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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:29 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Boeing headquarters in Chicago. The aerospace giant's first quarter profits exceeded analysts' expectations.
The Boeing Company

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Boeing 1st Quarter Profits Exceed Wall Street Expectation
  • Wintery Weather Hangs on in Washington Mountains
  • Lies Hurt, say Tacoma City Officials
  • EPA Divers to Survey Sunken Vessel in Seattle

 

Boeing Profits Exceed Wall Street Expectations

Boeing reports a first-quarter profit of $586 million, enough to beat analyst expectations. The big airplane maker and defense contractor earned 78 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting a profit of 70 cents per share. Boeing says it still expects to deliver the new 787 during the third quarter. Revenue in the commercial airplane unit fell 5 percent.

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Food for Thought
1:01 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Smacznego!

Margaret's dinner.
Trace Cooper

You can hear me attempt to pronounce that headline at the end of this Food for Thought. It's the Polish for Bon Appetit, literally "eat well" and we certainly did.

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Join the conversation at #SEAsaves
6:05 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Join the discussion on the "Can Seattle Save the World?" forum

The forum begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, but you can join in the conversation right now using the Twitter hashtag #SEAsaves.

KPLU's Charla Bear will also be live blogging below (and at Humanosphere), starting at 7 p.m.

social media
4:57 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Issaquah tweens charged with cyberstalking

Two girls, ages 11 and 12, are charged with a felony for allegedly hacking into a former friend's Facebook page.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

Two pre-teen girls in King County have been charged with cyberstalking for allegedly posing as another girl on Facebook and posting sexually explicit pictures and messages.  If convicted of first degree computer trespass, the Middle School students face up to 30 days in juvenile detention.

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ENVIRONMENT
2:12 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Questions remain about piping Hanford's nuclear waste

One of the most difficult challenges at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is moving radioactive waste from point “A” to point “B.” The federal government is spending billions of dollars on a waste treatment plant. Piping that radioactive waste across the desert is sort of like getting ketchup out of a bottle. But it’s a whole lot more complicated and dangerous.

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Tickets available at the door
12:00 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Can Seattle Save The World? Preview tonight's Town Hall event!

UPDATE: Advance ticket sales have ended. However, additional tickets are available at the door tonight for $10 - cash only, starting at 6pm.

For those who would like to use Twitter to follow and participate, or even suggest questions now, see #SEAsaves and chime in. My colleague Charla Bear has graciously agreed to live-blog the event on Humanosphere and KPLU.

Here are a few thoughts in advance of tonight's event...

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PUBLIC SPACES
10:30 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Chihuly glass exhibit for Seattle Center gets OK'd by city council

Rendering of the Chihuly art-glass gallery planned for Seattle Center. The exhibit was given the green light by the Seattle City Council Tuesday night.
Studio 216 Owen Richards Architects

[UPDATE/CORRECTION: Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits will move from the Northwest Rooms to Seattle Center Pavilion and the adjacent courtyard.]

The Space Needle’s owners get a Chihuly museum, a community radio station gets a new home and Bumbershoot’s visual art space gets, well, nobody seems to be sure.

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Law enforcement
10:12 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Teaching police talk tactics

Seattle Asst. Police Chief Mike Sanford, King Co. Sheriff Sue Rahr and Joe Hawe, Exec. Dir. Wa. State Criminal Justice Training Commission announce plans to teach cops better communication skills.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

Police in Seattle and King County will soon be trained in the importance of talking.  They’ll learn to treat people with respect as a way of diffusing tense situations.  Law enforcement officials hope the new approach helps build trust with the community.

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Higher Education
6:30 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Next University of Washington President: Utah's Michael Young

Michael K. Young will soon occupy the president's office in Gerberding Hall. He's the Board of Regents' pick for the next head of UW.
Charla Bear KPLU

It’s official. The University of Washington’s next president will be Michael K. Young. The Board of Regents says the current president of the University of Utah is the right person to lead UW at a time of shrinking state financial support.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:29 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

The Tacoma Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team responds to a spill from the Hyundai Oakland Tuesday morning.
KING-TV video capture

Here's what's making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Hazmat Team Responds to Spill at Tacoma Waterfront
  • FAA Fires Controller Who Fell Asleep at Boeing Field
  • Tacoma Boy Charged in Pt. Defiance Arson
  • Seattle OKs Taller Buildings for South Downtown

 

Hazardous Chemical Spills in Port of Tacoma

A Tacoma Fire Department hazmat crew is cleaning up a chemical spill that was discovered as workers were unloading a cargo container from a ship at the Port of Tacoma, according to KCPQ-TV.

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The Digital Future
5:28 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Has Google lost its way?

from the wall of Buck's Restaurant in Woodside, CA
Steve Jurvetson flickr.com

What is Google's business plan? The company, fueled by its successful search engine, seems to be going off in a zillion different directions: Android, Youtube, Gmail, Voice, Maps, Blogger, Picasa, and Docs, just to name a few. Many Google products are given away for free. 

Analysts have recently noted Google's expenditures are rising faster than its revenues. This comes as no surprise to our technology commentator, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson. It reinforces what he said about Google in his list of predictions for 2011.

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Education
11:27 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Tiny central Washington high school competes for Obama commencement speech

Bridgeport High School in north central Washington is one of six finalists competing to have President Obama deliver their graduation speech.
WhiteHouse.gov Bridgeport High School

Do you remember who delivered your high school graduation speech? If the students of Bridgeport High School get their wish, they almost certainly will.

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World War II history
9:32 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Want to fly in a B-17 bomber?

The Liberty Foundation

You might hear an unusual rumbling overhead today in Seattle. An original World War II bomber will be in the sky. The Boeing B-17 is part of a traveling history exhibit that lets you actually fly in the plane. 

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Environment
8:15 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Seattle City Light tries osprey deterrent on utility poles

An oprey takes his lunch to go along the Duwamish River. Seattle City Light is testing a new way to keep ospreys from nesting on utility poles.
Jim Kaiser

Wildlife experts think they may have finally outsmarted the osprey, at least when it comes to keeping them off of utility poles. The hawk-like birds have caused power outages and harm to themselves by nesting on high voltage power lines.

Ospreys are pretty resourceful birds. When the tall, bare trees they used to nest in disappeared from the water’s edge, they figured out utility poles were a close substitute. Whenever humans try to stop them from using the poles, ospreys find a workaround.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:04 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Springtime on the University of Washington campus. The Board of Regents announced this morning that University of Utah president Michael Young will take the top post at the U.W.
University of Washington

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • UW Regents pick Utah president as new leader
  • Seized Drugs Reported Stolen From Snohomish Co. Medical Examiner Office
  • Records reveal Army’s failures that preceded Ft. Lewis soldiers’s shootout with police
  • Gas Prices Still Climbing in Western Washington

 

UW Board of Regents Name Utah's Michael Young new U-Dub President

[UPDATED 10:30 a.m.]

The University of Washington Board of Regents has chosen University of Utah President Michael Young as the next leader of the university in Seattle.

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