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Washington's Economy
7:09 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

End of emergency unemployment benefits means final checks for thousands in Washington

Nearly 100,000 unemployed people in Washington were on emergency benefits before the federal program expired. There are five job seekers for every open position. The national unemployment rate is 9.6%.
Flickr, by khalilshah

Nearly 100,000 people in Washington will get letters this week, letting them know how soon their unemployment benefits will run out.  Emergency assistance for the long-term jobless has expired.  

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Science
4:58 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Hospitals reveal surgical infection rates

Surgery at U.W. Medical Center
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

If you ever need elective surgery, more websites keep appearing to help you pick the safest hospital.  Now, you can compare all the hospitals in Washington based on their infection rates following some common surgeries. 

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Boeing's Troubled Dreamliner
4:37 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

787 flying again, but another delay is certain

Another delay of the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner's first delivery to All Nippon Airways is certain.
AP

Boeing's damaged Dreamliner No. 2 is back in the air – but not for test flights.  It's not clear when the new jet's test flight program will resume or how long the latest 787 delay will end up being. 

But Boeing says the Dreamliner that was badly damaged by an in-flight fire in Texas three weeks ago took off from Laredo at 12:06 p.m. Pacific Time and was expected to land at Boeing Field at 4:18 this afternoon.  

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K-12 Education
1:56 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Schools superintendent moves to delay new graduation requirements

Seattle students get extra help with math
Seattle Office for Education

This year’s high school freshman and sophomores might have fewer graduation tests to dread if Randy Dorn has his way.  

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"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
1:44 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Lesbian flight nurse wants Air Force job back

Major Margaret Witt at a Seattle news conference November 30, 2010.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

A lesbian flight nurse says she's anxiously waiting to rejoin her unit in the U.S. Air Force reserve.  Major Margaret Witt was discharged in 2004 under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

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Budget Cuts
9:12 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Governor anxious to whack state budget further

Governor Chris Gregoire wants an agreement from Republican and Democratic lawmakers on a package of immediate cuts to the state's budget by the end of this week.

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Other News
8:24 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Seattle's Neptune Theatre to get renovation, become live performance venue

The Neptune Theater in Seattle's University District, on 45th NE. Seattle Theatre Group is leasing the site and planning renovations.
Wikimedia Commons

The historic Neptune, a 90-year old U District movie palace, will soon be a showcase for live performances. Seattle Theatre Group announced it will take over the Neptune's lease from Landmark Theatres in February. STG plans to do some upgrades, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal:

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News Roundup
7:03 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

Tacoma's Old City Hall (with the iconic clock tower) is 117 years old. Can it survive financial woes and a recent water pipe break that flooded parts of the structure? Some city officials are deeply worried the city could lose a landmark.
AP (Ted S. Warren)

Worries over Tacoma's historic Old City Hall,  over state pension funds, and a big snowstorm in the Cascades and eastern Washington.

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Other News
6:25 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Dog Electrocuted on Seattle Sidewalk

Sammy was electrocuted during a Thanksgiving Day walk on Seattle's Queen Anne Hill.
KCPQ TV

Seattle City Light is apologizing to a Queen Anne neighborhood family whose dog was electrocuted Thanksgiving Day while on a walk along a city sidewalk. Lisa McKibben tells KCPQ-TV she wasn't sure what had happened at first:

“I couldn't tell because he was just convulsing so much and just screeching I didn't know what was happening and I was screaming for someone to help me,” said McKibbin.

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Mark Anderson on Technology
3:05 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Smartphone insecurity

Apple's iPhone
www.public-domain-image.com

NPR recently reported on how your company’s IT department can wipe out your smartphone if you use it to retrieve email from work.  Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says it’s a two-way street:  employee phones can also breach corporate security.  

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K-12 Education
6:20 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Seattle gets peek at new Families and Education Levy

Kids participate in a preschool program funded by the Families and Education Levy
Seattle Office for Education

It’s been less than a month since the last election, and already Seattle officials are unveiling a measure for next fall’s ballot.  This week, the public will get its first glimpse at the next Families and Education Levy.  

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Honoring the Fallen
4:55 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Hundreds attend dedication for fallen Lakewood officers memorial

Lakewood Police Officer Scott Novasky, left, and others stand on Monday at a memorial in Lakewood.
Ted S. Warren AP

Hundreds of people attended today's dedication of a memorial to four Lakewood, police officers who were shot to death.


An Arkansas parolee, Maurice Clemmons, gunned down the officers at a local coffee shop one year ago today.  Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar told the crowd that community support has sustained his department over this past difficult year.

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Holiday Season
3:06 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Designer Christmas trees duke it out for charity

Designer Cindi Sullivan's tree, titled "OOH LA LA" features pink poodles and thick flock.
Erin Hennessey/KPLU

Glamour Barbie dolls, pink poodles, and the fishnet stockinged-leg lamp popularized in the movie A Christmas Story are part of the festive view at Seattle's downtown Westin Hotel.

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Jobless Benefits
1:32 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Unemployment checks delayed by work on state computers

Job seekers at a 2009 employment fair. Some people expecting to receive unemployment checks from the state's Employment Security office may find them delayed by a couple of days due to computer work that's taken longer than expected.
AP

A massive computer programming project is putting a slight delay on some unemployment checks in Washington.

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Honoring the Fallen
8:49 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Lakewood Police murders remembered one year later

In this photo taken a year ago at the memorial for the four fallen Lakewood Police officers, an officer salutes during ceremonies at the Tacoma Dome on Dec. 8, 2009.
AP (Ted Warren)

It was one year ago that four Lakewood police officers were gunned down in a coffee shop. Their assailant was Arkansas parolee Maurice Clemmons who was later shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. Today Governor Chris Gregoire will help dedicate a memorial to the slain officers at Lakewood’s police headquarters. 

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