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2:45 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Opponents: Liquor privatization bill will clash with initiative

A worker tallies liquor heading to distribution trucks from the Washington State Liquor warehouse in Seattle. The 250,000-square-foot warehouse is the nexus from which all the state's liquor is shipped in, processed, and shipped out.
Elaine Thompson AP

This week, the state legislature took the first step toward privatizing liquor distribution. The new legislation allows private companies to submit bids to be the sole distributor of liquor in the state. In Olympia, Bryan Buckalew reports not all advocates of privatizing liquor are happy with the development.

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The Northwest's Late Spring
1:29 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Cool, wet spring delays Washington strawberry crop

Not ready for prime time: Western Washington farmers are experiencing one of the latest seasons for crops in recent memory. Strawberries may ripen at least two weeks later than normal.
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A cool, wet spring has slowed strawberries and other crops in parts of Washington.

One berry farmer, Randy Kraught of Barbie's Berries in Ferndale, told The Bellingham Herald the area needs sun soon to ripen strawberries and following crops of raspberries and blueberries.

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Festivals
11:36 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Fortieth Folklife ushers in summer (unofficially, of course)

Cody Olesen hula hoops during the Northwest Folklife Festival. The festival began on Friday and runs through the Memorial Day weekend ending on Monday.
File photo AP

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit the Seattle Center over the Memorial Day Weekend for the 40th annual Folklife Festival.

About 1,000 music, dance and other events are scheduled over four days, starting Friday, at indoor and outdoor sites. The festival also includes food and craft booths.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:01 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Mariners' streak gives fans 'hope for the future'

Felix Hernandez pitches the Mariners to a 6-1 victory over the Padres on Sunday, May 22. The Mariners swept the three-game series, and their strong starting pitchers were a big reason why.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

The Mariners are firing on all cylinders these days, with great starting pitching, clutch hitting and good fielding. They enter this weekend's big series with the Yankees on a hot streak. But how long can it last?

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Northwest History
8:34 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Bellingham mayor apologizes, 125 years after expulsion of Chinese

The Seattle Riot. Harpers Magazine, March 6, 1886. Image from the UW Digital Collection.
Courtesy of Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project

Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike has issued a formal apology to the Chinese community for the expulsion of their people,125 years ago.

Pike says the apology is meant to make it clear: authorities now see the racist actions by regional governments and their supporters more than a century ago were wrong.

In 1885 and 1886, thousands of Chinese immigrants were driven out of Puget Sound towns during an economic downturn. Civic leaders and town newspapers argued the new residents were taking jobs away from white people.

The apology and related events this week in Bellingham are part of a year-long Chinese Expulsion Remembrance Project. Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Mount Vernon are also taking part. The project also has a Facebook page.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:00 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer.
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Clouds and showers through Memorial Day, except mostly sunny Sunday. Highs near 60. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Key Investor Wants Balmer Ousted from Microsoft
  • Federal Way Theatens to Sue Sound Transit to Get Light Rail
  • Seattle Wants to Name Problem Cops; Will Appeal Arbitrator's Ruling
  • Woman Seriously Hurt in Everett Car-Train Collision

 

Balmer Should Go, Says Key Microsoft Investor

A key investor says it's time for Microsoft's board to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO.

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Tough Times
7:19 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Grays Harbor Paper closing Hoquiam mill

Hoquiam's skyline, in better days. Grays Harbor Paper is closing its mill there, eliminating 240 'green' jobs in a county with unemployment already at nearly 15%.
Photo by MïK Flickr

Grays Harbor Paper has shut down its mill in Hoquiam, putting a dour end to what had been a success story for 18 years. 

240 workers are losing their jobs. Many were shocked by the announcement, according to King-5 news.

“I thought this place was going to be in for the long haul,” said Tony Harris, who had worked for Grays Harbor Paper for two years.

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State Budget Crisis
2:53 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Health care union files initiative to soften budget cuts

The Washington state budget plan released Tuesday will cut funding for in-home health care workers. In reaction, one health care workers' union has already filed an initiative aiming to mitigate the effects of some of those reductions.

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Senate Confirmation Hearing
11:48 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Ambassador nominee Gary Locke: China must lean on N. Korea

US Ambassador to China nominee and former Washington Governor Gary Locke arrives on Capitol Hill this (Thurs.) morning to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination.
Evan Vucci AP

Commerce Secretary – and former Washington governor - Gary Locke is a step closer to becoming the next U.S. ambassador to China. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee completed his confirmation hearing in just
an hour and a half this morning. 

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GROOVENOTES
11:06 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Plenty of celebration on the 85th birthday of Miles Davis

Life Magazine

Miles Davis would have been 85 years old today, and the birth of the legendary trumpeter is being celebrated in several ways and places around the country today.

LIFE.com just posted never-before-seen photos of Miles from 1958.

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Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal
9:39 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Clergy abuse case becomes spiritual struggle for attorney

Leander James
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

One of the largest clergy sex abuse cases in the country has turned into the case of a lifetime for one Northwest attorney.

The settlement between the Northwest Jesuits and abuse victims will soon go before a federal judge in Portland for confirmation. The north Idaho attorney who helped negotiate this $166 million deal says he was a small town “nobody” before the case.

KPLU’s Jessica Robinson tells the story of how going up against the Catholic church shook up his own long-held beliefs.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:07 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

It’s all over but the polishing – a worker rubs wood stain into desks on the House Chamber in this file photo. The Washington State Legislature has adjourned after completing a new state budget that fills a projected shortfall of $5 billion.
Ted S. Warren AP

Scattered showers today, partly sunny - high 58. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Seattle Police Dept. Told to Stop ID'ing Misbehaving Officers
  • Gregoire Says Session Was Most Difficult in Memory
  • Body Found in Snoqualmie River Near Where Man Vanished
  • Lake Washington High School Backs Off Prom Alcohol Tests

 

Arbitrator's Ruling Shields Disciplined Seattle Officers

A labor arbitrator has ordered the Seattle Police Department to stop releasing the names of officers found to have engaged in misconduct.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Memorial Day

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This week’s show takes us from Gomer Pyle to Puffed Wheat cereal in the space of 3 minutes, and it’s a twisted road between the two. In between we hear from The Andrews Sisters,  Enrico Caruso and General George Patton.
Here are some interesting tidbits we found: 

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Growing Jobs
6:35 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Northwest consortium aiming to become hub for aviation biofuels

Camelina, a member of the mustard family, is a viable candidate for producing oil for biofuels, requiring minimal inputs of water and fertilizer compared to a number of other oilseed feedstocks.
Washington State University photo

A new industry is emerging in the Pacific Northwest – for development, production and distribution of aviation biofuels.

A consortium called Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest has just spent ten months producing an exhaustive study.  They've identified the four-state region of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana as a serious contender in the race to produce environmentally friendly jet fuels.

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Animal Rights
2:09 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Northwest lawmakers crack open egg controversy

Greg Satrum stands outside of one of the chicken houses at Willamette Egg Farms near Canby, Oregon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

The Northwest egg industry is changing the way it houses chickens. But animal rights activists in Oregon and Washington say the change isn't going far enough.

Lawmakers in both Olympia and Salem debated the welfare of egg-laying hens this year. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has already signed one bill. A similar measure has been approved by the Oregon Senate and is awaiting action in the House.

Regardless, opponents in both states are launching ballot initiatives aimed at giving hens even more space.

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