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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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Education
10:57 am
Tue June 14, 2011

State exam: Washington students struggle with science

Washington high school students continue to do well on statewide tests in reading and writing, but only about half are passing the science assessment.

Of this year's tenth graders, more than 81 percent passed the reading test on their first try and nearly 84 percent passed the writing test. Results from math tests will be released in August. The passage rates are above 90 percent for this year's seniors, who have had multiple chances to pass.

NEWS ROUNDUP
7:48 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

The Vancouver Canucks took a beating in Boston last night and will have to play Game 7.
Associated Press
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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Managing your 401(k): Make a plan and stick to it

Gerard Van der Leun flickr.com

Sixty percent or more of American families have 401(k) or 403(b) retirement plans. If you're under the age of 50, you can invest up to $16,500 in tax sheltered dollars each year in your retirement fund (and your employer can put in even more). If you're 50 or older, you can invest $22,000. But how many of us know how to manage these investments? You need to have a plan and stick to it. On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells you how to do it.

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war on drugs
4:56 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Former police chief says time to end war on drugs

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper says he was once on the front lines of the war on drugs. Now he’s with a group opposing it, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
Associated Press

In June of 1971, President Richard Nixon officially declared a "war on drugs."  Drug abuse, he said, was "public enemy No. 1."

Forty years later, few would call the war a success.  Even President Obama says we need to stop looking at our drug problem as a war. But, some former top cops say the President isn't doing enough to actually end the war.

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seattle parking
3:37 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Cheated by Seattle parking meter? City will take your call

The Seattle Department of Transportation writes in its blog that sure enough, a number of on-street parking pay stations “recently experienced some technical problems.”

SDOT says a cell tower lost signal strength intermittently and that caused all the trouble.

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Bill Gates
2:59 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Gates gave ‘remarkable’ interview ahead of vaccine conference

Bill Gates
KPLU

In an interview with the UK's Daily Mail, Bill Gates talked family, friends and global health. The world’s second-richest man was striking in his normalcy, sharing how he is teased by his kids, works too much and isn’t worried about a personal legacy.

"Legacy," he told the Dail Mail, "is a stupid thing! I don’t want a legacy. If people look and see that childhood deaths dropped from nine million a year to four million because of our investment, then wow!”

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Boating
1:56 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Seattle’s proposed regulations on liveaboards sharply criticized

Three Sheets Northwest reports that proposed regulations would impact liveaboards in Seattle, including around 600 people living on about 300 boats at Shilshole Bay Marina.
James Hall Flicker

The city of Seattle's revamped Shoreline Master Plan would limit the number of people living on boats to 25 percent of slips in any marina. The boating website Three Sheets Northwest reports the proposed regulation would dramatically reduce the number of liveaboards and place new requirements on the marinas they call home.

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Other News
1:20 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Killer pack of dogs decimated

DEER PARK, Wash. — A pack of dogs blamed for killing about 100 pets and farm animals in northeastern Washington state has been eliminated.

The Stevens County Sheriff's Office said three of the dogs in the pack have been killed.

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Humanosphere
12:01 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Gates' vaccine efforts criticized for favoring drug industry

Bill Gates at World Health Assembly.
United Nations

Vaccines are “miracles,” Bill Gates likes to say, because of their power to prevent death and disease so simply and at such a low cost.

Today, governments and international donors (the Gates Foundation chief among them) agreed to boost funding for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization initiative by $4.3 billion.

In this time of economic recession, GAVI’s success at fund-raising is extraordinary. However, the question must be asked: Does GAVI strike the hardest bargain with drug companies, getting the needed vaccines at the lowest cost?

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Jazz News
11:25 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Jazz journalists honor local "Jazz Hero"

The Jazz Journalists Association held its annual awards ceremony on Saturday June 11.  A new award category was added this year:  Jazz Hero.  According to JJA,  Jazz Heroes are activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities.

Honored as a Jazz Hero this year was Seattle's John Gilbreath, executive director of Earshot Jazz, radio host, artistic director of the Bellevue Jazz Festival and Seattle Art Museum's Art of Jazz concert series.  Congratulations, John!

See the complete list of this year's winners, including Lifetime Achievement in Jazz and Musician of the Year.

Elections 2012
11:21 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Inslee says he'll announce plans 'soon' on run for governor

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee says he will announce soon whether he will run for governor.

Inslee issued a statement Monday, shortly after Gov. Chris Gregoire said she would not seek a third term.

Inslee said he appreciated Gregoire's service during difficult economic times and that he would make his campaign intentions known shortly. He has served in Congress for more than a decade, representing the 1st Congressional District that covers northern suburbs of Seattle.

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Elections 2012
10:25 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Gov. Gregoire says she won't run for third term

"With the fullest heart and humblest head," Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire announced she is not running for re-election to a third term.

At her announcement Monday at the Capitol, Gregoire said she intends to work hard the next 18 months to pull the state out of the recession. "We're not stopping."

Gregoire said she had no plans after leaving office except to spend more time with her family. She said she will do everything she can to support the re-election of President Obama "but that doesn't mean I'm looking for a job."

NEWS ROUNDUP
7:41 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

An endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit emerges from an artificial burrow inside an enclosure sat the Sagebrush Flats reserve near Ephrata, Wash. Wildlife experts are making one last effort to save the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit.
Nicholas K. Geranios Associated Press

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%. More gloomy news about the week's weather here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

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