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10:03 am
Wed April 20, 2011

"GoGreen '11" conference showcasing best practices from who's who of Seattle businesses

The company behind those "Redbox" DVD vending machines is one of the local businesses making a presentation about sustainability in the workplace at the "Going Green '11" conference in Seattle.
AP photo

Insiders from many of Seattle's most recognizable big businesses are gathering today at the Washington State Convention Center downtown.

Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, REI, and The Mariners have all been invited to give interactive presentations meant to inspire others in the region to follow in their footsteps. The topic? Going Green.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:19 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Zina Linnik
Family photo

Making headlines around the Northwest:
 

  • Lawsuit Alleges Tacoma Officer's Sleep Delayed Amber Alert for Murdered Girl
  • Lab Tests Show 80% of Seattle-area Raw Chickens Have Dangerous Germs
  • State to Hold Earthquake Drill This Morning
  • Malaria Drugs Stolen From Gates Foundation-backed Group

 

Lawsuit: Tacoma Officer Fell Asleep, Delaying Amber Alert for Zina Linnik

A lawsuit against Tacoma police over the abduction and killing of a 12-year-old girl says an Amber alert was delayed because an officer fell asleep.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 20, 2011

One week, two holidays for Nancy

Eat the feet first so he can't run.
Williams-Sonoma

Wouldn't it be great to have chocolate Easter octopuses instead of bunnies?

Just think -- eight legs to bite off  instead of just a couple of measly ears.   But of course we're not talking about dessert today.  Today we're talking about main course holiday eating for  Passover and Easter.

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STATE BUDGET CRISIS
6:57 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Marchers arrive at state capitol as special session looms

The Washington legislature is headed for an overtime session. The Senate late Monday approved its plan to close a 5-billion dollar budget shortfall. But it is unlikely differences between the House and Senate can be reconciled by this Sunday’s Easter deadline.

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EARTH DAY
3:54 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Lighten up and celebrate Earth Day at the Future of Flight

The Future of Flight aviation center gets ready to celebrate Earth Day.
Future of Flight

What does an airplane such as Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner have in common with Wikispeed’s SGT01 (its parts are interchangeable), Western Washington University’s Viking 45 (no it’s not a household appliance), Northwest Wind Power’s energy ball (it has turbine blades) have in common?  

They are lightweight, fuel efficient, made of advanced composite materials, innovative and a way to learn more about how new technology will help us lighten up and celebrate Earth Day, every day. 

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Rising fuel costs
2:59 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Local business hurt by gas prices seek help from Congress

Doug McClure, owner of Zeeks Pizza, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, and Warren Aakervik, owner of Ballard Oil, at a news conference April 18, 2011.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell say Wall Street speculation in the oil and gas market is directly affecting small business in Washington. 

At a news conference held at Local Roots Organic in Seattle they were joined by several business owners who said high gas prices are taking a toll on their bottom line.

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ARSON
2:32 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Tacoma pagoda fire ruled arson; authorities respond to another suspicious fire at Pt. Defiance

As authorities investigate the arson at Tacoma's landmark pagoda building, police say another fire was set Monday night at a Point Defiance Park restroom.

A security guard locking up the restrooms found a trash can on fire about 9:35 p.m. Monday night. The guard pulled the can outside and called the Tacoma Fire Department, Fulghum said. Firefighters doused the blaze.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT
9:39 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Former Seattle Police Chief Kerlikowske reportedly in line for Chicago top cop job

White House drug czar and former Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske meets Afghan and American officials at a dinner held at the U.S Ambassadors residence in Afghanistan in February.
U.S. Embassy, Afghanistan

Former Seattle Police Chief and current White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske is reportedly in the running for Chicago’s police superintendent.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
5:59 am
Tue April 19, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

One freight train car derailed but remained upright on tracks adjacent to Airport Way near Boeing Field Tuesday morning. Burlington Northern said the track should be reopened by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
KIRO-TV video capture

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

  • Senate advances its proposed Washington state budget
  • Sideswiped BNSF freight car derails in Seattle
  • Region Records Coldest 1st Half of April on Record
  • Real Estate Website Zillow Files for IPO

 

State Senate Approves Budget Plan With Deep Education Cuts

Washington state senators have advanced their version of a proposed two-year budget, setting up negotiations with the House and the governor's office.

Monday's 34-13 vote pushes forward a plan that slashes $4.8 billion from state spending in an attempt to close a projected deficit of more than $5 billion.

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Money Matters
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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