, from left to right: Katherine Mendez, Dwayne Paul and Theresa Bisset.
Paula Wissel KPLU

YAKIMA, Wash. — Eight Native Americans have filed suit against the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, claiming the agency placed them in a mission school where they were sexually abused by a Jesuit priest decades ago.

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Jazz & Blues
12:17 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Legendary jazz drummer Paul Motian dies

Legendary jazz musician Paul Motian, who stood as one of the most influential drummers of the last 50 years, died early this morning at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Microsoft
9:07 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Gates back on stand in Utah in $1B Microsoft antitrust trial

SALT LAKE CITY — Microsoft's Bill Gates returned to the witness stand Tuesday to defend his company against a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit that claims the software giant tricked a competitor into huge losses and soared onto the market with Windows 95.

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Winter weather
8:54 am
Tue November 22, 2011

November storm blasts Washington

A real fall storm blasted Washington with high winds on the coast, drenching rains in Western Washington and heavy snow in the Cascades and parts of Eastern Washington.

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Spend money and save the economy? Or, cut back and prepare?

Black Friday 2010 at Seattle's Westlake Center
John Henderson flickr.com

Should you spend more this holiday season and give the economy a boost? Or cut back on shopping and save your money for possibly tougher times ahead?

That's quite a conundrum.

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Budget crisis
3:59 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Higher ed cuts, suspension of state aid in Gregoire's budget proposal

The supplemental budget proposal submitted by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire today includes cuts in higher education funding and the suspension of the State Work Study Program for college and university students.

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Higher Education
3:21 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Should colleges ban smoking on campus? Many in NW think so

Soon, you might not see college students smoking on campus. Schools are increasingly giving cigarettes the boot.
montchr Flickr photo

The ability to smoke a cigarette on college campuses is becoming a subject for the history books.

Several colleges in the Pacific Northwest have banned smoking – not only in and around buildings as required by law – but everywhere on school grounds.

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