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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
2:13 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Cleanup work completed on 140 acres at Hanford

Officials report they have finished cleaning up roughly 500,000 tons of contaminated soil from trenches dug in the mid-1950s. The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is seen in this undated aerial photograph.
Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. — Workers recently completed clean-up work on 140 acres of the Hanford nuclear reservation where liquid waste from the making of nuclear bombs was poured into trenches in the ground.

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Elwha River dam removal historic, but not explosive

The 108-foot tall Elwha Dam is the smaller of the two dams on the Elwha River slated for demolition.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – Seattle's Kingdome collapsed with a bang. Explosive demolition experts also brought down the cooling tower at the former Trojan nuclear plant. But if you're hoping for the same excitement from the upcoming destruction of two big hydropower dams on Washington's Elwha River, you'll be disappointed.

The history-making dam removal that begins in September will happen slowly and methodically.

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Hiking
11:09 am
Mon August 22, 2011

6th grade hiker on track to finish 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail

Reed Gjonnes on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Northwest News Network

Medford, Ore. – An 11-year-old girl from Salem, Ore., has walked the first 1,700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. She’s hoping to make it to Canada in time to start sixth grade.

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Environment
9:20 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Illegal crab activity Puget Sound put crab populations at risk

With more people taking up crabbing in Puget Sound, the people who police the harvest are seeing an uptick in illegal activity. Officials say the illegal activity is a major threat to future crab populations.

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Environment
6:02 pm
Sun August 21, 2011

Enviro groups say Clean Water Act is under attack

Joost Nelissen Flickr

Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. government began setting federal standards to clean up water pollution with the passage of the landmark Clean Water Act. Now, many environmental groups say that law is under attack and they’re worried about consequences.

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Artscape
8:40 am
Sun August 21, 2011

Youth in Focus: A story that lens itself to art

Khatsini Simani is documenting downtown Seattle as part of a summer participant in the Youth in Focus program. The program empowers young people through photography.
Florangela Davila KPLU

A busy street with lots of cars, bikes and people rushing from one place to another. Except for that one person over there with a camera ... and that one over there.

They're students with Seattle's Youth in Focus (YIF) program who are documenting the area around Second Avenue and Cherry in downtown Seattle.

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Seattle hempfest 2011
4:59 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

20th Hempfest draws crowd to Seattle park

Just hours after opening Friday afternoon, Seattle's 20th Hempfest – with booths, venues and concert stages stretching the entire length of Myrtle Edwards and adjacent parks – quickly drew a crowd. (More photos inside.)
Jake Ellison KPLU

 The 20th Seattle Hempfest opened at noon Friday in a park on the Seattle waterfront.

(Photo gallery from Friday afternoon inside.)

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Festivals and events
3:00 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

4 events for the weekend

Something for the weekend - ThingOut in the afternoon and then listen to a great lineup of tech-related (sometimes loosely) speakers in Fremont.

Geek out but don't freak out.

From a full day of tech-related street-fair exhibits and speakers in Seattle to a celebration of one of the most ancient musical instruments at a state park near Des Moines, you can experience the full range of human cultural endeavors this weekend.

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liquor control
11:31 am
Fri August 19, 2011

State wants to expose you to quality liquor

Washington State Liquor Control Board

A new law giving distillers the opportunity to set up tastings in state-run liquor stores goes into effect Sept. 1 and runs for a year.

The “spirits tasting pilot” was established by the Washington Legislature in response to a request from the Distillery Representative Association of Washington (DRAW).

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Traffic news
10:56 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Lynnwood police concede they need camera revenue

Dan Jordan Flickr

The Lynnwood police chief concedes the department depends on traffic ticket camera revenue and probably would lose seven or eight officers without it.

Chief Steve Jensen previously downplayed the significance of camera ticket revenue and extolled safety benefits.

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Gang violence
9:12 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Wenatchee police brace for gang retaliation

Towns across the Northwest have been struggling with what police say is a resurgence of gang activity. Gang tensions are running especially high this week in Wenatchee, Wash. The town’s small police force is racing to solve an arson-homicide that killed two children.

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Business
9:03 am
Fri August 19, 2011

Boeing gets US, European safety approval for 747-8

Boeing has received safety clearance from the U.S. and Europe for the 747-8 freighter, clearing the way for the plane to be delivered to its first customer next month.

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Education research
5:10 am
Fri August 19, 2011

10 years later, researchers wonder what influenced HS seniors

Researchers are wondering what graduates in 2000 from Tacoma high schools have been up to and what influenced their decisions.
Mark Strozier Flickr

"We found that self-esteem mattered little ... "

Could you have predicted your future in high school? Sociologists at the University of Washington asked Tacoma’s class of 2000 to try.

They got nearly every senior to take a survey about their lives and future goals. Now a decade later, researchers are following up with the former students to find out what has influenced their life paths.

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Blues Time Machine
5:00 am
Fri August 19, 2011

'Blues in the Night' brought change, still solid after 60 years

“Blues in the Night” first was heard in the 1941 movie “Hot Nocturne."

Written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, it’s considered to be a landmark in American popular music because it was one of the first times that rural black dialect and an explicitly bluesy melody was used in a popular song.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Mariners finally 'growing their own' talent

Newly signed Mariners Brad Miller, second from left, and Danny Hultzen, second from right, pose for a photo with Miguel Olivo and Adam Kennedy after they threw out the first pitches Wednesday night at Safeco Field.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It's about time. That's what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says about all the young players the Mariners have acquired recently.

Art has said for years that the Mariners need to grow their own talent, rather than waste millions of dollars on veteran free agents who are often on the decline. And he says the fresh young faces are giving fans some excitement in an otherwise dismal season.

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