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8:36 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Tuition for community colleges going up 12 percent

Tuition at Seattle Central Community College and other Washington community and technical colleges is going up 12 percent.
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The Washington State Board for Community and Technical colleges voted Thursday to raise tuition by an average of 12 percent next year. That's the maximum the Legislature allowed in the state budget.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:25 am
Fri June 24, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Run your boat drunk this weekend and you might end up with a ticket.
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Elections 2012
6:57 am
Fri June 24, 2011

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee to run for Washington governor

Advisers to U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee say he will launch his campaign for Washington governor next week.

Inslee's political team said in a statement late Thursday that he would officially announce his candidacy on Monday morning in Seattle, followed by a second event south of Yakima. He will make additional campaign stops in Tacoma, Vancouver and Spokane on Tuesday.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Why the Mariners need to bench Chone Figgins

Mariners' third baseman Chone Figgins watches from the dugout in a game against Detroit on June 12, 2011. Art Thiel says the dugout is where Figgins belongs right now, given the team's lack of options regarding his poor playing.
Duane Burleson AP

He's not hitting or fielding well. His manager is losing patience. Fans are booing him. Yet, there's not much the Mariners can do about third baseman Chone Figgins. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the best thing to do is bench him.

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Transportation
6:05 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

More leaving cars behind when going to work in Seattle

In a newly released survey, commuters say they take public transit more than any other means of transportation to work in downtown Seattle.
King County Metro

More people who work in downtown Seattle are riding mass transit than driving to the office. That’s according to a survey just released by Commute Seattle, a non-profit that tries to reduce the number of people who drive alone. 

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Music and Festivals
6:01 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

B.C.’s biggest and most acclaimed music festival

"If this isn't the best jazz festival in the world, please send us tickets to a better one."

~Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times

Vancouver's signature festival and British Columbia's biggest music showcase will animate the city for ten days, June 24 - July 3.

From noon to the wee small hours, a rich tapestry of jazz, blues, funk, Latin, fusion, electronica and world music will fill the air at venues big and small, indoor and outdoor across the city.

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Education
4:41 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Acclaimed UW nursing school struggles with budget cuts

The assessment of a paid outside consultant reveals how the University of Washington's acclaimed School of Nursing has struggled in hard economic times.
Lyndsey Struthers Flickr

The University of Washington’s highly-ranked school of nursing is plagued with low-morale, internal strife and a lack of trust between faculty and the department head, according to a new report.

The report by the Seattle consulting firm MacDonald Boyd and Associates attributed the deep divisions largely to choices made over budget cuts.  The state has slashed funding for University of Washington by more than 50-percent in the past 3 years. (Follow the link to the consultant's report)

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Rock 'n' Roll marathon
3:14 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Wearing blue, one team runs in memory of war dead

Lisa Hallett, whose husband was killed in Afghanistan is one of the founders of Wear Blue: Run To Remember.
Chantal Anderson Northwest News Network

Lisa Hallett was cradling her 2-week-old daughter at a military family support meeting when a commander called her out of the room.

"There’s just this panic. And we walk across this big field. We're in one building, we're going to this other building and I'm like tell me John's okay, tell me John's okay."

But he wasn’t.

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Breaking
1:04 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Two arrested in Seattle terror plot

The Justice Department says two men have been arrested in a plot to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle with machine guns and grenades.

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., of Los Angeles, were arrested Wednesday night.

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Other News
12:57 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Qwest Field is now CenturyLink Field

CenturyLink regional president Brian Stading, left, and executive vice president and COO Karen Puckett display the new jersey replacing the Qwest logo.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The new logo for the Seahawks stadium in Seattle being unveiled Thursday says CenturyLink Field, but some fans say they'll call it the Clink.

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Humanosphere
12:21 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Seattle's PATH embroiled in HPV vaccine controversy in India

“Collapsed trial fuels unfounded vaccine fears,” a news headline said of an HPV vaccine program in India run by Seattle's PATH.
Meena Kadri Flickr

In 2009, Seattle-based PATH, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched a project aimed at combating cervical cancer in India by introducing the HPV vaccine.

The vaccine program didn’t work out as planned.

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Transportation
9:19 am
Thu June 23, 2011

When will tolls start on 520? Delays leave state with no date

Toll charges for the 520 bridge might begin in August, but they might not.
WSDOT

People who drive over the State Route 520 floating bridge will likely have a few more months before tolls kick in. The latest estimate of when charges would begin is now August, but the Washington State Department of Transportation won't commit to a date.

The new system has faced a string of delays. It was originally scheduled to be up and running in April. Then it was pushed back to June. Then late July. 

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:50 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will take over Alaskan Way all day Saturday.
Rachel James Flickr

A 50 percent chance of showers (pretty much 100 percent in downtown Seattle this morning). Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 23, 2011

School's out - Our roundup of best school quotes

ChrisM70 Flickr

We have nothing against school. Between the two of us we have 27 years of schooling and 3 ½ degrees. But now that school’s out, it’s time to cut loose with some of our favorite apophthegms…Look it up…

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Legalizing pot
6:09 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Treat marijuana like alcohol? Initiative will test voter tolerance

Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes, center, is flanked by campaign director Alison Holcomb, left, and Mark Johnson during a news conference announcing the filing of an initiative to legalize possession of marijuana in Washington state Wednesday.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

It isn’t against the law to sip a martini. So why should you face jail time for lighting up a joint? Supporters of the latest initiative to legalize marijuana say both activities should be treated the same.

Liquor in Washington is heavily regulated. And that’s what the group New Approach Washington wants the state to do with pot.

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