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6:54 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

Inflatable dolls don't qualify for HOV lanes

An inflatable "passenger"
Washington State Patrol

An alert Washington State Patrol officer noticed something a little odd about the passenger in a car using the HOV lane in Federal Way Wednesday morning. "She" was an inflatable doll wearing a wig.

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Around the Sound
1:20 pm
Wed May 4, 2011

South Park celebrates new bridge on Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo 2011: Catch the Culture (Captura la Cultura)
www.allaboutsouthpark.com

The south Seattle community of South Park is celebrating the beginning of construction on its new bridge over the Duwamish with a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Instead of a groundbreaking, they'll break what's believed to be the largest piñata ever made in the Northwest...a 20 foot long miniature replica of the new bridge. You can see photos of the piñata under construction at the South Park facebook page.

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governor's veto
7:28 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Fears of crackdown on medical marijuana stores

Robert Mangum, right, assists member Nate Murray in purchasing medical marijuana products at the Green Hope Patient Network, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in Shoreline, Wash.
AP

Marijuana dispensaries say their legal situation is actually getting worse now that Governor Chris Gregoire has vetoed most of the medical marijuana bill.  The legal gray area they’ve been using since 1999 as a justification for opening co-ops and storefront shops will be eliminated when the law takes effect in July. 

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Food for Thought
6:30 am
Wed May 4, 2011

Microwave makes it eggactly right

Nicely nuked by Nancy.
Seattle Times

Here's how to show an egg who's boss without ever turning on your stove.

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City Service Reductions
3:32 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Seattle facing more budget cuts next year

Police, fire and all other departments in Seattle have been asked to find budget cuts for next year. Mayor Mike McGinn has instructed every office to look for trims because of lagging city revenues.

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Osama bin Laden
2:07 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Former 9/11 Commissioner says intelligence changes made a difference

The 9/11 Commission Report, released in 2004, called for major changes in U.S. intelligence agencies.
Department of Homeland Security

Former U.S. Senator from Washington state, Slade Gorton,  says the killing of bin Laden is proof that intelligence agencies in the United States have improved.  Gorton sat on the 9/11 Commission, which investigated the terrorist attacks.

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Environment
1:13 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Barn cats: natural rodent control

A barn cat doing what barn cats do best
Steve Jurvetson flickr.com

Got a rodent problem? Traps and poisons can endanger people and pets. Live on a farm, ranch or other rural location? Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) offers a natural pest control solution:  colonies of barn cats. Provide them with food, water and shelter...such as a barn...and they'll do the job.

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Law & Justice
11:33 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Helping refugee women fight domestic violence

Refugees face a lot of stress.  They’re usually escaping war or poverty.  They land here unable to speak English and without a means of support.  But for some women, there’s the additional burden of domestic violence.

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Osama bin Laden killed
11:04 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Tacoma man remembers meeting with bin Laden

It was during the siege of Sarajevo in 1995 that Tim Smith sat in a room with Osama bin Laden, who was one of the international donors helping the Bosnians.
AP Photo

Tim Smith, who lives in south Tacoma,  is glad Osama bin Laden is dead.  He says he feels a certain amount of closure.  He says he's been involved with the bin Laden story since 1995.  That's the year he met bin Laden, sort of.

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Missing Journalist
10:54 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Humanosphere: My friend and colleague missing in Syria

Dorthy Parvaz, who holds American, Canadian and Iranian citizenship, arrived in Damascus on Friday and has not been heard from since.
Seattlepi.com

Maybe you've heard about it already, but former Seattle PI reporter and columnist Dorothy Parvaz has gone missing in Syria.

Journalists take risks to make sure people’s stories are told, to shine a light on wrongdoing based on the belief that public awareness is the first step toward positive change. Today happens to be World Press Freedom Day, this year hosted by the U.S.

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DIY Jazz
10:00 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Mix it up: KPLU music director invents 'The Choppertone'

KPLU music director, Nick Francis, poses with "The Choppertone," a self-built MIDI controller which allows him to remix and mashup jazz tunes in real-time.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Imagine inventing something that enhanced a hobby that you were passionate about. That's what happened to KPLU music director Nick Francis.

He invented a musical mixing device called The Choppertone. He built it from a MIDI controller kit. And with it, he's able to mix different bits of audio together, to create a whole new sound or remix an old song.

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Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Seattle apartments: small is beautiful

nicolas Flickr

Is the active street life in places such as Tokyo and Barcelona due, in part, to the fact that many people there live in very small apartments? When your living quarters are about the size of a jail cell (90 to 100 square feet, including the bathroom), then perhaps it's nicer to be outside sitting on a park bench, or spending time in cafes.  Maybe Seattle's street life will perk up with the micro-apartment trend that's happening here.

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K-12 Education
5:10 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Northwest high school in top three in Obama commencement contest

Bridgeport High School is one of just three schools left in a contest to have President Barack Obama speak at graduation. 

Shortly after the announcement came from the White House this morning, principal Tamra Jackson jumped on the intercom to let her students know:

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Global Health
9:33 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Seattle still wants to save the world

"Can Seattle Save the World?" panel at Town Hall Seattle, featuring Tom Paulson, of KPLU's Humanosphere, and panelists Bill Foege, Chris Elias, Wendy Johnson, and Joe Whinney
Justin Steyer KPLU

We hope you figured out long ago that the title of KPLU's "Can Seattle Save the World? (Poverty, Health and Chocolate)" event was tongue-firmly-in-cheek, but also meant to raise some important questions. There's a serious debate about the meaning and priority of "health" in "global health."

The event itself, last Tuesday, proved so popular that we moved it to a room three times larger than originally planned -- and nearly packed the room. Not to toot our horn too much, but immediate feedback was enthusiastic. "Do it again," was the most common response.

We'd love to. In the meantime, we are belatedly offering a replay -- video from the event.

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alcohol
5:59 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Parents drinking with teens could make matters worse

Should parents share a drink with their teenagers?
angelocesare Flickr

Maybe you had your first sip of wine or beer at home, with your parents. Or maybe it was with friends, in shadowy circumstances. Either way, did it matter in the long run?   

The latest research suggests parents drinking with their teens leads to problems. Teenagers are more likely to abuse alcohol and hurt themselves if their parents introduce them to alcohol than if parents have a zero-tolerance policy at home. 

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