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Crime
11:40 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Buried explosives and weapons found in Puyallup

An informant's tip has led authorities to find four homemade explosive devices and other weapons buried at a Puyallup site.

Traffic was diverted Friday afternoon from the site on Shaw Road East and several homes were briefly evacuated. Puyallup police, federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and members of the Pierce County sheriff's bomb squad responded.

ATF spokeswoman Cheryl Bishop says the cache may be tied to a fugitive killed in a confrontation with bail bond agents in Lakewood more than two years ago.

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NCAA College Football
11:37 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Eastern Washington wins Div. 1 football title

Eastern Washington's Eagles staged a thrilling comeback against the University of Delaware to win the NCAA Division 1 football title, the first for the school. 

After trailing much of the game, Eastern rallied for a 20-19 victory in Frisco, Texas, before a crowd that included enthusiastic Delaware alum Joe Biden. The Vice President and Mrs. Biden. 

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State Supreme Court
12:29 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Wiggins sworn in as newest justice

Charlie Wiggins takes the oath as he becomes Washington's newest supreme court justice, Jan. 7, 2010, in Olympia, Wash.
TVW image

The state's newest Supreme Court justice was sworn in Friday afternoon. Charlie Wiggins defeated incumbent Justice Richard Sanders by just 13,000 votes in November's election. 

The Bainbridge Island attorney challenged Sanders, who had served three terms, and who was sometimes the center of controversy. 

Gene Johnson of the Associated Press covered today's swearing in, and the Wiggins-Sanders race last fall:

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Disaster Preparedness
10:04 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Earthquake or volcano -- worst case natural disaster?

Snow-capped Mount Rainier looms behind cranes and stacked cargo containers at the Port of Seattle
AP

With massive flooding in Australia in the news, or earthquakes in South America, perhaps it’s no surprise that 2010 was the most deadly year in a generation for natural disasters around the globe.  What’s the worst we might face here in western Washington?

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
8:41 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Seattle tunnel contract signed

WSDOT calls this graphic, from their files, "an early concept of proposed bored tunnel's south portal." They note it is subject to change.
WSDOT

The deal is official, but the political fight simmers. The state has put its signature on the contract to build the world's largest deep-bore tunnel, under Seattle's waterfront. It would replace the elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct, SR 99. 

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News Roundup
5:42 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A bottleneck dolphin is making a rare visit to Puget Sound. This photo of the dolphin was taken in Olympia's Budd Inlet by Cascadia Research. Biologists believe the dolphin is healthy, but lost.
Josh Oliver, WDFW and Cascadia Research

Making headlines today:

  • Gov's ferry proposal draws fire
  • Red light cameras in the hot seat
  • A bottlenose dolphin spotted in south Sound

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Sports with Art Thiel
3:47 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Win or lose against Saints, Seahawks season a triumph

Seattle Seahawks place kicker Olindo Mare (10) and holder Jon Ryan (9) kicka a field goal as New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter (22) tries for the block during an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.
AP file photo

The Seattle Seahawks host the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints Saturday in the NFC playoff game.  Kickoff is at 1:30 at Qwest Field.  Matt Hasselbeck will be the starting quarterback, getting the nod over Charlie Whitehurst, who led the Seahawks to victory over St. Louis for the NFC West title last weekend. 

Sports commentator Art Thiel shared his thoughts on the Saints-Seahawks matchup with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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State Ferries
3:59 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Gregoire: Counties should take over state ferries

It’s sink or swim time for Washington state ferries. That’s the message from Governor Chris Gregoire. The nation’s largest ferry system is under water financially. 

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Telephone Merger
3:47 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Telephone company merger generates little static

The Qwest company logo adorns the side of a repair truck. CenturyLink appears likely to gain cleareance to take over Qwest.
David Zalubowski AP Photo

The merger of two of our region’s biggest telephone companies is generating relatively little static. CenturyLink appears likely to get regulatory clearance soon to take over Qwest Communications. But the merger comes with conditions.

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Sports
2:30 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Mayor McGinn bets on Seahawks victory

Salmon sit on ice at Pike Place Market. If the Saints win, Mayor Mike McGinn will be sending one pound of smoked salmon to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

When the Seahawks take on the Saints in Saturday's NFL playoff game, more than pride is at stake:  Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn stands to gain some gumbo...or lose some salmon! McGinn and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu have a friendly wager on the outcome.

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520 Floating Bridge
8:00 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Tolls coming to Lake Washington's SR-520, with unintended impacts

The 520 Floating Bridge, spanning Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside, June 12, 2010.
Flickr/Marc_Smith

Tolls costing $7 for a peak-period round-trip are coming to the highway-520 floating bridge across Lake Washington.  The tolls, approved Wednesday night, will pay for a new, wider bridge – although that bridge won’t open until 2014, at the earliest.   

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Law
7:54 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Traffic court getting tougher for speeders?

If you challenge a speeding ticket in traffic court, you’ve had a good chance of getting it thrown out in recent years.  That’s because prosecutors in western Washington have been cutting their budgets and prioritizing for bigger crimes. 

Prosecutors have been absent from traffic court for at least five years, according to The Seattle Times.  At the urging of presiding King County District Court judge Barbara Linde, that's changing. 

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News Roundup
6:48 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Making headlines this morning:

  • Flap Over Govenor's Education Proposal Intensifies
  • Domestic violence victims face system "failures"
  • Governors meet to discuss Columbia River coal-shipping terminal

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Business
6:46 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Home sales send mixed message

Home sales bumped up in December, in King County.  Analysts disagree over whether it’s sign of an important trend or not.  The Seattle Times calls it the biggest month for home sales since a federal tax credit expired last summer. 

But the Seattle P-I quotes Glenn Crellin of Washington State University as saying the real estate market is likely to stay sluggish for several months or longer:

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Education
6:00 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Superintendent fumes over Gregoire’s education plan

Washington voters elected him state superintendent of public schools. Now Governor Chris Gregoire wants to takeover his portfolio. Randy Dorn is fuming over the Governor’s proposal to create a cabinet-level Department of Education.

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