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1:14 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

‘Five-Step Plan’ to save the planet, can it work?

Can the Earth's future be secured in five 'easy' steps?
Southernpixel Alby Flickr

Rather than simply get overwhelmed by all of the world’s many problems, an environment and land-use professor at the University of Minnesota and his colleagues decided to come up with a workable game plan to simultaneously deal with three major, overlapping forces that dictate our future.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:20 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Preview: 'Biggest Huskies game in years' this weekend

Then-UW quarterback Jake Locker is sacked during last year's 41-0 loss to Stanford at Husky Stadium. The Huskies are hoping for a better outcome Saturday when they play the Cardinal. But Stanford QB Andrew Luck has been unbeatable so far this season.
Elaine Thompson AP File Photo

The Washington Huskies take on Stanford in California this Saturday. They're hoping for a much better showing than last season's embarrassing 41-0 loss at Husky Stadium.

Standing in their way is the best quarterback since John Elway, according to KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

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Environment
11:40 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Enviros say new stormwater guidelines too lax

Stormwater runoff must be reduced and monitored under draft rules just issued by the state Department of Ecology.
Thirteen of Clubs photo Flickr
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It’s the single largest source of pollution entering Puget Sound – rain that hits pavement and carries grease, metals and other toxins into the water.

The Department of Ecology has just issued new rules that aim to keep stormwater runoff in check. However, several environmental groups complain the new rules are full of loopholes.

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Recreation
11:25 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Washington ski areas may expand recreation opportunities

Crystal Mountain could benefit from the new federal rules.
clappstar Flickr

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Congress has approved more summer activities at ski areas on federal lands.

The Bellingham Herald reports the Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act the cleared the Senate Tuesday will allow ski areas to be used for more than winter sports.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
10:50 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Get ready for 'Viadoom' when Alaskan Way Viaduct closes

Once the viaduct reopens, the speed limit on the majority of the viaduct will be reduced to 40 mph. The construction bypass will carry an advisory speed limit of 25 mph.

The so-called "Carmageddon" in Los Angeles this summer was a bust — but its Seattle-based sequel "Viadoom" is being billed as the real deal.

When the Alaskan Way Viaduct shuts down at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, nearly 90,000 drivers will face detours and delays. Transportation officials have been encouraging commuters to ditch their cars during the nine day closure. Otherwise, they say roads through the city will be total gridlock.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Zamfir and the magic of the ancient flute (flaut?)

The Snoot Flute!
wackystuff Flickr

It may be the first musical instrument ever: 40,000 years ago one of our ancestors blew into an animal bone and made music.

But were they fluting or flauting? There seems to be confusion, so let’s settle this right now.

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Business
5:53 pm
Wed October 19, 2011

Occupy Seattle, get free pizza; protests cost city $105,000 so far

Big Mario's Pizza delivers hot pies to Seattle's Occupy Wall Street protesters.
David Meinert

As the Occupy Wall Street Movement snowballs, small business owners, who employ just over half of all private sector employees in the nation, say they’re a part of the 99%, too.

It’s 5 o’clock in Seattle’s Westlake Park – the beating heart of the local Occupy Wall Street movement—and Jennifer Fox and some fellow teenage occupiers are smoking hand rolled cigarettes. They’re waiting for the free pizza.

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Domestic Partnership
10:09 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Gay rights group to publish names of R-71 petition signers

In 2009 Ref. 71 asked voters to approve or reject granting registered domestic partners additional state rights previously given only to married couples. It was approved with 53 percent of the vote.
Elaine Thompson AP

Washington voters who signed an anti-domestic partnership petition in 2009 can expect their names to appear online within a month. That's the word Tuesday from a Massachusetts-based gay rights group called "Know Thy Neighbor."

Referendum 71 was a failed effort by opponents of gay marriage to repeal Washington's "everything but marriage" domestic partnership law. Now, following a protracted legal battle, a federal judge has ordered the petitions be made public.

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Global Health
10:07 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Bill Gates says innovation will beat malaria

Bill and Melinda Gates answering questions from moderator Richard Besser, at the 2011 Malaria Forum in Seattle.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Technology can triumph over one of the oldest plagues of humanity. That was the underlying theme of Bill Gates’ pep talk to malaria researchers gathered this week in Seattle:

"A key reason I think we will succeed is that we have the ability to innovate. This is really behind most of the improvements in the human condition. Innovation is one of  the most powerful forces in the world. 

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Clipped recipes
4:31 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Only the good recipes get dirty

One of Stein's favorites - you can tell because it's dirty.
Dick Stein KPLU

I clipped the steamed minced pork with salted duck eggs recipe pictured above from a Honolulu newspaper decades ago. After a few years and much use I transcribed and pasted it, apparently with oyster sauce, to the inside of that cookbook.  

I'll post a more legible version further down so keep reading.

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Seattle city workers
4:30 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Performance will take you into Seattle sewers and beyond!

Artist Stokley Towles.

"... tell yourself lies. I’m in a candy factory. I’m surrounded by candy."

Oh, the things they've seen: By stringing together narratives of different workers, one artist has created a show illustrating what it’s like working in the sewers.

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Environment
5:55 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Bristol Bay votes to block Pebble Mine operation

Site of the proposed Pebble Mine.
National Park Conservation Assn.

DILINGHAM, Alaska – Environmentalist groups are celebrating a victory in a remote corner of southeast Alaska. Residents near Bristol Bay have voted to try to block one of North America's largest open pit mining operations.

It's proposed for a spot next to one of the world's most productive salmon fisheries.

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Global Health
3:07 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Malaria vaccine pushed by PATH and Gates shows some success

Children in the RTS,S malaria vaccine trial wait with their parents at a hospital in Tanzania on June 28, 2011.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Leaders at the Seattle non-profit group PATH – and their sponsors at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation– say they’re excited about the latest results from a malaria vaccine trial in Africa. The interim results don't guarantee it will be a success, but it’s the best any malaria vaccine has ever done.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:08 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Felon with rifle arrested at park with Occupy Seattle protesters

The seized rifle photographed at the Seattle Police Evidence Unit.
Seattle Police Department

Police say a man with a rifle and 16 rounds of ammunition was arrested Monday night by officers assigned to the Occupy Seattle demonstration at Westlake Park.

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Global Health
10:50 am
Tue October 18, 2011

Queen of England bestows honor on PATH’s gizmo guy

Michael Free, at right, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
PATH

The Queen of England has bestowed an exalted honor on PATH’s top gizmo guy.

Michael Free, chief of technology for PATH, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his team’s many inventions and innovative approaches aimed at helping solve health problems in the developing world. It’s not quite as prestigious as a Knighthood but better than a sharp poke in the helmet.

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