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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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Other News
6:00 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Submarine exploring sunken ship near Port Townsend

The submarine owned by OceanGate of Everett will be used to examine the wreck of a steamer that sank in 1921.
OceanGate

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – A private submarine is diving this week near Port Townsend to examine the wreck of a steamer that sank in 1921 in Puget Sound.

The 90-year-old wreck of the SS Governor rests in 240 feet of water. A 15-foot submarine from OceanGate of Everett will be used to take photos to develop three-dimensional images of the hulk. A spokesperson said the company did complete the dive but that it would be several days before they would be able to complete processing the sonar, video and photos.

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Boeing
8:51 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Boeing showcases 787 in Paris, reports on unmanned aircrafts

Captain Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the 787 program, brought ZA001, the first 787 Dreamliner, into Le Bourget Air Field on Tuesday in support of the Boeing display at the Paris Air Show.
Boeing

LE BOURGET, France — Boeing is showcasing it 787 Wednesday at the Paris Air Show.

After a three-year delay the first new 787 is expected to be delivered in August or September to All Nippon Airways.

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Environment
8:00 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Leopard cubs to make debut at Point Defiance Zoo

11-day old clouded leopard cubs being cared for by zoo staff biologists in their new cub room exhibit.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

(Updated with new video)

The newborn clouded leopard cubs at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium will be available for public viewing this weekend, zoo officials say.

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Food for Thought
7:20 am
Wed June 22, 2011

It's Allium sativum time

From William Woodville's 1793 "Medical Botany"

In this Food for Thought I had a lot of fun lording it over Nancy Leson about my garlic garden.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:09 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

John McKay, the former U.S. attorney in Seattle, said laws criminalizing marijuana are wrongheaded. He is backing an initiative to legalize the drug.
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Business
6:35 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Seattle to battle over sick leave

If a proposal is accepted by the Seattle City Council, the city will become only the fourth in the country to require employers provide paid sick leave.
Allan Foster Flickr

In what is likely to be a contentious summer debate, the Seattle City Council will receive a proposal this week to mandate all Seattle workers be allowed between five and nine paid sick days a year.

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