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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu July 7, 2011

There's a moon in the sky - but have we been there? Really?

Wish you were here.
e-strategyblog.com Flickr

One small step for man ... and one giant leap of believability. As many as 25% of us Earthlings think the moon landings were a big fake, staged by Stanley Kubrick on a Hollywood sound stage.

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UW firebombing
6:57 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Fugitive linked to UW ecoterrorist firebomb arrested

A fugitive wanted in connection with the 2001 firebombing of the University of Washington's horticulture center is now in federal custody.

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national security
5:16 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

NW National Lab still recovering from major cyber attack

Pacific Northwest National Lab is just recovering from a sophisticated cyber attack.
PNNL Flickr

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state gets about 4 million cyber attacks a day. But workers there are just now getting back online after a sophisticated attack shut down most Internet services last Friday.

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Education
2:17 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Running Start students could face financial hurdle next year

Some high school students are expected to ditch the state’s popular Running Start program this fall.

The number of students who take advantage of the opportunity to earn college credit has grown every year since the program began in the early 90’s, but that progress could be coming to a halt.  

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Environment
12:34 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Big, crafty raccoon eating rare chickens, ducks, peacocks

This undated photo provided by Leo Pauly shows a raccoon that park officials are certain is responsible for killing about two dozen birds at the Pioneer Park Aviary, in Walla Walla, Wash.
Courtesy of Leo Pauly

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla park officials are certain the predator that has killed about two dozen birds at the Pioneer Park Aviary is a big raccoon.

A motion detector camera showed the raccoon stealing bait from a trap.

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Humanosphere
10:53 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Mysterious microfinance firm re-emerges

Indian woman Jahan Bano, right, a microfinance beneficiary makes lime stone along with her daughter at her factory in Mumbai, India, March 2011. Long heralded as a way to lift the downtrodden out of poverty, microfinance has come under a cloud.
Associated Press

A year ago the Seattle microfinance firm Unitus closed its doors, laid off most of its staff and didn’t really tell anybody (including some major donors) why it did so.

Unitus, which had claimed its primary mission was to help poor people, also happened to have made a lot of money — having invested in an Indian company, SKS Microfinance, which had pursued this anti-poverty financing scheme as a for-profit venture.

Now, Unitus has been resurrected as Unitus Labs.

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Tax for Homeless
9:22 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Kitsap considering tax to benefit homeless

Tim Hamilton Flickr

Advocates for the homeless in Kitsap County say there’s not enough money to provide services – so they’re talking about the possibility of a new tax. 

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:51 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

In this image provided by the Conservation Northwest, a gray wolf is shown in a photo taken from a remote camera on May 7, 2011. State wildlife officials have documented Washington's fourth wolf pack, the Teanaway Pack of Kittitas County.
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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Neolithic cave art shows inventor of sandwich

The 18th century's John Montagu, Fourth Earl of Sandwich gets the credit, but as we now know the sandwich was probably invented no more than five or ten minutes after the appearance of bread.

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Traffic Woes
2:23 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Seattle traffic will not be better this weekend

Between closure of State Route 520 and I-5 ramps to and from Mercer Street, expect anther bad weekend for traffic.
Flickr

You can expect region-wide congestion this weekend, the state Department of Transportation says, because State Route 520 will be closed between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue.

And, the city of Seattle will close the Interstate 5 ramps to and from Mercer Street.

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Missing Climber
1:47 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Climber's body found on Mount Baker

Searchers have found the body of a missing Colorado climber on Mount Baker. Bellingham and Skagit mountain rescue teams spotted the body Sunday in a hole that develops in the snow just west of the ridge.

The Whatcom County sheriff's office says 34-year-old Sheryl Costello, of Golden, Colo., had reached the summit of the 10,781-foot mountain on Saturday with her boyfriend. They were on their way down when he lost sight of her near Heliotrope Ridge.

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Lions Club Parade
11:49 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Lions Parade of Nations march Seattle's 5th Avenue

The Lions Club's Parade of Nations took over downtown Seattle on Tuesday July 5, 2011.
Jake Ellison KPLU

The Lions Clubs International’s 94th International Convention is in Seattle through the July 8, and the club’s major Parade of Nations took over 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle on Tuesday.

"The first thing that struck me were the big smiles on all the participants faces. They looked so happy to be a part of this big event and so proud of their particular groups," reported KPLU's Erin Hennessey.

The parade was scheduled to run from the Seattle Center to the Washington State Convention Center. The closure of 5th Avenue and the rerouting of Metro bus routes through the city was expected to last until 2 p.m. or so. (Video and photo gallery inside)

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seattle parking
10:25 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Special vans hunting for Seattle’s ‘parking scofflaws’

City of Seattle looking to give cars with more than four parking violations the boot.

On Tuesday Starting today, two specially equipped Seattle police vans had started scanning up to 20,000 license plates per day, hunting for vehicles with four or more parking tickets in order to give them the “boot.”

Topping the city’s most-wanted list has to be the vehicle with 263 violations associated with it amounting to more than $25,000 owed, according to a list of citations in the City of Seattle’s “parking scofflaw business plan.”

Second on the most-wanted list must be the two cars with 184 tickets each. Nearly 100 cars have been ticketed 50 times or more, according to the city. Officials say more than 20,000 cars are considered eligible for the boot, a device attached to a vehicle wheel making it unusable.

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Event
7:45 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Update: Lions Club convention descends on Seattle streets today

The Lions Club's Parade of Nations will take over downtown Seattle this morning and early afternoon.
Associated Press

The Lions Clubs International’s 94th International Convention hits Seattle on July 4 through the 8 with the club’s major Parade of Nations taking over downtown this morning and into the afternoon.

King County officials say 20 Seattle bus routes will be changed during the Lions Club's International Parade of Nations, preparations for which have already begun in downtown Seattle.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:15 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

A new system to track intimidation, bullying and harassment of students is being launched this fall by the Everett School District.
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