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8:56 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Seattle viaduct to shut down for 9 days in October

SEATTLE — The Transportation Department is holding a news conference Monday in Seattle to announce plans to shut down the Alaskan Way Viaduct for nine days in October.

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Artscape
8:30 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Seattle's Pinata Man creates happiness one whack at a time

The Ninja pinata under construction by pinata maker Alex Lopez. Its destination: a birthday party for a 17-year-old girl.

In Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, Alex Lopez has carved out a reputation as the go-to-guy for making unique piñatas.

Case in point: a 26-foot-long, 7-feet-tall, 6-feet-wide pinata in the shape of a bridge. It dumped 450 pounds of candy.

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Boeing
6:07 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

FAA approves 787 Dreamliner

The first assembled 787 Dreamliner was displayed at the facility in Everett on Friday when the FAA's officials handed Boeing a Type Certificate allowing the plane to be delivered.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

It’s years behind schedule and over budget but Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is now approved to carry passengers.

Federal Aviation Administration officials gave their official seal of approval amid swelling music, a flag parade, and a fly over by Airplane Number 2.

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State prisons
5:01 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Wash. prisons ask Facebook to disable inmate accounts

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington prison officials are following California's lead. This month they asked social media giant Facebook to agree to disable active inmate accounts.

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Economy
3:38 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Is fear of an ‘American malaise’ eating Washington voters?

Washington voters are pretty pessimistic about the economic future of the nation, state and (less so) their households.
Aftab Uzzaman Flickr

The latest polling of Washington voters shows that optimism has taken “nose dive” to an all-time low.

Voters surveyed in The Elway Poll – an independent, nonpartisan analysis of public opinion – were less likely to think things were “getting better” than at any time since the survey began in 1991.

The architect of the survey, Stuart Elway, said people may be openly entertaining the idea that America has entered a “malaise” or “a new normal” of long-term high unemployment, weak spending and, simply, a plain old bummer of an economy like the one Japan suffered for more than a decade.

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Events and Festivals
3:30 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

4 events for the weekend

The amazing French sailor/acrobat couple will be performing high-wire acts on their 40 ft. sailboat!
Courtesy of Three Sheets Northwest

The weather has been up and down in the past week but not to worry! This weekend should be full of sunshine and warmth for these festivities ... or we certainly hope so.

From simple county fairs to a garlic festival and acrobats, you won't want to miss out.

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Life in the Northwest
1:47 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Revisit Century 21 through Seattle Library's online collection

The Coliseum and Space Needle under construction. 10/30/61
Seattle Public Library

Where were you in '62?

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair in Seattle, the Seattle Public Library has put the Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection online for all to see.

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Events and Festivals
1:30 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Vacouver's wine & jazz festival - a top event in the Northwest

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is just one out of numerous bands that will be performing at the festival.
Vancouver Jazz and Wine Festival

The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is now recognized as the #1 Cultural Tourism event in Vancouver and Southwest Washington and is “…the largest jazz festival of its kind in the Northwest…”  (KATU Channel 2, Portland, OR). 

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festivals and events
12:32 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Fringe dance, comedy and drama hit Victoria, B.C.

A performer from Tara Firm and the Lunar War Chronicles, one of shows appearing in the 25th annual Victoria Fringe Theater Festival.
Intrepid Theater flickr

The Victoria Fringe Theater Festival celebrates its 25th year this month. The Fringe, Vancouver Island's biggest theater festival, kicked off Thursday after two days of lead-up to the event, including a Flash Mob on Tuesday and a Fringe Eve Preview on Wednesday. 

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Business
11:55 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Washington wheat crops way above average

Wheat on the Palouse.
Nikky Stephen Flickr

Cooler temperatures this year have given Washington’s wheat famers a boost. The cool wet spring combined with good ripening conditions in July and August have increased yields here. At the same time, severe drought has diminished the harvest in the nation’s Plain states. 

As a result, Washington is expected to surpass Texas and Oklahoma in winter-wheat production this year, making it second only to Kansas.   

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Education
8:51 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Everett school board scuffle ended in scratches, no arrests planned

Image from the contentious Everett School Board meeting video posted on YouTube.

EVERETT, Wash. — Police say no one's going to be arrested following a scuffle at an Everett School Board meeting this week, but misdemeanor charges are possible.

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K-12 Education
6:30 am
Fri August 26, 2011

In Kent, kindergarten is time to consider college

Kent educators are taking kindergarten classes to college campuses to get kids geared toward higher education.
Charla Bear KPLU

School starts up again in a couple of weeks and a lot of kids have just begun to think about the coming year.  Kindergarteners in Kent, though, are already mulling over higher education.

The school district is trying a unique approach to helping students get to college.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Quarterback controversy already brewing for Seahawks

Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson sets to pass in the first half of last Saturday's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. Some wonder whether he's the best choice for starting QB.
John Froschauer AP Photo

"When you have two quarterbacks, you have none."

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel quoted that old sports adage a few weeks ago, when the Seahawks decided to pass on veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in favor of two relatively inexperienced QBs.

After two preseason games, some experts and fans are questioning whether the Seahawks made the right choice in deciding who would be their new starter.

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mustard agent
4:24 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Depot burning chemical weapons at quicker pace

The Umatilla Chemical Depot.
Sam Beebe Flickr

The U.S. Army says its contractors have quickened the pace of weapons incineration at the Umatilla Chemical Depot. Fewer than 400 ton-sized containers of deadly liquid mustard agent remain at the northeast Oregon site.

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Transportation Funding
3:36 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

It's (finally) official: Tolls on SR-520 Bridge start in December

An example of the signs that will be installed to let drivers know the SR 520 bridge is a toll bridge - starting in December. A trip during rush hour will cost $3.50 each way.
WSDOT photo

Get ready to pay if you drive on the floating bridge across Lake Washington. The state Department of Transportation has announced the much-delayed tolls on the 520 bridge will start in December.

Tolling on the bridge was originally set to begin this spring, then that was bumped to this summer. Now, the state says the all-electronic system will be up and running four months from now. 

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