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Humanospere
12:11 pm
Wed June 29, 2011

Botswana: An African success story in the fight against AIDS

Former President of Botswana Festus Mogae.
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

The southern African nation of Botswana has one of the world’s highest rates of HIV infection and yet is also widely considered one of the big success stories in the fight against AIDS.

On Tuesday, at a Seattle event sponsored by the World Affairs Council, former Botswanan President Festus Gontebanye Mogae spoke and took questions from an audience of several hundred people at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

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Boeing
11:39 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Boeing fined for jet fuel leak in Seattle

The state Department of Ecology says it has fined the Boeing Co. more than $100,000 for a 300-gallon jet fuel spill in to the Duwamish waterway.

According to the department, the spill happened in May, 2010 at Boeing fuel terminal in south Seattle. It says that workers were delivering to a storage tank when they noticed the spill. However, they thought the spill had been contained to Boeing's property.

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Law
9:37 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Witness: Corrections “completely failed” in Clemmons case

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Corrections failed to adequately supervise Maurice Clemmons from the day he arrived in Washington from Arkansas. That's the conclusion of a former corrections supervisor who's now an expert witness in a new lawsuit against the Department.

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Food For Thought
8:32 am
Wed June 29, 2011

On the Fourth, it's time for dogs

A Chicago red hot.

Call them what you will: wieners, franks, tubesteaks, Fourth of July must-haves. In this reprise of Food for Thought, Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson and our own Dick Stein discuss (burp!) everybody's favorite dog.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:26 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, pictured here in 2010, will be in Seattle for developers meeting.
Associated Press
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Entertainment
5:20 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Vicci Martinez from Tacoma in finals of "The Voice" tonight

Vicci Martinez is one of four contestants vying to become "The Voice" on a reality TV show. She advanced to the finals after her performance of Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine.
NBC / Lewis Jacobs/NBC

A woman who was born and raised in Tacoma will perform in the last round of reality TV singing contest “The Voice” tonight. The competition has made the local rocker a familiar face to millions of people around the world.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Whale skeleton being processed for assembly, display in Tacoma

After being buried for six months under over 10 yards of horse manure, the gray whale bones, including the skull are excavated by a team of volunteers from Highline Community College's Marine Science and Technology Center.
Highline Community College MaST Center

The skeleton of a gray whale that died last year in Seattle is taking shape in Tacoma.

Highline Community College marine biologist Rus Higley, staff and volunteers are bleaching and assembling the skeleton for display in later this year. (Photo gallery inside)

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Washington State Ferries
1:47 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

New ferry Salish may sail Friday

The state's newest ferry, the Salish, may sail on Friday.
WSDOT

Washington State Ferries hopes to put its newest 64-car vessel, the Salish, into service on Friday.

Spokeswoman Marta Coursey said a problem discovered Monday with a backup generator threatened to delay plans to put the boat to work on the busy Fourth of July weekend, but they’re working on it.

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Crime
10:43 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Kalebu to testify wearing shock sleeve

When a disruptive defendant testifies at his murder trial in Seattle he'll wear an electroshock sleeve that will zap him if he gets out of line.

King County Superior Court Judge Michael Hayden approved use of the device Tuesday at a hearing setting guidelines for testimony Wednesday by Isaiah Kalebu.

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K-12 Education
8:50 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Fight over education funding heads to state Supreme Court

With lawmakers having slashed nearly $4 billion in funding from school districts in the past few years, arguments are heating up over whether the state is fulfilling its constitutional duty to students.
Associated Press

The state constitution says it’s Washington’s “paramount duty to make ample provisions for the education of all children,” but is it failing to do that? This afternoon, the state Supreme Court will consider arguments on both sides.

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Rick's on auction block
8:05 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Seattle crime family strip club up for auction

It took police and federal agents five years to bust the notorious Frank Colacurcio Sr., pictured walking through downtown Seattle with attorney Bill Helsell in 1980, and gain possession of his criminal empire. Now, Rick's Nightclub is up for sale.
Associated Press

One of Seattle’s seediest buildings is going up for auction on Wednesday. Rick’s Nightclub on Lake City Way was seized by federal agents more than a year ago.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:37 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

City of Seattle protects Hat 'n' Boots in Georgetown.
Alan Cordova Flickr

We've been here before: 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

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The Digital Future
5:30 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Cyber attacks are escalating

Mark Anderson (L) with Richard Marshall, the Department of Homeland Security's Director of Global Cyber Security Management, at the Future in Review conference in Laguna Beach, CA. 5/24/11
© 2011 Strategic News Service LLC

Remember when we used to call the Internet the "information superhighway"? Today, that highway is starting to resemble the route Mad Max traveled in The Road Warrior. You can't go out on it without inviting an attack. Hardly a week goes by without seeing news reports about another corporation being sabotaged by hackers ... Sony, Intel, Google, and Lockheed are some of the more high profile victims.

For consumers, the biggest cyber threat is identity theft and stolen credit card numbers. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. This month on The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson looks at the huge increase in Advanced Persistent Threats: efforts by nation-states to steal information and technology.

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Data Centers
2:06 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

High-tech ‘crops’ growing fast in Quincy, but will the bounty last?

Tim Snead, Quincy’s city administrator, stands in front of some of the new data centers that are being built on the edge of town.
Anna King Northwest News Network

QUINCY, Wash. – Located just north of the Gorge in the eastern part of the state, the town of Quincy used to be a stop for trains to get more water. But in the last five years it’s quickly becoming a regional center for the online world. That’s because email messages, family photos and tax info are being stored in huge data centers here.

It’s a new kind of crop for this rural farming community, but some are asking if the bounty will last?

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Fourth of July
1:20 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Warning: Dogs will find fireworks on state ferries

The Washington State Patrol is making its annual push to warn people about the dangers of home fireworks.
Rishabh Mathur Flickr

The Washington State Patrol says dogs that sniff for explosives at state ferry terminals will find fireworks.

The patrol says ferry riders should store fireworks where they are accessible for troopers to examine. Any illegal fireworks will be confiscated, and the owners could be prosecuted.

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