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3:36 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Washington leads nation in voting access for young people

George Mason University students help their peers register to vote in Washington, D.C. Young people in the "other" Washington, on the west coast, have the best access to the political process in the nation, according to a new survey.
masonvotes Flickr photo

Young people have an easier time voting in Washington State than anywhere else in the country. That’s according to a survey by Rock the Vote, a group that encourages youth to participate in the political process.

It found many state laws mesh with the needs of young voters, but there’s still room for improvement.

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Humanosphere
3:00 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Bono's ONE Campaign growing in Seattle

Members of ONE on the streets of Seattle, taking names and fighting poverty.
One Campaign Seattle

How were world governments, under constant pressure to cut back on foreign aid due to the economic downturn, convinced to support the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization to the tune of $4.3 billion?

Bill Gates and his foundation likely had some influence, sure. He’s long been a big proponent of vaccines. But even the Microsoft billionaire can’t always get governments to do what he wants. That’s where his friend Bono and the ONE Campaign come in.

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Law
2:49 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Militant Montana fugitive continues to evade capture

A militant fugitive has escaped into the wilderness in Montana and continues to evade authorities.
Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. — Authorities thought their dayslong manhunt for a fugitive former anti-government militia leader was reaching a climax as they closed in on a remote Montana forest camp Wednesday after hours of surveillance.

But when officers entered the clearing they discovered that the man they had been watching was a squatter — and that David Burgert is still on the run.

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dying too young
1:10 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Longevity: Is your community more like Albania or like Sweden?

Female life expectancies in Washington vary a lot by county.
IHME

If you live in certain counties in Washington, your life probably won’t be much longer than someone's in Albania or Mexico. On the other hand, the healthiest counties have life expectancies similar to Switzerland and Sweden.

This comes from new research showing life expectancy in many American communities is failing to keep up with the rest of the world. And the growing health gap is affecting women more than men.

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Business
11:06 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Washington lost jobs in May

Associated Press

Washington's slow economic recovery is sputtering.

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Business
10:44 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Business travel on the rise

Seattle hotels welcome boost in business travelers.
tsparks Flickr

The travel industry usually experiences a bump in leisure travel from June through August. What better time to see the world – or grandma – than when little Susy is out of school? But this year the domino effect of rising fuel prices leading to rising airline ticket prices means families are staying put. Luckily for Seattle’s hotel industry, summer business travelers are taking their place.

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Environment
10:29 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Two clouded leopards born at Point Defiance Zoo

Two clouded leopard cubs were born yesterday at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

(Update with new photo and video)

Chai Li, a female clouded leopard at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, gave birth to a litter of two cubs Tuesday. Staff had been on a round-the-clock pregnancy watch of the 23-month-old clouded leopard for the past 24 hours.

This is Chai Li’s first litter. She and the cubs’ father, 23-month-old Nah Fun, were born at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Thailand and put together as a future breeding pair when they were five days old.

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Other News
9:33 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Women say GPS dumped them into Mercer Slough

Driver says her GPS landed her in the Mercer Slough.
Victor Szalvay Flicker

Three women in a rental car blame GPS directions for landing them in the water early Wednesday in Bellevue. KIRO-TV reports the women say GPS told them to make a U-turn. They ended up going down a boat ramp into Mercer Slough.

The women are visiting Bellevue from out of town. Firefighters gave them a ride back to their hotel.

NEWS ROUNDUP
7:33 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Point Defiance Zoo says the birth of these cubs brings the total number of clouded leopard cubs born this year in the United States to eight.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
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Food For Thought
4:30 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Blueprint for conviviality

Graham Baba Architects' rendering of Guoco's red tile kitchen.
Nancy Leson

A happy restaurant experience comes from a combination of food,  people and  place.  While all that can come together as a lucky accident, more often it's the result of careful planning.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
3:22 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Investigation finds ‘flawed’ safety culture at Hanford

A high-level whistleblower from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is meeting with members of Congress this week. The topic: the safety culture at Hanford’s $12 billion waste treatment plant. A new report backs up his claim that the Department of Energy and its contractors discourage workers from raising safety concerns.

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College Sports
2:30 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Seattle University to join WAC

Seattle University
Gary Davis KPLU

Seattle University has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference in 2012. The WAC announced the move Tuesday following a board of directors meeting in Park City, Utah.

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Law
1:41 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Crime lab sprinkler wets evidence

The Washington State Patrol says some evidence was likely damaged by a sprinkler malfunction at its crime lab in Seattle. The patrol says the leak Monday occurred in a freezer used to store evidence.

Seattle firefighters shut off the sprinklers, and the evidence was moved to dry out. Lab manager Jim Tarver says workers are still determining the extent of the damage. Then they'll have to tell police and prosecutors.

Other News
12:46 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Update: Ron Sims leaving HUD, won't run for Wash. governor

Ron Sims
Joe Szilagyi Flickr

Former King County Executive Ron Sims has told his staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development that he is leaving his D.C. post to return to Seattle. That move, announced one day after Gov. Chris Gregoire said she will not seek a third term, had some wondering if Sims is eyeing the governor’s mansion.

However, Sims told the Seattle Times that he will not run for the office and in fact hopes to volunteer to help Rep. Jay Inslee should he announce a bid for the governorship.

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Boeing
12:30 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Opening arguments: Boeing asks judge to dismiss NLRB case

Boeing wants a judge to dismiss NLRB case claiming it retaliated against union workers.
KPLU

Boeing has asked a Seattle judge to dismiss a case brought by the National Labor Relations Board that accuses the plane maker of breaking the law when it built a non-union production line in South Carolina.

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