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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Is letting a kid loose in the kitchen a good idea?

Cupcakes by Nate the Great .
Nancy Leson

I'd teach my kid to cook if I had one.  I  have cats instead and they're not interested.  But if you do have a kid, there are lots of ways to get them to do the cooking.

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Student testing
6:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Update: Washington students doing better with new tests, timing

Even Washington middle school students do better with the state's new tests and testing strategy.
Bill S Flickr

Math appears to be less of a problem than it used to be for Washington students trying to graduate from high school. More than two-thirds of them passed new state tests required to get their diplomas. Some students could even clear the hurdle before they finish middle school. 

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State liquor sales
5:35 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Wash. prepares to accept bids to privatize liquor distribution

While Washington is figuring out how to judge a quality bid for distributing liquor, voters in 2012 could make the entire system private.
Chris Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state of Washington is getting ready to accept bids from private companies to take over the distribution of liquor. One question: how to evaluate the financial promises the bidders make.

This was a key topic Tuesday as state leaders met in advance of the formal bid process that’s about to get underway.

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Business
3:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Downtown shoppers will see JC Penny after 30-year hiatus

JC Penny's new location in downtown Seattle will be in the three-story Kress building at Third Avenue and Pike Street.
Dan Neslon Flickr

It’s been almost 30 years but JC Penny is making a comeback. The Seattle Times reports the clothing-store chain is planning to set up shop just one block from where the original store once stood.

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National Labor Rights Week
2:34 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Mexican Consulate hosting free labor rights workshops

The Mexican government will be helping workers in and around Seattle know their rights and learn ways to protect themselves from unscrupulous employers.
Chris de Rham Flickr

Latino workers struggling with issues of fair wages, harassment and safety in the workplace are getting help this week from an unlikely source. The Mexican government is sponsoring workshops in Seattle and other cities to help those workers understand their rights.

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Humanosphere
2:30 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Gates Foundation identifies plant vaccination as new initiative

Do you have a solution for making plants more resistant to disease? The Gates Foundation wants to hear from you.
Eric Hershman Flickr

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has done a lot to boost the science and delivery of vaccines for human health and to assist in the fight against disease.

Now, the Seattle philanthropy would like to start vaccinating crop plants to help poor farmers and hopes solutions will emerge through its next round of Grand Challenges Explorations.

Fraser River salmon
1:00 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Sockeye salmon in Canada to be tested for radiation from Japan

Sockeye preparing to spawn.
Chris Pike Flickr

Sockeye salmon returning to Canada this year will be tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for radiation contamination that might be picked up in the North Pacific from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster.

However, Washington state officials have no plans to test salmon specifically for radiation related to the Japanese disaster because earlier environmental testing showed so few signs of radiation that current levels in fish, if any, would be "undetectable," a spokesperson for the Department of Health said.

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Other News
12:33 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Notorious Hoquiam bin Loggin T-shirts sell out

View of the T-shirt design from the Hoquiam Logger's Playday's Facebook page.

HOQUIAM, Wash. — The owner of the company that's printing the "Osama Bin Loggin" T-shirt for the Loggers Playday festival in Hoquiam says people either love it or hate it.

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Budget crisis
12:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Floyd tells WSU 'We're not out of this fiscal crisis yet'

Washington State University President Elson Floyd says the university will get out of the current fiscal crisis, but it is not there yet.

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Wild animal care
11:00 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Update with photos: 9 orphaned owls returned to wild

The released barn owls photographed at the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center in Sequim.
Melissa Randazzo Courtesy of the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center

SEQUIM, Wash. — Nine orphaned barn owl owlets that were raised with the help of a couple of surrogate mother barn owls have flown the nest at the Northwest Raptor and Wildlife Center in Sequim.

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Blues
10:34 am
Tue August 30, 2011

David Honeyboy Edwards, an original Delta bluesman, has died

Legendary blues artist David "Honeyboy" Edwards is shown during a performance at B.B. Kings Blues Club in New York in 2005. Edwards died Monday.
Associated Press

Delta blues guitarist David "Honeyboy" Edwards, one of the few living links to the mythic bluesman Robert Johnson, died on Monday at his home in Chicago, reports The New York Times. Edwards was 96.

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bees and explosions
9:49 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Wash. man lights gas-soaked beehive, causes explosion

LYNDEN, Wash. — The Lynden, Wash., fire chief says a local man dumped gasoline on a beehive in a tree in retaliation for a bee sting, then ignited the hive, causing an explosion heard throughout his suburban neighborhood.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Despite Apple's declarations, the PC is alive and well

Are smartphones, tablets and e-readers replacing the PC?
Jeremy Keith flickr.com

Are we entering the "post PC era" envisioned by Apple's Steve Jobs? Or is it the "PC plus" era touted by Microsoft's Frank Shaw?

This month on "The Digital Future," Strategic News Service (SNS) publisher Mark Anderson tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that both sides are right ... and both sides are wrong.

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Military deaths
4:38 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Another Washington airman dies in motorcycle accident

For the fourth time since April, an active duty member of the military has died in a high-speed motorcycle crash in western Washington. All of the victims were riding high-performance bikes known for giving their riders a dose of adrenaline.

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Grizzly bears
4:25 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Grizzly bear case inspires politicos to take shots at federal regs

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service file photo of a grizzly bear.

More details are coming out about the north Idaho man accused of killing a grizzly bear on his property. That's spurring Idaho politicians to take aim at the federal government and the environmental regulations the man is accused of violating.

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