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4:00 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Climbing the wall of worry

Greg Heberlein

Should you pull out of the stock market?

Standard & Poor's downgraded its credit outlook for the United States this week; gas prices are rising; Europe is facing serious debt problems and Japan continues to struggle with its nuclear crisis. There's an awful lot to worry about these days.

But financial commentator Greg Heberlein reminds us that Wall Street climbs a wall of worry, and says you should stay in the market and look for buying opportunities.

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HUMANOSPHERE
7:27 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Ten sips from “Three Cups of Deceit” — starting in Seattle

aubergene Flickr

Jon Krakauer describes Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Deceit,” and its Seattle origins.

By now, most of you have probably heard something about the allegations of literary fabrication and financial misdeeds of the celebrated humanitarian Greg Mortenson, author of the inspiring book Three Cups of Tea.

The accusations were aired on CBS last Sunday, on 60 Minutes.

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SPACE EXpLORATION
12:00 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Boeing engineer practices Mars trip in Utah desert

Kavya Manyapu lived and conducted experiments as an astronaut would on Mars at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
Mars Desert Research Station

Despite having to endure a broken toilet, lousy food and fifteen days in a cramped research station in the Utah desert, a Boeing engineer says she's still enthusiastic about one day making a trip to Mars.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:50 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Today is the last day to file federal income tax returns. The deadline was extended three days because the District of Columbia celebrated Emancipation Day on April 15.
MoneyBlogNewz Flickr

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Late tax day postmarks at 3 Western Washington locations
  • Fire-damaged pagoda repair estimate: $500,000
  • Gas Prices Continue to Climb: Over $4.00 in Bellingham
  • ACLU to Senators: Ignore Governor's Threat to Veto Pot Bill

 

It's Tax Day. Need a Late Postmark?

As the IRS income tax deadline falls at midnight, the Postal Service says it will have three locations in Western Washington where last-minute filers can drop off their returns until 11:59 p.m.  - in Seattle, Tacoma and Everett - and get Monday's postmark.

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Real Estate Law
7:05 am
Mon April 18, 2011

Appraisers upset as big banks drag feet on new regulations

Bad appraisals contributed to problems that led to the wave of foreclosures that has swept the nation. But regulations meant to fix them aren't working, according to many in the industry. They're demanding more intervention by the feds.
File photo

Despite the massive fraud that has emerged as the U.S. tries to dig itself out of the foreclosure mess at the heart of the great recession, there are still huge numbers of honest folks working in the real estate business. 

That's according to professional appraisers in Washington state, dozens of whom have signed an on-line petition. 

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Artscape
12:30 am
Mon April 18, 2011

"Taking Punk To The Masses" opens at Experience Music Project

Members of Nirvana (l to r: Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic) do their "Beatles wave" while boarding a flight out of Australia in 1992.
Courtesy of Shelli Hyrkas

This week marks the 20th anniversary of when an audience heard Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time. The band played it at Seattle’s OK Hotel near Pioneer Square and the rest as they say, is history. A new exhibit at the Experience Music Project called “Taking Punk To The Masses: from Nowhere to Nevermind” looks at all of the factors that led to Nirvana explosion onto the global music scene.

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budget whiplash
10:26 pm
Sun April 17, 2011

Health clinics expanding, but also cutting services

Clinics that serve low-income patients (like this HealthPoint facility in Auburn) have been sprouting up across the country at a time when the federal funds that subsidize them are drying up.
Photo courtesy of HealthPoint

Health clinics that cater to low-income people have been expanding.

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PERFORMING ARTS
10:53 am
Sun April 17, 2011

Seattle's Intiman Theatre cancels 2011 season, lays off all employees

The courtyard of the Intiman Theater at Seattle Center. The theater announced on Saturday that it is cancelling the rest of the 2011 season and laying off all 20 of its employees.
Joe Mabel Wikimedia Commons

The Intiman Theatre has announced that it will cancel its 2011 season and lay off all its employees due to financial straits.

The theater's board of trustees on Saturday voted to cancel the remaining four shows of the season after the final Sunday performance of "All My Sons." In a statement on its website, the theater said "with our current income limitations there's no alternative."

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Easter
3:47 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Think first before giving real animals as Easter pets

Instead of using real animals in an Easter basket, try going for a stuffed animal rabbit or duckling. Easter is April 24th this year.
Matt McGee flickr

An Easter basket full of goodies is a time-honored tradition for many people, but Regional Animal Services of King County is asking residents to think first before putting a bunny, chick, or duckling in that basket. The agency's Ken Nakatsu advises:

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Other News
3:17 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Suspicious fire damages historic Point Defiance Pagoda

Fire crew fight a fire at the pagoda in Point Defiance Park early morning, April 15, 2011.
Janet Jensen The News Tribune/ AP

An early morning fire has damaged the iconic, nearly 100-year-old Pagoda structure inside Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, but Metro Parks officials believe the brick building can be repaired. It will just take awhile; though exactly how long will not be known until inspectors can get into the building to assess the damage. The building is insured.

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum told The News Tribune the fire is "suspicious in origin."

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Travel Industry
2:18 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

First cruise ship of the season arrives in Seattle

The Holland America cruise ship "Amsterdam" in Seattle's Elliot Bay.
Photo courtest Holland America

The cruise season has begun in Seattle with Friday morning's arrival of the Crystal Symphony.

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Real Estate
9:35 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Relief for strapped borrowers: "Foreclosure Fairness" is now law

Emergency measures in a new law go into effect immediately, creating the infrastructure needed to get more housing counselors working with banks and preventing people from losing their homes.

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Washington State Legislature
8:11 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Feds put brakes on controversial medical-pot dispensaries law

A new law that would legalize medical-marijuana dispensaries and growers in Washington has already passed both chambers of the legislature in Olympia.  But it looks like it won't ever take effect.

That's because the state's top federal prosecutors have threatened to crack down if it goes forward.

In a letter to Governor Chris Gregoire, U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan of Seattle and Michael Ormsby of Spokane write that the bill would undermine drug enforcement

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

The Pagoda at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park was significantly damaged by a fire early Friday morning. The structure is a replica of a 17th century Japanese Lodge.
KOMO-TV video capture

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Fire Damages Pt. Defiance Pagoda Structure
  • Guilty Verdict in Slaying of Kent Mother, Model
  • Police: 4 Hurt in Port Angeles Car Ramming
  • Light Rail Construction Uncovers Seattle History

 

Iconic Pt. Defiance Pagoda Damaged by Fire

A two-alarm fire caused significant damage to the landmark pagoda building at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma Friday morning.

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Professional Baseball
7:00 am
Fri April 15, 2011

Renovated Cheney Stadium will usher in a new era in Tacoma baseball tonight

The AAA Tacoma Rainiers baseball club opens its 2010 season in a new home.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

A steady drizzle has the infield covered in white plastic, but as the time ticks down, the place is in a high-level state of bustle.

Staffers scurry by carrying armloads of bright red T-shirts, burly young guys wheel stacks of cardboard boxes around. Crews are wiring up the TV and radio booths and the control room for the electronic scoreboard is filled with techies.

At 7:05 this evening, it's showtime for the newly redesigned, redveloped, revamped and renovated Cheney Stadium and the Tacoma Rainiers' home opener against the Sacramento River Cats.

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